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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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other brother of our subject, remains at
the ancestral home at White House
Station, New Jersey.
    Samuel WV. Van Doren was born in
the town of Pulteney, Steuben county,
N. Y., and soon after his birth the family
removed to Prattsburg, N. Y., where he
attended school a short time. Later they
again moved, this time to Cohocton
township, Steuben county, N. Y., thence
in the spring of 1853 to Wisconsin.
Pleased with the locality of Fond (lu
Lac, he removed his family to that
county in 1855, and induced his parents
to come and spend their remaining days
with him. He was in possession of a fine
eighty-acre farm, which his good man-
ageinent caused to produce excellent
crops. In 1876 Mr. Van Doren removed
to Outagamie county, and that fall
attended, with    his wife, the   Cen-
tennial Exhibition at Philadelphia. At
first he only bought forty acres of land in
this new home, but later sold that and
purchased 149 acres; again he sold forty-
seven acres, and at present is in posses-
sion of the remaining 102 acres, which con-
stitues a splendid farm. Previous to his
leaxingg New York, in 1851, he married
Miss Euphrasia Barnes, and by her had
six children, viz. : Mrs. Rebecca McFar-
land, William WV., Frank A., Mrs. Alice
Cook, Mrs. Adella Culbertson, and Mrs.
Dora May Stein, of Clintonville, WVis-
    Mr. Van I)oren has not been actively
engaged in farming for some time, his son,
Frank A., working his farm under his
superintendence. In i 894 he bought a
store which is conducted bv his son-in-
law, Bert Cook. 11 1883 he moved to a
comfortable home in the village of Medina,
where he intends to spend the remainder
of his days in the ease and comfort which
his past hard work has merited. His
war experience deserves honorable men-
tion in this sketch: He enlisted in Feb-
ruary, 1865, and served until October of
that year, when hie was mustered out
with the rest of his company, He be-
longed to the Fourteenth Wis. V. I.,
Comipany H, which was sent to Mont-
gomery, Ala., but not being needed were
mustered out, the last battle of the war
having been fought on May 12, i865.
After the close of the war Mr. Van Doren
returned to his home, and once more took
up the duties of a citizen. His health
was injured in the service, however, and
he now draws a pension from the govern-
ment. In politics lie had always been a
stanch Democrat until within the past few
years when lie abandoned the party ard
became an Independent, votiig, not for
the party, but for the moan. He claims
that politics will never be pure until par-
ties pass into oblivion and ot'fices are filled
by men chosen by the people. He has
never aspired to an office himself, but
works faithfully for the candidate whomn
he believes will most ably fill the place.
He is a member of the G. A. R., Post No.
io, Hortonville, where, as in political
and social life, he is given respectful at-
tention. A keen observer of humnian na-
ture, a careful business man and a kind
friend to the unfortunate, Samuel Van-
Doren will never lack friends.
OHN LEPPLA, the well-known iner-
     chant of I)ale, Outagamie county,
     wxas born October I o, i832, in Holl-
     bornerhof, Rhenish Bavaria, Ger-
many. The old Leppla family was origin-
ally from France, being numbered among
the Huguenots, who were driven out of
that fair country in the darkest days of
religious persecution. After locating in
their new home in Germany, they became
in time a representative family in that
section. They were farmers by occupa-
tion, and landholders and freeholders,
the community in which they had settled
being given to agricultural pursuits.
    Peter Leppla, grandfather of John,
reared a large family of children, all of
whom    married, settled in the same
neighborhood and raised families. His
son Peter, father of John, inherited one-

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