Carroll County IL Biography

WILLIAM E. NIPE (deceased), who at the time of his death was postmaster of Mt. Carroll , and one of its native sons, was born in Mt. Carroll township, November 21, 1868, and died in the city of his achievements, July 7, 1911. He was a son of George and Amelia (Bennett) Nipe, the former of whom was a native of Maryland who came to Carroll county in early manhood. The Bennetts were among the pioneers of Carroll county, and prominent in local affairs, Mrs. Nipe’s father having been one of the first sheriffs of the county. By trade George Nipe was a shoemaker, but after coming to Illinois carried on farming. He and his wife were the parents of seven children, five of whom are living in Carroll county.

William E. Nipe spent his boyhood in the usual manner of country boys, alternating attendance upon the local schools with healthy work on the farm, and when he had completed his course at school, became a teacher and for four years taught others with marked success. This period of his life, however, served as but the preliminary to his real work. A natural leader of men, he early began taking an active part in politics, espousing the Republican principles and doctrines, and in 1897 was elected supervisor of his township, being returned to that office for a second term. One year after retiring, he was appointed postmaster of Mt. Carroll and from July 1, 1902 to the day of his death, July 7, 1911, faithfully discharged the duties of that office. During the period of his incumbency, the work of the office was materially increased. When he took charge there were but two rural delivery routes going out from it, but when he died he had seven under his charge, and other advances were in proportion.

On September 16, 1891, Mr. Nipe was united in marriage with Jennie B. Markley, a daughter of Michael and Mary (Petty) Markley. The Markley family came here in pioneer days, and its members were among the prominent people in those early times. Mr. and Mrs. Markley had three children, John, Sherman and Mrs. Nipe.

Not only was Mr. Nipe called upon to discharge the duties of those offices which had a salary attached, but also those where the honor was the only remuneration. For years he labored as a conscientious member of the school and library boards, and much of the excellent condition of both today may be directly traced to his unselfish devotion to duty. Fraternally, Mr. Nipe was a member of the Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.

It was as a member of the Methodist Church that Mr. Nipe felt he accomplished the most good. In boyhood he professed Christianity and joined the Hickory Grove Methodist church, later transferring his membership to the Mt. Carroll Church , and thereafter gave that denomination his faithful and conscientious service. No work was too hard for him to undertake. He not only gave liberally of his means, but devoted time and thought towards the promulgation of the good work of the church, and led many into the fold through both precept and example. Mr. Nipe’s place is vacant. No longer is his familiar figure seen upon the streets where he was so well known, and yet no one can say that he is forgotten. Such men as he do not pass from public notice with the severing of earthly ties. What they accomplish in life, remains and influences others engaged in battling against wrong, holding up their hands and cheering them to further effort.

Transcribed by Carol Parrish from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913, p. 862-863.

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