Biography of George P. Koch
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George P. Koch, who is president and general manager of the Shelby Ice & Fuel Company, is a representative business man of that city, where he was born Jan. 13, 1879. He is the son of George and Catherine (Weaver) Koch.

George Koch, deceased, was a leading citizen of Shelby. He was born on a farm in Sharon Township, Crawford County, which is now Sharon Township, Richland County. His wife was a native of Baden Baden, Germany, and came to the United States with her parents in early life. Mr. Koch grew up on his father's farm and attended the district school. As a young man he came to Shelby where he established an ice business. He conducted this enterprise until 1899 and was living retired in Shelby at the time of his death in 1903. His wife died in 1900. Both are buried• at Shelby. Their children were: John, deceased; Elizabeth, married N. M. Price, lives at Cleveland; and George P., the subject of this sketch. Mr. Koch was a Democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church.

George P. Koch has always lived in Shelby. He became associated in business with his father after his graduation from Shelby High School in 1897, and later, in partnership with N. M. Price, he purchased his father's interest in the ice business. A modern ice manufacturing plant was erected in 1900, which has a capacity of 28 tons per day. Since 1907 the company has also manufactured concrete blocks and handled builder's supplies and coal. The Shelby Ice & Fuel Company was incorporated in July, 1922, with Mr. Koch as president and general manager. Four years later he purchased the interest of Mr. Price in the business. He is also treasurer of the company. Mr. Koch is an active member of the Ohio Association of Ice Manufacturers.

In 1900 Mr. Koch was united in marriage with Miss Grace Mack, the daughter of John G. Mack, a native of Cleveland. He served as postmaster of Harlan, Ind., for several years and died in 1930. He is buried at Fort Wayne, Ind. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Koch: 1. George M., a graduate of Shelby High School, attended the University of Wisconsin, lives at Cleveland. He married (first) Elice Brown, deceased, and (second) Miss Wanda Pry, of Crestline, Ohio. 2. Frances Nell, a graduate of Shelby High School and the Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio. She is employed in the office of the auditor of Richland County. 3. Thomas Ogier, a graduate of Shelby High School, associated in business with his father. 4. Janet, a student.

Politically, Mr. Koch is a Democrat. He is a member of the Democratic Central Committee and Democratic Executive Committee, and has served as a member of the city council for two terms. He has the following lodge affiliations: Shelby Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 350; Shelby Chapter, R. A. M., No. 178, charter member, Past High Priest; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R., Past Monarch, life member; and Al Koran Temple.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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