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School growth with move from rural to city PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:24 AM

October 4, 1962

50 years ago

Representatives from 16 southeastern Indiana counties met in Richmond Sept. 26 to plan for action of the newly organized Allied Organization for Better Education (AOBE).

A study of school enrollment trends in Ohio County indicated a moderate total growth with a shift from rural to city. Total enrollment in Ohio County in 1957 was 882. For the present school year the number is 915. This indicates a gain of 33 over a period of five years or 3.7 percent.

An agreement was signed Monday by the Ohio County Commissioners with the Williams Brothers Construction Company that work on the Milton-Bear Branch Pike has been satisfactorily completed. The seven mile stretch of road was damaged by the construction company when they used the road to transport their heavy equipment while laying pipelines for the Texas Gas Corporation. The construction company contracted the Paul Rohe Company of Aurora and work was completed last week at a cost of $4500.

Band members are thanking the owners of Al’s Big Top skating rink for their money-making project last week. A large crowd attended.

A daughter was born Sept. 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lewis; a daughter was born Sept. 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fancher; a daughter was born Sept. 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brady; a son was born Sept. 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Johnson (Darlene Hambrick); a son was born Oct. 1 to A2/c Raymond E. (Gene) Roberts (Barbara Sackett). The baby has been named Raymond Gregory.

The new 1963 Ramblers are being exhibited in this area by George Ward Sales and Service in Aurora. The cars have many new features including the all-new advanced unit construction, a years-ahead breakthrough in car building.

October 2, 1952

With the expected completion of the new Arnold’s Creek Bridge and reopening of State Road 56 and 156 early next week, Rising Sun business and civic leaders have planned an “open house” celebration for Saturday, Oct. 11.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Malvin Potter, a son, Steven Ray, Sept. 18.

October 3, 1957

The Rising Sun-Ohio County Consolidated School Board scheduled two more meetings this week in further attempts to agree upon plans for the construction of a high school building in Rising Sun.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. James Burgess of Clearview Heights, a daughter, Terrie Ann, Sept. 25

A mortgage burning ceremony and dedication of the parsonage free of debt will be a highlight of the Rising Sun Baptist Church homecoming Sunday, Oct. 6.

Deaths: In Rising Sun, Sept. 29, Forister Grills, 59.

Voters allowed to elect school board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:23 AM

August 6, 1964

50 years ago

Ohio Countians will go to the polls this fall for the first time with the opportunity to choose the county school board members to take office next July 1st. In the past the board consisted of the four township trustees and three members appointed by the city council of Rising Sun, but under the school reorganization plan now in effect the voters themselves will elect five members to the board. 

A ski club to be known as the Sun-Pat Ski Club has been formed in Rising Sun with their first performance to be given this Sunday at Kraigs Creek Lake (on the Kentucky shore above Markland dam. Officers include Howard Brameier, Beverly Knigga, Eugene Knigga, Mrs. Eugene Knigga, Bruce Hutcherson, Merle Allen, Jr., Wayne Bond, Connie Knigga, and Howard Lyon. 

Ann Whitlock is serving on McAlpin’s College Board at their store in the Western Hills Plaza, Cincinnati. 

Births - to Mr. and Mrs. Harris Stegemiller, Jr. (Margaret Hughes), a son born July 22 weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and has been named Jeffery Adam.

SNbSJuly 30, 1964

50 years ago

Ira Levi North, 103, oldest man in Ohio County, died Friday, July 24, at the Milan Hospitality Center. He was born on December 31, 1860, the son of Nathan and America Searcy North, at North’s Landing where he started his business career. He was associated with his father and brother, Grant, in a general store at North’s Landing, also operating as hay and grain commissioner in the river trade. At one time they operated a coal yard and shipping station at Buckeye Landing. 

Births - to Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Baldwin (Carolyn VanTyle) a baby girl born July 25 weighing 7 pounds and nine ounces and has been named Julie Ann; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Largent July 24 and named Rebecca Jane; to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Robinson, a son born June 28; to Mr. and Mrs. Harris Cunningham on July 20, a daughter Gwen Ann; to Rev. and Mrs. Ned A. Meckstroth, a son Timothy All born July 28.

As reads – The Rising Sun Dairy Queen invites you to call 74 and have your favorite Dairy Queen products delivered to your door. All flavors of milk shakes, 25 cents; sundaes, 25-35-45cents; banana splits, 45 cents; Par’fay sundaes, 45 cents; frozen ice cream: pints, 30 cents; quarts, 60 cents; half gallon, $1.00; dilly bars, push-ups, curly top cones, and ice cream sandwiches, 10 cents each or 12 for $1.00.

Ad reads – Lions Club annual all-star game chicken dinner on Sunday, August 2 at Rising Sun Ball Park. Games include Rising Sun, Manchester, Milan and Dillsboro. Dinner will be served starting at 11:30 with dinner costing $1.00 (includes chicken, French fries, baked beans and rolls).

What’s Coming Up in Rising Sun?

August 8, movie on the river-Despicable Me2; August 15, music on Main with Dallas Moore Band; August 16, movie on the river-Surf’s Up; August 16 & 17, Regatta; September 6 & 7, catfish tournament; September 12, movie on Main-Goonies; September 19, music on Main-Deja Blue; October 10 & 11, Navy Bean Fall Festival. *A suggestion is to bring your chairs and enjoy with your kids and neighbors in Rising Sun.

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
Written by thillman   
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
Written by thillman   
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.


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