MG 789 - Gipple, O. Ben Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains mainly papers from the nineteen-fifties, sixties, and seventies, during the time O. Ben Gipple was in private business and then head of the Harrisburg Shade Tree Commission. The papers from his tenure as chief of the Division of Management of the Bureau of Forestry and State Forester are in the Pennsylvania State Archives.

This collection includes receipts from city property taxes, city ordinances, and city planning reports. There are also newspaper clippings, published booklets, day-miners from the PA supply center, and the by-laws of a Harrisburg bank. Included also are felt patches, a Harrisburg Recreation Award and a Harrisburg Playground Award.


Oliver Ben Gipple was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in August, 1890 and graduated from Pennsylvania State College in 1915 with a degree in forestry. He began work as city forester for the City of Harrisburg upon graduation. After serving in France in World War I he returned and worked for a lumber company and once again as Harrisburg City Forester. He became chief of the Division of Management of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry in 1943 and was appointed in 1947 as State Forester, a position he kept until his resignation in 1952. In the sixties Gipple was appointed head of the Harrisburg City Shade Tree Commission and was a member of the Dauphin County Board of View. He died in 1971.

Date(s): c. 1940-1971

Extent: 1 carton, 72 folders