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This marker caught my eye when I visited the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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According to the 1900 census, Mr. Hopkins was living with his wife, Lynd and daughter Jessie.  His occupation was listed as farmer and summer hotel.  By the time the 1910 census rolled around, he was listed as a hotel proprietor, which makes me believe that he found it much more profitable to be a hotelier than a farmer (which would make sense).

His information on Find-a-Grave lists his date of death of 1922, although it seems clear from the date detail on the stone that it was 1924.   What I did find interesting is that his wife’s full name is Lynde Enos Hopkins (1822-1911) — on the census forms, she is listed as “Lynd,” and “Lind.”

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The Sauk County Historical Society has some information on Mr. Hopkins, as well — on their page for their living history tour, they have his daughter, Alta Belle Hopkins.  Their information reads, “Alta’s father, Edmund Theodore Hopkins, was a direct descendant of Stephen Hopkins, Royal Governor of the Rhode Island colony and later signer of the Declaration of Independence. Edmund survived the Civil War, and became a lawyer. He became involved with the Homestake Gold Mine in S.D.–later owned by William Randolph Hearst. He worked for an iron company in Ft. Wayne, the largest maker of steel wheels in the world. He also owned the Lakeview Hotel at Devil’s Lake. His second wife, Lynde Enos,  bore 2 daughters, one being Alta Belle. Alta had a heart condition and died at Devil’s Lake at the young age of 23. Her sister, Jessie Lynde was a noted singer, performing with large orchestras in Pittsburgh and N.Y., Milwaukee and St. Paul. While spending time abroad studying music in Paris, she met a sculptor named Dario Viterbo. They became good friends and eventually she commissioned  a work of art which was to adorn the family plot in Baraboo. The modern-looking sculpture shows a figure offering flowers to the mortal while prayer raises to heaven. The  poppies around the base unite earth & heaven”

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