"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Koppa, A. A. prominent among the progressive business men of Rhinelander, Oneida County, in which city he is proprietor of a fine drug store, was born in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., July 11, 1890. His parents, Joseph J. and Anna (SZUMINSKI) KOPPA, were natives of German Poland who came to the United States in 1870, locating first at Little Rock, Ark. In 1873 they moved from that place to Marathon County, Wis., and may be numbered among the early settlers there, as that county was but thinly settled at the time. As the lumber industry was flourishing and Joseph J. KOPPA was a master sawyer, he easily found work and was practically never idle for the rest of his life unless he wished to be. He died in Wausau, Jan. 20, 1920, being survived by his wife, Anna, who now resides with her son the subject of this sketch. A. A. KOPPA acquired his elementary education in the public schools of Wausau, later graduated from the high school and in 1910 entered Marquette University, from the pharmaceutical department of which institution he was graduated in the class of 1912. During the next nine years he worked in a number of large drug stores in different towns of Wisconsin, thus adding to his store of practical knowledge pertaining to his profession. When ready to engage in business for himself, he came Sept. 12, 1921, to Rhinelander and purchased the drug store of F. L. Hinmann & Co., located at No. 22 South Brown Street. In the time that has since elapsed he has made it one of the best stocked and best equipped drug store in the city, carrying a complete line of drugs, toilet articles and sundries, smokers' supplies, and everything that could ordinarily be found in a large city drug store. These advantages, together with the courteous treatment of customers by Mr. KOPPA and his assistants have made this place one of the most popular emporiums in Rhinelander. "Energy and efficiency" is his motto, and in both respects he sets an example to all his employees. Aside from his achievements in business, Mr. KOPPA has on every suitable occasion interested himself in the general welfare of the community and has helped to keep the car of progress moving. He is a Catholic in religion, and a member of Rhinelander Council No. 2032, K. of C., and of Rhinelander Lodge No. 598, B. P. O. E. A lover of clean sport, he is one of city's skilled bowlers. On June 23, 1919, Mr. KOPPA was married to Michaline KAMROWSKI of Stevens Point, and he and his wife are the parents of two children: Mary A., born Aug. 28, 1920, and Catherine G., born Oct. 19, 1922. Mrs. KOPPA is a member of the Woman's Club and the society of Catholic Ladies.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 506-507; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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