Bio: Ripplinger, Ben (Close Call – 18 Apr 1919)
Contact: Ann Stevens
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 4/24/1919
Ripplinger, Ben (Close Call – 18 Apr 1919)
Ben Ripplinger, a merchant located at Ripplinger, new station on the Soo line eight miles from Spencer, met with an accident while in the city yesterday, Friday, that came near ending his earthly career. He was in the act of crossing the street south of the Soo Depot when he was struck by the switch engine which was switching on the house track. He was knocked down and how he managed to escape the wheels will remain a mystery to him. It was an act of providence that saved his life. The house track is only a few feet from the depot and as Ben, in crossing the street, stepped on the track, he neither saw nor heard the train. A grip he was carrying fell under the train and was cut in two. His right leg was considerably bruised. – Marshfield Herald
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