DEATH TAKES LONGTIME WORKER FOR CHARITY:
Charles Chipman Was An Officer of the Germantown Relief Society for Thirty Years
A MANUFACTURER HERE
Charles Chipman, who died-on Saturday in Easton, Pa., was a member of the board
of managers of the Germantown Relief Society for thirty years and served as
president of the Society for three years. He was long engaged in manufacturing
in Germantown, and maintained his interest in Germantown activities, especially
philanthropic work, even after he was no longer a resident here. Mr. Chipman
bought the Wakefield Hosiery Mills, on Wakefield street, opposite Ashmead
Street, from Samuel West is 1884, and operated them until 1894, when his sons,
Frank L. and W. Evan Chipman, succeeded him in the business. Later they moved
the industry to Easton where they have since continued the business under the
name of Charles Chipman's Sons. They also have hosiery mills in Bethlehem and
Reading, Pa., and in Georgia and Canada. Mr. Chipman's home was on Wister
Street, near Wakefield. Afterward he lived in Tioga, and a few years ago he went
to Easton to live. He was in his 80th year. The Germantown Relief Society elected him a member of the board of managers in 1892, and
he continued to serve until his death. Even while living in Easton he sometimes
attended the meeting of the board in Germantown. He was president of the Society
from 1915 until 1918.
Mr. Chipman was prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being a past eminent
commander of Kadosh Commandery, Knights Templar, of Philadelphia, and a member
of the board of managers of the Masonic Home for many years.
In his earlier years Mr. Chipman was a great admirer of good horses, and for
many years he drove a pair of the fastest horses hereabouts, and was frequently
seen behind them on the drives of Fairmount Park.
At the time of the Civil War Mr. Chipman served for four years in the Fifth
Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was a member of Cavalry Post, Grand Army of the
Republic, of Philadelphia. His death reduces the membership of Cavalry Post to
During the later years of his life Mr. Chipman traveled much. His experiences
aboard ship led him to devise a medicine for seasickness. He also wrote a book
about his travels.
Before coming to Germantown he was a member of the firm of Chipman & Nice,
dealers in paint and glass. Funeral services were held Monday evening in Easton.
Burial followed Tuesday at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army Post of
Easton conducted the services in that city, and at the cemetery the Masonic
orders had charge.
A widow survives Mr. Chipman, she having been his third wife. Besides the two
sons named there are also two daughters, Mrs. E. Knox Little and Mrs. Martin
Mr. Chipman was born in Frankford on 25 October 1842, died 5 August 192
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