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Herman Karnopp

History of Door County, Wisconsin : The county beautiful Chicago: by Holand, Hjalmar Rued; S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1917, Pages 189 - 190

Herman Karnopp, whose place of residence is on section 26, Nasewaupee township, where he is carrying on general farming, was born on the 28th of April, 1849, in Pomerania, Germany. While still in his native land he served for two years in the German army. He came to America in 1847, landing in New York, when he made his way westward to Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. He then went to Kewaunee county, where he remained a short time, after which he went to Sheboygan. There he learned the tanner's trade, which he followed for thirty-three years, becoming well known as a representative of the business there. In 1903 he removed to Door county, where he purchased eighty acres of land, and since that time he has added forty acres, so that now he owns one hundred and twenty acres in all. His place constitutes a fine farm to which he has added various modern improvements in the way of good buildings. Well kept fences divide his farm into fields of convenient size. He is also a stockholder in the cheese factory and carries on dairying. Whatever he undertakes is successfully accomplished, for he is a man of persistent purpose and indefatigable energy.

On the 26th of November, 1875, Mr. Karnopp was united in marriage to Miss Albertina Gentz, a native of Germany, whence she came to the new world at the age of eighteen years. She was born January 10, 1856, in Pomerania, and she was married in Manitowoc county. To Mr. and Mrs. Karnopp have been born nine children. Otto, who is married, is engaged in business as a cheese maker in Brown county. Tillie is now the wife of Otto Bixby, living at Rockford, Illinois. Lydia is the wife of Tony Becker, of Beloit, Wisconsin. Theodore is a cheese maker of Milwaukee. Reinhard is engaged in the same line of business at Algoma. Clara makes her home at Freeport, Illinois. Elsie is now the wife of Carl Magle, of Sturgeon Bay township. Walter and Henry are at home.

The religious faith of the family is that of the German Lutheran church, while the political beliefs of Mr. Karnopp is that of the democratic party. He has always concentrated his attention upon his business affairs, never seeking office, and his persistency of purpose is indicated in the fact that he was for thirty-three years connected with a tannery in Sheboygan. He is now well known as a progressive agriculturist of Nasewaupee township, his careful management resulting in the achievement of success in his work.

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