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Sipher Lumber, Coal and Ice Co. occupied a parcel of land bordered by South Second Street, East Sixth Avenue and the CB&Q railroad tracks. (1898 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map)

Lumber baron Sipher helped build Monmouth

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John W. Sipher was a leading figure in the development of Monmouth from the late 1860s through the 1920s.
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Sipher’s original home at 502 South First St. was pictured in an 1890 souvenir book of Monmouth. A bronze tablet, memorializing Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 Monmouth speech (in a nearby lumberyard) stands on that corner today.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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