Charles & Jennie Shipman

Charles O. Shipman was born in 1873. Jennie R. Deibler was born in 1876. They were married in 1895 in Britt, Iowa, where they lived for the first few years of their married life.

In March of 1900, Charles O. Shipman arrived in Granville, in McHenry County, North Dakota, with an immigrant car carrying his machinery, horses, cow, chickens, and some household goods. He filed a homestead claim on land about nine miles southwest of Granville. The next month, Mrs. Shipman came by train, along with their three children: Bertha, Willard, and Ethel.

The first summer in Granville, they lived with Tom Barnes while their house was being built. Mrs. Shipman spoke of helping to lay the sod for the barn that was built on their farm. They had only one cow, which provided milk and butter for the family.

Two other children, Charles Vernon and Elwood, were born after coming to North Dakota.

Charlie owned and operated a threshing rig from the early days up until 1928. His cook car was called "Queen of the Prairie". Men came from Iowa each fall to work on the threshing rig.

In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Shipman, Ethel, Vernon and Hattie Deibler, left on a trip in a Dodge touring car to visit relatives in Iowa. It took them three days to make the trip. In 1925, they bought their first Magnavox radio.

In 1928, a fire destroyed their barn and silo, seventeen head of horses, calves and sheep, and a thousand acres of barley. The barn was replaced by a barn moved from Bob Hunter's farm.

Mr. Shipman was there when the first rural school was built in 1903, and he served on the North Prairie school board for many years. He helped build the Farmers Telephone line, which was in operation until 1961.

He continued farming until the fall of 1938, when they moved to Velva. Charles Shipman passed away in on June 18, 1939. Mrs. Shipman died on August 4, 1944.

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