“Colonel” Solomon Ripinsky
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Sol Ripinsky was born in 1859, in Ripin, Poland.
Along the way . . .
In 1870, Sol Ripinsky journeyed to America, at the age of 11.
He worked for a brother’s clothing store in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1876 found Sol Ripinsky living in Sacramento, California.
By 1879, Ripinsky had moved on to Salem, Oregon where he owned a grocery store called Webfoot.
In 1881, he was an aide de camp and earned the rank of Colonel in the Oregon State Militia.
Around 1884, Sol Ripinsky headed for Sitka, Alaska.
There he worked for U.S. Attorney Edward W. Haskett for a year.
In 1885, he was assigned to run a school for the Indian Education Department.
He opened a school for 45 students, teaching both English and Russian.
Ripinsky was also served as the principle at a government school in Chilkat, Alaska.
In 1887, Ripinsky worked for a salmon cannery and had a general merchandise store in Chilkat.
In 1904, Sol Ripinsky wrote a book on the Indians of Alaska.
In 1908, Sol Ripinsky was elected school director in Haines, Alaska.
In 1911, Sol Ripinski proudly became a United States Citizen.
In Salem, Oregon, Sol Ripinsky became a Colonel.
In Alaska, Sol Ripinsky became a United States Commissioner in 1899, in which position he was a Judge.
Sol Ripinsky served as postmaster of Chilkat, Alaska.
He was also a notary public.
In 1899, Sol Ripinsky was elected as the delegate to Haines, Alaska.
In 1916 he was elected Mayor of Haines.
He supported territorial legislature and self-government.
Sol Ripinsky died in 1927.
Mount Ripinski, which is located north of Haines, Alaska, was named for Colonel Sol Ripinsky, around 1890.
- “Notes on Sol Ripinsky of Alaska in 1905.” Western States Jewish History. v.8, no.4
Samantha Siver is Curator of this Colonel Sol Ripinsky Exhibit.
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