W. R. HOOPPAW, Jr., lumberman, Villa Ridge. Among the energetic business men of this precinct, we find the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He was born in Pulaski County January 7, 1860, and is the son of W. R. Hooppaw, Sr., whose sketch appears in this work. Our subject was reared and educated in this county. Most of his early life was spent in his father's store. In 1881 and 1882, he was engaged in the manufacture of fruit boxes in Villa Ridge. Late in the summer of 1882, his factory and material were all burned. In the spring of 1883, he engaged in his present business of saw milling with Mr. G. A. Pavey. Their mill is located about one mile north of Villa Ridge, and was erected in 1882 for the purpose of sawing gum timber. The mill has a capacity of about 5,000 feet daily, and Messrs. Pavey & Hooppaw have a contract for furnishing 1,000,000 feet of gum lumber to the Singer Sewing Machine Company of Cairo, at $12 per 1,000 feet, at the yard in Villa Ridge. August 28, 1882, he was married to Miss Lucy Codle. Mr. Hooppaw is a member of no society, and takes but little part in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 288.