Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN F. J. KOEGLER is one of Lincoln county's progressive and industrious agriculturists.  Like many of America's most substantial citizens, he came here from the Fatherland, having been born there on March 24, 1842.  His parents, Gottlieb and Minerva (Lenton) Koegler, were natives of Germany and there remained until their death.  Our subject's grandfather, Henry Koegler, was a lieutenant in the German army and did good service in the war with France.  He was captured by the French on one occasion.  John F. went to school in Germany and then began farming.  Later on he handled a lumber yard during his residence there and spent five years in the regular army and took part in the war against Austria in 1866, and also in some other portions of Germany.  In February, 1869, Mr. Koegler came to the United States and after spending some time in Chicago, went thence to Bureau county, Illinois, and engaged in farming.  From the time that he first landed in this country until the present, he has been continuously blessed with excellent success in financial matters.  He remained in Bureau county until 1876 then sold out and went to Benton county, Iowa.  Two years later we find him in Ida county, Iowa, where he continued for seventeen years.  Having accumulated a large property he finally decided to come west.  Accordingly we see him in the Big Bend country in 1891 and he soon bought five hundred and twenty acres where he now lives about four miles southwest from Edwall.  In addition to this he farms a section of school land and is one of the wealthy grain producers in Lincoln county.  The entire property is well fenced, improved with buildings, windmill, orchard and so forth and shows abundance of excellent skill in farming.
     While in Bureau county, Illinois, in 1875, Mr. Koegler married Miss Kate Rufer, a native of Germany.  To them eight children have been born, Charles, Harry, Amelia, deceased, Emma, Lillien, Fred, Albert, and William.
     Mr. and Mrs. Koegler are members of the Seventh Day Adventist church and are known as exemplary people.