Without doubt some of the most enterprising citizens of this country have come to us from the Fatherland, and one among this worthy number is mentioned at the head of this article; it is with pleasure we accord him representation in the history of his County, since he is a man of uprightness and integrity, since he has done a first class work in developing the country, since he is now one of the substantial men of the community, and since he is a patriotic and public minded citizen of worth and excellent standing.

Joseph Stach was born in Germany on November 27, 1859, being the son of S. and Hattie Stach, natives of Germany. They came to this country when our subject was twelve years old and settled in Todd County, Minnesota, where they still reside, prosperous and prominent people.

Our subject was educated in Germany and in Minnesota, and grew to manhood in Todd County. In 1884 he came to Uniontown, Washington, and in 1892 he returned to Minnesota and there, on August 21, 1893, he married Miss Martha Kripstach, whose parents were natives of Germany. Mr. Stach came back to Washington then, and his home was there until the opening of the reservation. His inherent energy and enterprise led him to be on hand on the eighteenth of November, 1895, to take his present place, which lies about three miles northwest from Nez Perce. He filed on the nineteenth of November, 1895, and since that date he has been one of the prosperous, industrious and leading citizens of this section. His place shows genuine skill, industry and wisdom and the abundant returns from field and stall testify of his prosperity and substantiality.

Mr. and Mrs. Stach are stanch members of the Catholic Church and they are liberal supporters of the faith. Six children have been born to gladden their home. Hetta, Barney F., Celia, Joseph, Albert and John.

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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