Biography of Morris C. Copeland
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Morris C. Copeland, proprietor of the Copeland Creamery at Yorkville and one of the highly successful business men of the city, was born in Germany, April 2, 1873, a son of M. S. and Rose Copeland. He received his preliminary education in the public schools of his native country and at the age of sixteen decided to seek his fortune in America. Accordingly, he crossed the ocean and selected Oneida county, New York, as his theater of operations. From the start he was self supporting and worked on farms near Utica for several summers, attending school during the winter months. He applied himself with great diligence to his studies and became very proficient in the English language. He also took a commercial course in the Utica Business College, which has proved of great value to him in the practical concerns of life. In 1895 he established himself in the creamery business although only twenty two years of age. He began on a small scale, the receipts in 1896 amounting to three hundred dollars a month. By good management the patronage has been very largely increased and the receipts now range from sixteen hundred to two thousand dollars a month. In 1906 he purchased a home on Main street in Yorkville, containing four acres of land bordering on the Erie canal and erected a large modern concrete building which is provided with every desirable facility, making it one of the up to date creameries of the state. He is also extensively interested in the ice business. He is sole proprietor and manager of his business and has conducted his affairs to excellent advantage, gaining a name as one of the thoroughly reliable men of the city.

September 10, 1895, Mr. Copeland was married in this city to Miss Lillian Bridgeman. Mrs. Copeland was born in Utica in 1873, daughter of Henry and Hannah Bridgeman, natives of London, England. The father died when Mrs. Copeland was only three years old and the mother raised the family. Mr. and Mrs. Copeland are parents of two children: Mabel, who wa.s born January 20, 1898; and Earl, born July 9, 1901. The son is now attending the public schools. The daughter is now attending the Utica Free Academy. Politically Mr. Copeland is a Roosevelt republican and is a strong advocate of the application of business principles to politics. He has served as collector and also as treasurer of school district No. 6 for a number of years, and is now a member of the board of trustees of the village of Yorkville. his term extending from 1910 to 1912. He is a stanch believer in the Bible and holds membership in St. Luke's Episcopal church. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a member of the subordinate lodge of the latter organization and also of Trimount Encampment and the Utica Rebekah Lodge. For over ten years he has been an active member of the Yorkville Fire Company and is now serving as president. He is entitled to exemption from service but declined to accept it, continuing loyally at his post. Mr. Copeland is a self made man and deservedly stands high in the opinions of all who know him on account of his upright business methods and progressive citizenship.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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