KLOPFER, GOTTLIEB, farmer, was born in Weilheim, county of Clundeheim, Wurtemberg, Germany. He is a son of Gottlieb and Dora (Pfitzer) Klopfer. They had ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The living children are: Dora, wife of Gottlieb Mock; Gottlieb, Carl H., Frederick, Henry, Albert, Christina, and Lotta, wife of Mr. Monroe. Both parents died in Germany, the father aged sixty-five years, the mother aged forty.
Gotlieb Klopfer received his education in the private schools of his native town. He learned shoemaking in Germany. He came to America in 1850. He sailed from Havre, France, was aboard ship six weeks, landed at New York and located in Philadelphia. There he worked at his trade. Removing to Harrisburg in the fall of 1851, he continued for five years to work at shoemaking. In 1856 he became a farmer, locating in Susquehanna township, where he has since followed the same vocation. When he came there were but four German farmers in the township; he is now the oldest farmer of the township. Mr. Klopfer's first presidential vote, after obtaining his naturalization papers in 1856, was cast for James Buchanan. His political views are still in harmony with those of the Democratic party.
He was married, at Harrisburg, in March, 1853, to Caroline Switzer. They have had five children, one of whom, Henry, died aged six months. Their living children are: Mary E., wife of James Beaver; Louisa, wife of Frank Kline; Albert, and Charles, both unmarried. Mr. Klopfer is a member of the Lutheran church.
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