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OLD RIPPEY SCHOOL, J. C. Lovejoy Memories, June 2, 1894

Early teachers in the Old Rippey School as remembered by J. C. Lovejoy in 1894

Jefferson Souvenir  June 2, 1894

Greene County


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March 24th I gave in THE SOUVENIR a list of the first teachers of sub-district No. 3

district township of Washington, also a short history of the same to about the close of the year 1866. Now I propose to continue this recital to a finish if it takes all summer. It is one of the oldest that was organized in this township, if not in the county. It dates its organization way back in the latter part of the fifties, nearly thirty-seven years ago. But few of the men that organized the district township are now living. Davis, Babb, Toliver, Heater, Young, Dr. Burk, Lock, Myers, Thornburg, Franklin and others have long since paid the debt that we all have to pay. A few remain, notably Rhinehart, Van Horn, W. H. Adams, H. B. Kees and a very few others. I may not be able to recall the names of all our teachers to date, but there will not be many in the list missing.

The first gentleman was S. E . Vagle, Esq. He dropped in early in the year 1867 from somewherenobody knows. He had his pockets full of recommendations and teachers' certificates and proved to be a first-class teacher, giving good satisfaction. He taught two or more terms for us, also, in an adjoining district. He is at this time a citizen of Davenport.

W. M. Crow came from Polk county, about the year 1867 or 1868, teaching school for a term or two, when he was employed in this district for two or more quarters. He stood in well with the old ladies and school children and was quite popular with all classes. Although a first-class teacher he didn't know how to play euchre, especially of t h e progressive kind. He is now, and for several years has been, one of Grand Junction’s prosperous business men.

John Hatcher is a farmer and an old resident of Franklin and in those days occupied a part of his time teaching, for he knew how and was a success in the school house. He rendered us good service in the years of 1870 and ' 7 1 for two or more terms. His services also extended to other sub-districts. 

A Mr. Howard taught one term in the winter of ' 71 and '72.

Miss Holstlander held rank as one of our best instructors.

S. Johnson controlled the destinies of the schools for several months. It is worthy of remark that during his administration there were no bad boys about the school house; they were all good. The Satan that naturally belongs to the average boy seemed to be bound in chains as for a thousand years, more or less. 

Mr. Leroy Burk taught for us for a term or two, proving beyond all doubt that he wasable to hold his own as an instructor of children. He was employed in teaching in the township for several years. He is now in business and a citizen of Jefferson.

Dr. Walter Lovejoy stood on the burning deck for several terms from 1875for two or three years thereafter. His home is now in Wyoming. Part of his time he is hunting the cinnamon and all of its allied species when the bear don't hurt him. However for some time he was in the employment of the government, (assisted by his excellent wife, Mrs. Rena Lovejoy,) as principal in an Indian seminary on an Indian reservation near the agency. When not otherwise employed, he is practicing his profession, in which he is quite successful.

Pierson Oaks taught one term and was well liked as a teacher. He died several years ago.

J. O. Lovejoy was employed for a term or two. He is now a citizen of Kansas, where, during the last winter he gave the community in which he lives, the benefit of his services and taught the "young (Kansas) idea how to shoot." His wife nee Love Craft, an eastern lady, was a teacher of great merit. She taught a winter term in sub-district No. 1.

Owen Lovejoy, now an attorney of Jefferson, carried the key to the school house door for three months when he was able to retire on a competency.

Miss Mary J. Bradley held sway at the school house for three months. She did well, earned her money and received a good reputation as a teacher. She is married to Arthur C. Lovejoy and lives on her farm near Old Rippey and is engaged in the poultry business, having to look after several hundred hens and chickens. ''May her shadow never grow less." You may want to know what all of this had to do with school teaching. Well we don't know, but the inference is that any young lady who is qualified to run a school successfully, is qualified to do anything she sees proper to turn her hand to.

Miss Rhoda E. Ridgeway swept the school house and saw that the school children washed their faces two or three times a day during the spring of 1878. She taught several terms in other sub-districts and as a teacher held a fair reputation. She is the daughter of Daniel Ridgeway, a former citizen of Rippey.

Miss Rosa Bennett was a teacher of the progressive kind. She held the school house level while she occupied it during three months.

Mr. J. A. McCrory gave the benefit of his services for a short time and was much appreciated.

Miss Rena Perkins taught one or more terms of school and for several terms in other sub-districts in this township. She knew her business and stood at the head of her profession. She is now the wife of Dr. Walter Lovejoy and a resident and a voter in the state of Wyoming.

Miss Etta Nesbitt held the school for a few months and rendered general satisfaction. She is married to James Miller, a grandson of Dr. Miller, known by most of the old settlers. She is a resident of Kendrick township and her mother is the wife of David B. Anderson, one of Kendrick's best citizens.

From 1882 up to 1890 I will name Miss Flora York, who held the scholar s at bay for two or three terms and was well liked.

Miss Mary E. Young, afterwards Kennett, an excellent teacher and daughter of Thomas Young, now deceased, one of Greene county's most worthy citizens. She is dead.

Miss Eva McKean, of Perry, was a very successful teacher for several terms.

Mr. A. B. Craig held forth for a time to the satisfaction of patrons and pupils.

Miss Cornelia Perrott lives in Perry. She taught a three months' successful school.

We can also endorse Miss Celia Bouker, a Peoria lady and a good teacher.

Miss Edith Weatherington, daughter of Isaac Weatherington, for a long time a citizen of this neighborhood, now of Grand Junction, taught a number of terms.

Also, Miss Maggie Wilson and Miss McNaughton. Miss Jennie Burk, grand-daughter of Jacob Heater and a daughter of Arch Burk, was known as a first-class teacher. She taught two or three years in this and other sub-districts. She is married to Albert B. Lovejoy and is now a resident of Old Rippey.

A gentleman by the name of Combs must be mentioned also.

Dr. H. E. Lovejoy was found behind the school desk for many terms during the hot sultry days of summer as well as the blizzard days of winter for three or more years. He came off more than conqueror. He could have held the school till the day of old age if he had been so disposed, but "he didn't want to."

Miss Hazel Riley, afterward Heater, taught during the fall and winter of 1889-90. She lived almost all her life in the township, and as a teacher was quite successful. She was employed not only in No. 3, but in several sub-districts in the immediate vicinity of her home.

Her father, Mr. E. H. Riley, is a well-known farmer and is at this time president of the school board of the district township of Washington. She is not living.

Miss Sarepta Wherry, a young lady from Jefferson, taught for two or three quarters and rendered excellent service.

Mr. H. M. Ham and Orlando Scott were our teachers for a few months. They are good teachers as well as farmers and reside in Franklin township.

Also, H. C. Rittgers, living at that time in the eastern part of Washington township, held forth for three months. He gave general satisfaction to the patrons of the school. He also had taught in No. 1 for two or three terms, and at this time is a resident of Polk county.

In the winter of 90 and '91 Miss Enolia Ozbun held the reins for three months very acceptably to all interested, then in sub-district No. 9. She now holds the fort in sub-district No. 10 where she has been, for more than a year. Her record as a teacher is first-class.

Miss Elnora, a sister to the above lady, succeeded to the school which she has held, up to the middle of last March, for seven or eight terms, changing upon her own volition to sub-district  No. 6 where she is now teaching. I believe the Ozbun girls, if I am not mistaken, are natives of this township and county. Jonathan Ozbun, their father, was a resident of Washington township for many years. He was a good and conscientious man, and died a Christian, well respected by all who knew him. Their mother is and has been for a number of years a resident of Jefferson, and in her younger days, one of our township's progressive teachers. Their mother's home is theirs when not engaged in school.

Mr. Lieberknecht is now conducting the school. He holds his place with the unanimous consent of it  patrons, and has devoted most of his time for a number of years to his chosen profession, that of teaching. He came to this section a decade or so ago and was one of Uncle Sam's faithful boys during the dark and stormy period of the world's greatest of rebellions.