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Cartwright, Carol Lohry; Shaffer, Scott; Waller, Randal / City on the Rock River : chapters in Janesville's history
(1998)

14. Notable people,   pp. 249-261


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Jeffris, Malcolm G.
Malcolm G. Jeffris was born in 1862 in Janesville, the son of David and Grace Alice Mouat
Jeffris. Malcolm studied law under Janesville attorney A. A. Jackson; he was admitted to the
bar in 1883 and became a partner with noted local attorneys John Winans and Ogden Fethers.
Eventually, Jeffris became a senior partner in his own firm of Jeffris, Mouat, Oestreich, Avery &
Wood, one of the most prominent law firms of early twentieth-century Janesville. Also a
director of the Merchants and Savings Bank and active in Republican politics, Jeffris made
many contributions to the legal and business communities of Janesville. (Rock River Valley II
1926:332-335)
Jeffris, William S.
Son of David and Grace Alice Mouat Jeffris, William S. Jeffris followed his father into the
family bank, the Merchants and Savings Bank. William was born in 1857 and graduated from
Beloit College in 1879. After a short career as a teacher, Jeffris was employed in his father's
bank for three years. He then went to South Dakota to pursue a career in his own business. He
returned to Janesville in 1883, was appointed cashier of the Merchants and Savings Bank, and
eventually took over as president. (Rock River Valley II 1926:192)
King, Angie Josephine
Angie King was a noted professional woman in Janesville at a time when women were not
expected, and rarely allowed, to have careers. King was born in 1845 in Ohio of Scottish
immigrants. She came to Janesville as a baby with her parents and received the equivalent of a
high school education at a private seminary in the city. She went to work as a postal clerk
and, at age 24, attempted to become postmaster. Although she had local public support, her
congressman refused to recommend her for the position due to her sex. Losing her clerk's job after
lobbying for the position, King decided to study law. In 1871, she entered the Chicago Law
School, but after the Chicago fire, she returned to Janesville and studied law privately. She
passed the bar in 1879, becoming only the third female attorney in Wisconsin. She established
a successful practice in Janesville, making statewide contributions to the advancement of women
in the profession. (We Were Here [1986]:9-12)
Knipp, Louis
Like most Wisconsin communities, Janesville had several breweries in operation before
Prohibition in the 1920s. The most successful was the City Brewery, operated by Louis Knipp.
Knipp, a native of Milwaukee, worked for the Miller Brewing Company until 1882. In that
year, he moved to Janesville, becoming a partner in the City Brewery. In 1887, Knipp became
sole owner of the brewery and built it into the largest plant in Rock County. (Portrait and
Biographical Album 1889:769-770)
Lappin, Thomas
Thomas Lappin operated the first formally organized business in Janesville. Born in Ireland,
Lappin came to America with his family in 1825. In Detroit, he trained as a printer. Moving
to Milwaukee in 1838, Lappin arrived in the state with a load of goods he hoped to sell in some
fledgling settlement. Although some of his goods were loston the journey, he came to Janesville
in 1839 and opened the first mercantile house in the settlement. His success with the general
store enabled him to establish a brickyard around 1847 that supplied bricks for the three-story
business block he later erected in the middle of Janesville's downtown. Although remodeled,
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