The 2003 edition of the Switzerland County Relay for Life began last Friday morning with sunny skies and hot, muggy weather. As evening drew near some rain began to fall; and a cool breeze through the night brought a chill to the air. But no matter what the weather conditions, the dedicated individuals who took part in the overnight fundraiser for cancer research were not deterred from raising cancer awareness - and having some fun at the same time. Overall, figures who that $85,300.32 has been turned in to date, with more still to come. It is believed this will be one of the most successful Relays the county has ever had.
Kodi Driver and Derrick Coy are this year's scholarship winners for scholarships from the Florence Lodge #27 of Free and Accepted Masons.
Lance McClure, a 2003 graduate of Switzerland County High School and a member of the Switzerland County FFA chapter, has been honored with the chapter's highest honor - the Dekalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award.
Jeremy Armstrong will complete his one year term as treasurer of the state FFA organization this month.
Dr. Robert Findley has been awarded the "Unsung Hero" award by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He was one of only five winners selected from the entire state. He was nominated for the award by Sarah Brichto.
20 YEARS AGO
Storms in Switzerland County over the last week have kept road crews and utility companies busy, with the biggest storm hitting Monday afternoon. The heavy rainstorm washed out roads, pushed over trees and knocked down power lines. But it could have been worse. Some people have said they spotted a tornado in the air over Vevay but it didn't touch down.
Katina Carter, 17, daughter of Jim and Jane Leap of Vevay, has been chosen as a state finalist in the Miss Indiana American Coed pageant to be held July 18th-19th in Indianapolis. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and will qualify to compete in the national pageant.
James Russell "Rusty" Ricketts graduated from Edinburgh Community High School June 4th as he and another classmate shared the salutatorian and valedictorian honors. He is the son of Larry and Linda Ricketts of Edinburgh and the grandson of Olive Ricketts and Cecil and Louise Mathews of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
Roy L. Branham, a prominent citizen in Vevay and Switzerland County, died Wednesday morning in King's Daughters' Hospital. At age 70, Branham had recently retired as president of the Vevay Town Board, due to poor health, and had served on the board for a number of years.
Jeanne Rene Miller and Rusty Bragg have set June 25th as the date for their wedding, according to the bride-to-be's parents, George M. and Patricia A. Miller, route 3, Vevay. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bragg, route 1, Vevay, and they are both graduates of Switzerland County High School in 1982.
Debra K. Berner of Cross Plains was among he 186 students at Hanover College named to the Dean's List for the winter/spring terms. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Berner, route 1, Cross Plains. a student must maintain a 3.50 or better grade point average in order to qualify for the Dean's List.
The Swiss Alpine Festival committee has selected the Grand Marshals for the big parade to be held on Saturday, August 6th. They are the "Celebrity Look-alikes," Burt Reynolds (Dave Crist) and Jackie Gleason (Al Siefert).
40 YEARS AGO
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Sturgeon of Vevay will be held Friday at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home at 2 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harmon of route 3, Vevay, announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy Kay, to Mr. Stephen Lynn Auxier, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Auxier of East Enterprise.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Welch of Bennington will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary with an open house Sunday, June 24th, from 2 to 5 p.m. slow time at the home of their son, James, and his wife at Bennington.
A supper party honoring the 34th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Carlton of route 2, Vevay, was held last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Waller, route 1, Vevay.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Earls of route 2, Vevay, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Sherrie Eilene, to Eugene Kenneth Wiesmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard G. Wiesmann, of route 2, Dillsboro.
50 YEARS AGO
Vevay-Switzerland Sesquicentennial opens one month from tomorrow, and among plans now progressing toward the big week is the queen's pageant sponsored by Kappa Kappa Kappa. Ten girls have entered the contest. They include, alphabetically, Nancy Raye Barnes, Diane Kay Byram, Judith K. Garrett, Karen Sue Gullion, Linda Carol Heath, Carol Ann Hutcherson, Judy Ann Lueking, Mary Jane Ray, Linda Lou Roberts, and Mary Sieglitz.
Mrs. Frances Jones, of near Florence, announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Betty Joy, to Danny Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ray of Tapps Ridge.
Switzerland Baptist Church was the scene of a lovely wedding Sunday afternoon when Miss Carolyn Jean Danner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner of Vevay, became the bride of Lieutenant Lanny Jay Beach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Beach of Tipton, Indiana.
Johnny McKay, 11-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert McKay of Vevay, placed second in the Kentucky Colonel Amateur Trapshooting Association junior meet at Jefferson Gun Club in Louisville, Sunday.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Martin of near Florence are parents of a baby born Monday, June 1st, at the Milan Hospital. He has been named Vernon Lee and weighs six and one-half pounds.
Jack Deming of Owensboro, Kentucky, son of Howard Deming, owner of the Deming 5 & 10 cent store, assumed management of the local store this week. Gene Waldropp, who was manager has a position with the Ken Williams Chevrolet Agency in the east end of town.
"Jackie" Skirvin escaped serious injury or death last Thursday evening when she suffered electric shock from a short circuit in a refrigerator. She was attempting to open the refrigerator door with one hand while the other hand was on a water faucet where she was filling an ice cube tray.
Calvin Whittaker has resigned as manager of the Lamkin Grocery on East Main Street. Sammy Lloyd has assumed partnership with Mr. Lamkin and he and Mr. Lloyd have already taken over management of the business.
Reverend Doyle Pavy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy of Fairview, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was chosen class president of the class of 170 members.
The editor of this newspaper is in receipt of a card from Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey W. Heberhart of Chantilly, France and Vevay, who attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 2nd in London.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Marie Carlton of Vevay and Staff Sergeant Leslie Beard of Mount Sterling were united in marriage Saturday, June 12th, in Madison.
August Brameier, retired farmer, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Scott, below Vevay last Saturday. He had been in ill health for some time.
Miss Elizabeth Marie Osborn, 15-year-old daughter of Chester Osborn, died suddenly at her father's home near Bennington Sunday afternoon.
Miss Norma Lowe of Vevay and Staff Sergeant Kenneth Sauer of Jefferson County were married Sunday, June 13th.
Mrs. Eva Hall Dodd, widow of Calvin L. Dodd and a native of Center Square, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Looney, in Topeka, Kansas on June 15th.
Mrs. Grace Flinn of this county and Guy M. Walden, formerly of Mount Sterling, now living in Berkeley, California, were married Saturday, June 12th, in Reno, Nevada.
80 YEARS AGO
James Wiley passed away Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mr. William Myers, near Allensville. Mr. Myers who had been ill more than a week was 90 years of age.
Mrs. Clara Protsman, widow of Charles Protsman and a native of this county, died at her home in San Antonio, Texas on June 7th.
Charles Sauvain, Vevay businessman, committed suicide Friday morning by shooting himself with a revolver.
Mrs. Elsie Boyd and Charles Otter, both of this county, were married Monday in Madison.
Born, a son Norman Edwin to Mr. and Mrs. William Turner of Pleasant.
Paul W. Shaw of near Moorefield and Miss Leona E. Vestal of Canaan were married June 3rd at Hymers, Indiana by Reverend Ralph Blodgett.
90 YEARS AGO
Henry Dittgen, well known cabinet maker of Vevay, died Saturday in a Cincinnati hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a heart condition. The deceased, a native of Alsac-Lorraine, France, was 68 years old.
The Vevay Deposit Bank has just completed the installation of an electrified steel lining in its vault which will make it more burglar proof.
John A. Danglade, Jr., has rented the room next to Teiley's newstand and will open a service station for automobiles in a few weeks. He plans to do work on storage batteries, operate a gas filling station, and handle tires and accessories.
Nelson Haskell and Leon Buschman Tuesday purchased the A. C. Park taxi line and began operating the business Wednesday morning.
100 YEARS AGO
The Home-Coming Finance Committee is meeting with decidedly encouraging responses among the businessmen of the community and there never has been in the 100 years of our history, such enthusiastic support and hearty cooperation among the citizens of the city and county as is being manifested over the "Home-Coming" proposition.
Bert Gray, son of Frank Gray, of Moorefield, is seriously ill as the result of a rat bite suffered two weeks ago.
Miss Anna Reed and Charles Cox, both of Vevay, were married June 12th at the Presbyterian Church by Reverend C.W. Barrett.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Will Shaw of Moorefield.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Roberts of Moorefield.
120 YEARS AGO
Apples are falling off and there will be but few in Switzerland County.
Addison M. Works died at his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan Sunday, June 4th, of typhoid fever and heart trouble. Mr. Works lived in Allensville and Vevay for the greater part of his life where he engaged in the insurance business.
Doctor Prentis Mead of Carrollton died May 24th in the 61st year of his age.
Died Wednesday, June 7th, William Tibbetts, son of John and Olive Tibbetts, aged 22 years.
Licensed to marry: James H. Roberts and Zellie James.
140 YEARS AGO
W.S. Kincaid of Vevay and Miss Alma Kramer of Thorntown, Indiana were married June 5th at the home of the bride's parents. On Friday evening, June 6th, a reception was given them at the home of the groom's parents, more than 100 guests being present.
Mr. Rachel Bornand died June 9th at her home in Vevay. At the time of her death she was 54 years of age.
An iron bridge has been ordered built over Plum Creek near Center Square. U.H. Stow was appointed to superintend the building of same.
Dallas McCreary of Tapps Ridge was thrown from a horse while returning home from Vevay last Saturday night and has his collar bone broken.
Doctor E.S. Gale has sold his two story residence on the corner of Main and Main Cross streets to William Goldenburg.
The residence of Edward Kern near Moorefield caught fire last week but the flames were extinguished before much damage was done.