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.
L. N. SHOPSHIRE is a dealer in
coal and wood in the town of Washtucna. He is a native of Pike county,
Ohio, born on June 1, 1855, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Hanken) Shopshire.
The parents settled on a farm in Ohio during the early days, where they
reared a family of ten children, Sarah, John, Gilbert, Jefferson, Robert,
Charles, Mary, Newton, our subject and Alice.
Mr. Shopshire received a good grammar school
education in his native state and at the age of twenty-one he went to Iowa.
Going to Nevada two years later, he engaged in work on a stock ranch, which
he followed one year, then went to Idaho, where he engaged in mining.
He remained in that business three years, after which he spent a year in
travelling over the states of Oregon and Washington, finally locating a
homestead and timber culture in Whitman county, Washington. Here
he remained as a farmer seven years, then went to Dayton, Washington, where
he engaged in the saw milling business. Returning to his farm he
three years later sold it and came to Washtucna and engaged in his present
business. At the same time he purchased one and one-half acres of
land in the town of Washtucna, where he has a beautiful home, and owns
besides several additional town lots.
In 1887 Mr. Shopshire was married to Matilda
Kerby, daughter of Morgan and Sarah (Ayers) Kerby, natives of Missouri
who removed in an early day to Oregon, having crossed the plains with team
and wagon. They came to Washington in 1874 and settled at Dayton.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Shopshire has
been blessed with seven children, Verlie, Roy, Gladis, Goldie, Scott, Marguerite
Politically, Mr. Shropshire is a Democrat,
and active in the affairs of his party. He was appointed deputy sheriff
in 1902, which position he fills at the time of this writing.
He is also the city marshal of Wachtucna. In fraternity circles,
he is known as a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge. Mrs. Shopshire
is a member of the Adventist church.