October 13, 2014

Time Capsule Reclaimed, Will be opened at the next reunion
Printed with permission

Time capsule

Photo by Lori Van Gundy DeMoss

The saving grace of the demolition was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 30, as the 1920 date plaque near the front door was removed. Graduates and children attending elementary classes in the building will remember it was on the east wall at the bottom of the staircase and listed the members of the board of education; the construction company etc. As the cornerstone was carefully cut away and lifted out a sealed copper vault measuring 16 inches by 9 inches was a discovered.

When the community heard about the “strong box,” and the information went out on social media, primarily Facebook, all wondered about what the box contained. Local history buff Jean Borgeson found a reference to the vault in the “Rippey History,” printed in 1970 for the Rippey Centennial……”At the time of the laying of the cornerstone in the new building, there was placed a copper box, containing the following articles.

  “17 copies of the Rippey Booster containing items of events leading up to the structure; copies of the Jefferson Bee, Jefferson Herald, Perry Chief, Perry Tribune, state papers both daily and political, 30 views of Rippey including the old schoolhouse and the one we are now using; records of the school board from the start of the public school teaching in Rippey; secretaries’ report which was furnished by A. E. Jensen, secretary of the board; a complete personnel of the present board and its officers together with the men who are constructing the new building; treasurer’s report and literature and reports that cover every activity in Rippey and community; also a record of the men who took part in the late World War,; those who took part in the Civil War; various stamps, postage and revenue, coins, and money and many other articles. Over these articles was spread a picture of both Cox and Harding, nominees for president and on top of these were placed four of our country’s flags, each containing 48 states.”

Only memories remain for the Rippey graduates and East Greener’s attending elementary school. There were antics and issues that students, teachers, cooks, janitors, and bus drivers will (mostly) fondly hold about plays, and proms, musicals, and recess, and the bus rides, and the overall education that was provided and received.
The gymnasium, now called the Wisecup gymnasium, constructed in 1959, remains intact for use by the Greene County Schools.
Debris remains. Bricks will be crushed and ground for re-cycling; some will be saved and will be available to Rippey and East Greene alumni or those with a bond to the school in the future.
The signage at the top of the building, “Rippey Consolidated School” was cut away and lowered intact for a school memorial to be erected in the city of Rippey. The doors and windows were salvaged by the demolition crew. Slate boards were salvaged and given to the Friends of Rippey for future Christmas decorations, with a remembrance on the reverse side showing they were from the Rippey School. These will be for sale.

Shawn DeMoss

Pictured Thursday with the copper vault is Greene County School grounds/transportation director Shawn DeMoss.  His great grandfather Claude Johnson was a school board director when the building opened in 1921.  He has overseen the demolition of the building for the newly formed Greene County district.

In talking with Verdina Odin Hastings Rippey High school Class of 1958, co-facilitator of the Rippey alumni, the box will be opened during the next alumni party to be held Saturday at noon of Memorial Day Weekend 2015. The contents will be available for all to see at that time.

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And now.....Rippey News

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!

Rippey United Methodist Church Activities

Blankets for Love

See the blanket display in the Fellowship Hall for “Blanket the World with Love.”  For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including: Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster, tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields, wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens, literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.  The blanket will be on display for your donations for a few Sundays.

Holiday Greenery Sale

The THUG group will be selling greenery for the next few weeks. Contact Angela Abbas for further information, or call the church office.

Lots of Socks & More

The sixth “Lots of Socks Drive” is underway.  New socks, underwear, diapers and pull-ups can be put in the collection box located in the church from October 7th - 31st.

Choir Cantata

The choir has started to practice for their Christmas Cantata.  Anyone who wishes to sing can join the choir at 7:30 on Wednesday.  The last half of choir practice will be for the cantata. 

Rippey Public Library Activities

Sarah Kilgore, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714

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

The Rippey Library will have a Halloween Party on October 29, 2014, at 4:00 p. m.

Rippey News

Sunday, Oct. 5, Jason and Denise Doerhoff hosted a birthday party for their 2 year old son, Declan. The party was held at GRIFF'S R.V. park club house near Altoona.  Declan has the distinction of having seven grandmothers and five were at the party, including  Great-Grandma Connie Neese and grandparents,  Kate and Rob Doerhoff. The theme was “Scooby Do”, complete with big brother Leland, who is four, to help with the candles on the Scooby cake and gifts.

Bailey Ovenshire, daughter of David and Barbara Neese Ovenshire is in Fort Sill, Ok attending Army Basic training and “Loves it!”  She has marched 12 miles in full gear, in pouring down rain, scaled a 60 ft. tower, lobed grenades and was told she smiles too much.  It’s been quite an experience to date.  She will graduate and move on to Ft. Sam Huston on Texas for more training.

Dale and Nancy Hanaman visited the daughter and family, Sarah and Benji Pearson, Steven, Elizabeth and Andrea in Superior, WI. The colder weather interfered with their outdoor painting plans. They traveled on to Rice Lake, WI to see Matthew, Adrianna and Adyara Hanaman and to attend a soccer game of Adyara's. No snow, but a bit chilly.

Virgene Morse enjoyed having her daughter and granddaughter, Delores and Kelsey Blanshan visiton Saturday and Sunday.   The visits usually include working, either in the house or outside, and it was a nice weekend to get some work done.

 Sunday, October 12, Jean Borgeson joined Phil and Toni Roberts on an excursion to Winterset to visit Tony and Wendy Burkett and daughters, Josie, Addie and Lilly.  The two older girls, and Holly, the dog, were getting ready to participate in the Covered Bridge parade. Like most busy households, it took a couple of trips to town to get everyone where they were supposed to be on time.  We were seated towards the end of the parade route and since Lilly didn’t have any competition for the candy that was thrown, she has a good supply to last her until Halloween.  It was a chilly day, but the parade was enjoyable. The ride to the Burkett home after the parade, although short, was filled with laughter, which is always a good sound for the old folks! It’s not easy filling a van with four adults, three kids, a dog, and all the stuff they needed for the parade.  It was much more fun to be one of the old people, and the day evoked memories of how we all did the same thing when our kids were small, those many, many years ago.   After leaving the Burkett’s, we travelled the back roads and stopped for a surprise visit at the home of Sarah Roberts, Corey Bradley and Camden, who live in Earlham. It was an enjoyable afternoon. 

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