Bernard Koester was born on October 12, 1866 in Douglas Township, Effingham county, Illinois. His parents were Clem B. Koester and Elizabeth Kramer.

He married Anna Thoele and they had eight children. From the first born to the last, they were Fred, Frances, Edward, Lawrence, Amelia, Martha, Katherine, and Rose.

His occupation was a farmer and he was self employed. He lived in rural Ridgefield for 28 years at Route 2 - Box 627 until his death.

Bernard Koester died at his home on May 10, 1950 at the age of 63 years of coronary thrombosis. The attending physician was Doctor Gerald W. Frudey. He was buried on May 13, 1950 at St. Mary's Cemetery, West Pioneer, in Clark County Washington.