Arthur A. Hoopingarner, newspaper editor and publisher, is a comparatively young man, has made his own way and contributed to the support of others since boyhood, and has some real substantial work and achievements to his credit. His home and business are at Dover, in the same county where he was born and reared. Mr. Hoopingarner was born at Strasburg, Tuscarawas County, March 27, 1893. The Hoopingarner family was identified with the pioneer developments of this Ohio county. His great-grandfather, Jacob Hoopingarner, a native of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, was the first settler of the name in Tuscarawas County. He married a Miss Balsey. The name Hoopingarner is of Holland Dutch origin. Samuel Hoopingarner, a son of Jacob Hoopingarner, was born in Tuscarawas County, and married Susan Fitzgerald, a native of the same county and daughter of Thomas Fitzgerald, who came from Ireland. William U. Hoopingarner, father of the Dover editor and publisher, was born and reared in Tuscarawas County, and died at the age of thirty-five. He married Sadie Smiley, who survives him. She was born in Tuscarawas County and now lives at Columbus, Ohio. Her parents were La Fayette and Mary (Jones) Smiley. Her two children are Arthur A. and Marguerite.
Arthur A. Hoopingarner as a boy was under the necessity of going to work for his own support and to assist his mother and sister. He spent his boyhood at Dover, where he attended school to the age of fourteen. Soon afterward he began learning the printer's trade in the newspaper office at Dover Daily Reporter. He early attracted attention as a very skillful reporter and journalist, and served four years on the editorial staff of the Cleveland Press and for a time was managing editor of the Columbus Monitor, and was then at Omaha Daily news until 1920. In that year, returning to Dover, Ohio, he organized the Tuscarawas Publishing Company, which became the owner and publisher of the Dover Daily Reporter and also owns and publishes the weekly newspaper the New Philadelphia Advocate Tribune. Mr. Hoopingarner is president and manager of the company and editor of the Daily Reporter.
He is a member of the Moravian Church, is affiliated with the Knight of Pythias, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Rotary and Union Country clubs. He married in 1915 Miss Viola G. Martin, of New Philadelphia.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume V