50 YEARS AGO
May 23rd, 1968
Rising Sun City Council met May 7th with interested parties resent for a waterline to be extended to several residents outside the city limits south of Rising Sun. The council said as it stands now the Water Department is not financially able to build any lines at this time. Mayor works said the water utility is now using money from the light utility for the operation of the Water Works and until there is a reserve for depreciation set aside it will be impossible to maintain the upkeep of the waterline.
The City Council granted an exclusive franchise for the hauling of garbage to George Williams and Ed Thomas for a fee $100 per year for each man.
Mayor Works said the city had purchased used equipment from the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Department: one 1956 International truck, 1 ½ ton, purchase price, $550; one 1959 Aerial ladder and compartment body, $200 and one 1958 chipper mounted. Utility manager Wymond Neal said the equipment purchased has been a great assist to the utilities.
Tony Thomas had to go all the way to Richmond to prove that he was the best 880 man in Southeastern Indiana. Thomas edged last year’s sectional champion from Richmond in an amazing time of 1:58.0. Richmond had the most points in all events to keep the string of sectional championships in track. The top three runners from four sectional centers gathered at Indianapolis Tech for the Regional track meet on May 17th. Thomas again lowered his previous best to 1:57.9 and placed sixth — only 1.5 seconds off the wining time.
Fourth annual Blue Jeans Festival is scheduled for August 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th this year. The committee reports that the carnival will be on Main Street. There will be a talent show and anyone interested in participating should contact Mrs. Rita Driver or Mrs. Janet Bunger. A queen will also be selected again this year to reign over the festivities. Bonnie Lou, Buddy Ross and Zeke and Bill, WLW stars will be here August 15th and a parade is planned for Saturday, August 17th.
Scribblings by Dorotha Stegemiller: The American Legion Auxiliary designates the month of May to honor the veterans who sacrificed their lives for their country. Memorial Day and the poppy of remembrance are phrases familiar to everyone at this time of year.
From Saturday, May 25th until Saturday, June 1st has been declared “Little League Booster Week”. Each of the 175 boys involved in Ohio County’s summer baseball program has been issued window decals which they will make available to the public for $1.
55 YEARS AGO
May 23rd, 1963
The third and final Sabin polio vaccine program will be conducted at the elementary school here, June 9th.
60 YEARS AGO
May 22nd, 1958
Lieut. Col. Albert E. (Cap) Armstrong, Veteran of both World Wars, will speak and Lieut. Col. Fletcher Hufford of Patriot will be Parade Marshall during the American Legion and Auxiliary sponsored Memorial Day ceremonies in Rising Sun, Friday, May 30th.
William H. Martin, a former guard at Seagrams was appointed assistant Police chief by Mayor Myron D. Snyder, Monday. Mr. Martin is also a veteran member of the Volunteer Fire Department.
Russell Liggett has purchased Virgil Kilburn’s grocery located in the Oscar Baxter building at the corner of South Walnut and Second streets.
70 YEARS AGO
May 20th, 1948
Forty-five Rising Sun Juniors and Seniors returned home Wednesday night from a two-day sightseeing trip to Washington, D. C.
Robert Clark of Utica, New York has taken a position as office manager for the Rising Sun Creamery Company Incorporated.
Remodeling of the Humphrey and Philips Funeral Home which was badly damaged by the tornado is almost completed.