Hiland H. Shipman
SHIPMAN, BISBEE, TAYLOR
Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 7/6/2010 at 02:29:10
From HISTORY OF EMMET AND DICKINSON COUNTIES
HILAND H. SHIPMAN.
Hiland H. Shipman, now living retired in Milford, Iowa, was born on the 20th of April, 1841, in Vermont, of which state his parents,
Asher and Mary (Taylor) Shipman, were also natives. The father worked at the shoemaker's trade and was also a dealer in shoes at
Weathers-field, Vermont, where he died in 1842. The mother subsequently married again and her death occurred in Milford,Iowa, in 1902.
In the Green Mountain state Hiland H. Shipman grew to manhood, in the meantime pursuing his studies in the local schools. He was twenty
years of age when the Civil war broke out and he offered his services to the Union, enlisting in 1861 in Company E, Fourth Vermont Volunteer
Infantry. After spending about one year at the front, he was honorably discharged on account of illness and returned to his home in Vermont.
A year and a half later he removed to Fulton, New York, where he engaged in clerking in a store for one year and then worked for an uncle about the same length of time.
It was in 1865 that Mr. Shipman came to Iowa, accompanying. his mother and stepfather on their removal to Delaware county, where he worked at the carpenter's trade until 1871. Since that time he has been a resident of Dickinson county. On his, arrival here he took up a homestead on section 36, Milford township, on which he erected sod buildings and at once began to break the ground and put the land under cultivation.
Later he built a frame house and made other substantial improvements continuing the operation of that farm until September 1892, when he removed to a tract of twenty-one acres south of Milford. At that time he practically retired from active labor but continued to supervise his farming interests until 1912, when he took up his abode at his present residence in Milford. For several years he servedas a director of the First National Bank of that place but later resigned although he is still
On the 24th of December, 1874, Mr. Shipman married Miss Abbie Bisbee, a daughter of Alvin and Diana (Litchfield) Bisbee, who were
natives of Massachusetts and pioneers of Dickinson county, arriving here in 1872. After following farming for many years- Mr. Bisbee sold out and removed to Osage, Iowa, where he passed away May 18, 1906. His widow is still living at the age of eighty-nine years and makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Shipman.
To our subject and his wife was born one child, Minnie, who married J. B. Coyle and died in April, 1905,and Mr. Coyle passed away November 16, 1913.
Politically Mr. Shipman is a republican and while residing upon his farm he served as township trustee, clerk and assessor of Milford
township. In 1890 he built several bridges in Dickinson county and has borne a prominent part in the development of this region, especially
along agricultural lines. In religious faith he is a Congregationalist and he is now serving as commander of Waller Post, G. A. R., of which
he has long been an honored member. A loyal and patriotic citizen, he has been found as true to his country in days of peace as in time of
war and he is held in the highest esteem by all who know him.
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