10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Brittany Probst, Davena Wolf, Emma McDole, Juanita M. Kirkendall, Mylee Stitzel.
Riley Phagan, a sixth grader at Switzerland County Middle School, will compete in the National Finals of the “Junior NBA Skills Challenge.” He is the only national finalist from Indiana.
Rick and Carolyn McClellan of Vevay will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their vows.
Bessie Scudder of Dillsboro, a native of Switzerland County, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Tuesday, June 2nd.
Jamison Cole Works was born on May 19th, 2008 and is the son of Brian and Amanda Works of Vevay.
Air Force Airman Brittney N. Allen graduated from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonia, Texas. She is the daughter of Steven and Vicky Allen of Vevay.
20 YEARS AGO
Misty Wegman was crowned as the 1999 Queen of Hearts during Monday night’s pageant at Switzerland County High School.
On the second day of turkey season this year, 11-year old D.J. Hunt shot his first Tom turkey. The turkey weighed 24 pounds with 1 1/14 spurs and a 9 1/4 inch beard. He is the son of David and Sandy Hunt of Florence.
Bob and Wilma Baxter Peelman, formerly of Vevay now of Bellevue Kentucky, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow, May 14th.
The 106th annual meeting of the Patriot Alumni Association will take place was the Switzerland County Elementary School near East Enterprise on Saturday, May 29th. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
This year’s Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade will have a special meaning for all veterans across the country, and Switzerland County’s Lowell Wayne Sullivan will be a part of it. There will be 100 of the 160 living Medal of Honor recipients serving as the grand marshals. Lowell Wayne Sullivan will represent the Vevay American Legion Post 185 in the parade, and will be one of more than 200 legionnaires who will participate.
30 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Bunger of Quercus Grove celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 23rd. Fenton and Lucy (Reese) Bunger were married following her graduation from Patriot High School on the evening of April 23rd, 1929.
Theresa West, Missy Ellegood, and Jennifer Weales were selected as winners in the Southeastern Indiana Realtors Essay Contest. They each received a savings bond for their endeavor. They will now represent Vevay in a statewide contest.
Switzerland County senior Jim South continues to rewrite the Switzerland County track record books in the high jump. Last week he put himself in a position to challenge for the sectional championship with a jump of 6’8”.
William L. Horton, a native of Madison, has been named Vice President/Business Development of People’s Trust Company. Horton joined the staff of People’s Trust Company’s sister institution, First National Bank of Vevay in 1988. He has more than 40 years of banking experience, including a tenure as president of the People’s Bank of Portland, Indiana.
40 YEARS AGO
Sandra Heath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Heath of route 3, Vevay, was among 14 students initiated in Phi Omega Psi, broadcasting fraternity of Franklin College.
Mrs. Frank Silver, a resident of Patriot, is serving as the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Campaign chairman.
Doris Lynn Heath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Heath, will be among 2,500 students receiving degrees at the 108th commencement Sunday, May 13th, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Miss Heath will be presented an A.S. degree in Nursing.
50 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s reigning beauty, Miss Jackie Johnson, has won another queen contest, this at the state level, and has earned the right to enter a world event involving contestants from some 30 states and several foreign nations. The 17-year-old brown-haired Switzerland County High School senior won the title of Miss Posture Queen Saturday in Indianapolis in a contest sponsored by Indiana State Chiropractic Association.
Earl Huffman, Dearborn County newspaperman and professional public announcer, has agreed to serve as announcer at the Swiss Wine Festival stage events this August, it was announced by Douglas C. Leatherbury, festival chairman.
Electrician’s Mate First Class Jackie D. Boswell of the U.S. Navy and son of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Boswell of Bennington is serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Princeton in San Diego, California.
60 YEARS AGO
Bruce Smith, 30-year-old coach at Sanborn, Indiana High School, has been signed by the Vevay School Board to take the athletic reins of Vevay High School, succeeding Dan Kile, who moves to Knightstown. Superintendent H. C. Benedict made the announcement this week.
Roberts Supermarket is slated to open for business on Monday, according to owner Loren Roberts. The firm is completing decorating and installation of display cases in its new location in the former Dallas Motor Sales building on Liberty Street.
Dr. C. H. Geiger, retired Vevay dentist, quietly observed his 99th birthday May 5th at the home of his son, Charles H. Geiger and Mrs. Geiger on Pike Street.
Although the new Markland Locks won’t be open to navigation until early summer, construction of the $185 million facility is now complete. The new locks won’t begin operation until work is started on a new highlift dam to be built at the site.
Miss Jan Schirmer received word the past week that she had successfully passed the real estate brokers examination given March 18th in Indianapolis. Miss Schirmer is possibly the first Switzerland County woman ever licensed to sell real estate and she expects to open an office in Vevay in the very near future. Miss Schirmer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Schirmer of Center Square.
70 YEARS AGO
For the first time this season Coney Island will be in complete operation from the wildcat to the pony track on ‘Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and Switzerland Democrat Day’, Saturday, May 14th at the park. That means our guests will have the run of the big amusement center at almost half price on Saturday, May 14th. The bargain price ride tickets will only be available to readers who have the reduced rate coupon which appears on page 2 in this edition. The park will open at 1 p.m.
William McKay, son of Captain and Mrs. Ray McKay of Lamb, has accepted a position as principal of the Eminence, Kentucky High School for next year.
The Vevay Police are now equipped with an automobile, recently purchased by the town board. The car, a 1939 Dodge Coupe, was purchased from the Dallas Motor Sales here and will be used by both Marshal Jennings in daytime and by deputy John McKenzie at night.
A baby daughter was born Sunday night, May 8th, to Mr. and Mrs. Norval Brown of near Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
80 YEARS AGO
A barn belonging to John Lock of near Bennington was totally destroyed by fire early Wednesday night. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lock burned about five weeks ago and since that time they have been living with relatives in Bennington.
A son weighing 7 1/2 pounds was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Clements Thursday and has been named Charles Kenneth.
90 YEARS AGO
While plowing on his farm near Moorefield recently Chris Adams uncovered a glass bottle which proved to be very valuable. It was decorated with an American flag containing 13 stars and near it clasped hands. A Madison antique dealer paid Mr. Adams $10 for the bottle, and later a Louisville dealer, determined to own the bit of glass, paid $100 to the Madison dealer to obtain it.
A Ford coupe belonging to James Aldred, Jr., was stolen from a barn at his home Monday night.
Reverend E. C. Haskell, 94, of LuVerne, Iowa, a retired minister and a former pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church, died April 28th.
Maurice Blodgett of Bennington narrowly escaped losing his eyesight Saturday when acid from a battery cell which exploded was thrown in his face.
Most of the rural schools closed this week for summer vacation.
100 YEARS AGO
The impossible has happened! After circulating a petition containing the names of 300 signers, most of them women the city council has agreed to continuous electrical service and the current will now be turned on in the daytime as well as at night.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Lee of Fairview left this week to make their home in Arkansas.
William Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Shirley suffered a crushed leg, Monday while playing with several other children at the Culbertson coal yard. A huge iron wheel rolled over his leg pinning him under it.
110 YEARS AGO
C. E. Boston of Pendleton, Indiana arrived here the first of the week to launch his new gasoline boat built by Detraz Brothers.
Edward Dodd who formerly resided near East Enterprise and his son Ernest were killed in Indianapolis Saturday when a train struck their buggy. Mrs. Dodd was severely but not fatally injured.
Mrs. William Jones and children left Monday for Columbus where they will reside.
The coal float belonging to the Peoples Coal Company sank during the storm Saturday night.
Captain James F. Simpson, former sheriff of Switzerland County, a veteran of the Civil War died at his home at Lamb Tuesday after a lingering illness.
Frank Dupraz’s gas boat “Doris” was launched one day last week and on its trial trip made splendid time.
Vevay Lodge K of P has rented the hall on the third floor of the new Deposit Bank Building.
Jefferson County was voted ‘dry’ by a majority of 106 last Friday after one of the hottest political fights in 20 years.
130 YEARS AGO
The residence of James Hewitt in Craig Township was completely destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.
It is whispered that Vevay is to have a bachelor’s club. No probability of an old maid’s club, not enough here.
All signs point to an abundant fruit crop.
Vevay City Councilmen meet twice a month after supper, 24 times a year and vote themselves $240 a year. The time was when 50 cents a meeting was the price. No wonder the city spends more than it collects.
Ripley County horse thieves are daring and without conscience. While Reverend N. Smith was preaching near New Marion, his bay mare hitched to a cart near the church was stolen.
150 YEARS AGO
Mr. Brewington commenced a term of private school last Monday.
U. P. Schenck is planning to build a brick building on Pike Street.
Sheriff Worstell is planting shade trees in the public square.
O. F. Morton died in Vevay May 2nd. He was a member of Company A, 3rd Indiana Cavalry.
160 YEARS AGO
Last week Birch of Jefferson Township was tried in Switzerland County Circuit Court and found guilty of passing counterfeit money. He was fined one cent and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.
Influenza seems to be almost an epidemic in Vevay.
Latest news from the wars: The French are entering Sardinia and the Austrians are going to meet them. A French loan of 500,000,000 francs is announced. The rumor of an alliance between France and Russia caused a panic in London. The British channel fleet has sailed under sealed orders. All foodstuff is advancing to a very high price.