Another member of my Famous Felling Fellas Club
(Born: 2nd May 1856, Died: 17th Apr 1909...just short of his 53rd birthday)
Joseph Hopper is famous for having taken a prominent part in social and political movements amongst the miners in Durham county for many years.
In early life he displayed an active interest in social and religious questions, taking a part in some of the political contests in North Durham, and being a local preacher in Gateshead circuit of the Methodist New Connection. He was also for some years a member of Felling Local Board and the Heworth School Board.
The provision of homes for aged miners in Durham was largely due to his initiative, and for some years he had occupied the post of secretary for the association who had in hand the provision and maintenance of the homes. He was also a member of the Durham County Council. He remained unmarried.