FRANK SCHLEEPER, an extensive farmer in Hardin Precinct, is a native of Calhoun County, and the youngest son of Henry and Catherine Schleeper, (see sketch of Henry Schleeper on another page in this Album). He was born in Gilead Precinct, March 6, 1854, was but three years old when his mother died and seven at the time of his father's death. He was reared by his step parents, attending the public schools and beginning at an early age to assist on the farm. He inherited habits of industry and has proved himself to be a successful farmer, now owning a fine tract of more than two hundred acres. Much of this is Illinois River bottom lands and well improved.
Mr. Schleeper is engaged in general farming, stock-raising and horticulture. A visitor to his home will see there a good supply of the best farm machinery, well-built edifices of various kinds and high grades of stock. He will also observe the neatness and order which prevails upon the estate and realize that it is carried on by one who knows the value of good management. On another page of this volume will be found a view of his pleasant homestead. Politically Mr. Schleeper is a Democrat, and religiously a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, to which the other members of the family also belong.
The maiden name of Mrs. Schleeper was Helen Ewen. She is a daughter of Leonard and Mary (Schimann) Ewen, natives of Germany and pioneers of Crater Precinct, Calhoun County, in which the daughter was born. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Schleeper was solemnized in 1880 and has been blest to them by the birth of four children -Henry H., Mary A., Charles and Kitty, the latter twins.
Extracted 16 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, page 519
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