|Herman E. Tech
Born October 7, 1873
|While Herman E. Tech is of German birth the greater part of his life has been passed in Oxford Junction, and he has come to occupy a leading position in the business circles of the town as proprietor of a furniture store and undertaking establishment. He was born in Germany, October 7, 1873, his parents being Michael and Wilhelmina (Rux) Tech, who in the year 1882 left their native country and with their family came direct to Oxford Junction, Iowa, where they spent their remaining days, the death of the mother occurring March 26, 1893, while the father passed away November 26, 1902. In their family were five children: Augusta, now the wife of M. Herbstretch, of Oxford Junction; August, who is living at Strawberry Point, Iowa; John E., who follows farming near Algona, Iowa; Carrie, the wife of William Abernethy, of Portland, Oregon; and Herman E.
The last named was but nine years of age when the family sailed for the new world, and in the town where he yet lives he was reared and educated, the public schools affording him his opportunity for intellectual development. Following his mother's death he went to Arizona, where he was employed in mining copper, and after several years spent in the southwest he returned to Oxford Junction in 1902 and purchased a half interest in his present business. The store contains a large line of furniture of various grades, and in addition a well stocked undertaking establishment is conducted. Mr. Tech was in partnership with F. E. Zeigler until about 1906, when he became sole owner. He also is half owner of the building in which he conducts business, it being one hundred and ten by twenty-two feet, and its entire space being occupied by Mr. Tech for his stock of furniture. He has a well appointed establishment and the neat and tasteful arrangement of his store, together with his well known business probity, is a prominent feature in his success.
On the 24th of September, 1902, Mr. Tech was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Nowachek, who was born in Oxford Junction, March 7, 1873, and has always resided here. She is a daughter of Frank and Katie (Heilak) Nowachek, the former a native of Bohemia, while the latter was of Bohemian parentage. The father is deceased, while the mother makes her home with her children, who are six in number. Mr. and Mrs. Tech have one child, Lois. Theirs is a hospitable home, whose good cheer is greatly enjoyed by their many friends. They are members of the Catholic church.
In politics he is an independent republican, advocating the principles of the party at national elections but voting without regard to party ties on other occasions, regarding only the capability of the candidate in his election to the public service. Mr. Tech is now acting as a member of the village council, in which position he discharges his duties with promptness and fidelity, seeking at all times the general welfare of the community. He is a self-made man, for whatever he has achieved is attributable entirely to his own labors. He started out empty-handed and in the legitimate lines of trade and commerce has worked his way upward.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 155.
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