A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


May 5th, 2005

The Rising Sun Rotary held a luncheon for the top 10 students at Rising Sun High School last week at the United Methodist Church. Students honored were: Alli Rumsey, Mary Rager, Tara Valentine, Sammie Walton, Kristin Steuver, Emily Williams, Amanda Bailey, Jesse McClure, Tiffany Althoff and Heather White.

Rising Sun Rural Letter Carrier Mason Uhlmansiek was presented a Million Mile plaque for not having an accident in over 30 years as a postal employee.

Rising Sun High School had official dedication of the lights at the high school baseball and softball fields on April 27th.

Rising Sun’s Frank Cummings and Switzerland County’s Cody Peters shared the Player of the Week honors for last week.

A new model home has been built on Ind. 56 north of Rising Sun. White Pine Construction, owned by Tim and Teresa White, have been building home for over 25 years. One feature is a fireplace with a finely carved mantel made by Ripley’s Woods of Dillsboro.


May 4th, 1995

The Indiana Gaming Commission visited Rising Sun Friday, April 28th to see if the proposed riverboat casino site is the best.

The winners of the Rising Sun PTO sponsored Spelling Bee included Gabrielle Rung, Tara Valentine, Anthony Hautman, Adam Clements and Tiffany Berger.

Michael Garland and Dawn Siekman were crowned king and queen of the Rising Sun High School prom held at The Woodlands in Cincinnati.

Deaths: Kenneth Leroy “Ken” Beckett, September 2nd, 1943 to April 25th, 1995; Wilbur W. Cochran, February 10th, 1946 to April 26th, 1995; Janet A. Heber, September 5th, 1931 to April 24th, 1995; Mary E. Lynn, March 13th, 1916 to April 30th, 1995.

Rising Sun Lions Club officers for this year include: Bob Carter, Jeff Cappel, Mark Guard, Clayton Lamkin, Steve Walton, Gregg Romans, Denny Brett and Doug Baker.


May 3rd, 1990

Rising Sun Retailers agreed to sponsor the third annual Navy Bean Festival and Homecoming the second Saturday of October. Officers are Carolyn Simpson, Donna Fogle and Dale Siekman.

Dale Siekman received the Sagamore of the Wabash, which is the highest honor the Governor of the Indiana can confer. He received the award from Governor Evan Bayh.

Deaths: Randy Ray Bullock, 15, April 29th; George E. Moredock, Jr., 77; Henrietta D. Scott, 86, April 28th.


May 2nd, 1985

The Rising Sun Retailers are sponsoring the biggest parade in Rising Sun since the Sesquicentennial. More than 70 entries have been received for the May 18th parade which is part of Riverfest.

Deaths: Anna Norwood, April 28th; Everett Wingate, 90, April 25th; Jennie Green Aultman, 87, April 29th.

The annual PTO Spelling Bee was conducted last week in Ohio County Elementary Middle School. Winners were: Denton Simpson, Cassandra Walston, Angel Adams, Cody Jackson, Chad Walston, Jodie Schneider, Darin Simpson, Brian Gentrup, Matt Markland, and Doug Hopper.


May 1st, 1975

April 27th, just a few minutes before noon, Reverend Albert Laese led church council members and the St. Peter congregation in ground-breaking for a new church building. The previous church was destroyed April 3rd, 1974 when a tornado hit the area.

The Happy Homemakers Extension Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with charter members, including Mrs. Laurence Elliott, Mrs. Miller Keith, Mrs. Robert Wilber, Mrs. Glen Wilber, Mrs. Leroy Williams, Mrs. Alta Monroe, Mrs. Dolph Miller, Mrs. Miller Sharp, Mrs. Leon Jackson and Jessie Johnson.

Uhlmansiek Barber Shop won the championship of the Rising Sun Wednesday night men’s league at Centro Pins and Parts last week. They finished ahead of Rising Sun Fire Department by a thin one-half game margin.


April 29, 1965

This year, the Rising Sun Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th birthday. The pipe organ in the church’s sanctuary is 50 years old, and Mrs. Franklin Lummer, church organist, is planning an outstanding musical program to be given.

The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service will have open house for the public May 6th at the new location on North Walnut Street, Rising Sun.

Steve Fessler, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Fessler, has been singled out for scholastic achievement by being named to the Dean’s List at Indiana University.


May 5th, 1955

Bill Detmer was elected Rising Sun Lions Club president at a dinner meeting at Mr. and Mrs. Paul Scudder’s home.

Army Sergeant Gerald (Jerry) Johnson is home with his wife, the former miss Patty Stow, after nearly two years in military service including 18 months in Korea.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cutter, a daughter, Janet Ruth.


May 3rd, 1945

Ted C. Brown, owner of the Brown Tool & Manufacturing Company is moving the residence adjacent to Plant No.1 on North Walnut Street to a lot in the rear of the former Steele building across the street.

Steve Chase has been restored to his former position as Rising Sun police chief, following the resignation of Ernest (Journey) Hastings.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. John Emery of McCreary’s Ridge, a son, April 24th.


May 3rd, 1935

Members of the Rising Sun High School Band with their instructor, L. P. Jackson, and a group of parents and teachers, left this morning for Evansville to participate in the state band contest.

Powell Crosley of Cincinnati was in Rising Sun this week, conferring with E. V. Menfee in regard to the purchase of an old-time rifle.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Vinson, a son, Larry Gene, April 26th.


May 1st, 1925

The first fire alarm of this year was turned on Saturday morning when the barn on the John Fletcher property on Plum Street, between Mulberry and High streets burned. A Ford touring car belonging to Bruce Rieman also burned.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dennis, a daughter, Hazel Marie, April 25th; to Mr. and Mrs. George Housemyer, a son, April 27th.