A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 12-8-16



December 8th, 1966

It has now become known as “The Day of Infamy, December 7th, 1941.” The bewildering Sunday 25 years ago, when bombs fell on Pearl Harbor, abruptly changed our way of life and pattern of security. It seems that with our heritage of personal liberty, we had assumed, accepted, and taken for granted too much. We assumed only a bright and successful future; expected children to grow up in a free America filled with luxuries and took for granted everything ours without fear of being shot or imprisoned by the menacers of freedom. Then suddenly one morning, after a safe night’s sleep, we opened our eyes to discover that nowhere in the world should even a single day of life be taken for granted. Gone was our shining days of traditions. A world at war loomed in the shadows of the dark and dreary first day of the week. Those war years that followed were filled with changes, as the whole of America worked together for the country’s welfare. On the battle fronts, in the factories, in every home, patriotism inspired people to oppose the forces that threatened to destroy their dignity and rights. A time of hardships, terror, and sorrow – almost forgotten today as our business of living grows more complex. Yet the moment in history remains a true example of Americanism. Liberty is a heritage cherished as a fundamental right. To take this heritage, unthinkingly, for granted is the first step to losing it. And so Pearl Harbor will be remembered.

The Rising Sun Band Boosters held their annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3rd in the high school gym. Mrs. Nora Brown, chairman of the committee for the bazaar and Mr. Bob Skidmore, president of the band boosters stated that they cleared nearly $500. The lucky person to win the Hi-Fi Stereo was Lillard Burgess.

Indiana’s birthday is December 11th: Indiana – the 19th state admitted to the union – will be 150 years old December 11th.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Seth, Jr., a girl Nicholie Rae born November 25th; to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gordon Johnson, November 25th.

Robert W. Cutter joined the Siekman & Stearns Insurance Firm as a representative.

Our boys in the service: Michael W. Curry, Larry Whitham, Rodney Wayne Romans, and Dennis L. Whitham. John Thomas Jones has enlisted in the United States Navy.

Eighth grade students are studying music and art appreciation this year as a result of team teaching by Emmett Van Buskirk, art teacher, and Morgan Drescher, band director

With the recent initiation of 35 new members, the French Club raised its total membership to 103 students, making it one of the largest and most active extra-curricular organizations in Rising Sun High School.


December 7th, 1961

Sheldon S. Fisher has completed his 40th year as printer for the Rising Sun Recorder and Ohio County News. Shell began his career with the Recorder in 1921 when all type was “handset”. The Recorder was owned at that time by a “syndicate” of Rising Sun businessmen: S. M. Seward, William Hamberg, J. W. Whitlock and Lucian Harris with Mr. Seward as elder and publisher.


December 6th, 1956

City Council voted unanimously Monday night to open bids Tuesday, December 18th, for the purchase of the proposed new fire truck for Rising Sun. The present truck is more than 20 years old.

Dearborn County Voiture No. 612 Forty and Eight Society in Lawrenceburg this week presented a $10,000 check to Hoosier Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America, to finance the construction of a modern kitchen and sewage system for Camp Louis Ernst. A similar $10,000 gift was made last week to Dearborn County Hospital.

A resolution of “intent to consolidate” the school corporation of the City of Rising Sun and Randolph, Cass, Union, and Pike townships in Ohio County was drafted Thursday night, November 29th.


December 4th, 1936

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Van Tyle of New Hope, a daughter, Lutha Mae, December 1st.