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J.H. Beers and Co. / Commemorative biographical record of prominent and representative men of Racine and Kenosha counties, Wisconsin, containing biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early settled families
(1906)

[Commemorative biographical record],   pp. [unnumbered]-645


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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 
township, where he engaged in farming until his death, in his eighty-sixth
year. His wife Anna, bore him five children, our subject's father being the
only son. Orlando A. Jasperson's maternal grandfather was a native of Den-
mark, who died in his native country in middle life, after which his wife,
Jane 
came to America, where she spent the remainder of her life, dying when 
eighty-four years of age. She and her husband had two daughters: Hannah;
and Mary, the wife of Peter Howley, of near Fargo, North Dakota. 
Hans Jasperson, father of Orlando A., is a farmer near Sonora, Ala. 
When he was six years of age he came to America, and located in Raymond 
township with his parents, growing to manhood there, and accumulating 
sixty-five acres of land. In 1896 he purchased a farm in Yorkville township,
upon which he resided for two years, when he removed to Racine. For the 
past three years he has lived at Sonora, Ala., engaged in farming. He and
his wife are Baptists, and in politics Mr. Jasperson is a Republican, and
while 
a resident of Raymond, served as supervisor and treasurer. Mr. Jasperson
was 
a soldier in the Civil war, serving eighteen months as a private. To him
and 
his wife were born nine children: Charles and Julius, of Sonora, Ala.; Or-
lando A., of North Cape, Wis.; Amy, of Racine, Wis.; George, of Sonora, 
Ala.; Mamie, wife of John Berryman, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Lydia, Edna and
Ruby, all of Sonora, Alabama. 
Orlando A. Jasperson was reared in Raymond township, where he at- 
tended the district schools, and remained at home until seventeen years of
age, when he began working out for himself. He went to North Cape, 
clerked there for about three years, then spent a few years in a tile factory,
after which he engaged in, barbering, and later conducted a meat market in
North Cape. Mr. Jasperson then having accumulated enough, erected a busi-
ness house, and engaged in a general mercantile business, which he still
con- 
ducts. being also the proprietor of a tonsorial parlor. 
On March 26, 1896, Mr. Jasperson married Miss Delia Pierce, daughter 
of Alonzo and Elizabeth (Sproat) Pierce, and one son was born to this union:
Harold Lee. Mr. Jasperson belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, 
;1nd his wife to the I. 0. G. T., of North Cape. Politically he is affiliated
with 
the Republican party, but has never sought office. 
Mrs. Jasperson's father was a native of Schenectady, N. Y., and her 
mother of Vermont. They came West to Wisconsin over sixty years ago. the
Sproats settling one mile west of Waterford, and the Pierces in Dover town-
ship. Alonzo Pierce grew to manhood in this latter locality, and continued
thereabouts until his death, which occurred in 1893, in his sixty-sixth year.
HiT wife, who was reared in Waterford township, survives him. and resides
with her, daughter, Mrs. Jasperson. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce had four children,
two sons and two daughters, namely: Calvin L., of Waterford; Sarah, the 
wife of James H. Hankinson, of Dover township, Edward C.. on the old 
homestead in Dover township; and Delia, the wife of Mr. .asperson. 
The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Jasperson was Benjamin Franklin 
Pierce. a native of New York State and a blacksmith by occupation. He was
one of Racine county's early pioneers, following his trade for a time in
this 
section, having started in business for himself with a capital of fifty cents.
He 
was of a saving and thrifty nature, however, and it was not lon" before
he had 
accumulated enough to engage in farming, at which he was highly successful,


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