RIPLEY, J.R. (James Ray), (1908-1940)

RIPLEY, J.R. (James Ray) (1908-1940)

Grocer [Sept 1938-Sept 1939]

J.R. Ripley, of Madoc, opened his grocery business in September 1938 ʺin the north end of the Georgian Hotel [formerly the McArthur House] recently vacated by Mr. C.M. Parrish, barberʺ.  Olive Ripley was from Verulam and the papers implied the move was to bring them closer to family. [FFPL 1938; 31A, FFPL 1939; 4A].  The business however lasted only a year as the Gazette reported the store’s closure in September 1939 [FFG 1 Feb 1940; 8].  The family had moved to Oshawa (Ripley was working in the Oshawa dairy) when tragedy struck.

J.R. Ripley Victim of Car Crash at Oshawa.  The death of James Ray Ripley of Oshawa in an automobile accident on Monday (August 26th) shocked citizens of this community as deceased had resided in Fenelon Falls for about a year, operating the Ripley Groceteria in the north end of the Georgian Hotel … He was 32 years old … He is survived by his wife and two small children… [FFG 29 Aug 1940; 1]

Spouse:  Olive Aldred Ripley

Location:  Colborne (McArthur House/Georgian Hotel)

Sources:  Bell [Sept 1939]; D+B; FFG; FFPL

Details of the accident appeared in the Globe and Mail, are as follows: | Oshawa, Aug 26th. James R. Ripley, 32-year-old clerk in an Oshawa dairy, was killed this afternoon when his light roadster collided with a gravel truck and smashed into a wire guard rail on the side of No. 2 Highway between Oshawa and Whiby. | Ripley died of a skull fracture and other injuries shortly after being admitted to Oshawa General Hospital. … [FFG 29 Aug 1940; 1]

Ripley’s store was located in the McArthur House building

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