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Henry W. Hopler (1841-1930)
Long time supervisor of Williams Township.

  • Biography. Added Oct., 2012.
    History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan.


    A resident on section 10, Williams Township, Bay County, our subject was born in Independence, Oakland County, this State, November 21, 1842. His youth was characterized as has been that of many another lad born to pioneer conditions. He attended the district school of the vicinity in which he lived and received a good working education. In 1861 he came with his father to Williams Township and purchased land on section 10, where the family now live.

    our subject has eighty acres of land and on comng to this vicinity he at once identified himself with its best interests. Realizing how greatly the future strength of our country depended upon the advantages enjoyed by the youth of the present, our subject's interests outside of his family have centered in the educational idea. He has served as a member of the the School Board for fifteen years and during that time has ever sought, while practically conservative, to use his influence for the most progressive methods.

    Mr. Hopler enlisted in the army under Capt. H. S. Raymond of Company F. Twenty-third Michigan infantry, being mustered in at Bay City in August, 1862. Of several battles in which he participated that of Nashville was the most important, and that alos of which he has the most vivid remembrence, as he was wounded on that occasion. He was also with Sherman during the march of that General to the sea, and was a witness of the surrender of Johnston at Raleigh, N. C. He was also present at the Grand Review in Washington, and although the thought of the many who had left their homes in the service of their country and had found graves in a strange land was sadding, the military spectacle in itself, of great and victorious army making its last report to the greatest of generals, was magnificent and awe-inspiring.

    Our subject is a son of John and Elizabeth Hopler, John Hopler was born in New Jersey in 1804 and was married to Elizabeth Vorhees, a native of the same State. Her family were farmers and came to Michigan in 1837, settling in Independence Township, Oakland County. In 1861 they came to Bay County and at once purchased one hundred and twenty acres there. The father was ever highly respected and held important posts in the township. He was Highway Commissioner for a number of years and to the early pioneers who experienced the difficulties of traveling over new roads, this fact is significant. John Hopler died September 13, 1890, his wife having passed away a number of years before him, her decease having occurred March 14, 1861. They were the parents of nine children, only three of whom are still living. Henry Hopler is the seventh in order of birth of the family. The names of the other surviving two are Elizabeth, now Mrs. J. H. Lewis, and Anna, who is the wife of John Petty; both live in Oakland County. Our subject now holds the office of Township Treasurer, this being his fourth year. He is also Commissioner of Highways and has held several other important offices. He does a general farming and stock-raising business.

    1930 Obituary. - Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Mar. 2008.

    Bay City Times - Friday, March 14, 1930 (Page 22)


    Henry W. Hopler, 88, Was
    Last of Band of
    Civil War Fighters


    Henry W. Hopler, 88, the last member of the G. A. R. in Williams township, died at his residence today. Mr. Hopler, who had been a resident of Williams township for 65 years, was prominent in county affairs a number of years ago. He served 11 years as a supervisor from his township in the early years of the century, and up until two years ago had been an active member of the board of trustees of Williams township school district No. 2.

    He was born Nov. 22, 1841, in Independence township, Oakland county and came to Bay county in his youth. He enlisted in Co. F. 23rd infantry, Aug. 15, 1862 and was discharged June 4, 1863 because of disabilities suffered in the service.

    Mr. Hopler is survived by one sister, Mrs. J. H. Lewis, of Mount Pleasant. He never married. I. B. Davis, who made his home with Mr. Hopler for 40 years virtually took the place of a son to the veteran.

    He was a charter member of Evergreen lodge, I. O. O. F. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Sunday from the residence, and at 2 p. m. from Odd Fellows' hall, Auburn, with the Rev. George Gilroy officiating. Burial will be in Williams township cemetery, under the auspices of Evergreen lodge, I. O. O. F.

    Additional Notes:

      1880 - Census: Williams Twp., Bay, Mich.

    • Hopler, John - b. 1804, New Jersy, farmer.
    • Henry W., son - b. 1843, Mich, farmer.

      1910 - Census: Williams Twp., Bay, Mich.

    • Davis, Bert I - age 37, b. Mich.
    • Mabel F., wife - age 27, b. Mich.
    • Eva L., daughter - age 6, b. Mich.
    • Hopler, Henry W. - age 62, b. Mich.

      1930 - Find-A-Grave.

    • Henry W. Hopler - Painter in the 23rd Michigan Infantry, Co. F. Enlisted Aug. 15, 1862; discharged June 4, 1863; burial at Pine Grove Cemetery, Fisherville, Williams Twp., Bay County, Mich.
  • Related Notes & Pages

    Henry W. Hopler

    Irving B. Davis referenced in article was also a charter member of the Evergreen Lodge.
    Related Pages:
    Local Civil War History
    People Referenced
    Davis, Birt I.
    Davis, Mabel F. Mrs.
    Davis, Eva L.
    Gilroy, George Rev.
    Hopler, Anna (sister)
    Hopler, Elizabeth (sister)
    Hopler, Henry W.
    Hopler, John (father)
    Lewis, J.H. (bro-inlaw)
    Petty, John (bro-inlaw)
    Raymond, H.S.
    Vorhees, Elizabeth (mother)
    Subjects Referenced
    33rd MI Inf, Co. F.
    Auburn, MI
    Civil War veteran
    Evergreen Lodge, I.O.O.F.
    Fisherville, MI
    Independence Twp., Oakland
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    Nashville, TN
    New Jersey
    Oakland Co., MI
    Odd Fellows' hall
    Pine Grove Cemetery
    Raleigh, NC
    Supv., Williams Twp.
    Williams twp., MI
    Williams twp. cemetery
    Williams twp. sch. dist. #2
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.