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. They had 4 children: Mary,
Tom, Pearl, and Grace. William died in
Portland, Oregon, on 11 Mar 1949 at age 88.