Henry Opperman


HON. HENRY OPPERMAN, ex-mayor of the city of Steubenville, was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, September 12, 1829. He is the son of John and Catharine (Sengelaub) Opperman, by whom he was reared to the age of sixteen in his native country. He attended school until fourteen and after that age worked upon his father's farm until in 1847 he accompanied his father, mother and two brothers to America, landing at New York city on May 21. The family arrived at Pittsburgh, Penn., June 12, and after a residence of about four months there, they settled in the vicinity of Ore Hill blast furnace, on the Alleghany river in Armstrong county, Penn. There they remained three years, during which time the subject of this sketch learned the carpenter's trade. In the spring of 1850 they removed to Sharpsburg, Penn., where during the following summer he was employed in a rolling mill. In the fall of 1850 the family returned to Pittsburgh, where the father died April 3, 1853. Henry Opperman remained there about one year, working at the carpenter's trade. Early in 1851 he returned to the former home in Armstrong county, where he followed his trade about seven months, and for three years afterward he worked at his trade at another blast furnace, in the same county. WHile there he was married June 15, 1852 to Anna G. Krausharr, a native of Hesse Cassel, who came with her parents to America in 1851. In 1854 Mr. Opperman removed to Chester, Randolph county, Ill., where he resided four years, conducting a carpenter and wagon shop. In 1858 he returned to Armstrong county, Penn., where he continued at his trade until 1861. In that year he located in Pittsburgh. There he was employed in Laughlin's blast furnace until 1863, when he removed to his present home. Here he continued at his trade until 1865, when he accepted the position of general manager of the blast furnace of the Jefferson Iron Works and continued in that capacity nineteen years and a half. In the spring of 1885, he was elected mayor of Steubenville, and in 1887 was re-elected to that office, which he filled in an acceptable manner four years. In June 1889, he received the republican nomination for the office of sheriff of Jefferson county and he was elected. Mr. and Mrs. Opperman have ten children: Catharine, Mary Ann, Mary Jane, Lizzie, Maggie, Anna, Emma, John, Addie and Carrie of whom Mary Ann and Lizzie are deceased. Mr. Opperman is a member of the Masonic order, Odd Fellows and K. of P., Order of Druids and of the A. O. U. W. In politics he is a prominent member of the republican party. In addition to the official services already named, he has served as councilman three terms. He is well and favorably known in this city and throughout the county.

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