FRANCIS DRAKE TROSPER.
There is no name better known in the western part of Sonoma county than that of Prosper, of which family the gentleman
whose name heads this article is a member and is one of the rising young men and a native son of the county. F.
D. Trosper was born near Occidental, on the Dutch Bill creek, in 1866. His father, Thomas Trosper, the pioneer,
is represented with a sketch on another page in this volume. The second youngest of a family of five children,
F. D Trosper was reared on the ranch in the vicinity of Cazadero, receiving his education in the public schools
of that locality. Having been reared on his father's ranch and early learning the stock business, after he had
reached his maturity he naturally turned to that occupation and at the age of eighteen leased a ranch near Cazadero
for five years and gave his attention to stock raising and ranching.
Mr. Trosper was married at Cazadero to Miss Marnella Adams, a native of Ontario, Canada, and who came with her
mother, Mrs. Zerviah Z. Adams, to Gazadero when she was eleven years old. After completing her education she taught
music until her marriage. After their marriage the young couple located on the Adams place near Cazadero, where
Mr. Trosper carried on dairying and farming for five years, after which time he located on his present place and,
since 1898, has conducted a summer resort. The Trosper house is situated in the mountains on West Austin creek,
two miles north of Cazadero, where he owns two hundred acres. For the pleasure of his guests who enjoy swimming
he built a dam across the creek to deepen the water. This creek affords excellent trout fishing and the vicinity
furnishes good hunting. The entire place is studded with redwood and pines and is considered a very fine resort.
It is conducted the year round and Mr. and Mrs. Trosper are good entertainers and furnish their guests with music,
books and both indoor and outdoor amusements, and not only do the grown people find great pleasure and enjoyment,
but it is especially attractive to young people and children on account of the freedom and the many outdoor pleasures.
Besides his resort Mr. Trosper is extensively engaged in the raising of Hereford and Durham cattle and also Poland-China
hogs and leases the old Hassett ranch of thirty three hundred acres for the purpose. Mr. Trosper is a Democrat
in politics and active in the councils of his party. He was elected justice of the peace of Ocean township in 1888
and has served continuously since that date. Judge Trosper is a man of fine physique and affable manner, making
an ideal host. A staunch believer in education, he gives liberally of time, influence and means for the maintenance
of the schools, besides which he is interested in other worthy movements. He is especially interested in the introduction
into the vicinity of high grade stock and by his own efforts in this direction gives an impetus to the stock industry.
Judge Trosper has been one of the most active politicians of his party in Sonotha county and by his personality
has won and maintained a host of friends.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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