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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
We thought a postcard of an early house on Front Street would be appropriate this week, as we expect lots of visitors wandering through Ripley during A Day in the Garden, Antiques in the Alley and a celebration of Juneteenth at the Parker Park all happening this coming Saturday, June 15th. James Poage was born in Augusta Co., Virginia around 1760, was a lieutenant of the Virginia line in 1782, and thus received 1000 acres of bounty land in 1804. He founded our town here, first named Staunton after a city in Virginia (later changed to Ripley since there was a Post Office named Staunton already in Ohio). James Poage died here in Ripley in 1820.
The postcard is not dated, but the AZO brand mark has a range of 1904-1918.
Summer Reading Program is going very well, with 200+ kids signed up and reading. We are offering fun weekly programs, and next week looks particularly interesting—African Animal Adventure will be visiting the Ripley Library annex on Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00 am and will be bringing live animals that are native to Africa. All are welcome.
FYI, the libraries will be closed Wednesday, June 19th in observation of Juneteenth Day.