From "Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin" Edited by John M. Ware, 1917
That it is possible for a progressive and industrious man to make a success of Framing the these modern times is well illustrated in the case of George Kopitzke of DuPont township. Mr. Kopitzke has lived in Waupaca County for several years only, but for many years prior to that had a farm in Waushara County. His Country home is near the Village of Marion, and represents the fruits of his individual management as a farmer. In his career he has brought to bear unusual food sense in regulating his affairs and a persistent dilgence has had its proper reward.
He was born in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, June 17, 1861 a son George and Wilhelmina ( Reinke) Kopitzke. Both parents were natives of Germany and came to America some time during the decade of 1850's. Their first home was in Winnebago County, but when their son George was six or seven years they removed to Waushara County, where they spent their remaining years. George Kopitzke, Sr. following farming all his life. In Winnebago County he settled in the midst of the woods, and after clearing up a farm there he repeated the process in Waushara County. The first home of the family in Wisconsin, in which George Kopitzke, Jr., was born, was built of logs. The roof was covered with split logs and there was a minimum of conveniences of furnishings in such a rude shelter. Neighbors lived far apart and a path was blazed through the trees from one house to the other. George Kopitzke, Sr., frequently went to mill carrying his grain on a sled pulled by a yoke of cattle even in the summer time. He would take his wheat to Weyauwega or to Hortonville, and would be gone three days on the trip. He also served in the Civil war. He and his family were active members of the Lutheran Church. The children were five in number: John, George, Julius, Minnie and Ernest.
George Kopitzke, Jr. acquired most of his early education in the Schools of Waushara County. He lived on the old place and farmed it for a number of years, and successfully operated 120 acres of land. In March of 1912, he moved to the farm he now owns in DuPont Township of Waupaca County. Here he has 100 acres and in point of cultivation and improvement it stands as one of the best farms in the townships.
In 1884 Mr. Kopitzke married Miss Lizzie Wohlt. She was born in Germany, daugther John Wohlt. To their marriage were born three children, Earl, now deceased; Arnold and Dorothy. The Family are members of the Lutheran Church. While living in Waushara County Mr. Kopitzke served for eighteen years as clerk of his school district, and he was also a member of the township board. In Dupont Township he is now on the School Board and also to the Town board and takes a very active interest in keeping up good schools and also in promoting other movements for the good of the community.
Added by Kathy Boulet-Anderson
Arnold Juluis Kopitzke born February 2, 1897 in Blommfield Township, married Anna Marie Stehlow on September 2, 1922, daugther of Hermann Strehlow and Bertha Westfahl. She was born November 21, 1903, in Grant.
Of this union were born my mother-in-law Gladolyn Isbell Kopitzke 8-4-1927 DuPont and Ronald Kopitzke, Born 6-8-1924 in DuPont.
Arnold Kopitzke was also a farmer in Grant until 1933 when he became a Funeral Director. His # was 125 from Wisconsin State Board of Health. He had his funeral Home in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. His Son Ronal Kopitzke was also a Funeral Director in Birnamwood and Shawano. His Grandson Gary Lee Anderson is also a Funeral Director in Texas.