biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOSEPH SOPHER is a farmer and stock- raiser on section 28, Spring Creek Township. He was born in Mahaska County, Aug. 26, 1856, and is a son of William K. and Agnes (Hockett) Sopher, whose biography appears elsewhere in this volume. Joseph Sopher was married to Mary S. Terrell, Oct. 6, 1875. She was born Jan. 1, 1857, in Warren County, Ohio, and is a daughter of Thomas and Lydia S. (Steddom) Terrell, who reside in Garfield Township, this county, and pursue the occupation of farming. By this union four children have been born: Raymond, July 5, 1876, died Feb. 24, 1880; William K., Jr., born Feb. 25, 1880; Thomas T., March 17, 1883; J. Walter, March 26, 1885. Both Parents are members of the Society of Friends. Mr. Sopher owns 100 acres of good land, twenty of which are in section 26, and eighty in section 33, and all of which are under good cultivation and well improved. His barn is one of the best in the township, and has been built with a view to the breeding of thoroughbred Short-horn cattle, of which he is making a specialty. His herd already embraces a number of fine animals, selected with great care from the best families on the continent. He is giving this branch of his business special attention, and takes especial pains in the breeding and care of his stock. Everything indicates a high order of ability in the business pursued, and is the best possible encomium that can be bestowed upon Mr. Sopher.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy