LUCILLE HOPKINS, Ottumwa, Iowa

Inducted 1996

Promoter/Organizer: Lucille Hopkins is known as the 'First Lady of Horseshoes' in Iowa. Although she has never thrown a shoe in competition, she has given dedicated service to the sport and its betterment. She was drawn to the sport as her husband began pitching in the 1940's. In 1948 she kept the results and final statistics for a tournament in Blakesburg and that lead to three mote tournaments in Missouri and also the fair tournament at Davenport. In 1958, she was named superintendent of the prestigious Iowa State Tournament held at the Iowa State Fair. Lucille served several terms as NHPA Vice President, being initially elected in 1962. Lucille Hopkins passed away November 20, 1976.