The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, August 22, 1918, Page PAGE SIX, Image 6

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In Memory of Edward C. Ripple Jr., Platts
mouthY First Brave Young Soldier to
Die Fighting In France
(Written and Read By Judge Begley Last Sunday)
if tli is voune patriot was now arous
al, and when our nation was finally
forced to d' fend its rights ami self
espoct, the declaration of war found
this young man eapr to place his
:ife at the disposal of his country.
A'liile the rest of us were still dazed
'y the suddenness of the situation.
i-Mward Ripple heard old Glory call-
him. and his duty stood out for
i;:u as a pillar of cloud by day and
i pillar ef fre by night. A world
f patriotism burned within his
vreast and when on that beautiful
hlaster Sunday, 1917. the bells ehini
d out "IVace on Earth, Good Will
'o M'.-n." he knew that there could
jv no universal peace on earth until
that autocratic power behind Ger
man Government was crusneu, xne
govt rnnier.t instituted by the con
sent of the govt-rned were again es
tablished. On this day he obtained
lis parents approval to enlist in the
r. S. service, and the next morning,
thrre day; after the declaration of
;v;:r. ho interested seven other boys
jf this city and they went to Glen
wocd, la., and enlisted in the 3rd
Iowa National Guard, and were af
terward transferred to the regular
army as a part of the famous Rain
bow revision and sent to France
with A. K. r. A promise given those
boys by the ot'icers was that they
would lie permitted to remain to
gether and this has been kept.
It was lie happiest day of Edward's
at ion. H:s patriotism was aroused. jliie when ne enlisted anu donneu
He stnst-d the conflict, and with rare jthe Khaki. lie called his mother on
visualized the situation. , t he phone from
Edward C. Ripple was born at
Iuisville, Nebr.. on May 1. 1S94.
and died a brave soldier's death in
France. July 2Mb. IMS. in defend
ing not only the liberties and prin
ciples of this great country, but the?
dt-mocracy of the entire world be
inir one of the saviours of France.
A telegram was received by his par
ents announcing the fact of his
it-ath. followed by a letter from the
war department which I take the
liberty to read:
He was the only son of Mr. and
Mrs. Edward ('. Ripple, sr., of this
city. He is also survived by a half
brother. Frank Cheval. of Plat.ts
niouth. and a half sister, Mrs. Mary
OJell Lee. of Ford, Kansas. His par
ents moved to Oklahoma, when he
was 12 years old. and he remained
there working on a farm until about
live years ago. when he moved to
Plattsmouth and therafter was em-j
ployed in the Burlington shops un
til the date of his enlistment.
Edward was honest and indus
triou. and a great lover of home. He
was happy and cheerful. His pre-st-nce
radiated sunshine. From a
small boy he was imbued with the
soldier spirit. In his earlier years
he always expressed a desire to be a
soldier, and in all his play and
games this seemed t be tiie domi
nant force in his life.
As the great war come upon ns.
he became keenly alive to the situ-
l nst i net he
I".-fnne the average person realized i oi:sIy
the magnitude of the issues involved,
lie dr-sired to enlist, but his parents'
counsel prevailed and he desisted for
a time. I'.ut the great heart of this
patriotic voting freeman could not
reconcile humanity and civilization
with unwarranted invasion and des
poilatii'ii of Re'giuni; the bombing
of Red Cross hospitals: the sinking
of hospital ships; the firing on Scar
borough and other defenseless
towns; the enslaving of nonccmbat
ants; the mistreating and carrying
o:T of women and innocent girls; the
maiming and mutilating of children;
the torpedoing of passenger ships
without warning; the killing of Am
erican citizens without just cause,
end the countless other atrocities
committed by the Huns in their at
tempt to spread "Kultur" over the
face of the earth.
The sympathies, yea, the conscienec
Glen wood and joy-
t xi-'aimed "I have g4ne and
done i. I going to be a soldier."
He i ad done the thing lie wanted
to do r.::.l was proud to ofi'er his
life to hi;j country as a sacrifice up
on the :dt of freedom.
Alter sunie camp training at Des
M'd :::: ! was sent overseas. The
fir.-t trip on; his ship was torpedoed
and forced to return, but undaunted
'hey fti.rtel again and on the sec
.:'.;! attempt readied France about
:e. 1". l!17. There with the Rain
bow Divi-ion ho was engaged in the
fiercest and r.i'.it bloody fighting of
the war. During those dark days
the German hoardes had overrun
France and scmed on their way to
Paris an 1 t lie channel ports. The
Ilritish were worn out, the French
without halt or rest, marched Into
the front line trenches, reinforcing
and encouraging the hard pressed
allies: there with a dash and valor
uneoualed in the history of the
world the swiftly and decisively
turned the tide of battle, and start
ed the Huns on the run toward the
river Rhine, and Paris was saved as
spectacularly as inthe days of Joan
of Arc. For the wonderful valor
and courage displayed in the great
battles of July 15 and 16, the Rain
bow Division has been specially cora
metuLed by the war department.
Edward Ripple was in this wonder
ful display rf American grit and
courage and did his full part. The
American flag has never yet known
retreat in France and with such
magnificent patriots as Edward Rip
ple carrying our banner, she never
will. The, Germans shall not pass.
Edward Ripple has a record of
mx tinier going over the top, and
for this he was decorated with a gold
stripe. Army regulations provide
for this decoration for every four
times a man goes over the top. He
also received a decoration for more
than six months service overseas.
He was the first to enlist from our
city and the first to receive a Hun
bullet and be sacrificed upon the
field of honor. Yesterday he was tin
known, but today his name goes
ringing down the ages as one of the
nation's heroes. And while cut
down in the flower of youth, when
he stood upon an eminence and saw
a neaut ltul future glowing beiore
him, yet he has accomplished more
m his oner period oi existence man
those who have lived their alloted
time. His death was as he desired
it. He knew the consequences, yet
smilingly and bravely offered his
life that you and I and future gen
erations might dwell together as
brothers, in peace" and harmony un
der a free government of our own
choice and of our own making.
Rousseau, the French writer, once
said: "The dead take to their graves
in their clutched fingers, only that
which they have given away." Ed
ward Ripple, perhaps poor in purse.
died rich in the esteem of a grate
ful republic and in the blessings of
service well rendered tj mankind.
lie gave up his hopes, his aspira
tions, his future and finally his life,
a.? a sacrifice upon the alter of free-
Ion: and humanity. To the sorrow
ing parents there must ever come
the proud memory that they have
offered up the most, costly sacrifice
to the country that it was possible
for them to give.
Edward Ripple today sleeps be
neath the lilies and flowers of
France. lie has paid America's debt
to LaFayette, to Rochambeau and to
France. And the sympathetic heart
of the impetuous French people will
er remember their deliverance and
will keep his new made grave strewn
with fragrant flowers: and his mem
ory will live in the hearts of his
neighbors, his friends and his coun
trymen. He is beyond the reach of
our praise, but what we do and say
here today has meaning and benefit
for those of us who are without the
pale of army service upon the field.
It is for us to dedicate ourselves to
the principles for which he died, and
to the task of carrying out the work
that has been so nobly begun. We
must stand firmly behind our armies
were bled white; it seemed a great
disaster was about to befall the Al- j until the war is fought to its final
lies. Then suddenly the American . end. There must be no talk of peace
forces appearel upon the field, and until our full objects in this war
The Younger Men
Have Moved Up!
moved up to fill the positions
left by those who have gone to
the front.
Young men today around 16 to 21 are older than their
years. They are filling mens shoes and they are wearing
men's clothes.
We are prepared to cater to this class of youth with
clothes worthy of their metal.
We especially mention Styleplus clothes $25 and $30,
because they are the foremost clothes of the nation at this
price. We have other makes from $18 to $45.
Ask to see the new skirt model with seam at the waist
line close fitting military effect. The latest and most clever
style creation of the year.
i . . ....
nave Deen attained. mere is one
word that should not be spoken at
this time and that is the word of
peace. That word has no place in
our vocabulary until our victorious
army is marching the streets -of
Berlin. And' when' that event occurs
we can truthfully say: Edward
Ripple has not died in vain.
We all feel on this occasion how
weak and insignificane have been
our efforts and service In this war
Compared with the supreme sacri
fice of Edward Ripple, it is as a dol
lar to a life. We have grumbled
when we have been asked to curtai
our sugar, our meat and flour supply
and to dispense with a few luxur
ies. We have hesitated when re
quested to give a proportionate share
of our abundant financial store to
maintain these splendid boys to fight
our battles at the front. Let. us here
receive inspiration from the great
sacrifice of Edward Ripple and high
ly resolve that we will comply with
government regulations as promptly
as he did, and that we will at least
m . m
give our uonars ror ine cause as
cheerfully as he gave his life.
The death of Edward Ripple dem
onstrates that our citizenship can
rise to any test and that a demo
cracy such as ours shall not perish
from the earth, and we rejoice; but
in our exultation as the triumph of
democracy, let us not forget the
sympathy and tenderness due his
father with the sorrow bent should
ers of this mother with the tear
stained face. To all mothers with
boys in the service, and especially
to this mother, should the gratitude
of the nation be expressed. To this
mother falls the heaviest burden of
the war. They have given all and
are left at home alone to worry and
to wait. They spend anxious days
and hours fearing the worst, yet
hoping for the best. Reconciled to
fate, with a smile through their
tears, they religiously offer their
sons as a sacrice to the cause of
right. The idea is so beautifully
expressed in the little poem entit
led. "The Mother on the Sidewalk,"
by Edgar A. Guest, that I take the
liberty of repeating it here as a con
clusion of these remarks:
The mother on the sidewalk as the
troops were passing by
Is the mother of old Glory that is
waving in the sky.
Men have fought' to keep it splen
did; men have died to keep it
Dut that flag was born of woman
and her sufferings day and night.
'Tis her sacrice has made it, and
once more we ought pray
For the brave and loyal mother of
the boy that goes away.
-ti t t m n rrrt yrm iml
1 loetaiiipt Lai Co.,
y Sterling,
There are days of grief before her;
there are hours that she will weep
There are nights of anxious waiting
when her fear will banish sleep;
She has heard her country calling
and has risen to the test.
And placed upon the alter of the
nation's need, her best.
And no man shall ever suffer in the
turmoil of the fray
The anguish of the mother of the
boy who goes away.
You may boast men's deeds of glory.
you may tell their courage great;
But to die is easier service than
alone to sit and wait.
And I hail the little mother, with
the tear-stained face and grave
Who has given .the flag a soldier
She's the bravest of the brave.
And that banner we are proud of,
with its red and blue and white
Is a lasting tribute holy to all moth
ers' love of right.
Bert Satchell. living out near My
nard, has a little son that has for
the past few years been a great ad
mirer of fine hogs, and it has been
his one ambition to engage in this
line of stock growing. Bert desir
ing to encourage the lad in his werk,
permitted him to make a purchase
a fine animal from the Kerns herd,
at a sale a few days ago, that was
hel dat Stanton. The lad picked
an extra fine hog, and was bid in at
$500.00. The animal was shipped
down from Stanton, and was taken
to the farm home of Mr. Satchell,
and only lived a few days. The lad
has almost been broken hearted ever
since. The loss is great enough for
an old time feeder, but strikes doub
ly hard on the lad's first attempt at
a fine herd.
Men's Sport Shirts, 75c
Boys' Waists, 3 for' $1.00
Wash Trousers, 3 to 6, 25c
Men's Blue Overalls, $1.85
C E. Wescotfs Sons
A. M. Sanders who has been in
the Burlington shops for a number
of months past has resigned his
position and engaged with Ralph J.
Ilaynie northwest of the city on a
farm, and will try" farming again.
Mr. Sanders is a good farmer hav
ing put in many years at that occupation.
Now is the time to join the War
Stamp Limit Club,. . See Chaa. C.
Parmele for particulars.
We have sold numbers of Cass county, Sanders
county and Iowa people land in Southeastern Nebraska.
When you buy land in Otoe county, Nemaha county,
Gage county, $75 and up per acre, you are getting
something that will make you a bank account instead
of failures.
We have some choice 40, 80, 120, 160, 240, 320
and 640 acre tracts of land, with very reasonable prices
and good terms.
We have the iargest and best land list in South
eastern Nebraska.
It will pay you to see us for a home or investment.
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From Tuesday's Duisy
Mont Robb dropped into the city
last evening on his way home at
Union, where he went to visit the
folks, and to be at home at election.
Mont is the purchasing traveling
man ror tne iiaynes urain to., oi
Omaha, and makes all portions of
the state as well as portions of the
surrounding states. He has just re
turned from a trip to the west,
which he describes as blooming like
the rose, with an abundant crop of
small grain. He dropped off at
Brush, Colorado, the other day and
there met Charles McNamee. former
ly of Union, who had gone west
some years since and engaged in
the farming game. Charles has 200
acres of land, 160 of which he can
irrigate, and which is producing the
best of crops. His alfalfa being
very heavy, as well as other crops.
Mr. McNamee took Mr. Robb home
with him for dinner, and as Mont
had been getting along on hotel eat
ing for some time, the treat was ex
ceptionally fine, for the tables of
the McNamee's fairly groaned with
the good things which was set be
fore Mr. Robb.
Coming on down to Ft. Morgan,
which is in the irrigated district he
went on to Sterling, where he met
A. W. Hunter, and at Grant, found
James Marasek and stepping out in
the street, he was surprised to see
John Lloyd driving into the elevator
with a load of wheat.
During the Old Settlers' Picnic at
Union, Nebraska, August 23 and 24
at which time there, will a couple of
good matches each day in the after
noon. Jess Queen, of Union will go to
a finish match with Jack Landon,
of Shenandoah, Iowa, best 2 falls in
3, on Friday Aug 23 and on Satur
day Queen will go to a finish match
with Kid Starkey, of Grand Island.
There will be several other good
TnotMiPc oti this occasinn. Do not I Dunlap. Iowa, which was accom
fail to see these matches as thev will I panied by a call to ccme at once,
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be firstclass.
I-Yr.rr) Tu'.l;y s hally.
Warren Wyley departed this af
ternoon for Grant, in Perkins coun
ty, where he goes to look over the
country and should the circum
stances appeal to him out ther he
will endeavor to rent a farm out
there for the coming year. He will
also visit at Imperial and whik;
there will he the guest of IVtor
This morning II. I. Windham re
ceived a message telling of he ex
treme illness of his grani daughter
little Janette 'Windham, daughter of
Robert Windham jr., and wife of
Mrs. A. F. Seybert prepared an
excellent fried chicken dinner for a
number of relatives and friends, at
her home in Plattsmouth last Sun
Jay. There were quite a number of
relatives present, among whom were
Mrs. J. P. Keil, Mr. and Mrs. riiilip
Keil and family, Mr. and Mrs. Win.
Keil and son Johnny, Mr and Mrs.
Louis Keil and son Carl, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Keil and children, of
Huron. South Dakota, Mr. and Mrs.
C. M. Seybert, of Louisville, and Miss
Grace Smith, of Omaha. They were
unanimous in voting Mrs. Seybert
an expert when it comes to prepar
ing a chicken dinner.
as there was no hope for her recov
ery. Later another message came,
saying there might be some hope
of the little one living for a few
days yet. although she was extreme
ly sick. Mr. Windham and daugh
ter Miss Hermia departed on the
first train for the bedside of the
little sulTerer, and hoping against
hope that they might find her improved.
A letter from A. W. Vallery who
departed a few days since for the
Great Lakes training station near
Chicago, writes interestingly regard
ing the trip over to Chicago and
the camp life, and says that he is
liking the training and work fine.
Read the Journal Ads It Pays
Philip tfhivicik
"A Tax on Shirts Costing Over $1.50"
SPEAKING before the Ways and Means Committee in Washington recently, Dr.
Sprague, Professor of Banking at Harvard, proposed the placing of a stiff "tax on
luxuries, including shirts which cost over $1.50.
This has not yet become a law. With work shirts selling at $1 .25, a $1 .50 shirt
is far from being a luxury, and to exercise intelligent economy man men believe it
necessary to spend more than $1.50 for their shirts. If you haven't enough shirts for
the winter, come in and buy some "essentials." AU shades and grades - $ 1 .50 to $6.50.
The hot weather has not yet ended, even though your athletic underwear has.
A few suits at $1.00 and VASSAR at $1.25 will save you money.
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