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Capt. James L. Van Riper

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 561

    captain of Company L, Third Ohio National Guard, and city auditor of Sidney, O., is one of the prominent young men of Shelby county and one in whom Sidney takes a proprietary interest as he was born here on August 17, 1884, and has made his native place the scene of his interests. He is a son of William L. and Margaret (Lampher) Van Riper, the former of whom is agent for the United States Express Company in this city. James L. Van Riper attended the public schools of Sidney and was graduated from the Sidney high school in 1902, at
that time accepting a position in the office of the American Steel Scraper Company, where he continued for five and one-half years, when he accepted, in 1907, the position of secretary with the Standard Clutch Manufacturing Company, with which he remained until his resignation in 1911. In the meanwhile he had become interested in public affairs and politics and became the candidate on the republican ticket for city auditor, to which office he was elected with a large majority, being the only one of his political complexion elected on the city ticket. A patriotic sentiment suggested his uniting with the state militia and on July 1, 1907, he enlisted as a private in Company L, Third Regiment, Ohio National Guards, and he was quickly discovered to possess military qualities which resulted in his promotion. On July 22, 1907, he was appointed corporal, and on March 20, 1908, was advanced to the rank of sergeant, on April 22 following being made first sergeant and on January 6, 1910, was commissioned first lieutenant by Governor Harmon. On January 26, 1911, he succeeded Captain Douglas and has command of a fine body of fifty-six men, his being the largest,as well as one of the best drilled companies at the annual encampment in 1912. Although a stern disciplinarian, Captain Van Riper has the universal devotion of his men and they form a very effective section of the Third regiment. Captain Van Riper is identified with several fraternal organizations. including the Knights of Pythias and the Foresters.

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