50 YEARS AGO
August 3rd, 1967
To begin preparation for the 1967 Fall Marching season, the 71-members of the Rising Sun High School Marching Band attended the Crescendo Music Camp at Lebanon Junction, Kentucky from July 16th-22nd. With five staff members from the middle Tennessee State College as instructors, the band developed the drills and formations which will be used during the fall. Also on the daily schedule were intensive rehearsals of the music which will be used with the routines. The first appearance of the band for the summer will be at the Shelby County Fair on August 19th at which time it will perform on the track in front of the grandstand together with the other 15 bands which are entered in the contest. On August 30th, the Rising Sun band is again entered in the Indiana Fair band contest. Bands from all over Hoosierland will begin marching in front of the State Fair grandstand at 9 a.m., each striving for a birth in the “final 15”. The bands are rated for marching, playing, and routine by a panel of judges, who score them on a point basis. Drum majors for the 1967-68 marching band are Roger Webb and Rick Neal. Majorettes selected for the year are Sharon Foutty, Carol Sue Dunaway, Patty McPherson, Linda Cutter, Donna Wadsworth, Paula Malone, and Cindy Purcell.
Ground breaking ceremonies for a new United Methodist Church at Aberdeen was held Sunday, July 30th. Dr. Harold W. Criswell, District Superintendent, was guest speaker. Reverend Dorothy Hinds is pastor of the churches who are planning to merge. A new parsonage has been completed at Aberdeen for some time.
Barbara Mondary, 19, enlisted in the United States Air Force and left Thursday, August 3rd, to go to Lackland Air Force in San Antonio, Texas for basic training which will be approximately six weeks. She is a 1966 graduate of Rising Sun High School.
Tickets are now available for the Ohio County Historical Society’s tour and Garden Party at Tomary Farms on State Road 56 Sunday, August 20th, between 2-5 p.m. Admission is 75 cents for adults, 25 cents for students in a group or accompanied by a parent. Children under seven years will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from members of the Society or at the entrance on the day of the tour. The event has been planned by Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Johnson, owners of the beautiful old estate, and all proceeds will be for the Historical Society.
Real Estate Transfers: William F. Schildman et ux to Benjamin J. Walker et ux, house and lot in Rio Vista subdivision. Gary E. Scudder et ux to Herbert H. Scudder et ux, house and lot in Rio Vista subdivision. James E. Wilson et ux to John R. Bunger et ux, house and lot in Rio Subdivision. Warren Bovard et ux to David Kelly et ux, acreage in Cass Township.
The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana will observe its 156th anniversary this year with a wide spared program of commemorative events. And on August 19th at Salem, Indiana, the Rising Sun Lodge No. 6 will be one of the nine original lodges honored at a LowDell meeting. Lodge No. 6 produced three of the early Grand Masters of Masons in Indiana – Colonel Abel C. Pepper, Judge Alexander C. Downey, and Johnson Watts. Cornerstones of three public buildings have been laid with Masonic ceremonies – the Ohio County Courthouse, 1844; the Library, 1917; and the high school, 1924. The Rising Sun Lodge has two historical distinctions. It has a complete set of minutes recorded and it can point to four buildings all intact, occupied by Masons over a century and a quarter. The first hall was the third story of the Dowers Building on Front Street; next, the second story of the Bloss Building on Main; then the hall over the Old School Presbyterian Church (now the Shiloh Baptist Church); and the present Temple on Main.
100 YEARS AGO
August 2nd, 1917
The Emerson showboat, “Golden Rod”, the largest and finest show boat afloat will play a return engagement here August 8th, presenting a dramatic play, “The Red Cross Nurse”. Ten percent of the receipts will be given to the local Red Cross.
Frank Buchanan of Rising Sun has purchased the bus line that has for sometime been operated between Aurora and Dillsboro by Alfred Pate of Dillsboro.
Harry Harris will assist his brother Clifford in taking care of the Johnson bakery and confectionary while W. H. Johnson is on vacation.