Lee County Biography

JEREMIAH KOCHER


Kocher & Kocher, father and son, dealers in hardware, at Bristow, entered into business here in 1879. Jeremiah Kocher was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, in 1822. He removed to Dixon, Lee county, Illinois, in 1856, where he engaged at the trade of carpenter, and came to Butler county with his family in 1861, settling on a farm in Jackson township, three miles west of the village of Clarksville, purchasing the farm of Joseph Crawford, of Dixon, Illinois, continuing on the farm until 1880. He has seven children. John W., a partner with him in the business, was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, in 1848, and came to Butler county with his father. John W.'s wife was Miss Ida A. Ripsom. They have four children. J. W. Kocher is a tinner by trade and carries on that line of business in connection with the hardware trade.

Contributed by Elsie Harmon
Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL, 1883 Pages 768-769

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