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Rippey, Iowa Business, Restaurant East of Rippey Savings Bank

Harry McDowell bought the lot east of the Rippey Savings Bank in 1916. Jefferson Bee Feb. 9, 1916"A business transaction occurred whereby Harry McDowell becomes owner of the restaurant formerly owned by D F Smith." He built the brick structure in 1917 with space for the restaurant and living rooms upstairs.  Harry and Bertha were in this location until 1933 when they sold to David and Bessie Vance. Picture shared with Jean Borgeson from Velma Young Bandy. Velma was a first cousin of Jean's father.

Harry McDowell bought the lot east of the Rippey Savings Bank in 1916. Jefferson Bee Feb. 9, 1916 "A business transaction occurred whereby Harry McDowell becomes owner of the restaurant formerly owned by D F Smith."  (Picture found in an album belonging to Velma (Carpenter) Young, Bandy when I was helping clean out her house one day with the Young cousins, as she was preparing to move to Perry.  She let me copy the picture.  Velma and my father were first cousins…Jean Borgeson. My grandmother and her grandfather were sister and brother. I’m not related to the Young family. A relief to them, I’m sure!)

Jefferson Bee March 22, 1916

We are glad to note that Mr. Harry M. McDowell has purchased the vacant lot east of the Rippey Savings Bank and expects to build a two story fire proof building. The lower part is to be finished for a modern up-to-date restaurant and the second story for living rooms. 

Harry McDowell bought the lot east of the Rippey Savings Bank in 1916.  He built the brick structure in 1917 with space for the restaurant and living rooms upstairs.  They were in this location until 1933 when they sold to David Vance. 

From The Globe Free Press, January 24, 1946

D. O. Vance Sells Cafe

A transaction was made Monday when C. F. Shane purchased the restaurant and cafe from Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Vance. Possession will be given on or before March 1. The Shane family has lived the past year on the Hagerman farm in the east edge of town and for several months assisted in operating a dairy. They will move their household goods to the second story of the building which has been the living quarters for the Vance family.

Mr. and Mrs. Vance have made no arrangements as to what they will do after giving possession to the new owner. They feel the work has been too strenuous and hope to find something which does not require such long hours of service. They have been here for 12 years and have many scores of acquaintances who will miss them and who hope they will not move so far away but they might return often.

Mr. and Mrs. Shane and daughter are well known here and will make excellent business people for our town.

In July, 1946 the Shane’s sold the building to Edwin “Squeak” and Gladys (Little) Thornburgh.  After Edwin’s death, November 22, 1971, Gladys continued with the business until selling in 1972. 

From an ad in the September 21, 1972 Globe Free Press:  “The former Thornburgh Cafe in Rippey, Now Anni’s Cafe is open 7 a m. to 8 p. m. and Sunday 8 a. m. to 2 p. m. Serving Sunday Dinner” (Howell's?}

Jefferson Bee  September 5, 1978

 Rippey News  Mrs. Paul Holmes 

                The Rippey Cafe has now opened for business in the former Thornburgh building east of the Rippey Savings Bank. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Harvey, have moved into the' living quarters over the cafe, which has been remodeled, and will be able to serve 45 to 50 patrons. They plan to resume serving their Friday evening chicken and fish specials, and will be opening again for Sunday dinners.

The mural was started in 1979 and finished in 1980.

Depending on the era you lived in:

Harry McDowell, (bought the lot in 1916; built the building in 1917),

Sold in 1933 to David Vance,

Sold 1946 to C. F. Shane, possession March.

Sold in July 1946 to Edwin “Squeak” Thornburgh,

In September 1972, Anni’s, was advertising their specials. 

September 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Harvey opened for business 

Stine later tried running a tavern.

Most recently the building was owned by Warren Schumacher and was used for storage. 

The building was torn down in 2012 to make room for community room/library renovations.

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.A great picture taken by Mary Millard, March 6, 2012. A sign of good things to follow for Rippey?  Hopeful. Jean Borgeson, April 1, 2012.