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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
We thought this postcard was on the fun side since water has been a relevant topic lately. We’re guessing it is a relic for firefighting, but we think there is a little humor in the caption. Anyway, postmarked 1908, has an odd finish to it so sorry it isn’t as sharp as some of our other postcards. Produced by KRUXO, it is a real photo postcard.
Last week we introduced you to Jack W. Showalter, chess champion and baseball player. We found another article that places him in Ripley—it was a Ripley Bee snippet that was picked up by the newspaper Drummer out of Lexington​ from September 29, 1888. ” J. W. (“Jack”) Showalter, of Georgetown, KY, formerly a resident of our place, and well known and esteemed here, is rapidly achieving great renown as a chess player…. Jack was always a good fellow, also a good student and a good baseball pitcher,…”
So, as Jack was rather interesting, we went back to the 1953 article about Ripley’s history to see if other less known people were mentioned. Sure enough, there were. Brothers Link and Bill Davidson were tightrope walkers, and Bill apparently walked across the Niagara Falls on a rope stretched from the American to the Canadian side. We haven’t found (yet) an article about this feat by a Davidson, but there was a listing of Will Davidson in a trade magazine of his death in 1906 and said he was a tight rope walker. He may have been a hot air balloon performer as well.
Capt. George W. Shaw was a graduate of West Point (1835) and after some military service, he became a captain and part owner of a steamboat line that travelled from Maysville to Cincinnati. He died in 1854 and is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery.
Happy May! At the Aberdeen Library on Tuesday May 7th from 5-6:00 p.m. Jeremiah Costa will be holding an introductory class (and showing off) our new 3D printer—what it can do, what software works, etc. We hope that people find the machine interesting and fun to use. Years ago, we jumped the gun and purchased a low-level 3D printer—technology has changed and we have definitely upped the game with our new machine. At the Russellville Library on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. we will be welcoming local author Gary Saunders as he discusses his book Hold Your Breath: An X-Ray Technologist’s Vietnam MASH Experience. We think the subtitle explains the book—should be an interesting talk from someone who had boots on the ground experience.