Almon A. Shippee, a prosperous farmer, lumberman, and general business man of Rowe, is a native of Searsburg, Vt., where he was born July 28, 1858 [sic], son of James S. and Mary C. (Roberts) Shippee. His grandparents lived in Saratoga County, New York, where the grandfather, James S., was a successful farmer. The latter served in the Revolutionary War, and lived to the age of eighty years. His wife died at the age of fifty years. They reared five children: Samuel S., Polly, Harriett, Lydia, and James S.
James S. Shippee, Jr., whose birth occurred in Haddam, Saratoga County, N.Y., in 1796, learned the trade of a shoemaker, and settled in Whitingham, Vt. He afterward returned to the old homestead, where he died at the age of eighty-four years. In June of 1821 [sic] he was united in marriage with Miss Mary C. Roberts, who was born in Whitingham, Vt., November 8, 1805, daughter of Horace and Martha (Bullock) Roberts. The children of this union were nine in number, as follows: James H., who married Evelyn Bose, and lives in Colorado; Leander E., who died in youth; George C., also deceased; William E., who married Miss Eliza Wilson, and is engaged in farming in Vermont; Alford W., who married Miss Eliza Mills, and is a mechanic; Warren, who died in youth; Almon A.; Marcus L., residing in California; and Luella C., deceased.
Almon A. Shippee when a lad of eleven years left home to seek his own livelihood. With but ten dollars in his pocket, he went to Troy, N.Y., where he found that remunerative jobs for a boy were scarce. However, he soon secured employment, driving a team at fifty cents per day. This was not the bonanza he at first thought it. As his board cost him seventy-five cents per day, his money soon gave out; but his stock of courage was far from exhausted. A Mr. Clapp, who had learned of his circumstances, got him a better position with Mr. Garry, a contractor engaged in moving buildings. After this he had various employments, including timber cutting in the Adirondacks and livery-keeping at Day, N.Y., but finally returned to the old homestead where he engaged in lumbering. Later on he removed to Rowe, and bought the old Parsonage farm, which contained eighty-five acres of land. In 1890 his house was destroyed by fire; but, instead of rebuilding he purchased an adjoining place, known as the Bullard farm, consisting of two hundred and forty acres of land, and there erected a commodious residence and barn. Besides these he has made numerous other improvements, including the establishment of a excellent diary of grade Jerseys. He is also engaged in sheep raising, and has bred some of the finest horses to be found in the county. He carries on his lumbering business on the Wilcox lot, also owned by him, containing one hundred and sixty-five acres of land, and where he employs as many as sixteen men.
On September 10, 1876, being then eighteen years of age, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Canedy, daughter of Milo and Susan (Pike) Canedy, the former of whom was a successful farmer and hotel-keeper. She died at the age of twenty-eight years, leaving two children: Thomas M., born March 29, 1879; and Herbert F., born December 28, 1881. In politics Mr. Shippee is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party, and is liberal in his religious matters. Still in the prime of life, Mr. Shippee is a noteworthy example of a self made man, the result of indomitable energy and perseverance.
Source: Biographical review (Boston : Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1895). p. 650-651, Almon A. Shippee.