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Edward S. Bippus


from History of West Virginia. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1923 (v.2, p. 21)

EDWARD SAMUEL BIPPUS, M. D. has been engaged in his steadily broadening service as a physician and surgeon for the past fifteen years. Doctor Bippus is also a member of the city council.

He was born across the river at Bellaire, Ohio, November 26, 1884, son of Christian Bippus, who was born in Strassburg, Germany, in 1826, and at the age of seventeen came to the United States and settled at Bellaire. He was a stationary engineer by trade, and several of his sons have followed the same occupation. A republican in politics, he was twelve years a valuable member of the school board of Bellaire and was closely identified in membership with the Presbyterian Church. He was affliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Christian Bippus died at Bellaire in 1902. He married Sophia Fauple, who was born in Essen, Germany in 1838, and is still living, at the age of eighty-three, in Bellaire. She came to this country with her parents at the age of thirteen and was reared and educated in Cumberland, Maryland. The children of Christian Bippus and wife are: Catherine, wife of Frank Rielley, a retired lumber dealer at St. Paul, Minnesota; William, president of the Joyce Cridland Company at Dayton, Ohio; George and Jesse T., stationary engineers, the former at McMechen, West Virginia, and the latter at Bellaire; Harry T., is also a stationary engineer at Bellaire; Howard is proprietor of the Bryan Bippus Boiler Works at Bellaire; and Edward Samuel is the seventh and the youngest, and only one of the children to take up a professional career.

He acquired a public school education in his native city, attended high school there, completed the work of the sophomore year at Franklin College at Franklin, Ohio, and in 1902 graduated in the pharmacy course from Scio College. Without making use to any important extent of his profession as a pharmacist, Doctor Bippus soon afterward entered the Ohio Medical College, which he attended two years, and in 1906 received his M. D. degree from the Maryland Medical College at Baltimore. He is a member of the Phi Chi college fraternity.

On graduating in 1906, Doctor Bippus located at Wheeling and has since been engaged in general practice. His offices and home are at 77 Sixteenth Street. He is a member of the County, State and American Medical associations. He has been a member of the Wheeling City Council for two years. He is a republican, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and is a member of Bellaire Lodge No. 267, F. and A. M., West Virginia Consistory No. 1 of the Scottish Rite at Wheeling, and Osiris Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to Wheeling Lodge No. 28, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

In 1910 at Wheeling, Doctor Bippus married Miss Margaret Beckett, daughter of John and Margaret (Young) Beckett, the latter still living at Wheeling, where the father died. He was a wagon maker by trade. Mrs. Bippus finished her education in the Sweetbriar College of Virginia. Four children have been born to Doctor and Mrs. Bippus: William, born in 1911; Margaret Jane, born in 1914; Helen Catherine, born in 1917; and Edward S., born in November, 1920.

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