Wednesday, March 20, 2013

John and Christine Lipp

The 1870 U.S. Census for Erie County, Ohio lists John Lipp, age 50, and his wife, Christina, age 41, as residents of Sandusky. John's occupation was stone cutter. John and Christina were both born in Württemberg, Germany. The children in the Lipp family in 1870 included:

Frederick, age 19
John, age 16
Henry, age 13
Caroline, age 10
Pauline, age 8
Charles, age 6

In the 1880 Census, John stated that his occupation was farmer. On March 21, 1884, John Lipp died at the age of 63. J. Krupp and Son were in charge of funeral arrangements, and burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Christina/Christine Lipp passed away in 1894. John and Christine Lipp's lovely monument is found in Lot 5, Block 93 at Oakland Cemetery.

An interesting article in the March 25, 1884 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that Mr. John Lipp's death took place on the Venice Road. By the time his remains arrived at the Krupp funeral home, "his body was in a bad state of mortification." Mr. Charles Krupp's hard work brought back a life-like look to the deceased. A few individuals thought that Mr. Lipp looked so life-like, that they were afraid he had been embalmed before he was actually dead. J. Krupp reported that Mr. Lipp was indeed dead at the time of the embalming, and there was indeed no case of "suspended animation."

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