Washington County Biographies

Part of the Wisconsin Biographies Project

William Koch

William Koch, proprietor of Washington House, Kewaskum; is the present Town Clerk of the town of Kewaskum, a position he has held since 1877; he is also a Justice of the Peace. Mr. Koch, with Mr. Krahn, has built a cheese factory in the village the present year. Mr. Koch was the son of Christian Koch, who immigrated to this country from Brunswick, Germany, in 1847, and settled in Washington Co., purchasing a farm in the town of Kewaskum; this farm is now owned by William. Mr. Christian Koch was one of the pioneers of Washington Co. He cast his first vote in this country at an election held in September, 1848, for the purpose of locating the county seat of Washington Co. He died in April, 1865. The parents of Mr. Koch had seven children; the oldest and youngest are not living. William Koch was born in Germany September, 1846. He was married to Emma jones, from Germany; they have three children.