An American Family History

Ida Belle Smith Hoops

In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

Ida Belle Smith Hoops was born in Lucas County, Iowa on September 4, 1869. She was the daughter of Josiah Smith and Sarah Pitts. The 1870 census indicated that she was born prematurely in the sixth month.  

She married Charles Wesley Hoops at age 21 on September 4, 1890 in Lucas County. Charles was 23 and was born in Iowa in February, 1867. He was the son of John H. Hoops and Hester Ann Falls. Ida's sister Catherine Smith married Charles' brother John A. Hoops.

Ida and Charles had one daughter, Ella Belle Hoops Singleterry. Ella was born in August, 1892. In April, 1896

The little girl of Charles Hoops who lives three miles east of Russell, had her ankle broken by being stepped on by a cow Monday evening. Dr. Nelson was called and administered the necessary relief. April 30, 1896, Chariton Patriot.

In 1900 they were in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa. Charles was a farmer and 7 year old Ella was going to school. They were neighbors of their siblings, John and Catherine.

The family appeared in the 1910 census of Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. Charles was a carpenter.

They were still in Red Oak in 1920. The household included Charles W. age 52, Ida B. age 50, and Ella B. age 27. Charles was working as a carpenter and Ella was the proprietor of a millenary shop. 

Ida died on May 3, 1930 in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. She was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak with Charles who died May 19, 1961 in Oregon

Ella Belle married George Elmer Singleterry in 1935. George was her cousin, Eva Smith's, widower. Eva was George Washington Smith's daughter. 

Children of Josiah Smith, Sr.
and Sarah Pitts
  • Elizabeth Jane Smith Frank
  • Allison Woodrow Smith
  • Nancy Ann Smith Wilson
  • Mary Ellen Smith Widaman Dixon
  • David Henry Smith
  • Josiah Allen Smith
  • John Smith
  • George Washington Smith
  • William Smith
  • Ida Belle Smith Hoops
  • Sarah Catherine Smith Hoops
  • Charles Elmer Smith
  • Cora Edna Smith Downard
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    Ida Belle Smith Hoops and Cora Edna Smith Downard

    Red Oak is the county seat of Montgomery County, Iowa.




    The first U.S. railroad opened in the 1830s. In 1869 the first transcontinental railway was completed.

    The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
    Thursday, January 30, 1908

    John H. Hoops was born in Perry County, Ohio, March 10, 1825. At the age of 27 he was united in marriage to Hester A. Falls. To this union were born nine children, three of whom died in infancy. Frank, the eldest son, died March 6, 1898. Five children survive him, three sons and two daughters, Charles of Red Oak, Ia.; John of Russell, Ia.; William of St. Anthony, Idaho; Mary Allen of Healdsburg, California, and Ida Noble of Dallas, Iowa. His three sons were with him at the time of death, his daughters being unable to be present on account of sickness.

    The deceased united with the M.E. Church at the age of 16 years and was a consistent member until the time of his death, which took place at the home of his son Charles at Red Oak, Ia. He died at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 16 days. His wife preceded him to the better land Sept. 7, 1897. He came to Lucas County in 1866 and located near Russell where he lived until the death of his wife, when he went to make his home with his daughter Ida at Dallas, Marion County, Iowa.

    He was a true Christian, a kind husband and a loving father and besides his five children left to mourn his loss with several grandchildren, he leaves a host of friends who feel they have lost a true friend and a kind neighbor. The body was brought to Russell, Monday, Jan. 27th on train No. 4 and was cared for by friends until the funeral services which were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the M.E. Church being conducted by D. J. Shenton. The interment was in the Russell Cemetery.
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    January 24, 2005

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