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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families

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third of the o01 homestead, and was
one of the representative men of the
region, over which he was known far
and wide. The excellent reputation of
the family name did not suffer at his
hands, and he was respected wherever
known. He died on the old place, from
paralysis, aged fifty-two years. His wife,
Catherine (Walter) Leppla, was a native
of a neighboring village, but belonged to
the same Church society and judicial dis-
trict. Her long and useful life was closed
in 1879, when she had reached the age of
about seventy years; she was an excellent
Christian woman, and a member of the
Protestant Church. Of her nine children
seven grew to be men and women.
   John Leppla, the eldest of four sons,
was a farmer before leaving Europe. Em-
igrating to America when nineteen years
old, he first located in Montgomery county,
Penn., where an uncle, Henry Leppla,
was then living, but is now a resident of
Greenville township, Outagamie Co.,
Wis. The young man remained in that
locality four years, and in 1856 came to
Milwaukee county, Wis., where for ten
years he engaged in farming in Granville
township. Then selling out and remov-
ing to Outagarnie county he purchased
eighty acres of land in Greenville town-
ship, which he soon afterward sold, how-
ever, and entered mercantile business in
Appleton; where he bought property;
there he achieved success, but was not
satisfied with city life. The open sky and
broad country fields had a greater at-
traction for him, and he accordingly
traded his Appleton property for a farm
in Dale township, to which he removed
May 26, i868. This farm contained 2oo
acres, and was one of the best in the
township; subsequently he sold it to his
brother Henry, who now manages it. Mr.
Leppla, desiring to retire from active
life, built a store in Dale in 1885, rent-
ing it to other parties; but in 1889 he
was obliged to assume personal charge of
it, since which time lie has continued in
its management, and his nephew, S. R.
Wason, has been in partnership with him
since I89I. The firm carries a general
stock and enjoys a good patronage.
   Mr. Leppla was married, while living
in Milwaukee count)-, to Miss Paulina
Herzwurii, a native of (ermany. Both
are members of the German Reformed
Church, in which he has served as dea-
con; politically hie is a Republican, having
voted that ticket at all Presidential elec-
tions, and has been a consistent adherent
to the principles of that party. He has
served as town chairman three times, and
has also been town treasurer and town
assessor. As a public man hie is well
known in his county, and enjoys the con-
fidence and respect of all. He was the
first incumbent of Dale postoffice, having
been appointed in 1876, under President
Grant; was again appointed during the
administration of President Harrison, and
made a record for honor and fidelity to
duty that should serve as an example to
younger generations. In all his positions
of honor and trust he has been equally
faithful, and merits the esteem which is
accorded him.
       ent efficient postmaster at Bun-
       gert, Outagainie county, comes of
-    good Gernan stock. His grand-
father on his mother's side was an officer
under the German government, and was
a man of some note. His paternal grand-
father was a well-to-do farmer in Prussia.
   John F. Fassbender, father of our sub-
ject, was born in 8 ii , received a good
common -school education, then assisted
his father with the work on the farm, and
his three elder brothers having served in
the German army lie was exempt. When
he had made a home for himself he was
married to Miss Sarah Bel, a nativ'e of
Prussia, born in i815 of Swiss descent.
She was the mother of three children, all
of wvhoin are (lead save our subject, Peter
Fassbender, who was born I)ecenmiber 22,
1838, in' Oedecoven, Prussia, near the

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