Biography - Louis J. Kircher

LOUIS J. KIRCHER is a prominent dealer in dry goods, clothing and groceries, also hardware, stoves and farming implements, in Strasburg, Shelby County. He keeps a large and well-assorted stock of goods that is suitable for the country trade of which he has almost a monopoly. Our subject is a son of Matthew and Catherine (String) Kircher. They were residents of Richland Township, and the parents of nine children, of whom he of whom we write is the eldest. He was born in Hocking County, Ohio, April 23, 1856.

Our subject passed his boyhood days in his native place, enjoying such educational advantages as were to he obtained in the district schools of the vicinity. When fourteen years old he came with his father to Shelby County, and remained under the parental roof until reaching his majority, when he engaged in farming on his account in Richland Township, continuing on his first tract for two or three years. In 1883 Mr. Kircher came to Strasburg and engaged in the hardware business. He has since added a good stock of merchandise and has a fine store and enjoys a large and lucrative patronage.

Our subject was married to Miss Clara Ruff. She was a daughter of John Ruff. Of three children born of this union only one is living at the present time. To him has been given the name of Edward G. Our subject has been honored by election to various township offices. He was Collector for two years, and has for some time been a member of the Village Board. He with his wife is a member of the Lutheran Church. In politics our subject is an ardent Democrat, believing in the sovereign right of the individual.

Extracted 17 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 682.

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