Biography of Walter Hooper
Howard County, IN Biographies





WALTER HOOPER was born in England, November 29, 1829, and is the son of Thomas and Jane (Mitcheld) Hooper. Thomas Hooper came to America in 1832. He, in a few years, went back to England, but crossed over to America and settled in New York. Here Walter grew to manhood, receiving a common school education. He worked at intervals for his grandfather, Thomas Chappell, an engineer. At the age of twenty one, he came west, stopping in Porter County, Ind. Having some knowledge of the blacksmith trade, he soon found employment in Valparaiso, but in a few months he went to Aurora, Ill., where he remained until 1858. He then went to Montgomery, Ala., and worked at his trade until the fall of1860, when he located at Troy, N. Y. On the day that saw the beginning of the civil war, he came to Indianapolis, Ind., and in 1865 located at Kokomo. He was then worth $6,000. He bought property here and erected a small blacksmith shop and began to make buggies. During his first year's business, he sold $1,665 worth of new work, and, eight years later, $14,516. He manufactures a full line of buggies, carriages and spring wagons, and his work is all first class. In 1869, he built a livery stable, cost $3,000; in 1870, a business room, for $3,000; in 1872, two brick business rooms, for $6,000; in 1874, a brick residence, cost $7,000, and in 1882, one brick business room, at a cost of $25,000. Mr. Hooper owns what is known as Hooper's Block. He employs seven workmen and is doing a good business. He is a supporter of all public improvements, and has done as much as any one man in the building up of Kokomo. He has been Treasurer of the Agricultural Society for six years. He has been an Odd Fellow for twenty years, and Treasurer of the Wildman Lodge twelve years in succession. Mr. Hooper was married in the fall of 1860 to Miss Christiana England, a native of Germany, but whose parents brought her to this country in her youth. Mr. and Mrs. Hooper are members of the Congregational Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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