Randolph County, Indiana
Jesse L. Hoppes
The office of
biography is not to give voice to a man's modest estimate of himself and his
accomplishments, but rather to leave upon the record the verdict establishing
his character by the consensus of opinion on the part of his neighbors and
fellow citizens. The life of Jesse L. Hoppes, who, although yet young in
years, is one of the leading business men of Farmland, Randolph county, where
he owns and conducts a well appointed and modern drug store, has been such as
to elicit just praise from those who know him best, owing to the fact he has
always been loyal to the trusts reposed in him and has been upright in his
dealings with his fellow-men, at the same time lending his support to the
advancement of any cause looking to the welfare of the community at large.
was born in Jay county, Indiana, January 22, 1881. He is a son of
Sylvester and Emaline (Daugherty) Hoppes, whose family consisted
of five children, namely: James P., a farmer near Redkey, Indiana,
married Molly Jenkins, of the same neighborhood, and they have one
child, Mabel; John O., of Traverse City, Michigan, is employed at
the asylum there; he married Ida Cates, of Wayne City; Anna Belle,
who lives near Redkey, married Neil Carter, a farmer, and they have one
child, Lucy Belle; William O., a druggist at Redkey, married Della
Meanda, which union has been without issue; Jesse L., subject of this
sketch, is the youngest.
is a native of Ohio, and when a youth he moved with the family from Fayette
county, that state to near Redkey, Jay county, Indiana, where our subject's Grandfather
Hoppes settled in pioneer days, and there his son Sylvester grew to
manhood and took up farming, which he always followed. The Hoppes family
is of German descent. The parents of the mother of our subject moved from Ohio
to the vicinity of Redkey when she was a small child, and there established
their permanent home. It was in that vicinity that the parents of our subject
were married and began housekeeping; they are both still living
Jesse L. Hoppes
grew to manhood on the home farm and he received excellent educational
advantages, having passed through the public schools at Redkey, then the Marion
Normal and subsequently Purdue University at Lafayette, Indiana, where he made
an excellent record and from which he was graduated with the class of 1908. He
took a course in pharmacy and received his degree in the same.
was married September 20, 1905 to Florence Bell Swhier, a daughter of
G. W. Swhier, a retired farmer, whose family consists of eight children,
all surviving at this writing. To our subject and wife one child has been born,
Marjorie May, whose birth occurred on October 22, 1909. Mrs. Hoppes
is also well educated, having been graduated from the Purdue University.
went to Marion, Indiana, as a drug clerk, and he later came to Farmland where he
clerked a year in a drug store, then bought a fourth interest in the Bly Botkin
Drug Company, whereupon he assumed management of the same. A year later he
purchased the entire business, which he has conducted to the present time with
great success, enjoying one of the largest trades of any drug store in the
county, and carrying an extensive and carefully selected stock of drugs and
drug sundries. His store is neat and well kept, one of the best in every way in
this locality, in fact, would be a credit to a city much larger than Farmland. Mr.
Hoppes understands every phase of the business and honesty, carefulness and
promptness as well as unfailing courtesy are his watchwords.
Politically, he is a Democrat,
and fraternally, is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Masonic order.
He attends the Christian church. His maternal grandfather Daugherty was
a minister in the Methodist church.
Hoppes is a gentleman of pleasing address who makes and retains friends
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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