Charles & Lottie Shipman

Charles Vernon Shipman was born February 17, 1902 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Shipman, of rural Granville, McHenry County, North Dakota. They were of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. He attended North Prairie School No. 1, and worked in Los Angeles for a year, but was otherwise engaged in farming all his life.

Lottie Luella Kaylor, of Scotch and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, was born on March 22, 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kaylor of rural Velva, McHenry County, North Dakota. She graduated from Velva High School, and taught school prior to her marriage.

Vernon and Lottie were married on November 26, 1924 in Minot, North Dakota. After their marriage, they lived on the Pete Johnson farm until 1931, when they moved to the Bob Dickey Farm near Norwich. In 1938, they returned to the Granville area to live on the Shipman homestead.

In the fall of 1925, Vernon was one of the first in the area to convert to tractor farming when he bought an International 10-20 tractor and plow. In 1928, Vernon and his father, Charles Shipman, bought an International Combine from Bacon and Burr at Granville. Everett Hamilton bought a combine also. Many local farmers were then skeptical of combines, arguing that combines would never be practical in the area, as they were too big and cumbersome, and there was a lot to be learned in order to use them properly.

Charles and Lottie Shipman had five children, all of whom attended North Prairie rural schools. Mrs. Shipman boarded the teachers for $20 a month. All of their children graduated from Velva High School.

Their children were Wayne Vernon, Marvin Donald, Peggy Jean, and Beverly Mae.

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