Alois Kachelmeir was born in the eastern
part of Germany, on June 25, 1856, being the son of
Joseph and Catherine Kachelmeir, both natives of
Germany. The father, a musician, was justice of the
peace in Germany for sixteen years. In 1857 they came to
New York, and thence to New Ulm, Minnesota, where the
father secured land and farmed. Our subject grew to
manhood on the farm and was educated in both the German
and English schools.
On October 23, 1888, in
Renville County, Minnesota, Mr. Kachelmeir married Miss
Mary Gaurahy, whose parents were born in Ireland, but
she was born in Renville County, on May 1, 1871. In 1893
Mr. Kachelmeir came to Spokane and farmed near Trent.
Upon the opening of the reservation in the fall of
1895, he immediately came hither and selected his
present farm about two miles northeast from Nez Perce.
It is one of the very choicest farms in this section of
the country and has been handled in a very skillful
manner by the owner. He has a good house, a choice
orchard and all outbuildings and improvements necessary
for carrying on the estate. Mr. Kachelmeir has shown
himself to be an honest, industrious, and upright man, a
worthy citizen and one whose labors have always been for
substantial improvement and the building up of the
country. His example in first class farming has been of
great benefit as a fine practical object lesson to the
new comers on the reservation and it has stirred the
spirit of emulation in many and the general result has
been of value to the country.
Six children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kachelmeir; Joseph, Alois,
Cecelia, Mary, Bridget C, and Ralph.
Kachelmeir and his estimable wife are members of the
Catholic Church, while he is a member of St. Joseph's
Union of Renville County, Minnesota.
Source: An Illustrated History of
Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah,
Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical
Publishing Company, 1903