John C. Popp - Goodspeed
Rankin Family History Project
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri

John C. Popp

John C. Popp, a brick manufacturer of Perryville, Mo., was born in 1849 in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany. He is a son of Philip and Margaret (Kodlalr) Popp, both of whom were natives of Bavaria, born in 1801 and 1810, respectively.

In 1851 they immigrated to the United States and afterward settled in Perry County, Mo., on a farm of 120 acres seven miles east of Perryville, on which both parents died, the mother in 1865 and the father in 1883. They had six children, three of whom are living: Christopher, John H. and John C. The children were reared on the farm.

When young John C. and Christopher began manufacturing brick and lime on the old home place, the former working for the latter. In 1866 Christopher opened a brickyard in Perryville and John C. continued in his employ until 1875. They made an average of 350,000 bricks per annum. Since 1875 John C. has made bricks on the same yard in Perryville, averaging 250,000 per year this making about 6,000,000 bricks manufactured by the Popp brothers in Perryville since 1866. Mr. Popp is well prepared for the work and makes first class brick. He employs four men per season.

In 1870, he was united in marriage with Mary Denizet, who was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1848, and is a member of the Catholic Church. To this union have been born five children: Clara M., Louisa M. William J., Cecelia K. and Hattie F. Mr. Popp is a member of the Lutheran Church.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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