10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Gareth Furnish, Shirley Gross, David Hillebrand, Bob Jones, Kimberly Hallman, Leona Siekman, William E. Duvall.
As national and world reports tell of the spread of “Swine Flu”, health officials here in Switzerland County are telling everyone to use some common sense when trying to stay free of the disease. People should wash their hands a lot and if you’re sick, don’t go to work — stay home. Also, you can not get the Swine Flu from eating pork. It’s not swine-related.
Switzerland County Pacer junior center Brennan Bragg has been honored by being named on the “Top 100” underclassmen for the 2008-2009 season. The honor is bestowed each year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
This weeks ORVC Top Performers are: Zach Osowski, Danny Schira, and Tyler Johnson for baseball and Maggie Armstrong, Hailee Smith and Becky Turner for softball.
20 YEARS AGO
Larry Norfleet, 29, of Log Lick Road near Florence was killed in a one car collision last Friday night on McCreary’s Ridge. Investigators said he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck a tree and then rolled over.
Switzerland County’s Torrey Curry was one of Switzerland County’s best track athletes while running for the Pacers. Now, as a member of the track team at Tri-State University, he is making a name for himself at the next level. He was honored as the Most Valuable runner for both the winter and spring track season.
The Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District has present Switzerland Country with two benches and one picnic table that have a very special background. All three are made form completely recycled materials, including thousand of recycled milk jugs.
30 YEARS AGO
Shanna Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlie Armstrong, and Rusty Burley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Burley, have been named to the Dean’s List at Purdue University for the winter quarter. Shanna is a senior in the School of Nursing. Rusty is a senior and is majoring in astronautical and aeronautical engineering. He is in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program.
Barbara Heath, social studies teacher at Custer Baker Middle School in Franklin, has been selected as one of the 30 teachers from all areas of the state of Indiana to be a participant in the two-year grand program “Indiana and the New Nation, 1776-1876.”
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pettit of Madison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house. They were married in Moorefield.
Marvin and Mona Wilson of Vevay announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Lori L. Wilson, to Richard L. Scudder, son of Ezra Scudder of Vevay and Mary Reynolds of Vevay. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 6th, at Vevay United Methodist Church.
40 YEARS AGO
Two Switzerland County men died Monday night in a one-vehicle accident on State Road 156 east of Florence in Switzerland County. According to Indiana State Police at Versailles, Michael Louis Stewart, 22, Vevay, and Wendel L. Blackburn, 22, of route 3, Madison, died after the 1978 pickup truck driven by Blackburn left the road and struck a tree about 1.5 miles east of Florence on State Road 156.
Inoperable cancer claimed the life of Marvella Bayh, wife of Senator Birch Bayh, at the National Institute of Health Hospital in suburban Maryland Tuesday afternoon. Birch Bayh was with her at the time of her death and left immediately for Charlottesville, Virginia to inform their son Evan, a law student at the University of Virginia.
50 YEARS AGO
Jefferson-Craig Elementary School will be the scene of the fifth annual spring festival in southeastern Indiana as it gets underway with ribbon-cutting and opening ceremonies Friday afternoon. Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce is host for the event being held in Vevay for the first time after having been held previously in Madison twice, Versailles, and Aurora.
Larry D. McAlister, aviation structural mechanic third class in the U.S. Navy, is serving with Attack Squadron 215 aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Western Pacific. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester McAlister of Vevay.
Sp-4 Gerald Bear of the U.S. Army is home visiting his family near Vevay for a 21-day leave from Ft. Bliss, Texas, while enroute to South Vietnam. He has completed the army air defense school as an air defense ballistic missile radar control operator. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowary R. Bear will leave May 5th for Ft. Lewis, Washington.
Gary Kemper, former Vevay High School and Hanover College basketball star, will be principal speaker Monday night at Switzerland County High School’s first athletic banquet.
60 YEARS AGO
Shifting earth has opened a crack on the edge of State Road 156 near Florence, reported to be more than four feet wide in places, and may threaten at least one house along the roadway. Construction on that part of the road has been halted by the state highway department where widening work was underway. The shift occurred during Saturday.
Charlie Pratt, owner and operator of Service Express and Indiana Trails bus, observed his 35th year in the business, this month, compiling a record of dependability and safety that has earned him the vast respect of his patrons and the entire community. Charlie figures he has driven over 1,650,000 miles in his career and he still makes the daily round trip to Cincinnati at the wheel of the Indiana Trails bus, this county’s only commercial passenger carrier. Service Express operates two trucks based in Vevay and two tractor-trailer rigs from a depot in Rising Sun. In addition, another bus is available for charter.
Activity at the Markland Dam has stepped up in recent days with the final touches being put on the new locks. Three engineers of the Jones-Tompkins Construction syndicate will set up headquarters in a trailer on the dam reservation in a few days to begin preliminary work for building of the new high-level dam. The engineers were here this week making arrangements.
70 YEARS AGO
Clyde Protsman of Vevay was notified this week that he had again won a first prize for his entry. “My Ohio Hills” in the recent statewide poetry contest which was sponsored by “Poet’s Corner, Inc.” Mr. Protsman has been a frequent winner in these contests and has been urged by the organization to enter a national contest. Awards in the state competition will be made at the Spring Festival in Indianapolis Saturday.
All Switzerland County was deeply shocked on Saturday morning when it was learned that James Lakeman, veteran of World War II, and fine young man of the East Enterprise community had been instantly killed when his car plunged over a bank near the home of Robert Brandt above Rising Sun, a short distance below the entrance gate of the old Laughery Club.
Switzerland County relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Haskell of Austin, Texas, formerly of this county, were interested in seeing the photograph of their beautiful daughter, Mary Esther, which appeared last week in an issue of “True Story:” magazine. Miss Haskell and a group of other students attending Texas University were chosen by the fashion editor of the magazine to model cotton frocks, and the land of cotton was selected as the locale for the photographs.
80 YEARS AGO
The 47th annual commencement exercises for the Patriot High School will be held May 9th for a graduating class numbering 15.
The body of Alma Furnish who lost her life when she fell from the Warsaw ferry about two months ago was found Friday morning near New Amsterdam, Indiana.
Captain Clarence Carter prominent river pilot, died from the effect of a heart attack at his residence here Sunday morning.
Born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gurley of Mount Sterling, a son, William Morrison.
A son James Walter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Romaine here Friday evening.
A baby girl was born April 23rd to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mead of Columbia Park, Ohio.
90 YEARS AGO
Ralph, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blighton of near Moorefield received a flesh wound in the hip and leg last week when he accidentally discharged a gun with which he was playing.
Commencement exercises were held at Patriot High School Tuesday night with the following graduates: Thelma Bodey, Louise Bond, Dorothy Bonnell, Margaret Detmer, Lucy Reese, Kenneth Ryle, Evelyn Stevens, and Opal Stewart.
The automobile of Dr. R. M. Copeland which was stolen last week from in front of his office was found abandoned in Cincinnati Sunday. An overcoat, gloves and stethoscope were missing but two medicine cases were not touched.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Rayles near Aberdeen was destroyed by fire Saturday.
Harold Benedict of Vevay and Robert Archer of Pleasant who are students at Hanover College were awarded letters in basketball last week.
Ed Rayles of Tapps Ridge was taken to Madison hospital last week for treatment of appendicitis.
A severe electrical and hail storm caused considerable damage Saturday.
William Shaw, 76, former chief of police of Fresno, California, died in that city this week. He was a native of Switzerland County but had resided in California for many years.
A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy of Fairview.
Work was started last week on the new home of Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Hastings on Pike Street.
100 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County soldiers are returning home every day from service in the World War.
A 10-pound daughter, Virginia Elizabeth, was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Cloren Mier of Bennington.
A daughter was born April 14th to Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Tinker of Bennington.
H. D. Tinker of Enterprise recently found an ear of corn among his shocks which is quite a freak. Each grain is enclosed in an individual husk.
Mrs. Forrest Griffith and daughter, Miss Cleta, have returned from Purdue University where they spent Easter with Clyde Griffith.
Miss Pearl Cotton and Miss Faith Graham of Mount Sterling left Monday to attend school, Miss Cotton at Valparaiso University and Miss Graham at Madam Baker’s in Indianapolis.
A son was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gaudin.
Augustus Weales received painful injuries Saturday when he fell from the roof of the home of Mrs. B. S. Curry while preparing to paint it.
110 YEARS AGO
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stoops of Florence April 18th, a daughter.
Eberhart Henry Buscher died of heart trouble at his home in Florence April 16th, aged 72 years.
Dr. Levin J. Woollen died at his home here Tuesday after an illness of several months duration.
130 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Bersot gave a birthday dinner for their son Charley and daughter Sydney, 60 guests being present. There were 31 different varieties of food upon the table.
Licensed to marry: John T. Osborn to Allie Colliers; Fletcher Burress to Mary Andrews; Mort Whitham to Clara B. Richmond.
150 YEARS AGO
The Vevay public schools will close Friday. On May 24th a private school will be opened by the superintendent, R. F. Brewington, assisted by Miss Susie Pitts.
The Odd Fellows lodge will give an excursion on the steamer Champion to Madison Monday for those who desire to attend the Odd Fellows celebration in that city.
The Republican convention was held April 17th to nominate candidates for the city election.
160 YEARS AGO
The head cook of the steamboat Emma Dean fell overboard on Saturday below Carrollton and was drowned.
John David and wife, formerly of this county, were passengers on the ill-fated William Baird, which sank in the Missouri River a few days ago.