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 Well known in Sacramento as the proprietor of the Superior Garage, George W. Hipple has acquaintances in all parts of the civilized world, and has had an experience in some respects unique. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., August 3, 1877, and spent his childhood at Glencoe, that state, and in the public schools of that town he received his education. After leaving school he was for three years a hotel clerk in Minnesota and Iowa, and later was identified for some time with the business interests of his sister, becoming her manager after the death of her husband. On both continents she was known as "Papinta" the Fire Dancer. For eight years he traveled with her wherever she booked, all over the civilized world, and remained with her until her death. She appeared in the leading theaters in America and on the Eastern continents. For thirty- two consecutive weeks she appeared at Hammerstein's, New York, which was a longer engagement than that of any other artist in her line. She was billed sometimes as the Myrriad Dancer and was the first dancer to use electrical effects. She died in Germany November 21, 1907, while on one of her professional tours.

After his sister's death Mr. Hipple returned to Contra Costa county, Cal., where she had owned a valuable stock ranch of one hundred and sixty acres and which she had bequeathed to him. For two years he carried on the ranch, which was devoted to the breeding of thorough- bred horses, but subsequently he sold both ranch and stock. It was in the fall of 1910 that he established the enterprise of which he is now the owner, known as the Superior Garage and located at Nos. 1209-1215 J street, Sacramento, where he transacts a general garage and auto-vehicle business. His establishment is one of the best known and one of the largest in Northern California and under his popular yet conservative management his business is constantly increasing. The garage is 80x160 feet in dimensions, and is thoroughly equipped in every particular. Mr. Hipple is distributing agent for the Marion automobile, and has the agency of this make of car in eleven counties in California.

In his political sympathies Mr. Hipple is a Republican. Fraternally he affiliates with Alamo Lodge No. 122, F. & A. M., of Walnut Creek, and he is also identified with Martinez Chapter No. 31, R. A. M., and Onward Lodge No. 106, K. of P., of Oak Park. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011