|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1878|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1960|
The following biographical sketch was published in 1952 in The Story of Iowa, The Progress of an American State, Family and Personal History, Volume III.
BURTRAM COLLVER HOPKINS – Ever since the turn of the century Burtram Collver Hopkins has been a prominent figure in the insurance field in the city of Des Moines. Long an official of Willcox-Howell-Hopkins and Company, he is now associated with his two sons in the Hopkins Insurance Agency. A recognized leader in his field, Mr. Hopkins has been president of the Iowa Association of Insurance Agents, and vice president of the Des Moines association. He is an earnest worker for the welfare of his city.
Mr. Hopkins was born in Olmsted County, Minnesota, October 30, 1878, son of Collver Michael and Sarah Louise (Harris) Hopkins. His father was a farmer. Attending grade school in Rochester, Minnesota, Burtram Collver Hopkins thereafter completed a two-year business course at St. Mary's Academy in that city, following the carpenter trade to assist in defraying expenses while securing his education. He completed his formal education in 1896, and his first position, held during the years 1896-1897, was as bookkeeper and secretary for Mr. D. Stevenson, who was general agent in Rochester, Minnesota, for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Hopkins came to Des Moines on May 17, 1897, as secretary to his brother, Edwin N. Hopkins, who, with Frederick A. Durham, had established the "Underwriters Review," an insurance journal. His responsibilities in this position were much like those in the preceding one. In 1898, however, he entered the sales field, becoming solicitor, on November 16 of that year, for the Willcox-Howell and Company Insurance Agency, and engaged in writing fire insurance policies. In April, 1899, Mr. Hopkins bought an interest in that firm and became a partner; it then adopting the firm name of Willcox-Howell Hopkins and Company. He continued as partner until 1909, in which year the company was incorporated. Of the firm of Willcox, Howell and Hopkins Company, Incorporated, Mr. Hopkins became secretary, serving in that capacity until 1917. In that year, the firm's designation was changed to Willcox-Howell-Hopkins and Mulock, Incorporated, so remaining until 1934, when the name was changed to Hopkins-Mulock, Inc. On December 1, 1944, his two sons, Burtram Willcox and William Vance Hopkins, became associated with their father in the Hopkins Insurance Agency, following their period of service in World War II. This association continues to the present time, and the elder Mr. Hopkins is still active in his business enterprise. Through the years of his conscientious service in the Insurance field, he has gained a sound and favorable reputation among the citizens of Des Moines and his colleagues alike; and his place of supremacy in the insurance business locally is unquestioned. He has become a leader in the wider spheres of the business.
During 1938-1939, Mr. Hopkins was president of the Iowa Association of Insurance Agents. He is a member of the Des Moines Club, the Pioneer Club, the Chamber of Commerce of the capital city, and of the Executives Association, also a local organization. He is a member of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, but prefers hunting and fishing as outdoor recreations. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias. Active in church work, Mr. Hopkins was trustee, from 1930 to 1937, of the First Federated Church, and was chairman of the building committee when the church was rebuilt in 1930. In his political alignment, he is a Republican.
In Des Moines, June 20, 1900, Burtram Collver Hopkins married Mona Anne Willcox, daughter of William Vance and Elizabeth Anne (Parks) Willcox. They became the parents of three children 1. Anne Hopkins, born October 19, 1903, married to Chester Elgin Adams. 2. Burtram Willcox (q.v.), born November 12, 1909. 3. William Vance (q.v.), born August 7, 1911. The two sans are associated with their father in the insurance business. Messrs. Hopkins maintain their office at 206 Securities Building.
Collver Michael Hopkins (1839 - 1918)
Sarah Louise Harris Hopkins (1838 - 1915)
Mona Anne Willcox Hopkins (1878 - 1964)
Anne Hopkins Adams (1903 - 1969)*
Burtram Willcox Hopkins (1909 - 1960)*
William Vance Hopkins (1911 - 1986)*
George William Eli Hopkins (1862 - 1940)*
Annetta Eva Hopkins Sackett (1864 - 1950)*
Harriett Jane Hopkins Grant (1869 - 1957)*
Susie May Hopkins Crowell (1874 - 1931)*
John Orville Hopkins (1876 - 1973)*
Burtram Collver Hopkins (1878 - 1960)
1878 - 1960
Plot: Block A, Lot 78, No. 5
Created by: B. C. "Bud" Hopkins
Record added: Jul 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55611111