KLEINPETER, Ewelle A., Iberville then Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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Kleinpeter, Ewelle Augustus, M. D., Bush Grove plantation, Lafourche
Crossing, was born in Iberville parish, La., Aug. 9, 1877, son of Kropper
Kleinpeter, whose birthplace was the same as that of the son, and whose
life ended in the same parish, 1879, at the age of 25 years.  He was a
farmer.  The paternal grandfather was a native of Alsace-Lorraine, and on
leaving his native country came directly to Louisiana and located at Big
Head, on Bayou Grossette, where, as a young man, he engaged in farming.  He
later removed to Bayou Jacob, where he died.  He served in the Confederate
army during the Civil war.  Cecilia Loudla Lawes, mother of the subject of
this sketch, was born at Lafourche Crossing, and died in New Orleans in
1912.  The maternal grandfather, Augustus Lawes, was born at Plaquemine,
and died in New Orleans at the age of 79 years.  The maternal grandmother,
Desdemona Haygood, was born at Plaquemine and is living at this time.  The
maternal grandfather also served in the army of the Confederacy during the
Civil war.  The maternal great-grandfather, George Washington Haygood, was
a native of Mississippi, but came to New Orleans, and owned and operated a
line of steamboats between New Orleans and Cincinnati.  Ewell Augustus
Kleinpeter was the only child born to his parents.  He was educated in the
public schools of Iberville, Plaquemine, and New Orleans, graduating from
the Boys' high school in the latter city in 1894, following which he taught
at Iberville 2 years and for a like period at Plaquemine.  In 1899 he
entered the Medical department of Tulane university, graduating in 1903 as
M. D., his class being the first 4-year class in medicine graduated from
Tulane.  For 2 years following his graduation he was in the service of the
Louisiana state board of health as medical inspector on fruit ships.  In
1905 he located at Lafourche Crossing and engaged in general practice, and
with the exception of one month in the U. S. Marine hospital service, as
assistant surgeon at Havana, Cuba, has been continuously so engaged.  Dr.
Kleinpeter was obliged to resign as assistant surgeon on account of his
mother's health.  March 28, 1909, he was married to Miss Helen Rousseau of
Lafourche Crossing.  The doctor's wife was born in the house they now
occupy.  She is a daughter of Ozemee' and Mary (Darden) Rousseau, natives
of Lafourche parish.  To Doctor and Mrs. Kleinpeter 2 children have been
born, namely, Ruth and Ewell.  Dr. Kleinpeter is a member of the Lafourche
Parish, and Louisiana State Medical associations and the Woodmen of the

Source:  Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events,
Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, volume 3, p. 775.
Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit. D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical

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