Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
AUGUST J. PIPER is a well to
do stockman, who dwells two miles southeast from Conconully. He is
a man of good standing in the community and has shown remarkable industry
and sagacity in his labors since coming, to this country.
August J. Piper was born in Brandenberg, Germany,
on February 7, 1856, the son of Samuel and Dora Piper, natives of the same
place. Thirteen years were spent in study in the public schools of
his native country and on the farm, then in 1869, our subject came to the
United States. His brother was with him and settlement was made in
Jefferson, Wisconsin. In the centennial year, he came to Wyoming
and there engaged in prospecting and mining. In various mines in
Wyoming, Colorado, California, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico, Old Mexico, and
Washington, Mr. Piper wrought for several years. He was one of the
very first in the Wood River excitement and also participated in the various
mining enterprises in British Columbia. It was 1889, that Mr. Piper
came to Okanogan county, and for the first year he was engaged in prospecting,
then he selected his present place and turned his attention to stock raising.
There were but few settlers here in those days and everything bore the
air of primitiveness and the pioneers were the possessors of the country.
Mr. Piper being a man of industry was soon at work in opening his farm
and improving the same. He also secured some cattle and since those
days has continued in the lines then started. He has now a fine band
of cattle, a farm of value and is one of the men of means in this county.
Mr. Piper has erected a fine six room dwelling, has a large barn, eighty
by eighty, plenty of outbuildings, and other improvements. Scotch
creek flows through the place and supplies plenty of water for all uses.
Mr. Piper came here with limited means and has acquired his holdings by
virtue of his industry and wisdom. As yet, Mr. Piper has not seen
fit to embark on the seas of matrimony but is still one of the substantial