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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HOOPER, G. W., restaurant and saloon, P. O. Clarinda; born August 22, 1836, in Athens county, Ohio. He was raised on a farm, and received his education—the preliminary in the common school—the higher in the University of Ohio. He followed the farming avocation until 1866, when he went in the Chillicothe House, in Chillicothe, in which he remained about two years. In 1869 he came to Page county, locating at North Mills, and engaging in the grocery business. In 1877 he came to Clarinda and clerked for S. B. Porter nearly a year, when he purchased the restaurant business of Warren Hulbert. In May, 1879, he increased his business by adding a saloon. He enlisted April 21, 1862, in company C, Third Ohio Infantry, for three months, at the expiration of which time he returned home only to re-enlist December 19, 1861, in company E, Seventy-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. He was in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged, and was twice wounded—in the right arm and left hand. Was captured May 4, 1862, at the battle of Chancellorsville, and taken to Libby prison, remaining but four days, when he was taken to Belle Island and paroled. He was exchanged on the 20th of the same month. Married Miss Amy S. Gudgen May 4, 1865, by whom he is the father of one child: Myrta Bell.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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