Henry Cowing bought this lot on Soper Street from the Soper family for $175 in 1865 — perhaps as the landing site for the home of Timothy Cowing, which stood at the mouth of Lobster Plain on Long Point. Henry’s widow, Betsey (Whorf) Cowing, passed this property to their daughter, Carrie, a school teacher and principal, in 1905. She sold it in 1953 for $5,000 to Rachel “Rae” (Silva) White and Robert William White (both pictured). In other words, 5 Soper has changed hands once in a century and a half. Besides raising five children, Mrs. White spent 18 years working in government, as executive assistant to the town manager and assistant town clerk, among other posts. Her husband was the town harbormaster.
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