Lee County Biography
MATHEW J. SHIPPERT
Nachusa Twp.


Mathew J. Shippert is a general farmer and stock-raiser who is carrying on his operations with marked success on sections 19 and 20, Nachusa Twp., where he has a farm whose improvements are modern and substantial, and its 142 acres are under a high state of cultivation. He is a German by birth, born in Wurtemberg, May 3, 1843, but much of his life has been passed in the US, as he was only 11 years old when he came here, an dhe is as true in his allegiance to this Government as if he were native and to the manor born. He is the third child and second son of Frederick and Louisa (Slippf) Shippert, natives of Wurtemberg and of pure German ancestry.

After marriage and the birth of the most of their children, Frederick Shippert and his wife emigrated to this country in 1854, going first to London, England, where they embarked on a ship bound for NY and after landing in that city proceeded to Luzerne County PA. There the father died in 1860, his birth having taken place Feb. 19, 1813. His widow afterward came to IL, and now makes her home with her son John, in South Dixon Twp. She was born January 18, 1814, but is still quite activated and retains her mental faculties well. She was reared in the Lutheran faith, and all her life has bee a member of that church as was her husband also.

The first 10 years of his life our subject spent in PA and the education commenced in the German schools was completed in the schools of Luzerne County. In 1864 he came to IL and since has founded a home in Lee County. For a few years he was engaged at Amboy and Dixon in the harness making trade which he learned in the latter city and at Sterling. He subsequently abandoned that to try his hand at farming. In 1872 he purchased his present farm in Nachusa and has wrought a great change in its appearance. Everything about the place is in good order, the buildings are roomy and well built, and an ample supply of the best kins of farming machinery facitates the labors of carrying on the farm properly. The place is well adapted and the subject has it stocked with cattle, horses and swine of the breeds that the farmers of this vicinity have learned to be the most profitable.

After coming to this county, Mr. Shippert fell in with a charming young school teacher whom he married. A son Warren A. and a daughter Ada M complete the household. She was Mary D. Heimbaugh born in Luzerne Co PA March 31, 1845. She was only a year old when she was brought to this county by her parents Elias and Irena (Holliter) Heimbaugh also natives of Luzerne County being of German and New England descent, although the parents were likewise born in PA. They were among the pioneers of this county, and were among the firt to make settlement in what is now Nachusa Twp. The father died Oct. 6, 1874 at the age of 52. He was a worthy member of the Evangelical Assoc. to which his good wife still belongs. Our subjects wife grew up under good home influences and being a bright and apt scholar, obtained an education in the common schools that she early fitted to enter the teaching profession, and taught in this township for some years before marriage. She and her husband are Evangelical in South Dixon. Mr. Shipper is a Republican.

Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 542

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