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Nelia Shade in 1893 married George LePell. This marriage is the largest amount of generations in Valparaiso. George LePell's parents lived in Valparaiso but no records were made or found at what year they moved to Valparaiso. George had two brothers: Otto LePell, who was one of the first firemen. The LePell family was given the first fire bell. It was later given back to the fire department, where it should be today. The other brother was Frank LePell, who was an undertaker for years in Valpo. These two brothers also owned one of the first furniture stores in Valparaiso. George LePell was the first conductor of the first street car in Valparaiso on July 4, 1910. George and Nellie had four children: Roy, who is retired and lives in California; Ernie, who was a magician for years in the area and now lives in Hobart; Bertha, who died in 1970, and Margaret, who married Tracy Havens, a local orchestra leader. They had three kids: Elaine, Shirly, and Rochelle. Today, they are all married with families here in Porter County. Margaret today is a great-great-grandma and remarried to George Long, who once owned a clock shop in Valparaiso. They now live in Chesterton.

Submitted by Rocky Bartholt and Margaret Long

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 132

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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