Biography of Joseph Kasper
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KASPER, JOSEPH. - Born January 30, 1852, at Oresti, Bohemia. Son of Joseph and Dorothea Kasper. Parents Bohemian, who came to America in 1864, bringing with them six children, and settling in Owatonna, Minn., where seven more children were born. Subject of sketch is the eldest and came to Chicago in 1873. He received his education in Bohemia between the ages of six and twelve years; has never attended any school in this country; is practically a self-educated man; followed the occupation of farming until 15 years of age, when he learned the watchmaker's trade, and worked at the bench until he was 18. He then removed to La Crosse, Wis., where he was employed by a jewelry firm as salesman, and a year later as commercial traveler. On coming to Chicago, February 12, 1883, he was emploved by the jewelry firm of J. B. Chambers & Co., at a salary of $6 per week: continued with the firm until January 1, 1868, having become one of their most valuable men, and was not only receiving a large salary but had been given an interest in the house. He then formed a partnership with C. B. Shourds under the firm name of Shourds & Kasper. The business of this firm has been remarkably successful, and Mr. Kasper makes annual trips abroad for the purpose of purchasing diamonds and precious stones. Besides, he is president of the Ashland Block Pharmacy. In religion he is a Catholic. Was married in 1877 to Miss Belle McKinsil of Brighton, Ontario, and has two children, Raymond and Samuel, aged 11 and 9, respectively.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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