Among the large landowners of Allamakee county is Andrew Leppert, who owns a valuable farm of seven hundred and
forty acres on section 14, French Creek township. His handsome residence and substantial farm buildings are evidences
of his prosperity and proof of his incessant labors and the progressive methods which he follows. He was born upon
this property on September 19, 1858, and is a son of Andrew Leppert, a native of Bavaria, Germany, whence he accompanied
his parents to the new world when fourteen years of age. The family settled at first in Utica, New York, and there
the father grew to manhood and married. In the early '50s he came to Galena, Illinois, where he lived for two years,
at the end of which period he settled on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in French Creek township, among
the pioneers, the farm being left to his wife by her brother. The land was but slightly improved and he cleared
and developed it, transforming it into a highly productive agricultural enterprise. As his means increased he added
thereto and at the time of his death, which occurred at the age of fifty six, he owned seven hundred acres. He
was one of the foremost agriculturists of his day, was a member of the German Methodist church and prominent in
public affairs, having held every office in his township. He gave his allegiance to the republican party. In New
York state Andrew Leppert married Miss Johanna Henry, a native of Saxony, Germany, who passed away in French Creek
township at the age of thirty six years and four months. The father subsequently married again and his widow now
resides at Church, Iowa. Of the children born to his first union three are living, those beside our subject being
Mrs. Jacob Hirth and Mrs. Jacob Ebner.
Andrew Leppert was reared under the parental roof on the home farm and early trained to agricultural pursuits under
the able guidance of his father. In the acquirement of his education he attended the neighboring schools. When
twenty two years of age he and his brother Charles purchased the old homestead and for several years farmed it
in partnership. At the death of his brother he acquired the widow's interest and has since conducted its operations
alone. He has made many improvements upon the property and his farm is considered today one of the model enterprises
of its kind in the county. His land is largely under cultivation and planted in the most suitable grains and he
also gives attention to stock raising. His residence is comfortable and commodious and the whole appearance of
the property bespeaks the prosperity of its owner.
Mr. Leppert was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann Bulman, a native of Union City township, Allamakee county,
and a daughter of G. W. Busman, who resides in that township and is a member of one of the early families who settled
in the county. Mr. and Mrs. Leppert have ten children, all of whom are living: James H., Ralph H., Emma A., Jesse
A., Oscar S., George Dewey, Lydia J., Cora A., Willard A., and Gilbert Taft. Mr. and Mrs. Leppert are members of
the Presbyterian church, taking a deep interest in the organization. His political faith is that of the republican
party and he has served as school director of his district, giving evidence of his interest in the cause of education.
He enjoys the high respect and esteem of his neighbors, to which he is fully entitled, as he has not only attained
an individual position of prominence but has been a factor in promoting general advancement and development. Although
he has never cared to publicly participate in government affairs, he is ever ready to give his support to worthy
enterprises of a public character and is glad to bear his share of time and money in bringing about growth along
material, intellectual or moral lines.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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