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Rippey Merchant, J. F. Thompson Sells Business to L. A. Senter and Son, March,1920

The L. A. Senter and Son General Store This store, selling groceries, shoes, dry goods, etc. was in business for twelve years in what is now the Rippey Library Building. Some of the storage drawers and the front windows are the same now as when used in the store. Later, in 1940-1954, the Senter Store was located in the first building west of the present town hall. There was a Senter Store in Rippey for twenty-four years. They sold the store to George Brown of Menlo in 1954. (This building was demolished in 2012 when the library was relocated)
Rippey Merchant, J. F. Thompson Sells Business to L. A. Senter and Son, March,1920

L. to R. Dorothy Dugan, Vivian Senter, L. A. Senter, C. A. Senter

From The Rippey Booster, March 18, 1920

 J. F. Thompson Sells Out

Gives Possession April First 

L. A. Senter & Son are New Owners  (Luculis Allison and son Charles Allen Senter)

            Last Wednesday, March 10th, one of Rippey’s General Merchandise stores was sold.  Mr. J. F. Thompson, the present owner, sold to Mr. L. A. &C. A. Senter who will assume control April first and will operate the store under the name of L. A. Senter & Son.

            Mr. Thompson bought this store last June and has enjoyed a well-deserved patronage.  He has sold this store that he can enter the Self-Serve Grocery Store business.  Mr. Thompson’s son is now operating three of these kind of stores under the name of Square Deal Self-Serve Store; at Newton, Grinnell and Marshalltown.  This is a great field and Mr. Thompson is entering a field in which he is bound to make a huge success of.  The father and son will form a partnership in conducting the stores already established.    The new proprietors need no special introduction to Rippey residents as they have both resided in this community for some time.  “Al” being now employed by Mr. Thompson and C. A. having just moved to town from a farm near here.  Success to them in their new enterprise.

            Although we do not like to lose Mr. Thompson, still we know he has made a wise move and we extend our best wishes for his future success and perhaps some day he may decide to install a “Self Serve” in Rippey.

            Mr. Thompson’s family will not move until after the present school year closes.

From The Jefferson Herald   Jan. 29, 1931

             A business deal was made last week through the E. R. Wood agency, whereby the L. A. Senter and son store was traded for one hundred and twenty acres southeast of Jefferson.  Mr. Wood is invoicing at present preparing to sell out the store.  L. A. Senter and C. A. Senter have not announced their plans for the future.

From The Jefferson Bee, January 12, 1954

 Senter Store in Rippey Is Sold

 Rippey—The Senter Grocery' store has been sold to George Brown of Menlo, who took possession Monday morning.

            Mr. Brown, with the assistance of his wife and daughter, Effie May, has operated a grocery near Menlo for several years.

            They were unable to secure residence in town and moved to the Swartzendruver place north of Rippey, which is the property of Harold Radebaugh.

            Mrs. Senter, who has owned and operated the store for a number of years, will retire from active business, but will continue her residence in Rippey.