William G. Kocherhans

28 Mar 1879 - 27 Oct 1949


William G. Kocherhans

28 Mar 1879 - 27 Oct 1949
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Biography of William Gideon Kocherhans 1879 to 1949 Written by his sisters Molly, Julia and grandson Steven Kocherhans William Gideon Kocherhans was born March 28, 1879 at Richfield Sevier Co. Utah. He was the son of John Jacob Kocherhans and Mary Ann Zundel. His parents had been called to Richfield
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William G. Kocherhans


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 8, 2011


June 7, 2011

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Biography of William Gideon Kocherhans

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Biography of William Gideon Kocherhans 1879 to 1949 Written by his sisters Molly, Julia and grandson Steven Kocherhans William Gideon Kocherhans was born March 28, 1879 at Richfield Sevier Co. Utah. He was the son of John Jacob Kocherhans and Mary Ann Zundel. His parents had been called to Richfield in the spring of 1879 from Payson, Utah, where they had just finished building an adobie home. While in Payson grandmother Kocherhans was living with them and helped the midwife with her duties. One month after “Willie” as his mother always called him was born he was blessed by Bishop Poulson, (May 1, 1879) at Richfield, Sevier, Utah. He was a very easy child to care for as he was never cross. Two months after being blessed the family took him on a long journey back to Payson where his grandmother Zundel lived. After a visit they returned to Richfield at it was not too long after this that his grandmother Kocherhans passed away in July. The next year 1880 in the spring his father and family were called to Orderville to be in the United Order of Enoch, Willie made the trip with his father and mother and sister, Mary Dorthea and a brother John Hyrum. They all rode together in a covered wagon, it was a long tiresome journey but the children seemed to get along very well. A few months after arriving in Orderville they were all happy to welcome a new little brother on September 17, 1880. His name was Henry Amon. They were living in the fort or United Order houses which were built on joining another with a large kitchen and dining room in the center, where they all ate at long tables and the women took turns in doing all the community work and taking care of the children. Very little is remembered about William while he was very young, just a normal child and never seemed ill or bad tempered. On April 6, 1882 another brother was born, and given the name of David Samuel. Soon after this they moved up to the Orderville Factory six miles up the canyon, Willie was four years old when they moved. In 1883 another sister, Christina Caroline was born and again in 1885 another brother Joseph Alma and another sister Ann Elizabeth was born in 1887. Willie was very active at this age and was very daring. One day he walked on top of a large water flume that carried the water to run the factory. He had his dog in his arms and he fell, the dog fell in the flume and was carried over the fall and killed. Willie fell off the side and struck his forehead on a wooden pail, it was a very bad cut and he carried the scar all his life. On June 11, 1887, Willie was baptized at the Orderville Factory by F. L. Porter and confirmed by his father John Kocherhans. Most of his activity at this time was helping to take the cows up Lydia’s Canyon and going after them with his brothers. There was a lady, Ellen Ann Chamberlin who taught the older children to read and write. It was a private for they had no public schools. They also had Sunday school and primary for the children and sacrament meeting also at the factory, all children attended. When William was ten years old the family moved from the factory to Losee a small village that his father had helped to settle two years before he was ten. After they arrived in Losee another sister was born and was named Julia. About this time he and Hosea Merrill went for the cows and it was raining and they got lost and the town hunted all night in the rain and they had stayed at a sheep camp and were safe. He also went to a public school that year for the first time. His teacher was Ephriam Caffell. In the summer he helped on the farm some and played and just grew, the boys herded the cows up the canyons and explored all the hills and valleys close around. When he was about sixteen he and his brother henry herded a herd of sheep for Ole Ahlstrom and saved the money they had earned so that Will could go to Beaver to school the next winter. At the academy he took carpentry and received very good marks and excelled in painting flowers especially roses, he returned in the spring and worked at Hansen’s saw mill, then returned to school. About this time the family moved to Tropic, which had been settled about ten years. This year 1900, Will and his brothers John and Henry all worked at the saw mill and bought part of the lumber for a new house. Will went to Provo to the Brigham Young Academy that winter and John and Henry still worked at the mill by spring they had enough lumber to build the house. Henry helped him and John still worked at the Mill to get the money to live on and to send will to school again that winter. The house was finished the next year. John went to Wyoming with George Bybees and worked in a saw mill. Henry still worked at Hansen’s saw mill and Will came home from school in June 1902 and worked on the farm. He received his call for a mission to Germany and left after Christmas, as he was to be in Salt Lake City on January 1, 1903. He visited his grandmother Zundel at this time. He served a 3 year mission returned home in October 6, 1903, went to Wyoming and worked. In 1907 he returned home and with his sister Julia went to Provo and to B.Y.A. for another year. Then went to tropic for a while then returned to Wyoming where he met and fell in love with a young girl, Viola Perry and was married in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 7, 1909. They then came to Tropic for a while and then to Cannonville to teach school. In 1910 William and Viola moved to Byron, Wyoming, where William worked at carpentry while waiting for school to start in the fall. That summer their first child was born and they named her Olga Viola. Thirteen months later tragedy over took them and Olga fell sick and died. William taught school that fall on Lovell, Wyoming, and that summer did carpentry work which he continued to do the rest of his life. While living in Wyoming he contracted and built a school and many houses. Also, while living in Wyoming, Glen, Lavor, Hilda, Lapriel, Ivan and Chester were born which brought much happiness to William and Viola. In August of 1923, they sold their home in Lovell and moved to Provo, Utah. Two years later William bought a peach orchard in Orem which consisted of five acres and they built a home there. They lived on the peach farm from 1925 through 1947. During this time William continued with contracting and working with the peach harvest in the fall. In 1927, Viola gave birth to twins, Marjorie and Maxine. William was so excited and rejoiced with his wife in the new arrivals. But again, tragedy betook them. Whooping cough broke out in school and it was carried home where both babies caught it. The doctor said that neither had a chance but Marjorie came through. Maxine got worse and it developed into capillary bronchitis and died. This was heart breaking for the family. With the Lord’s blessings and goodness they were able to continue on. William was a very religious man. My father Ivan said, “I’ve never heard my father say a sear word.” When William was baptized he was told that he would be forgiven of all his sins and from that day on he never said a swear word again. Viola gives this description of him. “He was a very hansom man. He was about 5’ 10”, dark brown hair, brown eyes and a sweet smile. Many remember him as gentle and kind. William taught classes in the church and said once that he had taught since ordained a teacher at the age of 15. Not only did he teach school, but he taught Sunday school, the high priest quorum and was also in the bishopric and a ward clerk. He was very active in the church. The family always had family prayer in the morning at the breakfast table and in the evening. In the fall of 1949, William took sick. He insisted on working Labor Day but had to return home after he got his boys started. He continued to get weak and passed away on October 27, 1040. He died of virus pneumonia. The following are from the missionary journal of William entitled: Work! Work!! Work!!! Do It Now! Wm. G. Kocherhans Switz 1904 Sept. 11, Sun. morning my head was stopped up and I had a headache. I could hardly speak. We fasted as usual and held Sunday school. Elder Hirschi went to Burgdorf to hold meeting. I stayed in Langnan. At 2pm there were many,(the hall full) who came to meeting. I felt so bad to think I could not speak on the account of my cold, but trusted in the Lord. After singing and the sacrament was over, I called on Brother Aschemann to speak for 25 minutes. Then I started in that 10 min. and would end it, but to my surprise I spoked for 50 min. and when I got through there were several in the room crying, some saints and some strangers. Whether they felt sorry for me or whether I touched their hearts with the words which were spoken through me I do not know. I know the Lord blessed me abundantly.

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William G. Kocherhans was born on 28 Mar 1879
William G. Kocherhans was 4 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
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William G. Kocherhans was 14 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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William G. Kocherhans was 25 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
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William G. Kocherhans was 33 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
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William G. Kocherhans was 50 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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William G. Kocherhans was 52 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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William G. Kocherhans died on 27 Oct 1949 at the age of 70
Grave record for William G. Kocherhans (28 Mar 1879 - 27 Oct 1949), BillionGraves Record 12572 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States