The exact manner of Mr. Shippey's death is not known. His body was found on the railway tracks east of the station after the train had left, and was taken to an undertaking shop at 6807 Wentworth avenue.
The 1860 US Census shows the Shippey family living in Lock Haven. Forty-two year old George lists his occupation as " Lumberman". He is joined by thirty-seven year old Sarah, eleven year old George F., nine year old Martha, six year old Fred, and one year old Charles.
The 1870 US Census still finds the Shippeys in Lock Haven; all are ten years older, and little seven year old Clarence has joined the family. 1870 was still too early for the Shippeys to have a street address in Lock Haven, but the Census did indicate that they lived in the "Second Ward."
By the 1880 US Census, Charles Shippey has struck out on his own. He has moved to Ferrysburg, Michigan where he is working as a laborer in a saw mill.
The 1890 US Census is lost, however by 1895 Charles Shippey is living in Chicago. On October 9, 1895, thirty-six year old Charles Webster Shippey married Miss Lulu A. Richards (1862-1941) in Chicago. Miss Richards reported her age as thirty-three.
Charles and Lulu Shippey were blessed with two children: a son, Webster Batcheller Shippey (1896-1981) and a daughter, Raymonde (1898-1991).
By the 1900 US Census the Shippey family is complete. They are living at 4365 Lake Avenue (now S. Lake Park Avenue) in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
|4365 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago|
In addition to Charles, Lulu, Webster and Raymonde, they also have a live-in servant, twenty-one year old Jennie Anderson. Lulu's mother, Amelia Richards was also living with them.
That brings us up to the fateful day of August 10, 1906. As he left for the train station on that Friday, Charles Shippey was a happy man. He had a successful real estate business, a beautiful wife and two adoring children, and he was leaving hot, humid Chicago to go to his summer home in Rex Terrace, Michigan for rest and relaxation with his beloved family. But there was more - Charles Shippey had recently received word that his uncle, lumberman Webster Batcheller had left him a bequest of $100,000.00. Yes, all seemed right with the world of Charles Webster Shippey when he arrived at the Englewood train station.