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Ferdinand Hopp. (1854-)
Born in Hamburg, Germany, engaged in hotel business att Bay City, Mich.

1892 biography. - Added Oct., 2009.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


We here present the portrait and biographical sketch of the proprietor and manager of the European Hotel at the corner of Third and Water Streets, in Bay City. He preforms to perfection the duties of “Mine Host” and is an ideal Boniface, being a man of great popularity, fine physique and original character. With the exception of some losses by endorsements he has been successful in every effort which he has put forth.

Mr. Hopp was born in Hamburg, Germany, January 30, 1854. His father, William, and grandfather, Charles, were both born in Mechlenburg. The latter came to the United States and located in New York at Walcottsville, where he carried on farming. He finally came to Bay City, and died here at the age of eighty-five. He took part in the Napoleonic wars, and was a sufferer thereby.

William Hopp resided in Hamburg and was a blacksmith by trade and a ship ironer. In 1857 he came to America with his wife and three children, being fourteen weeks on the ocean. Landing in New York City, he made his way to Niagara County, N. Y., where he located on a farm. In 1865 he came to New Baltimore, Macomb County, Mich., where he took up eighty acres of land, and devoted his energies to its improvement until 1870. He then came to Bay City and engaged in the saw-mill business until he retired to a farm in Hampton Township, six miles from the city. He was a Democrat in politics and a member of the Lutheran Church as was also his good wife, Mary Kulp, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, on the Rhine. Their nine children all grew to maturity and are still living.

The earliest recollections of our subject carry him back to the farm and the district schools of New York. He was eleven years old when the family came to Michigan, and here he studied in a log schoolhouse for a while, although his advantages were limited, as his father needed his help in clearing and cultivating the new farm. He early learned to help pull the crossent saw and thus fell the trees. At the age of thirteen he went to Alpena to work in the sawmills, beginning by piling lumber and working at an edger table.

In 1859 Mr. Hopp came to Bay City and was employed by Dolson, Walker & McCray in their mill for several years. In the fall of 1874 he opened a restaurant at the Third Street Bridge and worked up a fine business there, remaining at that point until the building in which he was located was destroyed by fire. This block was rebuilt, and in 1890 he remodeled and opened it as the European Hotel. It covers an area of 50x50 feet, is three stories in height, besides a basement, and is the finest and largest hotel in the city, containing some fifty rooms and an excellent restaurant.

Mr. Hopp was married in Bay City, in 1875, to Miss Minnie Bolzmann, who was born in Walcottsville, N. Y., and they have two childrenLena and Alle. The Lutheran Church is the religious body with which Mr. Hopp is connected, and the social orders which command his co-operation are the Foresters, Maccabees, Odd Fellows, Arbeiter Society, the Knights of Malta, and the Oder of the Iron Hall. He is a frequent delegate to Democratic county conventions and has been Chairman of the Ward Committee. Although he is a prosperous man and has acquired a handsome competence, including some valuable real estate, he was so unfortunate as to lose some $23,000 five years ago through endorsing for friends.

Additional Notes.

    1872 – He came to Bay City and engaged in the saloon business with John M. Schucker, near Third Street Bridge. [Bay Co. History, 1883]

    1884 - Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Hopp, Ferdinand (Schucker & Hopp), res 1113 N. Grant.
  • Schucker, Hopp & Engelran (302) (John Schucker, Fredinand Hopp, John Engelran, Wines, Liquors and Cigars, 1101 N. Water.
  • Schucker & Hopp (John M. Schucker, Ferdinand Hopp), Proprs Steamboat Restaurant n s 3d nr Bridge.
Related Pages/Notes

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People Referenced
Bolzmann, Minnie (wife)
Engelran, John
Happ, Alle (dau.)
Hopp, Lena (dau.)
Hopp, Charles (g-father)
Hopp, Ferdinand (subject)
Hopp, William (father)
Kulp, Mary (mother)
Schucker, John M.
Subjects Referenced
Alpena, MI
Baltimore, MI
Bavaria, Germany
Bay City, MI
Dolson, Walker & McCray
European Hotel
Hamburg, Germany
Hampton Twp., Bay Co.
Macomb Co., MI
Mechlengurg, Germany
Napoleonic Wars
New York, NY
Niagara Co., NY
Schucker & Hopp
Schucker, Hopp & Engelran
Steamboat Restaurant
Third Street Bridge
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