Obit: Kapellen, Matthew (1857 - 1915)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 12/30/1915

Kapellen, Matthew (27 OCT 1857 - 26 DEC 1915)

Matthew Kapellen, for many years a business man of this city (Neillsville, Clark County) died at his home Sunday Dec. 26, 1915, pneumonia being the cause of his death.

He was born on a farm in Sheboygan Co. Oct. 27, 1857. At about 14 years of age he went to learn the shoemakers trade, which he followed all the rest of his life. He came to Neillsville in 1880 and by hard work built up a large shoe business. Later he met with reverses in connection with the furniture factory, from which he never fully recovered. He continued business however, in a smaller way, working diligently at his trade. For many years he was active in the affairs of Neillsville, was several terms a member of the City Council, and took a great interest in municipal matters. He had a wide acquaintance about the country and was respected by all who knew him.

He was married in 1879 to Caroline Milinger. To them were born four daughters. Two died in infancy; the other two, Mrs. Irene Morrison and Mrs. Eleanor Lynch of Milwaukee, survive him. His first wife died in 1890; later he was married to Margaret Korman, who survives him. He leaves also two brothers, Cornelius of Plymouth and Frank of Mellen, also one sister, Mrs. Philip Wolff of Sheboygan. The funeral was held at the Catholic Church Wednesday morning and was very largely attended.



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