Museum the New Llano Colony

John Henry Hopkins

Birth: He was born around 1854 in Missouri.

Family Information: Husband of Leslie Hopkins.

Father of Mary Katherine Hopkins.

Step-father of Delsya (Lee) and Charles (Lee) Hopkins.  


Pre-Colony History: He brought his wife and three children to the colony from Shreveport, Louisiana in October 1928.  

Home in Colony: In November 1929 Hopkins, Kennedy and Fall harvested the sweet potato crop, storing them in the attic of one of the hay lofts -- carefully covering them with straw to protect them from being injured by frost. 

Job in Colony: In October-November 1928 he and Comrade Waters were putting up hay and working in the sweet potato patch.

In December 1928 Waters, McClurg, Ross Brannon and Hopkins, with three teams and wagons, started hauling peanuts to the dairy where the thresher was located. Roe and Enfield got the thresher and Fordson tuned up and as soon as the nut supply began to arrive Com. Gregson started to feed the machine and the work was on. They stayed with the job until almost six o'clock and finished up. Of course, Van Nuland, our dairy man, and some of the boys did their bit in completing that job which had been slated to take two days.  

Other Info: Comrade Hopkins showed off his garden and house - where all was in apple pie order to welcome his wife home who had been away at Shreveport.

In August 1929 the Hopkins family visited the Rice Ranch. A week later, Pickett carried them, along with a truckload of furniture driven by Baldwin, to the Rice Ranch. The idea was that the Hopkins family would take the place of the Kimballs who were moving back to Newllano.  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was living with his wife and children in Webster Parish, Louisiana and working as a farmer.


Sources: "Llano Colonist": October 6, 1928, October 20, 1928, November 3, 1928, December 15, 1928, April 20, 1929, August 24, 1929, August 31, 1929, November 9, 1929; US Census: 1930


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