Christian H. Hoppert is one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Sheboygan county. After many years of hard but successful toil he is now living a retired life in his beautiful home located three quarters of a mile west of the city limits of Sheboygan. He was born in Perk-Theerengen, Germany, November 13, 1858, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoppert, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father died in that country when the subject of this review was in his first year. The mother with her family emigrated to America and established her home in Sheboygan in 1881, where she continued to live during the remaining years of her life, her death occurring on September 20, 1907. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoppert nine children were born, two of whom are now living: Christian H., of this review; and Eva, the wife of John Rank, of Lergenheigel, Germany, and the mother of four children.
Christian H. Hoppert received his early education in the public schools of his native land and there learned the trade of a shoemaker. In company with his mother he emigrated to America in 1881 and settled in Sheboygan where he at once engaged in the shoe manufacturing business, in which he continued without interruption until 1907. In that year he disposed of all his interests in the manufacturing business and purchased fifteen acres of land located three-quarters of a mile from the city limits of Sheboygan. This property he has very greatly improved, having built upon it one of the most picturesque and beautiful country residences in this county and in addition he has also made very extensive improvements of various kinds required in the perfecting of a well appointed country villa.
Mr. Hoppert was united in marriage on July 2, 1887, to Miss Sophia Kaufmann, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kaufmann, both of whom were natives of Germany and emigrated to the United States, settling in Sheboygan county in 1856. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoppert seven children were born, six of whom are now living. Frederick B., born April 10, 1888, was drowned on the 4th of August, 1896. Martin, a graduate of the Wisconsin University at Madison, of the class of 1912, received a gold medal from that institution for having the best thesis written by a student that year. Earnest H., who is a student of the Wisconsin University, is a graduate of the Sheboygan high school, having been valedictorian of the class of 1910. Augusta L. resides at home with her parents. Arno H. is a pupil of the high school in Sheboygan, a member of the junior class. Carl A. is also attending high school in Sheboygan. Benjamin William is a pupil of the German school in Sheboygan.
Mr. Hoppert is not only well known in Sheboygan county but throughout the entire middle west, having been engaged for many years in the manufacture and sale of shoes. His business transactions brought him in contact with the commercial interests in the surrounding country and among all his acquaintances and business associates he is known to be a man of strictest integrity and high ideals of character and life. He is always interested in the improvement and advancement of people among whom he has established his home and to the success of every worthy cause he gives the benefit of his influence and liberal financial support. He is highly respected and greatly esteemed as one of the leading representative men of this part of the state.
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