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
ALBERT SOPER is handling horses
in Wilson creek and also raises stock. He has some fine Clyde horses
on the range and a very well bred stallion. He has been in the stock
business for a good many years in the Big Bend country and is well posted
in this business and in the geography of the country. He was born
in Kent county, Michigan, on October 24, 1871, the son of David and Margretta
(Allen) Soper, natives of New York, the mother deceased, the father now
living in Seattle. He completed his education in the graded schools
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the fall of 1882, he came with his
father to Walla Walla and in April of the next year, they arrived in Waterville.
Location was made near the old town of Okanogan and our subject remained
there for five years, then he located on Moses creek near Ed Owen's ranch,
where he engaged in the stock business, bringing his cattle from Walla
Walla. He took up his first claim on Wilson creek in 1898 which he
has improved in good shape. In 1903, he entered the livery business
in the town of Wilsoncreek and continued in the same to May, 1904.
In the early days, Mr. Soper not only rode the range for himself but also
was engaged for some of the leading stockmen of the country, thus becoming
well acquainted in the Big Bend country. Mr. Soper has one brother,
Graff D. and two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Wallace and Mrs. Maude Christopherson.
At Douglas in this county, on May 8, 1892,
Mr. Soper married Miss Georgiana Day, the daughter of Llewellen and Mary
(Rickard) Day, natives of Ohio. The father served in the Fifty-fifth
Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Rebellion. Mrs. Soper was born
in Ohio near New London on January 1, 1874. To our subject and his
wife, four children have been born, Allie May, Helen, M., George E. and
Mr. Soper belongs to the M. W. A. His
wife was raised under the influence of the Methodist church, but they do
not belong to any denomination.