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Susannah HOOVER and husband George W. TOPE

Susan HOOVER, daughter of Jacob HOOVER and Elizabeth ROSIER. was born 10 Oct 1842 in Logan County, Ohio, and died 12 April 1926 in Fayette county Iowa. She was buried at West Union Cemetery, Lot 11. On the 28th of February, 1860, she married George W. TOPE, son of Jacob John TOPE and Sarah EVERHARD. He died in 1892.

They had eight (known) children:

TOPE, Jacob W.
(Obituary below)
20 Mar 1861 21 Apr 1919 25 Dec 1884 WELLS, Mary Alvina
TOPE, Martha Jane c 1864 29 May 1886 unk unk
TOPE, Clara May c 1866 20 Apr 1937 unk SOWARD, Grant
TOPE, Edith Amy 3 Oct 1867 abt March 1936 24 Mar 1887 LOWER, Charles A.
TOPE, Elizabeth Maude Jul 1873 1947 May 1893 SWALE, Thomas
TOPE, Minnie A. 22 Aug 1877 (twin) unk 21 Dec 1904 PETERSON, Guder
TOPE, Sidney Albert 22 Aug 1877 (twin) 10 Sep 1961 21 Aug 1917 JOHNSTON, Anna Mae
TOPE, Harvey S. Apr 1881 1959 ABT 1906 DREWES, Anna


"Mrs. Susan Tope died at 5:40 Monday evening at the home of her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Swale of West Union. Mrs. Tope had passed her eighty-third birthday last October. She had suffered intensely from a cancer, and her death was known to be imminent for the past few weeks. However, she was in about her usual health when she came last Thanksgiving time from her home in Dover township to spend the winter in the Swale home. The funeral will be held at 2:30 this afternoon from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. E. J. Wykle. Mrs. Tope was a pioneer resident of this community. She is survived by four daughters and two sons - Mrs. T. W. Swale, Mrs. C. A. Lower, and Mrs. G. Peterson of the West Union vicinity, Mrs. G. Soward of Sheldon, Wis., and S. B. Tope and H. S. Tope, also residing here. Mrs. Soward has been here for the past three weeks to assist in the care of her mother."
West Union Argo Gazette, 21 April, 1926, pg 1:

"Susan Hoover, fourth child of Jacob and Elizabeth Hoover, was born near Quincy, Ohio, October 10, 1842, and died April 12, 1926, having reached the age of eighty-three years, six months, and two days. In 1849 the family came to Iowa, arriving in July of that year. They settled on land three miles north of West Union, where she grew to young womanhood. On February 28, 1860, she was united in marriage to George W. Tope. Mr. and Mrs. Tope began life together on the farm in the immediate neighborhood, here they made their home until Mr. Tope passed away in 1892. They had a family of eight, five girls and three boys: two, Jacob and Mattie, having preceded her in death, and six whom survive to mourn that best of earthly blessings, a good mother, ambitious to give her children advantages she never had. Those who survive are Mrs. Grant Soward of Sheldon, Wis., Mrs. C. A. Lower, Mrs. T. W. Swale, Mrs. G. Peterson, S. B. Tope, and Harvey Tope, all of West Union and vicinity. There are seventeen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren: one sister, Mrs. Mary Johnson of Burlington, Colo., a brother, Jacob Hoover of West Union, and a dearly beloved sister-in-law, Viola Hoover of Oklahoma. Mrs. Tope was united with the United Brethren Church at an early age, having lived and died in the Christian faith. She resided on the home place with her son S. B. Tope, until Thanksgiving when she came to the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. W. Swale. Here her suffering became intense and all the tender loving kindness and care of her children was done to comfort her. . . funeral . . . Presbyterian church . . . Wednesday afternoon, April 14."

Falls to Floor During Dance at I.O.O.F. Anniversary Ball Early Yesterday Morning
Moved To This City Six Weeks Ago to Conserve Health; Was Well Known and Popular

"Jacob W. Tope dropped dead just after midnight yesterday morning in the I.O.O.F. hall, where he was attending the Odd Fellow anniversary celebration. Mr. Tope, who was fifty-eight years old, had moved from his farm to town six weeks ago in order to conserve his health, but was still able to go to the farm every day to look after matters there. Mr. Tope's death came just after he had participated in one lively dance, and when he had started on another, a waltz quadrille, the tune for which had been announced as "played at Jake Tope's special request." In one of the movements of the dance he suddenly fell away from his partner, Mrs. Herbert Schaeffer, and dropped to the floor. Dr. Mercer, who was quickly brought to the lodge room, said his death had been instant. Mr. Tope was a man of active, cheerful, social disposition, who in spite of the knowledge that his heart was not strong, could not restrain his tendency to keep busy with his work and take part in social enjoyment. His hearty, jovial nature made him popular in the community, where he had spent his life and was known to all. Jacob W. Tope, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Tope, was born in Dover Township March 20, 1861. He was married Dec. 25, 1884, to Mary WELLS, and they have made their home in Fayette County. always living near West Union, and in this city since March 11. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tope; two sons, Glenn and Harry, and one daughter, Susie. Harry died at eight years of age and Susie, Mrs. Clinton HUMPHRY) died five years ago. Glen, the only surviving member of the family except Mrs. Tope, moved to his father's farm March 1. The deceased is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Susan Tope; two brothers, Bert and Harvey of West Union; and four sisters --Mrs. Grant SOWARD of Nekoosa, Wis., Mrs. C. A. LOWER, Mrs. T. W. SWALE, and Mrs. Guder PETERSON of West Union. Complete arrangements for the funeral have not been made, as some of the relatives have not been heard from yet, but it probably will be Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. C. E. Baker."

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