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Cedar Rapids Gazette; 4/14/1924, pg. 12
Brother of Koch, Noted Discoverer of Bacteria, Dies
Adolph Heinrich Louis Koch

Adolph Koch, brother of Dr. Robert Koch of Germany, noted discoverer of bacteria, died at 11:30 p.m. yesterday at his home in Marion, 816 Ninth avenue. He was born June 19, 1840 at Zelle, France. His parents were Germans but his father, a mining engineer, at that time was stationed at Zelle. The family returned to Germany when Adolph was three years old. Dr. Koch died several years ago.

He attended the grade schools in that country and then the University at Goettingen from which he was graduated after having specialized in agriculture.

In 1864 he sailed for Uraguay, South Amrica, where he became assistant manager of a large ranch. It was while here that he met Johanna Carspechen of Hanover, Germany who had come to Uraguay to accept a position as companion to the wife of the owner of the ranch. In 1869 Mr. Koch returned to Germany and in 1871 came to Iowa, settling on a farm near Luzerne, which he bought. That same year he wrote to Miss Carpeschen to come to Iowa. She returned to Germany to visit her relatives and then came to the Hawkeye state. She and Mr. Koch were married Nov. 3, 1871 in the German Lutheran church at Luzerne. The family went to Marion from Keytstone in 1917.

To this union five children, all whom survive, were born. Those who mourn his death are: the widow, Mrs. Minnie Schenken and Mrs. A.B. Black of Marion; Arnold of Keystone; William of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Mrs. Neil Lutes of Dubuque. A nephew, Herman Koch, who lives near Central City, also survives.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the home, the Rev. Harry Glenn Finney of the Marion Presbyterian church, officiating. On Thursday the body will be taken to Keystone, where final services will be held in the German Lutheran church and burial will be made.

{Submitter comment: According to 3 family trees on World Connect, his father invented dynamite together with his friend Alfred Nobel. Administrator of the Mining Academy at Clausthal; Director of the Royal Lead and Silver Mines in the Oberharz. He was the oldest of 13 children and his brothers Arnold and Henry helped him build up the farm, which he had bought from the money earned in Uruguay and the inheritance from his brother Wilhelm. Later he sold part of the farm and gave the rest to his son Arnold. The brother mentioned in the obituary, Robert Koch, was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and died in Germany in 1910.}
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Marilynn Howard, airrow@ix.netcom.com


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Vinton Eagle; April 27, 1917

Christopher Koch

Christopher Goch died suddenly at the home of his niece, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barta, in east Dysart, Sunday afternoon. At noon he was apparently in the best of health and ate heartly at dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. Barta left the house shortly after dinner to visit some friends and at that time Mr. Koch was still feeling all right. At three o'clock he was sitting on the front porch resting, but at six o'clcok when Mr. and Mrs. Barta returned they found him lying at the foot of the stairs in the sitting room dead.

Death was primarily caused by weakness consequent to old age as he was ninety-two years old. He was born in Niederhone, Kreisechwege, Heusen, Nassau, Germany, June 8,1825. He was married in 1853 to Mrs. Christina Landgrebe and to this union two daughters were born, both of whom died several years ago. In 1867 he came with his family to America and settled in Lee County, Illinois, and three years later, 1870 they moved to Iowa and settled on a farm near Rogersville, Benton county. They lived on this farm until several years ago when they retired from the farm and moved to Dysart, and it was in this city that Mrs. Koch passed away a number of years ago. For the past four years Mr. Koch has been making his home with his niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barta, and they accorded him the best of care in his old age.

Funeral services were held Wednesday ata the Evangelical church conducted by Rev. L. Sohl and interment was made in Houghton cemetery east of Dysart. Besides his niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barta, who loved him as they would a father, he leaves four grandchildren and three great grandchildren to mourn his death.

{Submitter comment: Spelling of last Name Goch and Koch. Death date from cemetery stone}

Submitted on 10-Oct-2012 by
Martha Long, Jimartlong@gmail.com


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Benton County Times; February 7, 1913
Death Claims an Aged Woman of Rodgerville
Elizabeth Koch

In the death of Mrs. Christian Koch, which occurred Monday at the family home near Rogerville, that locally lost one of the pioneer residents.

Mrs. Koch had lived in that vicinity forty-three years and was held in high regard by the entire community. She came to this country from Germany in 1867 with her husband and two children. The family settled in Illinois and came to Rogerville in 1870.

Mrs. Koch was past 84 years of age. She is survived by her husband, one brother and four grandchildren.

The funeral was held from the Rogerville church. Interment was in the Houghton cemetery southeast of Dysart.

{Submitter comment: Information from cemetery records born June 16, 1829.}

Submitted on 10-Oct-2012 by
Martha Long, Jimartlong@gmail.com


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