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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Early ‘social media’! This adorable picture of the Conn twins is actually a postcard. No date, but the Velox brand and symbols date it 1907-1914. The twins were Eveline and Anna Conn, born in 1833 to Robert Conn and Catherine (Creekbaum) Conn. Robert came from Ireland, had fought in the War of 1812. In 1818 he moved from Manchester to Ripley. One of his sons, Robert Conn Jr. moved to Russellville and was part of the Conn group that ran the Russellville Grist Mill. Eve married William Loyd Gilliland, but as far as we can find, Anna never married. When using the ancestrylibrary.com site and following the census information, Anna was listed as Annie, Ann or Mariah—crazy. In a quick look, we can’t confirm where she is buried, but parents and some of her siblings are buried in Maplewood as well as Adams County News says she was buried in Ripley. The obit shown is from the Ripley Bee May 1st, 1918.
Public libraries are unique and ofttimes quirky. We serve all people, so the requests are diverse. Even on the title request lists one never knows what will be waiting to be filled. Early this week, the requests for the very latest New York Times best seller list titles were expected, but right next to that, we had a request for a 1935 mystery by S.S. Van Dine. Seasonal requests are typical, so books on gardening and bees are going out, but then we had a request for a Christmas cookbook. Our DVD of 1971 movie They Might Be Giants just came home, and the new movie Oppenheimer briefly was just sitting on the shelf. We were looking at a rather tired and worn out book in the large print section, wondering if it should be discarded or rebound, and within the next 30 minutes—a request came in for it from another library and we were the only one in the system that owned it—out it went, and we will try to grab it when it returns and have it rebound for many more years of service. Our consortium has a new library system joining us, making it 99 library systems across Ohio that you, along with your library card can request from–and each library has a unique collection. None of us are the biggest in Ohio, but collectively, we have a wonderfully rich and diverse collection.