William Leamer Hopkins 1855 ~ 1940


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William L Hopkins was the father of George Turner Hopkins and son of Turner Belle Hopkins who married Rosa A (surname unknown) in 1880 at the age of 24. They had 3 children: George T, Harry F and Mary B Hopkins.

Rose A and William lived in the area of Pittsburgh known as Mt Washington.

High in the hills of Pittsburgh sits Mt. Washington, a neighborhood named for none other than George Washington himself, who was dispatched by the British army to survey the area during the French + Indian War. It was from his view from atop Mt. Washington that Washington discovered that the point of Pittsburgh (now Point State Park) was located on three rivers. Washington quickly determined that a military point would be of utmost importance at this site and the struggle for this piece of land below was a center of the French and Indian War.


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When the war ended, Mt. Washington became known as “Coal Hill,” in recognition of the many coal mines located there. Known as the single most important mineral deposit of the time, the community became a destination for English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish immigrants. In the late 1870s, German and Eastern European immigrants descended upon the region and built the four inclined railway systems that the region became famous for. Two of these inclines, the Duquesne and the Monongahela, still run today, providing both transportation and entertainment to the residents and visitors of Mt. Washington. William L. Hopkins Lived in this area before moving on.

William Leamer & Rose A HOPKINS Well known retired printer and native of Hollidaysburg died at 9:05 o’ciock this morning at the Altoona hospital after a short illness of pneumonia. Mr. Hopkins had made his home with a granddaughter. Mrs. John Hagan of 102 Fifty-eighth street. He was born in Hollidaysburg on Nov. 3, 1855, a son of Turner and Mary Hopkins, both of whom were pioneer families in Blair county. Early in life Mr. Hopkins learned the printers’ trade and worked for a number of years for the old Hollidaysburg Democratic Standard and the Hollidaysburg Register. He later was employed by the Pittsburgh Dispatch and the Chicago Herald. Mr. Hopkins also traveled extensively through-out the far west living in San Diego for a number of years working at his trade at various places. He always was a staunch Democrat, He was married in 1870 to Rose Morgan in Pittsburgh. Mrs Hopkins died in 1911. Surviving. are one daughter,: Mrs. Mary Hughey. of the city, with whom he also made his home; a brother. John P. Hopkins of Altoona; seven grandchildren and; two great-grandchildren. Three children are deceased. He was of he Presbyterian faith. Mr. Hopkins came to Altoona several years ago from Petersberg and Alexandria PA where he was located for 20 years. He also formerly operated a restaurant in East Altoona. Mr. Hopkins was a member of the printers’ union in Pittsburgh. The body will repose at he V. L. Stevens funeral home
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