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Joseph Kerchner

Joseph Kerchner is a native of Iron Mountain, St. Francois Co., MO, where he was born in 1861, and is the son of Laurence and Agnes (Spidle) Kerchner, both natives of Germany. They immigrated to this country, making the trip in an old time sailing vessel, and landed at New Orleans. They then sailed up the Mississippi River to Ste. Genevieve County, settling at Ste. Genevieve, but only remained there a short time. He then removed to Iron Mountain, and there lived for eighteen years, when he removed to Graniteville, where he has since resided, and where he was for a number of years head engineer at the mines at Iron Mountain. He has since been engaged in farming, milling and the saloon business, the latter being conducted by his son, Joseph Kerchner, who is one of seven children born to his parents, all now living: Edward, Joseph, Barbara, Matthew, Frank, Mary and Caroline. Joseph Kerchner was for some years engaged in teaming, but for the past nine years has been engaged in the saloon business. He has the choicest brands of imported and native wines, whiskies, etc., and is doing a successful business. He is also engaged in the livery business, and runs a hack from Graniteville to Middlebrook. He has a full line of carriages and the best horses to be obtained.