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Della Amanda Ralph Leppla
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1867
Nebraska City
Otoe County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1923
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

I have seen some people list Della's first name as "Adelle" with "Della" as the nick name. I have found no evidence that her first name was actually Adelle. Her death certificate and her headstone show her first name as Della. If anyone has information that shows "Adelle" as her first name, please let me know.

Della was born on August 18, 1867 in Nebraska City, Nebraska to Dr. Erasmus Darwin Ralph and Sarah E (Wilson) Ralph. Source: “Arizona Death Certificate” available at She married Henry Lorain Leppla in 1884 in South Dakota. Source: Page 3 of “The Black Hills Daily Times” dated August 20, 1884; Deadwood, SD;

Della and Henry's three children were:
Ralph Lewis Leppla (1887-1955)
Henry Lorain "Lorain" Leppla II (1899-1966)
John Edwin Leppla (1903-1971)
Source for above: "1910 US Census Report" for Creighton [Phoenix], Maricopa County, Arizona.

Henry Leppla owned two drug stores, one in Spearfish, South Dakota and one in Sundance, Wyoming. Source: Page 8 of the “Sundance Gazette” dated April 4, 1885; Sundance, Wyoming; and Page 3 of the “Sundance Gazette” dated July 11, 1885; Sundance, Wyoming;

The family lived in Spearfish, South Dakota from 1884 until 1890 when Henry began a grocery business in Newcastle, Wyoming and the family moved there. Source: Page 5 of the “Newcastle News” dated November 7, 1890; Newcastle, Wyoming; Della stayed busy with social affairs in Newcastle, as she had in Spearfish; her comings and goings being reported in the Wyoming newspapers often, which can be seen at

The 1900 US Census reports the family residing both in Spearfish, South Dakota, where her husband's occupation is listed as "Timber Contractor", and also in Newcastle, Wyoming where her husband's occupation is listed as "Capitalist"; while Della filled the supporting role of wife and mother. The family was in the process of moving back to Spearfish, South Dakota during this time. Source: Page 1 of the “Newcastle News-Journal” dated March 3, 1899; Newcastle, Wyoming;

By 1910 Henry Leppla I and Della had moved their family to Creighton, Arizona, (now part of Phoenix), where they owned citrus groves, as seen in that year's US Census Report. Their three boys eventually married, and two moved away. The middle child, Henry II, and his wife Ruth (Roby) Leppla stayed and raised their children on the citrus groves.

Della Amanda (Ralph) Leppla died at the age of 56 on November 3, 1923 at her home on Chicago Ave & Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona due to an enlarged spleen, according to her death certificate. Della had been active in social work, a member of the Madison club, Eastern Star and a member of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ. Source: Page 6 of the “Arizona Republic” dated November 8, 1923; Phoenix, Arizona; Della was buried in the family plot at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Della's husband, Henry, never remarried, and he finished raising Eloise Ralph, their first grandchild; Source: “1930 US Census Report” for Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; available at H. Lorain Leppla died on October 10, 1934 of accidental drowning at San Carlos Lake while fishing; the boat capsized due to a squall, H. H. Hackett and Sidney Chappell made it to shore, but Henry Leppla went down. Source: Page 1 of the “Arizona Republic” dated October 11, 1934; Phoenix, Arizona; The plot where Della and Henry were laid to rest has a large family headstone marked “Leppla” with Henry and Della’s flat markers along the side.
Family links: 
  Erasmus Darwin Ralph (1832 - 1911)
  Sarah E Wilson Ralph (1839 - 1909)
  Henry Lorain Leppla (1858 - 1934)
  Ralph Lewis Leppla (1887 - 1955)*
  Henry Lorain Leppla (1899 - 1966)*
  John Edwin Leppla (1903 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Maintained by: Mary Leppla 53
Originally Created by: Carl Steiger
Record added: Jul 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54759783
Della Amanda <i>Ralph</i> Leppla
Added by: Mary Leppla 53
Della Amanda <i>Ralph</i> Leppla
Della Amanda <i>Ralph</i> Leppla
Added by: Carl Steiger
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