Compiled by Mavis Uhlmansiek Celebrating the history of Ohio County and Rising Sun



August 15th, 1968

The Ohio County Historical Society met Tuesday evening, August 6th at the riverfront park. Walter Skidmore president conducted the business meeting. Roy Rix gave the committee’s report on the Whitlock Tool Shop and office building, listing the many advantages available for use as a museum and community center. After a group discussion regarding financing, etc, it was voted to take an option on the property located on the west side of South Walnut Street. This property would be developed into a museum and home for the Historical Society. One large room 40×80 would be remodeled to create a new community center. The Historical Society will make the community center available to clubs and groups who wish to rent facilities for meetings, receptions, conferences or conventions. (Note from Scribblings column: The tool shop was the site of the old Clore Plow Factory about the turn of the century. Around 1914 J. W. Whitlock purchased the building and in 1916 erected the brick office. During World War I Whitlock’s began operation of the tool shop which until recent years was continued under several different managements.)
On August 7th, 1968 the City Council of Rising Sun passed an ordinance setting up a new water rate schedule. The ordinance was immediately sent to the Indiana Public Service Commission and it is expected that a public hearing will be held on August 27th. The rate schedule does not become effective until after the Public Service Commission approves it.
Dr. Gordon S. Fessler has resigned his position as a member of the Rising Sun-Ohio County Board of Education in compliance with a ruling of the State Board of Accounts which states that a member of the school board may not hold another fiscal office at the same time. Dr. Fessler was recently named Ohio County Health Officer. Dr. Fessler served as a member of the Board of Education at the time the high school was built, again in 1965, and again 1967. Charles W. Davis was appointed by the board to fill this vacancy which expires June 30th, 1971.
Dale Siekman, representative of the Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools to the Board of Managers of the Southeastern Indiana Vocational School, has been elected president of the Vocational Board for the third consecutive year. Twenty-two Rising Sun High School students attended the Vocational School during the 1967-68 school year.
Ivan Dale Green has received a Ph.D degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. His thesis was “Lifetime Consideration and Economic Evaluation of a Large, Fast, Reader, Mixed Fuel Cycle System”. Dr. Green received his primary education at Cass-Union Consolidated School, graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1959 and received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Sciences in June 1963. After working a year for Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he returned to Purdue where he received his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering January 1967.
Wendell W. Walston, 1960 graduate of Rising Sun High School, has been accepted to Law School at Indiana University. He will begin in September. Wendell graduated from Ball State University in June 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Philosophy.
The opening of the D.E.W. Sporting Goods Store in the IGA Grocery across from the courthouse was well attended last week. Prizes were given and won by Randy Housemyer, Beverly Meyer, and Dennis Baldwin.
The first Ohio County Homemakers Style Show was held August 10th at the Rising Sun Elementary School. Mrs. Don Roy Monroe placed first in the Young Homemakers Division. She wore an A-line daytime dress which she had made for herself. The moss green double knit dacron polyester dress featured a high-rise neckline and three-quarter length set-in sleeves. Modeling a dark rose colored winter coat won a first placing for Mrs. Louis Elliott who was entered in the Adult Homemakers Division. Adding a touch of interest to the coat were pockets with flaps sewn into the side seams.


August 15th, 1963

Ohio County Rescue Unit Barbecue Queen candidates are: Miss Pam Ascherman, Miss Jeannie Kirkpatrick, Miss Phyllis Rice, and Miss Sharon Hall.


August 14th, 1958

Army Privates, Neal A. Hastings and William B. Bovard have completed eight weeks basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


August 12th, 1938

At a meeting of the Noah O’Banion Post American Legion Tuesday night, Capt. Albert E. Armstrong was elected commander and George B. Hall, vice commander.
William (Bill) Martin and Roland Lemmons have leased the Legion Service Station on North High Street.