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Benton County, Iowa ~ Biography and Family Information


Source:  An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota
  By Arthur P. Rose.
Northern History Publishing Company. Jackson, MN. 1910.
Pages 549-550.
Herman H. Koep (1903), farmer of Delafield township, was born in Benton county, Iowa, June 25, 1873. His parents, Claus and Mary (Paulson) Koep, were born in Germany and came to America in 1862, locating in Iowa. The former died September 12, 1890, aged 55 years, 4 months and 28 days. His mother lives in Benton county, Iowa, and is 75 years of age.

Herman was brought up on a farm and educated in district schools. He lived on his father's farm until 1897; then he married and engaged in farming on rented land in Benton county. He came to Jackson county in the spring of 1903 and located upon his farm, which he had bought in the fall of 1902. He owns the southeast quarter of section 25, Delafield, and forty acres adjoining in section 30, Christiania. His farm was only slightly improved when he bought. He erected the barn, fenced the land and made many improvements. He makes a specialty of stock raising and has good grades of stock. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator company of Windom and in the Mutual Telephone company of the same village. Mr. Koep is a member of the M. B. A. lodge of Windom. He is treasurer of school district No. 70, having served for the past two years.

Our subject was married in Benton county, Iowa, February 24, 1897, to Katie Lackmann, who was born in Benton county March 1, 1879. She is the daughter of George and Annie (Miller) Lackmann, of Benton county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Koep are the parents of six children: Clara, born December 8, 1897; Agnes, born January 11, 1900; Bernhardt, born February 1, 1902; Helen, born October 6, 1903; Elsie, born January 16, 1907; Edwin, born October 20, 1909.

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