Daniel W. Chipman, Jr.
Daniel W. Chipman, Jr., is a thoroughly practical machinist, and one of the most popular and widely known marine engineers on the lakes. He is the son of Daniel W. Chipman, local inspector of steam boilers for the Milwaukee district, who is a native of Vermont, and a descendant of one of the oldest families in this country. His mother was Miss Susan Consaul, a member of a New York family of great respectability.
Daniel W. Chipman, Jr., was born in Harbor Creek, Penn., on December 2, 1862, and two years later removed with his parents to Milwaukee, where he attended the public schools until he reached the age of sixteen. After leaving school he entered the employ of James Sheriffs, proprietor of the Vulcan Iron Works. In 1881 Mr. Chipman went to St. Paul as machinist for the Pray Manufacturing Company's shops, going thence to St. Louis (on the passenger steamer Libbie Conger), where he was placed in charge of the engine and tool room of the Whitman Agricultural Works. Two years later he went to Cincinnati and engaged in a marine shop for a time, afterward shipping as striker on the steamer Andy Baum, plying between Cincinnati and Memphis in the Ohio River Packet line, in connection with the New Orleans steamers. In the spring of 1884 Mr. Chipman returned to Milwaukee, and after tugging a short time he shipped as fireman on the steamer Susie Chipman, taking out a license the next year, and receiving promotion to the berth of second engineer. In 1886 he again went to St. Louis, and engaged with the Whitman Agricultural Works. Returning to Milwaukee, he was appointed chief engineer of the steamer G.T. Burroughs, holding that office two seasons, and in 1890 he joined the steamer George Burnham as chief, closing the season in the Rand. The following season he became chief of the Rube Richards, and ran her until June, 1892, when he transferred to the passenger steamer City of Charlevoix, which came out with new machinery, and plied between Chicago and Mackinac Island. Mr. Chipman then entered the employ of the Milwaukee Tugboat line as chief engineer of the steamer Neosho, running her until June, 1897, when he resigned to become representative of the Automatic Boiler Cleaner Company. In October he took the examination for the position of assistant boiler inspector at Milwaukee, and passed, but he did not get the appointment. During the winter of 1897-98 he occupied the position of chief engineer of the steamer Alice Stafford, plying between Manistique and Frankfort in connection with the Ann Arbor railroad, in the spring taking her to Milwaukee for repairs and joining the steamer Niko as chief engineer. He is now the manager of the Automatic Boiler Cleaning Company, with offices in the Matthews building, Milwaukee. Mr. Chipman is an ardent member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, is chairman of the board of trustees, and was financial secretary four years. He also represented the association at the engineer's conference in Detroit in 1891, and represented Milwaukee lodge as delegate at Washington in 1892, and at Chicago in 1893.
On June 29, 1887, Mr. Chipman was married to Miss May, daughter of F.W. and Delia (Whipple) Dustin, of St. Louis. The children born to this union are: Daniel Francis, Albert Henry, Morton Howard and Edward Charles. The family home is situated at No. 500 Scott Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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