A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun

At the regular Council meeting Tuesday, January 7th, Mayor Donald Works appointed Myron Gregory fire chief to succeed Eugene Knigga who had resigned effective January 1st. Councilman Herschel Caplinger reported to council on the fire department meeting Monday, January 6th at which time Harry Zerkle, fireman for many years had resigned.

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Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun

50 YEARS AGO

January 9th, 1969

  At the regular Council meeting Tuesday, January 7th, Mayor Donald Works appointed Myron Gregory fire chief to succeed Eugene Knigga who had resigned effective January 1st. Councilman Herschel Caplinger reported to council on the fire department meeting Monday, January 6th at which time Harry Zerkle, fireman for many years had resigned. Council approved the names of Donald Smithers and Larry Whitham to replace Knigga and Zerkle to make the 20 member squad. Also approved by council was Ronald Whitham as the 21st member or the stand-by member. Mayor Works appointed Charles Scott of the Appeal Board to replace Bob Kelley. Charles Johnson was reappointed to the Health Board by Mayor Works.

  The holidays were made merrier for the Shiners and their fans because of their victories over Batesville and Switzerland County December 20th and 21st. Ron Wiesman improved his offensive game as he hit seven field goals while he was grabbing his season’s high of 17 rebounds. Bill Hautman was high for Rising Sun with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Coming off the bench, Mike Brown took nine rebounds and put in three points and Rick Neal took eight rebounds, had five assists, and scored 16 points.

  With Patriot and Vevay forming the Switzerland County consolidation, the Lawrenceburg Sectional tourney will be played as a six-team event for the first time with the host Tigers, Aurora’s Red Devils, Dillsboro’s Bulldogs, North Dearborn’s Vikings, and Rising Sun’s Shiners joining the Swiss Pacers in the field.

  David Scranton will hold the office of Guard in the local and state FOP Officers.

  Lunch at the Rising Sun Schools on Thursday, January 16th will include: chuck wagon steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, bread and butter, and milk.

55 YEARS AGO

January 9th, 1964

  Leroy (Junior) Williams was appointed chairman of the Ohio County Commissioners at their business meeting Monday night.

  Carroll Hufford was winner of the maximum award of $6,000 for the Suggestion Plan given by the Chevrolet-Norwood Assembly Plant. Mr. Hufford’s suggestion, applicable to all Chevrolet passengers’ cars, pertains to radiator support brackets.

  At Rising Sun City Council meeting last week, Lee Ricketts was reappointed City Attorney. Harry Zerkle was reappointed Fire Chief and Harold Romans Chief of Police.

60 YEARS AGO

January 8th, 1959

  An L16 Aeronca two-seater training plane owned by the Civil Air Patrol took off, pilotless, at 11:40 a.m. as Robert Murray of Clearview Heights was spinning the prop preparing for a local flight. Mr. Murray was unhurt and the pilotless plane crashed on a state highway near Chillicothe, Ohio, at 1:15 p.m. after running out of gas.

70 YEARS AGO

January 6th, 1949

  Loren Brown, who was elected Ohio County Sheriff in November and his family, moved into the jail residence, December 31st.

  Leonard Martin, a former partner of Alvin Teany Birdzell in the B&K Café on lower Main Street, purchased the business from Mr. Birdzell this week and will operate it himself in the future.

80 YEARS AGO

January 5th, 1939

  Mrs. Lowell Bliss (Evelyn McHenry) was reappointed official court reporter by Judge William D. Ricketts when the Dearborn Circuit Court reconvened Monday morning.

  Walter Humphrey of Humphrey & Humphrey, funeral directors, is Ohio County’s new coroner.

  Rising Sun returned to the status of a first class city Monday when the following officials took office: Mayor Charles French, Clerk James M. Green, City Attorney Lee J. Ricketts, Councilmen Lucian Harris, Dean Whitlock, Earl Dansbury, Adolph Siekman, and John A. Barricklow. Harry Rump is City Marshall and Russell Uhlmansiek is Fire Chief.

100 YEARS AGO

January 3rd, 1919

After 14 months service, most of it in England and France Leon N. Neal arrived home evening.

The store building recently occupied by F. F. Espey as a novelty store, which was the property of William H. Clark, has been sold to W. B. Becht, owner of the Candy Kitchen.