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An update: The elusive Mrs. Payne

16 Apr

This past Valentine’s Day, I, somewhat jokingly began an entry of Today in Rip Payne with the line: “Sorry, Mrs. Payne…”  At the time, I had was able to uncover very little evidence of whether there was, in fact, a Mrs. Payne around at that point in time.  At the time, all I learned was that at the time of his death, Mr. Payne left two daughters.  Thereby, I assumed that Payne’s wife had either preceded him in death, or was no longer in the picture at the time.

Just this past week, a relative of the family contacted me to provide the following information.

Last night… I came across a mention of Mrs. Payne [on your blog]. I really know nothing about her but… I seem to recall that Rip was divorced for quite some time.

Thank you for the information!  So, it is quite likely that as suspected, there really was no Mrs. Payne at the time of those Valentine’s Day photos.  And, perhaps, it even explains his hanging out in guns shops and jails that day.

In addition to the update on the former Mrs. Payne, our reader offered a story about Rip’s mother, another Mrs. Payne:

I still sometimes think that I should see his mother waiting for a bus on Market Street near the parking garage… My mother and I used to see her from time to time waiting there, and we would stop and give her a ride.

Thank you so much for the insight and anecdotes!  Keep ’em coming!!

Today in Rip Payne

14 Feb

*Sorry, Mrs. Payne.

If Rip’s images from this date in the 1960s are any indication, your beloved may not have just forgotten you.  He kind of went in the opposite direction altogether…

On this “love”-ly day in 1964 (sorry, I had to), Rip Payne spent the day at Carter’s Gun Works.  So, if you ever wondered what the back room at a gun store looked like, now you know…

Then, on this day in 1967, Rip again abandoned all romantic notions and instead spent the day shooting at the city & county jails.  You’ll notice the Old Albemarle County Jail, which was closed about a decade later, but which can still be seen peeking out at you as you drive down High Street today (at the intersection with Third Street).

Here’s to hoping your V-Day is much better!!

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*(Un)fortunately, this is purely conjecture.  In Rip’s defense, he may very well not have been married at this point, and expressing a different kind of frustration.  While Rip Payne did have two daughters, I do not know when he was married.  All I do know is that at the time of his death, in 1990, he was not survived by a wife.  Can anyone offer a better personal history?