George R. Couper, one of the more recent additions to the substantial citizenship of California, is a prosperous vineyardist of Lodi, in San Joaquin county, residing on Pine street near Cherokee Lane. Besides growing grapes in large quantities, he has also given considerable attention to the almond-raising industry. He is a progressive and enterprising man in all his undertakings, and during his varied career in different parts of this country he has been almost uniformly successful, gaining and retaining the respect and confidence of his fellow men wherever his home has been.

Mr. Couper was born in Dakota county, Minnesota, December 25, 1856, being a son of John H. and Elizabeth A. (Wilson) Couper, both parents natives of New York state. His father died January 24, 1900, and his mother, who is now past the age of threescore and ten, resides at Lodi, California. When he was fourteen years old the family moved to Faribault county, Minnesota, and on a farm in that county Mr. Couper grew to manhood. Likewise most of his education was received in the public schools of Faribault county. He became interested in and thoroughly learned the photographer's business, and followed it for some years after he was twenty-three years old, at which time he left Faribault county. He was in the photographic business in Waterville and Blue Earth City, Minnesota and Nebraska. After that for about three years he was in the state of Texas, where he followed various occupations. From Texas he returned to Faribault county, and thence, in the fall of 1897, accompanied by other members of the family, he came to California and located at Lodi, where he has since been so successfully engaged in viticulture. He has one brother, Hobart J. Couper, located near Lodi; another, Rev. William E. Couper, at Modesto, this state, where he is pastor of the Episcopal church, and a third brother, Rev. Everett W. Couper, of the Episcopal church at Northfield, Minnesota. He also has three sisters: Hannah E., at Lodi; Chlora E., a teacher in the Minneapolis public schools; and Jennie V., wife of Harry Scoles, of Blue Earth City, Minnesota.

Since coming to California on November 23, 1901, Mr. Couper married Miss Edna L. Channell, a daughter of John W. Channell, who resides near Lodi. Of this union one daughter, Ellen E., was born on September 26, 1902. In politics Mr. Couper is a Republican, and his church membership is with the Episcopal denomination.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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