KOPPENHAFFER, Moses, farmer, was born in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 25, 1831. He is a son of Jonathan and Catherine (Hopner) Koppenhaffer. Michael Koppenhaffer, his grandfather, married Catherine Garrett, and they had a family of sons and daughters. Jonathan Koppenhaffer, father of Moses Koppenhaffer, died July 1890. Aged eighty-eight years and six months; His wife died in April, 1885, aged about seventy-two. They had eleven children: Emanuel, Angeline, Moses, Sarah, George, John, Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary Jane, Emeline, and Rebecca.
Moses Koppenhaffer received his first school instructions in the subscription schools of his native township; later he attended the public schools for a part of each year until he was twenty-one, being throughout those years of much assistance to his father in the work of the farm. After reaching his majority he served a two years’ apprenticeship at stone mason work with Solomon Schaeffer, Northumberland county; after which he worked at his trade as a journeyman for about five years. At twenty-nine years of age Mr. Koppenhaffer went back to the homestead under an agreement with his father to cultivate the farm on shares for three years. In 1860 he removed to his father-in-law’s farm in Upper Paxton township, under and agreement similar to that which he had made with his father, which was the usual share and share arrangement between owner and renter. In this case it proved so satisfactory that it was continued for twenty-two years, and at the death of his father-in-law, Mr. Koppenhaffer made a similar engagement for two years more with his mother-in-law. In 1874 he bought the farm at the administrator’s sale and has had his residence there since that time.
Moses Koppenhaffer was married, February 15, 1855, by Rev. Frederick Woltz, to Elizabeth, daughter of Adam and Mary (Hawk) Ritzman. Mr. and Mrs. Koppenhaffer have had thirteen children, two of whom are deceased: Ann tourney, died aged three weeks; Hiram, born June 23, 1856, was accidentally killed at Sunbury, Pa., while coupling cars, October 27, 1890. He was employed as yardmaster by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Their surviving children are: Adeline, wife of John Row, had six children; Agnes, wife of Edwin Eby; Sarah Elizabeth, born December 1, 1860, wife of Charles Holtzman; Ann Eliza, born July 5, 1862, wife of Henry Rumberger; Charles Milton, born July 10, 1863, married Agnes Stratzer, had two children; Ebbie Jane, born May 28, 1866, wife of Clayton Lenker, has seven children; Mary Ellen, born February 17, 1868; Augustus Edwin, Born March 17, 1870, married Lettie Stepler, has two children; Angelina, born October 5, 1871, married Harry wise, has one child; Anna Verdilla, born October 10, 1873, and Carrie Malinda, born April 17, 1877.
Mr. Koppenhaffer is a Republican; he is at present supervisor, having been elected for one year. He and his family attend the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County