Mr. Opgenorth is one of the enterprising and successful business men of Sheboygan, where he is engaged in business as a blacksmith, owning his own shop, in which he not only conducts a general blacksmithing business but also a wagon and repair shop.
He was born in Plymouth, Sheboygan county, June 12, 1878, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Opgenorth, both of whom were natives of Germany and who at a very early date emigrated to America and established their home on one of the desirable farms in Sheboygan county, where they still reside, the father being engaged in agricultural pursuits, near Sheboygan in Sheboygan township.
Henry Opgenorth received his elementary education in the district schools of Sheboygan county and later attended a parochial school. He then pursued a course of study in the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Pennsylvania, after which he learned the trade of engineering and in that occupation he was employed for a period of eight years. He then worked in a machine shop for one year and after that bought an interest in a blacksmith shop, later establishing a shop of his own on Union avenue. He has since continued to devote his time and attention to general blacksmithing and wagon repairing. He has been very successful in his business and his shop is one of the best known and most creditable institutions of its kind in Sheboygan.
In November, 1896, Mr. Opgenorth was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Carlson and after two years of married life Mrs. Opgenorth passed out of this life. On November 27, 1909, Mr. Opgenorth wedded Miss Helen Krepsky, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krepsky. The father is a native of Sheboygan county and the mother was born in Germany and they reside in Sheboygan township, where the father is engaged in agricultural pursuits. To Mr. and Mrs. Opgenorth has been born a daughter, Dorothy.
Mr. Opgenorth is a member of the Lutheran Aid Society and also a member of St. Andrew's Sick Society, and is the treasurer of St. Andrew's Band. He is a loyal and enthusiastic member of the republican party. He has been elected town treasurer on a non-partisan ticket. He is a highly respected and useful citizen of his county and one of the successful and reliable business men of the city in which he resides.
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