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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Clearly adding a picture now and again is a hit with the column. We were browsing through our notebook of postcards—there are many subjects to choose from and you are always welcome to stop in and browse. One of the early 20th century village views has a distinctly different skyline than now—several ‘spikes’ in the picture then are gone from todays village view. Most readers probably know that the Centenary Methodist Church had its steeple razed back in 1950—it was getting precariously tilted, but still topped out at 150 feet above the ground. The images shown here are from a not quite as tall edifice, but still changed the horizon. The first image shows the church (at 3rd and Market) around 1912. The second was probably taken shortly after all the major renovations in 1925, when it became the Boyd Memorial Christian Church. Notice the steeple or bell tower is gone after the renovation. We’ve not found an article saying it was removed prior to the renovation, so we think it was taken down then, but not absolutely positive. This church started in 1845 as the Second Presbyterian Church when Rev. John Rankin left the other Presbyterian church due to the disagreement of allowing slaveholders to be members.
After the Civil War and slavery being abolished, the churches joined ranks again and returned to the church on Mulberry Street. In 1867, W.C. Boyd and Ephraim Flaugher purchased the Second Presbyterian church and deeded it over to the Church of Christ, (also known as the Christian Church) who had organized in 1863 but didn’t have a permanent building. W.C. Boyd’s children took it upon themselves to renovate and update both the church and the parsonage house, starting in early 1924. For more information, there is a lengthy article on the church, the Boyds and Rankin in the April 2nd 1925 Ripley Bee. For the ‘small world’ tidbit, P.E. Cross, who lived in the E.R. Young house that was pictured a few weeks ago, was the minister at this church shortly before and then after WWI.
Library news. We will be closed Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.
On Friday, June 3rd from 4-8 and then on Saturday June 4th from 10-4, the Friends of the Library will be having their summer book sale in the annex. We’ve received some awesome donations—once again, one of the ‘features’ will be an all new selection of cookbooks from locally done by various church and civic groups to lovely near coffee-table sized cookbooks. All of our regular categories such as fiction, history, self-help, biography, military, children’s, gardening, paperbacks and others will be restocked with many ‘new’ titles. Come to support the Friends of the Library as they get ready to help out with the Summer Reading Program among other ‘good works’ to improve the library services.