William B. Trosper was born in Caldwell County, Missouri, on July 14, 1859, a son of Robert B. and Nancy Rice (Connor) Trosper. |
Robert B. Trosper was born in Knox County, Kentucky, October 1, 1815. He farmed in Caldwell County, Missouri, almost his entire life, and retired in 1865. He then moved to Breckenridge where he died March 15, 1897. Robert Trosper was considered a wealthy man. His wife was born in Green County, Kentucky, October 7, 1818. She died in July 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Trosper were the parents of eight children, six of whom grew to maturity: Nicholas L. Trosper, banker in Breckenridge; Minerva J., the wife of Mack H. Chaffin, Breckenridge; Mary E. of Breckenridge; Rachel of Breckenridge; Frances, also of Breckenridge; and William B., the subject of this sketch.
William B. Trosper was reared in Breckenridge and was educated in the public schools there. In early life he worked as a laborer on the railroad, clerked in a grocery store, and in 1882 he became the assistant cashier of the Exchange Bank of Breckenridge. In 1887, William Trosper went to Cowgill and clerked in the Farmers Bank there for six months. He then began farming and in 1889 moved to his present (1922) farm, which was then owned by his uncles, James and William Trosper. In 1917, Mr. Trosper bought the farm and made extensive improvements.
William and Mina Trosper were the parents of six children: Naomi, the wife of R. H. Lane of Ark City, Kansas; Bernice, the wife of L. T. Wachtel, Des Moines, Iowa; Genevieve, wife of Clarence Norman, Harrison Twp., Daviess County; Juanita, Kansas City, Missouri; Nicholas L., at home; and Robert B. Trosper.
William B. Trosper's father served in the Mormon War in Caldwell County and his grandfather, Nicholas Trosper, was involved in a disturbance at Gallatin in 1838 when Benedict Weldon was making a speech. A crowd of Mormons gathered around and attacked Mr. Weldon, but his life was saved through the efforts of Nicholas Trosper and Martin Osborn, and for a time the Mormons were routed.
Nicholas Trosper and his wife Rachel (Brank) Trosper were natives of North Carolina, and in June 1837 they settled on the farm now owned by William Trosper.
Mr. Trosper is a Democrat and has been Township Trustee of Harrison Township in Daviess County. He owns 435 acres of land. He has been very successful in general farming and is a well known breeder and feeder of shorthorn cattle.