One of the representative farmers and stock growers of Fayette county, Ohio, is John G. Couch, who is known as one of the alert, progressive and successful agriculturists of this favored section of the Buckeye state. In his labors on the farm he has not permitted himself to follow in the rut in a blind way, but has studied and experimented and thus secures the maximum returns from his efforts. He has so ordered his course at all times as to command the confidence and regard of the people of his community, being a man of honorable business methods and upright principles of life.

John G. Couch, who is now living near the town of Bloomingburg, in Paint township, was born August 12, 1857, near Bourneville. this state. He is a son of John and Margaret (Gregg) Couch, his father being a native of Pennsylvania and an early settler in Ross county, Ohio. John Couch, Sr., enlisted in Company D. Sexenty-third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served two years before dying with the typhoid fever in Maryland. He is buried at Frederickstown, in that state. His brother, Asa F. Couch, was the captain of the company to which John Couch belonged.

John G. Couch attended the public schools of Pike county. Ohio, and also was a student in the Waverly high school, in that county, for two years. At the age of twenty he began renting land and continued to live on rented land until 1899, when he purchased his present farm of one hundred and ten acres, which is located in Paint, Union and Marion townships. Since acquiring this farm he has placed many improvements upon it and has the satisfaction of seeing his farm yield handsome returns in response to his efforts.

Mr. Couch was married in April. 1882. to Anna K. Mark, the daughter of Alfred H. and Mary (Harris) Mark, and to this union have been born four children. Maud, Edna, Harry and Martha. Maud married F. E. Eichelberger; Edna married Earl Speaks, and has two children, Kenneth and Juanita; Harry and Martha are still single and residing with their father. Mrs. Couch, the mother of these four children, died June 22, 1902.

In politics. Mr. Couch has long been identified with the Republican party, but has never been an aspirant for public ofhce. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as was his wife, and in its welfare he has always been very much interested.


From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)