My father, Leon P. Hopkins was just a little boy when Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield but remembers seeing Lincoln talking to his father, Caleb Hopkins, who was then State Custodian of Arms and was later a Captain in the Civil War. These memories precede Lincoln's election as president.
Later in 1887 and in 1901, my father opened Lincoln's casket at the monument in Springfield, Illinois when the body was identified before final interment. He has in his possession the sheet
of metal cut from over the face of Lincoln from the original casket.
I will have my father autograph this below.
Ellen Hopkins December 31, 1940. Leon P. Hopkins