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BRR Feb 1992

BRR Feb 1992

BRR Feb. 1992. Picture taken by Jean Borgeson from the top of the Rippey CO-OP.

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Rippey, IA Recieves Check From Greene County Grows

Rippey, IA Recieves Check From Greene County Grows

Brenda Muir, Board member of Greene County Grows, is presenting $3,500 to City of Rippey on April 4, 2016. Mary Weaver, President of Friends of Rippey, and Janice Johnston, wife of Rippey City Council member, Ned Johnston, accepted the check as the Rippey City Council met at the time of the presentation. The City of Rippey will be using the funds to repair streets and trim overhanging trees. The City of Rippey expresses gratitude to the Greene County Grows Board for these funds.

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Rippey, IA Old-Timers Baseball Players 1970 Centennial

Rippey, IA Old-Timers Baseball Players 1970 Centennial

Jefferson Herald September 9, 1970 Rippey old-timers turned back the clock more than 30 years Sunday afternoon when former Rippey baseball players went a few innings for the enjoyment of Centennial participants. Among the veterans of former Rippey teams were (from left) Dwight Crumley, of Rippey, Raymond Crumley of Des Moines, Harold Radebaugh of Des Moines, Joe Fouch of Rippey, Merval Moraln of Ames, Burt Councilman of Ogden, John Rinker of Boone and Steve States of San Jose, CA. Many of the veterans can remember when the team played semi-pro ball at Spring Lake every Sunday afternoon during the summer, meeting teams from Cedar Rapids; Des Moines, Collins, Pilot Mound, Paton, Colfax, Cambridge and other communities. The team used to play on a diamond in Alex High's pasture north of Rippey, then moved to Lee's pasture a mile east of Rippey. Harold Radebaugh, who managed the club for a time during the middle 1930’s at Spring Lake, recalled that Rippey had been a strong baseball town since the late 19th century. Radebaugh’s uncle Roy Radebaugh, a pitcher, played and managed at Hartford in the Connecticut League and at Columbus, GA, in the Southern Assn., starting with the Cedar Rapids Three-I League squad.

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Rippey Fire Department Holds Open House on April 9, 2016

Rippey Fire Department Holds Open House on April 9, 2016

Mother Nature was kind to The Rippey Fire Department as they hosted an open house for the community on April 9, 2016. The fire trucks were gleaming in the sunshine and the equipment on display inside the station was interesting, especially to the children, who were allowed to touch and try on some of the gear.

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Rippey, IA Memorial Day Events 2016 Well Attended

Rippey, IA Memorial Day Events 2016 Well Attended

Ben Vannatta, Dennis Ulrich, Chris Kilmer, Bill Hamilton, Mike Scharingson, Dale Whitehead, Dan Brubaker, Gary Schmidt are pictured. They are members of Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583, Rippey, IA. The picture was taken at Old Rippey Cemetery after being at the Fairview United Methodist Church services and the Bowers/Angus Cemetery and before concluding their day at the Rippey Cemetery. Sunday, after the Pleasant Hill church services, some of these gentlemen performed their 21 gun salute in front of the church. At the Rippey Cemetery, Mary Weaver, program leader; thanked the legion members and the other volunteers who helped make this day go smoothly. She thanked Dan Brubaker and his volunteers for putting the flags up in the cemetery, and the sextons, Roger Norgren, for Rippey Cemetery and Dick Bardole for Bowers/Angus and Old Rippey Cemeteries. The Washington Township Trustees, Mary Hick, Roger Norgren, and Tod Contner, are in charge of the three cemeteries in the township. Jean Borgeson is the township clerk. A special thanks was given to LaVere Derry, who was unable to be part of this year’s veteran’s salute for the first time in 60 years. Rev. Paul Burrow, gave the message, and Jean Borgeson read “In Flanders Field” during the program. Everyone was invited to the Rippey Methodist Church for lunch and visiting. That committee said they served approximately 90 people.

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  Muir Family Reunion Celebrate July 4, 2016

Muir Family Reunion Celebrate July 4, 2016

Family and friends gathered at the rural Washington Township home of Eugene and Iva Jo Muir on Monday, July 4, 2016. The highlight of the morning was enjoying the ceremony conducted by four staff members of Hospice of Central Iowa Care Services of Hospice of Central Iowa, as well as Veteran Partner, Wes and his wife, Marilyn Bode. After the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer of thanks was given and several patriotic readings. Eugene was given a Veteran Service Flag pin by Veteran Partner, Wes Bode and the group sang God Bless America. Concluding the program, Wes presented Eugene with a certificate of recognition and thanked him for his service. A life-long resident of rural Washington Township and Rippey graduate of 1951, Eugene married Iva Jo Dagit October 11, 1952. Eugene entered the service in March of 1953 and was honorably discharged in March of 1955, earning the rank of Corporal. They continued their farming operation and raised their three children, Steve, Cheri, and Curt. Eugene and Iva Jo were blessed to have their children, Steve and Trudy Muir, of Wayne NE; Cheri Kersey, of Grand Junction; and Curt and Kelley Muir, of Rippey, and several of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the ceremony. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending, included Travis Kersey and fiancé Laura Tronchetti of Clive, Rachel, and Adam Vogel, and their children Kori and Jaxon of Panora, and C. J. and Kayla Muir of Rippey. Brothers and sisters-in law, Lloyd and Gloria Dagit, of Jefferson and Ray and Charlotte Dagit, of Paton, as well as nieces, Shelley Naeve, Fort Dodge, and Teresa Lansman and children, Christopher and Savannah, of Grand Junction, rounded out the family members who were able to share their day with them. Friends of the family, Dennis and Carla Smith, Minburn, Steve and Diana Vogel, of Yale, LaVere and Beverly Derry, of Rippey and their daughter Terri of Ames, as well as Jean Borgeson, of Rippey, were also part of the group. After the services, two long tables were suddenly filled with lots of food! The group ate well, visited, and parted with a good feeling about what Hospice of Central Iowa had provided to make the day so special.

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Rippey Methodist Church Minister, Rev. A. F. Conroy, 1913 -1914

Rippey Methodist Church Minister, Rev. A. F. Conroy, 1913 -1914

From the Jefferson Bee, September 15, 1913, Rev. A. F. Conrey was appointed to serve the M. E. Church in Rippey. IA. He served for one year. The postcard was found in the information that was gathered for the Rippey Centennial in 1970. It was donated to the committee by Dean Stroud. Doris Brown, daughter of one of the committee members, shared many pictures her mother, Alice Grow, had in her possession to Jean Borgeson. Dean wrote on the picture, "Because Rev. Conrey preached at churches in Angus and Berkely on Sunday afternoon he kept a horse as a means of "horse and buggy" transportation. --Dean C. Stroud.

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Rippey Searchlight Club Celebrate 50 Years September 12, 1962

Rippey Searchlight Club Celebrate 50 Years September 12, 1962

Jean Borgeson of Rippey, found this picture in a box of "stuff" that was given to her several years ago. The Searchlight minute books and records were also in this box. Posted by Jean February 25, 2017. The picture was taken at the home of Elsie High on September 12, 1962 for the Searchlight Club's 50th anniversary. Mabyl Martin was the only charter member of 1912 to attend the festivities. Standing, left to right: Myra Farley, Margaret Heater, Lois Nye, Naomi Munson, Winnie States, Dorothy Weaver, Miriam High, Dorothy Kupfer, Helen Crumley, Charlotte Riley, Dorothy Scharingson, Ruth Jacobs, Marjorie Grow, Cleone Killam, Mary Bardole, Margaret Dorris, Nelle Derry, Alice Lape. Seated: Pearl Chase, Fran Weston, Margaret Burrell, Hattie Burk, Mabyl Martin, Lora Jensen, Hazel Lauver, Elsie High. Absent members: Gladys Anderson, Esther Bardole, Nina Mount

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Rippey Iowa Mayor, Harry Smith Family, 1944

Rippey Iowa Mayor, Harry Smith Family, 1944

Mayor Harry C. Smith, his wife Ruth, and their son Warren (who in 1944 was on furlough and was soon to be shipped out from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to become a part of the biggest battle in all history: Omaha Beach in Normandy, France). The house is across the street from where the water tower formerly stood (where a town building now is, possibly). Photo courtesy of Warren Smith, who died January 8, 2017.

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Volunteers Help Pack Meals

Volunteers Help Pack Meals

Back: Carmen McColley, Kevin Hick, Avery Bardole, Yvette Bardole, Jo Bardole, Connie Neese, Mary Hick Front: Kaitlyn McColley, Lorraine Kelly, Emma McColley, Jacob Brubaker and Aden Bardole May 4, 2017 these volunteers helped pack Meals from the Heartland

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Rippey Iowa Park Bathrooms Updated, August 2017

Rippey Iowa Park Bathrooms Updated, August 2017

In August, 2017, Mayor, Dan Brubaker, and Mary Weaver, Mary Hick, and Sharon Ulrich of the Friends of Rippey gathered at the Ball Park to review the completed upgrade of the bathrooms. In this photo they are admiring the new sink in the women’s bathroom.

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Rippey Library Fundraiser September 23, 2017

Rippey Library Fundraiser September 23, 2017

The car show was a successful fundraiser for the Rippey Library on September 23, 2017, in spite of the 90 plus degrees. The attendees enjoyed the lunch, decorating pumpkins, and visiting in the coolness of the library.

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Rippey Iowa Main Street After Feb 1909 Snow Storm

Rippey Iowa Main Street After Feb 1909 Snow Storm

From a postcard to Bessie Derry, who lived in Jefferson at that time, from someone named Howard stating, "This is the storm in Rippey. Whare have you been ?? yourself? Howard (among pictures given to Jean Borgeson by the family of Velda (Derry) DeMoss after they cleaned out the family home) Charles W. Derry and Bessie Arminta Wilcox Derry were LaVere, Chuck, and Velda's grandparents.

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Rippey Baseball Park Gets Three Metal Doors, January 18, 2018

Rippey Baseball Park Gets Three Metal Doors, January 18, 2018

Pictured before starting this project, Chad Ferguson (left) and Mike Molle. The installation of three bathroom doors at the Rippey Baseball Park was successfully completed during the slight winter weather relief observed on Thursday January 18th 2018. Mr. Chad Ferguson and Mike Molle, hung the specially ordered metal doors at the men’s and women’s restrooms along with one door for the storage area in the building. This is a completion of the project funded by the Greene County Community Foundation with supplementation from the Friends of Rippey. The doors will keep rodents, and other animals from using the bathrooms as a winter escape. The baseball park facility now known as the Walter Anderson Baseball field, has hosted many successful high school teams for Rippey and East Greene, as well as Rippey summer town teams, including the Demons. The field is currently used during the summer months by the Greene County Schools middle school baseball team. Additional plans for improvement of the field and the painting of the grandstand are being developed for implementation in the summer of 2018. The potential of resurrecting a Rippey town team is being pondered and discussed for the future. The Friends of Rippey wish to publicly thank the Greene County Community Foundation for their ongoing support to the Rippey Community. Mary Weaver, President

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Rippey Librarian, Sarah Killgore Retires

Rippey Librarian, Sarah Killgore Retires

Dale Hanaman, Rippey Library Board of Trustees President, presents retiring librarian, Sarah Killgore with a token gift from the library trustees on February 24, 2015.

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Rippey, IA Methodist Episcopal Church

Rippey, IA Methodist Episcopal Church

Rippey, IA Methodist Episcopal Church before electricity and paving.

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Rippey Lions Club Donate to Rippey Library, April 11, 2018

Rippey Lions Club Donate to Rippey Library, April 11, 2018

Pictured with Shawneene Kenan, Library Director and Nancy Hanaman, Lions Club President, are, Nancy Burrow, Jean Borgeson, and Dale Hanaman, Library Board President, and Lions member, Rev. Paul Burrow. Dale Hanaman and Nancy Burrow wear two hats, as they both belong to the Rippey Lions Club, where Dale is currently serving as the club’s treasurer. The Rippey Lions Club donated $500 to the Rippey Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

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LaVere Derry 60 years in Rippey Kinkaed-Martin Legion Post

LaVere Derry 60 years in Rippey Kinkaed-Martin Legion Post

At the Memorial Day services, May 28, 2018, Dennis Ulrich presented LaVere Derry with his 60-year certificate of membership in Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583, Rippey, Iowa.

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Rippey, Iowa Mural Finished by Fun Days, 1980

Rippey, Iowa Mural Finished by Fun Days, 1980

From the Perry Chief, June 1980: "The mural, fashioned from a picture calendar distributed by First National Bank in Rippey a couple years ago and using approximately 15 gallons of outdoor latex paint, started as a project of the East Greene Junior High School art students a year ago, according to Marlene Radebaugh, cashier at the Rippey Savings Bank. He said the project, located on the east outer wall of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Peters’ Rippey Café, wasn’t completed. Mary McKercher, Radebaugh said, contacted the Rippey Lions Club and got its support to complete the mural. The women kicking off the project included Mrs. McKercher and Ms. Larson; Imalee Erickson of Grand Junction; Linda Contner of Rippey; Mary Brubaker and Margaret Dorris, both of rural Rippey; and Colleen Hanlon of rural Perry."

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Rippey Iowa Resturant Demolition, March 6, 2012

Rippey Iowa Resturant Demolition, March 6, 2012

Depending on the era you lived in: Harry McDowell, (bought the lot in 1916; built the building in 1917), Sold in 1933 to Mr. and Mrs. David Vance, who sold in early 1946 to C. F. Shane, who shortly thereafter sold in July 1946 to Everett “Squeak” Thornburgh, In September 1972, Anni’s, was advertising their specials. Stine later tried running a tavern. Most recently the building was owned by Warren Shumacher and was used for storage. The building was torn down in 2012 to make room for community room/library renovations.

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Rippey Iowa Library Building Demolition February 27, 2012

Rippey Iowa Library Building Demolition February 27, 2012

Rippey Iowa Public Library was demolished on February 27, 2012. The library was re-located to the former Masonic Building starting on July 1, 2011 and completed by September, 2011 with little disruption to our patrons.

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Rippey, Mural Pictured in 1994.  It was finished in 1980.

Rippey, Mural Pictured in 1994. It was finished in 1980.

Rippey, Iowa Mural pictured in 1994. The mural was finished in the summer of 1980 and the building torn down on March 6, 2011. The brick structure was built in 1917 by Harry McDowell, who along with his wife Bertha, ran a restaurant until 1933 when they sold the business to David and his wife, Bessie Vance.

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Rippey, Iowa Mural Part of  "Renew Rippey" March 6, 2011.

Rippey, Iowa Mural Part of "Renew Rippey" March 6, 2011.

Mary Millard, Rippey City Clerk snapped a picture of this building coming down on March 6, 2011. The building was built in 1917 and used for a restaurant until recent years. McDowell, Vance, and Thornburgh will provide many memories for the natives.

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Rippey, IA Farm Festival Card, 1913

Rippey, IA Farm Festival Card, 1913

Rippey Farm Festival 1913 Festival a Huge Success. Jefferson Bee October 8, 1913 The Rippey farm festival last Thursday and Friday was a Grand success, not only as to exhibits, but in attendance. Rippey, said by all to be the biggest little city in this part of Iowa, entertained more people by far than at any previous festival, or other big occasion, ever had there....Newspaper article elsewhere on this site.

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Rippey Farm Festival 1907, IA

Rippey Farm Festival 1907, IA

Governor Cummins was part of the festival at Rippey, IA in 1907. He was the first governor to be elected to three consecutive terms in the 1907 elections.

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