The History of How Hoopeston became H...

The History of How Hoopeston became Hoopeston?

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#1 Oct 27, 2009
There are so many different stories of how Hoopeston became Hoopeston and why it was named Hoopeston. Go ask your Grandpa and Grandma, let's gather these stories, they are so interesting.
HooterVillin1963

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#2 Oct 30, 2009
The story I was always told there was a guy named Thomas Hoops fom Ohio that settled here and the forfathers named the town Hoopeston . i beleave the original name HoopesTown. Thats the story my grandparents told when i was a kid.
GFY

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Nov 2, 2009
The better story is about the Thompson brothers. They were rebels. Matter of fact the park at the corner of Thompson and Market was designed to have a courthouse built on it. There was a hotel and office buildings across the street.
Dave

Carmel, IN

#4 Nov 5, 2009
HooterVillin1963 wrote:
The story I was always told there was a guy named Thomas Hoops fom Ohio that settled here and the forfathers named the town Hoopeston . i beleave the original name HoopesTown. Thats the story my grandparents told when i was a kid.
You are right about this. He was Thomas HOOPES. Brought a flock
of sheep here, and settled northwest corner of town on "the hill".
His biggest problem at first was keeping Wolves from killing
his sheep, because there were so many in the area. Built one of
first wood-frame houses in this area, for his family and made the
surrounding land his farm.

Since: Dec 09

Clive, IA

#5 Dec 10, 2009
Dave wrote:
<quoted text>
You are right about this. He was Thomas HOOPES. Brought a flock
of sheep here, and settled northwest corner of town on "the hill".
His biggest problem at first was keeping Wolves from killing
his sheep, because there were so many in the area. Built one of
first wood-frame houses in this area, for his family and made the
surrounding land his farm.
that's the story i was told by my grandparents back when i was a little girl. i love hearing all the stories that our elders have to tell!:)
lorettastrawser

Danville, IL

#6 Jan 15, 2010
my husband and I own and interesting hoopeston artifact about thomas Hoops its a legal probate court of vermilion county of the in re-estate of Thomas Hoops from september 2nd of 1945 the probate judge was Arthur R Hall, This document is the original last will and testiment of Thomas Hoops, it states that october 7, 1893 Thomas Hoops died on october 4th 1893 and the witness to this document were jacob s mcferren, w.j. calhoun and william mooresome of the items that were left in his will were fire set, ax, shovels, horse, set single harness, saddle and bridle,foot warmer, yd carpet parlor chaire, arm chaire,cedar pailcloth chair pheaton, among other items listed in will, he also had listed by names amount interest and principle of what was owed to him, he was a remarkable business man for that time period. if interested or would like more imformation about this document you can e-mail me at [email protected]
My Thoughts

Hoopeston, IL

#7 Jul 21, 2010
My Grandma used to be friends with the Hoopes and Mcferrens. She told me 45 years ago that when the Mcferrens donated the park, it was under the stipulation that it would ALWAYS be free to use by everyone. It saddened her when they started charging admission during the Sweetcorn Festival, the one time of year that EVERYONE would surely use the park.
Also, the old bank building uptown is known as the WilDon building, after William & Don McFerren.
Don't know if all these are facts for sure, but Grandma thought it was.
nothing personal, of course, just my thoughts
chuck powell

Niles, IL

#8 Apr 5, 2012
Can someone tell me where the cunningham guy comes into all of this . The house hoopes lived in is called the Cunningham mansion ? I have been working on the house for a couple weeks now in and out and it is super cool. And I havent went through all of it yet but there is all kinds of hoopes personal items in about 15 boxes I'm super excited to go through all of it!!!
steelheart69

Munfordville, KY

#9 Apr 6, 2012
you can find the hoopeston centennial book online and read all about how hoopeston became hoopeston
danielle hutton

Hollywood, FL

#11 Jun 13, 2014
Our family name is fink granpa vernon fink was a great man bin there since the early 1900s his house witch is now mine is on w washington i love my victorion house i will always treasure it we come every year from florida love the history of his life an life of hoopston loved visiting the cemetary lots of history there
chicks

Westville, IL

#12 Aug 20, 2016
My Thoughts wrote:
My Grandma used to be friends with the Hoopes and Mcferrens. She told me 45 years ago that when the Mcferrens donated the park, it was under the stipulation that it would ALWAYS be free to use by everyone. It saddened her when they started charging admission during the Sweetcorn Festival, the one time of year that EVERYONE would surely use the park.
Also, the old bank building uptown is known as the WilDon building, after William & Don McFerren.
Don't know if all these are facts for sure, but Grandma thought it was.
nothing personal, of course, just my thoughts
Actually the name of the building is the Willdon Building. There are two LLs in the word.
chicks

Westville, IL

#13 Aug 20, 2016
chuck powell wrote:
Can someone tell me where the cunningham guy comes into all of this . The house hoopes lived in is called the Cunningham mansion ? I have been working on the house for a couple weeks now in and out and it is super cool. And I havent went through all of it yet but there is all kinds of hoopes personal items in about 15 boxes I'm super excited to go through all of it!!!
James Cunningham married into the Hoopes family. The house is actually called the Hoopes-Cunningham mansion. Are there photos that might be able to be copied? If you need a place to donate the Hoopes items to, I would suggest the Hoopeston Public Library for the Illinois Room.

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