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Genealogical Society

Jul 01, 2013

The Washington County Genealogical Society (WCGS) met in the genealogy room at the Washington Public Library at 6:30 p.m. June 4.

The business meeting was conducted by president Ferd Marie. Rosamond Goodlander read the minutes of the April meeting. Tom Dayton gave the treasurer's report. Susan Clark, librarian, reported that microfilm of the later newspapers have been received and profit sharing checks were received from the Iowa Genealogical Society. Bills were presented and a motion to pay the bills was approved.

Janice Twinam went over the plans for the upcoming 30th anniversary of the WCGS, which will be celebrated with open houses in the genealogical library on Aug. 8, 9, and 10. The meeting was adjourned.

Marjorie Neil gave a program on Norton Parker Chipman, who was born in March 1836. He was 15 years old when he came to Washington. with his family. His father was a veteran of the War of 1812. Chipman attended school in Washington. He enlisted in the Civil War. He was wounded in the thigh and discharged in 1862. He was a lawyer and served in Washington, D.C., under President Abraham Lincoln. He was with Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Chipman became a judge and wrote a book about the trial of Capt. Henry Wirz, who was in charge of Andersonville Prison. Wirz was found guilty and executed. In 1879, Chipman moved to California and became the judge of the Appellate Court in California. Eventually, he lost the sight in both eyes. He died in California in 1926 at the age of 90.

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