David P. Mapes arrived in the area and visited Ceresco in 1845. He was interested in the same Silver Creek region that John Scott Horner owned and paid him a visit at his farm on the south shore of Green Lake. riponhistory.org/notable-individuals
Four years later Horner finally agreed to develop his land with the following conditions: Mapes was to plat the village, build a hotel and grist mill and run them for one year. In return he was to receive every other lot for development to recoup his costs. Horner was to select the name for the city and name the major streets. He named the city Ripon, after his ancestral home of Ripon, England.