Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

Library celebrates centenary

Many businesses and people have come and gone from Ripley, but one of the few landmarks that never left town was the Union Township Public Library.

This year, the library celebrates its centennial, having been founded in 1915. The library is holding a centennial celebration from 2- 4 p.m. Sept 20, when the library will host an ice cream social, honoring Ripley residents from more than 100 years ago who raised money through ice cream socials to purchase land upon which they built the library.

“The Ripley Progress Club used to hold ice cream socials and bakes sales and selling of The Ripley Song to raise funds to purchase the land,” Union Township Public Library Director Alison Gibson said. “In honor of them, we thought it would be a fun event to have.”

Gibson said the library staff will be decorating the walls with advertisements, news, and other old photos and memorabilia by decade, and if locals have old photos of family members or other Ripley-centric people or places, they’re encouraged to bring them to the ice cream social.

Folks are also invited to dress up in outfits from the past, representing a decade of fashion. Contemporary clothing is more than acceptable, Gibson said.

The library staff uncovered an old patron list from the 1930s, and Gibson and the staff plan to show that to visitors as well.

“It’s fun to see the families back then that were getting library cards that are still getting them today,” Gibson said.

According to passages from “Ripley, Ohio: Its History and Families” by Eliese Bambach Stivers, between 1910 and 1917, the Ripley Progress Club raised $2,298 (equivalent to around $43,358.49 in 2015) to purchase a plot of land through “ice cream festivals, sold articles and solicited donations from former Ripley residents.”

The community then spent $8,000 to build the library, and amazingly, according to the same book, the Ripley Progress Club even secured a $10,000 grant from famous philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie spent more than $56 million in the late 1800s and early 1900s helping to build 2,509 libraries around the world, with a majority of them in the United States, according to Columbia University’s Carnegie Collections.

The first librarian, according to the book, was Mrs. Burgess Newcomb Tate, who had experience working in Columbus. The library association’s first president was the wife of Ernest Kirker.

The library survived a terrible flood in 1937 and currently has more than 178,000 books and more than 32,225 volumes, as well as numerous magazines and historic editions of The Ripley Bee newspaper.

The library has undergone extensive renovations over the past 30 years, from removing the red tile roof in 1980 to renovating the front steps and lower level of the library later in the decade. In 1991, a reference room and a children’s area were completed as part of an expansion, and two years later a multi-purpose room and a township trustees room were added as well.

The Union Township Public Library in Ripley is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an ice cream social on September 20
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_library.jpgThe Union Township Public Library in Ripley is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an ice cream social on September 20
The Union Township Public Library is celebrating 100 years with an ice cream social

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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