Issac Cappon was born in 1830 in the Netherlands and came to the United States when he was 17 years old. he came to Michigan’s Holland Colony in 1848. Here he worked as a laborer in a local tannery. With his experience working in the tannery, he was the founding partner in the Cappon & Bertsch Leather Co. which was founded in 1857. When Holland incorporated in 1867, Cappon became its first mayor.
After the devastating fire that destroyed Holland in 1870, he began construction of his Italianate style house which was completed in 1874. It remained in the Cappon family until the death of Isaac’s daughter Lavina in 1978. After Lavina’s death, the home was willed to the city of Holland and is now used as a museum.
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