From my book, Alias Soapy Smith, we know that Soapy Smith was in Portland, Oregon operating the prize package soap sell racket in August 1882 and Salem, Oregon in September 1882. I recently discovered that he most likely also visited Astoria, Oregon around the same time. The very last sentence of the following newspaper article gives what little details we will most likely ever know as he was not arrested.
Another chap held forth at Bergman & Berry's corner here a few weeks ago, with a skin game where soap was sold at a dollar a cake, worth about a dollar a barrel, with a "chance'' to win--a blank.
The Daily Astorian, October 06, 1882
December 20, 2009
September 21, 2009
September 24, 2009
Portland, Oregon: pages 38, 42, 119, 166, 429, 440, 468, 519, 530, 549, 582.
Salem, Oregon: page 39.
MARCH 181892: Soap Gang member, Joe Simmons dies of pneumonia in Creede, Co.
1898: Formation of the Skagway Military Company in Skagway, Alaska.