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William F. Kleinpell

Kleinpell, W. F., hardware merchant of Elkader, Iowa, was born in Cassville, Wisconsin, December 10, 1864, and was the son of Carl and Louisa (Wagner) Kleinpell, both natives of Germany, who came to America in 1850, locating at Freeport, Illinois, where they lived about eight years before finally locating in Cassville, Wisconsin. The father was a harnessmaker by trade, which occupation he followed for some years, but later went into general merchandizing. He died in Cassville, but his wife is still living in that town, a well known and competent woman, and where, during the administrations of Grant and Hayes, she held the position of postmistress. To their union was born a large family of children, the first three of whom are dead. The oldest living child is Julius, who is a dealer in lumber in Cassville, Wisconsin; our subject comes next in the point of age and is followed by Amelia, who died at the age of fifteen; Henry, a physician of Chicago; Walter, deceased; Freda, living at home with her mother, and Reinhardt, of Flint, Michigan.

At the age of fourteen years, W. F. Kleinpell left home and began to make his own way in the world, going first to Freeport, Illinois, where he served an apprenticeship of two and a half years to a machinist, after which he went to Elkport, Iowa, for two years, and to Cassville, Wisconsin, for three years, in both of which places he engaged in a general merchandise business. In 1887 he moved to Elkader, Iowa, where he conducted a hardware store for a firm that he afterwards bought out and has continued in the business with such great success that he has enlarged it by adding heating and plumbing departments.

He was married January 18, 1888, to Minnie Schmidt, who was born in Clayton county, and is a daughter of J. B. and Carrie (Hartman) Schmidt. Two children have been born to them: Louise Caroline, born in 1890, now the wife of C. F. Murphy, of Elkader; and Dorothy Ella. Mr. Kleinpell is a democrat, has served on the city council and on the school board, and is a member of the Woodmen of the World.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 212
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