Biography of R. J. Hipwell
Cook County, Il Biographies

R. J. HIPWELL, commercial traveler, was born in Joliet, Will Co., Ill., in 1843, son of John W. and Mariah C. Hipwell. His parents moved to Chicago in 1845. His father was a soldier through the Mexican War, being killed about the close of the war. At the age of nineteen the subject of this sketch began an apprenticeship in the harness making business. In 1863 he enlisted in Company I, 17th Illinois Cavalry, under Colonel Beverage. He enlisted as a private, but was soon after promoted to Regimental Saddler, at Jefferson. Mo. In 1864 he went to Philadelphia, to a military school, under General Taggart, which was to fit officers for the command of United States cavalry troops by a thirty days’ practice. At the end of the time he went to Washington and was examined by General Silas W. Casey, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, after which he joined his regiment at Benton, Mo. He was then engaged in active service in Missouri, doring General Pleasauton’s campaign against General Price, which resulted in driving the latter out of the State. On his return to Raleigh he found his commission of Second Lieutenant in the 29th Regiment Illinois United States Cavalry Troops awaiting him. He participated in the engagement of Petersburg; his regiment was the second to enter that city after its evacuation by General Lee. After that engagement he was placed in comman of his company and held that position until the close of the war. His regiment embarked on the “William Kennedy,” in the Chesapeake Bay, for Texas. They landed at the mouth of the Rio Grande River and marched 150 miles up the river and went into camp at Ringgold. They remained there until October, when they were ordered to Springfield, Ill., and mustered out. After the war he located at Waucouda, Lake County. and engaged in business with his brother for one year, where he was married to Miss Laura French, daughter of E. B. and M. L. French. They have had five children, three of whom are now living - E. Brackett, John W. and Myrtle L.; Bertie died in 1873, and Myron in 1876. After one year spent in Wauconda. lie returned to Chicago and engaged in the bread and cracker business, which he followed for twelve years; lie then engaged as salesman for a clothing house, which occupation he still follows. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, A F. & A. M., National Lodge, No. 596. lIe owns a residence and three and one half acres of land on the corner of Banton and Wood streets.


FROM:
History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.

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