Henry Adams Cupper, A Suffolk Pioneer – Our Next Event

Our next event is on 15th March at 7.30 in The Parish Room, Little Waldingfield, when local historian Geoffrey Robinson will take us on a journey through time and from Suffolk across the Atlantic and then across America. What follows is a very brief summary of an extremely eventful life for Cupper, and to hear more, please come along.

In 1877 Henry, with wife Cordelia and three young children, boarded the “Abyssinia” steamship and endured a storm-ridden journey across the Atlantic, arriving in America on 29th January. They took the railroad across the New World to Redding, California, with Cordelia giving birth on the 2nd February. From Redding, the family took a wagon train north to explore potential settlement sites before moving into the wild expanses of Oregon. They stopped at Ashland, where Henry took a job of sorts, but sadly the baby died. As spring arrived, Henry bought a wagon and team and the family headed north once more, eventually settling at Monument in Grant County, obtaining a ranch and some land a few miles north-west in what is now known as Cupper Creek.

A Native Indian uprising forced the family into Fort Heppner in 1878, and the ranch had to be re-built afterwards. Cupper briefly returned to Suffolk in the 1880s with his family, mainly to take stock back to Oregon, including three Suffolk horses purchased at the sale of Robert Capon’s Dennington Lodge Stud in 1887. Unfortunately, two of the three horses died. The ranch on Cupper Creek (named the Suffolk Ranch) would remain the home of Henry Adams Cupper for nearly 40 years until he retired to Salem.

We look forward to welcoming guests new and old to the Parish Room for what unquestionably will be a fascinating story about a true Suffolk Pioneer and his family.

To book tickets (£2.00 members, £4.00 non-members) please contact any of the following:

Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980;

Di Langford on 01787 248298; or

Andy Sheppard at sheppard-andy@sky.com





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