John Harrison Phipps, 1838-1902

From the July 11, 1902 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:


John Harrison Phipps was born Dec. 14, 1838 in Washington county, Ind. and died at his home four and one half miles west of Maryville, June 30, 1902.

He was the fifth son of a family of nine children — eight boys and one girl.

He immigrated with his parents to Adams county, Illinois, when a child, where he grew to manhood.

At his country’s call in 1861, he enlisted in Co. D, 16th Illinois infantry.  He served for three years when he was honorably discharged.  In 1872 he went to Franklin county Nebraska and took a claim.  He sold that and came to Nodaway county, Missouri, in the fall of 1877, where he has since lived with his brother, Logan.

Mr. Phipps was never married.  He was an honest, upright citizen and a good neighbor.  it can be truthfully said of him that he died without an enemy.

Only two brothers survive him, the elder, C. L., living near Skidmore, and the younger, L. S., living near Maryville.

Mr. Phipps was followed to his last resting place, in Miriam cemetery, by a number of relatives and friends who greatly mourn his loss.

The relatives who attended the funeral from a distance were George Phipps, a nephew, of Elvaston, Ill., and Eugene Crow, a nephew, of Prescott, Iowa.

The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. Lawrence.  Mr. Phipps is a brother of Tommy Phipps who taught school in Union Valley thirty years ago and is still well remembered by the old settlers.