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Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John P. Parker

Iron Moulder & Industrialist

 

— John P. Parker Memorial Park —

 
John P. Parker: Iron Moulder and Industrialist image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. John P. Parker: Iron Moulder and Industrialist
Inscription.  Parker and Hood Foundry was owned by John P. Parker and William Hood. They manufactured many farm and household items. They produced 3 sizes of sugar mills. The sugar mills crushed sugar cane or sorghum. The juice extracted could be made into molasses.

Parker later owned Phoenix Foundry. He perfected a tobacco press with a large screw mechanism to pack tobacco into barrels for shipment. Parker held 2 patents for the Tobacco Screw Press. He also held a patent on a clod-smashing machine called a Soil Pulverizer.

Parker was a successful industrialist. He employed about 25 workers both black and white. He was an ardent advertiser in both the north and the south. He shipped his products all over the country. He exhibited his products at several expos. Parker was noted for his honesty and workmanship.
 
Location. 38° 44.981′ N, 83° 50.939′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is on North Front Street north of Locust Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ripley OH 45167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The John P. Parker Family
This Interpretive Panel in John P. Parker Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. This Interpretive Panel in John P. Parker Memorial Park
The Ohio River and Kentucky is in the distance.
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named John P. Parker (a few steps from this marker); John Parker’s Path (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parker’s Early Life (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parker Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Ripley / The John P. Parker House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Residence of General Granville Moody (within shouting distance of this marker); Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
 
More about this marker. This interpretative panel has an image of a painting of workers at an iron foundry with John Parker overlooking the work. A second image on the panel is a black-and-white photograph taken in a foundry.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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