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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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V. I., Company K, his regiment being
one of the finest of the more than two
hundred organizations which went to the
front from the Empire State during the
war of the Rebellion. He was promoted
to corporal in 1864. In the year of his
enlistment he was captured by the enemy
at Harper's Ferry, and held a prisoner
for three months; was also in the engage-
ments at Hilton Head, Fort Fisher, and
with Gen. Butler in front of Peters-
burg, and at Fort Fisher was severely
wounded in February, 1865, which neces-
sitated his being sent to the hospital.
Later in the same year he received his
discharge, and returned to the State of
New York to conduct a lumber camp;
came to Wisconsin in I 878, locating at
Appleton, and working for three years in
the spoke factory of George Kreiss. He
next engaged in teaming and farming, but
in i8gi rented the hotel which he still
conducts. In November, 1893, he left
for a visit to his old home in Germany,
and upon his return, about four months
later, was welcomed at the depot by the
G. A. R. Post, the band and a large gath-
ering of friends. While in Germany he
paid visits to his two brothers and five
    Mr. Leimner was married, in 1858, to
Miss Sadie Hille, a native of New York,
whose parents were of German birth.
They had five children-three sons and
two daughters-viz.: Frank (who (lied
in infancy), August, Lewis (now in busi-
ness with his father), Frances and Mary.
Mr. Leimner is an honored member of the
G. A. R., and in political matters is an
independent voter.
       OTTLIEB     GEHRING, retired
       farmer, Appleton. This gentle-
       man is a son of John M. Gehring,
       a farmer, who was born in Ger-
many August IO, i8io. He had a good
common-school education, and was mar-
ried in 1833 to Mary Agnes Mutchler,
whose birth occurred in Germany in
1807. Her father, Jacob iMutchler, who
was a miller, spent his life in Germany.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gehring
were Gottlieb, Frederick and John L.
The family came to America in 1853,
locating first in New York, and then, in
1858, removing to Outaganiie county,
\Vis. Here the father died August 12,
1871, and the mother March 24, 1889.
The grandfather, Frederick Geliring, who
was a fariier in (Germany, died some
time in the " fifties.
   Gottlieb Gehring was born January
25, 1834, in (Germiany. He was reared
in a tow n, educated iii the schools of his
native locality, and came to America in
1,852, stopp)iing for three years in western
New York. Coiming thence to \Viscon-
sin, he made his home ldi(hring the next
three years in Fond du L1ac county, re-
moving to Outagamie county in the fall
of 1858, and purchasing i6o acres of un-
improved land in Freedom     township.
Mr. Gehring enlisted, in 1864, in Coni
pany I', Fifth Wisconsin, joining the
regiment at 'Martinsburg, NV. Va., taking
part in the Petersburg campaign, and
serving until June, 1865, when he w as
discharged. His brother, John L. Gehr-
ing, served nearly three years in the
army, and the third brother, Frederick,
wvas drafted, but unable to go to the war,
and paid for a substitute. In politics, as
N\'d' as ,' is   t IIe;  U 1)e or  llil m,  r.  c. rIIIIng
is a Republican. He is an honored rnem-
ber of the G. A. R. and of the Congrega-
tional Church.
ENRY KURASCIT, a well-known
       prosperous agriculturist of Grand
       Chute township, Outagamie coun-
       ty, was born May 22, 1842, in Ger-
many, son of Paul Kurasch, also a farmer,
and a tax collector, who died in Germany
in 1868, at the age of sixty-seven years;
and his widow passed away in 1887, when
aged seventy, Their family consisted of
eight children-three sons and five
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