Etc. -- B. L. Chapman's 1900 obituaries
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The following is a lightly edited page 1 article from the 1 Mar 1900 issue of the Waterford Star.

B. L. Chipman [sic]

A telegram was received by Mr. N. W. Pursel Sr., Tuesday, conveying the sad intelligence of the death of 
Mr. B. L. Chipman of Ridgetown, in Alabama on Sunday or Monday.

Mr. Chipman was editor and publisher of the Waterford Express, which he established here about 1870, and successfully conducted until 1884, when he removed the plant to Thamesville.

After several years residence in the latter place, he moved to Ridgetown, where he has since resided.

He has been in rather poor health for some time and had gone south to spent a few months and thus avoid the changeable weather of the average Canadian winter.

Mr. and Mrs. Pursel left for Ridgetown yesterday morning to attend the funeral, at which place the 
remains of the deceased will be interred today.

The following is a lightly edited page 1 article from the 1 Mar 1900 issue of the Waterford Star.

The Late B. L. Chipman [sic]

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 good stead.

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 Greenwood.

Among those present from a distance were 
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.

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