Wanton Allen Shippee

Wanton Allen Shippee

East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 12 Sep 1922 (aged 75)
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Plot Fountain, Lot F
Memorial ID 19143450 · View Source
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State Senator from Butte Co. for two terms.
Son of Pardon Shippee and Hannah Stone. Husband of Evelyn Woodbridge.
He was buried in a family plot with Lodowick Shippee, Margaret S. Shippee, Evelyn Woodbridge Shippee, Abbey Gardner Shippee, {Amos Shippee, Harriett S. Shippee}, {Clara Bagley, Helen Wright}, Mary Shippee Tarbox.

HON. WANTON ALLEN SHIPPEE--A resident of California since 1868, when he came from his native state of Rhode Island, where he was born in East Greenwich Township, Kent County, March 25, 1847, W. A. Shippee has witnessed many changes in the western country and, in the section where he has been so closely identified, has participated in almost every movement for the betterment of the county. He has worked hard and struggled against great obstacles, but by persistency of purpose has won recognition from the people of Butte County for his high moral principles and strict integrity.

The parents of W. A. Shippee were Parden and Hannah (Stone) Shippee, both born and reared in Rhode Island, as was the grandfather, Allen Shippee, who reached the advanced age of ninety-four years. The family dates back to pre-Revolutionary times, and they figured prominently in the building-up of the commonwealth of Rhode Island. On the maternal side they were Manchesters, of English origin, and this family also was represented in the Revolutionary War. Besides W. A. Shippee, there were six children born to his parents, and six are alive at this writing: Wanton Allen, of this review; Ladowick, in Rhode Island; Sarah Freelove, (named for her two grandmothers), also of that state; George, residing in Rhode Island; Mary, wife of J. C. Whitford of Stockton; and Hannah Maria, superintendent of factory employees of the state of Rhode Island, who also taught for ten years in California. The fourth child, a daughter, Eliza, died some twenty years ago, leaving a son and daughter.

The boyhood days of W. A. Shippee, who, by the way, was named for his two grandfathers, were passed with his parents on their farm in Rhode Island, interspersed with a short attendance at school until he was sixteen years old, when he hired out for fifty cents a day to work on a farm. When he was twenty-one he came to California via Panama, arriving in San Francisco, November 24, 1868, having sailed from New York on October 29. His journey to this state was made as the result of the glowing reports he received from a cousin, L. U. Shippee, who had come to California at a period somewhat earlier and had gone back to Rhode Island in 1865 to make a visit. This cousin had a store in Stockton and had been successful under the firm name of Shippee, McKee and Company. He also owned a ranch six miles from Stockton and hired W. A., for three hundred dollars for the first year, to carry on the place. Fourteen years were spent in his employ, and finally he became interested with this cousin as a partner in the sheep business. L. U. Shippee had bought ten carloads of Spanish Merino sheep and had them shipped from Vermont to California, and together the cousins raised large bands of sheep, keeping from five thousand to six thousand a year. They bred up to Spanish and French Merinos, and often sold bucks as high as five hundred dollars each.

In 1882, with two partners, W. A. Shippee bought from the Cherokee Hydraulic Company, six thousand acres of land on the Cherokee Canal, the other partners coming in on the original purchase were non-residents and Mr. Shippee assumed charge and managed the property until the panic of 1894-1895-1896 forced him to make an assignment to the Stockton Savings and Loan Society in order to protect all parties concerned. This ended the partnership. After the panic was over Mr. Shippee bought back seventeen hundred acres and has paid off the whole indebtedness. On his ranch he has thirty acres in two-year-old prunes, besides an orchard of four-year-old trees, the balance of the land being devoted to grain and pasture. To properly operate his land he keeps some forty head of horses, as well as using modern and up-to-date machinery.

In 1878 Mr. Shippee was united in marriage with Miss Evelyn Woodbridge, descended from the pioneer Woodbridge's family of San Joaquin County and a lady of much culture and refinement and a true helpmate to her gifted husband. Of this union one daughter has been born, Inez, now the wife of Herbert Francis Dan, a prominent attorney in Berkeley, and they have three children, Cyrus, Evelyn and Francis.

At a special election in Butte County, called by Governor Markham, in 1891, to fill a vacancy in the state senate from this county, Mr. Shippee was elected State Senator and served one term; he was reelected to the office from Tehama and Butte Counties, the former county having been added to this district. He served during the administrations of Governors Markham and Budd. He did much to defeat county division and incurred the bitter enmity of many in the Chico faction who favored it. However, time has demonstrated the clearness of his opposition and vindicated him with most of his opponents and he enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him. The senator is a member of the Masons at Biggs; he also belongs to the Chapter and Commandery in Oroville; and to Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., in San Francisco.

Source: "History of Butte County, Cal.," by George C. Mansfield, Pages 715-716, Historic Record Co, Los Angeles, CA, 1918.

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