Biography of G. Barrie Phipps
Kings County, CA Biographies





G. BARRE PHIPPS.
Among those who have, by their upright lives and appreciated service to the public along the line of their professions; gained the confidence and respect of their fellow citizens, specific mention should be made of G. Barre Phipps, who conducts an up to date undertaking establishment in Lemoore. He was born in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, on the 29th day of November, 1879, and received his educational training in the public schools of his native town. In 1896, at the age of seventeen years, he came to Kings county and for a time was employed on ranches in this vicinity. Later he engaged in farming on his own account near Stringtown, but subsequently was variously employed until 1913, when he started to learn the undertaking business with Clarence Rice, in Hanford. Eventually he formed a partnership with Mr. Rice, under the firm name of Rice & Phipps, in Lemoore. The business was successful and three years later Mr. Phipps purchased his partner's interest and has since conducted the business alone. He has, by his courteous manner and efforts to meet the wants of his patrons, made a good impression on the community and has handled his full share of the local business in his line. Tactful, kind and painstaking in a profession where such elements are fully appreciated, he has been generally commended by those who have had dealings with him.

Mr. Phipps was married in December, 1902, to Miss Lena Beaver, who was born and reared in Salinas, Monterey county, California, and they are the parents of three children: Glenn, Spencer and Marjorie.

On February 23, 1918, Mr. Phipps was made an American citizen and on that same date he was appointed deputy county coroner, which position he still fills. Hem has taken an active interest in local affairs and is a member of the Lemoore Commercial Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a past noble grand of the Lemoore Lodge, and is also secretary of the Odd Fellows Hall Association. He belongs to the Masonic lodge in Lemoore and to the Knights of Pythias in Hanford.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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