Biography of J. J. Cope
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

J. J. Cope. Ranking among the successful horticulturists of Columbiana County is J. J. Cope, of Salem. He was born near Rogers, in Columbiana County, April 24, 1885, and is the son of Eliphas and Emma (Stewart) Cope.

The Cope family is one of the honored pioneer families of this section of the state. Eliphas Cope was born in this county, near Rogers, in 1851, the son of Joseph Cope, who died in 1878. He was the son of Oliver Cope, a prominent farmer of Pennsylvania. J. J. Cope, the subject of this sketch, is the third generation of his family to engage in the nursery business, his father having been one of the leading nurserymen of the county. He died in 1918 and his wife, also a native of Ohio, resides at Rogers with a son. To Mr. and Mrs. Cope the following children were born: Price, associated in business with his brother, J. J.; Paul, lives at Hot Springs, S. D.; Esther Fultz, lives at Salem; Lois, lives in California; Martha Finch, lives at Rogers, Ohio; B. E., lives at Rogers; and Olney J., lives at Rogers, Ohio.

J. J. Cope attended the public schools of Columbiana County and Salem Business College. He taught school for several years, after which he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad as clerk in the local ticket office. In 1912 Mr. Cope became interested in the nursery business with his brother, Price, and they have since been partners. Frank Fultz, of Salem, is also a partner in the business. They operate one of the largest greenhouses in the State on Depot Road, having 80 acres of nursery stock and doing an annual business of approximately $60,000. There are also 40 acres of orchard in connection with the nursery.

On May 15, 1902, Mr. Cope was united in marriage with Miss Delphia Kridler, of Columbiana, the daughter of George and Minnie Kridler, both deceased. To them have been born eight children, as follows: Wanda, Richard, Robert, William, Rachael, Benjamin, Jane, and Mary, all at home.

Mr. Cope is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is among the dependable citizens of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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