LUDWIG KOPF - For twenty one years Ludwig Kopf has been doing business on the same corner in The Bronx, at Courtlandt
Avenue and One Hundred and Fiftieth Street, being a resident for fifty nine years of this part of the great Metropolis.
He was seventeen years old when he left his home and his parents in Germany, and crossed the sea to make his future
Ludwig Kopf was born on July 27, 1867, son of Joseph and Rosie Kopf, both of whom he buried in the soil of the
Fatherland. He was educated in the public schools of Germany, but he knew no English when he arrived at his journey's
end. His first step, therefore, was to get a position where he could earn his way, and at the same time master
the new language by attending night school. After six months of diligent application and daily practice, he no
longer found himself embarrassed by inability to speak or understand the tongue of his adopted country. His first
contact with the American business world was as a clothing salesman at Paterson, New Jersey. Then, in the same
line of work, he went to New York City, obtaining a place on the sales staff of Siegel Cooper and later with the
firm of Cohn Goldman on Broadway. It was while he was holding this latter position that he opened a retail store,
in 1900, at No. 583 Courtland Avenue, The Bronx, where he offered to the public a line of stationery and toys.
Four years from the time he made this venture as a merchant, he established himself in his present quarters.
Mr. Kopf was beyond military age, when the war was declared by America, but his two sons both did valiant service
for their country. In politics, he supports the Democratic party.
Ludwig Kopf married, October 29, 1893, in Brooklyn, New York, Sidonie Osten, daughter of Morris and Henrietta Osten,
who had come to the United States when about twenty three years of age with her brother. To Mr. and Mrs. Kopf two
sons were born: Milton, on March 26, 1895, who served in the Twenty sixth Division of the One Hundred and Second
Regiment, Infantry, taking part in the Battle of Chateau Thierry, during which he was gassed. He was honorably
discharged on March 29, 1919, waiving all claims to pension; Joseph, born on March 29, 1899, who enlisted also,
and was stationed in the Merchant Marine.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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