Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) – great-grandmother

When Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) was born on December 9, 1896, in Alameda, California, her father, Jacob, was 42, and her mother, Barbara, was 40. She married Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp on February 19, 1916, in Berkeley, California. They had two children during their marriage. She died as a young mother on July 6, 1918, in Oakland, California, at the age of 21.

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) was living in San Francisco, California when it was shaken by one of the greatest quakes of the 20th century.


12 of my family members probably lived in the Bay Area during the 1906 earthquake. Barbara Funk, –1931, 2nd great grandmother, Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp, 1894–1981, great grandfather. Jacob Christian Bofinger, 1854–1908, 2nd great grandfather. Charles Bofinger, 1884–1940, great grand uncle. Julia Barbara Bofinger, Stewart, Schone, Miller, 1895–1972 My great grandmother. Elsa Bofinger, 1889–?great grand aunt, Gracie Romania Webb, Kopp, 1861–1928 my 2nd great grandmother. Nicholas Adam Kopp, 1866–1931, 2nd great grandfather. George Bofinger ,1892–1929, great grand uncle, August Bofinger, 1882–1953,  great grand uncle. Louise Bofinger, Messick, Souza, 1888–? great grand aunt, Jacob Bofinger,1891–1949 great grand uncle.

Just before daybreak on April 18, 1906, San Francisco had a rude awakening. By the turn of the century, the city had become the largest on the West Coast and the center of Western migration, commerce, and culture. But, in just over a minute, the 7.9 magnitude earthquake destroyed more than 80 percent of the city, taking the lives of 3,000 and leaving 200,000 homeless. It also ignited a series of fires that burned for three days, decimating approximately 500 city blocks. Entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble, trees uprooted, train tracks and roads overturned. Immediately, survivors began searching for the missing. Field hospitals and makeshift camps sprung up, providing refugees with shelter and the wounded with treatment. It would take federal support and a flurry of construction and innovation, but by 1915, San Francisco had risen from the ashes. from ancestry.
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To prevent additional fires, the government ordered that all cooking was to be done in the street. 1906, San Francisco, California. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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At the time of the earthquake, San Francisco had a population of almost half a million and was the 9th largest city in the United States. 1906, San Francisco, California. Credit: Historic Photo Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Arrival of the Great White Fleet

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) may have been among the crowd to see the Great White Fleet when it docked in San Francisco, California, in 1908.

prescale Arrival of the Great White Fleet

Catherine Bofinger, Kopp (Foss) married Harry Wilbur Webb Kopp in Berkeley, California, on February 19, 1916, when she was 19 years old.

Her daughter Barbara Grace, my great-grandmother was born on August 17, 1916, in Alameda, California. Her daughter Betty Louise was born on May 28, 1918, in Berkeley, California. My great Aunt. Betty Louise Foss,” Harrower”, Seabold  1918–2003.