Rising Sun Weekly 7-13-17



At the corner of State Road 262 and Cass-Union Road in Ohio County stands an empty building that once housed the Cass-Union School. Although the halls are not filled with students and staff these days, there are some former students who can remember “when”.

Several of the students put their heads together 15 years ago and organized a reunion for former students and staff, their families and friends, and anyone else who is interested in learning about the school and the “good ole days”.

This year the committee invites everyone to attend the Cass-Union Reunion this Saturday, July 15th, in the Family Life Center at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the pitch-in meal at 6 p.m. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

A committee formed the Cass-Union Scholarship in 2006 through generous donations and memorials given by former students, their families and friends. High School seniors whose parents, grandparents, or great grandparents attended Cass-Union School are eligible to apply.

History from September 1941

Brick goes up on Cass-Union School, with Harold Lohrig, WFA supervisor, and Lawrence Higgins both laying brick. Work on the construction of the Cass-Union Township consolidated school at Steele’s Corner on State Road 262 is progressing rapidly this week, according to Miss Goldie Shanahan, superintendent of Ohio County Schools. An electrician also is engaged in wiring the building. Miss Shanahan said that while the new building, the first of two such structures proposed for Ohio County, probably will not be ready for occupancy for school purposes before next fall. She is hopeful that the combined auditorium-gymnasium will be completed in time for the eighth grade commencement exercises to be held in the building.

Cass-Union School

to open September 15th

The opening of Cass-Union Townships School will be delayed until Monday, September 15th, since the building will not for ready for occupancy until that date. Freedom School in Pike Township with Robert Liggett as teacher will open September 8th as scheduled. In the Cass Union School, Delmore Liggett will teach grades 7 and 8, Miss Helen Lee, grades 5 and 6, and departmental work will be taught by two teachers. Mrs. Thelma Collins will be in charge of grades 3 and 4 and Mrs. Jennie Raber will have grades 1 and 2.

Cass-Union Consolidated School opens

Ohio County’s eight one-room schools has been reduced to only one, in Freedom township, this week, following the opening of the imposing new Cass-Union township consolidated school Monday, Miss Goldie Shanahan, superintendent of county schools announced.

Clay Bank, New Hope, Murray Branch, Fisher, Durbin, Hall’s Mill, and Hebron one-room schools were abandoned with the opening of the consolidated structure with an enrollment of 114 pupils.

Several more are expected to be enrolled later, Miss Shanahan said. Some pupils in the closed one-room districts now are attending the consolidated schools, Freedom school in Pike Township, or the Dillsboro schools.

The new building, a WPA project, will be dedicated during the latter part of October or early in November. The structure is entirely completed except for adding the finishing touches to the heating plant installation, grading the grounds and building a road between the two roads where the building stands. Enrollment in the county schools this year is slightly less than a year ago.

Enrollment figures for the consolidated building are: First grade, 16; second, 17; third, 11; fourth, 16, fifth, 13; sixth, 13; seventh, 18; and eighth, 10.

Cass Union School closes

The Cass-Union School closed its doors in 1972 when Ohio County opened its new county wide elementary school in Rising Sun.