|Vada Reip Davis, 91, died at Espyville, Pennsylvania, on December 29, 2007, selling the family homestead and remarrying. She is buried at the Reip Cemetery at Nicut.|
By Bob Weaver 2001
The Reip house on Nicut Road is a notable structure, particularly with its
beautiful shade trees, numerous gardens and green lawns. It was built by
Warden Mollohan about 1914, who was married to Erma Reip. "Much of the
material came from Sears and Roebuck," said Vada Reip, widow of Dalton
Reip who died in 1977.
Stately Reip house built in 1915
Evelyn Weber (L) house guest and Vada Reip (R) admire
Vada is proud of her ten-room house and its surroundings. At age 85 she
carefully works several bountiful flower gardens close to the house. "I use to
have a big garden and do a lot of canning," she said, but the vegetable patch
is now small. She is assisted by Evelyn Weber, a long-term house guest who
came to live with the Reip family 29 years ago.
Vada was the daughter of Curt Parsons. She married Dalton in 1933, one of
the eight children of Ira and Mary Belle Price. In earlier years Dalton had an
oxen team and worked with oil and gas, but mostly he farmed. They
purchased the house from the family in 1952.
Ira and Mary Belle Price Reip "hang on wall"
Dalton and Vada Parsons Reip shortly after marriage in 1933
The Reip Boys (L to R) Dalton, Manfred, Ira and Hobert. Not shown the four
girls, Emma Mollohan, Edna Gordon, Jessie Wyge and Ora Pearl
"I have lived here in this nice place nearly my whole life," she said. "It has
been hard to keep up at times." The original property had 389 acres, but
much of the land has been sold and the huge old barn has been torn
"All four of my kids were raised here," she said, speaking of Dalton, Jr. and
Robert Blaine Reip and daughters, Emma Jean Conley and Deloris
During the Sunday visit, Vada sat on the large porch recalling life with her
husband and telling humorous stories about life on Nicut.
Backyard garden with gazebo
Shade trees and grass surround house
Vada's country kitchen
A cool place on a hot Sunday