A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 5-21-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


May 26th, 2005

Rising Sun Scout Troop 605 helped members of the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 put out crosses on the courthouse lawn Monday evening in preparation for the annual Memorial Day Service.

Stacie Thayer has the lead role of Marguerite in the community theater production of The Scarlet Pimpernel at Xavier University. She will wear a dress valued at $27,000, which is part of the million dollar wardrobe.

Physical education awards given at the 2005 Rising Sun High School Awards Program went to Ryan Palaima, Samantha Walton, Adam Fox, Alicia Thomason and Andrew Iceberg.

Fourth grade students at the Ohio County Elementary Middle School work on the exhibit Architecture 101 at the Ohio County Historical Museum. The class of 21 students was each assigned one building located either on Walnut, Main, Front, or High streets, and to learn about that buildings architectural style and write a label explaining the style.


May 25th, 1995

Due to a decline in class enrollment, the Rising Sun-Ohio County School Board of Trustees decided not to renew the contract of Bill Valentine as French teacher.

Wendy Perkins is Rising Sun’s newest member of its police department.

Deaths: Doris Mondary, 91: November 20th, 1903 to May 10th, 1995; Mildred Anna Mary (Brameier) Scott, 90: May 5th, 1905 to May 22nd, 1995.

Team members of the 1995 Ohio County River Valley Conference champion Rising Sun Lady Shiners celebrated their third softball title in a row Monday, May 22nd.

Mark Mellang and Jeff Rumsey will be making appearances at the regional track meet.

A surprise retirement party was given for Erma King at the Applewood Restaurant May 9th by her co-workers in the Ohio County Elementary Middle School cafeteria.


May 25th, 1985

Sixty-two seniors are scheduled to take part in the 111th commencement exercises at RSHS.

Rising Sun High School junior Laura Schweitzer will be making her second straight trip to the IHSAA state track finals June 1st as she placed third in the 1,600 meter run at the Greenwood Track Regional.

Melanie Pfennig won the designation of Rising Sun High School Trig-Star for 1984-85 in competition in trigonometry class recently.

Deaths: Eugene V. Talkington, 76, stockholder and director of Rising Sun State Bank for 16 years: May 10th; Norbert Cappel, 66, May 20th; James Elza, 66, May 17th; Paul Elsrod, 79, May 20th.


May 22nd, 1975

In a public auction Tuesday, May 13th, Rising Sun-Ohio County Consolidated School Corporation trustees sold the old Cass-Union School property to Clifford Chipman of Rising Sun.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Collins, a son, May 12th, and has been named Christopher Duane.

Terri Burgess was named 1975 valedictorian and Cindy Scott salutatorian, May 15, at Rising Sun High School’s awards day. The Senior class chose to give an “Outstanding Teacher Award” to Ms. Jane Evans.

A three-pound 12-ounce crappie caught in a farm pond by Tom Caplinger has been entered in the fishing contest at DEW Sporting Goods Store.


May 20th, 1965

The Ohio County Board of Commissioners this week met with the Dearborn County Commissioners to seek a solution to the Hartford crossing of Laughery Creek. A suggestion was that both counties seek the aid of government funds to do away with the ford and install a bridge with a water clearance of at least nine feet.

Russell Miller received the Highest Scholastic Average award and the All-Sports award at the annual athletic awards banquet held at Rising Sun High School.

Plans are being shaped into reality for Rising Sun’s first Blue Jeans Festival. The name for the festival was taken from the play, “Blue Jeans,” which was written about Rising Sun and was a hit on Broadway and later became a movie.


May 26th, 1955

The American Legion Auxiliary’s Memorial Poppy Day poster contest was won by Ann Whitlock, Karen Kay Koons, Audrey Clifton, Carolyn Fleek, Sharol Schmeltz, Lula Gulley, Gloria Neaman, Paul Hewitt and Iva Fox.

The Indiana Supreme Court has reaffirmed its earlier decision that war veterans’ free fishing and hunting permits are unconstitutional.

Marketing quota penalty for excess burley tobacco produced in 1955 will be 37-cents a pound, Marvin E. Kirkpatrick, Ohio County ASC committee chairman revealed this week.

Rained out Saturday night, the RSHS band nevertheless played its first concert downtown in years Monday evening, in front of the First Presbyterian Church, directed by Burdell Sell.


May 24th, 1945

Hurtie S. Quire has accepted a position as manager of the Ben Franklin Store.

Deaths: Edward Henry (Ed) Stegemiller, 69, May 23rd; Mrs. Julia Scholle, 80, May 20th.


May 24th, 1935

James Beard won the prize of a sack of flour offered in the horse show throwing contest.

Henry Thies was winner of an axe in the wood chopping contest held by Gibson’s last Saturday.


May 22nd, 1885

The 17-year locusts are in the land, and great damage is anticipated.