A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 1-19-17


Compiled by Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of Ohio County and Rising Sun


January 19th, 1966

What is now 127 North Poplar Street has been in the Hayman family since the town was first settled. There is no actual record as to the age of the house. However, it must be at least 150 years old. The original deed for the ground, written with pen and ink on time-worn yellowed parchment, is dated June 25th, 1816.

According to the indenture, Henry Hayman purchased lot number 56 from John James “of the town of Rising Sun, County of Dearborn and Indiana Territory”. The price paid was “the sum of fifty dollars lawful money of the United States”. No evidence of inflation in those days!

The Hayman homestead isn’t as elaborate and ornate as many other early dwellings. But it can be counted among the community’s landmarks

which hold never-to-be-forgotten memories.

And it is to retain these precious memories that we seemingly become slaves to ancient houses, despite the headaches they may cause.

The Board of Directors of the Blue Jeans Festival met January 12th at the Courthouse Restaurant and appointed four new members – Mrs. Paul Scudder, Roy Powell, Robert Palmer and Francis Copeland. Other members are Mrs. James Uhlmansiek, Mrs. Graham Gossom, Mrs. John Bunger, Mrs. Thelma Gary, George Elliott, Eugene Knigga, and Paul Fletcher.

Mary Espey and Debbie Salyer, students from Rising Sun High School, will join a group of 1,329 students from 113 high schools in 58 Hoosier counties who will attend the sixth annual Demonstration Days program to be held at

the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis on three successive Saturday mornings.

Miss E. Ann Whitlock, soprano, gave a senior recital at the Recital Hall at Indiana University January 12th.

Rising Sun edged Sandcreek Friday evening 61-59 when Chuck Hautman canned a jump shot with two seconds remaining and went on to erase Shawe 62-52 on Saturday. The double victory gave the Shiners a 10-3 victory record for the season.

At Christian’s Market: cookies 2 for 69 cents; Fisher’s wieners, 12 ounce package, 49 cents; 4 pound bag of Jonathan apples, 49 cents; ground beef, 3 pound package for $1.49; pork chops, 69 cents per pound.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shelton, a daughter, January 9th; Mr. and Mrs. Paul William Koons have named their daughter born

January 4th, Lori Ann.

The 1967 edition of Three Rivers-Chevrolet Soap Box Derby has 17 drivers and registration only opened Saturday at Ande Chevrolet Olds, Inc., sponsor of the local race. Jeffrey Kinnett of Rising Sun has registered to race.


January 18th, 1962

Gerald White, Rising Sun’s Assistant police chief was the winner of a 21-inch color TV set in the Magic Holiday score bowling competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Company.

Dr. Harry S. Stevenson, 92-year-old retired Rising Sun dentist passed away Wednesday, January 10th following an extended illness. Dr. Stevenson had practiced in Rising Sun for 60 years. In May 1960, he was selected by the Indiana State Dental Association as the “Honor Dentist of the Year”.


January 15th, 1937

Civil Engineers are completing what may be the final survey for State Highway 56 from Rising Sun to Vevay.


January 14th, 1927

A Census of Rising Sun, recently taken by Postmaster E. A. Bodey places the population at 1,559.


January 18th, 1917

Due to the added cost of living and increase in the price of barber supplies, Rising Sun barbers have raised the price of a shave to 15-cents. Rising Sun schools are closed because of nearly 150 cases of measles.


January 18th, 1907

Thomas and Davis Baxter will have a new gasoline boat, 24 feet long. The hull is now being built at W. H. Whitlock’s shipyard. W. P. Hanna, the merchant at Aberdeen, has recently added the huckster business.