Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SAMUEL KASPER is one of Lind's
leading business men and is well known both in the town and the surrounding
country. He stands at the head of a large mercantile business and
has gained the success with which his efforts are now crowned by virtue
of business ability and industry, dominated by wisdom. He has the
happy faculty of providing the people with the goods they desire and at
the prices which can but receive their approval. This is not a matter
of chance, but is the result of his long training in the commercial world,
that but developed the talent with which he is richly endowed.
Samuel Kasper was born in the northern part
of Poland, on October 17, 1848. There he was well educated in the
public schools after which he learned thoroughly the tailor trade.
This has been of inestimable benefit to him in his later years of business,
as it placed him in possession of a practical knowledge with which nothing
else can vie. In 1862, he came to the United States and for three
years wrought in New York city. Then he journeyed to the Golden Gate
and in the metropolis of the Pacific coast, he opened an art store, handling
also paints and glass. Later he sold this business and opened a clothing
store. In the prosecution of this business he continued until 1887,
when he came north to Pomeroy and there entered into business as a dry
goods merchant. Here he continued until 1896, and then removed to
Kendrick, Idaho, in the same business. Later he returned to San Francisco
and in connection with his son and son-in-law, he opened a wholesale wood
and willow-ware establishment. This was handled successfully by our
subject until 1901, and in that year he sold and came to Lind. In
partnership with his brother, he opened a store in this town and together
they operated until March, 1904, when they dissolved partnership, and since
then Mr. Kasper has been at the head of the business where we find him
at the present time. He is established on the prominent corner of
Lind, on both sides of the bank, and has a frontage on two streets.
The sightly and commodious store is well filled with a choice assortment
of the goods adapted to this market and Mr. Kasper is favored with a fine
patronage. He is well known all through the country and has many
warm friends. He has so conducted his business that he has won the
confidence of the people and the result is his trade is constantly increasing.
Mr. Kasper carries a stock of general merchandise, clothing, men's furnishings,
dry goods, and in fact everything to be used in this section. He
has at present over twenty thousand dollars' worth of goods and is contemplating
increasing his business.
At San Francisco, on August 18, 1872, Mr. Kasper
married Miss Mena Sellick, a native of Poland. Her family came to
this country when she was a child four years of age. She was reared
and educated in New York city and is an accomplished lady. To this
marriage four children have been born, Etta, wife of A. Green, a well known
traveling man in San Francisco, Rose, H. H., and Jacob.
Mr. Kasper is a public minded man, and always takes
a great interest in the welfare of the community. He is a member
of the K. P. and the B. B.