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Harry H. Dopp

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 262-263 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One of the loyal public-spirited citizens of Herkimer county, New York, is Harry H. Dopp and as a business man he has also been conspicuous among his associates for his fair and honorable methods. His birth occurred at Rural Grove, New York, on November 20, 1874, his parents being Garrett and Ella (Haggert) Dopp. Garrett Dopp was born at Rural Grove, New York, on August 15, 1842, and is now living retired in Dolgeville, New York, aged eighty-two years. In early life he was a blacksmith but afterward became associated with his brother, Samuel Dopp, in the hotel business at Gloversville, New York. He later ran hotels at Northville, Cherry Valley, Dolgeville, St. Johnsville, and Fultonville, New York. His wife was born at Gloversville, New York, on September 20, 1846, and died in Rural Grove, New York, on August 20, 1879. She was the daughter of John and Maria (Roberson) Haggert. On March 12, 1885, he was married to Mary Wilsie, who was born at Paines Hollow, New York, October 15, 1856, and is now living in Dolgeville, New York, at the age of sixty-eight years. Garrett Dopp was the son of John, Jr., and Lydia (Dopp) Dopp. John Dopp, Jr., was born in Rural Grove, New York, in January, 1808, and died on December 27, 1888, at the same place. He was a farmer by occupation. His wife was born at Rural Grove, New York, July 12, 1805, and died there at the age of eighty-three years.

Harry H. Dopp acquired his early education in the Rural Grove public school and at Cherry Valley, New York Academy, after which he became associated with his father in the hotel business at Dolgeville, New York, for a time. He then worked for the Bramback Piano Company for several years, and for the American Felt Company for one year. In 1901 he entered the employ of the Dolgeville Felt Shoe Company, worked himself up to be vice president of the company and held this position for six years. The company was reorganized in 1907. Mr. Henry A. Dolge retired and Mr. Frank Engel also severed his connection, while Mr. H. I. Patrie came into the company as secretary and treasurer, and Mr. William Menge remained as president and Mr. Dopp as foreman. The United States Rubber Company bought out the plant in January, 1920, but Mr. Dopp was continued as foreman, which position he now holds. In September, 1923, he formed a partnership with F. D. Nickerson for the sale of automobiles, under the firm name of Dopp & Nickerson, Mr. Dopp being the senior partner.

On December 30, 1902, at Little Falls, New York, Harry H. Dopp was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Elizabeth Dunckel, who was born on April 14, 1872, and is the daughter of Peter J. and Lucy A. (Woolever) Dunckel. Peter J. Dunckel was born in Freysbush, New York, on May 27, 1828, and died at Dolgeville, New York, on October 2, 1893. He was a farmer and a miller by trade and operated a grist mill at Brocketts Bridge, now Dolgeville, New York. His wife was born on May 19, 1833, at Dolgeville, New York, and died at that place on August 26, 1908, aged seventy-five years. Peter J. was the son of John Dunckel, Jr., and Elizabeth (Fox) Dunckel. John Dunckel, Jr., was born on May 24, 1797, at Freysbush, New York, and died there on April 6, 1882, aged eighty-four years. His wife was born in Freysbush, New York, on March 20, 1793, and died there on December 3, 1865. John Dunckel, Jr., was the son of John Dunckel, and the parents of John Dunckel were Peter and Anna Maria Dunckel. Peter Dunckel was born in Germany, on February 2, 1720, and came to America in 1766, settling in Freysbush, New York. He died there on April 21, 1809. His wife was born in Germany, on January 25, 1725, and died in Freysbush, New York, on March 15, 1810. Lucy A. (Woolever) Dunckel, mother of Mrs. Dopp, was born on May 19, 1833, and died at Dolgeville, New York, on August 26, 1908. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Delilah (Klock) Woolever. Nicholas Woolever was born on August 1, 1800, and died on July 2, 1886. His occupation was farming. His wife was born on July 26, 1806, and died on December 8, 1896. Mrs. Dopp is a member of Auskerada Chapter, Number 204, Order of the Eastern Star, and of the First Universalist church of Dolgeville, New York. In politics she is a republican.

Mr. and Mrs. Dopp have one child, Lucy Mary Dopp, born on December 12, 1906, at Dolgeville, New York. Mr. Dopp holds the office of town assessor, being elected in the fall of 1923 for two years and is still serving. He is a member of Dolgeville Lodge, No. 796, A. F. & A. M.; Oriental Chapter, No. 305, R. A. M.; Rockton Council, No. 337, Royal Arcanum of Little Falls, New York; and Dolgeville Lodge, No. 137, I. O. O. F. He was a member of Gen. J. P. Spofford Hose Company, No. 2 and served from 1896 to 1905. Mr. Dopp also holds memberships in the Ongawanda and Exchange Clubs of Dolgeville. He was chairman of the Liberty Loan Association of Dolgeville, trustee of the village for two years, and president from 1913 to 1917, inclusive. His church membership is in the First Universalist church of Dolgeville, where he has been clerk for twenty-four years. In politics Mr. Dopp is a stanch republican and his chief diversions are fishing and baseball. At all times Mr. Dopp is ready to lend his aid and cooperation to any movement calculated to benefit the community in which he lives and he has ever been loyal to the ties of friendship.

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