|My great-grandfather, William John Sovern, was born in Lafayette,
Tippecanoe Co., IN
3 Sep 1861, but left home at the tender age of 13 to make his way in the world. While still a very young man he traveled to Oregon, where he led a colorful life as a stage driver, gold prospector, ranch owner, and in his later years, a streetcar conductor. He married Addie Rosalie Smyth
(b. 23 Dec 1861, Noble Co., OH, d. 20 Feb 1931, Portland, Oregon) in Prineville, Oregon on
4 Nov 1888, had 4 children (Mary, Tom, Pearl, Grace), died in Portland, Oregon 11 Mar 1949 at age 88.
Submitted by Patsy Skeels
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