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Clark Brown Grain Co. Build New Elevator at Rippey, 1917

The Free Lance, Pg. 1; July 25, 1917 WILL BUILD NEW ELEVATOR The Clark Brown Grain Co. has the excavation all completed tor the basement for their new elevator. The new building will be 105 feet high with a full size basement, It will have a capacity ot 70,000 bushels, will have two dumps, and will be equipped with sheller and cleaner and be up to date in every way. The M. & St. L. will lengthen out the side track so as to give room for more cars on the track.—Rippey Booster.
Clark Brown Grain Co. Build New Elevator at Rippey, 1917

Clark Brown Elevator Completed Summer 1917

The CO-OPERATIVE MANAGER AND FARMER; Grain and Feed Review Pg. 69; 1917

Rippey--An elevator is being erected by the Clark Brown Grain company.  New dumps, cleaners and shelters will be installed.

Jefferson Bee  May 10, 1922.



Totally Destroyed, Together with Five Other Buildings, with a Heavy Loss

The Clark-Brown Grain Company elevator at Rippey, was totally destroyed by fire last Saturday afternoon, the flames being discovered shortly after 4 o'clock, presumably as a result of an overheated boxing in the machinery. Although the five company, augmented by many men with buckets, made a valiant fight to extinguish the blaze; it was really a job for the Mississippi river. The main elevator burned, also a warehouse, the elevator office, and cribs of corn containing 25,000 bushels. A like amount of corn and oats burned in the elevator proper, and a barn belonging to Fred Lofstedt, in the line of flame, was also destroyed.

The Bee is not informed as to the monetary loss, but it will run well up to $75,000. The elevator has been under the management of John M. Munson. And be it said Mr. Munson "kept his head" and performed a fine service for the water system. Knowing that the-"high line" wires were in danger of being burned off, and that the city plant was dependent upon electricity to do pumping, Mr. Munson hurried his large tractor to the pumping plant and had it all ready to connect up. As he expected the "high line" connection was soon destroyed, and his tractor filled a mighty important place until the flames were finally, subdued. The current which supplies the Jefferson system was stopped by this break, and Mr. Gray, furnished the power from his local plant until the Rippey connection was restored again.

The burning of this elevator marks the fourth period in forty years in which the elevator on this particular site (east of the railway) has been destroyed by fire. Fortunately the wind was in a direction to carry the flames away from the business part of town, or the blaze might have been much worse. As it was, the herculean efforts of the fire department were all that saved the other elevator nearby.