Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Old Rip the Toads in:
 • Eastland Courthouse
 • Eastland
 • Eastland County
 • Texas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Old Rip the Toad
Birth: unknown, USA
Death: 1929
Eastland
Eastland County
Texas, USA

"Old Rip" was the inspiration for the WB network's "Michigan J. Frog." In 1897, Old Rip was put inside the cornerstone of Eastland Courthouse. The courthouse was torn down in 1928 so they could build a new one. When the cornerstone was opened, people realized that Old Rip was still alive. Old Rip was taken to meet President Coolidge and became a nationally known toad. Eleven months after Old Rip was taken out of the cornerstone, he died. He was embalmed, put in a miniature coffin, and put on display inside the new courthouse. In 1973, Old Rip was stolen from the courthouse, but later recovered at the county fairgrounds, although some people don't believe it's the same toad. However, the recovered toad was taken back to the courthouse and put on display. (bio by: Heather from VA) 
 
Burial:
Eastland Courthouse
Eastland
Eastland County
Texas, USA
Plot: In a display case inside the courthouse
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Heather from VA
Record added: Jul 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7673902
Old Rip the Toad
Added by: Heather from VA
 
Old Rip the Toad
Added by: Anthony S
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- sniksnak
 Added: Sep. 29, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: May. 7, 2014
The Last Time I Saw "One Froggy Evening" on TV, They Mentioned you as the inspiration for Warner Brothers to make this Academy Award Winning cartoon! Rest In Peace, Old Rip!
- Sheldon Klein
 Added: May. 1, 2014
There are 346 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.8 after 117 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service