LOCHEN, Hans (1865) - 1946
Obituary, Front Page of the Milwaukee Journal, Thursday, April 18, 1946
Lochen, Mover of Machinery, Worked Hard Until He Died
Hans Lochen started to work at the age of 7 herding cattle in Norway. The 81 year old president ond founder of the Hans Lochen & Sons Co., movers of heavy machinery, was still working hard Wednesday when he died. The Norwegian immigrant, who resembled the late Rudyard Kipling, left his office at 175 S. Water st. at noon to go home for lunch. He Walked into his home at 922 S. 29th st., sat down on the davenport, and died of a heart attack.
Mr. Lochen, who probably moved as much heavy machinery in Milwaukee as anybody ever did, left his job as cattle herder when he was 13 to ship from Oslo, Norway, his birthplace, as a cabin boy aboard a three masted schooner. The boy got his taste of sea life making the ports of the British Isles, being shipwecked off Denmark, manning the pumps off Dublin and seeing his companions lashed with a rope.
Farm at Stoughton
Some 59 years ago he arrived at a farm near Stoughton, where his 10 year old sister was staying with an uncle. But the farm only held young Hans from August to April. The smell of the water fronts followed him to the farm. For four years he sailed the Great Lakes. In 1891 he came to Milwaukee and tried jobs with the Wrought Washer Co. and E.P.Allis. But he couldn't stand the inside, so he started to work for M.J.Heisler, a machinery mover.
In 1911, after 21 years with Heisler, Hans started in business for himself on the "overtime" money he had saved and a $700 loan. He proudly related later that he paid the debt within a month. From then on Lochen's order book reads like a roster of the city's industrial giants. Among his "jobs" were putting in three steel stacks, each 100 feet high, for the Falk Corp. He moved The Journal and he put in all the machinery for the Seaman Body plant and most of the enormous equipment that pumps Milwaukee's water.
Walked To, From Work
In the early days Hans used to walk from Clinton st. to his home on 27th st. after 12 or 14 hours in the shop, to save a nickel carfare. Then he'd get up at 5 a.m. and walk back to save another. So it was understandable that his proudest day was when the line "Hans Lochen & Son" was cut into the stone in front of the pink building on S. Water st.
He was a member of the Milwaukee Yacht club, the South Side Old Settlers' club, Sons of Norway and the Norwegian Singing Society.
Surviving are his wife, the former Josephine Olsen of Sheboygan, whom he married in 1890; four sons, Earl and Russel, both of Milwaukee; Walter, Evanston, Ill., and Dr. Everett, Fredericks, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Scholbe and Mrs. Eleanor Lers, both of Milwaukee; a brother, the Rev. Julius Lochen, Lakeland, Fla., and a sister, Mrs. Charles Sellevold, Marinette.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Voth and Anderson chapel, 2427 W. National Av. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
Han's birthdate was 28 may 1864.