Holt County, MO Biography
William KAUCHER has been a resident of Oregon (Holt Co., Mo.)
since 1855. He was born in Berks Co., Penn. on Nov. 22, 1831.
In 1838, his parents moved to Germantown, Montgomery Co., Ohio.
His father was a machinist; Mr. KAUCHER learned the same trade
and worked at that occupation in Germantown until he moved to
Leavenworth, Kansas in the spring of 1855 where he lived during
the progress of troubles which preceded the admission of Kansas
into the Union. He first came to Holt Co., Mo. in 1855 and settled
in Oregon. Following his occupation as a millwright, he built
several mills in Mo. and Kansas. He was elected sheriff of Holt
Co. in 1862 and held the office for two terms, four years. In
1867 he was appointed Assistant United States Assessor and held
that position about four years. He then engaged in the real estate
business, acting as an agent for land transactions in Holt Co.
In July, 1874, in company with John M. HASNESS, he started the
Missouri Valley Times, a paper Republican in politics, which he
published until selling the paper in Aug., 1876. He was formerly
a Whig and has since been a Republican. His first marriage was
in 1858 to Sarah E. WATSON of Holt Co. who died Aug. 9, 1872.
He married Lucy S. CHRISTIAN on May 26, 1873. He has devoted his
leisure time to the study of meteorology and has written extensively
on the early history and resources of Holt Co. including the Centennial
history of the county for presentation at the anniversary celebration
in Oregon in 1876.
HOLT COUNTY PRESS -- The Press is the successor to the Missouri
Valley Times, founded by Wm. KAUCHER and J. HASNESS as a Republican
paper. Henry SHUTTS bought the paper in 1876 and began the publication
of the Holt County Press, a paper Democratic in politics. The
paper has secured wide circulation and the ability and vigor with
which its columns are edited has made it popular and influential.
As a Democratic paper, it appeals to the support of a large class
of the population of the county which, previous to its foundation,
had no representative in any home journal.