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 Horace “Hod” Ripley

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Horace “Hod” Ripley

Birth
Canada
Death
4 Jan 1944 (aged 101)
Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri, USA
Burial
Deerfield, Vernon County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID
61897905 View Source

Civil War Veteran.
Residence at time of enlistment: Bristol, Dane County, Wisconsin.
Enlisted: August 28, 1861 as a Private in the 7th Wisconsin.
Infantry, Company B (IRON BRIGADE).
Mustered Out: September 1, 1864.
Detailed: September 12, 1862 to Battery B, 4th U.S. Light Artillery.
Returned: August 15, 1864.
Military details provided by Don Strube.

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"HOD" RIPLEY DIES AT HOSPITAL; 101 YEARS OLD
Moved To Vernon County in 1867; He Was A Large-Scale Farmer Here For More Than Half A Century

Nevada and Vernon county lost their oldest citizen Tuesday afternoon when Horace "Hod" Ripley, 101 years old, died at the Nevada Hospital at 4 o'clock.

Born in Canada, Aug. 7, 1842, Mr. Ripley moved to Wisconsin when he was a small boy, there to lead the life of a typical pioneer youth.

Then, when he was 19, Fort Sumpter fell, and he joined the Union Army in 1861, fighting through the next four years of war. He was in a number of the greatest battles of the Civil War, including Antietam [Sharpsburg, MD] and Gettysburg.

In 1867, when the war was over, he moved to Vernon county, settling in Lake township as a farmer. His labors prospered until when he retired in 1919, he owned and operated about 1,300 acres of Vernon county farmland. At retirement, he gave each of his sons a farm, retaining about 200 acres in which he took an intense interest the rest of his life.

Almost every day, until he finally gave up driving because of failing eyesight, less than three years ago, Mr. Ripley would drive out to his farm, "just to see that things get along all right," he explained.

And almost every day found him in the business district of Nevada, greeting friends and to get his daily shave. Erect as a young man, he was always nearly, even nattily dressed, and always wore a carefully knotted tie.

Up to the last of his life he maintained an avid interest in the two things he really knew--soldiering and farming. He never missed a news broadcast on the radio, and he insisted that his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tena Ripley, with whom he made his home at 711 South Cedar street, read his papers to him daily.

- - - His "Baby" Brother 90 - - -

He was interested in world affairs and followed the progress of the war with fascination.

Last August a family reunion was held, honoring his 101st birthday and Mr. Ripley's "baby" brother, 90-year-old George Ripley of La Plata, NM was here for the occasion.

He is survived by two sons, Jake and Arthur Ripley of Deerfield, and a daughter, Mrs. Susie Leonard of Santa Ana, Calif., besides his daughter-in-law and his brother.

Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.

[The Nevada Daily Mail, Nevada, MO; Jan 5, 1944]

Civil War Veteran.
Residence at time of enlistment: Bristol, Dane County, Wisconsin.
Enlisted: August 28, 1861 as a Private in the 7th Wisconsin.
Infantry, Company B (IRON BRIGADE).
Mustered Out: September 1, 1864.
Detailed: September 12, 1862 to Battery B, 4th U.S. Light Artillery.
Returned: August 15, 1864.
Military details provided by Don Strube.

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"HOD" RIPLEY DIES AT HOSPITAL; 101 YEARS OLD
Moved To Vernon County in 1867; He Was A Large-Scale Farmer Here For More Than Half A Century

Nevada and Vernon county lost their oldest citizen Tuesday afternoon when Horace "Hod" Ripley, 101 years old, died at the Nevada Hospital at 4 o'clock.

Born in Canada, Aug. 7, 1842, Mr. Ripley moved to Wisconsin when he was a small boy, there to lead the life of a typical pioneer youth.

Then, when he was 19, Fort Sumpter fell, and he joined the Union Army in 1861, fighting through the next four years of war. He was in a number of the greatest battles of the Civil War, including Antietam [Sharpsburg, MD] and Gettysburg.

In 1867, when the war was over, he moved to Vernon county, settling in Lake township as a farmer. His labors prospered until when he retired in 1919, he owned and operated about 1,300 acres of Vernon county farmland. At retirement, he gave each of his sons a farm, retaining about 200 acres in which he took an intense interest the rest of his life.

Almost every day, until he finally gave up driving because of failing eyesight, less than three years ago, Mr. Ripley would drive out to his farm, "just to see that things get along all right," he explained.

And almost every day found him in the business district of Nevada, greeting friends and to get his daily shave. Erect as a young man, he was always nearly, even nattily dressed, and always wore a carefully knotted tie.

Up to the last of his life he maintained an avid interest in the two things he really knew--soldiering and farming. He never missed a news broadcast on the radio, and he insisted that his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tena Ripley, with whom he made his home at 711 South Cedar street, read his papers to him daily.

- - - His "Baby" Brother 90 - - -

He was interested in world affairs and followed the progress of the war with fascination.

Last August a family reunion was held, honoring his 101st birthday and Mr. Ripley's "baby" brother, 90-year-old George Ripley of La Plata, NM was here for the occasion.

He is survived by two sons, Jake and Arthur Ripley of Deerfield, and a daughter, Mrs. Susie Leonard of Santa Ana, Calif., besides his daughter-in-law and his brother.

Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.

[The Nevada Daily Mail, Nevada, MO; Jan 5, 1944]


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  • Added: 19 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 61897905
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/61897905/horace-ripley: accessed ), memorial page for Horace “Hod” Ripley (7 Aug 1842–4 Jan 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 61897905, citing Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, Vernon County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by NancyT (contributor 47197580) .