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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Jacob Koger Family
(Jacob Koger Family information reprinted from Elmer Centenniel, 1987)
Jacob Koger and a younger brother came from Germany to America in 1728. Their sister came over first and three more brothers came later. Jacob stayed in Pennsylvania for a few years, then moved to West Virginia where his sister lived. Jacob had eight children. His youngest son, Nicholas Koger, moved to Wayne County, Kentucky, with his family. Nicholas’ son Isaac settled in Clinton County, Kentucky, with his family. He was the father of six sons and one daughter.
In 1884, Nicholas’ oldest son, Andrew J. Koger, came to Missouri with his son, George W. Koger and a son-in-law, William A. Koger. Andrew and his son-in-law bought farms west of Elmer. George bought a farm south of Goldsberry, Missouri, which he later sold and then bought one in Old Walnut six miles northwest of Elmer. After they were settled, Andrew and William sent for their families. Andrew had six surviving children who came to Missouri. They were William M. Koger, George W. Koger, Ermine Koger Flowers, Minnie Bell Koger Enyart, Cora Ann Koger Prickett and Laura Alene Koger.
On April 8, 1894, George W. Koger married Susan Ann Deaton. They had a son, William Earl and a daughter, Effie Mae. Effie married Archie Helton. They had three sons, Eugene of rural Elmer, Kenneth of Macon, and Larry of Columbia, Missouri. Archie died in 1968. Effie then married John Ratliff, who died in 1985.
On September 12, 1917, Earl married Goldie Lagle. They had two sons and three daughters.
Paul married Imogene Hentis. They have five children.
Theodore married Anna Belle Rhoades. They have four children. Theodore died on September 6, 1976. His wife Anna Belle lives on the family farm.
Maxine married Herman “Hine” Hoffman. They have two daughters.
Arlene has six children.
Vera Mae married Loren “Corney” Peavler. They have two sons.
Earl and Goldie had 19 grandchildren of which 14 of them live in Elmer and surrounding communities of Macon County, as well as some great-grandchildren. Earl died in January of 1956 and Goldie died in July of the same year. Both are buried in the Bell Cemetery west of Elmer, along with their son, Theodore.