Bessie Olive Champion

25 November 1888–6 August 1961 (Age 72)
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Life of Bessie Olive

When Bessie Olive Champion was born on 25 November 1888, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, her father, William John Champion, was 40 and her mother, Susan Jane Barber, was 36. She married Herbert Fred Hopkins on 22 November 1907, in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States in 1910. She died on 6 August 1961, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

Herbert Fred Hopkins
Bessie Olive Champion
Marriage: 22 November 1907
John Stanton HOPKINS

Spouse and Children

22 November 1907
Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William John Champion


    Susan Jane Barber




World Events (8)

1889 · The first Skyscraper in Detroit

Age 1

The Hammond Building was a high-rise building completed in 1889 and was 151 feet tall. It's considered the first skyscraper in the city and was the tallest in Michigan after it was built. The Hammond Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the National Bank of Detroit Building.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 2

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 20

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: status name for a professional champion, especially an agent employed to represent one of the parties in a trial by combat, a method of settling disputes current in the Middle Ages. The word comes from Old French champion, campion (Late Latin campio, genitive campionis, a derivative of campus ‘plain’, ‘field of battle’). Compare Campion , Kemp .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie A Champion in household of William ? Champion, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie C Hopkins in household of Herbert F Hopkins, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie O Hopkins in household of Herbert F Hopkins, "United States Census, 1910"

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