10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Melvin Jones, Rosie Craig, Bob Furnish, Marilyn Faber, Billy Dale Scott, Beverly Herin, Velma McKay.
As part of the Switzerland County School Board’s reorganization meeting on Monday night, three board members were sworn in for four year term. Andy Truitt, who was reelected to represent Jefferson Township; Nancy Peters, who is serving her first term representing Craig Township; and Vern Waltz who was reelected to represent Posey Township.
Norman Romans grew a turnip that weighed 5.56 pounds.
The Lady Pacers won the 2011 Rivertown Championship for the second straight year and Trisha Smith was MVP.
The Switzerland County Varsity Cheer Squad also won the Rivertown Cheer Competition.
20 YEARS AGO
The East Enterprise branch of Vevay Deposit Bank was robbed at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Friday by an unknown bandit. Law enforcement officers from the Indiana State Police and the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office are still searching for clues about the identity of the person who committed the robbery. The teller gave the thief an undetermined amount of cash, and he then fled the bank on foot. He then got into a vehicle and sped away. Detectives are looking into the possibility of a connection with a bank robbery that happen in Milton, Kentucky, on Friday afternoon, December 22nd.
The Switzerland County Welcome Center has moved into new quarters as it continues to expand its services to the community. The welcome center has moved from the lobby of the Hoosier Theater to the former Holiness Tabernacle on Pike Street across form the post office. This is just the first expansion of services for the welcome center in the coming months. Soon, another branch office of the welcome center will be open at the Belterra Casino Resort site; allowing the staff to tell casino visitors about activities and events taking place around the county.
30 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers took second place in the Rising Sun Invitational Tournament, getting to the finals by defeating Madison Shawe 46-32 Saturday. Sheri Alexander was the leading rebounder for the Pacers in the tourney.
John W. Gunter, the famous “Singing Sheriff”, from Anderson, Indiana is coming to the Switzerland County High School cafetorium January 29th to entertain the dinner guests of the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District at their annual meeting. According to folks that know he is billed as a “singing swinging guitar playing fool” with a good gift of gab.
50 YEARS AGO
Privates Kerry L. Peters and Eldric H. Hazeldean have graduated from basic training at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. They are the sons respectively of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Peters and Mr. and Mrs. Eldric E. Hazeldean, all of route 3, Vevay. Both youths graduated from Switzerland County High School, Peters in 1969 and Hazeldean in 1970.
Pam Reed has been elected worthy advisor of Rainbow Assembly No. 99 in Switzerland County for 1971. Also elected January 4th were Kathy May, associate advisor; Jane Ann Haskell, charity; Deborah Marlman, hope; Deborah Covington, faith; and Patricia Truitt, recorder-treasurer.
CWO2 Leroy C. (Happy) Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis of route 1, Patriot, has been awarded the Bronze Star by order of President Richard Nixon for meritorious service in Vietnam. He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and Army Commendation Medal. He also received the Purple Heart and several air medals plus being promoted to his present rank.
60 YEARS AGO
Harold C. Benedict, Vevay Superintendent of Schools, was elected Monday to head the Executive Committee of the 38,000 member Indiana State Teachers Association.
Mrs. Pearl Gridley, Switzerland County Democratic Party Vice Chairman, will begin duties as the new license bureau director on Monday, January 16th. It recently was announced that Mrs. Gridley has been named to take over the job — to succeed Mrs. Kyle Tevis, Republican, and 1960 license bureau director for this county.
“Bus without a driver.” That could be the theme for the story of the accident Friday morning that involved a Switzerland County school bus in a freak mishap. The school bus, owned and operated by Gail Scott of route 1, Florence, was nearly overturned and badly damaged just before the driver was readying to make his morning rounds of picking up his student passengers.
The new year started off on the wrong foot Friday night for the Vevay Warriors’ basketball team when they played host to the Bulldogs of Batesville and lost 68-41. But January hardwood action is just getting started — and the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament is Friday in the Brown gym at Madison.
The Vevay Kiwanis Club made “Ladies Night” a big night last Wednesday, January 4th, when they started the new year with a dinner, program, and installation of new officers. Russell Pickett was installed as president, Ralph Tilley as vice president, LeRoy Bay as secretary and Eugene Spencer as treasurer.
70 YEARS AGO
Preparations are being completed for the annual invitational Blind Tourney to be held at Vevay Saturday, January 13th, under the supervision of Raymond Cole, Principal of the Vevay High School. Participating teams will include Rising Sun, Patriot, Dillsboro and Vevay.
Cecil White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess White is seriously ill at the home of his parents from rheumatic fever.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Smith of Indianapolis have purchased the lease and stock of J. C. Southworth in the Package Store on Ferry Street and are now operating the business.
Ralph Humphrey of near East Enterprise miraculously escaped with minor injuries Sunday when his automobile turned over several times near Aurora after it skidded on the icy road. It was completely demolished.
Denver Markland, who recently bought the grocery stock of Mrs. Ella Jarvis on Main Street, has opened the store for business after completely remodeling and redecorating the room.
Mrs. Cora Richards, 92, one of Switzerland County’s oldest and finest ladies, passed away at her home in Patriot about 6 o’clock Tuesday morning.
80 YEARS AGO
Effect on Switzerland County of the new federal selective service act became more apparent this week when 10 more young men received notice that they would be called into military service about January 16th. The following have received the notices: Clarence Lock, Elvin E. Buchanan, Joe E. Sexton, Harry B. May, Thomas B. Bosaw, Carroll Peters, Perry Thomas Brown, Carl C. Brown, Charles E. Duplan and Clyde Lewis. The first five named have volunteered for early service.
Burley leaf warehouses hit a new low in prices paid on Tuesday when the average was shown to be $15.61 per hundred pounds.
Miss Edith Dehart of Rising Sun and Louis McCrander, rural mail carrier of Patriot, were married December 31st in Latonia, Kentucky.
Edward Trinkle, 82, died January 2nd at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John C. Heady, in Vevay after a several months illness.
90 YEARS AGO
Herman Roland and son of Craig Township, who were bitten last week by a mad dog, are taking the treatment for rabies.
Chester Callis, chairman of the local Red Cross Chapter, announces the completion of its relief committee, with Roy Johnson of Vevay, chairman. At present the relief work will cover two phases, distribution of clothing to families distressed by the drought and the distribution of good to needy, deserving families. Mrs. Nancy Scott will continue to be in charge of clothing and County Agent, Harold Kolb, of food distributing.
A. H. Wegener, proprietor of the Wegener Dry Goods Company has rented the room on Ferry Street vacated by the Vevay Hardware Company and will move his store February 1st.
Hiram Bakes, now of Pompano, Florida, but formerly of Switzerland County is newly elected mayor of the town.
The first hydraulic lift for greasing automobiles in Switzerland County has just been installed by the Vevay Auto Company.
100 YEARS AGO
The tobacco situation, which developed last week and which resulted in the closing of practically all loose leaf warehouses, shows little change and the outcome is a matter of speculations.
The total births for 1920, 196, exceeded the total deaths, 133, in Switzerland County.
J. L. Kendall of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, has been made chief weather officer of Louisville.
Mr. D. M. Miller has received his commission and badge as aide-de camp to William D. Ketchen, national commander of the GAR. Mr. Miller is commander of the Major P the GAR here.
The saw mill of Ulysses Spencer, at Scotch Settlement, was destroyed by fire Wednesday night.
Officers of the tobacco pool in Switzerland County have announced that on January 28th a 20 percent distribution of funds will be made to local pool holders, totaling about $12,000.
110 YEARS AGO
Honorable John D. Works, formerly of this city, has been elected U.S. Senator from the state of California.
Walton Schoonover received a fractured and dislocated shoulder this week when tobacco tiering in a barn broke and he fell about 15 feet.
The river is again clear of ice and boats are running daily. A great many tons of coal have passed down.
Aberdeen is having a boom and land is changing hands at good prices.
130 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Harman Myre of near Cross Plains was drowned in swollen Bear Creek New Year’s Day when the wagon in which she was riding turned over in the creek and she was caught under its bed. Her husband and a boy reached shore. The accident occurred when the doubletree on the wagon broke as it reached midstream and the horses were released.
Professor T. W. Bush, Madison dancing teacher, gave a “soiree” at Metropolitan Hall Tuesday night.
Miss Nettie Northcott, who is teaching school in Ventura County, California, has come to be with her father, B. H. Northcott, who has been very ill.
The little steamer Ghent ply between Patriot and Vevay, stopping at all intermediate landings. Ira Nave has resigned as engineer and Mr. Graham of Vevay has succeeded him.
In the Madison Courier office are five veterans of 38 years service each. They entered the Courier employ as boys, married, had children and grandchildren while still at the “case”, as foreman or in the composing room.
150 YEARS AGO
A flat boat owned by William Julius and Henry McMakin of Vevay struck the wreck of a sunken gun boat near Memphis and sank. A nearby steamer saved everything except 60 tons of hay. Captain Montgomery Patton of Vevay was the pilot. He has made 62 successful runs and this was his first accident.
Receipts at the Vevay toll gate for December were $330.29.
J. M. Froman of this county recently sheared a sheep, the fleece weighing 17 1/2 pounds and the wool measuring 19 inches long.
160 YEARS AGO
The steamer Star of the West was fired upon while endeavoring to enter the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday by the garrison of Morris Island and Fort Moultrie. It put back out to sea.
At the meeting of citizens held at the court house last Tuesday a stand for the preservation of the union was taken and a vote upholding the Crittenden compromise was unanimous.