50 YEARS AGO
February 15th, 1968
Troop 5 Scoutmaster Robert Skidmore announced recently that a joint project of the Ohio County Coonhunters Club and the Ohio County Conservation club resulted in a great benefit for the local Boy Scouts. The boys have been without heat in the cabin since it was built. A new gas furnace has been installed in conjunction with a new insulated ceiling which also improved the appearance of the building. Mr. Skidmore stated that Lucian Koons was President of the Coonhunters Club and Wesley “Buck” Rice was President of the Conservation Club. He also said that he felt these two organizations should be congratulated for this generous donation.
A long awaited hearing of the United Telephone Company of Indiana has been set for March 4 in offices of the Public Service Commission of Indiana, Indianapolis. The hearing will encompass request by United to make changes in many of its operations throughout Indiana. Included will be their request to implement service improvement and expansion of its system from Guilford to Vevay, elimination of party lines in base rate areas of heavy population, establishment of zone rates to eliminate mileage charges and the elimination of multi-party service in remaining suburban areas to be replaced with four-party flat rate residence service. Harry E. Purcell, Jr., United District manager in this area, said plans still call for a switch to dial phones at Guilford, Lawrenceburg, and Aurora at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 17. Rising Sun and East Enterprise will follow on April 21 and Vevay will be the last to switch on July 21.
Francis Colen, 23, has taken the job as the third member of the city police force. He was sworn in Saturday, February 10 by Mayor Don Works. He replaces Harold BonDurant.
The first meeting of the new 4-H TV Action Club will come to order in front of the home television set Saturday, February 17 as 9 a.m. over WKRC, Channel 12 Cincinnati. According to Dale W. Redding, area Extension Agent, this is the first meeting of the group. Dick Arnold is club leader. With the help of the studio 4-H club members, he will explain more about the club and give a preview of the club project. Dick will also explain projects which each 4-H’er can do in his own home, 4-H’ers will learn how to prepare their home and family for emergencies.
The Sunshine Girls plan their annual house-to-house canvas on Sunday, February 25th for donations to the Heart Fund.
Eight scouts of the Rebel Patrol Troop 5, Rising Sun braved the cold weather to participate in the Laughery Valley District, Hoosier Hills Council Winter ‘Camporee’ at the Aurora City Park, Aurora, February 10th and 11th. Members attending were: Bob Kinman, Allen Cook, Dick Clark, Sam Clark, John Humphrey, Rick McQuire, Mike Rumsey, Steve Wolf, and assistant scoutmasters, Robert Mattingly and Jerald Obertate. Troop 5 from Rising Sun and one other troop were the only two that camped out Saturday night braving the near zero weather.
John Wayne Hastings, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hastings, rolled a 289 game Monday night in the Fraternal League. This is the highest ever rolled in a sanctioned league in the Rising Sun Bowling Lanes, Russell Wallick, manger stated.
Now showing at the Palace Theater in Aurora: Walt Disney presents “The Jungle Book” in Technicolor
55 YEARS AGO
February 14th, 1963
The County Board of Commissioners has announced that the repairs on the Hartford Crossing which was washed out by heavy rains early in January is completed.
Marriages licenses: to Rodney R. Hastings and Judy Stout.
Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Beach, a daughter Dolly, February.
Mr. and Mrs. Omer Wehmeyer have purchased the Herbert Raisor farm on Laughery Creek.
60 YEARS AGO
February 13th, 1958
P.F.C. Carroll W. Potter recently arrived in Germany and is now a member of the 903 Ordinance Company.
Miss Sondra Cleeter was among 24 first year dental hygiene students to be “capped” recently at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis.
80 YEARS AGO
February 11th, 1938
Rising Sun High School’s Accordion Band, pupils of Miss Ruth Hill, will be on the program sponsored by the Sunshine Society to be presented in the school auditorium Wednesday evening.
Miss Eleanor Brown is the new Ohio County Health nurse.
90 YEARS AGO
February 10th, 1928
Electric lights are being installed in the school building at Patriot by William Martin.
Stanley Powell and Sheriff Frank Winter (Lawrenceburg) returned home Thursday from Raton, New Mexico, where they recovered Mr. Powell’s stolen car. The three men held there for the theft were brought back and sentenced by Judge Ricketts to from one to 10 years in prison.
Sheriff Leon Neal and night-watchman Patrick O’Connor, arrested two men in a stolen car on South Walnut Street Saturday night. The men were wanted in Cincinnati and their capture has broken up a gang of auto thieves.
100 YEARS AGO
February 15th, 1918
The ice gorge in the Ohio River broke just after noon, Tuesday. Thousands of people lined the river banks from Fernbank Dam to Sugar Creek, a small Kentucky creek that empties just below Patriot. At Sugar Creek the gorge was said by engineers to be 60 feet high.
Mayor R. S. Thompson, county fuel administrator, has been able to secure a carload of coal for the city and it is now being transferred from Aurora.