MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 398
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Oct. 2, 2007
DEATH OF JOSEPH J. HOOPES.
Dec 28 1893 (hand written)
In the death of Joseph J. Hoopes, who passed away this morning at his home, No. 418 Iowa avenue, the city of Muscatine loses another of its rapidly thinning band of early settlers and a highly respected citizen. Mr. Hoopes had been suffering with a severe attack of bronchitis for the past two weeks and despite all that skilled medical attendance and tender nursing could do gradually failed, passing peacefully away at 4:10 o’clock this morning. Although advanced in years Mr. Hoopes took a great interest in all local and general affairs and his familiar figure and pleasant greeting will be greatly missed by his many friends.
Joseph J. Hoopes was the son of Isaac and Hannah Hoopes and was born in New Garden township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, October 14, 1808, and had therefore attained the advanced age of 85 years, 2 months and 14 days. He grew to young manhood in his native county, where he learned the carpenter’s trade, becoming a skilled mechanic. He then came west to Cincinnati, where he worked at his trade, afterwards traveling through the South and engaging in work for a time in places that pleased him. He then returned to Cincinnati and was there united in marriage with Miss Amanda McGinnis, in February, 1838.
In the spring of 1841 Mr. and Mrs. Hoopes came to Muscatine to make their future home and had since resided here, Mrs. Hoopes departing this life four years ago. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive. They are Mrs. Ellen Lawther, of Dallas, Texas; J. Linn Hoopes and Miss Rebecca Hoopes, of this city.
Mr. Hoopes, during his constant residence here of over fifty-two years, engaged in active business as he was much of the time as a contractor and builder, made many acquaintances, among whom he had warm friends. He practically retired from active business life more than two years ago and seemed to enjoy the leisure which a well-earned competence afforded him. He was genial and cordial with those whom he associated, and in this circle as well as in that of his immediate family he will be greatly missed. The lengthening of his life to over four-score years may be attributed to his temperate habits and industrious and methodical way of living. Thus another of the chief figures in the ranks of the old settlers has passed away.
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