Hopkins, George Mortimer
The following data is extracted from Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925.
GEORGE MORTIMER HOPKINS - Associated throughout his career with the business and mercantile life of Williamstown, Mr. Hopkins who is prominent in both the activities of the furniture business and in the profession of funeral director, has always been a foremost factor in the promotion of community interests and the general upbuilding of the township. He is the son of Elisha Hopkins, a contractor, who was born in Rhode Island, and Elizabeth Eliza (Coope) Hopkins, who was born in Claverack, New York.
George Mortimer Hopkins was born November 22, 1842, in Williamstown, where he attended the public schools. He began his business career as a carpenter and a building contractor, and so continued until 1889, when he established his present furniture and funeral directing business. At the time of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 27th Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry, but did not serve owing to the refusal of his parents' consent.
Mr. Hopkins' fraternal affiliations are with Williamstown Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is a Past Master; Composite Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of North Adams; St. Paul Commandery, Knights Templar, of North Adams; Springfield Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and Lodge No. 487, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of North Adams; and the Blackinton Lodge, Manchester Unity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the Williamstown Board of trade, and an associate member of Hopkins Post, Grand Army of the Republic. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
George Mortimer Hopkins married, July 4, 1865, at Hoosick, New York, Charlotte A. Thurber, daughter of Joseph and Electa (Brooks) Thurber; and they are the parents of: Albert William, born September 3, 1866; Annie Elizabeth, born September 9, 1868, and married Edwin L. Allen; Arthur Elmer, born December 14, 1871.
Source: Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925