Tony Euper

At his death on Sept. 14, 1914, the Times Record identifies Tony Euper simply as a businessman. He was born in Prussia in 1836 and came to Fort Smith in 1849 with his father. Euper's father was a wagon maker and Tony Euper learned that trade. In 1854, he caught the "California fever" and traveled to that state in a wagon train led by James H. Sparks. The train wintered in Salt Lake City and stopped briefly in Sacramento before prospecting in the Shasta Valley and on the Trinity River. He found some gold but not enough to make him rich.

He returned to Fort Smith in 1859 and with the outbreak of the Civil War joined the Belle Point Rifles. His company was present but did not take part in the Battle of Oak Hill.

Euper made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Pauline Schulte, in his declining years and he died there at 619 N. 18th St. He was buried at Forest Park Cemetery. In addition to his daughter, he left two sons, Tony Euper Jr. and Frank Euper.

Source: "Tony Euper Is Called Beyond," Fort Smith Times Record, Sept. 15, 1914, p. 8.