W. R. HOOPPAW, Sr., retired, Villa Ridge, was born in Pulaski County June 13, 1830. He is the son of M. R. Hooppaw, who came from South Carolina to this county about 1820. He was a man who delighted in hunting, but did not give his whole time to the sport. He opened up a farm, and was Sheriff of Alexander County for eight years. (That was before Pulaski was cut off.) While Sheriff of the county, he sold the land on which Cairo now stands. He was, in later life, County Judge of Pulaski County. Up to the time of his settlement in this county, he had followed steamboating. Was married in Pulaski County to Malinda Kennedy. She was born in Ohio, sister of T. C. Kennedy, an old resident of the county. They were the parents of eight children, three of whom are still living — W. R., Thomas and David. Our subject has resided in the immediate vicinity of Villa Ridge all his life, and for thirty-two years has been in the mercantile business in different towns in Southern Illinois — Pulaski, Hodge's Park, Cairo, but most of the time at Villa Ridge. In the fall of 1882, he sold out his store to Mr. G. H. Lufkin, and so is out of the mercantile business for the present. He has a farm of eighty acres near town, but resides in Villa Ridge. September 19, 1850, he was married in this county to Miss E. J. Lewis. She was born in Mississippi, daughter of A. E. Lewis, deceased. (See sketch of A. W. Lewis, Pulaski Precinct.) Mr. and Mrs. Hooppaw have had twelve children, nine of whom are living— M. L. (deceased), Almira G., Lenora A., Maranett V., W. R., Warren C., Ida Belle, George W., Walter T., Laura M. (deceased), Oscar, Bartie C. (deceased). He is a member of Villa Ridge Lodge, A., F. & A. M. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 288.