Since the 2nd of January, 1910, Henry C. Hoppe has served as sheriff of Sheboygan county, fearlessly and faithfully discharging the duties of the office. He is one of the county's native sons, his birth having occurred in Rhine township, September 5, 1863. His parents were Frederick and Henrietta Hoppe, both of whom were natives of Hamburg, Germany, where they were reared and married. On coming to America they settled in Sheboygan county, arriving here in 1849. The father became one of the most prominent and well known citizens of the county and in addition to owning and cultivating a farm in Rhine he was also engaged in the insurance business. He was likewise the proprietor of Hoppe's dance hall and saloon, which for years was one of the leading resorts of the county, liberally patronized by the German citizens of this district. He was also sheriff of Sheboygan county from 1871 until 1873 and later filled the office of county clerk for six years, making a most creditable record in office. He died in. Sheboygan in 1896 and is still survived by his wife.
Henry C. Hoppe lived upon his father's farm until he reached the age of nine years, at which time his parents removed to Sheboygan where he attended the local schools. When his education was completed he began learning the trade of a jeweler and watchmaker, working along those lines in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in Chicago. Subsequently he returned to Sheboygan and on the 18th of December, 1885, he began business for himself. He has since been one of the city's leading and successful jewelers. His store on North Eighth street is one of the finest and most complete jewelry establishments of the city and of this part of the state. It is tastefully arranged and he carries a large and complete line which is proving attractive to the public, as is indicated by the liberal patronage accorded him. Although for years he has been prominent in politics he is above all a thorough going business man, energetic, determined, progressive and resourceful.
In 1886, Mr. Hoppe was married to Miss Matilda Hanf, a daughter of Charles Hanf, retired, who is one of Sheboygan's prominent citizens and is still the vice president and one of the directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. A sketch of Mr. Charles Hanf appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Hoppe have one child, Lillie.
Mr. Hoppe belongs to the National Union and the Maccabees camp and several other fraternal organizations. He has always manifested a public-spirited devotion to the welfare and upbuilding of his community and the cause of education has in him a stalwart champion who has done much in the interests of the schools during his fourteen years' service as one of the school commissioners of Sheboygan. He is making an equally creditable record as sheriff and at the same time he maintains an enviable place in the business circles of the city.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL