The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume XVII, pages 93 & 94, including portrait, published in New York, NY in 1920 by James T. White & Co.
KOCHERSPERGER, Stephen Morris, soldier, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 19, 1872, son of William Silvis and Rebecca Ann (Haines) Kochersperger. His father, a magistrate, was a soldier in the civil war, and was among those confined in Libby prison. The son was graduated at the William Penn Charter School in 1890; attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1890-92, and in 1896 was graduated at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In September of the latter year he joined the 2nd U. S. cavalry at Fort Wingate, N. M. During the Spanish-American war hee was engaged in the campaign at Santiago de Cuba. In 1899-1902 he served in Cuba with the first army of occupation, and while there was on commission to pay the Cuban army corps. While serving at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, he was appointed captain of his regiment and stationed at Fort Myer, Va. He made a tour of the Philippine Islands in 1903-05, and again in 1911-12. In 1905 he was appointed major of Philippine scouts, and had command of a convict camp building roads in Albay province, and on the second tour served in the Island of Jolo. In 1907-09, as well as in 1912, lie was regimental adjutant of the second cavalry. He participated in the Ute Indian disturbances in South Dakota, in 1907, and was on duty on the Mexican border in 1912-13. In 1910 he graduated at the Army the School of the Line, and the following year at the Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He served at the Plattsburg manæuver camps in 1914-15, and in the latter year was appointed inspector instructor of the military cavalry for Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, stationed at Philadelphia. He served in the second cavalry until the close of his life, being the oldest officer in point of service with the regiment with nineteen changes in nineteen years. He was a member of the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War, the Society of Santiago, the Society of Foreign Wars and of the Army and Navy clubs of Washington and Manila. In politics he was a Republican, and his religious affiliations were with the Episcopal church. He was married, Oct. 29, 1902, to Nora, daughter of Hon. Frank Baker, judge of the circuit and appellate court in Chicago, and had one child, Elizabeth Kochersperger. He died in Philadelphia, Jan. 3, 1916.