10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Gary Darbro, Louzetta Rice, Ronnie Keller, Bertha Billingsley, Polly Whitesell, Elizabeth Vaughn.
Liam Alexander South was born on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. He is the son of Josh and Thera South of Vevay.
Roger Christman of Pleasant left for Honduras with friends to help build a school there.
Members of the Switzerland County FFA and BPA participated in the area “Polar Plunge” to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Stephanie Stewart has successfully completed all requirements to be classified as a National Registered Paramedic.
20 YEARS AGO
Vevay’s Donna Weaver is currently working for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia sculpting and designing the reverse side of new U.S. quarters. Her work will be on four quarters this year: Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Mississippi.
A two vehicle accident on State Road 56 west of Vevay Monday afternoon resulted in the death of a Fairview woman and sent two Ohio County residents to the hospital. Tracy Lynne Vann, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. She was driving a pickup truck that apparently struck a vehicle driven by Ralph Perry of Rising Sun head on. The accident occurred near Spring Branch Road.
Mickie Hughes of East Enterprise has earned inclusion on the dean’s list at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. She is currently enrolled full time in the bachelor of science nursing program; and is employed part time as an LPN at Shady Nook Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg. She currently carries 4.0 overall grade point average. She is the daughter of Mickey and Direnda Ray of East Enterprise and has one son, Noah.
School Corporation treasurer Wilma Swango resigned her position at Monday night’s meeting of the Switzerland County School Board. She has been with the school corporation since July of 1983 as secretary to the superintendent; and has held the post of treasurer since 1989.
30 YEARS AGO
Eslie M. Alford of Switzerland County was honored recently for his 35 years of service as an employee of the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation’s Clifty Creek power plant in Madison. A maintenance mechanic at IKE, he joined the company in 1957. He and his wife Gladys reside on Aaron Road in Pleasant Township, near Fairview.
40 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Garland Gray, route 3, Vevay, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, February 14th, at a reception given by their children in the downstairs room in the Steer Restaurant in Madison.
Linda D. Wilson of Vevay has received her diploma for completing the program in practical nursing at Ivy Tech in Columbus. She was one of 20 graduates at the East Columbus Christian Church this past Sunday.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Jennie Sanders Webster, for nearly 80 years a resident of Switzerland County, celebrated her 95th birthday February 3rd at Terrace View Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.
Don Stepleton and Harrison Adams were elected to the board of supervisors of Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation district at the district’s annual meeting last week. Joining Adams and Stepleton on the board are supervisors Harold V. Riley, Robert Gregory, and David Jones. Ed James is an assistant supervisor.
Charles Green of route 2, Vevay caught a 58-pound sailfish recently at Castaways Docks in Miami, Florida, with Captain Jim Dunn as his guide. Green’s sailfish if entered in the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament and he will also receive a citation for his outstanding catch.
Fletcher N. Hufford of Mexico Bottom has been named chairman of the Easter Seal fund drive for 1972 in Switzerland County and personal appeal letters have been mailed to county residents.
Private Gale Lee Thomas of Patriot graduated February 4th from the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, after completing eight weeks of basic training. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Thomas.
60 YEARS AGO
The new farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cummings, north of East Enterprise, together with all of its contents, was destroyed by fire of undetermined origin on the night of February 7th. Also lost in the blaze was the family’s peg dog.
Mass community efforts brought about the realization this week of a much-sought-after life squad for Patriot and Posey Township. The new life squad will be equipped with an ambulance supplied with resuscitator, oxygen, and other life-saving and medical supplies.
Play in the Rising Sun sectional tournament opens tonight with both Switzerland County squads seeking action and finding their backs squarely against the wall in post-season’s initial play. Vevay and Patriot-Posey must face Aurora and North Dearborn in opening play. Both Dearborn County teams have soundly trounced their Switzerland County rivals during the regular season.
70 YEARS AGO
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Paris Thomas on Hominy Ridge in York Township was completely destroyed by fire at noon Sunday with a loss estimated at several thousand dollars.
Paul Vernon Sieglitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sieglitz of Vevay, was seriously injured in an automobile accident below Vevay about midnight Tuesday and is now in the Madison hospital. An examination disclosed that he had sustained fractures of nine ribs.
A family dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Danglade in observance of the 56th wedding anniversary of Mrs. Danglade’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Protsman, which occurred Monday.
80 YEARS AGO
Clifford B. Smith of Versailles has been made a partner in the firm of Sullivan and Reed Funeral Directors, which will operate under the name of Sullivan, Reed and Smith in the future.
Napoleon Miller, former treasurer of this county, died suddenly Wednesday morning at the home of his niece, Mrs. Lelia Ashby near Prestonville, Kentucky, where he had been staying the past few months.
There were 385 Switzerland County men who completed their registration for possible military service on Monday.
Mrs. Catherine Platt Walden, a native of this county and wife of Guy Walden, formerly of the Mt. Sterling community, passed away in a Detroit hospital February 13th. She had gone from her home in Berkeley, California, to Detroit for special medical treatment.
90 YEARS AGO
Marcus Lauderbaugh and Miss Helen Roberts, both of Craig Township, were married in Madison Friday, February 19th.
Miss Martha Harris, young teacher of near Aaron, passed away at Bethesda Hospital at Cincinnati Sunday.
Mrs. Scott Rayl, aged 53 years, died at her home in Vevay Friday afternoon after a long and painful illness.
Mrs. John McClane passed away at her home above Vevay Saturday evening, the result of a paralytic stroke with which she was stricken two weeks ago.
James H. Owens, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Agnes See of Patriot, Thursday at the age of 87 years.
Casper Henry Scholle, farmer of near Bear Branch, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lewis Selmeyer, Saturday evening, following an illness of many months.
100 YEARS AGO
Hugh Lamb, aged citizen of Mt. Sterling, died at his home last Thursday after a long illness of cancer.
Mrs. Mary A. Mennett, who on January 29th observed her 100th birthday, died at her home in Vevay Monday, her age being 100 years, 22 days.
The residence on the Elmer E. Curry farm on Indian Creek, occupied by Rex Manuel and family, was totally destroyed by fire Monday morning.
James Stewart, farmer of Craig Township, passed away in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison Wednesday night.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawton of Indian Creek.
110 YEARS AGO
Reverend W. C. Barret has been called to the Presbyterian pastorate in Vevay.
O.S. Clendenning has moved his household goods to Alexandria, Louisiana, where he and his family will reside.
The Patriot Canning Company is preparing to ship the last lot of its tomatoes. All the tomatoes they have shipped have proven to be very satisfactory.
John H. Brown, lifelong resident of the county, died at his home near Vineyard February 15th at the age of 84 years.
Fred A. Fox of Fairview and Miss Della Cook of Aurora were married last week in Aurora.
130 YEARS AGO
Three men were injured during the past week while working on the steamboat now being converted into a wharf boat. Willie Kincaid, aged 17, suffered a broken leg when a portion of the roof fell on him. George Johnson, 17, was hurt at the same time but suffered only a sprained ankle and body bruises. Tuesday morning Harry Orem was struck on the head by a falling prop and suffered a flesh wound.
The Leap Year Cotillion at the Metropolitan Hall last Friday evening was a brilliant affair. None of the features of a genuine leap year affair were lacking, each lady sending to each gentleman an invitation and in hacks called for them, escorting them to the hall. No gentleman presumed to ask any lady to dance with him, but blushingly awaited until some gallant maiden tendered him attention. Twenty-two couples enjoyed the dancing and the elegant supper served at the hall.
150 YEARS AGO
Cornelius Humphrey, 42, died February 16th at his home in Patriot after a lingering illness.
The remains of John Lewis, 46, who died February 16th in Neoga, Illinois, were brought to the Long Run Church cemetery Wednesday for interment. The Masonic Lodge conducted the burial service.
Oliver Dufour of Washington, D.C. is in Vevay this week attending court.
Died at Corsicana, Texas on February 5th Josie Merriweather, granddaughter of Enos Littlefield, formerly of Vevay.
160 YEARS AGO
We have just received letters from our 3rd Indiana Cavalry but have room for only excerpts, as follows: “It is now generally understood that as soon as the roads become navigable there will be a grand and victorious advance of the army of the Potomac.”
“Of the confiding souls who have command of our flotilla, that said vessel was anything more than a trading vessel bound in good faith for the Washington wharves.”
“Here of late we have had the pleasure of seeing several old friends from Switzerland County among them Captain Robert A. Knox. Such visits are most welcome and are hailed by the boys with great pleasure.”
“On February 13th, Union troops under General Grant, 50,000 strong, assisted by the gunboats, attacked Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and after four days of hard fighting the place surrendered, with a loss of 10,000 in killed and wounded. Our troops took 15,000 prisoners, including Generals Johnston, West and Buckner. Our loss was heady, about 400 killed and 800 wounded.”
A letter from Captain Rous of the 50th Indiana states that on February 12th Willis Reed died of camp fever and was buried at Camp Wickliffe. Lieutenant Fallis and William M. Cole also died. Several other boys were left behind when the regiment left for Green River on February 10th. The body of Lieutenant Fallis arrived here Tuesday night and the body of Stephen F. Gould was brought home last week.