Stipp, Logan

1885-1959 | Locomotive Engineer, Alaska Railroad

Logan Stipp was born in Downing, Missouri on April 15, 1885, the son of William Fredrick Stipp and Frances Ford Lewis Stipp. He grew up in Fabius, Schuyler County, Missouri, where his father was a farmer. By 1900, at fifteen years of age, he was living in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa, about five hundred miles southeast of Fabius, working with his brother as a laborer.[1] 

After leaving Iowa, Stipp served in the U.S. Army, 1900-1903, as a private in Company F, Thirteenth Regiment, U.S. Infantry. For a time, he was employed as a prison guard at San Quentin Prison near San Francisco, California, remaining there several years.[2]

In 1917, Stipp moved to Alaska, arriving at Knik. The following year, he moved to Anchorage to accept a job as a fireman with the Alaskan Engineering Commission (AEC), the federal agency in charge of construction of the Alaska Railroad. He became a locomotive engineer with the Alaska Railroad. He was employed by the AEC and its successor, the Alaska Railroad, for thirty years.[3]

While living in Anchorage, Stipp met and married Bertha Hubbard, who was born in San Francisco in 1896 and raised near Yreka, on the Klamath River. She had come to Anchorage with her brother, John Hubbard, an employee for the City of Anchorage who was in charge of the Ship Creek water plant. Logan Stipp and Bertha Hubbard were married in Yreka, California. The couple had one daughter, Wanda Stipp, born in Anchorage on May 13, 1920.

During Stipp’s tenure with the Alaska Railroad, the Stipps acquired the Winn Hotel located on the corner of 4th Avenue and B Street, and operated it for fifteen years. Upon his retirement from the Alaska Railroad, they sold the hotel and moved to Yreka, California.[4] 

Logan Stipp died on August 11, 1959 at his home, in Yreka, California, after an illness of several months.[5] Bertha Hubbard Stipp died on June 10, 1970, in Santa Barbara, California.[6] They are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Yreka.   They were survived by a daughter, Wanda Stipp, of Anchorage.


[1] U. Logan Stipp, 1900 U.S. Census, Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa, ED 147, stamped page 37, National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, Roll 464, 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line], (accessed October 24, 2016); and Draft registration card, Logan Stipp, Draft Registration Cards for the Fourth Registration in Alaska, April 27, 1942, NAJ Number 4504983, Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group 147, National Archives at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line], (accessed October 26, 2016).

[2] Logan Stipp, Application for Headstone or Marker, July 1, 1960, National Archives Microfilm Publication M1916, Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1929-1941, Roll 116, U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [database on-line], (accessed October 26, 2016); and Fond Memories of Anchorage Pioneers, Vol. 1 (Anchorage: Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 15, Auxiliary 4, 1996), 224-225.

[3] Fond Memories of Anchorage Pioneers, Vol. 1, 224-225, and John P. Bagoy, Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1935 (Anchorage: Publications Consultants, 2001), 196-197.

[4] John P. Bagoy, Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1935, 196-197.

[5] “Logan Stipp, 74, Long-Time City Resident, Dies,” Anchorage Daily Times, August 12, 1959, 9.

[6] “California Rites for Mrs. Stipp,” Anchorage Daily Times, June 12, 1970, 2.


This biographical sketch of Logan Stipp is based on an essay originally published in John P. Bagoy's Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1935 (Anchorage:  Publications Consultants, 2001), 196-197.  See also the Logan Stipp file, Bagoy Family Pioneer Files (2004.11), Box 7, Atwood Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK.  Photographs courtesy of the Stipp family.  Note:  edited, revised, and expanded by Bruce Parham, October 26, 2016.

Preferred citation: Bruce Parham, ed., “Stipp, Logan,” Cook Inlet Historical Society, Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1940,

Major support for Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1940, provided by: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Atwood Foundation, Cook Inlet Historical Society, and the Rasmuson Foundation. This educational resource is provided by the Cook Inlet Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt association. Contact us at the Cook Inlet Historical Society, by mail at Cook Inlet Historical Society, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 or through the Cook Inlet Historical Society website,