A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun

What’s in the headlines?


May 19th, 1955

New Laundromat to open Monday

Another new business will open its doors in Rising Sun Monday, May 22nd, when Jacob (Jake) Hayes of Lawrenceburg will begin operations at his Laundromat. Mr. Hayes, whose wife is the former Miss Mildred Carpenter, owns the building at 125 Main Street, formerly occupied by the J & J Recreation.

He has installed 20 washers, three large and two small dryers, two extractors and other equipment to provide complete home laundry service for housewives in Rising Sun and the surrounding areas. Wet wash, rough dry, ironing, starching, dyeing, etc., will be done under the supervision of Mrs. Edith Alsop. Mr. Hayes is prepared to wash rugs, up eight pounds in weight, curtains, bedspreads, drapes, slipcovers, and similar items. Mr. Hayes is a former maintenance foreman for Schenley.

Espey, wife buy Anderson’s Store

James W. Espey and his wife, Martha, Wednesday announced their purchase of Anderson’s Shoe Store on Main Street from Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. (Lucille) Craig, of New Albany, owners of the business since the death recently of Mrs. Craig’s mother, Mrs. Margaret Ascherman.

Library sponsors

Davy Crockett Reading Club

The Davy Crockett Vacation Reading Club, sponsored by Rising Sun-Ohio County Public Library is off to a good start, Miss June North, librarian, said Monday. The club, in which a coonskin cap is the only badge of membership, is for school children in grades one to 12. Members are asked to check the number of books read with the map of Davy Crockett’s travels now on display at the library.

Sell announces concert program

The public is urged to hear the first open air concert to be played in some years by the Rising Sun High School band in front of First Presbyterian Church Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. Burdell M. Sell, music supervisor in the schools, who will enter military service in June, will direct the band in a program of classical and pop selections and marches.

Commencement program ready,

35 to graduate

Homer Tucker, superintendent of the Rising Sun schools, who is retiring this year, will award diplomas for the last time Thursday night, May 28th, to the 35 graduates of the Class of 1955. The class motto is, “Up to the Door, over the Threshold, into the World”. Colors are pink and black and the flower is the pink carnation.

Patriot grads to reunite

“The March of Time” will be the theme for the 1955 reunion of Patriot High School Alumni, to be held in the school auditorium Saturday, May 28th at 8 p.m., Mrs. Effie North, associate president, announced Tuesday. A good program has been prepared and the “Combo Kings” orchestra of Rising Sun High School will play both for the program and dancing afterward.


Special bargains by Dibble Hardware Company, 120 Main Street, “The Hardware Bargains House.” New mattress, $31.50; wall paint brushes, $2.89; 110-volt fence charger, $39.50; horse collar sweat pads, 40 cents; auto polish, 39 cents; oil mops, $1.

* Attention Engineers: We are in need of graduate mechanical and electrical engineers at Indiana & Michigan Electric Company, Lawrenceburg.