Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy 162nd Birthday, James Hooper (1849-1917)!

Gayle Wells' great-grandfather

James has notable dapper photos!
this one mislabeled
James was the third of four sons raised in England, and he moved to Pennsylvania where he married Louisa and had two children.

James in fur cap, middle left
James was a miner by profession, and perhaps his wife’s LDS Church membership influenced a move west as he came to Silver, Utah, a tent city for miners.  His brother John came with them as well, but died in a mining accident in 1882.  The Hooper family was living in Salt Lake City by 1880, and then settled in Park City sometime soon after that (possibly in 1883, since daughter Sarah Jane is mentioned as starting school there partway through the year).  James mourned the death of his teenage son William.

James was a member of the Park City Lodge of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization that met weekly.  He was one of our few pioneers who came to Utah before joining the Church.  James was baptized at age sixty, just a few months before his wife passed away.  He remarried Lena Miksell, a woman twenty years his junior.

I would give him a trip back to Park City to see how upscale it has become!

1 comment:

  1. I'd give him a trip to the store to modernize his wardrobe.