Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe
Admiral Fyffe always held that day in January as an anniversary, wearing his uniform on what he called the great day of his life. He was decorated by Queen Victoria for his historic service in the search for Sir John Franklin who was lost in the Arctic Region in 1856.
Location. 38° 44.939′ N, 83° 50.933′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of North Front Street and Locust Street, on the right when traveling north on North Front Street. It is in the flower bed of The Signal House Bed and Breakfast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 N Front St, Ripley OH 45167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Residence of General Granville Moody (here, next to this marker); John P. Parker Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); First Home of Rev. John Rankin (within shouting distance John P. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); John Parkers Path (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John P. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parkers Early Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The John P. Parker Family (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
More about this marker. “The James” referred to in the text is the James River in Virginia.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for Joseph P. Fyffe. Excerpt:
Traditionally, the cost of transportation for a Navy officer and his family was initially paid for by the officer receiving the permanent change of station orders, and he would be reimbursed upon arrival for all expenses and pay en route. Lieutenant commander (United States) Joseph P. Fyffe changed this custom in 1870 when he was assigned to travel from New England to San Francisco in order to take a new assignment.(Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
Since he had no funds for travel, he walked. He strapped his dress sword to a small suitcase and began walking from New England to San Francisco, sending a telegram each night showing his progress and nightly accommodations. After five days on the road, his shoes gave out, and he sent this telegram: “30 August 1870
The next day, the local recruiting station received a telegram from the Secretary of the Navy advancing funds for the transportation of officers to their new duty stations. “Pass following message to Lt. Comdr J. P. Fyffe USN now at Seward Hotel Bar Quote I strike my colors United States Secretary of the Navy authorizes recruiting officer Albany issue you shoes and provide you quickest transportation from Albany to San Francisco Even Chief Bureau of Navigation can laugh when outsmarted unquote Respectfully Bureau of Navigation”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.