November 17, 2014

Did you have a Halloween riddle posed to you, “Why are there fences around cemeteries?  Answer people are dying to get in!” 

fencing at cemetery

Even though Halloween has passed the Washington Township Trustees are pleased to announce the completion of the fencing around the Old Rippey Cemetery. This pioneer cemetery is one of the 17 located in Greene County. Old Rippey was the first town in Greene County, located about 6 miles west of the current town of Rippey, adjacent to the Raccoon River, and lies south of the current Squirrel Hollow Park.

The photo attached shows the black wrought iron fencing and gate at the east entrance of the cemetery. The remaining parcel has been enclosed with a chain link fence that is faintly visible in the background.

The Washington Township Trustees composed of Mary Hick, Tod Contner, and Roger Norgren invested almost $14,000 for erection of this fence. This is a part of their effort to clean and protect this pioneer cemetery.




The Old Rippey cemetery is the resting place for many of Greene County’s earliest settlers, and several war veterans, including the war of 1812, the Black Hawk Indian War, and the Civil War.  $3,000 for this project was received from the Greene County Community Foundation. The trustees’ chairperson, Mary Hick, wishes to express thanks for this funding and to Josh Arganbright of Guthrie Center for the fence installation.  Submitted by Mary Weaver


Rippey United Methodist Church

Rippey United Methodist Church 
PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235
Pastors:  Enna Antunez and Paul Burrow
Phone: 436-7731

Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a. m.
Worship Service is at 10:30 a. m.

Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00- Coffee and fellowship 10:00- everyone welcome

Friday November 7 - November 28 – Pastor Enna will be on vacation.  During this time, please contact Pastor Paul with any pastoral concerns.

Note:  Choir practice will be at 7:00 –Cantata practice at 7:30

Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Church Services at St. Brigid Catholic Church

Rippey United Methodist Church is participating in the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Services at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction at 7:00 on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Other churches taking part in the services are from Grand Junction United Methodist Church, Grand Junction Presbyterian Church, as well as the host church, St. Brigid Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend.

 Rippey Lions Club
The Lions will meet Thursday, December 4, 2014 for their regular meeting. The spaghetti supper that was postponed from Saturday evening to Sunday after church was deemed a success.  The club thanks everyone for their support.


Sarah Kilgore, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714

Monday 1-6
Tuesday 1:30-5:30
Wednesday 3-8
Thursday 10-2
Saturday 1-3

11/20:  Coffee 'N Bingo. 10:30 a. m. Enjoy bingo, and coffee with friends.  Myron and Maralynn Rinker are the hosts for this event and guarantee plenty of laughter, so y’all come!!

11/22:  Young adult book discussion. 1:00 p. m. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson. Multiple copies are available at the library.

Friends of Rippey Reminder !
There will be a Christmas Breakfast on December 6, 2014 from 8:00 to 11:00.  Egg Casserole, sausage, fruit, cinnamon rolls, coffee and juice will be served for a free-will offering.  A quilt donated by Sharon Riley will be offered for a silent auction.

Happenings in and around Rippey

Bye Bye Blues Meet
The Bye Bye Blues met in the home of Doris Brown for a pot-luck dinner.  The hostess had decorated her home with a fall theme, and on the tables were a collection of music boxes.   Always known for their cooking abilities, the ladies brought an abundance of good food and the selection was varied and plentiful.   The conversation was lively and ultimately turned to reminiscing.  Old pictures were shared and they triggered warm memories of the many members who are no longer with us that share the special bond of belonging to the lodge.
These ladies were members of Alice Blue Rebekah Lodge #414 and after their building became too much to keep up and the contents were sold in 1993, the members continued to meet in the library meeting room and finally surrendered their charter in 2002. They called themselves the “Bye Bye Blues” and the name stuck.  The members held their meetings in the new building for a while, but with dwindling membership, it was decided to hold their meetings at the home of Doris Brown for the convenience of the ladies. They don’t meet in the winter months, so this was their Christmas meeting and a collection was taken for the Action Resource Center in Jefferson.

Those attending were Iva Jo Muir, Midge Vannatta, Eleanor Alex, Kaye Linger, Lois McDowell, Donna Ridnour, Marilyn Pentico, Jean Borgeson and hostess, Doris Brown.
Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583
The members of the Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583 met at the Rippey Community Building on Thursday, November 13, 2014 for their annual oyster and chili supper.   After the meal, a short business meeting was held.  The members voted to purchase a new gun safe. Officers for next year are Gary Schmidt, Commander and Chris Kilmer, Adjutant. The rest of the evening was spent visiting.
Those attending were LaVere Derry, Dan Brubaker, Dennis Ulrich, Mike Scharingson, and Gary Schmidt, all of Rippey; Bill Hamilton, Grand Junction; Dale Whitehead, Perry; and Chris Kilmer, Dawson.

The Rippey Legion Post obtained their Charter April 28, 1922, naming it “Clifford Kinkead.” A new Charter was issued April 11, 1948 and the Post name was changed to “Kinkead-Martin” in memory of Clifford Kinkead and Dale Martin, who were the first servicemen from the Rippey area to give their lives in World War I and World War II.

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