Biography of Peter Hopkins, Jr.
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PETER HOPKINS, JR.
Among the earnest and enterprising residents of Napa county whose energy and depth of character gained for them a prominent place in their respective communities and the respect and confidence of their fellowmen was numbered the late Peter Hopkins, Jr. A man of sound principles and decided views, his influence was ever exerted for the advancement of his community, and he stood in the front rank of Calistoga's representative citizens. Mr. Hopkins was born in Sacramento, California, on the 4th of February, 1867, and was a son of Peter Hopkins. The latter was a native of Ireland and came to the United States at the age of thirteen years. In February, 1849, he came to California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and first located in Sacramento. His portrait now hangs in Sutter's Fort, at Sacramento, as a member of the California Pioneer Society. He followed mining for a number of years and in 1868 located in San Francisco, where he became prominent and influential in public affairs. He served as sheriff of San Francisco county and for many years was a member of the board of fire commissioners.

Peter Hopkins, Jr., secured his educational training in the public schools of San Francisco and in Santa Clara College. On completing his education he obtained a position at clerical work with the Spring Valley Water Company and later worked in the office of the secretary of the United Railways. He also was for a time an employe of the American Tinplate Company. Mr. Hopkins was a good penman and possessed an alert mentality, and for a number of years he was employed in various county offices in the city hall at San Francisco. During this period he had acquired a ranch in Mann county, but in 1910 he came to Calistoga and here established his permanent residence. Through the subsequent years he was engaged in the ice cream and confectionery business, in which he met with a very gratifying measure of success, and he was also the local agent for the San Francisco newspapers. In October, 1924, Mr. Hopkins was appointed by President Coolidge as postmaster of Calistoga and was rendering splendid service in this connection at the time of his death on December 2, 1925.

Mr. Hopkins was married to Miss Lucy B. Hayes, who was born and reared in San Francisco, a daughter of Thomas R. and Mary E. (Curtis) Hayes, both of whom were natives of the state of Maine. Her father arrived in San Francisco in 1850 and became a member of the historic Vigilante Committee. He was for many years the local agent for the Maine Winchester Leather Company. Mrs. Hopkins is an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Politically Mr. Hopkins was long a stanch supporter of the republican party and took a good citizen's interest in public affairs. Fraternally he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he attained the Royal Arch degree; Napa Lodge No. 832, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks; and Order of the Eastern Star, and he was past president of the Calistoga parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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