The Late B. L. Chipman
Ridgetown Dominion --
Mr. Chipman was born near Portland, on the Rideau river, in the
county of Lanark, 65 years ago. After leaving school, he clerked and
taught school, finally drifting into newspaper work, for which he
was well qualified.
After working in turn on the
Hamilton Times, Brantford Expositor, and Woodstock Sentinel,
in 1869 he founded the Waterford Express. At Waterford he
married Mrs. Sarah Anderson, who survives him.
In 1874 he removed his
printing plant to Thamesville and the Express was the pioneer
journal of that village. Disposing of the plant, he embarked in
mercantile business, retiring in 1887.
In that year he removed to
Ridgetown, buying a good property on Erie street south.
In this town Mr. Chipman
soon became one of its best citizens, taking an active interest in
all questions of public importance.
He invested in property in
ward two, and also bough several lots in the Dodge survey in ward
three, erecting thereon four fine houses which add materially to the
appearance of Church street.
Mr. Chipman served two or
three years in the town council, showing a thorough grap of all
questions coming before that body.
Taking, as stated, an active
interest in municipal affairs, he was engaged in several sharp
newspaper controversies in which his early training served him in
He wielded a caustic pen and
invariably made a good showing. He was the possessor of a fine
library and kept well informed on all subjects. He was fond of an
argument and well able to hold his own..
For years his health was not
the best and he spent his winters in the south, invariably
accompanied by Mrs. Chipman. Early in December they went south, but
this time instead of improving, Mr. Chipman continued to fail until
the end came.
Mrs. Chipman arrived here
with the remains on Friday afternoon and the funeral, which was
private took place on Saturday, a number of old and intimate friends
attending. A brief service which had been selected by deceased, was
read by Mr. Thomas Barnes, after which the remains were conveyed to
Among those present from a
Mrs. Chipman's daughter and her husband,
Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Pursel' Messrs. W. and O. McMichael and Miss
McMichael, her brothers and sisters, and her sister in law, Mrs.
Cunningham of Waterford.