50 years ago
December 29, 1966
Scribbings by Dorotha Stegemiller. You, undoubtedly, have heard the saying “Pleasant Hours Fly Fastest”. And considering the way the years race by the pleasant hours must greatly outnumber all others.
So we find that once more we are prepared to welcome a brand new year. This always means bringing forth an important item that has become a necessity down through the ages – a calendar.
In our modern era, a calendar seems a most common object. However, it’s a rather amazing fact to realize that our system of reckoning time began about 6,000 years ago.
The history of the calendar goes back to the time when man first became farmers. Until then they were not sure that there would be a spring. After winter, for little was known about the seasons and how they followed one another.
Ancient Egyptians were the first to measure with any exactness. Their farms were along the Nile River which overflowed every year. The best time to plant was immediately after the flood when the water had left a layer of rich mud on the fields.
Priests noticed that once about the time of each flood, the Star Sirius would rise just before the sun rose. The Priests counted the days that passed before this recurred and noticed that there were 365 days each time. Then they knew the length of a year.
They divided this year into twelve months or “moonths” of thirty days each, with five days extra at the end of the year. Thus, the first calendar was invented and historians believe the Egyptian calendar was adopted about 423BC.
In 1582 our present day calendar was instituted and is called Gregorian after Pope Gregory XIII, the originator. It is an adaptation of the Roman Julian calendar, allowing 365 days to the year, with a provision for leap years.
Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to improve upon the Gregorian system. Now international consideration is being given for the adoption of a World Calendar. By the plan, the months would be equalized in length – four, seven-day, weeks to the month. The changes would require the addition of a thirteenth month.
The way leap year, birthdays now cause utter confusion – can you imagine what will happen with such a calendar change? Well, if you lose your birthday, do have a Happy New Year, anyway!
Robert Johnson will be guest speaker at the Rising Sun Methodist Church Sunday, January 1 for the 10:30 a.m. worship services. The pastor, Rev. Floyd Haislup and family are on vacation in Florida.
Betty Torwelle, a senior at Rising Sun High School, was recently selected by members of the senior class and faculty as the DAR Good Citizen for the school year 1966-1967.
Outgoing County Prosecuting Attorney Harry L. Zerbe of Lawrenceburg, has opened private law offices at 119 Walnut Street, and will engage in the general practice of law.
Henry Pictor of Schererville, Indiana discharged from the U.S. Marines this week, will be in the practice of law at the former Lee Ricketts office in Rising Sun. Mrs. Ricketts, who has been making her home there, has purchased a residence on Willow Street. Mr. Pictor is a graduate of Saint Joseph College, Rensseler and Northwestern University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1963 and has been in the Marine Legal Department.
Marine Corporal Jerry L. Koons has received the Air Medal during ceremonies held at the Marble Mountain Air Facility, near Da Nang.