Lipe, Josephine “Josie”

Attended 1898-1899

Birth: 9 Sep 1880, Enochville, Rowan County, North Carolina
Death: 27 Dec 1977

John Adam Lipe (1848 – 1933)
Harriett Elizabeth Oehler Lipe (1850 – 1923)

Margaret Lipe (____ – 1888)
George Oehler Lipe (1874 – 1950)
Emma Lipe Thompson (1877-1970)
Godfrey Lipe (1879 – 1962)
Annie Lipe Sloop (1882 – 1934)
William Lutz Lipe (1884 – 1916)
Mary Esther Lipe Correll (1889 – 1967)
John Fredrick Lipe (1891 – 1907)

St. Enoch Lutheran Church Cemetery,
Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Source:, #81640917.


The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 28 Dec 1977, 20.

“Miss Jo” Lipe of Landis, Church Organizer, Dies

LANDIS – Josephine Lipe, longtime bookkeeper at Linn and Corriher Mills and and organizer of Trinity Lutheran Church of Landis, died Tuesday. She was 97.

“Miss Jo,” as she was known to most of the people of Landis, was born in Enochville in Rowan County. She attended Enochville Academy and Mont Amoena Seminary in Mount Pleasant before going to Asheville Business College.

Miss Lipe taught in Franklin in Rowan County for five years before moving to Landis and working at the mill. She was a bookkeeper and stenographer for the mill for 50 years.

For many years, Landis town meeting were held in the mill offices with Miss Lipe attending.

“She was eager to see Landis grow and was often the only woman present at the town meetings,” recalled Mrs. John Oehler, a niece. “She never hesitated to tell town leaders what she thought.”

In 1909, Miss Lipe helped organize Trinity Lutheran Church (LCA) and the affairs of the church interested her for the rest of her life.

“She was a very gentle person, who had a deep love for her church,” said the Rev. James Stirewalt, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church. “She worked very energetically with children.”

She was superintendent of the primary Sunday school department for many years and often bought magazine subscriptions and candy bars for the youths’ activities.