Funeral Notices and Obituaries

This is a collection of clippings, many gathered by my great uncle, Charles L. Hopkins, and passed down to me. Some of them, unfortunately, are undated and don't give the name of the paper they were clipped from. Despite this, I hope these are of some value to people researching these families.

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Margaret Berlin (Beard) Abraham

Wichita Eagle, 6-26-2002
Rose Hill, Kansas

Abraham, Margaret B., 82, homemaker and mother, died Monday, June 24, 2002. Visitation 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, both at Smith Mortuary, Douglass; service 10 a.m. Saturday, Rose Hill Church of Christ.

Mrs. Abraham was a long time member of the Church of Christ.

Preceded in death by parents, Amos F. and Ida (Stephens) Beard; husband, Elwyn M.; son, Richard and daughter, Templeanne.

Survivors: sons, E. Michael of Augusta, Stephen, Justin, Albert all of Wichita, James, Burl both of Rose Hill, Robert of Derby; daughters, Carol Ann McCormick of Big Cabin, Okla., Belinda Way of Tucson; sister, Betty White of Huckabee, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Memorials established with National Kidney Foundation and Know Your Bible in c/o Northside Church of Christ.

--from http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/obituaries/3542748.htm#Rose%20Hill 27 Jun 2002

The Late Mrs. Daniel Barcus

Fort Wayne, Indiana
2-10-1881

The funeral of the late Mrs. Daniel Barcus will take place this afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock, from the residence, No. 20 East Main street, the Rev. O. G. Hulson, pastor of the Berry street M. E. church, officiating. Mrs. Barcus, nee Miss Beulah P. Hopkins, was born in Philadelphia, August 17, 1813 and was married to Daniel Barcus in Waynesville, Warren county, Ohio, May 17, 1834. In 1839 Mr. and Mrs. Barcus removed to Camden, Jay county, Indiana, and to Whitley county in 1841 and finally taking up their residence in this city in September 1843. She leaves five surviving children, R. H., (of Logansport), H. H., Isaac, Albert and Mrs. J. J. Kamm, the latter all residents of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Barcus was a woman beloved by all who knew her. Her kindly nature and womanly virtue endeared her to everyone with whom she came in contact, and her childrenís children will rise up and call her blessed. In earlier times this lady was a Quakeress.

Daniel Barcus

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The funeral of Daniel Barcus will take place from the residence of his son, H. H. Barcus, 332 East Wayne Street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends of the family are invited. Funeral under the auspices of Sion S. Bass Post.

Mrs. Ida Mary Beard

Staff Special to The News

Grand Prairie, Texas. -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Mary Beard, 68, a resident of Grand Prairie for 13 years, will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday in the Fourth Street Church of Christ here.

Officiating will be Morris Moore, Norman Gipson and Wesley Mickey. Graveside services will be held at 3 p. m. in Ranger.

Mrs. Beard died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Betty White of Grand Prairie, after a long illness.

A native of Indiana, Mrs. Beard had resided in Ranger and Breckenridge before moving to Grand Prairie in 1944. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors besides Mrs. White include one son, Wilbur R. Beard of Paft, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Berlin Abraham, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, J. P. Stephens, Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Thornburgh, Houston, and Mrs. Bessie Judy, Ranger, and 14 grandchildren.

Dorothy Boone

Dorothy Boone, 99, formerly of Vine St., Martins Ferry, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 at the Shadyside Care Center. She was born Oct. 29, 1903 in Armstrongs Mills, Ohio. A daughter of the late John Wesley Taylor and Martha Jane Danford Taylor.

She was a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service at St. Clairsville and a member of the Martins Ferry Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Zera (sic) Paul Boone, Sr.; a son, Zera (sic) Paul Boone, Jr.; two brothers, Cyril Bernard Taylor and Chester Gladis Taylor; two sisters, Eula Slay and Virda C. Neff.

Surviving are three nephews, Glenn Slay of Caldwell, Harry Neff of Cleveland and John Neff of Colorado.

Friends will be received at the Toothman Funeral Home in St. Clairsville on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Kim Anderson, officiating. Burial follows in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville.

Source: Times-Leader, Martins Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, 14 Sept 2003

Mrs. Boone Dead

[January 4th, 1896 written in]

Mrs. James Boone, who has been ill for over four months, died this morning of consumption at the city hospital. A husband and five children are left to mourn her loss. The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p. m. from the Boone residence in Congerville, Rev. Green officiating. Interment in Beech Grove.

Funeral of Nannie Boone

Nannie Ellen Boone, 7, died at the home of the Rev. Green, of Keystone, Ind., formerly pastor of the Seventeenth Street Baptist Church in Muncie. She suffered intensely during the last days of her life. Nannie's mother died five years ago, when she went to live with her grandmother and aunt, Mrs. Nancy Mock, and Miss Sarah Mock. Last year Nannie went to live in the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Green with her sister, Hattie Bell, whom Mr. and Mrs. Green had adopted. She leaves three brothers, two sisters, a stepmother and many other relatives to mourn her loss. The body was brought to Muncie Tuesday evening and taken to the home of Mrs. Nancy Mock in Windsor, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Clinton "Cal" Cafin

Clinton "Cal" Cafin, 403 N. Jackson, Palestine, died unexpectedly at 3:52 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 1982, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind. Funeral Services were held at Goodwine Funeral Home, Saturday, August 21, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Don DeJarnett officiating. Burial was held in the Palestine Cemetery with military rites.

Cal was born in West Union, July 13, 1920, son of Rollie and Grace Cafin.

He was a veteran of W.W.II and recently retired from Robinson Elks Club. Prior to that he was a farm hand in and around Palestine for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife Grace, a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rosetta Cafin, all of Palestine; two daughters, Mrs. Wendell (Linda) Watts, Duncanville, and Mrs. Glen (Carrol) Gosnell, Hardinville; five grandchildren, Brad, Brain and Julie Watts, and Kimberly and Amanda Cafin; six brothers, Dean and Albert Cafin, Palestine, Bob and Byrl Cafin, Portage, Ind., Roy Cafin, Monon, Ind., and Larry Joe Cafin, Gary, Ind; four sisters, May Robbins, Vincennes, Ind., Agnes Tincher, Sandoval, Mary Cleo Johns, Francisville, Ind., and Annabelle Patton, Hobart, Ind; his mother-in-law, Viola Gowin, Flat Rock; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Grace in 1960 and his father Rollie in 1970.

CARD OF THANKS

We would like to thank all our friends, neighbors, and relatives for the love and concern shown us during the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Clinton "Cal" Cafin. Special thanks to Dr. Bill Schmidt, Mercy Ambulance, Good Samaritan Hospital, Flat Rock American Legion, and Robinson Elks Club.

Grace Cafin
Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Rose) Cafin and family
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell (Linda) Watts and family
Mr. and Mrs. Glen (Carrol) Gosnell
Brothers and sisters

In Memory of Emma M. Gossett

February 25, 1877 - March 12, 1962

Services: Downing Mortuary Chapel, Wichita, Kansas, March 14, 1962 at 2:00 p. m.

Clergyman: Rev. Charles M. Pomeroy, West Side Baptist Church

Soloist: Mrs. Gary Vaughn

Songs: Beyond The Sunset; Someday The Silver Cord Will Break

Organist: Mrs. Anne Allen

Casket Bearers: Howard Hopkins, Ralph Hopkins, Howard Gossett, Crandall Bradbury, Dolan Welsh, Elmer Woolsey

Interment: Highland Cemetery, 1001 N. Hillside

Emma Gossett

Wichita Eagle, Tuesday, March 13, 1962

Emma Gossett, 85, of 1043 S. Richmond, died Monday at a local hospital.

She was born Feb. 25, 1877, in Jay County, Ind., and had resided in Wichita since 1934 after moving here from El Dorado, Kan. She was a member of West Side Baptist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Charles Hopkins, Eureka Springs, Ark., and Arthur Hopkins, Hamilton, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Ruth Wilson, 1420 1/2 E. Douglas, and Mrs. Mabel Recknagel, Troy Center, Wis.; two stepsons, Lawrence Gossett, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Jesse Gossett, San Bernadino, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Downing Mortuary with the Rev Charles M. Pomeroy of West Side Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Howard Hopkins, Ralph Hopkins, Howard Gossett, Crandall Bradbury, Dolan Welsh and Elmer Woolsey.

Link to Find-A-Grave page.

Orville T. Gossett

Gossett -- Funeral services for Orville T. Gossett, age 84 of 323 1/2 S. Dodge, will be held from the Downing mortuary chapel 1:30 Saturday afternoon, Rev. G. R. Gross officiating. Interment will be in Sunset cemetery, El Dorado, Kan.

Link to Find-A-Grave page.

Jesse Singleton Gowin

Jesse Singleton Gowin, son of Samuel and Mariah Kimmell Gowin, was born Aug. 9th, 1903 in the vicinity known as Klondike, Lawrence Co., Illinois, and passed away Dec. 14th, 1962 at the Lawrenceville Memorial Hospital. His age was 59 years, 4 mo. and 5 days.

The most of his life was spent in the neighborhood in which he was born. At the time of his death he was engaged in farming and in working for the Twp. Highway Department.

He was married on June 10th, 1923 to Miss Viola Hopkins of Lawrenece Co., Ill. Eight children were born of this union, three of whom passed away in infancy. Those left to mourn his leaving are his faithful wife, Viola, three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Holley, Imperial, Mo., Mrs. Fern Miller, Collinsville, Ill., Mrs. Grace Cafin, Palestine, Ill. Two sons Eugene Gowin and Walter Gowin at home. He also leaves his aged father, Samuel Gowin. Two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Lewis, Sumner, Ill., Mrs. Bessie Knight, E. St. Louis, Ill., two brothers Roscoe Gowin, Sumner, R. 3, Lester Gowin presently residing in Florida. His mother and two sisers are deceased, Mrs. Zilphia Miller and Violet who passed away at the age of five years. There are fifteen grandchildren and one great grandson. Jesse was a good neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed in the community, but most of all in the home he has left.

He was affiliated with the Bethany Christian Church.

When the light of life burns gently out,
And Those in Darkness left
Seek solace from the One above
Who comforts the bereft.
May he in all His tenderness,
Give you both Peace and Light
And lead you to a brighter Home
Where there shall be no night.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our Thanks to all our neighbors and friends for all the kindness shown during the illness and death of our husband and father, also to extend thanks for the cards, calls, flowers and food received.

Mrs. Jesse Gowin and Family

Viola Gowin, 93

BRIDGEPORT - Viola Gowin, 93, Bridgeport, died about 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Lawrence Community Healthcare, Bridgeport.

Born Nov. 7, 1903, in Montpelier, Ind., she was a daughter of Samuel Luther Hopkins and Stella Perfect Hopkins. She was a homemaker and member of Bethany Christian Church.

She was married to Jesse Gowin and he preceded her in death Dec. 12, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, three daughters, two brothers and three sister.

Survivors include two sons, Jesse Eugene Gowin, rural Flat Rock, and Walter Gowin, Dundas; two daughters, Grace Cafin, Duncanville, and Fern Miller, Collinsville; a sister, Grace Thrall, Hammond, Ind.; 16 grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Sivert-Macey Funeral Home, Sumner, with interment in Whitehouse Cemetery.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Spokane Daily Chronicle, 21 May 1955

Dewie Jones Griffith

Mrs. Earl G. Griffith, who was a Spokane resident for many years prior to 1940, died yesterday in a Newport hospital.

She was the wife of State Representative Griffith, who has served in the legislature from Pend Oreille and Stevens counties since the special session in February, 1944.

Mrs. Griffith was born in Pennville, Ind., and was married there August 10, 1910. Her maiden name was Dewie J. Jones. Her husband was a pioneer member of the Washington state patrol. Following his retirement, they moved from Spokane to a home overlooking the Pend Oreille river a short distance north of Jared village.

Survivors include a son, Earl Gordon Griffith, Denver; two brothers, including W. W. Jones, Spokane, and three sisters and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Newport Masonic temple with the Rev. Chester V. Earl officiating.

 

Spokane Spokesman Review, April 8, 1957, p. 11.

Griffith, The Honorable Earl G. [Garfield]

Passed away at a Spokane hospital April 6. His home, Jared, Wash. He was a state representative in his sixth term. Survived by his wife, Mamie P. Griffith, at the home; 1 son, Gordon Griffith, Denver, Colo; 1 stepson, Conrad Johnson, Newport, Wash; 1 stepdaughter, Mrs. Eline Skemar, Metaline Falls, Wash.; 2 grandchildren; 5 stepgrandchildren; numerous niece and nephews. He was a member of the Newport Masonic lodge No. 144, the V. F. W., Spanish-American war, Brotherhood Locomotive Fireman and Enginemen, also a retired state patrolman. Funeral services from the CHAPEL of the SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, NEWPORT, WASH. Chester V. Earls officiating. Masonic graveside services. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Earl Griffith Memorial fund for the Newport hospital, which may be left at the SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME, NEWPORT. Seattle and Olympia papers please copy.

Note: Earl Griffith was a son of Isaac Griffith (below).

 

Denver Post, August 18, 2006

GRIFFITH, EARL [GORDON]

Earl G. Griffith, "Griff to his many friends" died August 11, 2006 at Assured Assisted Living in Castle Rock. Born in Milan, Washington in 1919, he grew up in Spokane collecting mineral specimens and became an International Petroleum Geologist. Best known as Mr. Denver Basin for his exploration work in the early days of the Denver Julesberg Basin.

Earl was also well known for his shooting prowess and was sent to participate in national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio; celebrating his 16th birthday on the first trip. He graduated Washington State University with a degree in Geology and his commission as a combat engineering officer in the US Army and served nearly three years in the South Pacific under General MacArthur, also becoming one of the first Alamo Scouts.

He married Eileen Hudson and after the war they lived in Venezuela before settling into life in the US, living in Montana before coming to Denver to pursue his geological career. He was prepared to go anywhere in the world with maps and GPS for consulting work anywhere he might be called. They lived and worked not only in Venezuela but Australia, the Philippines, Columbia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Tunisia and Mauritius. He loved traveling for pleasure as well as business.

He had many hobbies such as fishing, hiking, researching archeological sights, scuba-diving and snowmobiling at his wilderness cabin "Troublesome" that was dear to his heart. He belonged to many professional organizations including the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, American Association of Geologists, The Society of Petroleum Earth Scientists, Colorado Scientific Society, Rocky Mountain Oceanographic Society, Petroleum Pioneers, and many more.

He adored his family and leaves behind his wife, Eileen, son's Gary and Jock and their wives, grandsons Justin, Chelton, Scott, Derek, Mark and Kevin and a Great Grandbaby Clara. Memorial services will be Monday August 21, 2006, @ 11:00 a.m. at St Lukes Episcopal Church, 1290 Poplar Street, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: RMAG Foundation, 826-16th Street, Suite 505, Denver, CO 80202.

[Earl was the son of Earl and Dewie Griffith, above.]

Thomas County (Kansas) Cat
January 14, 1886

Isaac Griffith

News came to Colby on Friday of the disappearance of the above named gentleman. His home was near Otterbourne*. He had been to town on Wednesday, returning just before night; was at the house of Thomas Trump, just one mile from his home, before the storm, leaving when the storm had scarcely commenced. On Thursday the sotrm continued all day, and on Friday the neighbors turned out in force to search for him. His wagon was tracked to within one hundred yards of his house, where the mules made several circles, and then drifted south with the storm. On Saturday the wagon was discovered within forty rods of the residence of Mr. Harris, and about three miles from his home, and in the wagon was found Mr. Griffith dead. He had loosened his team evidently intending to try to keep up until daylight. When found his head and body were out of the wagon, while his frozen limbs caught on the side boards and kept his body from falling to the ground. On Saturday night the body was taken to the residence of his mother, Squire Archer summonsed a jury, the verdict being "Frozen to death in the storm of January 6th."

Mr. Griffith was a man of about 40 years of age, a disabled Union soldier, industrious and strickly temperate, and well thought of by all his neighbors. He leaves a wife, mother, and 5 children. Funeral services took place on Monday at the residence of the mother of the deceased.

[* Otterbourne is a small historical community about 6 miles north and slightly east of Colby.]

Thomas County, The Early Years
by Bill James (1985)

Mr. Isaac Griffin

Mr. James recounts the story of Isaac's tragic death, saying that he died when his wagon got stuck in a ravine near Wes Hutchins' place. He says that Isaac was buried near his home on a small hill, but that his body was later removed and reinterred in the family burial plot in the east [presumably in Jay County, Indiana].

In Loving Memory of
AMY MARIE HANES

Born
April 20, 1920

Entered Into Life Eternal
March 24, 1991

Age: 70 yrs 11 mos 4 days

Funeral Services Held
2:00 P.M. Wednesday
March 27, 1991
Werry Funeral Home
New Harmony, Indiana

Services Conducted By
Rev. Harry Wheatcroft

Interment
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wadesville, Indiana

Funeral Arrangements By
WERRY FUNERAL HOMES, INC.


In Loving Memory of
Raymond Wade Hanes

Born
November 17, 1906

Entered Into Life Eternal
February 18, 1996

Age
89 years, 3 months, 1 days

Funeral Services
2:00 PM Wednesday
February 21, 1996
Werry Funeral Home
New Harmony, Indiana

Services Conducted By
Rev. Harry Wheatcroft

Interment
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wadesville, Indiana

Funeral Arrangements By
WERRY FUNERAL HOMES, INC.

Virginia Holly, 50,
local residents'
sister dies

[March 1974]

Mrs. Virginia Gowin Holly, 50, Potosi, Mo., died unexpectedly early Friday morning in that city.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Holly, five sons, five daughters, 12 grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Viola Gowin, Sumner Rte. 3; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Cafin, Palestine; and Mrs. Fern Miller, Collinsville; and two brothers, Eugene Gowin, Flat Rock; and Walter Gowin, Bridgeport.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Sivert Funeral Home in Sumner with Kenneth Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Whitehouse Cemetery in Sumner.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Sunday.

Died, at Winchester, Indiana, on Thursday, March 6th, 1890, at 8:45 a. m.

Amy A. Hopkins

Daughter of B. C. and Rebecca Hopkins, aged 23 years, 3 months and 23 days.

Funeral services at the M. E. Church, Friday, March 7th, at 2:30 o'clock p. m. conducted by Rev. J. A. Lewellen.

Interment in Fountain Park Cemetery.

Arthur Hopkins Expires At 96

Hamilton, Ohio Journal-News

Arthur H. Hopkins, 96, died at 2:53 p. m. Monday in Mercy Hospital where he was taken shortly before by the Hamilton Fire Department Emergency Squad. Mr. Hopkins resided with a daughter, Miss Ruth E. Hopkins, 505 Franklin St.

Mr. Hopkins had retired from farming in 1946 and since 1951 had resided with his daughter. They formerly had lived in the Westview and Millville Ave. area where he was a familiar figure on his daily walks.

Mr. Hopkins was born Sept. 18, 1871 in Pennville, Jay County, Ind., a son of Barclay B. and Mary Ann Dailey Hopkins. He attended public schools of that area. Mr. Hopkins was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mt. Pilliard, Ind.

Keen Mind

A kind man and a good neighbor, Mr. Hopkins had a keen mind and maintained an interest in world events and politics. In leisure hours he enjoyed gardening and reading.

Mr. Hopkins leaves three sons, Charles Howard Hopkins, Tulsa, Okla.; Donald E. Hopkins, Hamilton, and Ralph L. Hopkins, Dewey, Okla.; one daughter, Ruth Hopkins, Hamilton; one brother, Charles Hopkins, Eureka Springs, Ark.; two grandsons; one great-grandson; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded In Death

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Margaret Hopkins in childhood; three brothers, Edward Hopkins, William Hopkins and Luther Hopkins; two sisters, Alice Hopkins and Emma Hopkins.

Funeral Services will be conducted in the Klaus-Weigel Funeral Home, N. F St. and Elvin Ave., with the Rev. Ellis Webb, pastor of the Westview Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Darrtown Cemetery.

Friends may call between 6 and 8 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pawhuska Daily Journal-Capital, Tuesday, November 7, 1967, page 1

Father Dies -- A. H. Hopkins, father of former Pawhuskan Howard Hopkins, died Monday in Hamilton, Ohio. Services will be conducted at the Klaus-Weigel Funeral Parlor in Hamilton on Thursday morning. Survivors include: three sons, Howard Hopkins of Tulsa, Donald E. Hopkins of Hamilton, and Ralph Hopkins of Dewey; one daughter [sic] Miss Bell Hopkins of Dewey; and one sister [sic] Miss Ruth Hopkins of Hamilton.

In Memory of Barclay B. Hopkins

Nowata Daily Star, Oklahoma

He was born in Warren county, Ohio, on April 10, 1839, and was converted and united with the Baptist church at Richmond, Ohio, in July, 1866. Died near Roll, Ind., Wednesday, January 28, 1914, at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 18 days. The subject of this sketch was the son of William and Nancy Hopkins, and the father of Miss Emma, of Nowata, and J. W. and Charlie, of Coodys' bluff, and Bly, Okla. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Dailey, of Pennville, Ind., Nov. 17, 1861, they having journeyed happily together for over 52 years. Of this union were born seven children, one son having died in infancy. Perhaps the many friends and readers will recall to mind that Grandpa and Grandma arrived in Nowata, Oct. 1, 1911, to spend the winter with their son William and family at Coody's Bluff, and while there, Nov. 17, 1911, they celebrated their golden wedding and quite a number of friends were their guests of honor at their wedding feast. Grandpa and Grandma made many friends by their cheerful and sunny dispositions during their brief visit here. They had come again this winter from their home in Kearney, Neb., to visit their children in the east and it was during their visit to their son Luther's home that Grandpa was taken seriously sick. The death angel hovered near, beckoning him to come home. So just before the close of day on Wednesday afternoon at ten minutes until 6:00 o'clock, January 28, he obeyed his Master's summons, and it is a blessed assurance to know that Grandpa is now safely at home where sickness and sorrow cannot enter. He leaves to mourn his loss his aged companion, four sons and two daughters, 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, besides a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Baylis, at the Baptist church in Montpelier, Ind., Sunday at 10:30 a. m., Feb. 1, 1914. After which the body was laid to rest in the beautiful Woodlawn cemetery at Montpelier to await the resurrection morn. May God in His infinite wisdom, comfort and console the deeply bereaved ones.

A Friend.

Belle G. Hopkins Dies Tuesday; Services Set For Friday In Dewey

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, September 7, 1977

Belle Green Hopkins, 91, 613 E. 3rd St., Dewey, mother of C. Howard Hopkins, 918 N. Ross, Dewey, and Miss Ruth E. Hopkins, 613 E. 3rd St., Dewey, died at 3:10 p. m. Tuesday in the Colonial Nursing Home. She had been a resident there for the past two weeks. Mrs. Hopkins had been in failing health for four years.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hopkins will be held at 10 a. m. Friday in the Dewey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Kent Kellogg, of the First Baptist Church, Dewey, will be the officiant. Committal prayers and final rites will be directed in the Dewey Cemetery by the Dewey Funeral Service.

Mrs. Hopkins was born Aug. 23, 1886, in Muncie, Ind. On Jan. 21, 1809, she and the late Arthur H. Hopkins were married at Wells County, Ind. He preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1967 at Hamilton, Ohio. The Hopkins had been residents of Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas and Kentucky. During the last 33 years, she had been a resident of Oklahoma.

She was postmaster for Berea College in Kentucky prior to her retirement in 1943 when she came to Bartlesville to make her home with her son, Ralph. She had been a resident of Dewey for the past 12 years. She was a member of the Dewey First Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Hopkins in addition to her son and daughter of Dewey, include another son, Donald Ernest Hopkins, Hamilton, Ohio; Two grandsons; one great-grandson, and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Paulson, Holiday, Fla.

Mrs. Belle Green Hopkins

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, September 10, 1977

Funeral services for Mrs. Belle Green Hopkins, 91, 613 E. 3rd. St., Dewey, were held at 10 a. m. on Friday in the Dewey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Kent Kellogg, of the First Baptist Church in Dewey, was the officiant. Committal prayers and final rites were directed in the Dewey Cemetery beside the grave of her son, the late Ralph Lester Hopkins, by the Dewey Funeral Service.

Her casket escorts included the Messrs. Thomas Nichols, Les Cummins, Al Birmingham, Thomas Gunnell, Ray Duncan and Loral C. Moyer.

Surviving Mrs. Hopkins in addition to her son, Charles Howard Hopkins and her daughter, Miss Ruth E. Hopkins, both of Dewey, include another son, Donald Ernest Hopkins, Hamilton, Ohio; two Grandsons, Arthur David Hopkins, Fairfax, Va. and Robert Eugene Hopkins, Hamilton, Penn. [Ohio]; one great-grandson; and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Paulson, Holiday, Fla.

Final rites and interment were directed by the Dewey Funeral Service.

Steuben Republican
June 9, 1976, page 13, column 4

Beulah Jane Hopkins
(March 5, 1905 - June 2, 1976)

Widow of Theodore Hopkins, Beulah Jane Hopkins, 85, of Beatty Apartments, Angola, died Wednesday morning, June 2, in the Carlin Park Nursing Home, Angola.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Klink Memorial Chapel, Angola, with Reverend Karl Kirkman, pastor of the Angola Congregational Church, officiating. Interment followed in Circle Hill Cemetery.

A son, William Hopkins, of Angola, survives.

Mrs. Hopkins was born April 23, 1891, at Warren, the daughter of John and Elvira (Jones) Thompson. She was a member of the Angola Congregational Church, a Past President of Angola Post 31, American Legion Auxiliary; and a charter member of the World War I Veterans Auxiliary.

Hopkins

Hammond Times, June 7, 1964, p B-5

Charles E. Hopkins, 54, of 133 Hort St., Crown Point, died Friday. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, James at home; a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Reed of New York, and two brothers, James and Maurice of Munster.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Eller-Brady Funeral Home, Cedar Lake, with the Rev. H. O. Willman officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Masonic Lake Lodge 157 F and AM will hold a memorial service at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

An employe of the Sinclair Oil Co., Mr. Hopkins was a member of the VFW Post 6841 of Lowell and the United Church of Christ.

In Remembrance


Charles L. Hopkins
1884 - 1971

Services
10: A. M. Nov. 15, 1971

Place
Nelson Funeral Chapel
Berryville, Arkansas

Minister
Rev. Elmer Greiver

Pallbearers
Earl Hoar
Les Colvin
Charley Hull
A. H. Thomas
J. C. Mullins
C. V. Summers

Interment
Berryville Cemetery

Nelson Funeral Home
Berryville, Arkansas

In Remembrance


Ethel Ulrey Hopkins
1883 - 1969

Services
3: P. M. Nov. 19, 1969

Place
Nelson Funeral Chapel
Berryville, Arkansas

Minister
Rev. Paul McCandless

Pallbearers
Hoyt Pinkley
Charlie Matney
John Weeks
Herman Pinkley
Dean Wood
Jack Cameron

Interment
Berryville Cemetery

Nelson Funeral Home
Berryville, Arkansas

Funeral Notice

Died - In Winchester, Indiana, on Monday, February 1st, 1892,

Benjamin C. Hopkins,

Born in Warren County, Ohio, February 6, 1827, and was aged fifty-four years, eleven months and twenty-five days.

The remains can be viewed from 10 to 11 o'clock a. m., on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 1892.

Funeral services at the M. E. Church at 2:30 o'clock p. m., on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, conducted by Rev. J. A. Lewellen.

Interment at Fountain Park Cemetery.

HOPKINS Benjamin C.

Randolph County, Indiana Obituaries

b. Feb. 6, 1837 in Warren Co. OH. He lacked 5 days being 55y of age when he d. Feb. 1, 1892. Bur. Fountain Pk. Cem. Surv. are the widow, Rebecca (Grist) Hopkins b. Tenn and 3 children. A dt. Amy Ann d. Mar. 6, 1890 ae 23y of Catarral fever.

Death Notice

Winchester Journal, Vol XVXI, Wednesday, February 10, 1892

Hopkins: --Benjamin Cavender Hopkins was born in Warren County, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1837, and died in Winchester, Ind. Feb. 1, 1892, aged fifty-five years, eleven months and twenty-three days.

Those who are familiar with his manner of life in the eight years that he has been a citizen of this city, know better of his sterling qualities of his character than we can represent them in this brief memorial. He was a minister of influence in the Church of the United Bretheren in Christ for a number of years, but within the last year and a half has been a member of the M. E. Church of this city; within the time of his connection with this Church, his place has not been vacant at any of the regular services, but a very few times, and then was detained by circumstances unavoidable. He was a man of deep convictions, and strict integrity, faithful in the practice of what he believed to be right. His convictions concerning the Christian Sabbath as a divine institution, the observance of which he considered obligatory upon all found, expressions in the following petitions, looking to better and more general observance of the day: "We the undersigned ministers and pastors of the different Churches of the town of Winchester, Ind., inasmuch as we believe that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, do earnestly desire and request that the business houses be closed on the Sabbath day, and that the proprietors do not engage in the sale of groceries, meat, or any other merchandise except in cases of necessity or acts of charity, as provided by law," And in the following:

"We the undersigned, recognizing the relation of the pastors of the several Churches, sustain to the moral welfare of the community, their sincere desire to encourage the attendance at their Church services of the business men of this city, as well as to offer opportunity of being with their families Sabbath afternoons, do hereby accede to the terms as in the foregoing request." He did not live, however, to carry out his purpose; and with the work only half done, he ceased at once to live and labor; so sudden was his dissolution that it may be truly said, "He died in the harness," falling in the street on his usual round of business, and expiring in a few minutes. He leaves a wife, three sons, and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.

Obituary

Beecher Man, 92, Is Dead

Edward A. Hopkins, 92, who moved to the Town of Beecher from Whiting, Ind., in February, 1954, died Sunday at 8:15 p.m., at the home of the William Stevens. He had been in ill health for three months.

Mr. Hopkins had resided with the Stevens family for 20 years, 19 of which were in Whiting. He was born at Jay county, Ind., and as a young man was employed as a school teacher. His last employment was by the Union Tank Co. He had been retired for many years. Mr. Hopkins was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Odd Fellows lodge at Whiting. His wife, Mary, died in 1940.

His survivors are one son, Carl Hopkins of Chicago; two stepdaughters, Mrs. John O'Connoer of Chicago and Mrs. William Isbell of Three Rivers; three brothers, Arthur of Hamilton, Ohio, William of Munster, Ind., and Charles Hopkins of Eureka Springs, Ark.; one sister, who resides in Wichita, Kan., and seven grandchildren.

The body will be sent from the Morasky funeral home at Wausaukee to Whiting, Ind., where services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at First Church of Christ, Scientist. Burial will be in Ridgelawn cemetery at Lake county.

Note: This obituary was from an undated clipping. The name of the paper is also missing. Beecher and Wausaukee are both names of towns in Marinette County, Wisconsin, and the Morasky funeral home is in that county, too. However, there are also towns of Beecher in Illinois and Michigan, and a Three Rivers in Michigan, too. I think it's most likely that Ed died in Beecher, Wisconsin, though.

Edward Alva Hopkins

Hammond Times, December 6, 1955, p. 15

Edward Alva Hopkins, 92, a long-time resident of Whiting before moving to Pembine, Wis. a year ago, died Sunday in the home of a friend in Pembine.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Church of Christ, in Whiting, with the Rev. Richard Thickens officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Road Cemetery.

Friends may visit Spanburg Funeral Home, 1806 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting. Survivors include a son, Carl Hopkins, of Chicago; three brothers, William of Dyer; Arthur of Hamilton, O., and Charles, of Eureka Springs, Kan.; two step-daughters, Mrs. William Isbell of Three Rivers, Mich., and Mrs. John O'Connor, of South Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Emma Gossett, of Wichita, Kan., and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Hopkins was a member of Whiting's First Church of Christ before moving to Wisconsin.

Mary Ellen (Nichols) Hopkins

Washington, D.C.-area paper

Hopkins, Mary E.
On March 2, 1974 at her residence, Mary E. Hopkins, beloved wife of Arthur D. Hopkins, of 10102 Scout Dr., Fairfax, Va., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Nichols, Jr., Tulsa, Okla. Mother of Colin Hopkins. Sister of Thomas K. Nichols, Tulsa, Okla. Friends may call at the Everly Fairfax Funeral Home, 10565 Main St., Fairfax, Va. on Sunday, March 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. and Monday March 4, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M, where services will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 P.M. Interment Fairfax Memory Gardens.

Pawhuska Daily Journal-Capital, Tuesday, March 5, 1974, page 2

Mrs. A. Hopkins
ex-Pawhuskan dies
Mrs. Mary Ellen (Arthur D.) Hopkins, 29, died at her home in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 1. Mrs. Hopkins was the former Mary Ellen Nichols of Bartlesville and was a former Pawhuska Resident.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax with burial in the Memory Gardens in Fairfax.

Survivors include the husband, Arthur D. and a 9 year olf son, Colin Douglas of the home, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Nichols Jr. of Tulsa and a brother, Thomas K. Nichols also of Tulsa.

Friends are asked to contribute to the American Cancer Society.

HOPKINS, ELISE

(nee Woodward) of Manahawkin, formerly a 60-year-long resident of Haddonfield, NJ died of complications of Alzheimer's disease on June 13, 2008.

Mrs. Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Graham Cox Woodward, a Philadelphia lawyer, and his wife Alice. She graduated from The Agnes Irwin School where she was the Class Poet, and then attended the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art. In 1937, she married Anthony Cuthbert Hopkins and they moved to his hometown, Haddonfield, N.J., where they raised their two daughters. Mrs. Hopkins was a life-long painter using oils and later acrylic. Her paintings have been shown in a number of juried art shows in the area and have also won a number of prizes. A member of the Haddonfield Art League and the Haddonfield Fort Nightly, she continued to study and paint well into her eighties.

A devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Hopkins is survived by her daughters, Frances Hopkins O'Neill (Joseph L.) of Beach Haven, and Alice Hopkins Busoni (Mario) of New York; 4 grandchildren, Joseph C. O'Neill (Jennifer) of Haddonfield, James H. O'Neill (Nancy) of Collingswood, Elizabeth W. Friedman (Sander) of Medford and Eva Busoni of New York City; and 11 great-grandchildren, Luke, Margaret, Charles, Norah, Elise, Molly, Meghan,Bobbi, & Lauren O'Neill, Alexander and Emily Friedman. She is predeceased by her husband and her two sisters, Wendy Wagner and Elizabeth Disston.

Services will be held on Friday, June 20th at 11 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield. Friends may visit between 10 and 11 am at the church. Burial will be in Colestown Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Promise Adult Care, 146 Black Horse Pike, Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059.

Arrangements by KAIN-MURPHY FUNERAL SERVICES, of Haddonfield.

Publication date: 6/18/08
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Hopkins

Hammond Times, January 28, 1966, p D-4

James W. Hopkins, 59, of 8433 Kraay Ave., Munster, died Thursday.

Mr. Hopkins was employed by Lever Brothers, Hammond.

Survivors include one brother, Maurice of Munster, and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Reed of Sal Matica, N.Y.

Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Fagen Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.

Joseph W. Hopkins

Hammond Times, October 23, 1956, p. 11

Joseph W. Hopkins, 88, of 5433 Kraay Ave., Munster, died early today at St. Margaret Hospital.

Friends may call after 7 o'clock tonight at the Fagen Funeral Gardens, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemertery, Gary.

Hopkins is survived by three sons, James and Morris of Munster and Charles of Crown Point; one daughter, Mrs. Ethyl Reed of Salmanaca, N.Y.; two brothers, Arthur of Hamilton, Ohio and Charles of Eureka Springs, Ark.; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Gossett of Wichita, Kan.

Steuben Republican
March 5, 1947, page 1, column 7.

Former Angola Lady Dies In Indianapolis

Mrs. Laura Ann Hopkins, widow of the late William Hopkins, died Saturday in Indianapolis after a long illness. Mrs. Hopkins was the mother of the late Theodore Hopkins, Angola police chief, whose death preceded his mother's by only three weeks.

The Hopkins family lived at Lake James for nearly thirty years, coming here from Louisville, Ky., for the benefit of Mrs. Hopkins' health. They built the stucco summer cottage home at Mountain Park, near Glen Eden on the east side of Lake James, where they extended hospitality to hosts of friends throughout the years. In 1939, they sold the lake home, and moved to a country home west of Angola.

Shortly after their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1942, Mr. Hopkins died suddenly from a heart attack, and since that time, Mrs. Hopkins has lived with her sister and a brother in Indianapolis, making only occasional visits to Angola.

Of a kindly and thoughtful disposition, Mrs. Hopkins leaves a host of friends, who remember her hospitality and warm friendliness. She was a former member of the Daughters of American Revolution and of the Hoosier Hills club, a social group.

Born in Randolph county, September, 1871, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Reeves Simmons, she spent her girlhood in Winchester, continuing to live there for several years following her marriage in 1892 to William Hopkins. Three children were born, two of them passing away while still very young, and only the son, Theodore, grew to manhood. The Hopkins family also lived for a time in New Albany and in Louisville, and in later years spent much time in Fort Wayne where Mr. Hopkins was stationed as Deputy Revenue Collector of the Federal Government.

Mrs. Hopkins had been in failing health for several years, and during the past few weeks, her physical condition had been so frail that it was not deemed wise to tell her of the passing of her son, Theodore, whose death on February 8 followed an illness of only a week's duration.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hopkins were conducted by Dr. John Humfreys at the Klink Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon and burial was in Circle Hill. She is survived by two sisters, two brothers, the daughter-in-law, Jane, widow of Theodore Hopkins, and a grandson, William, student at Ball State Teacher's College.

Whiting Woman Succumbs at 83

Mrs. Hopkins, Grandmother of Ald. McCampbell, Dies in Home

Hammond Times, March 18, 1940, p. 10

Mrs. Mary Malinda Hopkins, 83, grandmother of Leo P. McCampbell, Whiting city councilman, died yesterday morning at her home, 1622 LaPorte avenue, after a long illness. She had been a resident of Whiting for 37 years.

Mrs. Hopkins came to Whiting from Francesville, Ind., where she was born. She is survived by her husband, Edward, one son, Carl of Chicago, two daughters, Mrs. Thomas F. Burns of Chicago, Mrs. William Isbell of Whiting, one brother, Eliva Gillman of Midland, Mich., a sister, Mrs. John Fradinburgh of Midland, seven grandchildren and six great grand children.

The deceased had been a charter member of the First Church of Christ, having been affiliated with the church for 67 years. She was also a member of the Ladies’ Aid society of Whiting.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday from the residence to the First Church of Christ. Rev. Herbert Woodruff will officiate. Burial ill be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Gary.

Pall bearers will be four grandchildren: Thomas Burns, Jr., Raymond, Isbell, Ralph and Leo McCampbell, Jr., and Donald Pequet.

Marshal Hopkins Passes Away Here

3-4-20
Union City, Randolph County, Indiana

Marshal Hopkins, son of Mrs. Thana Thompson, of Union City died at the infirmary Thursday morning after an illness of flu and pneumonia. The deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago, since which time his health has been failing. Funeral services were conducted from the home of his mother in Union City Sunday followed by interment in the Union City cemetery.

Fall From Chair Fatal For Woman

El Dorado Times, El Dorado, Butler Co., Kansas Wed. Oct. 26, 1927 - front page

Mrs. Mary Ann Hopkins, Aged 86 Years, Dies After Illness of Month.

A fall from a chair a month ago in which she broke a leg resulted in the death of Mrs. Mary Hopkins, 86 years old, at 9:15 o'clock in the morning at the home of her son, Charles L. Lawrence, 801 North Walnut Street.

Mrs. Hopkins had made her home in El Dorado for the past two years, coming from Indiana. She was born in Franklin County, Indiana, in 1841.

She is survived by five sons, E. A. Hopkins, and J. W. Hopkins, of Whiting, Ind.; A. D. Hopkins, of Parkenton, Wyo.; S. L. Hopkins of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Charles L. Hopkins, of El Dorado, and by two daughters, Mrs. Alice Stevens and Miss Emma Hopkins, both of El Dorado.

Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward E. McFarlane, the pastor, officiating. The body will be taken to Montpelier, Ind., for burial. The Wigginton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary A. Hopkins

Montpelier, Indiana

The many friends in this city and community will be grieved to learn of the death of Mary A. Hopkins, widow of the late Barclay Hopkins, who passed away at her home in Eldorado, Kansas.

Mrs. Hopkins and family are well known in this city, where they formerly resided during the oil boom days. Mr. Hopkins passed away in February [crossed out, January written in] 1914, and the family left this city shortly after his death. While residents of this vicinity, they resided both west and east of this city, and they will be remembered by many.

About six weeks ago, Mrs. Hopkins suffered a broken hip, and on account of her age, never recovered. She had been seriously ill for the past few weeks.

The deceased was the daughter of Joseph Daily, and at the time of her death, was 87 [crossed out, 86 1/2 written in] years of age. She was a member of the Baptist Church, in this city.

Surviving are the following children: Edward Hopkins, of Whiting, Ind.; Mrs. James Stevens [corrected to Stephens], William Hopkins and Arthur Hopkins, of Wyoming; Charles Hopkins and Emma Hopkins, of Eldorado, Kansas, and Luther Hopkins. One step-brother, Tom Smith, also survives. James D. Sturgis, of this city, is also a relative of the deceased.

The body will arrive in this city Friday evening over the Nickle Plate Road, and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Salyer [crossed out, Bryan written in] officiating, and burial will be made in the Woodlawn cemetery here. The place of the funeral has not been decided upon, but inquiries may be made at the H. T. Walker Funeral Home.

Obituary

Mary Ann Dailey, daughter of Joseph M. and Susan Gillis-Dailey, born April 21, [written in] 1841, Franklin County, Indiana, died in Eldorado, Kansas, October 26, 1927, aged 86 years, 6 months and 5 days. At the age of 16 years, she was converted and joined the Baptist Church, of which she has been a consistent member since. November 17, 1861 she was united in marriage with Barclay Brown Hopkins, with whom she lived as a faithful, loving wife until the latter's death, January 28, 1914. To this marriage were born six sons and two daughters. One son, James Dailey, died in infancy. those surviving are: E. A. and J. W. Hopkins, of Whiting, Ind.; A. H. Hopkins, of Parkerton, Wyoming; S. L. Hopkins, of Lawrenceville, Ill.; Mrs. Alice Stephens, Miss Emma and Charles L. Hopkins, of Eldorado, Kansas. there are also 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren surviving, besides a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wright, east of Montpelier, Ind., on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Burial was made in the Woodlawn cemetery here.

Card of Thanks.

We wish in this manner to express our sincere appreciation to our friends for their many kindnesses shown us at the death of our dear mother, Mrs. Mary Hopkins. We also want to thank the singers, those who sent floral offerings, the minister for his comforting words, and all who assisted us in any way.

The Children.

Hopkins

Hammond Times, May 25, 1873, p. A-20

Maurice Hopkins, age 55, of 1457 Fischrupp Ave., Whiting, Ind., passed away Wednesday, May 23, at St. Margaret Hospital. Survivors: one sister, Mrs. Ethel Reed, Salamanca, N.Y., one nephew, James Hopkins of Wenexa, Kan.

Funeral services Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. from Fagen Funeral Gardens, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Lifetime resident of the Calumet Area. Employed at Lever Bros. in Whiting.

Death Notice

W. D. November 26, 1903

Hopkins - Mrs. R. G. Hopkins died at the home of her son, R. G. Hopkins, in this city, last Saturday, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 11 days.

She was born in Pennsylvania in í36 and was the mother of T. G. and Will Hopkins of this city and E. B. Hopkins of Lynn. The funeral services took place Tuesday at 10 a. m. at the Methodist Church.

Chemist Injured In Explosion Dies Tuesday

A research chemist injured in a Monday afternoon laboratory explosion at the Bureau of Mines Administration and Chemistry Building died Tuesday in a Tulsa hospital.

Ralph L. Hopkins, 61, 918 N. Ross, Dewey, was rushed to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa shortly after the explosion.

According to John Ball, research director at the bureau, Hopkins, working alone in the second-floor laboratory, was dewaxing a sample of high-boiling petroleum distillate.

"Apparently, the explosion occurred as he was heating the mixtures," Ball said.

Two pumper units and a 10-man crew from the Bartlesville fire Department were able to contain the blaze to one side of the laboratory.

Ball said an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the blast, the first mishap at the bureau's testing and research facilities in over two million man-hours.

Funeral services for Mr. Hopkins will be held at 2 p. m. Friday in the sanctuary of the Highland Park Baptist Church, of which he had been an active member. The Rev. Arnold Long will be the officiant and interment will be directed in the Dewey Cemetery by the Dewey Funeral Service.

A native of Nebraska, Hopkins was born at Kearney on Sept. 17, 1912, and when he was six years of age moved with his family members to El Dorado, Kan., for a brief residence. His family later moved to Berea, Ky., and after receiving his normal schooling he attended the Berea College where he was graduated with a B. S. degree in 1935. He continued his formal education at the University of Kentucky and received his masters degree in chemical engineering in 1938.

During World War II, Hopkins was assigned as a chemical research engineer with the Seagrams Corporation at Owensboro, Ky., working on a formula for a substitute for latex. After the war ended he moved to Bartlesville to join the United States Bureau of Mines as a research chemist.

In addition to his church membership he was also a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Historical Society. His interests and hobbies were varied and included active participation in astronomy and woodworking, and extensive reading of history of Civil War days.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Belle Hopkins, with whom he had made his home at 918 North Ross in Dewey; one sister, Miss Ruth Hopkins, 613 East Third, Dewey and two brothers, Howard Hopkins, Tulsa, and Donald Hopkins, Hamilton, Ohio.

Ruth E. Hopkins

Ruth E. Hopkins, 80, former Dewey resident, died April 23 at Fairfield, Ohio, where she had been a resident of the Woodridge Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were at Fairfield, Ohio, on April 26. Ruth E. Hopkins was born in Kearney, Neb. She was the daughter of Arthur H. and Belle G. Hopkins. When she was a child, she moved with her family to Berea, Ky., where she graduated from Berea Academy as Valedictorian of the Senior Class of 1930. She worked at the Mercy Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, until she retired. She came to Dewey after retirement, but returned to Ohio in 1977 to live. She was a member of the Bartlesville Friends Church and the Interdenominational Church of Fairfield, Ohio. Survivors include two brothers: C. Howard Hopkins of Bixby and Donald E. Hopkins of Fairfield, Ohio; two nephews: Arthur Hopkins of Seattle, Wash., and Robert G. Hopkins of Fairfield; and one great nephew, Colin Hopkins of Tulsa.

Memorial Obituary of Samuel Luther Hopkins

Sumner Press, Sumner IL
About 21 Aug 1946

Samuel Luther, Son of Barclay Brown and Mary Ann Hopkins, was born in Jay County, Indiana August 2, 1874. He lived with his parents until his marriage to Stella Jane Perfect September 9, 1896. To this union God gave seven children, all of whom survive. The sons are Wilmer Everett of East St. Louis, Ill., Theodore Edward of Hamden, Mo. The daughters are Mrs. Viola Myrtle Gowen of Sumner, Ill., Mrs. Mary Ellen Waldrop of Lawrenceville, Ill., Mrs. Hester Alice Tewalt of Vincennes, Ind., Mrs. Grace Winifred Thrall of Hammond, Ind., Miss Amy Marie Hopkins of Mt. Vernon, Ind. One Grandaughter whom he reared, Mrs. Hazel Martin of Mt. Vernon, Ind. Also eighteen other grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Hopkins leaves besides the wife, children, grandchildren four brothers, Ed Hopkins of Whiting, Ind., J. W. Hopkins of Hammond, Ind., Art Hopkins of Montpelier, Ind., and Charlie Hopkins of Berryville, Ark. Also two sisters, Mrs. Alice Stephens of Prairie, Texas and Mrs. Emma Gossett of Wichita, Kansas.

Mr. Hopkins moved from Indiana in 1915 and settled at Applegate, Ill., where he was employed by the Ohio Oil Co., retiring in 1940. He was converted in Indiana when a boy. When he moved to Illinois he united with the Pleasant Hill class. When he moved close to the Union Chapel he united there until his death. He was a faithful member. He was Superintendent of Pleasant Hill Sunday School and served in almost all of the offices of the Church. His Christian life was a credit to any Church or community. He was a loving husband and devoted father and was honored by all the grandchildren. Not only by the family was he loved and honored, but by all who knew him.

Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me
And may there be not moaning of the Bar
Where I put out to sea
For though from out our borne of time and place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the Bar.

Mr. Hopkins crossed the Bar August 21, 1946 age 72 years and 18 days. Death was from stomach cancer. Luther and Stella are laid to rest in the Sumner Illinois cemetery.

--copied by hand by Grace Cafin, June 2001

Angola Police Chief, 54, Dies

Special to the Journal-Gazette

Angola, Feb 8 - Theodore Hopkins, 54, police chief here, died suddenly at noon today of a heart ailment. He suffered a heart attack last Sunday, but his condition was not considered critical.

Chief Hopkins was well known to Angola school children, having always directed traffic at the school crossing. He attended Tri-State College and was a member of the Sphinx Club.

A resident here many years, he is survived by the wife, Jane, one son William, Ball State College, and his mother, Mrs. William Hopkins, Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Klisk Funeral Home with Dr. John Humfreys and the Rev. Harold Finley officiating. Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery.

City Police Chief Died After Heart Attack

Feb. 8 1947
Last Rites Attended By Many Citizens Tuesday Afternoon

Theodore E. Hopkins, chief of the Angola Police Department, died at his apartment home in the Angola city building shortly before 11:00 o'clock last Saturday forenoon, after having been confined for a few days with a heart ailment. Chief Hopkins had been about his regular duties on the previous Sunday, and was taken suddenly ill that afternoon, although he had not felt well for several days prior to the attack. The nature of his illness was not readily diagnosed, and for a time he seemed to improve, but subsequent attacks came through the week and physicians in consultation pronounced the trouble as coronary occlusion. Mr. Hopkins suffered a relapse Saturday morning and grew steadily worse.

Mrs. Hopkins and their son, William, were present at the bedside. The son is a student in Ball State College at Muncie and had arrived home on Friday evening after being told of his father's illness.

Mr. Hopkins, a veteran of the first World War, was well known in the community, due in part to his position in the police department, and also as custodian of the city building. He was also active in Angola Post of the American Legion, which he served as Commander for the 1945-1946 term. He gained many friends in his official contacts with people in general, and was a great favorite among the school children of the city to whom he gave his personal attention in direction and protection to and from school sessions.

He was well known by state police and F.B.I. agents to whom he gave full cooperation in analyzing law violations in the area.

Funeral services for Chief Hopkins were held at the Klisk Funeral Home on Tuesday at 2:00 and burial was in Circle Hill cemetery. Dr. John Humfreys gave the funeral address, and was assisted in the service by Rev. Harold Finley, pastor of the Congregational church. Mayor E. D. Willis prepared and read the story of Mr. Hopkins' life. The services were attended by a large crowd of friends and associates as well as business men of the city. Business houses closed from 1:30 to 3:00 during the funeral. Groups attending the phooquies? in a body included the mayor and city council, the fire department, the police department, and about a dozen state troopers and other officers. Members of the American Legion served as bearers. The funeral cortege was headed by the city police car and two cars of state troopers as an honor escort and the Angola city officials. Street intersections were patrolled by members of the fire department in uniform. The flag at the American Legion House in the line of the procession was flown at half staff during the services.

Mr. Hopkins had proven himself a valuable officer during the service in the police department and had done much toward developing a harmonious and efficient standing among his associate officers, and his service to the people of the city had been almost invaluable. The duties of a police officer frequently draws harsh criticism from both well meaning and designing people, but it is generally acknowledged that Mr. Hopkins was never charged with any other than the highest of motives and conduct in his official duties.

Story of His Life

Theodore Edwin Hopkins, the son of Mr. And Mrs. William G. Hopkins, was born in Winchester, Ind., February 18, 1893, and passed away in Angola after a short illness on Saturday, February 8, 1947, aged nearly 54 years. His youth was spent in Winchester, the family moving to Louisville, Ky., and New Albany, Ind., where he attended the public schools and acquired commercial school training. Due to his mother's ill health the family moved to Lake James in 1911, where they resided Theodore E. Hopkins, chief of the Angola Police Department, died at his apartment home in the Angola city building shortly before 11:00 o'clock last Saturday forenoon, after having been confined for a few days with a heart ailment. Chief Hopkins had been about his regular duties on the previous Sunday, and was taken suddenly ill that afternoon, although he had not felt well for several days prior to the attack. The nature of his illness was not readily diagnosed, and for a time he seemed to improve, but subsequent attacks came through the week and physicians in consultation pronounced the trouble as coronary occlusion. Mr. Hopkins suffered a relapse Saturday morning and grew steadily worse.

Mrs. Hopkins and their son, William, were present at the bedside. The son is a student in Ball State College at Muncie and had arrived home on Friday evening after being told of his father's illness. Mr. Hopkins, a veteran of the first World War, was well known in the community, due in part to his position in the police department, and also as custodian of the city building. He was also active in Angola Post of the American Legion, which he served as Commander for the 1945-1946 term. He gained many friends in his official contacts with people in general, and was a great favorite among the school children of the city to whom he gave his personal attention in direction and protection to and from school sessions.

He was well known by state police and F.B.I. agents to whom he gave full cooperation in analyzing law violations in the area.

Funeral services for Chief Hopkins were held at the Klisk Funeral Home on Tuesday at 2:00 and burial was in Circle Hill cemetery. Dr. John Humfreys gave the funeral address, and was assisted in the service by Rev. Harold Finley, pastor of the Congregational church. Mayor E. D. Willis prepared and read the story of Mr. Hopkins' life. The services were attended by a large crowd of friends and associates as well as business men of the city. Business houses closed from 1:30 to 3:00 during the funeral. Groups attending the phooquies? in a body included the mayor and city council, the fire department, the police department, and about a dozen state troopers and other officers. Members of the American Legion served as bearers. The funeral cortege was headed by the city police car and two cars of state troopers as an honor escort and the Angola city officials. Street intersections were patrolled by members of the fire department in uniform. The flag at the American Legion House in the line of the procession was flown at half staff during the services.

Mr. Hopkins had proven himself a valuable officer during the service in the police department and had done much toward developing a harmonious and efficient standing among his associate officers, and his service to the people of the city had been almost invaluable. The duties of a police officer frequently draws harsh criticism from both well meaning and designing people, but it is generally acknowledged that Mr. Hopkins was never charged with any other than the highest of motives and conduct in his official duties.was born one son, William L., who is pursuing courses in Ball State College at Muncie after three years and nine months service in World War II.

Mr. Hopkins was employed as a custodian of the new city building, Mrs. Hopkins and he moving into the apartment there when the building was completed in August, 1939, where they have since made their home. He was employed on the police force in 1939, and was promoted to the position of department chief August 1, 1945, in which capacity he served capably until the time of his death. As chief of police he gained the confidence and friendship of many people, both civilians and law enforcement officers. He was tactful and helpful with those with whom he came in contact, but none the less firm and fearless in maintaining the dignity and respect for law and order.

As an officer he was always seeking every opportunity by contacts and by study to make himself more proficient. He took particular pride in the meticulous care of the city building placed in his charge. In his official capacity he was always calm, patient and exceedingly loyal to his superiors, and he occupied a position in the city government that will be very hard to fill.

A number of letters at various times have been received in the mayor's office from people, who, passing through the city, were befriended or assisted, or perhaps admonished kindly for a minor infraction, and who expressed appreciation of the courtesy and the kindness extended by the police chief.

And by no means least was the extreme high regard and love expressed by the school children of the community who Chief Hopkins had assisted and protected as they went about the streets. To them he was a real comdrade and friend, and the deepness of their regard was evidenced as they streamed into these rooms in the last two days to get a last farewell glimpse of their friend and benefactor.

Mr. Hopkins served as commander of Angola Post of the American Legion for the 1945-46 term. He was a member of the Indiana Association of chiefs of police. He was also a Past Master of Angola Lodge F. & A. M., and a past commander of the Mexican Border Veterans Association, of which organization he was a national trustee at the time of his passing. He was also a member of the Sphinx club organized here some years ago. Mr. And Mrs. Hopkins were members of the First Congregational church of Angola, and also enjoyed the sociability of a group of six couples in a local supper club. Besides his wife and son, Mr. Hopkins is survived by his aged mother, who lives in Indianapolis and also a number of relatives at Winchester and other points in Indiana and a host of friends in this community who mourn his passing away.

Funeral Program

Theodore E. Hopkins

Born
February 19, 1893

Passed Away
February 8, 1947

Services at
Klink Funeral Home
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1947
at two o'clock P.M.
The Reverend
Dr. John Humphreys
Assisted by Harold Finley
Officiating

Interment
Circle Hill Cemetery

Carl Hopkins

Hammond Times, March 9, 1961, p. B-3

Chicago - Carl Hopkins, 67, of 10619 Avenue "C", Chicago, a former Whiting resident, died Thursday at his home of a heart attack.

Mr. Hopkins was a machinist at Sinclair Refining Co. for 30 years and was a resident of the east side of Chicago for the past 15 years.

He is survived by his children, Thomas J., Mrs. Mary Jane Aikens and Mrs. Geraldine Radelja, four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Joella O'Connor.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in Brown Funeral Home, 2939 E. 95th St., South Chicago, and in St. Francis De Sales Church, 102 Ewing Ave., where mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Walter Hopkins Of Osco Passes

Veteran Station Agent Succumbs Following Stroke of Paralysis.

Davenport Times

Osco, Feb. 24 -- Walter G. Hopkins, age 70 years and a resident of Osco for nearly half a century, died in his home at 1:30 yesterday afternoon as a result of a stroke of paralysis and following two weeks' illness. He had been failing in health the last two years and was forced to retire from his position he had held since coming to Osco.

Mr. Hopkins was born in Pennville, Ind., on Jan. 7, 1862, and came to Osco nearly fifty years ago. He married Edna Kilmer on March 17, 1886, in Osco. He was a member and a steward of the Community church, a member of the Masonic chapter at Orion, the Modern Woodmen lodge and the boy scout committee for the local troop. (& Orion O. E. S. written in by hand)

Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Archie Kirkland of Troy, N. Y., and E. Hope Hopkins of Chicago, and two sons, Chester of New York and Justin of Philadelphia.

(Written by hand at top: Member of R. I. Ry 25 Yr Club named the W. G. Hopkins Chapter in his honor.)

Steuben Republican
August 12, 1942, page 1, columns 7-8

William Griffith Hopkins

William G. Hopkins was born in Jay county, Indiana, March 22, 1868, and passed away very suddenly August 4, 1942, at his home a mile and a half west of Angola. He had been about his usual work in his usual health and had attempted to run his lawn mower when he came in the house drawing his chair near to his wife's chair and sat down and without warning passed away. He was the son of Benjamin A. [sic] and Rebecca G. Hopkins. His early life was spent in and around Winchester, Ind. In the Winchester schools he was an earnest and well balanced student, he took a serious part in school affairs, in recreations and sports and laid the foundations of a tolerant, generous and helpful future.

March 12, 1892, he was married to Miss Laura A. Simmons, of Winchester. There were born to them three sons, two of whom preceded in death.

Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins celebrated their golden wedding this year in the apartment of his son Theodore in the fine new city hall. This was to him a very pleasant day as many of his friends came to wish him and his good wife all possible joy in the years to come.

Mr. Hopkins was known throughout Indiana. He was an efficient accountant. In his early manhood he served as the cashier for the B. & O. Railroad at Louisville. He gained much experience in insurance work in a number of Indiana cities. From 1921 to 1933 he was division chief for the Department of Internal Revenue with offices in Logansport, South Bend, and Fort Wayne. Among his good friends were Senator James Watson who found a refuge and means of refreshment again and again, when he sought some relief from the burdens of his office, in the home of Mr. Hopkins. Other close friends were Governor Goodrich and Vice President Fairbanks. Many through the state found in his reliability and ripe wisdom the counsel that gave them hope and encouragement. Locally no man made more friends, no man had been more appreciated, no man more widely accepted in business circles, no man more welcomed in helping pressed men to untangle the troubles and intricacies of business. His early church life was in Winchester and New Albany; at New Albany his church membership still stands unsullied. The city mourns his going and many expressions of sympathy have been spoken for his bereft family. He leaves his wife Laura, his son Theodore and Theodore's wife Jane, and his grandson William.

Funeral Services were held in the Klink Funeral Home, Friday, August 7, conducted by Rev. John Humfreys, D. D., and the burial was at Circle Hill, Angola, Ind.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our deep appreciation to all of our friends for their kindness and assistance during our great sorrow. The neighbors and ladies of the Hoosier Hills Club were especially kind and we appreciate it very much.

Mrs. Laura Hopkins and Family

Angola Herald-Republican
November 30, 1988, page 2A, column 2.

William L. Hopkins
May 9, 1922 - Nov 25, 1988

William L. Hopkins, 66, died Friday, Nov. 25, in Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born in Warren to Theodore E. and Beulah Jane Thompson Hopkins on May 9, 1922.

Mr. Hopkins was a retired maintenance worker for Tri-State University and was a resident of Angola.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 31, and 40 and 8.

Services were Monday at Klink's Funeral Home in Angola, Rev. J. Glenn Radcliffe officiated. A legion memorial service was held Sunday evening. Burial was in Circle Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to an organization or charity of the donor's choice.

A TRIBUTE

published in the pages of
THE NEWS DEMOCRAT
Belleville, IL
Jan 21, 1982
Memorial Obituary
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1982
Wilmer Hopkins

Wilmer E. Hopkins, 83, of Belleville, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. Pauls Home in Belleville.

He was a retired clothing salesman. He was a member of the Montpelier Lodge No. 600 AF & AM of Montpelier, Ind., the Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine and a Veteran of World War I.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lorraine A. Dehler; two daughters, Mrs. Ken (Carolyn) Miller of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Harold (Alonna) Harding of Appleton, Wi.; a brother, Theodore Hopkins of Mo.; five sisters, Mrs. Jess (Viola) Gowin of Flat Rock, Ill., Mrs. Mary Waldrup of Lawrenceville, Ill., Mrs. Hester Tewalt of Vincennes, Ind., Amy Hanes of New Harmony, Ind. and Mrs. Elmer (Grace) Thrall of Hammond, Ind., and four grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. Rev. C. V. Tolley will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the funeral home.

There will be a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Zita M. Hopkins

Hammond Times, November 15, 1959, p. B-3

Mrs. Zita M. Hopkins, 57, of 10619 Avenue C, Chicago, died Saturday.

Services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Brown Funeral Home, 2939 E. 95th St., Chicago, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Francis De Sales Church. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Mrs. Hopkins is survived by her husband, Carl; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Jane Aikens and Mrs. Geraldine Radelja, and a son, Thomas J., all of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Armour; Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman, Monclova, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Scavone; brothers James Mueller, Remsen, Iowa; Alfonse, Toledo, Ohio; Norbert, Arnold and Arthur, Chicago, and four grandchildren.

Breckenridge, Texas

April 15, 1932

Madge Velma Beard Jennison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beard, was born August 14, 1906 at Van Buren, Indiana and departed this life April 11, 1932 at 3:10 A. M. age 25 years, 8 months and 27 days, at Iraan, Texas.

In 1919 she, with her parents and brother came to Texas, later locating to Breckenridge, where she lived until her marriage.

In 1924 she united with the Church of Christ at Breckenridge and ever remained a true and faithful Christian.

June 1, 1930 she was united in marriage to Russell Owen Jennison of Iraan, Texas where she resided until her death.

Born to this union were twin boys, Frank Edwin and Francis Edward who died at birth and another son Robert Russell two weeks old who survives his mother.

Relatives and friends attending from a distance were: Mrs. Alice Stephens of Iraan, Texas, grandmother; Charles L. Hopkins of Iraan, great uncle; Robert A. Turner, Iraan, uncle; Mrs. B. R. Judy, aunt and Virginia, Wilma, Billy and Max Judy, cousins of Ranger; Don Schoonover, cousin of Dallas; Mrs. Harry Schoonover, aunt of Tulsa, Okla.; Mr. & Mrs. James P. Stephens, uncle & aunt of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mr. & Mrs. Milt Zoda, Wortham; Mrs. Carrie Zoda, Iraan; Mr. & Mrs. Nate Condry, Iraan; and Mrs. T. A. Tune and Miss Mary Kohler of Ranger.

Besides the husband, Russell O. Jennison, parents Mr. & Mrs. Frank Beard, she leaves one brother Wilbur, two sisters Margaret Berlin and Betty Ruth, an aunt Mrs. R. A. Turner and two sons Bobby and Gerald of Iraan; an uncle B. R. Judy and three sons, Mervin, Wayne and Jack and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

She was beloved and honored by all who knew her, and our loss is Heaven's gain.

Funeral services were conducted by Evangelist C. A. Collins of Graham, at the Church of Christ in Breckenridge, Texas, April 13, 1932 at 4 p. m. Interment in Breckenridge. Text I Thess. 4: 13-18.

Former Representative Is Dead at Bluffton

Bluffton, Ind., Nov. 10. -- James B. Merriman, 35, died at 8:30 o'clock this evening, after a ten days' illness of typhoid-pneumonia. He is survived by a wife and young daughter. Mr. Merriman was a former representative from Wells County and served in the legislature from 1909 to 1911. He was high in Odd Fellow circles, being at the time of his death grand high priest of the Indiana grand encampment. If he had lived till next Tuesday he would have been named grand chief patriarch at the meeting of the encampment to be held in Indianapolis. He was a prominent member of the Wells County bar and was a business partner of Charles G. Dailey, son of Joseph Dailey of Mt. Zion.

Obituary

Nancy Helvie Mock

Woman Passes Away After Hurt In Fall
Mrs. Nancy Mock, 86, Succumbs At Local Hospital Yesterday

Mrs. Nancy Mock, 86, widow of the late Frederick Mock, passed away at a local hospital Saturday afternoon at 1:20 o'clock, following injuries received in a fall which occurred some time ago.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Sarah Mock, Mrs. Frank Dragoo, Mrs. Frank Allison, all of Muncie; Mrs. Thomas Hammond of Anderson; Mrs. Luke Coffey of Indianapolis, and three sons, John W. Mock and Fred M. Mock of Muncie and William D. Mock of Danville, Illinois.

The funeral service will be conducted from the residence, 338 Ohio Avenue, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Mr. Ledbetter will have charge of the services. Interment will take place in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Daleville.

(Copied by Robert Weller from the Muncie Daily Star, Muncie, Indiana July 9, 1916)

EPHRAIM A. SMITH.

More than twenty-nine years have passed since this gentleman: arrived in Hutchinson and he is therefore numbered among her honored pioneers as well as leading citizens. He has been actively and prominently identified with the upbuilding and progress of central Kansas and his name is inseparably associated with many events and enterprises which have contributed to the development of this part of the state. Long since has he passed the Psalmist's span of three score years and ten, being now eighty-six years of age, but he is still engaged in business and his activity in the affairs of life should put to shame many a man of less resolute spirit, who in the prime of life, having grown weary of the cares and struggles of business life, would relegate to others the burdens that he should bear. Throughout a long, useful and honorable career, Mr. Smith has enjoyed the high regard of his fellow men, and this work would be incomplete without the record of his career.

Captain Smith — for by that title he is uniformly known — was bcrn in Whiitingham, Windham county, Vermont, April 25, 1815, and represents a family that was founded in America in early colonial days. His great-grandfather, Ephraim Smith, came from England, and on the maternal side the ancestry of the Captain were Scotch. Ephraim Smith, the grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and when the country became again involved in war with England, in 1812, the father of our subject, offered his services to the government and went forth in defense of the republic. He was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, and in the war of 1812 served as sergeant of marines. Throughout his business career he engaged in merchandising. He was married in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1812, to Martha Ireland, and subsequently removed to Vevmont, where he remained until 1835, when he took up his abode in what is now Livingston county, New York. Later he removed to Indiana and entered land from the government in Whitley county, where he remained until his death, which occurred when he was eighty-five years of age. He was a strong anti-slavery man, took an active interest in political affairs, and while residing in Vermont was elected to the state legislature. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian and for many years served as elder in his church.

Captain Smith is the second child in a family of three sons and three daughters and was the eldest that reached maturity. He acquired the greater part of his education in Massachusetts and was graduated in an academy there in 1834. After leaving school he engaged in merchandising with his father until his health failed, when he turned his attention to outdoor pursuits, believing that he would be benefited thereby. After the removal of the family to Indiana he lived upon the farm and aided in clearing sixty acres of land. That was long before the Pittsburg Railroad was built and the family home was in a pioneer settlement. Af the time of the Civil war he enlisted, but his services were not accepted on account of his health. He remained as one of the most active supporters of the Union cause throughout the struggle and at home rendered very efficient aid to the government, in fact was so active and energetic in behalf of the Union that a price was set upon his head by the Knights of the Golden Circle.

Owing to an injury Captain Smith was finally obliged to abandon farm work and began merchandising in Pennville. Indiana, where he remained until April, 1872, when he sold his store and came to Kansas. Not until the following June was the Santa Fe Railroad built through Hutchinson and the entire country was in its primitive condition, giving little evidence of the wonderful transformation soon to be wrought. Soon after his arrival he began work with the county surveyor and was later elected to that office. Sherman and Main streets were at that time laid out, but he did the work on most of the other thoroughfares of Hutchinson and in the performance of his duties visited every section of the county, thus becoming thoroughly posted concerning land values. His knowledge and advice in such particulars were greatly sought and he aided many in securing desirable homes. For nine years he filled the office of county surveyor, and going to Kingman county he located the town of Kingman. Buffaloes were so numerous at that time they were frequently obliged to suspend work to get out of the way of the animals. For many years Mr. Smith engaged in the real estate and insurance business, and handled much valuable propertv and conducted many important real-estate transactions. He is still engaged in the fire insurance business to some extent, although he has largely laid aside business cares. Indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature and his life has been a busy and useful one in which he has acquired a competence.

During the twenty-eight years of his residence in Indiana Captain Smith was an active worker in the ranks of the Republican party and after coming to Kansas he took a deep interest in its growth and success and was honored with several local offices. For four years he was a member of the city council, and for nine years was treasurer of the board of education, while for three years he served as deputy county treasurer in addition to his long incumbency in the office of county surveyor. He is a prominent Mason, holding membership in Reno Lodge, No. 140, F. & A. M. ; Reno Chapter, No. 34, R. A. M., in which he served as the first high priest; Hutchinson Council, No. 13, R. & S. M. ; and Reno Commandery, No. 26, K. T. He was treasurer of all the bodies for twelve years. In religious faith he is a Universalist.

A very important event in the life of Mr. Smith occurred on the 14th day of October, 1840, — his marriage to Miss Phoebe Root, who was born December 7, 1819, and is the daughter of Joseph H. Root, of New York. Her father, however, was a native of Maine and for many years engaged in the lumber business, coasting his lumber while he resided in the Pine Tree state and after removing to New York operated a sawmill and floated the logs down the Genesee river. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the parents of two sons and three daughters : Ephraim, who was a member of Company B, Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry, died during the war at Gallatin, Texas ; Hattie E. who engaged in teaching the first public school in Reno county, married James T. Norman and died in February, 1886; Alida is the wife of William R. Underwood, who was city clerk for seven years and who in the Civil War enlisted in Company F, Seven- tv-fifth Indiana Infantry, and Company E. Seventh Indiana Cavalry, serving for three years in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi as a member of the First Brigade, Sixth Division, Sixteenth Army Corps; Alexander is in the railroad service in Louisiana ; and Caroline is the wife of Charles L. Christopher, of Hutchinson. The parents are the oldest married couple in Hutchinson if not in the county. They are now aged eighty- six and eighty-two years respectively, and for sixty-one years they have traveled life's journey together, their mutual love and con- fidence increasing as year by year they have together met the joys and sorrows, the adversity and prosperity which checker the careers of all. Uniformly respected and venerated, amid a large circle of friends, they are now spending the evening of life quietly in their pleasant home in Hutchinson.

(from A Biographical History of Central Kansas, New York and Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1902, Vol I, pp. 196-198)

Captain Smith was the brother of Caroline Smith, who married William Griffith Hopkins.

TAPHORN

Henry Taphorn, beloved husband of the late Mary Taphorn (nee Feldhaus), suddenly, Tuesday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. aged 76 years. Funeral Friday from residence of his daughter, Mrs. August Selzer, 4928 Marion av. East Norwood, at 8:30 a.m. Requiem high mass at St. Peter and Paul's Church at 9 a.m. Autos leave Busse & Bergmann Co.'s office at 7:30 a.m.

Newspaper clipping from Velma Schonder.

TAPHORN

Death Notice

On Tuesday the 14th of July 1908 at 6:35 in the morning, at the age of 62 years, Mary Taphorn, born Feldhaus, in her residence at 1173 Sherman Avenue. The Funeral will take place at 7:30 this morning from the funeral home. Requiem High Mass in St. Heinrich's Church at 8 A. M. Friends are cordially invited by the grieving surviving relatives.

From the July 16 issue of the Cincinnati Freie Presse, p. 8.
Translated from the original German.

Mary Taphorn (nee Feldhaus) aged 62 years, beloved wife of Henry Taphorn, Tuesday, July 14, at 6:35 a.m. Funeral Thursday, at 7:30 a.m. from residence, No. 1173 Sherman av. Requiem high mass at St. Henry's Church at 8 a.m. Friends invited.

Newspaper clipping, July 15, 1908, from Velma Schonder.

In Memory of
HESTER A. TEWALT

Born - September 3, 1911
Blackford County, Indiana
Passed Away - August 2, 1986
Vincennes, Indiana

Services Held
Gardner Chapel
Vincennes, Indiana
Tuesday, August 5, 1986
2:00 P.M.

Clergyman - Reverend Kenneth Wells
Organist - Judy Deuel

Final Resting Place
Memorial Park Cemetery
Vincennes, Indiana

PALLBEARERS

Paul Walker Vance Edmondson
Robert Hunter Howard Lane
Ralph Chattin Carl Irvin

Mrs. Gomer Williams Taken in Death Monday

(Orion, Illinois)

Mrs. Gomer Williams, aged 74 years, a former resident of Orion, who of late years had been making her home at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dorsey Durman, passed away in death at 5:45 Monday evening, August 4, at the Durman home, northwest of Orion. Mrs. Williams had been in failing health for the past two years, her condition gradually becoming more serious until the end came peacefully Monday evening.

Miss Mary Hopkins was born near Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Feb. 27, 1856, and came to Osco nearly fifty years ago. She was united in marriage at Osco on April 10, 1890, to Gomer Williams, of Cable, and to that union two daughters were born, Mrs. Esther Durman, with whom she made her home of late, and Miss Birdora Williams, who will be remembered as an assistant in the Farmers State Bank of Orion, who passed away in death eight years ago.

Surviving relatives are her daughter, Mrs. Dorsey Durman, two step-sons, Howard Williams of near Coal Valley, and Roy B. Williams of Dayton, Ohio, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother, Walter G. Hopkins, of Osco, and a sister, Mrs. John D. Jones, of Maywood, Ill.

Mrs. Williams was a devoted member of the Baptist church at the time of her death but previous she had for many years been an active member of the Congregational churches of Cable and Sherrard, where the family resided previous to the death of her husband, eleven years ago, after which the family moved to Orion.

Funeral services will be held at the Durman home at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, with Rev. Sawyer, of Rio, and old friend of the deceased, presiding. Burial will be made at Glenwood cemetery. The singers at the funeral will be Mrs. Robert Haddick, of East Moline, and Mrs. Archie Sheets, of near Aledo. The pallbearers selected are nephews of the deceased, Arthur Washburn, James Durman, Wesley Jones, Clifford Williams, George Montgomery and Homer Sharp.

Those from a distance who have arrived for the funeral are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Williams, of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. J. D. Jones, of Maywood, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wright, of St. Charles, Ill.

Johnson County [IN] Journal

Elmer E. Thrall

Elmer E. Thrall, 95, died Saturday, March 5, 2006, at Regency Place in Greenwood. He was a resident of Greenwood and a former resident of Hammond.

He was born Nov. 25, 1909, in New Hope, Ill. His parents were Aaron and Olive (Bratton) Thrall. He married Grace W. (Hopkins) Thrall on Aug. 22, 1936. She preceded him in death. Survivors include a son, John E. Thrall of Munster; two daughters, Jane E. Knorr of Greenwood and Julia A. Brammer of Pass Christian, Miss.; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

He was a machinist for Blaw Knox in East Chicago, retiring in 1974.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church for more than 50 years.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling and oil painting.

The Rev. Ann Case will conduct a service at 11:30 a.m. today at Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Johnson County [IN] Journal

Grace W. Thrall

Grace W. Thrall, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at her Greenwood residence. She was formerly a resident of Hammond.

She was born July 15, 1914, in Blackford County. Her parents were Samuel and Stella Jean (Perfect) Hopkins. She married Elmer E. Thrall on Aug. 22, 1936, in Illinois. He survives. Other survivors include a son, John E. Thrall of Munster; two daughters, Jane E. Knorr of Greenwood and Julia A. Brammer of Mississippi; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Fair Meadow Community Church of the Nazarene in Munster.

The Rev. Ann Case will conduct a funeral at 11:30 a.m. today at Greenwood United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today prior to the service at the church. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel is handling the arrangements. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood United Methodist Church, Youth Group, 525 N. Madison Ave. Greenwood, IN 46142.

Dorothy Elizabeth Kirkland Westbrook

The Daily Gazette, May 12, 1993, p B 11

Please click on this link to view the obituary. Dorothy was a descendant of William Griffith Hopkins and Caroline Smith.


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