|April 23rd, 1919|
In April the Vick Bros decided to focus on tractor sales and this required a move to Portland. They sold their Ford dealership on High Street to a partnership that included Watt Shipp. The new dealership's name was Valley Motor Co.
|April 17th, 1919|
|Valley Motor Company/Ford on High St at Chemeketa, circa 1920s|
with the Derby building on the far right
(the image is misidentified as on Commercial Street;
via this history of Skyline Ford)
|The Transit Mall block in 1926, very mixed use! |
"Garage" on High Street marks Valley Motor Company
see photo just below for a view of High Street
|Old City Hall and Derby Building in Distance|
(very similar angle to the photo just above;
the enlarged Derby/Senator building is on the left here)
Salem Library Historic Photos
Between the wood-framed houses, the brick storefronts, and now the transit mall, this block has had three very distinct phases of redevelopment. (And maybe for the age of Salem, that's typical: The Police Station site also had wood-framed houses, the car dealerships, and now the Police Station. So an interesting question might be, is there a site here with four wholly distinct phases? I can't think of one right off the top. Can you?)
January 16th, 1922
"For several years...[he] complained of stomach trouble and during the last few months the malady became increasingly annoying. A few weeks ago he determined to submit to an operation..."
He died after a second procedure.
More from the obituary:
Watt Shipp and his father, F.C. Shipp, who survives him, moved from Winnepeg, Catoada, where Watt was born on August 9, 1875, to Portland, Or., about 35 years ago and a few years after their arrival Watt Shipp entered the employ of the Fred Merrill Sporting Goods company as a salesman. A short time later he came to Salem.
Mr. Shipp who, at the time of his death, was the head of the Watt Shipp Powder company, first entered the business field here when he opened up a bicycle and sporting goods store on North Commercial street, near where the Gilbert grocery store is now located. This store he operated for nearly 20 years. It was about 11 years ago that he first entered the powder business.
Was Bicycle Racer
For 19 months Mr. Shipp was one of the proprietors of the Valley Motor company here, but he disposed of his interests in that concern in 1920.
During the years that he spent in Portland Mr. Shipp won for himself a reputation as a bicycle racer and won many medals in contests held at various points in the Pacific northwest. Throughout his life he manifested a lively interest in sports of all kinds.
Mr. Shipp is survived by his father F. C. Shim, and by a cousin, Miss Lizzy Haines, both of whom reside at the Shipp home at 1488 South Commercial street, and by a number of relatives in the east. He was never married.
January 16th, 1922
In the day of 1896 -- when I. H. Van Winkle was manager of football at Willamette university, and Dr. H. H. Olinger was captain of an eleven on which such men as Chauncey Bishop, Cheater Murphy, Kay Bonham and Ed Judd starred -- Watt Shipp, Salem merchant who passed away in Portland yesterday, served as trainer for the local school. It was in this period of Willamette's history that Dr. F. E. Brown served as physical director at the school.And this may clarify what had been a small mystery! In 1898, there's a note in the Willamette University Collegian involving Shipp.
Throughout his long residence In Salem, Mr. Shipp was identified with sporting activities and, about the time he reached his majority, was held to be an authority on those sports in which he participated.
Mr. Shipp's activities as trainer at Willamette came at a time when he was known throughout the Pacific northwest as a bicycle racer. While In Portland, shortly before he came to Salem, Mr. Watt had been employed by the Fred Merrill Sporting Goods company, and while there bad been a member of the famous Rambler bicycle team which was entered in bicycle races from Canada to Mexico....
|Willamette Collegian, June 1st, 1898, p. 13|
In the late 1890s the League of American Wheelmen wished to have a monopoly on bike racing, and a California consortium of clubs offered a meaningful challenge. Shipp was almost certainly participating in races held by competitors to the LAW, especially the California group.
But Shipp had also always seemed to be too old to be racing for Willamette. That he was a "trainer" and possibly even a ringer rather than student is likely an ingredient in this dispute!
For more on Watt Shipp: