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.

    JAMES F. POPPLE, better known as Uncle Jim Popple, resides about two miles northwest from Wilsoncreek.  He was born in Allegany county, New York, on June 13, 1836, in what he describes as one of the most "God forsaken spots on the map of New York."  His father, Billings Popple, was born in New Jersey, in 1810, the son of Billings Popple.  The mother of our subject was Sarah Ann (McCray) Popple.  She was born in New Jersey, in 1806, the daughter of Samuel McCray.  James was the second of five children, named as follows: George, who died at Almira sometime since; Lester, residing at Odessa; Alonzo, who died in Cairo, Illinois, in 1863, being a soldier in the Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry; Susan A., who died at Odessa, Lincoln county, in 1891.  In speaking of his education, Mr. Popple says: "My education was strictly attended to.  I was started to school at five years of age and continued regularily for about three months of each year.  My task was to learn by heart a page of something in the front of the spelling book.  When I had that learned the term was out.  I never knew at that time what it was and do not yet.  However, I expect sometime to go back and hunt up the old speller and learn what it was." When fourteen, James was hired to a farmer living near by, for four bushels of wheat per month.  Two years later, his father died and he then began to assist his mother in the support of the family.  When seven or eight years of age, Mr. Popple distinctly remembers the first matches that were brought out.  Previous to that, it was a very common thing for the children to run to the neighbors to get fire.  At the time the first matches appeared, the first cook stoves were manufactured.  When twenty years of age, Mr. Popple came to Minnesota, his oldest brother having come three years previous.  Six months after he arrived his mother and the balance of the family came and they located at the mouth of the Platt river in Morrison county, one hundred miles north from St. Paul.  For eleven years, Mr. Popple was on the spring drives and actively engaged in the lumber woods in winter.  In speaking of that country, Mr. Popple remarks "There were two seasons only, one is the mosquito and the other the winter." However, he remained there until 1888 and then journeyed west with his horses and cattle to join his brother who was in the sheep business on Crab Creek.  The first winter was fine but the second winter the thermometer ranged forty degrees below zero and the stock had to be fed for one hundred and twenty days.  Mr. Popple paid as high as twenty-five dollars per ton for hay and hauled it seven miles to keep the stock from starving.  He took a ranch at the mouth of Sylvan lake and farmed it for two seasons then traded it for a band of seventy horses.  He put these on the range in the care of his brother, who attended them until his death, in 1894.  Since then, Mr. Popple has given his attention to them and now has some of the finest horses in the entire Big Bend country.  In addition to his home place, he leases two thousand acres south of Wilsoncreek which was devoted to pasture.  Mr. Popple is well and favorably known all over this country and has many friends.  He has never seen fit to discard the joys of the celibatarian for the uncertain seas of matrimony.