Bio: Shipman, Richard D. (1914)



Surnames: Shipman, Savage, Wilson, Smith, Wood, Curry 

----Source: HISTORY OF EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wisconsin (1914) pages 857-858 

Richard D. Shipman, a prominent man of business in Fairchild, was born at Neillsville, in Clark county, Wisconsin. June 3, 1872, a son of Shulan and Lydia (Savage) Shipman, the father was born in Pennsylvania and the mother in Nova Scotia, who settled in Trempealeau county, this state, about 1879, on a farm of 80 acres, in the town of Sumner, which they cleared and improved, and where they still reside. They reared a family of three children: Frances, wife of Bert Wilson; Richard D. and Monroe J. 

Richard D. was raised in this state and educated in the common schools. He began early in life as a laborer in the lumber camps, and later was a section hand on the Mondovi branch of the Omaha Railroad. In 1894 he embarked in the butcher business at Osseo, Wisconsin, and conducted a thriving meat market there for about ten years. In 1905 he moved to Fairchild and associated himself with Mr. A. Smith in the meat business under the firm name of Smith & Shipman, in which he has since successfully continued. He conducts an up-to-date market, and also is an extensive buyer and shipper of live stock for the Chicago market, in addition to which he makes a specialty of dealing in milch cows. 

On May 15, 1892, Mr. Shipman was married to Miss Eliza Jennie, daughter of James and Mary (Wood) Curry, of Postville, Iowa, and they have two children, Cleo O. and Richard D. Jr. 

Mr. Shipman is a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 213, and the Modern Woodmen of America, both of Osseo. He is a Republican in politics, and has served six years as a member of the board of trustees of the village of Fairchild. He is a man of good judgment and well liked for his business ability and square dealing. 



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