Hoch Reunion

Descendants Celebrate 200th Birth Date of Johann Valtin "Valentin" Hoch

A descendants reunion to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Valentin Hoch was held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Turner Hall located between Hochheim and Yoakum. Born on October 15, 1808 in the small village of Oberschoenau, Germany, Valentin immigrated with the Adelsverein and arrived at the port of Galveston in 1845.

Activities for the day included a tour of the old Hoch Home (also known by area residents as the "old stagecoach inn") and located in the community of Hochheim in DeWitt County. Completed in 1857, the two-story Hoch home was constructed by Valentin using stones cut from limestone found along the banks of the Guadalupe River and hauled to his home site by a horse-driven sled. The attending descendants also visited the recently repaired and refurbished private cemetery where Valentin and some other early descendants were buried. A massive cleanup of the cemetery was completed last year by a group of descendant volunteers; photographs and slides of the cemetery clear-up project were shown during Saturday's event.

A total of 262 descendants and guests attended Saturday's event with many family members from local communities. Other attending family members traveled from areas throughout the State of Texas and included family members from New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, California and Panama.