The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, November 16, 1905
MR. WM. L. PHIPPEN, one of the oldest and best residents of this county, died at his home near Russell on November 10, 1905, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Largely attended funeral services conducted by Rev. McGaughey were held in the Russell Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock after which the remains were interred in the Russell Cemetery.
WILLIAM L. PHIPPEN was born in the State of New York on February 28, 1827. When but six years old he was left an orphan and he was then given a home with an uncle in Ohio for several years. At the age of 22 he united with the Congregational Church and was always ready for duty when his services in the Master's cause were needed. For a number of years he filled the place of Sunday School Superintendent in Henry County, Iowa. After moving to this county, there being no Congregational Church he united with the Presbyterian Church of which he remained a faithful member until called home.
On March 15, 1851, he was married at Newton Falls, Trumble[sic] County, Ohio, to MISS HANNAH A. BOLTON. Soon afterward they moved to southeastern Iowa where they lived until February, 1874, when they moved to the farm near Russell where he resided until his death. He was a good, honest man, with a generous nature and a pleasant disposition, and his demise is mourned by all who knew him. Besides a number of other relatives and a host of friends, the deceased leaves a wife, two daughters, MRS. EVA C. WILTSEY and MRS. ORRA J. HAMMOND, and one son, WILL PHIPPEN. An infant son preceded him to rest.