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Burrell S. Reppy, merchant of De Soto, was born in Washington County,
Mo., in 1819, and is a son of Harry and Elizabeth Reppy, the former of
whom, a native of Ireland, was born in 1772, and when sixteen years of
age came to America.  Upon arrival in this country Harry Reppy first
settled in Tennessee, but about the year 1808 removed to the State of
Missouri, and was one of the pioneer settlers of the southeastern part
of the State.  He worked in the mines in Washington County until his
death, in 1827.  He was the father of six children by his fourth wife,
mother of Burrell S., who died in 1829.  Of this family but four are
living, viz.: Henry G., in California; Burrell S., at De Soto, Jefferson 
County, Mo.; Hiram, at Valle Mines, Jefferson County, Mo.,; and James, 
in San Francisco, Cal.  His mother dying when Burrell S. was but eight 
years of age, and his father surviving her but five years, he was taken 
by one Charles Yates, with whom he lived until thirteen years old.  
Running away from his guardian he went to St. Louis County and was taken 
by a merchant at Manchester, where he remained for five years.  At the 
age of twenty he engaged in business for himself in Philadelphia, Marion 
Co., Mo., whence in 1843, he removed to Galena, Ill., where he was engaged 
in general merchandising for the following nine years. In 1852 he located 
in La Crosse, Wis., and engaged in the same business. In 1840 he married 
Miss Rebecca Bullock, who was born in Boone County, Ky., in 1820, and when 
twelve years old came to Missouri with her parents, John C. and Mary 
Bullock.  Mr. and Mrs. Reppy have three children: Charles D., an editor of 
Arizona; Henrietta, the widow of Nathaniel G. Day, of St. Louis; and George 
F., a commercial traveler, of Denver, Colo.  In November, 1861, Mr. Reppy 
enlisted in Company B, Second Wisconsin Cavalry, Union army, and served 
nearly three years; he served as second lieutenant and captain of his 
company through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, 
and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, at which place he was discharged, 
in the fall of 1864.  He then returned home and in 1865 came to De Soto, 
where for the following twenty two months he engaged in general merchandising.  
Selling his mercantile stock, he turned his attention to the cultivation of 
small fruits and vegetables, which occupation he followed for eighteen years.  
He established his present business in 1883, and has since been selling goods.  
Mr. Reppy is one of the oldest citizens of Southeastern Missouri, and is 
highly esteemed. In politics a Republican, he served as justice of the peace 
for eleven years.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F.  Mr. and Mrs. Reppy are 
members of the Congregational Church, in which he has served as deacon for
many years.