Written by thillman
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:43 PM
March 5, 1964
50 years ago
Members of the Rotary Club are planning their
annual pancake supper which will be held March 21. The supper will be
in the elementary school cafeteria with serving from 11 a.m. to 7
p.m. Children, high school age and under, will be charged
50 cents, with adults being charged $1. This price includes all
the pancakes you can eat.
The board of managers and board of directors
for the area vocational school were named Monday night at a meeting of
at the Versailles Courthouse. Hilbert Bovard of Rising Sun-Ohio
County Consolidated School Corporation is a member of the
board of managers. Roy Elliott of Ohio County was named as a
member of the board of directors of the building corporation.
The Lions Club is sponsoring again this year their annual Light Bulb Sales. Lions president Cliff Stegemiller stated that
the club members will make a door to door canvas Saturday, March 7.
Sectional Week at Rising Sun High School – Monday was “Poster Day”.
Three posters having to do with the sectional from each
class were made and displayed on Monday. Ribbons were given to the
winning posters. Tuesday was “Mourning Day” Students and
teachers dressed in black or some dark color. It was to represent
mourning for the losing teams. Wednesday was “Victory Day”.
Everyone wore bright and clashing clothing to exemplify a bright,
colorful victory. Thursday was “Spirit Day”. Seventh period
a pep rally for the entire student body was held in the gym. A
skit was done by members of the pep block. Coach Wilson was
made an “Honorary Shiner” after which he gave a pep talk. Then the
cheerleaders led the cheering block in yells and the school
song was sung.
Wednesday morning during activity period the pep club met. Every member received a blue vest to wear for Thursday night’s
game. The vests were made by pep block members and our hard working cheerleaders. The vest sure looked sharp.
All Rising Sun High School students are racing to get their Beatle Fan Club membership cards.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stutzman of Levenworth, Indiana, have purchased the Roy Turner home and acreage north of Rising Sun. Mr.
and Mrs. Stutzman’s son Robert and family of Greendale will be living in the house.
Births – a son was born Feb. 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kelly; to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson, a son, born Feb. 20.
The work of finishing the Methodist Church
building in Rising Sun is now progressing. While the upper room is
touches people need have no fear of the safety of the lower story.
Its “pillars” are good and there are “sound sleepers” connected
Our German fellow citizens have purchased property in the rear of their church for a graveyard.
The new cigar manufactory is in full blast employing five persons.
The first steamboat constructed with special
reference to the accommodation of passengers on the Ohio River, was the
Pike, a stern-wheel boat, to run between Cincinnati and
Louisville. This boat was built at Big Bone landing, six miles below
Rising Sun in 1818.
Henry Wells “pulled up stakes” as a Rising Sun merchant and proposes to locate in Illinois. Geo. Gibson moves his hardware
store to the old corner.
The temperance movement still moves on. The ladies are holding daily prayer meetings in the churches.
At a meeting of the County Commissioners on the 1st day of March the right of way was granted to the Rising Sun and Laughery
Written by thillman
Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:59 PM
Feb. 27, 1964
50 years ago
Although the Shiners have a season of seven wins and 11 losses the home team has shown tremendous playing in the last games
in their rebounding, defense and offense. Their two point victory over Southwestern showed off good strategy and teamwork
on the part of the Shiners.
– A son was born Feb. 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Walton (nee Carolyn
Thayer). He weighed 5 lbs. and 2 ½ oz. and has been named
Todd Ray; to Sgt. and Mrs. Albert H. Grace (Aletha Bliss) a
daughter born Feb. 10 weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. and has been named
Shelley Lee; to Mr. and Mrs. James Henry a son Douglas Eric born
Monday, Feb. 7.
Patti Tibbs and Steve Koons were married Feb. 9 in the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, which was decorated with vases of
gladioli, white mums and carnations. Diana Jenkins and Wayne Stahl were maid of honor and best man.
This week’s teenager is Jimmy Taylor and a sophomore at RSHS. He was
born Oct. 5 1948 and his hobbies are horseback riding
and basketball. The sophomores had their Sweetheart Dance Feb. 22.
John Espey and Regina Gibson were crowned King and Queen
of the dance. The Shiner fans are busy rolling out the Red Carpet
of Welcome to all the tourney teams. The high school is
holding a “Spirit Week” to boost the spirit.
Plans Shape up for gala event:
The Rising Sun-Ohio County Sesquicentennial got its first TV coverage
Wednesday Feb. 10 when Mrs. Juanita McPherson and Mrs.
Marcella Kinnett modeled old fashioned dresses and bonnets on the
Paul Dixon Show. The girls told of the coming Sesquicentennial
celebration. They also presented Jack Norwine and Marion Spelman
each with a $5 share of Sesquicentennial stock.
Two new directors, both from out in the
county, have been added to the Sesquicentennial Board, and another one
will be chosen
soon. Added directors are Norman Cutter and Lucian Koons. The
third man to be named probably will come from the Hartford area.
Orville Phillips has been elected vice president to replace Robert
Bailey, who resigned because of pressure of other duties.
The Board is planning to open a Sesqui headquarters downtown
during the last month or so before the July 5-11 event. It will
act as a clearing house for Sesqui workers and planners, and a
place where souvenirs will be on display and for sale.
Small gold and blue stickers for outgoing mail
are being purchased by individuals and businessmen to help advertise
Mrs. Kermit Gregory has a supply of them for sale at 10 stickers
for 15 cents.
An open meeting, free to all, has been
tentatively set for March 16 at 8 p.m. in the high school gym. The Vevay
movies will be shown and commented on by Joe Ricketts, president
of the Vevay celebration last summer. After the films a general
discussion and question and answer period will be held. Definite
commitment on the date awaits Mr. Ricketts’ confirmation,
but announcement will be made in the newspaper well in advance of
the scheduled date.
To give the Sesqui a true homecoming flavor, the Board plans to send invitations and information on the celebration to former
residents of Ohio County, and other interested friends and relatives of local people. Be sure your friends are on the list by mailing or dropping
off their names and addresses at the office of this newspaper. There is no charge for this.
People with children and grandchild are asking
if there will be rides and other carnival entertainment for the kids.
there will. The carnival company has already been contracted. The
rides will not be in the middle of the business district,
but on a side street within walking distance.
Antique lovers will be glad to hear that they
will be offered a big time at the Sesquicentennial. Already announced
window decorations committee headed by Mrs. Roy Hatton, and the
antique “museum” being planned by the Business and Professional
Women’s Club. New another feature has been added – a window “flea
market” for the display and sale of antiques by professional
dealers. Paul Fletcher, himself a collector and dealer, heads this
department. He reports great interest among dealers, some
of whom will stay all week, others will be in and out on several
The Phi Beta Psi sorority has accepted the job of putting out the Sesqui souvenir book, a big job by anyone’s standards. They will plan the layout, sell the
advertising, assemble the historical sketches, arrange for pictures and the listing of the week’s festivities.
If you want to give the celebration a big
assist, turn over your attics and storerooms to see if you have a copy
Jeans,” the old time play written by an Ohio Countian, with Rising
Sun as its locale. In its day, it was performed all over
Written by thillman
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:57 AM
80 years ago
Norman Kirkpatrick was born Feb. 21, 1934 in Switzerland County. The family moved to Ohio County when Norman was about 12
years of age. He served his country from 1956-58 in the Army after which he returned to farming. Norman drove a school bus
for Rising Sun Ohio County School Corporation for 27 years and served on the Ohio County Fair Board.
His family has extended an invitation to come
celebrate at an Open House Saturday, Feb. 22, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at
Building at the Ohio County Fairgrounds. They ask for no gifts,
but just your memories.
Feb. 20, 1964
50 years ago
Plans shape up for Sesquicentennial
Many, many questions are being asked about
Sesquicentennial plans, and how individuals throughout the county can
Most of the plans are in the formative stage, and progress is
being reported at each meeting of the Sesqui Board, but definite
announcements cannot be made until commitments are obtained.
However, some things that are still not completely decided may
be told in outline so that the picture can begin to shape up.
There will be a Queen and King of the Sesqui,
and they will be crowned at the Lions Club’s annual Fourth of July
the day before the Sesquicentennial officially opens. There will
be a vesper service on Sunday, July 5, with an out of town
speaker and a community choir to be recruited from all churches in
the county. The Rising Sun Ministerial Association, with
the help of other ministers of the county, is planning this part
of the observance.
The county 4-H awards day will be held during the week at the grade school gym, probably on Tuesday, July 7. County Agent
G. I. John and the 4-H leaders will be given a free hand in making the plans, and the day will be officially designated as
Youth Day. Friday will be reserved for Celebration Day. Great plans are afoot for this but no announcements can be made at
this time as arrangements are incomplete.
Saturday’s highlight will be the
Sesquicentennial parade. Jerry Licking, parade chairman, has appointed
heads of various divisions,
such as horses, horse drawn vehicles, old cars, floats and so
forth. Morgan Drescher is working on bands for the parade. Mr.
Licking already has a number of definite entries and would like to
see every club, society, lodge, church or other groups
in Ohio County represented in the parade. Individuals also may
enter. There is no restriction on the size of the entry, he
said. General theme of the parade is “150 Years of Peaceful
Progress,” which will give entrants a great range of history to
choose from in planning.
All organizations with charters (and most
groups have them or are planning to get them) will have a supply of
buttons. Button and membership card sell for $1. For women who do
not belong to organizations there are a number of charters
sold to business places around town – the city utilities office,
the newspaper office, grocery stores, etc. Ladies in these
business places welcome anyone who has no affiliation elsewhere to
join their charter groups. Prizes are to the offered for
the largest group. There is no restriction on the kind of costume
any individual may wear.
The first attempt to strike water to supply the Patriot Water Company was successful with the dropping of a 140-foot shaft
near Patriot. Ted Watters, Patriot Town Board president, and Joe Cox, attorney told the Switzerland County Interim School
Board that drillers struck water at 40 feet. The drillers continued through 100 feet of sand and gravel to 140 feet and an
abundant water supply.
School patrons from Pike Township met Feb. 11 with the Ohio County Board of Education to discuss plans now being made for
the pupils attending Freedom school as a result of the state ruling on one-room schools.
In the Worship Service Sunday, Feb. 9, at the
United Church of Christ, Kenny Stegemiller received the God and County
Award. During the past year Kenny has worked with Rev. Ned A.
Meckstroth, pastor of the church, so that he could put the finishing
touches on the work needed to receive this award.
With only one game left in cage season for
most schools, all eyes are turning toward the sectional tournament here
All eight participating teams are razor-sharp for the climax and
preparations are complete to the last detail by the center
principal. The eight teams are Rising Sun Shiners, Dillsboro
Bulldogs, Aurora Red Devils, Vevay Warriors, Lawrenceburg Tigers,
Patriot Trojans, Moores Hill Bobcats, and North Dearborn Vikings.
Feb. 13, 1964
50 years ago
In observance of National Boy Scout Week, Feb. 7-13, a window has been decorated at the Fashion Shoppe, Main Street, Rising
Sun. The Boy Scouts will celebrate its 54th birthday of scouting.
Michael Lynn Hastings, 19, was fatally injured Saturday, Feb. 8 when the car which he was driving left U. S. 50 between Aurora
and Lawrenceburg and plunged over a 35 foot embankment.
Rising Sun Shiners fans have the chance to purchase tickets to the 1964 Sectional Basketball tournament. Rising Sun High School
has an allotment of 203 tickets out of 1,886.
Feb. 6, 1964
50 years ago
Nine students of Rising Sun High School made straight A’s for the third six-week grading period. They include Sharon Brown,
David Purcell, Donna Wadsworth, Roger Webb, Sharon Hall, Nada Huron, Trudy Keith, Norbert Cappel and Gary Green.
The Althoff Furniture Company, Main Street, Aurora, fire loss is estimated at $100,000.
Ad reads: FREE Juke box dance at American Legion Home Saturday night, February 8 from 8 till 12.
Chosen this week’s teenager is Dorothy
Elliott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Elliott and a junior at Rising
Sun High School
was born, Feb. 6, 1947 at Milan, Ind. Her activities include
Sunshine Society, Future Nurses Club, Science Club, Pep Club,
playing a clarinet in the Shiners Band and playing saxophone in
the high school dance band. She is a member of the Christian
youth group at her church and the Life Recruits. Her majors are
math, English and science and minors are Latin and history.
Dottie’s future plans are to enter nurses training and attend the
Cincinnati Bible Seminary.
Written by thillman
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:46 AM
February 20, 1964
(Continued from last week, Earl S. Brown’s account of early settlers in Rising Sun.)
Jelly starts tanyard
Samuel Jelly started a tanyard in 1813. The
same yard continued in operation until 1875. During the first few years
the settlement of Rising Sun, the country was infested with wild
beast. Bears, deer, wolves, panthers, wildcats, otters, beavers,
porcupines, wild turkeys, rattle snakes and copperheads abounded,
and the settlers rarely left their cabins to cultivate their
fields without caring their flint lock guns with them for
protection. Wolves were so numerous that they destroyed whole flocks
of seep belonging to the settlers. Squirrels, in droves, destroyed
their grain crops, adding to the hardships. Red deer were
numerous and were killed for food. Wild turkeys abounded by the
thousand and for years formed one of the chief diets of the
Indians scare settlers
Bands of Indians passed through the forest
near the edge of the clearing on many occasions causing alarm to spread
the settlement. A block house to provide safety was finally built
in the county. S. Hathaway purchased the corner lot at Front
and Fourth streets, of John James, paying $100 for same. In 1815
he moved a two-story log house on the lot and for five years
occupied it as a shoe shop. Hathaway then engaged in the
mercantile business. He was successful in the business and accumulated
a sum of money. After many years of success he met with business
reverses, lost his accumulated wealth and went back to mending
shoes, following this trade until his death at the age of 92.
Incorporate town in 1817
The town of Rising Sun was incorporated in
1817, and the advantages of the place soon became known throughout the
Immigrants came on flatboats to locate. They were given a welcome
and presented with a lot on which to build a house. In 1833
Rising Sun had 600 inhabitants, four stores, one tavern, one grist
mill, one seminary, and one church. In 1836, three years
later, the population was 1200 and the town had one cotton mill,
two flour mills, two taverns, nine dry goods stores, one
book and drug stores, three grocery and liquor stores, two
practicing physicians, one lawyer, one jeweler, one printing office,
one hat factory, one chair factory, three saddlers, four tailors,
four cabinet makers, six coopers, two blacksmiths, two tin
and sheet iron ware factories, two stone ware potteries, one
tannery, four bricklayers, two painters, one soap factory, one
carding machine, one tobacco factory, two lumber merchants, two
wagon makers, four draymen, a market house, three churches,
an insurance company, a town seminary and Indiana Teacher’s
Citizens own steamboats
At this time two steamboats were owned here.
The boats had been built in Rising Sun and were kept busy carrying
and forth from Rising Sun to Cincinnati. The river scene was
similar to that at Cincinnati. Dozens of flatboats lined the
shore and steamboats were moored at the landing. Owners and
laborers worked together, loading the boats with freight for New
Orleans. In 1845 the flatboat business had grown. One hundred
loaded boats left Rising Sun during the year with produce for
the Southern markets. $180,000 worth of freight was shipped from
the town during the year. Also, in 1845, the log cabins were
being rapidly replaced by more neatly constructed frame and brick
dwellings. Everyone prospered and nine tenths of the population
owned their own homes. In 1814 the first steamboat passed down the
Ohio River, and the few citizens of Rising Sun stood spellbound
on the banks.
This boat, the “Independence,” had been a
large barge, making trips from Cincinnati to New Orleans. A crudely
engine was placed on her and a wheel with shafts was attached.
Under her own steam the, the first Ohio River packet started
on a voyage to New Orleans. As she reached her destination,
General Jackson, commanding the American forces, seized the boat
and pressed it into service against the British. After the war was
over in 1815, the “Independence” began her delayed trip
John James takes a ride
The vessel ran out of fuel as Rising Sun was
reached. The pilot rammed the nose of the boat into the bank, and
quantity of fence rails from John James. He invited James to ride
on the boat to Cincinnati, and James consented. The boat
raveled so slow, however, that James got off at North Bend, and
walked into Cincinnati, heralding the boat’s approach. It
is said James arrived several hours ahead of the steamboat.
Citizens of the town saw immediately the possibilities of steam
boating. P. Althearn, Sr., a resident, who was one of the workmen
on the famous old frigate, “Constitution,” known lovingly
as “Old Ironsides,” laid the keels of nine steamboats at Rising
First steamer is built
In 1834-35 “The Alpha” was built and equipped
with an engine made by C. Hagan and Harvey Green, of the Rising Sun Iron
The Alpha ran as a packet from Rising Sun to Cincinnati, then from
Cincinnati to Portsmouth, finally being loaded for a trip
to Florence, Alabama, on the Tennessee River. On this trip the
boat towed two barges containing 600 Indians to Fort Gibson
on the Arkansas River. The boat was later sold at a loss to the
owners and finally struck a snag in the Red River country
and sank a total loss. In 1838 Col. Pickney James built the
steamer “Herald.” He entered the boat between Warsaw and Cincinnati,
but the vessel had made only a few trips when it caught fire at
Anderson’s Ferry and burned to the water’s edge.
Preaches from trunk of tree
In 1815, Rev. John Strange, a Methodist,
preached the first sermon from the trunk of a fallen tree on the bank of
at the foot of what is now Main Street. The entire settlement
turned out to hear him and seated themselves on branches of
trees which had been felled to erect cabins. C. A. Craft’s barroom
was used as the first Methodist Church following the sermon.
In 1816 Rev. Strange was succeeded by Rev.
David Sharpe, when the M. E. Church was organized with eleven members.
of meeting was then moved from Craft’s barroom to a log school
house which stood at the corner of Main and High streets. The
first Quarterly Meeting was held in 1818, by Rev. Moses Crume,
presiding Elder, and at this time a lot was secured to build
al church. The building was completed in 1821. The church was
built of brick and its dimensions were 36x40 feet. It stood
on the lot upon which the present edifice stands.
The first Sabbath School was organized in 1826 and the Rising Sun Circuit was formed in 1837. In 1838 it was found the first
church edifice was not large enough so it was torn down and second church, 40x60 feet, erected on the same ground. Rising
Sun was made a station supporting its own pastor in 1842. The membership at this time had increased to 152.
Presbyterians are organized
On September 12, 1816, Rev. Nathan B. Derrow
organized the Presbyterian Church, the place of organization being in a
school house standing opposite the court house. Member of this
denomination congregated in houses, stores, the woods and sometimes
in the M. E. Church, to worship, until February 22, 1834, when
their building on Main Street was completed. The first Presbyterian
Sabbath School was established in 1823, with P. P. Baldwin as
Superintendent. The Christian Church was organized in December
1823, with 21 members. The first meeting was held in Masonic Hall,
over Craft’s store. In 1834, their first church building
was completed on Walnut Street.
In 1840 twelve persons organized the
Universalist church. Their building was erected in 1841-42. Several
persons of Baptist
belief held meeting s in private houses from 1815 until the court
house was built in 1845. They then worshipped there for
a number of years, erecting their first church in 1863. The German
Reformed Church held meetings at various members’ homes
for a number of years and in 1872 erected a frame house of worship
on the upper end of Main Street. The Shiloh Baptist Church
was organized in October 1867.
On Monday, September 17, 1866, a portion of the business section of the city was wiped out by fire believed to have been of
incendiary origin. The loss was $23,000, eight brick buildings and two frame buildings being burned. Nineteen years later,
on July 17, 1885, fire again broke out on Poplar Street and 20 buildings were destroyed with a loss of $40,000.
While the growth of Rising Sun in recent years has not been sufficient to boast of, yet the improvement in appearances is
bound to cause a feeling of pride to throb the bosom of every citizen.
Differences in a century
One hundred years ago today, John Fulton, John
James and few others, sat in their little cabins when darkness had
down and strained their eyes reading by a fluttering candle light.
Tonight, as the citizens go to their homes, they may touch
a switch, and the interior of the house is lighted as bright as
day. One hundred years ago tonight the streets were mere paths
through the forest trees.
Wild beasts skulked along what are now cement sidewalks, and the darkness was so intense that the pioneer could not leave
Tonight the streets will be aglow. One of the best light plants in the state will chase the darkness away, and almost make
the daylight ashamed of itself. The log cabins are now a thing of the past. Elegant residences and business houses occupy
the ground on which they formerly stood.
The buckskin trousers and bell-shaped hats worn by the pioneers 100years ago today, have given away to the fancy dress of
the present generation. The calico dresses and huge bonnets of the women have been replaced by elaborate hats and dresses
of the finest texture.
Business men hustlers
Of the present business interests little need be said. The business men are known as hustlers throughout the Ohio Valley.
They take a pride in the development of their city which is unsurpassed the county over.
During the present week, thousands of people
will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rising Sun. Within a
distance from where the festivities will be held repose the
remains of many of those old pioneers whose labors gave you your