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  • Boch Family Collection

The Boch family, headed by Stephen, Sr., a coal miner, and Maria "Mary" Prozniker Boch, were residents of Taylorville. Stephen and Maria immigrated from Austria with their two oldest children, Ferdinand and Agatha Boch Paul. After settling in Taylorville the Boch's had four sons, Max, Frederick S., Otto, and Frank. Stephen Boch, Sr. was an amateur photographer, a hobby shared with his son Frank.

The University of Illinois at Springfield conducted an oral history interview with Frank and Frederick Boch in 1986. The interview may be accessed at

Images in this collection include photographs of family and community members from Taylorville and the surrounding area.

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