A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


April 7th, 2005

Thousands of Catholics and many other people in southeastern Indiana are joining the millions worldwide mourning the death of Pope John Paul II. Born Karol Josef Wojtyla in Poland in 1920, the humble Polish patriot, priest, poet and tireless advocate of human rights succumbed to illness April 2nd.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded a total of $332,370 in grants at its March 23rd grant making meeting. Among others, the grants included support up to 46 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from both public and private high schools; Parks and Recreation Board for a study to guide it in developing an expanded community recreation park; and construction of public restrooms and an information center on its historic Main Street.

As people start cleaning out flower beds and yards, Rising Sun officials ask them to keep in mind now is the time to start using the biodegradable paper bags to bag up the debris.

Rising Sun High School presented letter jackets to five athletes who earned their fifth letters during the winter sports seas. They are: Brian Hochstrasser, Zach Shell, Jena Elder, Erica Peters and Missi Menke.

Evan Althoff and Joe Cole served as pages for Senator Johnny Nugent at the Indiana State House, Indianapolis.

Chelsea Brown, five, received a $25 check for first place in her category for the truffles she made for the Death by Chocolate contest.

Matt Werner and Kent Eads were first and second in the Ohio County Elementary Middle School Geography Bee competition.

Ryan Kendrick was the winner of the middle school spelling bee at the Ohio County Elementary Middle School. Lauren Philpot was runner-up.

State Senator Johnny Nugent testified this week in front of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee in opposition to an amendment to House Bill 1120 that calls for an allocation of local community riverboat funds to help patch the two-year budget.


April 6th, 1995

The Rising Sun City Council will review an ordinance to create a utility service board which will replace the board of public works.

RSHS sophomore Zachary Hillman performed his flag routine during the 1995 Ohio County Share-the-Fun act March 31st at RSHS. The routine earned him a Division I (superior rating) at recent competition in Indianapolis.

Members of the Eastern Star receiving 50-year pins were: Garnett Ricketts, Leola Klemme and Ella Grace Woodfill. Receiving 25-year pins were Aillean Elliott, Ruth Martin and Londalea Anderson.


April 4th, 1985

Wind and threatening skies didn’t bother the large congregation as they gathered in the middle of Main Street to follow Bro. Don Thomason to the new Rising Sun Church of Christ. Young, old and in-between made a quick walk of the three blocks to the new building after Bro. Glen Schneiders symbolically locked the door of the Main Street church.

Bethel Unity Baptist Church has purchased the Church of Christ building on Main Street and will hold their first services there Easter Sunday.

Ten students from RSHS served as pages in the Indiana House of Representatives for State Representative Robert Bischoff during spring break. They were: Debbie Payne, Paula Christerson, Pam Robinson, Brian Curlin, Kristy Turner, Donna Deller, Maury Uhlmansiek, Mark Uhlmansiek, Lori Turner and Diana Kittle.

Roy Rix and Paul Holcomb judged the Cub Scouts annual Pinewood Derby. Winners were: Randy Rice, Chris Blair, and Billy Fletcher.


April 3rd, 1975

Indiana’s experiment allowing right turns on red lights is working well, but many motorists are not yet aware the maneuver is now permissible. You may turn right on a red light after a complete stop is made and there is no oncoming traffic, unless a sign stating “No turn on red” is present.

The campaign for the proposed low-cost senior citizens housing project for Rising Sun is off to a slow start, and David Hamilton, committee chairman urges all Ohio County residents interested to show their concern by asking for the housing survey forms.

Oliver D. Fletcher, executive vice president of Rising Sun State Bank, retired the first of April after 34 years of service.

M & J Restaurant, Main Street, opened for business March 27th by owners, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jackson, also owners and operators of the Parkview Market.


April 8th, 1965

Two young ladies, Jeanie Kirkpatrick with $38 in sales and Karen Niccum’s $55 in sales, sold subscriptions to the Ohio County Newspapers to help their senior class at RSHS.

Robert Wadsworth has been elected president of the Ohio County committee which will plan a local celebration for Indiana’s 150th birthday in 1966.


April 7th, 1955

Street Commissioner Everett Wingate cleaned up Main Street, between Walnut and Poplar streets, this week in preparation for Easter. He swept both sides of the street, and then hauled the refuse away – for which the merchants are extremely grateful.

Gaylen Holland, RSHS junior and winner of the school’s foul shooting trophy, received another award for his prowess at the free throw line Monday night at a dinner of the Southeastern Indiana Coaches, Officials and Principals Association.

Hugh M. Espey, former principal of the Rising Sun schools, will return July 1st as Superintendent of Schools, succeeding Homer Tucker.


April 5th, 1945

School closed March 7th, 8th, and 9th due to high water.

Pupils are enjoying a new basketball and two new games which they purchased from proceeds of the sale of garden seeds. Beano and Gasoline Alley puzzles are the games

The following is part of the new laws adopted by the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission to govern the sale of alcoholic beverages. If a permittee serves women at his bar twice within a year he is forever barred from holding another permit.


April 5th, 1935

The new lubricatory built by Lloyd Gibbs is a handsome addition to the already attractive Shell Service Station. Theodore “Scotty” Scott will be in charge of the lubricatory service.


April 3rd, 1925

Handsome scenery was installed this week on the stage at the new high school auditorium. The set cost $700.

Banner Clore has sold his shoe repair plant to George Sheriff, who will continue to operate the shop in the rear of the Davis shoe store.


April 3rd, 1885

The Rising Sun National Bank is now one of the owners of the old Aurora rolling mill and 3,080 acres of land in Illinois, taken in the settlement with Cobb’s Iron & Nail Company.