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Rippey Iowa Library Open House, April 26, 1981, Celebrates Retiring Trustee, Remodel Project and National Library Week

An open house honoring Miriam High after 37 years on the Rippey Board of Trustees. She, along with Wilmuth Peters and Lavina Fry were appointed to the board in 1944 by the Rippey City Council when they passed the ordinance creating a public library for Rippey. National Library Week and showing the completed remodeling on the library was also celebrated this day.

Jefferson Herald April 30, 1981 

            Open house was held Sunday afternoon, April 26, at the Rippey library to show off the newly and remodeled building to celebrate National  Library Week, which is held in April each year. Seventy-five persons signed the registration book, which was in charge of Mrs. Margaret Wallace, assistant librarian. Among the guests were librarians, trustees and friends from Scranton, Churdan, Jefferson, Paton, Grand Junction,  Bagley and Perry as well as Rippey. On display was a scrapbook summarizing the repair and remodeling project from its start in 1979 to April 1981.

            Another display of interest was a plat, made by Clark Bardole, showing the business district of Rippey as it was in 1931.

Miriam High, Board Member Miriam High, Rippey Library Board member 1944 - 1981

            Mrs. Miriam High, who will retire from the board of trustees on June 1, was presented with a corsage. Mayor Lyle Von Behren spoke briefly on the town's appreciation of Mrs. High's 37 years of service and presented her with a charm from the library trustees.

            Cookies, punch and coffee were served from a tea table by Mrs Wilmuth Peters, Mrs Lavina Fry and Mrs Miriam High, all trustees of the library when it was first started in 1944, and by Mrs' Dorothy Grow, a friend of the library. The event was hosted by the trustees Darwin Grow, Cleone Killam, Phyllis Bardole, Mary Von Behren, Dee Ann Thompson and Dorothy Scharingson; also, librarian Helen Rice.   The success of the project was due to cooperation of the whole community in volunteer work, donations and government grant.