Sat, October 11, 1873- Idaho Signal - Lewiston


Ripson at Warrens I.T. October 9.  Al Ripson


Sat, October 18, 1873- Idaho Signal


Last week, just as we were going to press, the news of the death of Al Ripson reached us.  We have since learned more fully of his illness and his sudden and unexpected demise.  While engaged at his business at Warrens, about the 28th September, he was taken with violent pains in the stomach and bowels, accompanied with vomiting.  Everything taken upon the stomach produced vomiting, - neither food nor medicine could be retained.  No action could be produced upon his bowels either by physic or injection.  He continued in this condition, suffering greatly, till the night of the 7th inst., when Dr. Moxley arrived from Camas Prairie, who immediately effected a passage of his bowels; but he was so much reduced that he could not recuperate, although he seemed to be much more free from pain during the night of the 7th and during the day on Wednesday.  On Wednesday night he was in great pain for about two hours.  At about one o’clock on the morning of the 9th he became much easier, but from that time until half-past five that morning he gradually grew weaker, when his candle fo life went out without even a struggle.  Dr. Moxley’s attentions were unremitted after his arrival and up to his death, and all his friends speak in terms of commendation of the Doctor, believing that he did all that human power could do to save him.  His death cast a darker gloom over the people of that camp than ever before known, for Ripson was universally esteemed for his good qualities and his enterprise as a citizen, who had been identified with the interests of that camp for upwards of ten years.  He had been honored with a seat in the Legislature of the Territory for one term by the votes of the citizens of that county, when he served with credit to himself and to his constituents, and was tendered a second term, but he declined.  He was native of Michigan, where he spent the past winter among his friends.  About six weeks since he received the news of the death of his mother, since which time his more intimate friends have often remarked that he had exhibited an unusual degree of sadness.  He was aged thirty-nine years.  A host of friends all over this section of country mourn his loss from our midst. 




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