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BERNHARDT P. KOCH

With the inheritance of a name indicative of his Teutonic ancestry Mr. Koch also inherited the national characteristics of thrift, industry and unwearied perseverance; and although he came to the new world in young manhood and identified himself thoroughly with the interests of his adopted country, he never lost the attributes of character which are found in the German race the world over. In the German town, where his birth had occurred in 1857, it was his good fortune to attend the national schools, which prepared him for the responsibilities of life and enabled him to conduct his own business affairs with, accuracy and promptness. After he had left school he learned the trade of tailor, and this he followed for some years in his home land. Meanwhile he had heard much concerning the opportunities offered by the new world and finally he decided to east in his fortunes with those of the people beyond the sea; accordingly he bade farewell to old friends and relatives, took passage on a ship bound for New York and landed in due time in the metropolis of the new world, where he found employment without delay. After a time he removed to Pennsylvania and there in August of 1887 he was united in marriage with Miss Eugla Yahm, who like himself claimed Germany as her native land. Their union was one whose mutual happiness and helpfulness was broken only by his death in May, 1896, ere yet old age had claimed him for its own and while the future had seemed to offer many more years of usefulness in his chosen work.

Subsequent to the demise of Mr. Koch his widow and children came to California and settled in Sacramento, where now they reside at No. 3211 W street. There were four children in the family and all of them were born in Pennsylvania, where the eldest of the four died at an early age. The three now living are with their mother in Sacramento, where the older son, Harry B., is employed by the California Wine Company, and the only daughter, Elsie, acts as stenographer and typist for one of the leading business firms. The youngest child, Karl W., is a student in the Sacramento high school. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011