JUDGE ISAAC E. KOONTZ died at his home farm, five miles northeast of Carthage, Missouri, on the 23d of January,
1879. He was a native of Ohio, born in Fairfield county, December 6, 1821, and was reared in Lancaster, the county
seat of that county, where he received a good education. When a young man he studied civil engineering and assisted
in laying out the Hocking Valley canal. His father, Isaac Koontz, was a native of Pennsylvania. At twenty years
of age Isaac E. Koontz married Miss Priscilla Pease, at Lancaster, and after his marriage engaged in farming, which
vocation he followed during life, except that during the war he held a position in the internal revenue department
of the government. In 1867 he sold his farm of over two hundred acres in Ohio and removed to Jasper county, Missouri,
and located on the farm of nearly four hundred acres, on which he continued to reside until his death, with the
exception of a year or two passed in Carthage.
Judge Koontz was a good farmer and business man and a man of intelligence, sociable and popular wherever known.
He was a stanch Republicar in politics, and in 1868, as the candidate of that party, was elected a member of the
county court. During his incumbency of the office the jail of the county was erected and a railroad built into
the county. Judge Koontz left a widow and five sons and one daughter surviving. Two of his sons and his daughter
have since died, and three sons, George W., Isaac E. and John, are living.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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