A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun

The Stow Motor Company, one of Rising Sun’s oldest businesses, has been sold to Whitham and Sons, Inc. Harold Whitham and Sons, Ronald and Larry, have operated the Shell Service Station on North High Street for about 20 years.

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Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun

50 YEARS AGO

January 2nd, 1969

 The Stow Motor Company, one of Rising Sun’s oldest businesses, has been sold to Whitham and Sons, Inc. Harold Whitham and Sons, Ronald and Larry, have operated the Shell Service Station on North High Street for about 20 years. They will continue the station’s service for the present. Plans are made to remodel the Stow property on North Walnut and Fourth streets, where mechanical work will be done. It will be a headquarter for the state safety inspection. Used cars will also be sold, as well as repair parts. The Stow Motor Company dates back to 1924 when Wilbur and Howard Stow built the garage on into the Albert Lotton building next door and went by the name of Stow and Lotton. Mr. Lotton sold the property to Stow in 1951 and the Stow Motor Company was formed. Throughout the 44 years Stow’s have held the automobile agencies for Overland, Willys-Knight, Nash, Chevrolet and Pontiac. They have handled Chrysler and Plymouth since 1934. In later years the original building was sold to Brown & Tool Manufacturing. After Howard’s death in 1935, the business was continued by Wilbur, and son Donald took over the business after Wilbur suffered an illness which led to his retirement.

  Ohio County boys and girls will soon become 4-H members via TV. They will be invited to learn about science through a series of 4-H TV science club programs scheduled for 8:30 a.m. starting Saturday, January 25th over WKRC, Channel 12, Cincinnati.

  Local merchant dies, in business for 37 years: James Espey, 62, died at his home at 415 Second Street Tuesday morning December 24th following a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia. Mr. Espey had been a Rising Sun merchant for 37 years operating a men’s furnishings and shoe store. Mr. Espey was born January 4th, 1906 in Ohio County and his parents were Eugene and Maude (Welch) Espey. Survivors include his wife, Martha Uhlmansiek Espey; three daughters, Mary, Jean, and Martha, Rising Sun; three sons, James, John, and Eugene; one brother, Hugh Espey; and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Johannsman.

  Notice — Open for business, Espey’s Shopping Center, Martha Espey, owner.

  Now showing at Walnut Theatre in Lawrenceburg: Doris Day and Brian Keith in “With Six You Get Eggroll.”

  At Palace Theater in Aurora: Walt Disney presents “The Parent Trap!”

  Karen Lynn Brown has been selected by students and faculty as Rising Sun High School’s DAR Citizen.

  Miss Roberta Green was installed as Honor Queen when installation of Bethal 95 was held December 19th in the Masonic Hall.

55 YEARS AGO

December 26th, 1963

  Mr. and Mrs. Gene Keith have purchased the former Kelly Jenkins home on South Mulberry Street.

60 YEARS AGO

December 18th, 1958

  Kathy Niccum of Aberdeen has been restored to a normal active life when a hole in her heart the size of a half dollar was closed by surgery performed at Riley Children’s Hospital last March 18th. Kathy received a long playing record of “Heart Songs” Monday as a Christmas gift from television band leader, Lawrence Welk.

  Alvin S. Hizer USN is serving aboard the attack cargo ship, the USS Rankin operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.

60 YEARS AGO

December 25th, 1958

  Private Neal Hastings of Rising Sun is serving with the Army at Munich, Germany.

  A new bridge of Laughery Creek on State Road 56 between Rising Sun and Aurora is included in State Highway Commission projects for 1959 just announced by Governor Harold W. Handley.

70 YEARS AGO

December 23rd, 1948

  The photograph of Hugh (Duck) Beatty taken by Selbert Dorrell will appear on the 1949 Rising Sun State Bank calendar.

80 YEARS AGO

December 22nd, 1938

  Rising Sun will return to its former status as a city, January 1st. It is reported that Mayor Elect Charles H. French will appoint Harry Rump, former Sheriff of Ohio County as Chief of Police.

120 YEARS AGO

December 23rd, 1898

  A meeting was held at the Court House Tuesday evening, called by the citizen’s committee for further action in connection with the proposed electric road to run between Rising Sun and Aurora. It was called to order by Mayor Spencer.