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One of the native sons of Sacramento who are achieving success in the city of their birth is Otto J. Koch, the well known hop buyer, whose friends are many and whose business acquaintance is co-extensive with the best part of Central California. Mr. Koch was born November 2, 1876, a son of Anton and Marie (Carrow) Koeli, who came to Sacramento in 1859. When he reached school age he was sent to the local schools and continued until he was seventeen, when he was well fitted educationally to take up the task of self-support. During the ensuing two years he was employed on his father's ranch, and at nineteen he secured a clerkship in the office of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Sacramento, and was continued in that relation seven years, during which period he established himself firmly in the good opinion of his superiors.

Leaving the employment of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Mr. Koch engaged in farming and raising hops at West Sacramento, Yolo county. He now has five ranches leased, covering about five hundred acres, of which about a hundred and sixteen acres are in hop fields. Aside from growing hops he is a dealer in that commodity, buying in Sacramento and Yolo counties for large eastern houses in the trade. He made such a success of this business that he may be said to have formed a permanent connection with it, and his operations have brought him in contact with hop men throughout a wide territory, where he has won a reputation for honesty and fair dealing that commend him to all intelligent growers. The amount of his business annually, could it be here stated in the figures that cannot lie, would be found to reach a large sum. It is increasing from year to year as he grows more and more successful in his specialty.

In his social affiliations Mr. Koch is an Odd Fellow and an Elk, and in his political sentiment he is a stanch Republican. He married, at Sacramento, October 15, 1903, Miss Margaret Hansen, who was born in Dallas, Texas. To them have been born three children, Gladys, a child of seven, who is attending the public school ; Helen, five years, and Marian, who was two years of age on her last birthday. 

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