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The magnitude of the realty transactions in Sacramento necessarily indicates great activity on the part of the real-estate firms of the city and among these the Cope Real Estate Company, of which Mr. Cope acts as president and manager, handles its considerable quota of business, bringing together buyers and sellers in deals large or small, negotiating for properties, and otherwise carrying forward the varied enterprises associated with the realty business. In addition to the organization and management of this concern Mr. Cope during June of 1909 organized the Sacramento Mutual Investment Company, of which since he has officiated as a director. Another position which engages a portion of his time and attention is the Del Paso Heights, Incorporated, of which he acts as president and which has a capital stock of $25,000. From this it will be seen that his activities are far-reaching and as varied as his mental endowments.

One of the organizations to which Mr. Cope belongs is the Native Sons of the Golden West, this association resulting from his nativity in California. Marysville is the place of his birth and December 18, 1888, the date thereof, his parents having been Charles H. and Agnes (Bowen) Cope. Descended from an old eastern family, Charles H. Cope was born at Colerain, Ohio, January 3, 1851, and received his education at that place, where he learned the trade of a miller in young manhood. Coming to California in 1877, he settled at Marysville and secured work in the Buckeye flour mill, remaining there as miller until 1900, when he came to Sacramento. For the next eight years he held the position of miller with the Pioneer Milling Company, but in 1908 he resigned the position in order to remove to Oakdale, Stanislaus county, where now he manages the manufacture of flour for the Oakdale Milling Company.

After having attended the public and high schools of Marysville until the completion of their prescribed studies, Mr. Cope took a commercial course in the Sacramento high school, from which in 1907 he was graduated. His first employment was that of bookkeeper for the Earl Fruit Company in Sacramento, but after six months he left that concern and entered the real-estate office of Charles T. Hill as a bookkeeper and collector. During 1909 he engaged with the real-estate and insurance firm of Kleinsorge & Heilbron as manager and salesman. June 7, 1910, he organized the Cope Real Estate Company, which has since successfully conducted a growing business in the capital city. While devoting his attention quite closely to his varied business interests, he does not neglect his duties of citizenship, but keeps posted concerning national issues as well as concerning all enterprises for the material benefit of his home city. He is president of the Riverside Improvement Club, the object of which is the advancement of Riverside district in Sacramento. The Progressive party receives his ballot in all general elections. His interest in politics is not that of a partisan and he has never been a candidate for any office, although well qualified for such work, should his inclinations direct him to any participation in public affairs. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a contributor to many of the movements for the upbuilding of the church and the broadening influences of Christianity. In fraternal relations he holds membership with the Modern Woodmen of America. In 1912 he organized the Riverside Country Club, of which he was selected president. This is a social club of about one hundred and seventy-five members, which erected their own club house on the banks of the Sacramento river. In Sacramento, December 22, 1909, Mr. Cope was united in marriage with Miss Ethel Gladys Hampton, of this city, and they are the parents of a daughter, Mildred Ethel. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011