Source: North Manchester Journal, April 27, 1916


H.S. Hippensteel, Director of the Normal Department of Manchester College died Tuesday morning in the St. Joseph hospital in Ft. Wayne following an operation for internal trouble. He had been ill for the past seven weeks and was removed to Ft. Wayne to the hospital several days ago hoping that the treatment received there would help to combat the dread attack. The direct cause of his death was gall stones and appendicitis and he had suffered considerable from these two diseases during the past several days.

Mr. Hippensteel was born near this city on September 27, 1866 and would have been fifty years of age next September. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Hippensteel, Chester township residents. He was reared during his childhood here and was a graduate of the second class ever graduated in the high school. He was married on June 29, 1898 to Miss Laura Clark of Canton, Ohio. To this union was born 2 children. Clark, aged fifteen and Arthur aged twenty months, both of whom with the mother survive. He is also survived by his parents, one brother, Clarence Hippensteel and four sisters, Sarah, Minerva, Anna and Cora all of whom reside in this vicinity. Prof. Hippensteel was a graduate of the local high school, a graduate of the Indiana State Normal school at Terre Haute, received an A.B. degree at Indiana State University, an A.M. degree at Earlham University and a post graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He was a teacher in the local school for years and was superintendent of the North Manchester schools for thirteen years. He left here for Eaton O. where he served as superintendent for two years, going from there to Auburn, he had charge of the schools at that place for some time. He served some time on the faculty at Winona College, later was a member of the faculty of the State Normal at Terre Haute and a few years ago accepted a position in the Department of English at the Wisconsin State Normal at Stevens Point, Wis.. He resigned from that institution to accept a position as director of the Normal School department of Manchester college replacing Prof. M.L. Sandifur, who took charge of the Wabash high school.

Prof. Hippensteel entered the local college work on March 6 and served one week, being compelled to give up his work on account of sickness from which he never survived. His coming to Manchester College was a valuable addition to the faculty of that institution and his removal to this city, the place of his childhood, a valuable addition to the residents of the city. His removal here was caused by his desire to get back to the place of his childhood and to live with the friends and relatives that he had made in early life. His translation is a distinct loss to the college and to this city, leaving a place in the affairs of college, church and town that will be hard to fill.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and also a member of the local M.E. church having just transferred his membership to this city from Wisconsin during his early illness. He has taken a great interest in the affairs of his church and his removal from our midst just when in a position to do much good is one of the unknown things of the Father who doeth all things for good. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at two-thirty o'clock at the M.E. church, Rev. J.J. Fischer will be in charge of the services, Re. W.B. Freeland of Kokomo, former pastor of the local M.E. church will deliver the funeral address, Rev. Otho Winger, president of the Manchester college and Rev. Noah McCoy of the U.B. church in South Whitley will assist with the services. The college and the city schools will close during the services. Interment will be made in Oaklawn cemetery.