| ||Henderson County, Illinois
||History & Genealogy
We are sorry to learn that Judge Lambert Hopper died at his residence at Warren in this County on Monday last after a painful illness of several months. He was an old resident of this County and has ever been esteemed by his fellow citizens for the noble qualities which adorned his character. His integrity and religious deportment were unimpeachable while his enterprising public spirit has been of great advantage to the community among whom he resided. His death will leave a void in the county that cannot be easily filled
Oquawka Spectator, 23 Mar 1865, Vol. 18, No.9, Whole No.896, Page 3, col.1
Wesley Hopper’s Death– We copy from the LaHarpe Home News the following respecting Mr. Hopper’s disease and death:
Mr. Hopper was taken violently ill with an obstinate obstruction of the bowels and his attending physicians after making every effort to remove the obstruction decided that in their opinion a surgical operation was necessary. Consequently the assistance of Prof. J.C. Hughs, President of the Iowa Medical College, was obtained and an operation performed by making an opening into the cavity of the abdomen through the linen alba. Upon an examination of the bowels, an opening was found in the mesentery, through which the bowels had passed and strangulated; making what the doctors called a mesenteric hernia. Several feet of the bowels was found to be in a gangrenous condition and from the enormous distention of the bowel with retained contents, it was found to be perforated through the entire coat. The decision was that he could not recover and he died twelve hours thereafter in full possession of his mental faculties to within a few moments of his last.
Mr. H. had won many warm hearted friends during his short stay in our midst. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of this city and enjoyed the good opinion of the entire community. (Mesenentery-The membranes or one of the membranes that invest the intestines and connect them with the dorsal wall of the adominal cavity.)
Oquawka Spectator, 3 March 1870, Vol.23, No.7, Whole No. 1151, p.1 col. 4