A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 6-4-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


June 9th, 2005

“Captain Charlie” will lead a walking tour of Rising Sun on Sunday, June 12th. It will explore the history of Rising Sun and the Ohio River. Learn why the first settlers chose to live here, who established a speed record on the Ohio River in 1926, who wrote the first melodrama, and many more Rising Sun personalities.

Deaths: Steven Tilley, July 1st, 1952 to May 30th, 2005; Hazel L. Trembly, March 9th, 1932 to May 30th, 2005; Norman J. Brown, November 25th, 1921 to June 5th, 2005; James W. Thomas, December 25th, 1932 to June 2nd, 2005; Cora L. Duvall, August 20th, 1915 to May 31st, 2005.

Cora Duvall, former Rising Sun newspaper editor, died at the Waters of Rising Sun on Tuesday, May 31st.

Frank Cummings has been named to the 2004-2005 Ohio River Valley Conference all-conference baseball team


June 8th, 1995

The Ohio County Office of Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs will open Monday, June 12th, behind the county garage South Henrietta Street.

Rising Sun postal employees celebrated the completion of the Dock Renovation Project, which enclosed the dock area and added an electronic lift.

Ruth Martin was a nominee for Older Hoosier of the year through Area 12 for her community service and received a certificate of honor.

Recent springtime rains are keeping more and more farmers out of the fields. Recent heavy rains and flooding have many farmers worried about the quality of hay decreasing.

Deaths: Gladys (Sipes) Clements, 91, April 9th, 1904 to June 1st, 1995; Helen Cotton (Snyder) Jennings, 84, February 25th, 1911 to May 30th, 1995; Olivia E. Giffin, 98, October 3rd, 1896 to June 2nd, 1995; Virginia R. (Ruxton) Sloan, July 2nd, 1914-May 30th, 1995.


June 6th, 1985

The Dearborn County Hospital has decided to utilize University Air Care, an emergency helicopter service that will transport critically ill patients.

Eugene Knigga is retiring after 35 years in the feed and farm supply business in Rising Sun. The business has been sold to Howard Fletcher, a native of Rising Sun, recently living in Wisconsin. The owner has changed the name of the business to Fletcher Feed and Supply.

Jamey Stowell, Andrea Ketenbrink, and Yong Colen, middle school students at Ohio County Elementary Middle School, will represent Rising Sun at the annual summer math workshop at Hanover.

Deaths: Debra L. Kelly, 30, June 2nd; Oscar Gerald Markland, 66, June 4th; Alfred Strautman, 88, May 30th; Marjorie Ann Goodwin, 43, May 30th.


June 5th, 1975

Steve Obertate, 1975 graduate of Rising Sun High School, will be included in the 1975 Prep All-American Basketball yearbook.

Douglas D. Brown, 9, recently landed a 14 1/2-pound catfish measuring 30 1/2- inches long. Red worms were used as bait.

Mrs. Edith Raker was crowned senior queen, climaxing Senior Citizens month, at a covered dish supper at Rising Sun Senior Citizens Center.


June 3rd, 1965

Adolph W. Siekman, 66, prominent businessman and civic leader in Ohio County, passed away Tuesday evening, June 1st, at Dearborn County Hospital following a brief illness.

Dave Hamilton and Wayne Cook received the John Phillip Sousa Band award for outstanding musicianship and meritorious service at the Rising Sun High School Honors day.


June 9th, 1955

Virgil Neaman was presented the agriculture department cash award and medal at commencement.

Ike Jackson and Bernie Bovard are playing baseball this summer with the Aurora America Legion team. Jackson pitched a one-hit shutout winning by a woefully lopsided 24-0 score.

The Virgil Bakers’ have broken ground for their new home on South Walnut Street, next door to Mrs. Mary Pike and the Charlie BonDurants.


June 7th, 1945

A proposal to construct a municipal sewage system and disposal plant in Rising Sun was discussed at city council.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. John Holwager, a daughter, Elizabeth Ruth, May 31st; to Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley, a daughter, May 30th; to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones, twin sons, June 3rd; to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Burgess, a daughter, June 2nd.


June 7th, 1935

A called meeting of the board of the Rising Sun library was held Tuesday evening. It was decided to keep the library open every day in the week. For the past 18 months, due to the lack of funds, it has been closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Rising Sun Fire Company announces that the pulmotor is in good shape and ready for use at anytime.


June 5th, 1925

Attempts are being made to sell the Laughery Club property, a few miles above Rising Sun.