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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
No photos today, just a bit about one of the many small industries that Ripley supported in the past.
In the 1890 Sanborn maps, the Ripley Wash Board Co. was open, but by the 1895 Sanborn, it says closed. While we haven’t seen a washboard with ‘Ripley’ stamped on it, the company was prosperous for a time. Sending washboards to Boston (600 dozen in one shipment in 1892), Pittsburgh, even London, England! In 1893, they planned to have coffee grinders added to their production line. Did they sell in Ripley proper, or just manufacture them for distribution elsewhere? At this time, we don’t know. In 1894, the factory moved to Eaton, Indiana.
In 1895, Mr. Martin Wetzel of Ripley, along with 2 partners from Cincinnati, purchased the Ripley land and buildings and began turning the location into an ice factory.
We suspect November will fly by, and with Thanksgiving on the early side this year (November 23rd) we will be in the thick of holiday activities. To get you ‘in the mood’, the Ripley Library is having their annual kid holiday craft day on Wednesday November 22nd—grades K-3 at 11:00 a.m., kids in grades 4-6 at 1:00 p.m.. Not to forget the adults, a holiday crafting night is planned for Tuesday November 28th at 6:00 p.m. Please stop in or call 937-392-4871 to register for these events.