Orpha Allen Gopperton was born on a farm in Brown County, Ohio, on December 18, 1876. After taking advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the district school he went to work on the farm, which occupation he followed for several years. Desiring a change he later removed to Dayton and began work as a machine hand. He was following this occupation when appointed patrolman, March 21, 1908. Mr. Gopperton is prominently identified with a lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is married, his wife's name being Carrie.