Hippo was born in Alma, Illinois in 1902, married Yada Fern Sullens 1 Feb 1921, and had five children. Yada died in 1944. Hippo then married Goldie (Mansker) Wyatt 4 Sep 1945 in Blytheville, Arkansas. By that time, Hippo was a train engineer, and they were able to travel. Goldie (herself a widow) had three children from her previous marriage, and Goldie and Hippo had two more children of their own. Hippo then died 31 Jan 1973 in Alma, Illinois.