This photo appears in several other posts here, but when I saw “Favorite Photo” on the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks list of prompts, it was the first thing that came to mind. I think I squealed with delight when I first found this picture while scanning an aunt’s photos about 15 years ago. It has never failed to make me smile in all the times I’ve looked at it since.
Elmer Dennis Hopkins was my maternal grandfather. He was the fourth of 10 children born to James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard, born 2 April 1894 in the Harlan County, Kentucky community of Wallins Creek. When he was about seven years old, the family moved to Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Elmer served twice in the U. S. Army from 4 December 1911 to 3 December 1914 and from 24 May 1918 to 12 June 1919. He started working for L & N Railraod 15 December 1915 and left in May 1918 to return to the army. After his second discharge, he returned to work at L & N and worked for the railroad until his retirement 28 April 1960.
He married Emma Ewers Taylor 11 October 1920. They eloped from Mt. Vernon, Kentucky to Jellico, Tennessee. Elmer had already bought and furnished a house for them in Corbin, Knox County, Kentucky where he was working. They moved to Cumberland in Harlan County in 1923, then back to Corbin the same year. They moved to Loyall, also in Harlan County, in 1924 but returned to Corbin again in December 1925. In June 1927, Elmer and Emma moved back to Loyall and lived there for the rest of their lives.
Elmer and Emma had four daughters. Second daughter Ruby Marie died when she was 20 months old. The other three provided them with seven grandchildren.
Elmer died 26 May 1980 in Harlan. He was buried next to Emma and Ruby in Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from Amy Johnson Crow.