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Rippey, Iowa Celebrates July 4, 1897

In spite of a windy, dusty day, Rippey, Iowa celebrated the July 4, 1897 holiday.

Rippey Celebration  July 4, 1897       The Souviner, July 10, 1897 pg 7

The celebration in Rippey was a grand success in spite of wind and dust. The exercises began at 10 a. m. with a selection by the Angus band. "America'' was beautifully rendered by the ladies chorus accompanied by organ, guitar, two violins and bass viol. 

Rev. Homan followed with an impressive prayer after which B F. Osborn, with a short but appropriate speech introduced Prof. Thompson orator of the day, who delivered a highly interesting and patriotic address. Owing to the strong wind it was impossible to speak so that all could hear but the best of order prevailed. 

At the close of the speech the Star Spangled Banner was sung by the male chorus. The Declaration of Independence was read by B. F. Osborn, after which the full chorus joined in singing "Red White and Blue". The exercises closed with a selection by the band. 

At 2 p. m. the crowd gathered on Main street to witness the races. 

100 yard free for all foot race was won by Tom Robinson, Angus, 2nd Geo. Burk, under ten years—Schall, first, Ham Ferguson second, Otie Rhorer third; under sixteen years—Geo. Bell first, Will Lysinger second.
Bicycle races—one mile race, Will Marquiss first, Frank Marquiss second. Three miles—Will Marquiss first, Frank Marquiss second, One-fourth mile—Will Davis first, Wayne Osborn second.
Hurdle race, Frank Johnson first, Charlie Collins second.

Days exercises closed with grand display of fire works, best ever seen in Rippey.