Mar 252012
 

The Reip cemetery sits atop a wooded hill overlooking the old Reip farm near Euclid, WV. It is a small cemetery containing only 2 generations of Reips — Frank and his father Peter, and their wives.

Access to the cemetery is from the foot of the lane leading to the farm. It is on the opposite side of the lane from the farm, and you have to walk along the lane while gradually climbing uphill in order to reach the cemetery. It is surrounding by a low chain link fence and is periodically cared for by some of the local descendants. Because of its somewhat difficult access, however, I have trimmed weeds on occasions, too. The photo shown here looks across the cemetery and down over the hill toward the foot of the lane. If you could see ninety degrees to the left of the angle from which this photo was taken you could see the farm house, which is directly below the hill.

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Mar 252012
 

The old Reip farm was the home of Goldie Reip Elliott. Built, according to family recollection, by either Goldie's father Frank Reip or grandfather Peter Reip, it was in an area south of Grantsville, WV known as "up on the West Fork." The West Fork (of the Kanawha River, I believe) passes through an area in southern Calhoun County along Rt. 16.

As late as the 1950s and 1960s it had the reputation of being a wild area with one section known as Bear Fork because black bear were common there. As a kid at this time, I can remember begging my family to take us up there when we visited the Elliotts and see the bears. We never did.

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Mar 242012
 

Goldie (or Golda, as it sometimes appears) Reip was the wife of Bernard Elliott. She died in childbirth on Dec. 16, 1938 at the age of 33 with her unborn son, Lewis. She and Bernard had four previous children: John Francis, Maxine, Pauline, and Nina Rose.

She was the daughter of Frank Reip and Victoria Mace. She was born in Calhoun County near the village of Orma on the West Fork. She grew up there at the Reip family home built by Frank Reip, just down over the hill from the Reip family cemetery.

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