History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
William G. Koob has made farming his occupation throughout his entire life, and has attained a high degree of success in his chosen pursuit. He resides on his well tilled farm of 280 acres, situated in section 26, Fox township. He was born in Indiana, near Fort Wayne, July 30, 1854, and is a son of Ernest and Maggie (Orth) Koob, both natives of Germany.
Ernest Koob was born in Saxony, Germany, and died while on a visit to his native country 22 years ago, being then past 60 years of age, Mr. Koob upon coming to the United States purchased 240 acres of land, which he cultivated for many years. Mr. Koob had served three years in the German Army before becoming an American citizen. Politically, he was a Democrat. He was married to Maggie Orth, who was born in Germany, and they had two children, namely: Henry, who lives in Black Hawk County, and William G., our subject. Ernest Koob was a member of the Lutheran Church.
William G. Koob, when two years of age removed to Fayette County, Iowa, in company with his parents, and when 12 years of age he became a resident of Fox township. Mr. Koob's property is all cleared except 10 acres of timber land which is used for his stock. Several large barns and other buildings make his farm one of the handsomest in the county. Politically, Mr. Koob is a Democrat.
On September 10, 1879, he was married to Elizabeth Roth, who was born in Clayton County, Iowa, December 4, 1858, and is a daughter Stephen and Annie (Linder) Roth, both natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Koob are the parents of five children, namely: George, who is at home; Mathilda, who is the wife of Chris Riensche, of Fox township; and Albert, Barnhart and Freda, who are at home.