Biography of Henry Kopping
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Henry Kopping, a resident farmer of Lincoln township, has not only been actively connected with agricultural interests but in various other ways has contributed to the welfare and upbuilding of the district in which he makes his home. He was born in Holstein, Germany, January 2, 1863, a son of Carl and Fredericka Kopping, who were likewise natives of Germany, where they spent their entire lives. The father, who was born in 1822, had reached the age of sixty four years when he was called to his final rest in 1886. His wife, who was born in 1827, died in 1882. In their family were seven children: Ernest, who was born in 1851 and passed away in 1861; Annie, who was born in 1853 and is the wife of John Bahr, a resident of Miller, South Dakota; Caroline, who was born in 1855 and is the wife of Henry Knock, of Williamsburg; Elizabeth, who was born in 1857 and died in infancy; Dora and Katharine, twins, born in 1859, the former now Mrs. Adolph Stender, of South Dakota, and the latter the wife of John Meinke, of Poweshiek county, Iowa; and Henry, of this review.

The last named spent the first fifteen years of his life in the land of his birth and then bade adieu to friends and family and sailed for the new world. He settled first in Lincoln township, Iowa county, where he was employed by others at farm work for ten years. He was ambitious, however, to engage in farming on his own account and during that period carefully saved his earnings. He then rented a farm five miles south of Marengo, upon which he lived for three years, and on the expiration of that period his capital had increased sufficiently to enable him to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land in Lincoln township. He has greatly improved the property since taking possession of it, having erected thereon a commodious residence of eight rooms, built in the modern style of architecture, and having also built a large barn and other outbuildings which afford ample shelter for grain and stock. In fact, his farm presents a most neat and thrifty appearance, indicating the practical methods and careful supervision of the owner.

On the t6th of March, 1888, Mr. Kopping was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Smith, of this county, who was born in July, 1869, in Johnson county, Iowa, a daughter of William and Jane Smith. Her father, who was born in Germany, September 17, 1839, and her mother, born in Germany, September 12, 1844, are still living. On coming to America they settled in Iowa county in June, 1863, and now for more than a half century have resided in this part of the state, interested witnesses of its growth and development. They were the parents of eleven children: Jane, who is the wife of H. Lohman, a farmer of this county; Ida, who married Ed Tanke, also a resident farmer of Iowa county; Mrs. Kopping; Henry S., who carries on general agricultural pursuits in this county; William and Edward, who died in infancy; Millie, who died in 1909; Sophia, the wife of L. Dierks, a resident farmer of Iowa county; Dora, the wife of Charles Smith, who follows farming in Iowa county; Charlie, who died in 1903; and William, who is also engaged in general farming in this county.

Mr. and Mrs. Kopping have but one child, Ida, now the wife of Fred Durr, living upon a farm adjoining the home place of her parents. In his political views Mr. Kopping is a democrat and filled the office of township clerk for sixteen years, or from 1895 until 1911. In 1905 he was elected treasurer of the school board of his district and has served thereon continuously since, covering a period of ten years. Both he and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church and their lives are guided by its teachings and measure up to high standards. For thirty seven years Mr. Kopping has lived in Iowa county and has therefore witnessed much of its growth and progress, taking an active interest at all times in those movements which have to do with the material, intellectual and moral progress of the community.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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