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Rippey, Iowa Alumni Honor Jake Peters, May 29, 1974

A large crowd attended the annual Rippey High School Alumni Party. The members honored Jake for his 40 years of teaching in the Rippey School system.

Jefferson Herald, May 29, 1974

Rippey Area News Items by Ruth Wiedman

A large crowd attended the annual Rippey High School Alumni Party and to honor Jake Peters, who retired from teaching this year after 40 years in the Rippey and East Greene Schools, Saturday night in the Rippey auditorium. Members of the class of 1924 were honored guests of the alumni. Those present were M. Vern Derry of Rippey, Thelma Miner-Maddux of Jefferson, Myra Pennington Farley, Myrtle Lee-Ellis and Velma Rice-Atwood, all of Perry.

Letters were received from Joseph Shaw in Switzerland and Hollis Riley-Stroud of California.

Four members of the class are deceased. Corsages and boutonniere were pinned on the guests and they each received a 50 year certificate. Mrs. Winnie States of Rippey, member of the class of 1907, received a potted plant for being the oldest graduate present and Mrs. Vada  Smith-Bilney received a plant for Sheila Johnston who lives coming the farthest distance.

The program consisted of an octet, consisting of Roy Bardole, Myron Rinker, Jackie Souder, JeanBorgeson, Velda DeMoss, Eloise Overman. Eldon Grow and Lee Riemersma, singing several songs accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Riemersma.  Mrs. Glen Grow gave a reading entitled, "Remember " with Mrs. Riemersma at the piano.

Following this. Jim Burk, Lions Club president, called Jake to the stage and conducted a "This is Your Life Jake". He told where Jake was born, where he attended school and college and that he worked for the Conservation Commission in Sioux City one year and taught two years at Albion. He was married to Wilmuth Luther in 1935 one year after he came to Rippey. Their combined teaching record amounts to nearly 80 years.

Their family consists of Dan Peters, who lives in Harcourt and is a medical technician at the Humboldt County Hospital; Lloyd DeMoss, who lives in Solon and is a social worker; and Mrs Sheila Johnson, in Houston, TX, and is a housewife. They have 13 grandchildren.

He told of the many things that Jake and Willie have done for the community and the young people of the community. They took four students into their home during the years 1935 to 1943 so they could finish their schooling at Rippey High School.

Several administrators and former teachers were also present to say a few words. Each class from 1935 through the 1974 graduating class was represented by one person or by letter. Jake was presented with a fishing boat, carrier and electric meter with the good will wishes of the Lions Club, alumni, members of the community and many friends.

Light refreshments were served following the presentation by a committee.