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John E. Lach

John E. Lach was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2, 1858.  All his schooling was secured in the public schools of Philadelphia.  He graduated from the High School of that city, and went to work immediately thereafter for his father, who at that time conducted a large carpet manufacturing business.  He remained with his father for years, learning the carpet business thoroughly and acquiring knowledge of ifs commercial side.  He came to this city in 1882, and started a retail carpet store, the business being devoted exclusively to the sale of floor coverings, at the corner of Tenth and Walnut streets.  The store at that time was on the southern edge of the city business limits, and as the city grew southward Mr. Leach gradually extended the business until he had for sale everything in the household goods line.  After some years at his first location he moved the business over on Grand Avenue, where it has remained since.

     Mr. Lach is a Republican in politics, and as a reward for his zeal in the party's welfare was nominated and elected to the upper house of the City Council, serving the term from 1898 to 1900.

     His business interests are not confined to his store, for Mr. Lach is a director in the German-American Bank, the German American Building and Load Association and the German Hospital Association.

     He is married, having wedded Miss Priscilla Tally.  They have one child, Marguerite.
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