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Kircher, Joseph 1841-1901


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 12/7/2016 at 17:13:21

Dubuque Daily Telegraph – Jan. 5, 1901

Elkport, Ia. Jan. 5 – Joseph Kircher, aged 59 years, died at his home last evening after a weeklong illness. He was engaged in the lumber and furniture business and was one of Elkport’s most prominent pioneer citizens, having resided her for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. The funeral will be held on Monday.


Added by Ken Johnson 6/13/2017:

Thurs., 10 Jan. 1901 issue, Elkader Register, Elkport and Vicinity section, page 4, column 1:

DIED—Jan. 4th, 1901, Joseph Kircher, aged 59 years. Mr. Kircher was sick but a short time and the news of his death startled our community. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 24, 1841.

In the year 1868 he was married to his wife who survives him. He came to the United States in the year 1873 and came direct to Elkport, where he has since resided.

He was an honorable, upright man, as honest as the day is long. For the past twenty years he conducted a furniture store and lumber yard at this place, in which enterprises he was very successful.

The deceased had many friends in this community and for the past five years he has been treasurer of the Elkport Independent school district.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children, Chas. J., of Elkport, Peter of Dubuque, Joseph of Lamont, and Otto, to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father.

The funeral took place Monday and was one of the largest ever held in Elkport, showing the esteem in which the deceased was held by his fellow citizens, all of whom deeply sympathize with the afflicted wife and children in their irreparable loss.

In the death of Joseph Kircher Elkport has lost one of its best and most valuable citizens. Father Minogue officiated at the funeral and paid a high tribute to the character of the deceased. May he rest in peace.


To all those who assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved husband father, we desire to extend our heartfelt thanks.


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