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Leonhard SEPPALA

Norwegian Leonhard SEPPALA

Norwegian sled dog breeder, trainer and musher

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Born: on September 14, 1877 in Skibotn, Norway
Died: on January 28, 1967 in Seattle, Washington, United States


Biography

Seppala was born in the village of Skibotn in Storfjord municipality, Troms county, Norway. He was the oldest-born child of father Isak Isaksson Seppälä (of Swedish descent) and Anne Henriksdatter (of Finnish Norwegian Kven descent). His father's family name is of Finnish origin. When Seppala was two years old, his family moved within Troms county to nearby Skjervøy municipality on the island of Skjervøya. While in Skjervøy, his father worked as a blacksmith and fisherman, building up a relatively large estate. Seppala initially followed in his father's footsteps as both a blacksmith and a fisherman. However, he emigrated to Alaska during the Nome gold rush of the 1900s.

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