A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 3-16-17



March 16th, 1967

The calendar plates, an annual project of the Ohio County Historical Society, are now available. There’s no doubt that this year’s plate will stand out as a favorite. It features a house that has been long known as the Speakman House. Standing majestically on a mound near the mouth of Laughery Creek, the beautiful old mansion is one of Ohio County’s most attractive ancestral homes. The first glimpse of its spacious white-columned verandas always brings to mind the days grand ladies in lace and crinoline, strolling through magnolia scented gardens. The large, Federal style house was built in 1846 by Stephen S. Speakman. Overlooking the battlegrounds of the historic Lochery Massacre and within view of the Ohio River, it was at one time used as a home for underprivileged boys interested in agriculture. Visible in the upper front gable is the image of a boy breaking ground. A close-up of the boy figure is one of four smaller scenes depicted on the calendar plates. The other three include the old sycamore tree, the iron Laughery Bridge, and the old stone ice house, which stands on the creek bank. Through the years the stately edifice has been owned by the Speakmans, Millers, Kittles and Tallentires. The present owners are Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Johnson, who call the estate Tomary Farms.

Acreage/poundage marketing quotas for the next three crops of burley tobacco were disapproved by growers voting in a special mail referendum February 27th-March 3rd, Floyd M. Neaman, chairman, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation County Committee announced today.

One hundred-twenty attended the annual 4-H Achievement Program and dinner which was held Friday evening March 10th at the Methodist Church, Rising Sun. The Achievement Award Trophies sponsored by the Rising Sun State Bank were presented by Dale Siekman to Nada Huron and David Sommer. Pen sets sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sommer and presented by Mr. Sommer to runner-ups in Achievement Awards: to Paula Cook and Steve Potter.

Rising Sun High School Honor Roll for fourth six weeks period 1966-67 include Betty Torwelle, grade 12; John Deckard and David Purcell, grade 10; Diane Rand, grade 9; Patricia Brown and Tommy Brown, grade 8.

The Southeastern Indiana Vocational School will be unveiled to the public for the first time during the open house this weekend, March 17th, 18th and 19th. Many people have expressed a desire to examine the school’s building and facilities since the doors first opened last September. The public will have an opportunity to tour facilities while classes are in session as well as when no classed are being conducted.

Spring Sale at Danbury’s on Perry & Derrick Cameo Latex acrylic wall finish on sale now just $5.29.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams, a daughter born March 9th; to Mr. and Mrs. Carol Barricklow, a daughter born March 6th.

Shopper Stoppers at Copeland Hardware – Black & Decker ¼ inch drill, $8.95; Dupont No. 7 auto polish, 69 cents; onion sets, 20 cents a pound.


March 15th, 1962

SP-4 Paul L. Hewitt has returned home from a two-year tour of duty with the United State Army at Orleans, France.

John H. Tallmadge of Rogersville, Tennessee, last week was appointed administrator of the Dearborn County Hospital.


March 13th, 1947

Miss Luciene Benham was selected President of the new Rising Sun Business and Professional Women’s Club which was organized at a meeting in the Public Library March 7th.

Verl C. Holder was elected Commander of Kaiser-Vinup Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars Monday night, March 10. Harry A. Zerkle was elected senior Vice Commander and Walter R. Rieman, junior Vice Commander.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. William Dibble, a daughter, March 5th; to Mr. and Mrs. William A. Frondof, a son, William Allen, Jr., March 11th; to Mr. and Mrs. Homer W. Broadus, a son March 10th; to Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Beard, a son, Kenneth Robert, March 4th.


March 12th, 1937

Wilbur Gibson will be in charge of heating and plumbing for Scott Lovern, general contractor of Lawrenceburg.

Ernest Bodey and Ed Detmer are now engaged together in the plumbing business here.


March 15th, 1917

The speedy ending of an epidemic of measles in Posey Township was brought about by the prompt action of Dr. Ben J. Searcy, of Patriot, in closing the schools, churches and lodges and flagging the houses where the disease existed.