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Atchison County Kansas Bio Sketches 


Henry Kuehnhoff, farmer and stockman of Lancaster, Atchison Co., was born August 3, 1869 in Lancaster. He is a son of Charles and Caroline Kuehnhoff, who were the parents of nine children, six of whom are living. The father was born in Germany in 1841 and left there when a boy of sixteen years sailing for New York. He remained there a short time and then went west, arriving at St. Joseph, MO, where he enlisted in Company B of the Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Civil War. He was discharged at Lexington, MO at the close of the war having made a good military record.

He returned to civil life and worked at St. Joseph, MO as a laborer for $8 a month. Shortly afterward he came to Atchison Co., KS and bought eighty acres of land in section 10, Lancaster. Using oxen, he broke the ground on his newly acquired farm and began to improve it as far as his resources would permit. In 1894 he retired and went to the National Soldiers' Home at Leavenworth, where he died in 1903. Henry Kuehnhoff grew to manhood on his father's farm and attended the Eden district school, no. 37, and also attended No. 3 school for one term. He worked on the farm until he was twenty-one and then with his brother, William, rented the old place. At the death of his father, he became heir to a share of the place and in 1906 bought the farm where he now lives in section 9, Lancaster, Atchison Co. He now owns 157 acres of well improved land has a large amount of graded stock and is a stockholder in a telephone company.

In 1901 he was married to Caroline KLOEPPER, who was born July 20, 1882 in Atchison Co. She is a daughter of Christ and Caroline (DORSSOM) Kloepper, natives of Germany and Atchison Co., respectively. The mother is now dead, but her father resides at DeKalb, MO. Mr. and Mrs. Kuehnhoff have one child, John, who lives at home. Mr. Kuehnhoff is a Republican and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge. He is a member of the school board of district No. 3, Lancaster.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, July 2001

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