- Newspapers: Selling the Hopkins Farm – Part 1
- Newspapers: Selling the Hopkins Farm – Part 2
“Its location and general character make it a most desirable place and the only reason why Mr. Hopkins has consented to sell is because his years and health are such that he cannot work it himself; his boys have all grown to manhood and gone out into the world to do for themselves and outside labor is too high to hire.”
I’m not sure about his health at that time but at age 57, Jim wasn’t quite as old as this makes it sound. It seems the biggest problem was that all of his free or cheap labor (in the form of his eight sons) was gone.
It’s interesting that the Willing Workers (which was the ladies group at the Christian Church) furnished dinner. My Taylor great grandparents attended the Christian Church and that great-grandmother was a member of the Willing Workers but it wasn’t the Hopkins family’s church. Maybe the Rockcastle Real Estate Company had some connection and the ladies provided food for all of their auctions.