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Stephen, L. Chipman is widely known in business circles as the treasurer and manager of the Chipman Mercantile Company of American Fork and is also a director of the Salt Lake & Utah Railroad. He was born at American Fork, March 18, 1864, his parents being James and Sarah (Green) Chipman, the former a native of Carroll county, Missouri, and the latter of Nauvoo, Illinois. The father was descended from an old Canadian family of English lineage and he came to Utah with his parents, Stephen and Betsy (Murdock) Chipman, who were among the earliest settlers of Utah, arriving in the fall of 1847. In 1851 they removed to Utah county and settled at American Fork and they were among the first six families of this place. Both the grandfather and grandmother died at American Fork, the former on the 17th of February. 1868, when sixty-three years of age, his birth having occurred in 1805. He was a farmer and stock raiser and a very devout man, taking an active and helpful part in the work of the church. His son, James Chipman, was born at Far West. Missouri. April 9, 1839, and came to Utah with his parents, residing at American Fork until 1896. He became the first state treasurer of Utah, elected to the office in 1896, and through the intervening period he has been a resident of Salt Lake. He has in many ways left the impress of his individuality upon the development and progress of the state in connection with its material, intellectual and moral growth. He was one of the founders of the Chipman Mercantile Company and also of the Bank of American Fork and he did much to shape public affairs in the city, serving as its mayor, as school trustee and in other public connections. He still remains the president of the bank. He married Sarah Green, whose parents were residents of Missouri and became pioneer settlers of Utah. The Green family comes of English ancestry. The mother died in January. 1865, at the age of twenty-one years. She had four children, three sons and a daughter, of whom the eldest, Betsy, has passed away. One son, James Chipman, Jr., is a resident of American Fork and is the vice president and a director of the Chipman Mercantile Company, also vice president of the Bank of American Fork. Alphonso likewise makes his home at American Fork.
Stephen L. Chipman whose name introduces this record was educated in the district schools of American Fork and in the Brigham Young University at Provo, from which he was graduated with the class of 1883. After completing his course he entered the store which had been established by his father, and on the incorporation of the business in June, 1892, he became treasurer, director and manager. He is also one of the directors of the Bank of American Fork. In the conduct of his business he has displayed sound judgment and indefatigable energy and is quick to utilize every opportunity - that opens in the natural ramifications of trade. He has not confined his attention solely to his mercantile and banking interests but has extended his official and financial connections to other business concerns and is now one of the directors of the Sugar Centrifugal Discharger Company of Salt Lake, a director of the Provo Reservoir Company, a director of the Utah Lake Irrigation Company and a director of the Salt Lake & Utah Railroad. His interests are thus broad and varied and indicate his forcefulness and resourcefulness.
On the 13th of February, 1885, Mr. Chipman was married in Logan Temple to Miss Sina Nelson, a native of American Fork and a daughter of Niels and Karen (Pederson) Nelson, representatives of an old and prominent family of the state, who came from Denmark. Mr. and Mrs. Chipman have become the parents of seven children, of whom six are living: Zina A., Lorena K., Bessie Fern, Stephen H., Elva and Leah. Alfred Stanley, the fifth in order of birth, died in infancy.
Mr. Chipman has taken an active part in the work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his membership is in the second ward of American Fork. He is president of the Alpine stake and he served on a mission to the southern states in 1885 and 1886 and through a part of 1887, with conference headquarters at Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was formerly president of the Young Men's Improvement Association and has been bishop's counselor and high counselor, also counselor to President Edward Partridge of the Utah stake.
His political endorsement is given to the republican party and he has been called upon at various times to fill positions of public trust and responsibility. In 1901 and 1902 he was county commissioner, and in 1889 he served as trustee of American Fork and in the same year became a member of the city council. In 1903 he was elected on the republican ticket to represent his district in the state legislature, where he gave thoughtful and earnest consideration to all the vital questions coming up for settlement. He is likewise a regent of the Brigham Young. University of Provo and throughout the period of the war he has been active in support of measures for the benefit of the country and the upholding of her high purposes. He acted as chairman of the first Red Cross drive and has been a member of important committees in connection with war work.
In a business way he has made steady progress and his powers have constantly expanded and developed. The major part of his time is devoted to the interests of the Chipman Mercantile Company, controlling the largest general merchandise establishment in Utah county. The store is modern in every respect and something of the volume of the business is indicated in the fact that the firm employs forty salespeople and at times has fifty or more on its pay rolls. The house includes ten different departments, with a department manager at the head of each, and the business in the year 1918 amounted to four hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. His business ability is pronounced and his spirit of enterprise is of a character that enables him to look beyond the exigencies of the moment to the opportunities and possibilities of the future. He has used his time wisely and well and his business affairs have ever been of a character that have contributed to public progress and improvement as well as to individual success.
[Source: Utah since Statehood: Historical and Biographical Volume 2; By Noble Warrum; Publ. 1919; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

Coman, Edwin Truman, banker; born Kankakee, ILL., May 25, 1869; son of Daniel Franklin and Rosilla (Thresher) Coman; attended Michigan University and was graduated from the Washington-Lee University, Lexington, Va., LL. B.; married, Carrollton, Mo., March 10, 1897, Ruth Martin; children: Edwin Truman, Robert Martin, Catherine. Has been a resident of Washington since 1894, residing at Colfax until 1907, since which time has been at Spokane, Wash., First Savings and Trust Bank of Whitman county, Colfax, Wash., Bank of Rosalai, Wash., Plummer State Bank of Plummer, Idaho; vice-president National Bank of Palouse, Wash. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Washington State Bankers' Association (president 1905-1906). President and trustee Chamber of Commerce, Spokane, Wash.; President Advisory Board of the Spokane College; member Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Recreation: Traveling. Clubs: Spokane, Inland, Spokane Athletic, Spokane Country, University.
[Herringshaw's American blue-book of Biography: Prominent Americans of 1912- An Accurate Biographical Record of Prominent Citizens of All Walks of Life]

John F. Cranewas born January 19, 1838 in Jackson County, Indiana. After he became of age he began teaching school. He continued in this vocation until the breaking out of the civil war. He enlisted in Company G of the 67th Indian Volenteers, which was mustered into service on August 20, 1962. In 1868 he moved to Carroll County, and purchased a farm four miles south of Boswoth upon which he lived the remainder of his live. He was married in 1871 to Miss Olive Cline and five children were born to them. He died at his home on Saturday afternoon, April 11, 1896 at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Crane was sick only a few days. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of his death. He was buried in the Dewitt Cemetery Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. The services were held at 10 a.m. the same day by Rev. H. B. Collins delivering the funeral oration. He was a member of the M.E. church holding his membership at Olive Chapel. His wife and four children survive him. His love of home, to be with the happy circle at his cheerful fireside, with his loving wife and children by his side, was the haven of his joy. Those who knew him most initimately were they to whom he was most endeared. His freedom of thought, his wealth of integriry, his sense of appreciation and admiration of the good, the pure, the beautiful and the true are the surviving characteristics of his life. He was fully conscious of the approaching end of his life. He knew that the light of this receding world was fast fading from his sight, that soon, quite soon, his spirit would leave its earthly home and reappear immortal upon another shore. He has reached his journeys end. In his windowless home of rest he sleeps in peace, the tearless sleep of a loving husband, father, brother, soldier and friend.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)


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