John Henry “J. H.” Koop

John Henry “J. H.” Koop

Hanover, Region Hannover, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death 24 Aug 1916 (aged 59)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 17, Lot 31, Center
Memorial ID 74144894 · View Source
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J. H. Koop married Magdalene Linnemann on October 2, 1879 in Stearns County, Minnesota.

Arrived in Brainerd in 1880.

Brainerd City Mayor 1898-1900

•See Blanche Sleeper Smith.
•See Maud Sleeper Hazen.
•See Anna Theresa McCarthy Smith.
•See Dennis B. Mahoney.
•See Charles B. Rowley.
•See Augusta Schultz.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

Koop, J. H.

Was born in Hanover, Europe, on the 8th of February, 1851 [sic]. He came to America and located in Stearns county, Minnesota, in 1869, where he attended St. John's College. Came to Brainerd in 1880, and as a partner of Joseph H. Linnemann, one of the early settlers of Minnesota, started in the mercantile business, under the firm name of Linnemann and Koop, the former being in business at St. Joseph, Stearns county. They also have branch stores at New Munich and Sauk Rapids. The one in this place was opened in the summer of 1880, and carries a stock of about $25,000. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 649)

      We learn that Mr. J. H. Koop has purchased of Mr. Schwartz the two vacant lots on the corner of Sixth and Front Sts., paying therefore the sum of $2,500 in cash. We expect soon to see Mr. Koop, who is one of our most enterprising citizens, erecting a fine brick block on this desirable site. (Brainerd Tribune, 04 June 1881, p. 4, c. 2)

      Mr. J. H. Koop will soon commence an addition to his large general store on Front street. The new building will be a counterpart in size and style of his present store, and will make a fine double store. (Brainerd Tribune, 27 August 1881, p. 5, c. 3)

      We learn that Mr. J. H. Koop has purchased the handsome residence property of Mr. H. A. Towne. This is a fine location and as desirable a place to live as a prince could wish for. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 December 1881, p. 4, c. 1)

      H. J. Spencer, of the First National Bank has purchased the 8th street residence property of J. H. Koop. Consideration $5,000. (Brainerd Dispatch, 23 January 1885, p. 3, c. 2)

                  A Complete Success.

      The masquerade ball given by the Germania Verein at the roller rink was one of those grand and successful affairs so seldom witnessed. The floor of the rink was filled with dancers in costume and the seating capacity all taken before 9 o'clock. J. H. Koop and Mrs. H. Theviot as prince and princess of the carnival throng, were seated at the west end of the rink after the carnival procession arrived. The costumes presented a very pleasing appearance, representing almost every nationality and race, and the judges were somewhat perplexed to select from among the number those who were entitled to prizes. The selections were finally made, however, and when the party unmasked at 11 o'clock, it was found that Miss Maggie Meekins had taken the prize for the best character costume, which was a beautiful ring; Miss Annie Stade, for the handsomest costume, a hanging lamp; J. W. Koop, for the gents best character, a ring and charm; and R. G. Hartley, for the gents handsomest costume, a cigar case.
      Immediately following the unmasking the Liederkranz assembled in the center of the rink and sang two fine German selections under the leadership of Prof. Weber. Supper was then served at Sanborn's restaurant. Dancing was continued until 3 a.m. The society is to be congratulated upon the success of the party. (Brainerd Dispatch, 17 February 1888, p. 4, c. 4)

                     Bitten by a Dog.

      On Monday Miss Blanche Howe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Howe, was fiercely attacked by a dog owned by J. H. Koop, and was severely bitten through the right hand. The young lady was wearing gloves, which protected her hand in a measure, but the dog's teeth penetrated the gloves and sank deep into the flesh of the hand. The dog was killed the same evening. Too much care cannot be taken in restraining cross dogs. (Brainerd Dispatch, 08 March 1895, p. 4, c. 5)

      A. F. Ferris, J. P. Saunders, C. P. McLean and J. H. Koop returned this morning from a duck hunt in the vicinity of Backus with a string of nearly 100 mallards. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 October 1897, p. 8, c. 4)

      C. F. Kindred, general agent of the Philadelphia & Reading railroad passed through the city Tuesday in his private car accompanied by Daniel Buck, select councillor, ex-Harbor Master Klemmer, his son Alfred and his sister, the latter stopping in Brainerd until the return of the party to visit her sister, Mrs. [Cornelia J. Kindred] Merritt [See Judge George W. Holland's Will]. At this city the party was joined by J. H. Koop who will journey with them to the National Park and from there to Vancouver and other points on the Pacific coast, returning to this city in about three weeks when Mr. Kindred will take his party to Sylvan lake for a few days fishing and will also introduce them to other interesting summer outing places in this vicinity. (Brainerd Dispatch, 05 August 1898, p. 8, c. 4)

      C. F. Kindred and party from Philadelphia returned Wednesday from a trip to the coast in a special car. J. H. Koop accompanied the party from this city and reports a very pleasant trip. Last evening the band serenaded Mr. Kindred's party and spent a very pleasant evening in the "Reading" which has been standing on the track at the Sixth street crossing since its arrival in the city. The party leaves today for Philadelphia. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 August 1898, p. 8, c. 4)

                       DEATH OF J. H. KOOP

     Business Men of the City will Gener-
          ally Close Stores During Hours
                 of Funeral on Saturday


      Former Alderman, Mayor and Post-
              master of Brainerd, Served
                  Under Pres. Cleveland

      John Henry Koop, one of Brainerd's oldest merchants, who since March has been in business in Jamestown, N. D., died Thursday at the home of his son-in-law, George Murphy, in Brainerd, death being due to hardening of the arteries.
      He had been in failing health for a year. In the morning at 6 the nurse heard him suddenly call, "Mother." He asked for the doctor and the priest and later lapsed into unconsciousness, the end coming shortly before 7 o'clock.
      Mr. Koop served Brainerd well as alderman and 14 years ago as mayor. He championed the purchase of the dam now owned by The Northwest Paper Co. In the early days the dam could have been bought for $25,000 and Mr. Koop labored in vain to have the city buy that utility. It was in his administration that Wm. Nelson was appointed chief of police. Mr. Koop was postmaster four years, serving under President Cleveland.
      He was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1857, and when 12 years old left Germany and stayed with friends in St. Vincent, Pa., where he attended the college there two years. He went to St. John's University, Stearns county, and studied there 6 years.
      He returned to St. Joe and conducted an elevator and bought wheat. In 1879 he was married to Miss Lena Linnemann. In 1880 they removed to Brainerd where he started in the general merchandise business and was located in the Hayes building which is now the "Best" theatre. In 1881 he built the Koop block on Front street and removed there. This building was many years afterwards destroyed by fire and the Walverman block erected on the site.
      Later Mr. Koop engaged in the dry goods business at Staples for a number of years and subsequently returned to Brainerd and with Mrs. Koop conducted a large dry goods store here until last spring, when they moved to Jamestown, N. D. in March where they have since been engaged in business.
      He leaves a wife, two daughters, Mrs. George Murphy of Brainerd, and Mrs. Lillian Ewing of Jamestown [and] one son Grover H. Koop of Jamestown. His brothers are Severin Koop, who died in 1901; John Wm. Koop and John Herman Koop of Brainerd. His sister, Mrs. Angelina Bergemann, died 18 years ago.
      Mr. Koop was a member of the Sons of Herman, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen, Elks, A. O. U. W. [Ancient Order of United Workmen] and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He belonged to the Catholic church.
       Mr. Koop was of a genial, pleasant nature and made friends readily. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance. Books were a joy to him and his scholarly mind delighted to explore the treasures of his library.
      Genial, good-hearted, public spirited, the loss of John Henry Koop is mourned by Brainerd. Out of respect to his memory, business men of the city will generally close their stores during the hours of the funeral, from 9 to 10 o'clock, Saturday morning.
      Services, commencing at 9 o'clock, will be held in St. Francis Catholic church, Rev. Father J. J. O'Mahoney officiating. High mass will be celebrated at 9 o'clock. Al. Mraz will sing a solo.
      The pallbearers will be nephews of the deceased.
      To the sorrowing relatives is extended the sincere sympathy of their many friends.


                  Attention Workmen

      All members of Brainerd Lodge No. 47, A. O. U. W., are requested to meet at their hall at 8:30 o'clock Saturday morning, Aug. 26, to attend the funeral of our late brother, J. H. Koop.
                               ANDREW ANDERSON
                                                   M. W. (Brainerd Dispatch, 25 August 1916, p. 3, c. 1) [Contributed by John Van Essen]

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry “J. H.” Koop (10 Feb 1857–24 Aug 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74144894, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .