10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Anna Backer, Shirley Pommerehn, Vernon L. Adams, Debra Earl, Flora Little.
Andrea Brogan, a senior at Switzerland County High School, has been honored as the “Queen of Hearts” for 2011 by the Switzerland County FFA chapter.
Heavy rains over the weekend have caused flooding in county creeks and streams; and also in the Ohio River, where rising waters have begun to creep into the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, and have already covered the boat ramps.
Jenna Daugherty of Vevay has been informed that she has earned inclusion on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Franklin College. She is the daughter of Rob and Kathy Daugherty.
Daniele Ballard has been informed that has earned inclusion on the dean’s list for the first semester at the University of Indianapolis. She is the daughter of David and Regina Ballard of Patriot.
20 YEARS AGO
Amanda Pike, daughter of Billy and Tanya Pike of Bennington, was crowned as the 2001 Queen of Hearts Saturday night at Switzerland County High School. First runner up was Sarah Storm, second runner up was Danielle McCartney, and third runner up was Allison Bradford. Tasha Roberts was Miss Congeniality.
Coach David Todd’s Switzerland County Pacers will open play in this year’s Class 2A Sectional this Tuesday night at Batesville. Batesville will open play in the sectional’s first game Tuesday against South Ripley. Switzerland County will play North Decatur in the second game. On Friday the two winners from Tuesday will play and Lawrenceburg will face Union County in the second contest. Friday’s two winners will square off in Saturday night’s championship game.
Paul and Elizabeth (Coy) Banta will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday March 10th. The couple was married on March 11th, 1961, in Oxnard, California.
30 YEARS AGO
Ryan Redmon and BJ Watkins received first place in the comedy category at a contest at Marian College Saturday, March 1st.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Farrington of route 3, Madison, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 10th. Elmer and the former Janice Middleton were married March 10th, 1956, in Richmond.
40 YEARS AGO
Floyd Canada of Vevay will take over duties as postmaster at the Florence Post Office Monday, March 9th. He has been working at the Vevay Post Office since 1968 when he was a rural route substitute. In 1969, he became a city sub-carrier, and in 1973, he was promoted to part time clerk, and that is the position he has held up to his Florence appointment.
The bald eagle is a majestic sight in the wild, and not many people in Switzerland County have seen one outside of a zoo or on a television nature program. But, Goose Creek Road resident Chuck Klein, did have the experience and said it was inspiring.
Vevay native John McKay is a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, and is now also practicing law in this area with Leininger, Eckert and Alcorn law firm in Madison. He specializes in injury lawsuits.
50 YEARS AGO
Wayne Browning began work last Friday as new deputy for county sheriff Thomas McKay. Browning succeeds deputy Albert Hobbs who resigned to operate his family’s Quercus Grove store following the recent death of his father.
Switzerland County Farm Bureau membership reached an all-time state high for 1971 with 191,803 bureau member families which topped the neighboring competitor state of Illinois. Switzerland County was over the top of its quota of 490 members with a total of 501. Walter Washmuth served as the county’s membership committee chairman.
They’re still waiting at Patriot Water Company to find out what action Indiana Public Service Commission will take concerning the system’s request for a rate increase and permission to extend its lines to 290 additional customers.
The orange and blue cheering section was court side but the cheers didn’t help the Switzerland County Pacers. The Swiss were defeated, 70-52, by Rising Sun in the first round of Lawrenceburg sectional tournament competition.
60 YEARS AGO
Dillsboro’s Bulldogs enter regional basketball competition in Connersville tomorrow night after annexing the Rising Sun sectional crown last Saturday. Facing the Bulldogs will be the Connersville Spartans who won the Connersville sectional crown.
Switzerland County, most of Indiana, and the Ohio Valley area had a rude awakening Saturday as winter let it be known that spring was still in the distant future. Many local residents officially declared winter dead Friday when county temperatures hit 72, a new all time high in this area for February. However, winter ruled supreme Saturday, piling six inches of snow here as a freak blizzard to virtually paralyze many parts of the county.
Mrs. Charlotte Dow of route 1, Vevay, suffered two broken ribs, bruised legs, and a cut over the left eye last Wednesday when her southbound auto whirled on a patch of mud on State Road 129 and skidded into a stone wall near Long Run Church.
Henry Dittgen, well known resident of Vevay, died Tuesday in the Madison hospital. He had been found in an unconscious condition Monday afternoon when neighbors were unable to gain entrance to his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Johnson of East Enterprise have announced the birth of a son, Michael Lee, on February 16th. The boy weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces at birth. The mother is the former Miss Chairmaine Truitt.
70 YEARS AGO
Odis Perkins, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Perkins of Posey Township rescued his brother, Jasper Lee, 2 years old, and his sister, Nancy, 4, from their burning home last Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. John Myers of Tapps Ridge quietly observed their Golden Wedding anniversary Tuesday at their home. The bride of 50 years ago was Ella Bear and the couple has two sons, Steve Myers of Tapps Ridge and Lawrence Myers of Cincinnati.
Carroll Holdcroft, local authority on field dogs and birds, stated this week that in his opinion, quail in the river counties and other southern parts of the state had been hurt very little by the severe winter.
Preparations for the opening of a barber shop in the Swiss Inn by Richard Trinkle of Vevay are under way.
The Vevay fire department was called to the home of Joe Krummel Sunday afternoon to extinguish a fire on the roof which was caused by sparks from grass which Mr. Krummel was burning.
Mrs. E. T. Coleman is recovering from serious injuries which she sustained Thursday at her home on Main Street when she fell down the basement steps. She suffered a broken collar bone, a broken rib and numerous bruises and cuts.
80 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Market House, one of our oldest landmarks of civic progress, is now being torn down to give additional space for an auto parking lot which will be established by the city on the square adjoining.
County officials have announced that locks have been placed on the Courthouse doors which will be kept closed at night. The reason given was that transients and local people have been using the center hall for sleeping quarters and many of them had failed to clear out by the usual time of opening.
Mrs. Elizabeth Voris Welch, widow of Lawrence Welch, died Friday morning at the home of her son, Ben, in Vevay.
Mrs. Ada Sechrest, wife of Thomas Sechrest of Patriot, died Tuesday morning, following a year’s illness.
Born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Harvey, nee Mary Griffith, of Indianapolis, a son, Timothy Griffith.
90 YEARS AGO
Vevay High School basketball team came from behind Friday night to defeat Lawrenceburg in one of their customary battles by a score of 31 to 27.
The Men’s Bible Class of the Methodist Sunday School honored one of their members, C. C. Shaw, with a birthday celebration at the church on February 19th.
Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Turner near East Enterprise. Some insurance was carried on the home but it is doubtful if this will cover the loss sustained.
100 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Marion Deweese, 68, of Vevay, died suddenly at her home here Wednesday from a heart attack which is thought to have been caused by fright. As her husband drove away from their home for a trip in the country his horse became frightened and reared. Mrs. Deweese ran out of the house and a neighbor saw her fall to the ground. She died a short while later.
William Heady has disposed of his bus line and the contract for carrying the mail between Sanders, to the Baker brothers of Sanders, Kentucky. The sale also includes the bus line to Madison every day.
Louis Teats has finished his course at the Littleford Business College in Cincinnati.
We are publishing an interesting article by Edward Eggleston called “My Recollection of Vevay.”
110 YEARS AGO
Francis, the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Mead, fell from a fence in front of their home on lower one day last week and suffered a fractured right arm.
H. P. Christie has discontinued his laundry business but will continue the cleaning and pressing department.
Miss Frankie Anderson has returned from Cincinnati where she attended the millinery opening.
Mrs. Minnie Detraz left for Cincinnati Friday night where she will spend a week making purchases of spring millinery for the firm of Detraz and McCallum.
Dr. Charles Crawford and family expect to move soon to New Mexico where Dr. Crawford owns a ranch.
The ferry boat, which sank last week was raised Friday noon and is now making regular trips. A small leak in one of the seams caused the accident.
130 YEARS AGO
Fire which started in a warehouse at the rear of the residence of Mat Brown on Seminary Street spread to several other buildings Saturday night and considerable damage resulted to them all.
Selmar Mead, Esquire, of Patriot has been complimented by being tendered the position of state superintendent of mining school lands in Wyoming. He doesn’t know whether he will accept or not.
Ed Long, a Vevay boy, is chief clerk on the city of Carrollton which operates daily to Cincinnati. Eddie Anderson is second steward.
Last Monday the GAR post put out their flag, draped in mourning and John W. Banta took a flag to the Courthouse and he and Fred Pattie placed it at half-mast on account of the death of General Sherman. Lots of soldiers residing in Switzerland County fought with Sherman and marched with him to the sea. They mourn the death of their loved commander.
Riley Land, who partially arranged to move to Vevay, has bought the grocery store of George Land in Florence and will remain there.
Normal school at Moorefield will begin about the middle of March.
Fire, believed to have been deliberately started in hay, destroyed a barn at the rear of Mat Brown on Seminary Street, Sunday morning. It contained hay, produce and farming implements and the loss was about $2,500. A stable on the property of the late William Faulkner was also destroyed.
The flag for the school, which was purchased from contributions of the pupils, was formally presented in exercises at the Courthouse Saturday afternoon. Reverend C. L. Bovard stated the object of the meeting and Miss Isoline Knox a teacher made the presentation. Professor W. R. Stratford made the acceptance speech. Patriotic music was furnished by Mrs. T. S. Banta, Mrs. Maggie Fisher, Miss Ward, Messrs. Shaw and Loring and Mrs. Van Pelt.
Julius Blach of Cincinnati was here Monday and sold his river farm of 93 acres in Craig Township to George B. Anderson for $4,000.
160 YEARS AGO
It is stated that Major Anderson has written to Senator Crittenden denying the charge that in his movement in retiring from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, he took the act initiative of a declaration of war. Major Anderson declares that if he had been, or is, attacked under his present instructions he will retaliate.