10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Marilyn Petty, Tom Montgomery, James Turner, Sr., Charlotte Slayback, Deborah Hogan, Jerry L. Weddington.
Switzerland County High School Principal Candis Haskell has announced that she will be leaving her current position at the end of the school year to accept the position as Superintendent of South Henry School Corporation near New Castle, Indiana.
Kenneth “Bucky” and Betty Pavy of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, formerly of Vevay, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday, February 15th. The couples five sons and their families will celebrate the event by hosting a surprise anniversary party at the Switzerland County YMCA.
Army Private Christopher J. Martin has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia. Christopher Martin is the son of Francis Martin of Vevay.
20 YEARS AGO
Seth Douglas Jones, son of Lary and Elizabeth Jones of Vevay, has earned inclusion on the President’s list at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi for the fall semester, He is a sophomore at Mississippi College.
Switzerland County High School student Jeni Bullock as earned the right to participate in the state choral Solo and Ensemble contest. She will now sing at the state level in Indianapolis Saturday, February 27th. She is the daughter of Louis and Gayla Bullock of Markland Pike.
Tyler Allen, fifth grade student at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, has been selected as the first place winner in the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District’s “American Recycles Day” contest. He received an “Earth Wagon”, a backpack and supplies all contracted of recycled materials.
Residents who use Plum Creek Road are happy that a new bridge has been located on the road to make travel more safe. The new bridge comes at a greatly reduced cost to the county.
30 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Lowe will observe their 51st wedding anniversary on February 27th. The couple reside in the Fairview community.
The State Board of Health says reports from doctors suggest flu-like illness is increasing dramatically across the state this winter.
Indiana’s unemployment insurance claims for the week ending January 28th were down for the second week, dropping by 185 to 47,999 from the preceding week’s 47,684, the Department of Employment and Training Services reported.
40 YEARS AGO
In Saturday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Vevay Town Board David Hankins was appointed to the Economic Development Committee. Hankins joins Bill Hill and Ralph Tilley on the EDC for Vevay and the men will be responsible for setting up the bond issue which will build the nursing home in Vevay.
The Vevay Merchant’s Association met Thursday and discussed the upcoming promotions for the year. Number one on the list was the rescheduled concert by Jack Reno which will be February 17th after the Pacer and Rising Sun game.
Indiana Farmers Union Green Thumb is a community service employment program for rural residents who are 55 and older.
50 YEARS AGO
Saturday was the last day of business for Lamson’s Clothing Store as 54 years of selling men’s wear for Harry Lamson and the Lamson family reached a climax. The 69-year-old Lamson announced his retirement and closing of the Vevay store which was opened in 1915 by his father, Julian F. Lamson, who passed the business on to his son.
Lonnie Mason, a mid-term graduate of Purdue University, has this week been named by Switzerland County Extension Board as new agent for Switzerland and Jefferson county extension offices.
The former Roberts Supermarket at the corner of Pike and Liberty streets in Vevay, closed since last fall, will re-open in early March under a new name and with new ownership and management. Mr. and Mrs. Claude Deaton announced this week that they have purchased the business and part of the equipment of the supermarket formerly operated by Mr. and Mrs. Loren Roberts of Vevay. The Deatons who moved into Vevay on January 29th, 1968, with Mr. Deaton as Public Service Indiana’s local representative, expect to reopen the market between March 5th and 15th.
Switzerland County has a new attorney at law this week as Douglas C. Leatherbury, a graduate of Vevay High School and Indiana University, has opened a new law office at 207 West Main Street, Vevay. Unmarried, Leatherbury is now living with his family in Patriot.
The Gross brothers — Jerry, Larry, and Jamie of East Enterprise — now have their second phonograph record on the market, following a recent recording session in Nashville, Tennessee.
60 YEARS AGO
Gayle Wiley, former Switzerland County Auditor, has been employed as a visitor for the County Welfare Department. Mr. Wiley joins the staff as an additional member, as there has been no vacancy created.
Joe Ricketts, owner of Ricketts Jewelry on Main Street, has purchased the three-story brick building on the northwest corner of Ferry and Pike streets owned by Everett Jackson. Mr. Ricketts will relocate his business there after remodeling.
Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the house and most of its contents on the farm of Jack Bodkin, route 1, Bennington early Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Bodkin had eaten breakfast about 5:30 and were preparing to go to the barn to do the milking when they smelled smoke.
70 YEARS AGO
On February 4th, 1949, Harold C. Rook, son of Mrs. Bessie Rook of Vevay, graduated from the Naval Supply Corps School at Bayonne, New Jersey. He will report to Boston to meet the U.S.S. Warrington, a destroyer.
Beginning on February 13th the Hoosier Theatre will have Sunday matinees beginning at 1:30 o’clock. This will be an addition to their regular show schedule of the Saturday matinee and three shows Saturday evening.
Denver Markland of Quercus Grove graduated Sunday from the school of agriculture at Purdue University and this week assumed his duties as G. I. agricultural instructor in Switzerland County.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Heberhart of Vevay, who are now residing near Chantilly, France spent Saturday in Vevay visiting friends. Mr. and Mrs. Heberhart returned to America in December and recently arrived in Madison where they plan to make their headquarters for the next three months. Their home on Market Street is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Byram and family.
80 YEARS AGO
The Ohio River reached flood stage Wednesday morning, cresting at 58.26 feet in Cincinnati and 51.6 feet at Dam 39.
Roscoe Wakefield was injured Wednesday while working on construction on the new gymnasium when a falling brick struck him on the head. He was taken to the Madison hospital where he is said to be suffering from concussion of the brain.
A baby son was born Friday night to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Romans of Patriot.
Born a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hart of Brushy Fork and has been named William Robert.
90 YEARS AGO
Earl Peak of Vevay and Wilbur Gibson of Rising Sun have bought the hardware store of the late R. M. Campbell. Mr. Peak is the son-in-law of Mr. Campbell and has been an employee of the government.
A tool house on the Lucevia Orem farm near Bennington was destroyed by fire Monday night and an automobile belonging to Irvin Storie and a quantity of farm machinery belonging to Mrs. Orem were burned.
For the second time in the past month navigation on the Ohio River has been suspended because of ice.
County Commissioners in regular session Monday rejected a bid for the construction of a garage in the court yard. The lowest bid was $532.50 and the highest $885. The Board limited the cost to $500.
The Jacksonville Cemetery Association has been organized with the following officers Wilbur House, president, Charles Bakes, vice president; C. W. Dodd, secretary-treasurer. Other directors are Mrs. Anna Cole and Miss Grace Truesdell. About $2,000 has been subscribed. The entire idea of a permanent fund originated with Reverend A. B. Houze of Bowling Green, Kentucky, formerly of Switzerland County.
Several Switzerland County relatives drove to Richmond Sunday to attend the 100th birthday celebration of Mrs. Mary VanNuys Voris. She was born in Switzerland County and most of her life was spent here.
A daughter was born last week to Kenneth North and wife of Posey Township. Her name is Mildred Marie.
A daughter was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Peak of Vevay.
100 YEARS AGO
A daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gregory of Patriot. A daughter was also born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hamilton of Patriot.
A station of the library has been opened in Patriot with Mrs. Henry Schroeder and Miss Minnie Schroeder in charge. A station has also been opened in Florence in charge of Miss Hattie Land and Mrs. Fay Krutz.
Owing to the war, it has been impossible to get drop boxes for the collection of mail. Postmaster Griffith has just received word that seven boxes are on their way to Vevay.
110 YEARS AGO
Unknown parties broke into the Vevay Flour Mills Wednesday night, smashed open the money drawer and carried away three or four dozen cakes and some pies.
The local option election held in Switzerland County on Tuesday resulted in an overwhelming victory for the “drys” their total majority numbering 888.
Two game wardens were in the county last week looking for violators of the quail law. A search was made of the cellar and store rooms of a local grocery but the investigation failed to produce any evidence of anything contrary to law.
The worst wind storm of years on the river raged here last Friday and Saturday retarding the movements of the steamboats, and practically bringing navigation to a close during the two days. The thermometer on Friday morning registered near the zero mark and the wind was about 40 miles per hour.
On Thursday the 28th an organization of a bank at East Enterprise under the above name was completed with a capitalization of $12,000. William P. Truitt was elected president; Harry M. Stow, vice president; William H. Madison, cashier, and J.R. Houze, assistant cashier.
Jim Works and Harold Cotton left Sunday with a fine team of horses which had been sold to parties in Pueblo, Colorado.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ellis a son January 28th and to Mr. and Mrs. George McClellan, a daughter, February 2nd. All reside in Florence.
A son was born January 18th to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bromwell.
An epidemic of diphtheria is feared in Ghent one death having been reported and the entire school has been exposed to the dread disease.
130 YEARS AGO
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the barn of Semual Andres in Craig Township last week. It contained 400 bushels corn, three horses, two cows and his entire crop of wheat and tobacco, all of which were consumed.
An effort is being made to obtain funds to rebuild the U.B. Church at Union Chapel.
The body of Samuel Boom of Florence who disappeared November 2nd, was found Sunday floating in Turtle Creek. At the time of his disappearance it was feared that he had accidentally drowned in the creek. He leaves his wife and three children.
The steamer Schenck stopped here Saturday for several hours taking on freight and proceeded on its way to New Orleans with a large amount of freight and many passengers.
M. D. Thiebaud is now a real estate agent in Anderson.
Charley Dunning and Dolph Hyde of East Enterprise both cut their feet last week while cutting wood with axes.
S. H. Cole has been elected vice president and F. M. Chittenden a director of Fresno, California, Board of Trade. They are former Switzerland County men.
Charles P. Novle, who was second master on gun boat Conastogia, Navy, has been granted a pension.
W. C. Robinson of Florence is making an extended trip in the west.
150 YEARS AGO
There are 72 school houses in this county, valued at $38,000. Of these 3 are stone, 7 brick, 9 log, and 53 frame, 4,600 children between the ages of 6 and 21 years are enrolled. There are 47 male teachers and 30 females. Wages of males average $1.97 and of females $1.86. The sum of $11,279.16 was apportioned to the county for the year. The average length of school is 90 days.
A stone side walk is being built from Vevay to the cemetery. Voluntary contributions are paying for it and William Smith and C. A. Thiebaud are superintending the work, the latter having donated a sufficient amount of rock for the walk.
The market house was broken into last night and $3 worth of meat belonging to William Northcott stolen.
The Vevay Dramatic Company has closed for the season. Each stockholder was assessed $10 to pay up the indebtedness.
The steamer Argosy with A. J. Schenck in command, arriving in Vevay from New Orleans, left the following cargo: 28 barrels of molasses, 6 hogsheads and 1 barrel of sugar, 8 barrels of rosin, 20 boxes of cod fish and 1 bag of coffee.
The body of a Mr. Lord of New York, one of the victims of the U.S. and America disaster, which occurred some time ago at Warsaw, was recovered at this place Sunday.
The new Patriot school is completed and is now in operation with three teachers. The third story is occupied by the Masons and Odd Fellows.
The young men of the city, not to be outdone by those of Cincinnati are all purchasing velocipeds. Eddie Stevens has contracted to furnish liniment for the wounded.
There are two cases of small pox at Center Square.
160 YEARS AGO
Good butter is very scarce in Vevay at present and will bring 25 cents per pound.
William Peelman, proprietor of the yellow drays is one of the most enterprising teamsters in Vevay. He has fine stock and hauls 3 or 4 barrels of molasses with one mule.
There will be a total eclipse of the moon on February 17th.
The Methodists at New Castle have determined that in their church families may sit together. This system works so admirably in preserving order and keeping the children quiet that it is making friends every place.