Ripon, WI Ripon College Fire, Jan 1931

Ripon WIS  Smith Hall Before Fire.jpg Ripon WIS  Smith Hall College fire 1931.jpg

BLAZE LEVELS RIPON HALL; FIREMAN DIES.

Ripon, Wis., Jan. 8 -- (AP) -- A volunteer fireman, EDWARD KOPPLIN, 55, was dead today and damage of $55,000 was estimated by school officials as the result of a fire that destroyed Smith Hall at Ripon College.
KOPPLIN, driver of a city fire truck, fell dead apparently from heart disease as the truck careened into a curb at the scene of the fire.
About 50 members of Delta Sigma Psi fraternity were made homeless by the fire and two of their number were injured slightly as they attempted to retrieve their belongings from the burning building.
BRUNO ANDERSON and GEORGE CUNNINGHAM, football stars, were the injured students.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune 1931-01-08