A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


May 25th, 1961

Receiving recognition at the Rising Sun High School commencement tonight will be Dorothy Pavey, valedictorian, and Jacquelyn Craig, salutatorian of the graduating class.

Graduation exercises for 53 seniors of Rising Sun High School will be held Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The class motto is “Today we Follow, Tomorrow we Lead,” and the class song is “Moments to Remember.” Colors are blue and white, and the flower is the pink carnation.

Ivan John Rimstidt, high school senior, has been awarded a Moorman Manufacturing Company scholarship in agriculture for the academic year 1961-62. It is worth $300.

George Lucian Hufford of Patriot has been named assistant to the director in the Crippled Children’s department, Indiana Department of Public Welfare, Indianapolis, and will work in the new state office building.

Noah O’Banion Post, American Legion, chose Larry Huffner as Commander in an election held Tuesday night. Charles Ray was elected 1st vice commander; Bill Evans, 2nd vice commander; Clyde Bright, Jr., adjutant; Anthony Milazzo, chaplain; Myron Gregory, finance officer.

Herman Rice of Fifth Street is sporting a 25-year award from Seagram’s along with 30 other employees. An “Atmos” atomic clock was presented at a dinner Saturday night at the Dearborn Country Club to these employees for their many years of faithful service. This beautiful mantel clock has Mr. Rice’s name engraved on the base and is unique in that the powers is sealed in, needs no electricity or winding. As of yet the time teller is not running since it needs to be placed on a perfectly level base.

William Robert Emsweller began his duties as minister of the Pleasant Ridge Christian Church Sunday, May 21, replacing Harold Fogle, who resigned to take a pastorate at Plainville.


June 15th, 1961

Ohio County farmers received $28,792.47 in advance payments for signing up to participate in the new emergency feed grain program announced by the local ASC office. Ninety-six farmers contracted to take 1,683.2 acres of corn out of production this year.

Three Ohio County students, all members of the Senior Band at RSHS, have been accepted for the 16th annual music clinic for high school students of band, orchestra and voice at Indiana University. They are: Sherry Dibble, flute; Garry Bailey, baritone horn; and Patricia Espey, tenor sax.

Announcement was made this week of the Grand Opening of a Go-Kart Track at the Ohio County fairgrounds next Sunday, June 18th. Sponsored by the American Legion racing has been conducted on an experimental basis for several weeks and has been attracting good crowds. Races will be conducted every Sunday at the local track.

Rising Sun Bowling Alleys will reopen Saturday, June 17th after having been closed since May 10th for installation of six new lanes and approaches and reconditioning of the other two lanes. Russell Wallick, manager, invites the public to try the new lanes in the air conditioned building which will be open every afternoon and evening after the reopening Saturday.

Noah O’Banion Post’s Ninth District Champion Color Guard from Rising Sun will defend its title June 17th at Brookville ball park, where the annual competition to determine the District Color Guard will be held, in connection with the annual convention and election meeting of the American Legion and Auxiliary.

Rodger Huron was one of 44 Indiana boys chosen to attend the 1961 Farm Boys Forestry Camp at Versailles State Park.

Lightning not only strikes twice, but even oftener sometimes, and the Methodist Church here is proof. The bolt that damaged a chimney on the church June 6th was the third within the memory of local residents. Checking with files to confirm the dates, we found that 50 years ago, June 4th, 1911, lightning struck and tore the shutters off the cupola of the church. Again August 6th, 1926, the cupola was set fire by a bolt of lightning. That time it was so badly damaged that workman started removing the cupola the following day.

June 8th, 1961

A new subdivision to be called “Breezy Acres” will be opened soon on the ridge west of town adjoining Clearview Heights, it was revealed Tuesday night when the developers appeared before City Council to submit their plans. Herbert Detmer and Dale Detmer, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Detmer are developing a tract of their parents’ farm and propose to build houses for sale.

A $25.8-million hydroelectric power plant will be built at Markland. The Federal Power Commission granted a 50-year license to operate the plant to the Public Service Co. of Indiana Inc. of Plainfield. The plant to be built at the Indiana end of the new Markland Dam will have yearly capacity of 490-million kilowatt hours.

Don H. Stoll, minister of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and Mrs. Stoll moved into the church parsonage on South Walnut Street last week after having served the church as student minister since last October.

Donna Loh and Jeanne Dorrell received nursing scholarship at the annual Dr. J. M. Jackson Memorial Nurses Training Banquet at the Aurora Lutheran Auditorium.

Clayton Potter was appointed to the Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Ohio County by the County Commissioners.

William Harold Clifton, Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree June 4th at commencement at Franklin College. His major fields were science and mathematics.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Strautman, a son, Alan, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz. at Christ Hospital June 2nd; to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sebree, a son June 1st at DCH.

Mrs. Oliver Fletcher is working at the Rising Sun State Bank this summer.

Two new teachers have been hired for Rising Sun-Ohio County Consolidated Schools next year. They are Harlan B. Royce, Jr. and James B. Wilson. Mr. Royce will teach social studies in the departmentalized sixth grade in Rising Sun elementary school replacing Fred Holt, who resigned. Mr. Wilson will teach vocational agriculture in high school. John Huron, formerly the agriculture teacher, will devote full time to science teaching.

Grand Opening of the Rising Sun Dairy Queen is Friday, June 9th with a 19-cent sundae sale.

Mrs. Grace Hilker has accepted a position with a printing firm in Cincinnati and has moved. Her son Everett, who graduated from RSHS this year, has employment with the same firm.

Granite Brick & Lumber Company: Luxure latex, $6.49 gallon; flat exterior paint, $6.29 gallon; Perfect coat, $6.29 gallon. Phone 155.

Taylor’s Station, Inc. at the corner of South Walnut and Second streets in Rising Sun. Robert P. Gridley, manager. Four Firestone tires for only $44.44 plus tax and four trade-in tires. Size is 7.50-14 tubeless whitewalls.