Compiled by Mavis Uhlmansiek Celebrating the history of Ohio County and Rising Sun



September 26th, 1968

The Rising Sun Airport, one of the most valuable assets to this small community, was a busy place with lots of excitement and thrills enjoyed by approximately 1,500 people who came with their chairs and blankets to watch the first air show put on in this community in a number of years. The big event began with a Fly-in breakfast starting at 8 a.m. with about 100 people being served. Russell Wallick, manager of the airport, said 46 pilots signed the register but there were 60 planes landed at the airport. Bill McClure and Kermit Gregory, local pilots flew over 100 passengers throughout the day. The first lady pilot to land was Mrs. Clyde Stephens from Jamestown, Tennessee. She flew 175 miles in one hour and 43 minutes. She said most of the way she flew in fog. Mrs. Stephens won the trophy for the first lady pilot to land and a trophy for coming the longest distance. The youngest pilot was Mary Alice Woodward, 16 years old, from Louisville, Kentucky. Sherman Campbell, 66 years old from Chillicothe, Ohio, was awarded the trophy for the eldest pilot to land. Bill Williams of Madison received a trophy for breaking the most balloons in the air. Pilot Nelson Pophan and Bomber Ron Fielder, both of Walton, Kentucky, were awarded trophies in the bombing event. Another event in the afternoon was sky diving by Jerry Daley and his partner from Cincinnati. Jumping from the plane 5,000 feet up and guiding themselves very well to the target on the field. Climaxing the air show was Gene Soucy, 20-year-old pilot from Louisville, Kentucky, thrilled young and old alike with his “butt-buster” 180-hp award winning Pitts Special flying at low level performing several aerobatic maneuvers. The air show was dedicated to the late Adolph Siekman who would have been very proud of Rising Sun and all who made the event the success it was. Adolph Siekman was the organizer of the airport.

It is only September but PTA room mothers are getting busy in preparation for the annual Halloween Carnival and Chili Supper for Friday, October 25th.

The Rising Sun High School baseball team added two wins this week to run their record to four wins and one loss. The Shiners used a hit batsman and three straight hits by Mike Cochran, Jeff Banschbach, and Rick Neal to score three first inning runs against the Moores Hill Bobcats.

Sergeant Lawrence L. VanTyle received the US Air Force Commendation Medal at Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio, from Colonel Raymond J. Bryan, commander of the 301st Air Refueling Wing.

Births: a 7 pound 5 ounce son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Slack Thursday, September 19th at Dearborn County Hospital. He was named Brian Douglas.


September 26th, 1963

Miss Myrtle Robinson was chosen by the Senior Class to represent Rising Sun High School in the Aurora Farmer’s Fair Queen Contest October 5th.


September 25th, 1958

Harry H. Cleeter has sold the US Government 14.54 acres of his farm land along Indiana 262, east of Dillsboro, for the Southeastern Indiana Nike guided missile site.

Rising Sun-Ohio County School Building Corporation bonds were sold Tuesday night and groundbreaking ceremonies are set for October 5th.


September 23rd, 1948

Henry Oatman of Versailles has purchased the complete stock of Brown’s Store, owned by Ted C. Brown at the corner of Main and Walnut streets and will take possession October 1st.


September 23rd, 1938

Under the auspices of local organizations Rising Sun will have a two-day Fall Fun Frolick, October 14th and 15th.

There were 440 registered for the draft from the ages of 18 to 45 on last Thursday at the different places of registration.


September 21st, 1928

Ernest Scranton who has conducted a hotel in Aurora for the past few years has leased the ground floor of the Dower’s Building for a lunch room.

Bert VanOsdol has leased the ground floor rooms of Kilburn building adjoining the Napier Restaurant for a barber shop.


September 27th, 1918

Ben North’s Post and Rabb’s Battery Association, Veterans of the Civil War, hold their reunion Tuesday and Wednesday of this week with 22 registered.

Clifford Harris, Adolph Siekman, and Sheldon Fisher have entered training school at the Cincinnati University Campus and will be drilled in War Work.

Word has been received from the government by the family of Noah O’Banion, that he was killed in action in France on July 25th. Ohio County has its first gold star on the service flag.


September 26th, 1908

Schools of Cass Township begin next Monday with the following teachers: Murray’s Branch, Anna Pate; Clay Bank, Charles Rice; Downey’s, Emma Hannah; New Hope, Allie Rand.

Main Street from Walnut to Front was crowded with shoppers until a late hour Saturday evening.

At a regular meeting of City Council Monday evening, Mayor Matson was instructed to prepare an ordinance requiring the putting down of cement pavements on both sides of Main Street, from Front to Mulberry and on High, Walnut, Poplar, and Front streets.