A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


April 21st, 2005

The Rising Sun-Ohio County School Board of trustees accepted the retirement of long-time science teacher Felix Massey at the April meeting. Massey has been a teacher for 32-years at RSHS. He taught chemistry, physics and biology.

The Ohio County commissioners approved the Conceptual Master Plan for the Business Park at its regular monthly meeting.

The Ohio County Cemetery Board presented a plaque to Jimmy Dorrell to commemorate over 30 years of service to the community. Dorrell retired from teaching in Rising Sun in 1974 and began a quest which has resulted in the publishing of cemetery records throughout the county.

Alyson Minks and Ben Hamilton received trophies after winning the Reader’s Digest Challenge competition held at OCEMS.

From letters to the editor: This past week, Frank McIntosh completed his 25th year of service as a police officer for the City of Rising Sun.


April 20th, 1995

Ohio County Middle School student Adam Hopkins, son of John and Andrea Hopkins, was the winner of the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Bureau’s name the mascot contest. His name “Cool Ray” was selected.

Rising Sun Mayor Mark Guard signed a proclamation designating May as Older American’s Month.

Rising Sun’s fourth annual community clean-up program kicks off May 1st-7th with the popular city-wide Yard Sale Extravaganza.

The Ohio County Middle School Sixth Grade Band recently placed first in elementary competition for the seventh straight year.

The Ohio County Middle School (7th-8th grade) band recently earned a Division I (superior) rating in ensemble competition.

Steve Stewart, a special officer for the past few years, was selected to be an additional full-time patrolman for the Rising Sun Police Department.

Students of Month at RSHS for March include: Marissa Hill, Andrea Ward, Kami Phillips, and Ben Huddleston.


April 19th, 1990

The Ohio County Commissioners have hired Terry Crouch to put together a new address system which would be necessary for implementation of the 911 service.

Dearborn and Ohio county officials have closed Hartford Ford until water covering its surface recedes and the ford can be inspected.

The school board met in special session Tuesday evening to consider an eighth graduation ceremony at the request of some eighth grade parents. The school board decided no graduation.

Deaths: William H. More, 87, April 12th; Bertha L. Althoff, 87, April 16th.

Rising Sun sophomore Renda Shannon posted a new school recorded in the shot put during a dual meet against East Central. Her record setting toss was 35’1/2″ and broke the record set by Patty Huff in 19880.


April 18th, 1985

Kathy Zeiser and Jason Sabo presented Wayne Stahl with a service award at the Share-the-Fun competition.

The Honey Hill Bunch won the Share-the-Fun group act this year with “I’m A Yankee Doodle.”

Missy Hall sang her way to first place in the curtain act category of the annual 4-H Share-the-Fun competition. Robin Walton sang a medley of Shirley Temple songs to place second in the curtain act competition.

Deaths: Guy James Billingsley, 96, April 11th; George W. Graham, 75, April 17th.


April 17th, 1975

Ground breaking ceremonies for a new church building at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Bear Branch, will be held immediately following the morning worship service, Sunday, April 27th.

Gordon Ramsey and Carl Wigal have been named delegates to Hoosier Boys State with Richard Banschbach and Stanley Slack serving as alternates.


April 22nd, 1965

JJJ Cleaners has added another “first” to their industry with a lady truck driver handling their pick up and deliver service. Father Charles pressed daughter Toni into the job recently and with the increase in business, son Jerry appears doomed for the back shop.

New faces among the local Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors include: Charles BonDurant, Kermit Gregory and Francis Copeland.

The Junior class of Rising Sun High School is having a three-act comedy play, April 24, entitled, “Custer’s Last Stand,” under the direction of Robert O’Neal.

Deaths: State Representative Orville Phillips, 49, April 18th. Stricken with a fatal heart attack at his home in the Aberdeen community.


April 21st, 1955

Two hundred first and second grade pupils in the Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools received the first of the free Salk polio vaccine inoculation Tuesday morning in the offices of Dr. Gordon S. Fessler and Dr. W. M. Hall and volunteers assisted.

Deaths: Mr. Elizabeth Pate, 89, April 18th; Dr. Frank H. Stevenson, 79, retired physician and surgeon and brother of Dr. H. S. Stevenson.


April 19th, 1945

A simple but impressive Memorial service for the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt was held Sunday afternoon in First Presbyterian Church under the auspices of the Rising Sun Ministerial Association.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Abijah Gridley, a son, Gordon LeRoy, April 15th.


April 19th, 1935

The Rising Sun Junior Rifle Club has been granted a Charter by the National Rifle Association. The officers of the club are Bob Billingsley, president; Laurence Elliott, secretary; E. V. Menfee, is the instructor and M.A. Tuner, executive officer.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Slack, a daughter, April 14th.

Deaths: Layman Adams, 40, in a traffic accident April 17th; Leland Hanna, 19, April 17th.


April 17th, 1925

A pretty little brown-eyed baby found in a clover field to what is now known as “Happy Hollow” near the home of Andy Titkemeyer on Buckeye Ridge, at 12 o’clock Sunday morning was identified about sundown as Howard Noble. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Noble, who moved about two weeks ago from Cincinnati to the late Oscar Smith place on Grant’s Creek. The child is only two years old and had walked one and one-half miles over almost impassible road. The frantic parents and neighbors had searched for the baby all afternoon.

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kinman, a daughter, April 10th.

Deaths: Mrs. Hugh French, 49, April 16th.


April 16th, 1915

Miss Edna Neaman closed her school term at Clifton Friday and Miss Frances Elliott closed a successful term at Durbin School on Saturday with a basket dinner and a program.

J. W. Dalrymple, proprietor of the City Mills who started a Belgian relief movement in Rising Sun has received word that the flour sent from here has reached its destination and is being distributed the people suffering from hunger.

The Emerson Floating Theatre, one of the finest showboats on the river, will stop at Rising Sun Friday, April 30th.