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Kipp, Wilson C.

Wilson C. Kipp, president and treasurer of the Pohlman-Kipp Company, proprietors of a confectionery, ice cream parlor and tea room, is in this connection at the head of one of the popular business enterprises of Spokane. Moreover, he has important landed interests as secretary and treasurer of the Interstate Irrigation Company. He was born in Cresco, Iowa, November 30, 1869, a son of Wilson D. and Elizabeth J. (Turner) Kipp. The father was the proprietor of a general mercantile store in Cresco and was one of the pioneer residents of Iowa, where he continued to make his home until the spring of 1888 when he came to the coast, residing at Healdsburg, California, for about six months. On the expiration of that period he came to the Spokane country, settling on a homestead claim in Lincoln county in 1899. Since that time he has been identified with the agricultural development of the Inland Empire. His family numbered four sons and a daughter, Harold T., Robert H., Charles T., Emma J. and Wilson C., all now residents of Spokane.
In the public schools of New Hampton, Iowa, Wilson C. Kipp pursued his education and through his boyhood days worked with his father, thus receiving a thorough business training and early learning the lesson that industry wins, so that industry has been the beacon light of his life. He was a young man of about nineteen years when the family came to the west and soon after the removal from California he went to Davenport, Washington, entering the employ of Knapp-Burrell & Company, an agricultural implement house, whom he represented as a traveling salesman throughout the Inland Empire for six years. In 1895 they retired from this field and Mr. Kipp together with W. W. Redhead who had been their general agent here, took over the business under the firm name of Redhead & Kipp. After three years Mr. Kipp sold out to his partner and in 1898 joined J. V. Pohlman in establishing their present business in the Whitten block, at the corner of Post street and Sprague avenue. In 1900 they removed to their present quarters, at No. 720 Riverside avenue, an estimate of the volume of the business is indicated in the fact that they serve about five thousand persons daily. Of the company Mr. Kipp is the president and treas¬urer and the progressive methods which he has instituted have been one of the salient factors in the continuous and substantial growth of the business. Moreover, he is the secretary and treasurer of the Interstate Irrigation Company, which owns over two thousand acres of irrigated land at Hayden Lake, Idaho.
Mr. Kipp belongs to Spokane Lodge, No. 34, F. & A. M.; Spokane Lodge, No. 228, B. P. O. E.; to the Spokane Club; and he is a life member of the Spokane Amateur Athletic Club. His unfeigned cordiality and social nature render him popular not only in the immediate circles of his friends but also in business circles. In his business life he has been a persistent, resolute and energetic worker, keeping his hand steadily upon the helm ,of his commercial interests and strictly conscientious in his dealings with debtor and creditor alike. Keenly alive to the possibilities of every new avenue opened in the natural ramifications of trade, he has passed over the pit¬falls into which unrestricted progressiveness is so frequently led and has focused his energies in directions where fruition has been resultant.
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