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Koss, William 1828-1906


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/31/2014 at 18:56:54

Elkader Register, Thur., 18 Jan. 1906

After a long illness, at his home in Farmersburg township, on Wednesday, Jan. 10th, occurred the death of Wm. Koss, one of the well known and respected citizens of our county.

Mr. Koss was born Oct. 18th, 1828, in Province Posen, Germany, and in his youth learned the harnessmaker's trade.

Late in the 40's he was a soldier in the Prussian army and after his discharge came to America in 1852.

He worked at his trade at Dubuque and later came to McGregor, where he was in business for ten years, in the meantime serving on the city council and taking an active part in the affairs of the city.

July 5th, 1857, he was married to Martha Hulverson. Thirteen children were born to them, of which twelve are living: Wm. Koss, of Nebraska; Mrs. Rose Reisch, of Riceville; Mrs. Martha Tetrow and Mrs. Lillian Gleason, of Chicago; Mrs. Clara Petsche and Mrs. Cora Ohlendorf, of Ceres; Mrs. Lucy Walter and Mrs. Hattie Walter, of Guttenberg; Mrs. Nellie Weber, of St. Olaf; Albert, of Farmersburg township; Miss Mary and George, who are living at Home. Mrs. Koss is also living.

For the past 40 years Mr. Koss has lived on the farm in Farmersburg township and through his efforts was able to provide comfort for his family.

That he won the esteem of his neighbors was shown by the large attendance at the funeral, which was held at St. Joseph's church at Elkader on Saturday, Jan. 13th.

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Green, Iowa, Recorder, Wed., 24 Jan. 1906.

William Koss, one of the early settlers of Clayton County, died at the age of 77 years at his residence in Farmersburg township.


NOTE: Wm. Koss, his wife, Martha, and Elizabeth (relationship unknown) have a single gravestone that can be seen on the IGPP. They are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Elkader, Iowa.

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