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Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady

 

The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 

 

Frederick M. Hopson –

A leading citizen of St. Lawrence County, Mr. Hopson has been successful as a photographer at Massena for more than 35 years.  He was born at Louisville, N.Y., May 16, 1872, the son of George H. and Elizabeth (Hitchcock) Hopson. 

 

George H. Hopson, who died in 1901, was a native of Herkimer County.  His wife was born in St. Lawrence County and died in 1920.  Both are buried at Massena.  Throughout his life, Mr. Hopson engaged in general farming near Massena.  He was a Republican and a member of the Universalist Church.  His wife held membership in the Methodist Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Hopson had two sons:  1. Frederick M., the subject of this sketch.  2. Norman L., lives at Massena.

 

Frederick M. Hopson received his education in the public schools of Massena and until 1894 was interested in farming.  In that year he entered the studio of W. A. Moorehouse at Massena and the following year purchased the business which he has since successfully conducted.  It is perhaps the oldest studio in the North Country and Mr. Hopson is widely known as a commercial photographer.  He served as official photographer for the St. Lawrence River Power Company for four years during the construction of their power plant.  He has been in his present location since 1926.

 

On Oct 1, 1899, Mr. Hopson was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Haggett, of Chase Mills, the daughter of Henry and Eunice (Durant) Haggett.  Mr. Haggett died in 1927 at the age of 92 years and his wife died in 1917.  Three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hopson:  1. Ethel, born March 11, 1891, married Harry J. Wilkes, lives at Massena.  Their son, Frederick George, was born March 11, 1915, and died Sept 27, 1925.  2. Dorothy, born Nov 1, 1896, married N. E. Jarvis, lives at Massena.  They have had six children:  Reginald, Leola, Jean Marie died in infancy, June, N.E. Jr, and and Rober Harry.  3. Eunice, born Oct. 13, 1897, married Seth D. Noblett, lives at Massena.  They have six children:  Charles Hopson, Seth D. Jr., William Henry, Ruth Miriam, Frederick Martin and Paul Kenneth.

 

Mr. Hopson is a Republican, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Massena Country Club.  He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, and he is a charter member of the Maccabees.

 

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