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and Samuel Yohe, a farmer of Wright county, Missouri, who served as a Union soldier in the late Civil War.
    Dr. Shipman was among the early abolitionists of New Jersey, and fearlessly denounced the crime of slavery, regardless of consequences. He was a warm admirer of William Lloyd Garrison, and lived to see the ultimate triumph of the anti-slavery principles which he advocated and the dawn and early growth of a new national day in the life of the great republic.
    Rev. William Alfred Shipman was reared at his native village, received his elementary and adacemic education in the public schools of New Jersey and Stevens Hall, Gettysburg, this State, and then entered Pennsylvania college, at Gettysburg, from which well-known institution of learning he was graduated in the class of 1876. After graduation he entered the Lutheran Theological seminary of the General Synod, at Gettsyburg, and graduated from the celebrated institution on June 25, 1879. He then returned home, and on April 1, 1880, was elected as pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church of Grafton, West Virginia, where he labored acceptably for three years and six months. At the end of that time he accepted a call from St. Paul's church, Frostburg, Maryland, and remained there for three years and three months, resigning then to take charge of Zion Lutheran church at Hollidaysburg, Blair county, to whom he broke the bread of life for three years and three months. He closed his labors at Hollidaysburg in June, 1890, to accept a call to the pastorate of the First English Lutheran church of Johnstown, as successor of Dr. R. A. Fink, who had been pastor continuously for a quarter of a century. Entering upon his new field of labor he has wrought effec-
tively ever since for the salvation of souls and the cause of pure and undefiled religion.
    On May 20, 1880, Rev. Shipman was united in marriage with Anna T. Beidenbaugh, a daughter of Rev. Edward Beidenbaugh, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Their union has been blessed with one child, named Minot Martinneau.
    In politics Rev. Shipman is a staunch republican, but takes no active part in political affairs. He is a member and Master Mason of Mountain City lodge, No. 99, Free and Accepted Masons, of Frostburg, Maryland. William Alfred Shipman is a genial, affable gentlemen, who never loses his proper dignity on any occasion, and always commands the respect of those with whom he mingles, which includes the common people as well as the professional and business classes. Sound in doctrine, able as a logican and in touch with the idea of the age, he is remarkably elequent when the theme or occasion demands. He uses his rare gift of language to clothe appropriately living ideas and forcible truths, and not to gain the applause of the large audience which his preaching draws from all classes of society.

CAPTAIN PATRICK GRAHAM. -- No memories are so lovingly enshrined in the loyal hears of the North as those of the men who fought and suffered in the War of the Great Rebellion. Towards these men our most generous impulses go forth; to them our kindest acts are calculated. Although those gallant veterans may win fame in other fields, we remember them chiefly for the unselfish service rendered our country in a time of direst need.
    Capt. Patrick Graham, an alderman of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is one of those men

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