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My mother was Elda Hopp, born in either Courtland or Nicollet, Mn to Otto and Sophie (I think that was my grandmother's name) on July 9, 1912. Her father's family included seven sons and four sisters. One of the brother's names was Emil. I have a picture of the family and I believe Emil was the very tall brother (well over 6 feet tall). I do not know all of the siblings names, but I have written down several of them because one of my mother's sisters was able to tell me (before she died several years ago) that each of the children in her family were named (their middle name) after the aunts and uncles of the previous generation. My mother's middle name was Augusta (after her father's sister Augusta). At any rate there seems to be a good chance that we are related to the same great grandfather. I do know that my great grandfather and his wife came to Wisconsin from Possen, Germany (after WWII- it became Posnen, Poland. At some later date they moved to Minnesota and settled (eventually at least) in Nicollet County, either Courtland or Nicollet, MN. Quite a few of the descendents of this family still live in the area. I do not know them, but I have driven around in the area and saw quite a few mail boxes with Hopp names who are probably second cousins. I have heard that there is a relative in Franklin, MN who has done considerable work on this Hopp family geneology. I do not know her name, but I have relatives who live there who may be able to give me her name.
I have not worked on geneology records very much, although I have been interested in the stories that I have been able to learn in casual conversations with older relatives. My impression from conversations was that this family emigrated in the late 1800's (probably between 1865-1880). But they held tightly to their German traditions. My mother and her siblings, for instance, spoke only German until they went to school. If any of this information seems relavent to you, I would be interested in sharing other information.