Biography of John E. Koch


Koch, John E., Tonawanda, was born in Skinnersville, Erie county, N. Y., December 4, 1860. Robert L., his father, was a native of Germany, born about 1813, and came to America when a young man, settling in the town of Amherst where he attended school to learn English, having obtained a liberal education in his native tongue while in Germany. He followed the vocation of farmer until 1862, when he moved to the village of Tonawanda and engaged as laborer in a saw mill, but was soon promoted to the position of bookkeeper by his employer, who realized and appreciated his sterling qualities as a business man. He continued for some years with them, when he embarked in the mercantile business for himself and later conducted a planing mill. Mr. Koch was a Republican and always active in politics. serving his village as trustee and was often elected delegate to conventions; he held the office of postmaster dueing the administrations of Grant and Garfield. He was a member of the A. O. U. W. and charter member of the D. O. H. His wife was Elizabeth Kibler of Skiunersville, and they had ten children, eight of whom grew to maturity. Mrs. Koch survives her husband and resides in the village of Tonawanda. John E. Koch received a good public school education and remained with his father until of age, when he engaged in his father's planing mill, where he continued from 1872 to 1893. In 1894 he established his present bottling works on Delaware avenue and has accumulated a good patronage, supplying a dozen towns with his beverages, which are first class. In 1871 Mr. Koch married Nellie Rice of North Bay, and they had two children: Elizabeth and Edward. Mrs. Koch died in 1891 and in 1893 he married Augusta Renning of Buffalo, and they have two children: Robert and Augustus.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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