Christopher Kofahl
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          Christopher Kofahl, a successful tiller of the soil of Sherrill Township, Texas Co., Mo., was born in Hanover, Germany, August 2, 1825, and is the son of Hans Christopher and Magdalene (Richs) Kofahl, both of whom were born, reared, married and died in Hanover, Germany. The father was a well-to-do farmer. In their family were nine children, five sons and four daughters, only two of whom came to America, our subject and sister. His early life was spent on his fatherís farm and in school, where he received a limited education. At the age of fifteen he commenced learning the carpenterís trade, and worked four years as an apprentice. In 1847 he left home for America, and landed at New Orleans. He worked at Vicksburg, Miss., for a time, and then went to Greenburg, where he spent the summer of 1848. That winter he returned to Vicksburg, and in 1849 removed to St. Louis, but later removed to Cincinnati, where he worked in a factory for some time, and then returned to Vicksburg. Some months were spent at Yazoo City, Miss., then back to Cincinnati, and then again returned to Yazoo, where, May 13, 1852, he married Miss Mary E. Housman, a native of Hanover, Germany. She came to this country in 1851, and in 1858 they came to Texas County, and settled on the farm where they now live. There were only eighteen acres cleared at that time, but since then he has increased it to about 140 acres. He knew nothing about farming except what little he had learned in childhood, and had to start almost from the beginning. He, however, has made a complete success of it, and now owns 500 acres. During the war he served about eight months in the Confederate army, being sergeant. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as was also his wife, who died December 30, 1888. They were the parents of eleven children, nine now living: John C., Henry, William, Magdalene C., Ellen, Louis C., Robert E. L., James C. and Benjamin F. In connection with his farming interest Mr. Kofahl has also handled machinery for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. for about ten years. He has been a resident of Texas County, Mo., for the past thirty years, and is a much respected citizen.


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