Julius H. Kister



From Works 9 publication of PPG - (1950)

(he) "received his degree from the Missouri Chiropractic College of St. Louis. Three years ago, Mr. Kister decided to enroll in this school. He knew it would require hard work and determination to fulfill his ambition to become a chiropractor. He was a married man with six children. His job, Order Cutter in the Wareroom, required that he work alternate weeks of day shifts and evening shifts. With the permission of H. H. Balsiger, Superintendent of the Wareroom, and the cooperation of his fellow workers, he traded his day shifts for evening shifts.


The problem of finances then had to be taken care of. He had spent 21 months in the Navy, seven months of that time in the South Pacific. Therefore the G.I. Bill of Rights enabled him to pay his tuition. But, his traveling expenses were great, considering his daily trips to St. Louis, about 40 miles one way; during the three year period. His college classes would start at 8:00 in the morning, following the class he had to drive to Crystal City and begin work at 3:30 p.m. After finishing his shift about midnight, he would study several hours before retiring. The next morning, after four to five hours of sleep, he would again make the journey to St. Louis to attend classes. By following this schedule five days a week, 52 weeks a year, Dr. Kister was able to complete four years of schooling in three years.


Dr. Kister was born in Cairo, Ill., 35 years ago. He was graduated from Herculaneum, Mo., High School in 1932. In 1935, he became an employee of the glass plant at Crystal City. He married Miss Ida Todd of Crystal Heights and they have six children, Joseph 12, Mary Ella, ten; Elizabeth, eight; Margaret Frances, six; Julia, five; and Rita, four years. Since venturing into the Chiropractic field, Dr. Kister hasn't found much time for hobbies. He does play the piano, however, and one of the favorite pastimes of the family is singing together to the accompaniment of Dr. Kister.


Now, after three years of long days, long trips, and little sleep, Dr. Kister is at last a practicing Chiropractor. For the time being he has set his office up in his home in Crystal Heights. He will continue to work at Works Nine until his practice is built up enough to warrant opening a regular office apart from his home and spending all of his time at his new chosen profession. Dr. Kister has shown what hard work, determination, and perseverance can do.


U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Dr Julius H Kister

Birth Date: 15 Feb 1915

Address: Crystal Heights Rd, Crystal City, MO, 63019 (1981)

1247 Crystal Heights Rd, Crystal City, MO, 63019-1423 (1993)

517 Bailey Rd, Crystal City, MO, 63019-1701 


1920 Jefferson Co., MO Census, DeSoto, Ward 1, District 45

Joseph G Kister 48 KY Ger Ger Machinist RR Shops

Mildred Kister 42 KY KY KY

C Francis Kister 17 KY

Myrtle K Kister 15 KY

Elizabeth M Kister 14 KY

Joseph B Kister 10 KY

Julius H Kister 4  11/12 IL 


1930 St. Louis Co., MO Census

Joseph Kister 59

Mildred Kister 53

Joseph Kister 19

Julius Kister 15

Francis Egan 28

Patricia Egan 6

James Egan 4

Margarete Egan 3

William Cassaday 24


Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002

Name: J H Kister

Age: 22

Birth Date: abt 1915

Marriage Date: 30 Jan 1937

Marriage Location: Festus, Jefferson, Missouri

Marriage County: Jefferson

Spouse Name: Ida Todd

Spouse Age: 21


Social Security Death Index

Name: J. H. Kister

SSN: 489-03-3775

Last Residence: 63019  Crystal City, Jefferson, Missouri, United States of America

Born: 15 Feb 1915

Died: 22 Jun 1991

State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951)


Ida G. (Todd) Kister, 95, of Crystal City entered into rest Sat, April 2, 2011 at Fountainblean Nursing Center. She was a homemaker, mother, teacher at Sacred Heart School and doctor's assistant. Born Sept 20, 1915, in Crystal City, MO, to the late Edward L. and LuElla (DeClue) Todd. Her husband, Dr Julius Kister, preceded her in death in 1991.
She is survived by her loving family which includes a son, Joseph (Barbara) Kister of Crystal City, MO; daughters: Mary Bain of Bullhead City, AZ, Betty (John Vandruff) Garner of Gig Harbor, WA, Margaret Londal of Fenton, MO, Julia Jacoby of Shoreline, WA and Rita (Jim) Krieg of Festus, MO; grandchildren: Jerry (Mechelle), Paul, Tarri, Nathaniel, Jon Eric (Nicole), David, Tony (Amy), Todd (Vanessa), Tom (Lesley) and Jamie (Terry); great grandchildren: Blake, Sam, Kristina, Sarah, Amanda, Paul Jr, Zoe, Jacob, Franklin, Zachary, Lili, Lani, Riley, Jacob, Tarryn, Forrest, Corrine, Marrianda, Jonah, Cullen, Kailey, Carter, Trey, Steven, Susan and Staci; and 6 great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by brothers: Eugene Todd, Bill Todd and Joe Todd; sisters: Frances Thebeau, Jane Cartee and Mary Soptich; and a grandson, Steven. She enjoyed volunteering at her church, crossword puzzles, crocheting and gardening. Father Joseph Wormek will officiate the Mass.