Herman Dolch came to this county in 1873, and purchased eighty acres of land on section 22, Noble township. He settled on this land, which was unimproved, in 1877. Since that time he has bought another tract of eighty acres, on section 23, and now owns a fine farm of a hundred and sixty acres, in a high state of cultivation and with good improvements. He was born in Saxony, Germany, in February, 1849, and came with his parents to America when three and a half years of age. They went to Ozaukee county, Wisconsin, where, four weeks later, both of his parents died. He was then taken care of by his grandparents, who lived in Ozaukee county, and remained with them until twenty-one years old. he went to La Salle county, Illinois, and stopped until 1873. In March of that year he went to Colorado, but remained only a few weeks, and came back to Iowa, stopping in Cass county. He was unmarried at that time, and engaged in different pursuits until 1877, when he was married to Louisa Letz, a native of Alsace, France. They have four children -- Raymond, Ellis O., Edgar, and an infant.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 677.