Celebrating the history of
Ohio County and Rising Sun
50 YEARS AGO
May 12th, 1966
The 28.4 degree temperature Tuesday morning damaged fruit trees, gardens and plants over the entire area. Strawberries were ruined and tomato settings were reported to be wiped out. Tree leaves were frozen and plants which had been covered for protection were destroyed. An extremely heavy loss will be suffered on all crops.
Ohio County has new political central chairmen for both Democrat and Republican parties which were re-organized Saturday afternoon. LeRoy Williams, Jr. was elected to replace Lowell Bliss as Democratic chairman. Mrs. Mary Birdzell defeated Mrs. Marguerite Fox for vice chairman; Mrs. Robert Billingsley was elected secretary and Mrs. Edward Malone, acting treasury, all for the Democrat party. Donald Works was re-elected chairman of Ohio County Republicans. Other Republicans were Mrs. Richard Gannaway who succeeds Mrs. Jessie Johnson as vice chairman. Mrs. Johnson did not choose to run again. Mrs. Thelma Gary was elected secretary and Albert (Cap) Armstrong, treasurer.
Mrs. Fannie Hamilton was made the first honorary lifetime member of the Ohio County Historical Society at the group’s monthly meeting May 10th. “Aunt Fannie” was last year’s Blue Jeans Queen and Ohio County’s oldest citizen.
Awards presented at the RSHS Athletic Banquet May 9th included: All Sports Award went to Lynn Graves while the Scholastic Trophy was presented to Tom Brown.
The Band Boosters Club of Rising Sun Schools met Monday May 2nd to elect officers for the coming year. Results were Robert Skidmore, president; Mrs. Juanita Titkemeyer, vice president; Mrs. May K. Barbour, secretary and Mrs. Mary Bowman, treasurer.
The theme for this year’s Alumni is “Moonlight and Roses” and will be held May 28th at the Rising Sun High School auditorium.
Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry O’Day, a son born May 3rd and has been named Daren J; twins to Mr. and Mrs. Benny Walker May 9th. They have been named Benjamin Joel and Angela Jill; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Miller, April 29th; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Holland, May 4th.
The Junior-Senior Prom of the Patriot High School aboard the party boat Chaperone Tuesday evening, May 5th proved to be an outstanding event. Members of the classes and their dates boarded the boat at 9 p.m. and were served a delicious chicken super while at anchor at the boat dock, after which a short program was presented. Royalty crowned included – Miss Kathy Dick as prom princess and Tony Gregory as prom prince and Miss Joy Flood was chosen as prom queen and Dale Scudder as prom king. The boat lifted anchor and cruised for dancing to complete the evening.
Now showing at the Starlite Drive-in theatre between Aurora and Dillsboro – “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” featuring Don Knotts and Joan Staley.
From the halls of R.S.H.S: Next on the list is Baccalaureate May 22nd and Commencement May 24th. As the weekend draws near the seniors are finishing their last minute packing getting ready for an early start to New York Sunday morning. They will arrive in New York late Sunday night and go to their hotel. Monday will be a day of tours, climaxed at Radio City Music Hall Monday night. Tuesday morning we will continue tours with shopping Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday begins tours in Washington as does Thursday. Gettysburg is next with an early Thursday’s evening tour .Then head for home Friday morning the bus will arrive back at RSHS.
The teenagers of the week are Paula Charlene Cook and Phyllis Sue Rice, their alias are ‘Sandy’ and ‘Samantha’, writers of the From the Halls of R.S.H.S. column.