July 23, 2014

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Looking Back
Cass Union alumni gather PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:05 PM

The 12th Annual Cass Union Reunion was held Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Family Life Center at Rising Sun Church of Christ.
Approximately 80 persons, including former schoolmates, families, friends, and scholarship recipients registered at the front table upon entering the center.
Carolyn Brown, reunion committee chairperson, called the class to order and welcomed everyone. She led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer. The pitch-in meal included an array of food, which everyone enjoyed.
Greg Griffin and Bruce Murray entertained the group with several selections on the banjo and guitar. Bryce Kendrick, Ohio County Tourism director, enlightened those in attendance with highlights of events for the Bicentennial Celebration honoring the town’s 200th birthday.
Betty Pavy of the scholarship committee, presented scholarships to the 2014 graduates attending, which included Bryce Murray, Jaime Brittain, and Elysia Curry. Not able to attend where Cody Weaver and Justine Warner. All recipients were children or grandchildren of former Cass Union students. All donations and memorials go directly to the scholarship fund.
Rose Marie Curry recited a poem that filled the room with laughter. Margaret Nixon distributed donated door prizes.
Pictures were taken of former Cass Union students with aluminum plates that were used in the cafeteria of the school. Each person in attendance received a plate, and also a magnet with a picture of the Cass Union School. The plates were donated by Gordon Ramsey.
Those in attendance introduced themselves and many shared some of their most memorable days at Cass Union School. Photographs and memorabilia were on display and brought back many memories also.
The Cass Union Reunion committee expresses their appreciation to everyone who attended this year and extends an invitation to the 13th annual reunion scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

30,000 attend parade PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:25 AM

July 16, 1964


An estimated 30,000 persons braved humid weather Saturday, July 11, to witness the parade closing Rising Sun’s Sesquicentennial, which took two hours and 15 minutes to pass the reviewing stand. The parade included old autos, horse-drawn vehicles, floats, high school bands, mounted horsemen, and marching units and organizations. The Phi Beta Psi Float won first place, Leona’s Beauty Salon Float won second, and the Baptist Church Float won third in the float contest. Three bands won trophies and included North Knox County Band, Hanover Band, and Versailles Band. Beard winners were Leonard Martin, best Vandyke, Dale Works, best mustache and beard, Robert Stegemiller, longest mustache with full beard, and W. O. Smith, best Lincoln type beard. Mr. and Mrs. Rex Noble appropriately reigned as king and queen of the Sesqui which was climaxed with a record hop for young people and a square dance for their elders Saturday night. Visitors still came to Rising Sun Sunday to view the interesting displays of historic items.

Congressman Earl Wilson (R-9th District) was on board the old paddle-wheel “Jubilee I” Friday evening during the moonlight cruise on the Ohio. Also on board were the Republican chairmen for three adjoining counties: Don Works-Ohio County, Gene White-Ripley County, and Nathan Schwanholt- Dearborn County. 

Don Hyde, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has joined Doctors Don and Tom Becket in their practice in Rising Sun. Doctor Hyde is a native of Switzerland County and graduate of Vevay High School and Purdue University. 

Commemorating the sesquicentennial of Rising Sun, the Rising Sun Gun Club sponsored a Championship Shoot on Sunday, July 12. This shoot consisted of150 Clay Birds at shooters A. T. A. Average. 

Nellie Baxter of Aurora has bought the Fashion Shop formerly owned by Alice Adams on Main Street. Nellie managed the Columbia Theatre in Rising Sun for a number of years where the new state bank now stands. The new business will be called Nell’s Fashion Shoppe and Nellie cordially invites everyone to stop by and see her selection of clothing for the ladies. 

The historical museum, located in the basement of the Public Library was highly patronized during Sesquicentennial week. The museum was sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Club and assisted by the past presidents of the American Legion Auxiliary, and over 45 contributors from the city and county provided the pictures and many interesting related articles of historical references. 

Governor Matthew E. Welch, Governor of Indiana, appeared on the grandstand last Friday night as Dignitary Day was observed during the Rising Sun-Ohio County Sesquicentennial celebration. Governor Welch also mingled with the crowd for around of handshaking after the ceremonies with Chief of Police Harold Romans.

The Service Express Company has sold their truck route to Budig Trucking Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Russell Hewitt has been retained as driver for the new company on the Rising Sun route.

Cass Union reunion July 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:11 AM

The 2014 Cass Union School Reunion will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Family Life Center of Rising Sun Church of Christ, 430 Fifth St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The pitch-in dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

The committee extends an invitation to all former students, families, friends, and all those interested in an evening of fun and fellowship. 

The reunion committee formed the Cass Union Scholarship several years ago through generous donations, raffles, fundraisers, and memorials. They want the memories to last a lifetime and they have been giving back to the community through the scholarships, which will be distributed at the reunion.

Scholarships are still being made possible through memorials and donations. 

Following the meal and program, time has been allowed for visiting and reminiscing. 

For additional information or questions call Carolyn Brown, 438-2788 or Margaret Nixon, 926-3801 with questions or for additional information.

Celebrate fourth safely PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:50 PM

July 2, 1964

50 years ago

Celebrate July 4th – The traditional Fourth of July our fathers and their fathers knew has largely gone from the land. Fireworks, saved for organized, licensed displays, have been widely outlawed on grounds of safety. With them have gone the orations once commonly held in town squares and fairgrounds in which leaders in government and enterprise paid their tributes to those who founded the nation, and who gave us the powers of mind and spirit which made possible the maintenance of our freedoms and the creation of material abundance. These orators, needless to say, were often native and flamboyant. But still, there was a profound merit on what they said and meant no matter how inept the choice of words might have been. They did paint a picture of the American ideal, the American philosophy, the American tradition. And even those who stayed but briefly to hear them felt stirrings of pride in our heritage. All this is gone or generally so. The Fourth has become just one more holiday. And, something vital, something that was at the heart of things, has gone out of American life. It needs to be restored if we are to save this nation from lethargy and cynicism within, as well as from our enemies without. And it can be --- if, on this and every Fourth, we give a quiet moment to reflecting on the values our forbearers bought for us with blood and treasure. We must determine to do all we can to defend those values and pass them on, untarnished, to our children and our children’s children. 

Little Oscar, the World’s Smallest Chef, and his Giant Wiener-mobile, the “Largest Weiner on Wheels” in the world, will participate in the Sesqui parade July 11. Little Oscar is a travelling goodwill ambassador for Oscar Mayer & Company. 

Dr. Willard C. Stamper announces the opening of his office at 237 Main Street, Rising Sun, for the practice of general dentistry. The former office of Dr. Stephenson is being remodeled and will be opened about Aug. 7. 

The Rising Sun FFA Chapter will be represented at the 35th annual convention of the Indiana Association of Future Farmers of America to be held at Purdue University. The voting delegates will be Marshall Alford and Harry Walton. 

Enthusiasm is high and tension great throughout Rising Sun and Ohio County as opening day for the Sesquicentennial, Sunday, July 5, approaches. The business men and women, as well as residents, are to be commended for their splendid cooperation with the paint=up programs, in addition to the beautiful store decorations. 

Showing at the Aurora Palace: “Comedy of Terrors” with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff; “South Pacific,” and “3 Lives of Thomasina”. 

Those vacationing for two weeks from the U.S. Shoe Factory at Vevay from Rising Sun are Mary Jane Rice, Nina Fay Dilts, Hazel Bladen, Dora York, Minnie Scott, Ardella Workman and Hester Dunaway. 

Ad reads: Send your wheat to The Quaker Oats Company at Lawrenceburg. Phone 5.

New Arnold' Creek bridge under construcion PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:59 AM

July 5, 1962

50 years ago

The new Arnold’s Creek Bridge now under construction below Rising Sun is being relocated due to the rising water when Markland Dam goes into operation, and to replace the temporary bridge built several years ago. Four bridge abutments have been completed and workmen began construction this week of a road leading to the bridge. A 90 foot fill is said to be in the plans to join the new approach with highway 56 connecting with Miller Brick Hill. The $370,000 State-Federal Highway Project is about two-fifths completed and construction is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Ad reads: Let’s Bowl. Bowling is great family fun. Yes, the whole family can stay cool in our modern air conditioned alleys. Summer prices now in effect. Open Monday through Saturday 7 to 12 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 12 p.m. at Rising Sun Bowling Lanes, north of Rising Sun on Route 56. Phone 2.

James O. Smith accepted the reigns this week as Superintendent of the Rising Sun-Ohio County Consolidated School system. Mr. Smith is replacing Hugh M. Espey who resigned to accept a position as mathematics teacher in Tucson, Arizona.

June 28, 1962

Ad reads: Fourth of July Celebration at Rising Sun Playgrounds. Pony rides – door prizes – food – drinks. Baseball games in the afternoon and evening. Giant fireworks display after final ball game. Sponsored by Rising Sun Lions Club.

High school instructor Parnell (Bud) Clark will supervise a physical education and recreation program during the summer for boys and girls from 11 to 16 years of age. The program will begin July 2 at the high school and will feature gymnastics, games and physical conditioning.

Former Rising Sun High School athletic director, John M. (Mick) Lamson, was coach of the winning basketball team at Boy’s State last week.

August 8, 1940

Cass-Union Building is Under Construction

After many weeks of anxious waiting, ground was broken at 7 o’clock Monday morning for the erection of a fine consolidated school building for Cass and Union townships in Ohio County. The building is being placed in a setting of three acres at Steele’s Corner on ground formerly owned by Wilford Buchanan. When the job opened Monday morning, twenty-nine local WPA workers were employed.

The school will be built at an estimated cost of near $40,000 and will care for between 125 and 130 students from five one-room school houses in the two townships. The building will have four class rooms, an office and a library. The full basement will include a stage, a home economic kitchen and provision for future toilets. A brick veneer will be used on the outside of the structure. Completion of the project is set for January.

Without a doubt, the turning of the first shovelful of dirt in the actual construction work meant more to Miss Goldie Shanahan, county superintendent, than to anyone else concerned, for it means a beginning toward the realization of her more than two years’ work toward the building of the school.

August 21, 1941

The Cass-Union School Board would like very much for the patrons to come to the school building Tuesday, Aug. 26 and donate their services in helping to grade the play ground. Bring tractors, teams, plows, dump scrapers, etc. Cooperation means success.

September 4, 1941

Cass-Union School to open Sept. 15

The opening of Cass-Union Townships school will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 15, since the building will not be ready for occupancy until that date. Freedom school in Pike Township with Robert Liggett as teacher will open Sept. 8 as scheduled.

In the Cass-Union School, Delmore Liggett will teach grades 7 and 8, Miss Helen Lee, grades 5 and 6, and departmental work will also be taught by these two teachers. Miss Thelma Collins will be in charge of grades 3 and 4 and Mrs. Jennie Rahe will have grades 1 and 3.

September 17, 1941

Consolidated School opens in Cass-Union Township Monday

School opened at the Cass-Union Consolidated school Monday, Sept. 15, with an enrollment of 114 with several more students to enter later.

Freedom, the only one-room school in the county opened last Monday with an enrollment of 35 in the eight grades. Robert Liggett is teacher there.


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