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.

Mr. 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.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903