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Financial documents, mostly related to real estate interests, of Douglas and Minnie Jones Hopson and their son William Douglas Hopson in Clay County and Pulaski County, Arkansas, 1924-1940

Biographical/Historical Note

Originally from Illinois, Douglas Hopson (1859-1936), came to Corning, Arkansas in 1889. Trained as a lawyer, Hopson organized the first title abstract company in the area, the First National Bank of Corning and also the Western Clay County Drainage District, investing significantly in farmlands. He and his wife, Minnie Jones Hopson (1868-?), also originally from Carmi, Illinois, with children Marie and William Douglas, moved to Little Rock in 1918. There, Hopson continued his investment activities - particularly in Pike's Addition and the John Barrows areas. He also contributed significantly to Galloway and Hendrix colleges, the John Brown school and other charities. William Douglas Hopson (1907-1996) educated at Vanderbilt University (undergraduate degree, George Washington University (engineering, University of Arkansas (juris doctor)continued in his father's footsteps as a solo practitioner of law and a real estate inventorships married Laura Wooldridge (1905-2003), who apparently retained her family name, in 1937. During the 1930s-1940, the younger Hopson represented the Municipal League, a good government organization in the state. In the same period, he bought up considerable rural land, often through sheriffs' sales and tax forfeit deeds. A National Guard pilot, Hopson went on active duty in World War II, becoming a member of the legendary Flying Tigers unit in China. Following the war, he had a distinguished career as a United States Air Force officer, retiring as colonel in 1961 and continuing to fly until 1989. He and his wife are buried in Mt. Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Hopson family papers, SMC.045.001


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Hopson family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas


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