Manuscript Group 1304, Rippel Family Papers, 1928 – 1969
Archives Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Jersey Historical Society
Processed by: Shira Markoff
The papers of the Rippel family span the
years 1928 to 1969 and total .75 linear feet. The
collection was processed by Shira Markoff, a student at Rutgers
University, New Brunswick, for a history internship project.
Julius Simpson Rippel was born September 21,
1868 in Newark, New Jersey (Essex County) to Godfried C. Rippel
and Susan Seifert Rippel. Rippel was orphaned at age six.
He was a self-made businessman, who became a successful Newark
financier, well known throughout the New Jersey business world.
In 1891, he opened an investment business in Newark specializing
in local securities, and in 1916, along with two business
partners, he formed J.S. Rippel & Company. In
addition, Rippel served as the president of J.S. Rippel
Investment Brokers and the Newark Trust Co. He was also
primary stock-holder of the Security Company of New Jersey; he
served as trustee of the Newark Provident Loan Association and as
vice-president of the Merchants & Manufacturers National
Bank. Rippel was also well-known for his philanthropic
activities on behalf of the Newark community. He married
Fannie E. Traphagen (d. February 5, 1943) in 1897. She was
active in organizations that helped elderly women, in particular,
the Memorial Center for Women in West Orange. Rippel died
in Newark on December 9, 1950. In his will, he left most of
his fortune to form the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, benefiting
elderly women, hospitals, and cancer and heart disease research,
in her memory.
Albert A. Rippel (d. 1933), the brother of
Julius S. Rippel, a prominent Newark businessman, was a
partner in the Dixon and Rippel Brush Works. His son,
Julius A. Rippel, was born on July 22, 1901.
Julius A. Rippel, a graduate of Dartmouth
College (1923), married Carol Winfried Richards, and they had
three children, Susan, Joan, and Eric. Rippel was the
president of an investment securities firm, Julius A.
Rippel, Inc., which handled local and state securities. Rippel
was active in philanthropic organizations in the Newark area.
During World War II, he served as chairman of the Newark War Fund
and as general chairman of Community Chest Campaign in 1942.
In addition, Rippel presided as regional chairman of the New
Jersey Cancer Societys fund-raising campaign in 1947, and
he was president of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. For
his work for the Newark community, Rippel was chosen Outstanding
Citizen of 1943 by the Advertising Club.
and Content Note
The papers, 1928-1969, contain the papers of
the Rippel family and the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. The
collection includes a testimonial written about Albert A. Rippel
upon his death by the First Methodist Protestant Church of
Newark. In addition, the collection h
1 Albert A. Rippel
Upon His Death
2. Citizen of
the Year Award. Correspondence
Feb- Mar 1944
3. Citizen of the Year Award. Speeches
4. Citizen of the Year Award. Printed Materials
5. World War II. Correspondence, Writings
6. Charitable Work
Food Program. Correspondence and
Receipts for Packages Sent to German Relatives
8. C.A.R.E. Food Program. Printed Materials
9. Records of
11. Miscellaneous Family Materials
13. Scrapbook of Newsclippings