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"Obituary - Adolph Fochtman"

Name: Adolph Fochtman

Birth date: 1841

Birth location: St. Mary's, Elk County, Pennsylvania

Father: Anton "Anthony" Fochtman

Mother: Clara Gertrude Stockman

Married: Magdaline Kuntz, and Julia Kuntz

Death date: November 05, 1926

Death location: Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan

Burial date: Unknown

Burial location: Unknown

Name of newspaper publication: The Petoskey Evening News

Newspaper location: Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan

Date published: November 5, 1926

Provided by: Jim Shearer

"Transcript of the above obituary"

AD. Fochtman Passes Friday.

Was City's Oldest Store Owner and Resident Since 1875.

Established Fochtman's Department Store in 1876. Had Been Ill For Several Years.

Adolph Fochtman, Petoskey's oldest merchant and founder of the Fochtman Department store, passed away this afternoon at his home on Michigan street. He had been in business in the same location on Mitchell street since 1876 and, until his last recent illness, had retained an active interest in the operation of the store.

Mr. Fochtman came to Petoskey in 1875 from St. Mary's, Pennsylvania and the following year opened his general store. He saw the business grow with each exceeding year. For many years, the family occupied the second floor of the store building. Later the family home was erected and the store enlarged to include the second floor. Later a three-story brick structure was built, and this was rebuilt following the fire of some years ago.

The merchant took an active interest in village, city and community affairs and was an active member and worker in St. Francis church and its various societies. He was closely connected with the growth and development of not only Petoskey but of all Northern Michigan.

Mr. Fochtman has been in failing health for the last three years but his passing was hastened by a recent hard fall and the breaking of a bone to one of his hips. Everything possible was done to relieve his injury but his advanced age was against him.

The entire city, and especially the older residents and pioneers are grieved to hear of his death.

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