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Library Talk – October 1, 2017

Thanks to all that brought their scarecrows in by last Friday—we will be putting them on the fence early this week. If you didn’t get yours done, we will still take them this week—I realize the weather until late last week didn’t really feel like fall, and scarecrows might not have been a top priority.  I appreciate the time and talent spent on the scarecrows, and hope that seeing them on the fence makes you smile.

Last week I mentioned the early fairs in Ripley. This week, I took a longer look at the fair results—I like to go through the list of ribbon winners to see if I recognize the names of current fair winners,  and it holds true for the 1850s as well.  Names that jump out to me are Rankin, Campbell, Beasley Dunlap, and Collins—all these names crop up quite often when we are searching for  abolitionists during the early days of Ripley.  I zeroed in on John and Jean Rankin, to see if they had any time to participate in the agricultural fair, and they did!  Not every year did I see them listed as winners, but often enough, and this also gives a bit of insight to what they grew in their gardens to help feed the large family they had.

So, during the 1850s, John Rankin won best in lima beans, Isabella grapes, salsify (think skinny parsnips), cabbage, asparagus and rhubarb.  In 1856, John won for best honey—I wonder how many hives he had?    Many of the women were listed in the baking and home crafts categories, and I didn’t see Jean Rankin listed there, but she did show up in the horticultural section, winning for roses in pots, dahlias, and petunias. I’m glad she found the time to grow something that is primarily for beauty in her very busy life.

Now that it is October, the events planned so far include a flood insurance public meeting with Sandra Ahsba, Ripley Flood Coordinator along with an insurance agent to answer your questions about why we have to have it, how the properties are rated, why the sudden push for new elevation certificates and more. This meeting will be held at the Ripley library on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m..   For fun, we’ve invited Dr. Ned Lodwick back to tell more ghost and spooky Brown County stories down at the Parker House on Saturday evening, October 21st.  We promise to have more hot chocolate as we sit down to enjoy Ned’s combination of scary and informative history telling—he promises all new, except for one story that he has found out more detail on— stay tuned for more details!

As with most months, we have computer classes at Aberdeen on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.—a mix of subjects this month—intro to Excel by planning out a checkbook, fun library apps, MS Publisher and a question/answer class where anything goes.  Check out our Facebook or website to see when the classes are, or call Aberdeen Library at 795.2534.

Matthew