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.