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LIBRARY TALK – MAY 6, 2022

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The postcard of E.R. Young’s house prompted many comments and remembrances. Yes, it was the house that was located on the lot where Giovanni’s Pizza is now. Mittie Price sold the house in October of 1965, and several people commented on remembering the huge auction in late July—lasted 10 hours and estimated 2,000 people came to bid and watch! Mittie is remembered fondly for her many years as an elementary school teacher. Mittie’s husband was Price. E. Cross, who had been prominent in Ripley as mayor for nearly eight years, faculty member at Ripley High School for nearly 25 years, and pastor at the Ripley Church of Christ for an extended period of time. He was a pilot during WWI and later the chaplain of the Ohio Fourth District of the American Legion. He died young at the age of 57 in December of 1949. Sadly, his son Price E. Cross Jr, died at the age of 24 in 1941 from a car accident while in St. Louis training to be a military pilot, following in his dad’s footsteps.
Standard Ohio purchased the house and lot, tore down the house and built a Sohio gas station on the spot. They worked building it quickly, as the grand opening of Gallagher’s was July 22, 1966. We believe Gallagher’s previously had a Sohio gas station at 100 N. Second Street as well as one in Aberdeen “at the bridge”. At the grand opening, like so many gas stations during the 60’s and 70’s, you would get a free gift if you purchased a minimum amount of gas, and the gift of the day was a set of 4 Amberglass swirl tumblers.
Fun to find the stories behind the houses and buildings around town. It could be a full-time occupation, especially if you start chasing all of the possible leads of names connected to a location. With access to the Ripley Bee through microfilm and archivally online, it is often possible to at least begin the search and see which way it leads.
FYI, there is still several seats left in the build/fly rocket program on May 21st at 10:30 a.m. for children 10 years old and up. We know it is a busy time of the year, but this is a great opportunity to learn as well as have lots of fun. We do need you to register before the event so that we have enough rocket kits as well plenty of pizza for lunch….please call 937-392-4871 or stop in to register. The next genealogy meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. Hidden family information was discovered at the last meeting, and always interesting to see what is out there on the web or in books to flesh out your family tree.
Matthew