A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 8-6-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


August 11th, 2005

Long time local resident Thelma Dibble of Rising Sun has been selected as a winner of the 2005 Martin H. Miller Award for Senior Volunteer of the Year, announced by LifeTime Resources, Inc.

The Rising Sun Ohio County School Board approved Jason McDaniel as elementary physical education teacher to fill the vacancy of Garry Bailey who retired. Andrea Levi was named as middle school science teacher. Mike Peters was hired to coach middle school soccer. In a curriculum change, an expository writing class and a technical communication class were created to replace the student publications course.

A special Chimes Dedication Service was held during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church on Sunday.

The big change this season in volleyball is the use of a back row specialist.


August 10th, 1995

Ohio County resident Larry Bailey had the catch of the day when he recently went deep-sea fishing in Hawaii. The 152-pound tuna fish was caught when he and his wife, Jean, were visiting their son Brian, who is stationed in Hawaii.

A BP station is being proposed for a spot on Ind. 56 in Rising Sun adjacent to the Riverside Plaza, which houses Angilo’s Pizza, the license branch and Fab-u-lous Videos.


August 6th, 1985

Over the years there have been many changes made to the old ice cream shop in Rising Sun. The Dairy Queen has been owned by Wayne and Jean Caplinger for the past 17 years. This Friday evening prices will be rolled back and Steve Fessler will be on hand to wait on customers. Dr. Fessler, along with his sisters, Chloe and Tanya and their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Fessler were former owners of the establishment.

An agreement for the 1985-1986 school year has been reached. The final agreement calls for an average increase in base pay at 6.3-percent with a beginning salary of $14,675. Teachers with a master’s degree have beginning salaries of $15,700.

Mike Purcell was named to the Indiana All-Star second team.

Beverly Sheets was promoted to County Service Coordinator for Ohio County announced by Don Richardson, director of Employment and Training.


August 7th, 1975

Official ground breaking ceremonies for Markland Dam Bridge will be held on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River August 29th.

The summer reading club program has ended with 120 boys and girls having read 1,739 books.

Piet Steyn, exchange students from the Netherlands, has spent the last few weeks with the Joseph Stalford family. He is sponsored by International 4-H organizations.

This year’s Ohio County 4-H Livestock yielded $25,102.36, which consisted of one sheep, 12 hogs, and 41 steers.

Karen Hammond was crowned princess of the Ohio County 4-H Fair and Renae Stalford was named runner-up. Cindy Iceberg was chosen as Miss Photogenic.


August 5th, 1965

A first for Rising Sun is the do-it-yourself car wash on Main Street, next door to the courthouse building. Owner Jake Hayes has hired Harold Bladen as manager of the coin-operated service.

Doctor Gordon Fessler was named President of the Rising Sun-Ohio County School Board. Other officers include: Marvin Kirkpatrick, Paul Leive, Orson Potter and Dale Siekman.

John G. Roeder, Rising Sun High School principal, resigned to accept the position of Superintendent of the Sunman Consolidated Schools.

Directors of the Rising Sun State Bank this week elected Cecil D. Benham as president “pro tem” following a regular meeting of the board.


August 11th, 1955

Martin Titkemeyer, who says he never won anything before in his life, really brought home the bacon from Dearborn County Hospital’s ground breaking ceremony Saturday. He not only won a 14-foot fiberglass boat – but also the outboard motor and trailer which went with it.

Rising Sun-Ohio County Public Library will be closed while a new tile floor is laid in the main reading room, Miss Jane North, librarian, announced. The annual party for members of the Davy Crockett Vacation Reading Club will be Saturday.


August 9th, 1945

Damage estimated at hundreds of dollars was caused to the large dairy barn of Owen L. Douglas at his farm in Southwest Rising Sun by fire which swept the structure.

The two-story brick and stone building at the lower end of Main Street, site of the former “Jungle Café” and the home of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Fancher, has been sold to Lee Zimmerman.

Five Ohio County men inducted into military service have been assigned to basic training units. They include Edie Weisickle, J. D. Humphrey, Max E. Scalf, Brady Chase and Herbert Eaglin.


August 6th, 1915

There are 130 autos in Ohio County this date.

The memorial windows for the M. E. Church have arrived and expert workers are putting them in.