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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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AUGUST H. KOCH, who is numbered among the leading business men of Red Bud, conducts a harness establishment, and is also a dealer in road vehicles and farm implements. He is a native of the town which is still his home, his birth having occurred here in 1855. His parents, Henry and Sophia (Reinhart) Koch, were both natives of Germany, and in that country were reared and married. The year 1840 witnessed their emigration to America. They located in St. Louis, but after a short time came to Red Bud, where the father engaged in business as a merchant-tailor until his death. The family numbered six children, but with the exception of our subject all are now deceased. One brother, Henry, grew to manhood and married, leaving at his death two children.

August H. Koch spent the first fourteen years of his life under the parental roof, and then went to St. Louis, where he served an apprenticeship of a term of four years to a harnessmaker. He thoroughly mastered the business, becoming an expert workman, and then returned to Red Bud, where he opened his store. His trade has constantly increased from the beginning, and he now does as large a business as any harness dealer in the county. In 1889 he had purchased a stock of spring wagons, and the following year he added a stock of carriages, buggies, farm implements, etc. His enterprise and business ability have been the important factors in his success, and have placed him among the substantial citizens of the community.

In the year 1878 Mr. Koch was united in marriage with Miss Katrina Diehl, a native of Monroe County, Ill. By their union have been born eleven children, seven of whom are still living. The parents hold membership with the Lutheran Church, contribute liberally to its support, and take an active part in its growth and upbuilding, doing all in their power to advance the cause. Mr. Koch exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party, and is a warm advocate of its principles. He served for one term as City Treasurer, but has never been an office-seeker, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his business interests. A well and worthily spent life has won him the high regard of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and we take pleasure in presenting to our readers this record of one of the native sons of Randolph County.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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