A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 6-22-17


June 22, 1967

50 years ago

The third annual Blue Jeans Festival will get underway July 5 and continue through July 8. Committee members have worked hard again this year to make the affair enjoyable. The big feature for opening night will be a talent show. Anyone may compete for the cash prizes which will be awarded. Glen Canyon and his orchestra will perform Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, together with other entertainment. There will also be a queen coronation, pet parade, ox roast, flea market, carnival and the big parade Saturday.

The Community Auction sponsored by the Ohio County Historical Society is scheduled for Saturday, July 22. All persons with items to sell are urged to contact committee members.

The Ohio County Historical Society met at the Public Library with 14 in attendance. Plans were discussed for decorating a float for the Blue Jeans Parade and also for having a booth to sell pie and cake at the ox roast. The Community Auction to be sponsored by the organization will be held July 22. Mrs. Walker Johnson presented the program, giving interesting facts about her home the Speakman House, now known as Tomary Farms. An open house at the beautiful old mansion, which is being planned by Mrs. Johnson in August, will benefit the Historical Society.

The Band Boosters officers for the coming year include: Bill King, president; Ruth Bailey, vice president; Hilda Potter, secretary; and Joyce Gannaway, treasurer. It was reported that the band boosters collected $161 from the no bake – bake sale held recently. The band boosters will have a pizza stand at the Blue Jeans Festival.

Gary Dunaway and Mike Nowlin are to appear on the Skipper Ryle Open House show Saturday, June 24.

The recent crisis of the Ohio River falling far below the normal water level not only caused great concern to boaters but to fishermen as well. And Rising Sun’s number one fisherman, Everett Wingate, was as concerned as anyone. Since his retirement, Everett spends most of his time on the banks of the Ohio, especially during the months of warm weather. Undoubtedly, he would rather cast his rods and reels than eat what he catches. But fish he does catch – in all sizes! Probably one of his largest catchers was the 280 pound walled-grouper or Jew fish which he caught on a trip to Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Governor Roger D. Branigan turned a control Monday that started up a turbine-generator to officially dedicate Public Service Indiana’s 20 million hydro-electric power plant on the Ohio River at Markland. The new 81,000 kilowatt hydro facility, the largest in the state, is part of a river complex that includes a flood control dam and navigation locks built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and may later be the scene of an Indiana-Kentucky highway bridge.

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Poellman, Rising Sun, were participants recently in the annual conducted yacht cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas. They were docked at the Nassau Yacht Haven abroad their yacht “Pelican”. Mr. Poellman returned to his home last week on business matters and has returned to the Bahamas for more cruising vacation.

Tri County and Ripley County outstanding high school basketball seniors will be back in uniform at Sunman High School gym Friday night, June 23. This will be the 14th annual game played for the benefit of nurses’ training with Tri County holding an 8 to 4 edge. The game has been certified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association permitting players to participate without endangering their college eligibility. It is one of the three all-star games played in Indiana sanctioned by the N. C. A. R.

Births – to Mr. and Mrs. James W. Taylor, a daughter born May 23, weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Lori Ann; to Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Heady, a daughter June 15 and has been named Linda Marie.