E. Webb PHILLIPPE, b. 1870

E. Webb Phillippe, who since 1892 has been engaged in the steam fitting and plumbing business in Oskaloosa, doing much contract work, was born in Cedar township, Mahaska county, in 1870. His father, Greenleaf Phillippe, was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, and is of French descent, the first representatives of the name in America having settled in North Carolina at an early period in the colonization of the new world. The paternal grandfather, George Phillippe, died when Greenleaf was only three years of age, and his wife, Mrs. Agnes Phillippe, died during the infancy of her son. Coming from Indiana to this state in 1851, Greenleaf Phillippe settled in Cedar township, Mahaska county. He made the trip here with his parents and his father entered land from the government in 1852, a year after their arrival. Mr. Phillippe still resides upon the old homestead farm and is one of the worthy pioneer residents of the community. He wedded Mary Jane White, who was born in Indiana, and both are now fifty-eight years of age. They are respected and worthy Christian people, the former holding membership at one time in the Methodist church and the latter in the Baptist church. In their family were four children, namely: E. Webb; Asa G., who is living upon a farm adjoining the old homestead; Carrie A., the wife of H. B. Fellers, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Cecil, the wife of William Dinsmore, a farmer of Cedar township. The parents now make their home on the old homestead near Fremont, and are greatly esteemed by all who know them. In his political views Mr. Phillippe is a republican and has held various township offices. In the maternal line E. Webb Philippe of this review is also a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of the county, for his grandfather, John Q. White, who was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, came to Iowa in 1849 and is now located at Fremont in Cedar township, where he entered land from the government. Although now eighty-two years of age he is still a hale and hearty man. In early days he was well known as a stock shipper and he conducted the first store in Fremont and was the first postmaster there. He married Miss Elvira Hough, who was born in Shelby county, Indiana, and is living at the age of seventy- eight years. They were married February 8, 1844, and in their family were twelve children, nine of whom are yet living. They also have twenty-seven grandchildren. E. Webb Phillippe was reared upon the home farm until seventeen years of age and attended the country schools in his early youth, and later received his diploma from the old English Business College at Indianapolis, Indiana. He afterward learned the trade of steamfitting at Indianapolis, and upon his return to Oskaloosa in 1892 he engaged in the steam fitting and plumbing business, in which he has since continued at No. 220 East High street. He has met with gratifying success, having done much contract as well as job work and his patronage is now extensive, making his business a profitable one. In 1894 Mr. Philippe was married to Miss Florence Lawson, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah Lawson and a native of Keokuk county, Iowa, born in 1872. Her father was a plasterer and contractor. With the exception of the brief period spent in Indiana, Mr. Phillippe has always resided in Mahaska county and has now won a gratifying place in business circles by reason of his excellent workmanship, his earnest desire to please his patrons and his honorable dealing. He is a young man of marked enterprise not only in business affairs but also in all matters relating to general progress, and it is with pleasure that we present to our readers this record of his career.


from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

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