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Biography of Robert Focht

Robert Focht, a sterling newspaper man of Kansas, is editor and proprietor of the Democratic Messenger, the only democratic paper published in Greenwood County. Mr. Focht had been a resident of Kansas since boyhood, and his family were pioneers of Greenwood County, and the different members have borne more than their individual share in its development and destiny. As the name indicates, the family is of German origin. The first American was George Focht. When a youth he left Germany and made the passage to America on a sailing vessel, arriving in the colonies when the Revolutionary war was still in progress. It was a familiar practice of those days that immigrants who had no money to pay their passage would bind themselves out to some business man on this side of the Atlantic for a period of service to pay the passage money. The employer of George Focht was a merchant in New York City. The young German lad was indentured to that merchant for a period of five years. Instead of being set to work in a store, he was sent into the army as a substitute and fought through the last three years of the Revolution in Washington’s army. By virtue of that service his descendants, including Robert Focht, are eligible to membership in the Sons and Daughters of the Amercan Revolution. After the war he married and they settled in New York. His son Adam brought his family from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to Ohio, and was one of the pioneer settlers in Union Township of Auglaize County. Auglaize County had been the home of the...

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