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Epple, John Paul
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Among the early German pioneers was John Paul EPPLE, born June 29, 1803, in Herboldsheim, Baden. He was induced to come to Quincy because they needed a blacksmith, relatives and friends having repeatedly requested him to make this city his home. In 1837 be with his wife, Anna Marie, nee RAES, and one son, Alexander, came to New York and from there to Buffalo, where the son became seriously ill and died. The trip overland was tedious, they traveling in a wagon drawn by oxen, until they arrived in Chicago, where they acquired a team of horses and made better progress, arriving in Quincy in the spring of 1838. John Paul EPPLE bought a lot near the city spring, where he with his own hands built a small log cabin and a smith shop, the dwelling covering an area of sixteen feet square, while the smith shop measured fourteen feet square. Six months later, in a dreary winter night, the shop burned down, but was rebuilt, larger and better, in the following spring. Being successful in his business, John Paul EPPLE later bought a lot on Hampshire, between Third and Fourth streets, where he erected a larger and more commodious workshop. There was another smith and wagon maker in Quincy, Timothy ROGERS, who occasionally went east with John Paul EPPLE, where they bought carriages in New York, and hickory wood in Indiana. The first carriage manufactured in Quincy, made complete in all its parts, was built by John Paul EPPLE for O. H. BROWNING, one of our prominent attorneys, later senator of Illinois and member of President Lincoln's cabinet. John Paul EPPLE was the first market master of Quincy, an office which he held from 1844 to 1852, and it was due to his efforts that the first market house was built at Third and Hampshire streets, where the city hall now stands. The necessity of a hall for entertainments being apparent, John Paul EPPLE had a two-story brick building erected on Hampshire, between Third and Fourth streets, covering an area of 60 by 125 feet, known as EPPLE'S Hall. Many shows, both English and German, were given there, besides family reunions, etc. About 1870 John Paul EPPLE retired from active business and moved to Twenty-fifth, Street, between Maine and Broadway, his death occurring October 14, 1877, his wife following him in death April 18, 1881. Besides the son Alexander, who died in Buffalo, the children were: Caroline, wife of J. H. BROCKSCHMIDT; Catherine, wife of Amandus FENDRICH; Marie, wife of Michael ARNOLD; Elizabeth, wife of Caspar ARNOLD; and John H. EPPLE.

Surnames included in the Epple family history are ARNOLD, BROCKSCHMIDT, BROWNING, FENDRICH, ROGERS.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 346.

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