Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE COOPER is owner and operator
of the Hotel Cooper at Riverside, Washington. The house is a two story
structure with twelve sleeping apartments besides other rooms and is furnished
and handled in a very tasty and pleasant manner. Mr. Cooper enjoys the
patronage of the traveling public and is esteemed a genial and affable
George Cooper was born on December 3, 1852,
in Staffordshire, England, the son of Job and Harriet (Deacon) Cooper,
natives of the same place. The father was a coal miner and came to the
United States in 1860, and enlisted in the Civil war. He fought in a Pennsylvania
regiment all through the war and was in many hard battles. After the war
he did coal mining until 1880, the time of his death. Our subject was educated
in his native land and began working in the coal mines, which occupation
he followed until 1870, when he came with his mother and three brothers
to the United States and joined the father in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
He did mining there until 1879, when he came to Leadville, Colorado. He
returned to Pennsylvania and in 1886 came to Tacoma, Washington. The next
spring we find him at Salmon City, now Conconully, where he did prospecting
and mining. He resided in the old town of Ruby and later engaged in raising
stock on Scotch creek, where he took a homestead, which is a valuable piece
of land to-day. The place is well improved and produces an abundance of
hay and so forth. Later Mr. Cooper sold his stock and in April, 1903,
bought the Riverside Hotel, which he is operating as stated above. In 1875
he took a trip to England and there on October 25, the same year, married
Miss Sarah Hallam, a native of Staffordshire. Her parents are deceased.
Mr. Cooper's mother is living with her son, John Cooper, at Morriston,
Ohio, being in her eightieth year, strong and active.
Mr. Cooper is a member of the W. 0. W. He
is conservative in politics and is a man of sound principles and practical