Combined families — Graduation weekend

Maury Thompson
2 min readJan 23, 2021

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about the daughters of Samuel Pruyn and their families that lived in the three houses that now are the campus of The Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls.

It was a busy weekend for the Hoopes family as they hosted a performance of the operetta “The Fairy Shoemaker” on Hoopes House lawn, the opening event of the 1922 Glens Falls Academy commencement weekend that concluded with Polly Hoopes, daughter of Maurice and Mary, graduating with high honors.

“The costumes were splendid, the singing delightful and the dancers and drills were executed in a clever manner that evoked much favorable comment from the spectators,” The Post-Star reported June 27, 1922.

Miss Hooper and Miss Flint, teachers, directed the student production, presented on June 26.

Cecil Wright played the piano.

On July 27, Polly Hoopes, class president, presided at the academy Class Day dinner at 12:30 p.m.

Commencement for the class of 12 graduates was held at First Presbyterian Church.

“The church was filled with friends and relatives of the graduates and the exercises were in keeping with the high place held by the Chester Street institution in the field of education.”

In other Combined Families historic news:

On Aug. 15, 1915, The Lake George Mirror reported that Maurice Hoopes was elected treasurer of the Lake George Club.

On May 27, 1922, The Post-Star reported that Louis Hyde and Maurice Hoopes were among contributors to the campaign to establish a Warren County Children’s Health Camp.

On June 5, 1922, The Post-Star reported that Louis Hyde donated the following books to Crandall Library: “Guide to Gothic Architecture” by Bumpal; “Garden Cities” by Sennett; “City of Genoa” by Carden; “Last Journals of Horace Walpole;” “French Jansenista,” by Tollenmache; “Story of Port Royal” by Rortianes; “Wordsworth and his Circle” by Rannie; “Eighteenth Century Correspondence” edited by Dickens and Stanton; “St. Bernadine of Siena.”

On July 3, 1922, The Post-Star reported that Polly Hoopes was among a group of Glens Falls teens that spent several days at the Hooper family summer home “Big Shanty.”

On Jan. 25, 1946, The Post-Star reported that Maurice and Mary Hoopes were among the patrons for a Jan. 29 concert by baritone soloist Theodore Webb at First Presbyterian Church.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY