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Mountains of Memories - Rosie Rousch

By Janie Ford Lank - momthepoet@yahoo.com

Rosie Roush was born in Frankfort on Dec. 4, 1941 to Mary and Keith Hinton. Rosie attended Riley elementary and Frankfort High School. She received a GED diploma in 1992.

“I have fond memories of picnics with my family at Turkey Run, the Shades and Indiana Dunes,” Rosie said. “What fun, but I don’t think many families do this kind of togetherness anymore.”

Rosie married Larry Roush in August of 1958 and they raised three daughters, Teresa, Tina and Tara. They were married for 55 years, and he passed away in 2013.

“After my husband retired, our daughter thought he needed a cat to keep him company,” Rosie said. “At first, he refused the cat and put it outside to live. Fall arrived, and I arrived home to see he had relented and brought the cat in to live inside. This cat is company for me now and is waiting at the window when I arrive home. She seems to be able to tell time.”

In 1966, Rosie went to work at National Seal for seven years. Then in 1973, she began a long-time career at Frankfort Automotive. She retired in 2011 but returned to work at Frankfort Automotive three-and-a-half years later.

“In the beginning, I did inventory all day long,” Rosie said. “I posted to inventory cards, based on what was sold. I then had to write the order every day. I did this for two years until we got our first computer in 1975. This computer was a key punch and you had to send the orders over the phone, after hours. In 1980, we received an in-house computer and the disc, which recorded your sales, was about 16 inches in diameter. I took this disc home every night to protect, in case of fire. Every five years, we had to upgrade our computer system. The system we have now has a flash drive the size of a pack of gum. Times have really changed in the world of computers. Imagine how it will be in five more years. I am glad I was able to witness the growth of technology.”

Rosie sang in the choir at St. Matthew United Methodist Church since she was 21.

“I stopped for a few years, but realizing I need music in my life, I returned to the choir six years ago,” she said.

Rosie believes that there is more bullying in today’s world.

“One of my daughters was bullied and called ‘a Richie’ by her classmates,” she said. “I think this was because she is just so nice, for we are not rich. My mother used to say, ‘if they are talking mean about you, they are leaving someone else alone.”

Rosie has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I am proud that five have already graduated from Purdue, and two more to complete their education in 2021,” she said. “One grandson has a great job, right here in Clinton County. As my grandchildren grew up, we always talked about the importance of staying out of trouble. My advice to them was, don’t do anything today that you must apologize for tomorrow. I guess they listened for they have turned out fine.

“I have been blessed to be included in several vacations with my daughter Tara and her family,” she added. “In 2013, we made a memory with a visit to Hawaii. We saw Pearl Harbor, which took place three days after I was born. Tara’s husband Rick sent Tara and I and my two other daughters on a New York trip. We saw the ‘Jersey Boys,’ went to the top of the rock and enjoyed a carriage ride through Central Park. What a guy, and what a trip!”

Rosie’s advice to others is, “Do not quit work unless you are sure that is what you want. Don’t let others tell you it is time for you to retire. Remember to pray about it, for prayers do get answered.”