Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 256 & 259
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Aug. 29, 2007


– At her home 418, Iowa Avenue, Saturday evening at 12 o’clock, of heart failure, AMANDA M., WIFE OF J. J. HOOPES, aged 79 years, 1 month and 10 days. This sad announcement fell with a painful shock upon the stillness of Sabbath morning. There had been no warning to family or friends. In the enjoyment of apparent health and noted for the uniform sweet cheerfulness of her disposition, deceased had spent Saturday in her customary round of household duties and social pleasure, with no foreboding shadow felt anywhere to dim the brightness of the day. She retired at 9 o’clock, Saturday evening and it was an hour later that the first premonition was given in a painful sensation about the heart. Dr. Little was summoned but the decree had been pronounced and at midnight the spirit took its departure from the beloved form of this wife, mother, friend.

Deceased was born near Louisville, Ky., March 17, 1812. Her maiden name was Amanda M. McGinnis. She was married at Cincinnati Feb. 1, 1838, and in 1840 accompanied her husband to Iowa, and to Muscatine (then Bloomington), which has since been their residence. Her husband and three children survive. The children are Ellen, wife of r. B. Lawther of Dallas, Texas; J. Linn of Lake township, and Rebecca who lives at home.

The memory of Mrs. Hoopes will dwell long and green in the hearts of her large circle of friends. No woman more strikingly exemplified in her relations to family and society the beauty of a noble character and life. It is known that she was related to the Carys of Ohio – a cousin of Alice and Phoebe, the sister poets, and it was felt by all her friends that the spirit of sweetest poesy and song dwelt in her, distinguishing her love of nature and attuning her whole life to a concord with the beautiful and good.

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In Memoriam.

A meeting of the Old Settlers was held in the City Hall, April 30th, 1889, to take action on the death of MRS. AMANDA HOOPES. President Walton presided with Mr. Peter Jackson, secretary.

On motion, a committee of three consisting of Samuel McNutt, Joseph Bridgman and Peter Jackson, was appointed to present a tribute to the memory of the deceased, and report the same to the city papers. The committee report as follows:

The hand of death again beckons the Old Settlers of Muscatine to meet at the side of another new made grave. This time a noble sister in our pioneer band has gone to her eternal rest. Amanda M. Hoopes, wife of Joseph J. Hoopes, is no more. Without suffering from any lingering illness she suddenly departed at the ripe old age of 77 years, 1 month and 10 days. Failure of the heart to act brought her beautiful life to a close, and we shall see her pleasant face no more at our annual meetings, or in our social circle.

She came to this city with her husband in 1840, and has lived among us forty-nine years. Her character and life were lovely to all who knew her. She was a devoted wife, a tender mother, a faithful friend and a kind neighbor, and we dearly cherish her memory. Therefore,

    Resolved, That we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved husband, children and relatives of the departed, so suddenly taken to the unknown world beyond this fleeting life.

    Resolved, That these proceedings be published in the city papers, and we will attend the funeral.

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