Joseph Miles Soper
Franklin Recorder - 5/27/1891
DIED - At his residence in Geneva, May 22, 1891, J. M. Soper, aged 76
years, 9 months and 14 days.
Joseph Miles Soper was born in Franklin County, Vermont, August 8,
1815. In 1821 his parents removed to northern New York, then an
unbroken wilderness. Until 1854 he resided in St. Lawrence County, NY,
when he removed to Lake County, IL where he remained but two years,
coming to Iowa in 1853 and locating near where Fairbanks is now in
Buchanan County. In 1856 he bought and moved onto the farm in Reeve
township upon where he lived so long he became one of the pioneers of
Franklin County. Upon this farm he lived for nearly 33 years when he
sold it, and removed to Geneva where he died.
Mr. Soper was a thriving, stirring, industrious and energetic man and
generally successful in whatever he undertook. In the fight between
Maysville and Hampton for the county seat, which lasted for several
years, he was one of the principal advocates of Maysville, but
accepted the situation without complaint after the fight was over. His
home was always a pleasant and hospitable one, and no one ever left
hungry. He had a kind heart and was incapable of long holding hard
feelings against anyone.
Mr. Soper was three times married. His first wife, Angeline Gray, to
whom he was married in 1836, was the mother of his four children: G.
Soper, of Reeve Township, W.W. Soper of Pomoma, CA, Mrs. Col. Reeve,
who died in 1888 and Albert M. Soper, residing in Geneva. Mrs. Soper
died in 1869 and he married Mrs. Abigal Smith, a sister of Mrs. Soper
in 1870. In 1880 she died and in 1881 he married Mrs. Merritt of
Morgan township, who survives him. He leaves 26 grandchildren and 7
great grandchildren and an only brother O. P. Soper, of Buchanan County
who was present at the funeral.
The funeral service took place at the M. E. Church in Geneva on
Saturday last. Rev T. A. Trimble of Geneva read a biographical sketch
of his life and Rev. Dr. Clinton preached the funeral discourse.
A large number of old settlers of the county were gathered to pay the
tribute of respect to his memory and to look upon the face of their
old friend one last time. The burial was in the Maysville Cemetery.
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