Koelsch History

1958 2021

The Koelsch Communities story began in 1958. Discover the major milestones and events that have shaped who we are today.

1876

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Frank Kern, a German immigrant arrives in America to farm land in Great Bend, Kansas.

1911

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Frank offered a fellow immigrant, Emil Emmett Koelsch, room and board in exchange for work.

1919

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Emil fell in love with and married Frank’s youngest daughter, Elizabeth.

1938

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Emmett Koelsch, Emil’s second-born, decided to leave the farm at age 17 to head for Longview, Wa.

1940

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Emmett Koelsch met, fell in love with, and married and Alice McCormick.

1943

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Soon, after their marriage, Emmett was called into the service for World War II.

1946

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After coming home from the war, Emmett and Alice’s family grew to 5 children.

1958

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After 21 years as a manager with Reynolds Metals, Emmett and Alice scraped together what they could and bought and opened the old Monticello Hall Nursing Home.

1959

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Over the course of time, Emmett and Alice’s partnership and business grew, and they expanded across Washington state.

1985

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And when it came time to plan for their retirement, the couple sold all of the nursing homes to their 5 children.

1988

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Aaron begins his own path in Koelsch by building the Sterling Inn in Southern California. Judy, Aaron’s wife, begins designing beautiful, classic interiors for Koelsch Communities.

1996

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Aaron Koelsch solidifies the family properties into Koelsch Communities by incorporating the Koelsch Home Office and giving the communities further unified leadership and direction.

2006

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Koelsch Communities expands into new regions, serving seniors in the Mountain States, Southwest, South, Central and Midwestern regions of the United States.

2021

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Koelsch Communities is growing strong with 36 communities across eight states, and more in development, including a number of Independent Living Communities, along with the traditional Memory Care and Assisted Living Communities.