A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 7-2-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun

July 7th, 2005

10 years ago

Enjoy a two-hour cruise meandering up and down the Ohio River. The Ohio County Historical Society is holding a raffle for two tickets aboard one of the BB Riverboats. The Captain’s Lunch Cruise includes a delicious buffet, games, and entertainment.

This year, the efforts of the Historic Downtown Program of Rising Sun earned its recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting standards for performance set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center.

The Shiner Pride Show Your Pride car, truck, and bike show will be held Sunday, July10 along the river and throughout downtown Rising Sun. The 2005 show celebrates the 9th year.

Rachel Works got tagged out by Clayton Lamkin trying to stretch a single into a double in the annual Rising Sun Lion’s Club versus Rising Sun Alumni fast pitch softball action on Sunday, July 4.

Ashley Bowling returned to the mound for the alumni softball game against the Rising Sun Lion’s Club. She was one of three former Shiners to pitch including Sammie Walton and Kelli Spurlock.

Deaths – Robert R. Martin, June 19, 1917-June 29, 2005; Helen L. Smith, Feb. 9, 1919-June 28, 2005; Frankie L. Reynolds, Nov. 4, 1936-July 2, 2005; Ina M. Robinson, April 24, 1918-July 1, 2005.

The Indiana State Police has updated information on the new open container law, which went into effect July 1, 2005.

July 6th, 1995

20 years ago

Expansion of the courthouse and improvements of Nelson Road were the top two topics to be discussed three days after Ohio County was selected to get a riverboat casino.

The Indiana Gaming Commission praised Rising Sun for its three R’s – Revenue Sharing, the Rising Sun First group, and Resort destination before becoming the first city in Southeastern Indiana to get a gaming license. The Indiana Gaming Commission voted to award a certificate of suitability to Rising Sun.

Vinup Lane and Riverview Drive were noted as proper names for roads at the Anderson Trailer Park south of Rising Sun. Also, Stahl Road was designated for a road off of Palmer Road for 911 purposes.

July 4th, 1985

30 years ago

A settlement of the Ohio River boundary dispute between Indiana and Kentucky may result in more riverfront development. The border has been disputed since 1816, when Indiana became a state, because the river changed course.

Jay Perkins, along with the Stardust Band, performed at the country music benefit for the Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Department Thursday.

The Rising Sun Ohio County Rescue Unit is in need of new volunteers, says Bob Hayes, secretary.

Road construction on Indiana 262 has been completed west of Rising Sun. A new bridge was constructed and road widened where a single large bridge known as the bump was eliminated.

July 3rd, 1980

35 years ago

The new Rising Sun Area Community Association will kick-off its first activity with a community picnic at the Rising Sun fairgrounds Sunday.

Rising city council approved a transfer of funds to allow for the purchase of a new police cruiser after hearing reports from police chief Dick Powell and Sgt. Ron Ballard which described the present cruiser as unsafe.

“We believe in marriage”, was the theme of a special Sunday evening service at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Approximately 30 couples participated in the recommitment service. The couple married the longest attending was Sue and Henry Barricklow, 45 years. Most recent married couple was Terry and Bonita Adams, three years.

July 3rd, 1975

40 years ago

In a special meeting, the bid of $20,698 by the Eckstein Roofing Company at Lawrenceburg was accepted by the Rising Sun Ohio County Board of School Trustees to replace the roof on the classroom wing of the high school building.

The beginning age for kindergarten and first grade children was moved from September 1 to November 1, contingent upon availability of space in classes.

John Scudder, detective sergeant assigned to the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles, is the Ninth District winner of the Lewis-Schmidt Outstanding Police Officer of the Year Award.

George Edward James was appointed as County Court Judge of Ohio and Switzerland counties.

July 1st, 1965

50 years ago

Mary Birdzell has been appointed manager of the Ohio County License Branch following the resignation of Marguerite Fox.

Knigga Feed 7 Farm Supply is inviting everyone to their customer appreciation days with free prizes, gifts, favors and a free dog dunkin’ party, where we’ll dip your dog in a solution of Purina Mange control.

Not to be outdone by the “stronger sex” the following young ladies from this area have formed their own softball team: Linda Pavey, Judy Jackson, Toni York, Shirlee Thies, Betty Lou Santmire, Debbie Auxier, Judy Courtney, Vivian Elder, Donna Raisor, Janet McHenry, Nina Dilts, Brenda York, and Janie Hewitt.

July 7th, 1955

60 years ago

The Rising Sun Aurora Road (State Road 56) was reopened for traffic again Wednesday, shortly after 9 a.m. The completed $149,000 structure including the new Island Branch Bridge was open without fanfare.

Little Christie Elise Kelly was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelly (Sylvia “Sis” Fancher) Thursday, June 30.

Frigidaire room conditioners at Danbury’s, 222 Main Street, for $339.95.

July 6th, 1950

65 years ago

City Council voted unanimously Monday night to buy 42 metal street signs and 12 traffic “stop” signs for immediate delivery and erection in Rising Sun.

July 5th, 1945

70 years ago

Nine more Ohio County young men have been inducted into military service: Clinton Earl Oak, Marvin Edward Kirkpatrick, Marvin Henry Cutter, Lawrence Dale Bunger, Robert Oran Bailey, Glenn Gene Wilber, Forest Ray Baker, Charles Edwin Kinnett, and Frederick Sebree.

July 5th, 1935

80 years ago

The flag of the United States is one of the oldest in the world. It was officially adopted by the Continental Congress of the United States on June 14, and has since been honored throughout the world.

July 3rd, 1925

90 years ago

G.B. Gibson’s Sons Company has improved the front of their store building by lowering the large center show windows almost level with the street.

The Main Street Shop, beauty parlor opened by Mrs. Chas. Virgitz, is one of the business places in Rising Sun which we should be proud, especially the ladies.

July 2nd, 1915

100 years ago

The first mail between Rising Sun and Patriot was carried under the new contract by Jacob Smith of Patriot.

A. E. Schulz & Sons of Lawrenceburg have leased the large store room in the Hartford building from John Dowers and are stocking it with pianos and other musical instruments.