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Old Rippey, Iowa Dr. Lovejoy to the Rescue, a Memory, 1923

Dr. James Collins Lovejoy practiced first in Old Rippey and after the moving of the town, continued practicing from New Rippey. He was well respected by all accounts. He and his wife, Emeline (Bunnell} are buried in the Old Rippey Cemetery, west of Rippey. Both of their obituaries are rich with the history of Old Rippey and New Rippey.

Dr. Lovejoy to the Rescue

Jefferson Bee, September 19, 1923



Incidents of Pioneer Times in Region of Old Rippey, by Former Resident

Kansas City, Kansas, Sept. 5, 1923:

Editor of the Jefferson Bee: I have been very much interested in the old time stories of Greene county, and as I can he considered a pioneer, I thought I would write of some of my childhood memories.

My parents, Benjamin and Eliza Aydelott, in the fall of 1856, came to Greene county from Urbana, Illinois, bringing with them my older sister, Mary. They came to the home of my grandfather and grandmother Rhoades, who, in 1864, had located in Grant township, having purchased the farm of Uncle Tommy Roberts.

In the summer of 1857 father helped to haul the logs to the saw mill south of Jefferson, and then hauled the lumber back to the site of grandfather's new- house, which he completed that fall. It was built entirely of native lumber and was one of the first frame houses, if not the first, built in that township. It is still standing just east of the Oak Tree school house, and it is my birthplace.

Sometime the next year father purchased 40 -acres near Old Rippey. It was located a short distance northwest of the village. There is some misunderstanding as to the exact location of this forty, but I expect to soon look it up on the records and make sure. Father built a log cabin where we lived for four or five years.

One of the most vivid recollections which I shall never forget took place in lasses making time. One day, Tilda Adkins came running over for father and mother. She was so frightened she could hardly speak, so she leaned against the mantel almost fainting. Father told mother to look after her till she was better,and then follow him over to Adkins to see what was wrong. Upon arriving there, they found that Jane, a thirteen-year-old daughter of the home, had met with a severe accident. Her hand had been caught in the cane mill while she was feeding the mill with cane, resulting in the crushing of two fingers and her thumb. Dr. Lovejoy had been summoned (for what man, woman or child in that vicinity did not owe their health and perhaps their life to good Dr. Lovejoy?) It would not be amiss right here to say that I would like to see a tablet erected to the memory of the Doctor and his good wife.

When the doctor looked over his surgical instruments, he found he had nothing with him that he could use in amputating the injured members. So he took an old steel case knife, sharpened it, got a block of wood from the woodpile, and had my mother hold the block while he took the knife and a hammer and severed the mangled members.

It goes without telling that Jane soon recovered nicely, and could do as much work as anyone with two perfect hands. Who today would undertake such things under such conditions?