Share our heritage | Ripka Cash Store and General Merchandise

This photo shows Ripka Cash Store and General Merchandise in 1906.
This photo shows Ripka Cash Store and General Merchandise in 1906. Photo provided

Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Wava M. Grove.

She wrote: “This is a picture of (what is) now Fairlawn Store in Spring Mills, taken in 1906 when Bruce W. Ripka and his brother, Emory Ripka, owned and operated the store. Bruce W. Ripka was my grandfather.”

Pictured on the store porch, from left, are Belle Byers, Emory Ripka and Charles Smith.

The lady standing beside the steps and baby carriage is Mrs. Emory Ripka, and the child in the carriage is Hazel Ripka Cable.

Sitting on the steps are Mrs. Bruce W. Ripka, with baby Zella Ripka Royer on her lap and child Ruth Ripka McClintic beside her. To her right is Bruce W. Ripka, holding his son, Paul B. Ripka.

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Photo Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.