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Harvey Coppes, 43, president of the Farmers & Traders' Bank of Nappanee, and for a number of years in the manufacturing business in Nappanee, died at his home in that town Sunday evening at six o'clock of tuberculosis. He had been ill for many months and visited New Mexico and Northern Michigan in a vain effort to regain his health. He leaves a wife, a son, 15, and a daughter, 10 years of age. He is also survived by two brothers. [Goshen Mid Week News Times Nov. 13, 1914 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Aged Banker Expired at Home in Nappanee Yesterday Afternoon. Samuel D. Coppes, 70 years of age, a resident of Elkhart county for about 60 years and who had lived in Nappanee almost from the time that town was established in 1874, died at his home there at 5:15 o'clock last evening, following a general breakdown with which he suffered immediately after the death of his son, Harvey E. Coppes, at Nappanee, last fall. His disease was a complication of ailments and it had been quite evident for several weeks that his demise was not far distant. Mr. Coppes was born near Medina, Ohio, March 22, 1845, and about ten years later accompanied his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob D. Coppes, to Elkhart county. The family settled on a farm, near Cabin Hill, in Harrison township. Upon taking up his residence in Nappanee Mr. Coppes engaged in business there was Coppes Bros. who had a saw mill and a box factory. In 1890 he disposed of his holdings to Daniel Zook, now deceased, and devoted his attention to the Farmers & Traders bank, owned by Coppes & Son and of which he was until November 2nd last the president. At that time the bank was reorganized and Mr. Coppes retired from active connection. Harry B. Green having been elected to the presidency. Surviving the deceased are his wife, two sons, Fred and Frank Coppes, four daughters, Mrs. J.W. Rosburgh, Mrs. Charles Mutchler, Mrs. Charles A. Inks and Mrs. H.J. Rickert, and two brothers, John D. and Frank Coppes, all of Nappanee. John C. Mellinger of Goshen is a brother-in-law, Mrs. Mellinger, deceased, having been a sister of Mr. Coppes. Funeral services will be held at the East Market street home in Nappanee at 1:30 o'clock p.m. Wednesday, with interment in South Union cemetery. The parents of the deceased died in this country and their bodies are buried not far from the old farm. [Goshen Daily Democrat May 10, 1915 Submitters Name: Karen K ]


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