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KEPPLE, John, cigar manufacturer, was born in Lancaster, Pa., April 7, 1819. He is a son of the late John and Susanna (Baer) Kepple, both natives of Lancaster county, where they spent their entire lives. John Kepple, Sr., was for many years engaged in the manufacture of cigars in Lancaster city. He was born September 10, 1763, and died in November, 1826. His wife was born February 15, 1781, and died in October, 1856; both died in the city of Lancaster. John was their only child. By a former marriage of the father there were two children, both of whom are deceased.

John Kepple's early life was passed in Lancaster. He was educated in the common schools of that city. At the age of sixteen he was indentured to the tailoring trade for four and a half years. After serving two and a half years of his apprenticeship, he was compelled to abandon the business on account of failing sight. He then engaged with his brother in making cigars, and has continued for more than sixty years in that business. In August, 1841, he removed to Harrisburg, and has been a continuous resident, and in business for himself, for fifty-five years.

Mr. Kepple was married in Lancaster, Pa., October 28, 1841, to Mary L. Fitzgerald, daughter of David and Catherine Fitzgerald, natives of Lancaster city. They are referred to elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Kepple had four children, three of whom died in childhood, the only survivor being Edwin C., engaged in his father's business as manager. Mr. Kepple has been an active member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F., for over fifty years. He is a Republican. He attends Grace Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife is a member.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 13 Feb. 2001

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