John C. A. Leppelman, secretary and treasurer of the Consolidated Pump Company, has had broad experience along
business lines and his enterprise and ability have carried him steadily forward to the goal of success. He was
born in Maumee, Ohio, April 24, 1870, and his parents were Emil, and Olive (Allen) Leppelman, the former a native
of Fremont, Ohio, and the latter of Maumee. The maternal grandfather, John C. Allen, was a native of New England
and removed to this state at an early period in its development, settling at Maumee, where he spent the remainder
of his life. The paternal grandfather was a pioneer of Lucas county and his son, Emil Leppelnian, removed to the
west, locating in Kansas. He continued to make his home in that state until his death, devoting his attention to
the manufacture of sleds and wagons. The mother passed away at Washington, D. C., in 1886.
John C. A. Leppelrnan, their only child, acquired his education in the public schools of Maumee, Ohio, and Washington,
D. C., and at an early age he left home, going to the panhandle of Texas. He secured work as a cowboy on the "Diamond
Tail" cattle ranch and followed that exciting occupation until 1890, when he came to this city, and for five
years had charge of the factory of the Toledo Pump Company. In 1895 he went to Memphis, Tennessee, and established
a lumber business which he conducted successfully until 1900, when he disposed of his interests there and returned
to Toledo, resuming his connection with the Toledo Pump Company. In association with G. M. McCarty and E M Tibbetts,
he purchased the business, which was reorganized and has since been conducted under the name of the Consolidated
Pump Company. Following the death of Mr. McCarty it has been operated by Mr. Tibbetts and Mr. Leppelman, the latter
of whom is serving as secretary and treasurer. They manufacture pumps and ladders, utilizing fifty employes in
the operation of their plant, and their products are shipped to all parts of the United States and also to points
in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Leppelman has made a dose study of the business, of which he has a detailed knowledge,
and his energy, foresight and keen sagacity have been determining factors in the success which has attended the
activities of the firm. His standing as a business man is indicated in the fact that he has been called to the
presidency of the National. Association of Ladder Manufacturers and is now filling that office.
On the 20th of February, 1895, Mr. Leppelman was married to Miss Anna Frances Schrink of this city and they have
become the parents of three daughters: Olive, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, acquired her education in this city
and is now the wife of V. E. Brailey of Toledo, by whom she has a daughter, Sibyl Brailey; Aileen was also born
in Memphis and became the wife of Edwin F. Broer, of this city; Catherine was born in Toledo and is still at home.
Mr. Leppelman manifests a deep interest in everything relating to the welfare and development of the city and is
a valued member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce. He is also connected with the Rotary Club and the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks and his political support is given to the republican party. He has depended upon his own
efforts for advancement and his progressive spirit has prompted him to put forth, earnest and effective effort
that has placed him with Toledo's leading business men and prominent citizens. Mr. Leppelman's residence is at
No. 662 West Delaware avenue.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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