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Rippey Class of 1959 Organize Surprise for Jake Peters, Long-time Teacher

Jake Peters was honored for 25 years of teaching at Rippey. The graduating class of 1959 organized the surprise onor.

The Bee, April 7, 1959; page 1

25th year Rippey teacher honored

About 600 persons turned out Saturday night in Rippey to honor J . J. (Jake) Peters for 25 years of teaching in the Rippey Consolidated School.

A banquet at the Methodist Annex in Rippey started off the evening in honor of Peters, 50. A "This Is Your Life, Jake Peters " program in the high school auditorium after the banquet came as a complete surprise to Peters. The evening in honor of Peters was planned by this year's Rippey senior class, which kept the "This Is Your Life" program as a surprise by using general phone rings to inform everyone in town of the event. Phone lines to the high school and Peter's home were cut off while this was done to insure secrecy.

Former students of Peters came from Minnesota and Missouri to attend the program andtelegrams and letters congratulating him came from as faraway as California.

Voc. Ag. Teacher

Peters mainly teaches vocational agriculture at Rippey but also has taught other classes. His wife also teaches at Rippey and the couples' combined techlng careers total nearly 50 years. Nearly everyone in Rippey calls Peters and his wife "Jake and Willie".

A native of Wellsburg, Jake started teaching at A l b i on where he met his wife who also taught there. They have four children, three boys in college and a girl who attends the Rippey school Known all around Rippey for his work in promoting betterment of agriculture.

Peters, along with his wife, is active in the community; among other things he's been a Sunday

School teacher and active in Lions Club work.

Gifts at the Saturday program

Jake was presented a movie camera by the senior class and contributions from the two Rippey banks, the Commercial Club and individuals went toward a projector to go with the camera. The Rod and Gun Club presented flowers for the program and 20 roses were presented by the 20 seniors of this year's senior class.

Jake's family presented him with a watch at the program.

Guests on the stage during the "This Is Your Life" presentation included his parents, children and wife and the present and former superintendents of the Rippey school.

"This Is Your Life" included members of each of the 25 Rippey classes graduating under Jake giving commentaries on their experiences under him.

Glen Grow emceed the program with senior class members giving commentary on Jake's 25 years at Rippey.

Good Deeds

Grow said when Jake came to Rippey the first thing he did was help the school janitor clean the gym floor—" . . . and he hasn't stopped doing good deeds yet."

Grow also told about Jake's taking three Rippey students at different times into his home so they could finish high school.

About 450 invitations were sent out by Rippey seniors in inviting the approximately 600 former students of Jake to the program. Those in the Rippey area were contacted personally.