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Frank Soper

Male 1880 - 1954


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  • Born  12 Apr 1880  Kocin Kralovice, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  6 Aug 1954  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1550  Clarkson
    Last Modified  10 Jun 2020 

    Father  Joseph Soper,   b. 20 Jul 1846, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1920, Garber, Garfield Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna Housner,   b. 16 Feb 1850, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1923, Garber, Garfield Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Nov 1870  Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F571  Group Sheet

    Family  Anna May Pokorny,   b. 15 May 1886, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1941, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Jan 1906  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Beatrice Sunshine Soper,   b. 7 Oct 1906, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ronald Earl Soper,   b. 23 Feb 1908, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1964, Seattle, King Co, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F574  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • 1900 Census of Garfield county, Oklahoma Territory
      Joseph Soper; 53, Bohemia
      Annie Soper; 51, Bohemia
      Mike Soper; 22, Bohemia
      Frank Soper; 20, Bohemia
      James Soper; 18, Bohemia
      Fanie Soper; 16, Bohemia
      Christ Soper; 14, Bohemia
      Antone Soper; 10, Bohemia

      My father [Frank Soper] was originally a farmer. He left home quite young and after working on farms in Oklahoma, homesteaded a farm of his own, starting with only a gun, dog and horse, built his own house. When I was born he was a fireman on the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. My mother [Anna Pokorny Soper] was always afraid something would happen to him so he left. He dealt in real estate, dabbled in oil and finally went to Chicago where he worked for the B and O Railroad until he retired. He was a Special Police Officer. My mother was an accomplished pianist and had a beautiful voice. My family on both sides were a jolly merry family. There was always music and my father like to dance - he used to dance with me when I was little and taught me to dance. I later taught my brother and Ronald and I loved to dance together - also used to play duets on the piano. My brother and I loved music, but we traveled about so much in our childhood we never had much chance to study. My grandmother Anna Cech Pokorny's parents were Czechs who settled in Chicago where my grandmother was born. I think their names were Mary and Joseph Cech and they had two sons, Joseph and James, two daughters, Mary and Anna. They were well to do and owned quite a bit of property. I remember my grandmother telling me the family stood on the roofs taking turns, watching which way the fire was moving during the Big Chicago fire. My grandmother was a young girl at the time. My grandfather Frank Pokorny stowed away on a ship to America as a teenager and then sent for his mother and brother when he had earned enough to pay their way. His father was dead. He was a cigar manufacturer and also owned a barber shop. He developed pernicious anemia and they traveled alot for his health at one time living on a farm, but he died at fifty-seven; and his son died in his mid thirty's of the same illness.
      comments by Beatrice Soper, May 1976. (Beatrice was the daughter of Frank Soper and Anna Pokorny Soper. She did not marry, and was living in Los Angeles California in 1976)
      from: Our Immigrant Sopr (Soper) Family and their Descendants, by Berniece Lebeda Brown, 1976.

      Notes for Frank Soper; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2013; for Family Stories at pamgarrett.com.