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Rippey Lions Club Meeting Held March 7, 2019

Larry Vodenik, Perry, shared pictures and comments on earlier days in Rippey, Perry, Angus and other nearby communities for the program on March 7, 2019.

Rippey Lions Club Meeting  March 7, 2019

  The Rippey Lions enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Bev Derry and Marilyn Millard with George Milliard helping serve. During the business meeting the group decided to donate to Greene County Relay Life to fight cancer in memory of Velda DeMoss and Fereleen Acton and also to Camp Hertko Hollow for young people with diabetes and Leader Dogs for the Blind.  Myron and Maralynn Rinker's daughter, Marilee, attending this camp and later was on the staff.

  During the program Larry Vodenik, Perry, shared pictures and comments on earlier days in Rippey, Perry, Angus and other nearby communities. Larry shared that he had owned the Rippey Tap and been connected with the BRR Ride over the years, including serving hot chocolate at the midway point. Much of his presentation included the glory days of Angus, one boasted a population between 7,000 and 10,000 when the coal mines were in full swing in the late 1890's with the last mine closing in the He described "Whiskey Row: with 16 bars with some built on the county line to avoid begin arrested in the dry county. .He spoke about the roundhouse in Angus and Phil Roberts shared that his mother, Verna, remembered seeing this. Larry showed some pictures of the hotel on Main St. in the location where the Library is now located. He told of business in Perry with pictures that many remembered.

  The next meeting will be April 4 with a potluck meal at 7 p.m.  Nancy Hanaman reporting

Note from Jean Borgeson:

Years ago I was in the library at Ogden researching some family history, and I found this article concerning the vote to close Angus.  (most likely one of the four who didn’t want the town to dissolve was the correspondent)  I’ll bet it was quite an era to have lived in and around Angus for those who stayed to raise their families after the mines closed.

From the Ogden  Reporter, March 15, 1884:


The Angus Correspondent of the Perry Chief has this to say of the vote on the proposition to dissolve the corporation of that once famous coal town: At the election held here last Monday, the question as to whether the corporation should be dissolved was voted on.  The vote stood 27 to bust, and 4 not to bust.  consequently, it is pretty well busted.  The condition of the finances of the town are such that it would be useless to continue the corporation longer.  If the city dads of the early days hadn’t burdened the town with its present bonded indebtedness, we might have been able to keep up the incorporation and pay expenses.