50 YEARS AGO
December 14th, 1967
The Chamber of Commerce has invited members of all Ohio County organizations and clubs to a meeting at the Rising Sun City Building December 19th at 8 p.m. to discuss the locating of the city dump and rejuvenating of the fairgrounds property. This matter has definitely been one of the city’s problems for a number of years. However, due to the size of the undertaking, little action has been taken. Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce has resolved to offer to act as a steering committee for such a project. At the meeting, problems will be defined, such as location of a new dump, funding new dump, park planning, and equipment acquisition.
Scribblings by Dorotha Stegemiller – A holiday letter to our servicemen: That season, referred to as the one of joy and good cheer, is with us once more. For many, though it’s hard to be jolly with all the sorrows and heartaches in the world today. However, remembering our great blessings on this occasion, we strive to carry on the Christmas customs and traditions. And you, in far off places, will e glad to know that in our town the sights and sounds of Christmas go on as usual. The festive decorations are beginning to appear everywhere. Main Street is lighted with gay colored lights and the giant tree. Store windows are bright with gifts on display. A toy train chugs overhead across one intersection; at another corner is Santa and all his reindeer led by dear old Rudolph. Each Friday and Saturday Santa himself makes dashing trips to his castle on Main Street where he greets all the children. Starry eyed and excited they express their wishes for gifts they’d like to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Above the scrambling sounds of shoppers can be heard the beautiful old familiar carols. The church bells peal forth invitations to services and programs giving the true meaning of the holiday. The air is a little nippy – there are some who dream of a white Christmas, while others hope for just nice weather. Packages are done up in ornate styles, the mailman is bogged down with Yuletide messages, and the two words most heard are Marry Christmas.
All Rising Sun Neighborhood Girl Scouts from the Brownie age through the Cadets will join in caroling on Tuesday evening, December 19th.
Students making the All A Honor Roll at Rising Sun High School include: Larry Deamron, Linda Gridley, and Kathy McKinley, grade 12; Karen Brown, grade 11; Deborah Banschbach and Michael Cochran, grade 10; Patricia Brown, Nancy Driver, and Deborah Siekman, grade 9; Marcia Bowling, Shelly Reese, Jennie Wells, and Sandra Williams, grade 8.
Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Denzel Barricklow, a son Timothy Dwight, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces December 4th.
On November 9th Floyd Wayne Bond, 21, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following graduation from the Marine Officers candidate school, Quantico, Virginia. Each fall and spring groups consisting of college graduates, enlisted Marines, and other qualified officer personnel are trained through the 10 weeks course which stresses academic, physical, and leadership training. Lieutenant Bond will be receiving an additional 21 weeks of school and training at Quantico.
55 YEARS AGO
December 13th, 1962
The community was greatly saddened this week by the loss of one of its leading citizens, Sheldon S. Fisher, who passed away December 5th in Dearborn County Hospital. Last week completed Shell’s 41st year as a printer and writer for the Ohio County News and Rising Sun Recorder. He was most noted for the “Happenings from the Past” column, which he initiated in the 1930s.
60 YEARS AGO
December 12th, 1957
At the firemen’s annual dinner meeting in First Evangelical and Reformed Church parish hall, Russell Uhlmansiek, who retired after 25 years as Fire Chief, was presented a handsome gold ring set with a ruby. Mr. Uhlmansiek was made an honorary life member of the Fire Company.
Norman Ray Douglas, Shiner guard, will be lost to Coach Kayo Smith’s basketball squad until after the first of the year due to a neck injury which occurred in a Lawrenceburg game several weeks ago.
70 YEARS AGO
December 11th, 1947
Army Technician Fourth Grade Donald Siekman was honorably discharged from military service December 8th.
80 YEARS AGO
December 10th, 1937
Estal Johnson, manager of the local Kroger Grocery has been transferred to one of the Lawrenceburg stores. Hurtle Quinn of Milton has been placed in charge of the local store.
Ohio County Commissioners in session early this week, reappointed Dr. Hansell as county health officer.
The Rising Sun High School Junior Class will present a play, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” Thursday and Friday nights under the direction of Miss Velma Dilts.
90 YEARS AGO
December 9th, 1927
The immense water tank which workmen have been erecting on the J. W. Whitlock Factory grounds has been completed.
Everett Downey is installing a handsome new beauty parlor outfit at his barber shop on the corner of Main and Walnut streets.
100 YEARS AGO
December 13th, 1917
Beginning Friday night, this section has been in the grip of a snow blockage and cold weather which at times, caused thermometers to drop from 20 to 24 degrees below zero.
The river is full of ice and there is but a limited amount of coal on hand.
County Treasurer W. D. Ricketts, whose term of office expires January 1st, will occupy office rooms in the Schrumpf building. He will engage in the practice of law and in the insurance business.
110 YEARS AGO
December 14th, 1907
The new fire cistern, at the corner of Fourth and Poplar streets is completed. It is 12 feet, 11 inches deep and 12 feet two inches across. The work was done by Logan Weaver.
Mrs. Margaret S. Espey and Mrs. Mary A. White have presented to the City of Rising Sun, the Surveyor’s Compass used in surveying the original town site by their grandfather, John James, who laid out the town, May 30th, 1814.