10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Nancy Lucas, Beulah Hyatt, LeeAnn Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Margaret Orman. Bernard C. Broad.
Polly and George Baker will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Monday, May 25th. The couple resides near East Enterprise on State Road 250.
Jack Gavin McClellan was born on Friday, January 23rd, 2009, He is the son of Ed and Amanda McClellan of Vevay and Joins big brother Ethan at home.
Bessie Scudder of Dillsboro is 100 on June 2nd.
Vevay Main Street awards the ‘Golden Broom’ to AJ’s Diner for outstanding beautification efforts.
20 YEARS AGO
Dan Christman, son of Roger and Anita Christman of near Pleasant; Jason Scudder, son of Raymond and Connie Scudder of near Florence; and Amy Scudder, daughter of Barry and Connie Scudder of near Florence, are all currently participating in the Indiana High School Rodeo Association. They all participated in the rodeo held Saturday here at Switzerland County Fairgrounds and are looking forward to upcoming state championships.
Chrissy Johnson was the rider collecting the most money in the recent Bike-A-Thon held here in Switzerland County. All proceeds from he event go to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Switzerland County High School senior Kristin Ranz recently served as a page in the Indiana State house for representative Cleo Duncan. She is the daughter of Jack and Deborah Ranz of near Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
Douglas and Diane Romans of Rising Sun will celebrate their 25th anniversary Sunday, May 28th, with an open house at their home. Diane is the former Diane Graves of Patriot.
Tina McClellan was honored at Georgetown College’s 1989 Student Life Honors Program on May 2nd. She is a freshman at Georgetown and was recognized as one of the star runners not he college’s cross country team. She was named to the All Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference team and was also honored as one of the college’s national participants in cross country.
40 YEARS AGO
Debra K. Berner has been named valedictorian of the 1979 graduating class of Switzerland County High School, and Gary W. Keith has been honored as salutatorian. Miss Berner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon R. Berner, has a 3.75 grade point average.
Renee Dunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ricketts and granddaughter of Mrs. Lela Williams, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine Respiratory Therapy. In addition to the associate degree in respiratory therapy Miss Dunn also obtained a degree in optometry from I.U. in 1978.
Doris L. Heath, a graduate of 1979 from the Indiana State University, Terre Haute with a an associate degree in nursing will be working at Union Hospital, Terre Haute and will be continuing her studies in the fall towards a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
50 YEARS AGO
Joe Ricketts, Vevay jeweler, has been elected president of the board of directors of Switzerland County Emergency Unit, Inc., which is being formed to operate a life squad in Vevay and surrounding communities. Other unit officers include Nelson Scudder, Vice President, and Elmer Johnson, secretary-treasurer. Other directors are: Bill Olds, Stanley Turner, Robert Lock, Mrs. Harold Chittenden, Roy Osborne, and Mrs. Katie Lee Wright.
Dr. Harold Spears, educational consultant and lecturer, will be speaker at Switzerland County High School’s first commencement exercise Sunday, May 25th, at Vevay gym was announced by William Roeschlein, principal. Departing from the past custom of different days for the two programs, commencement will be held at 8 0’clock that evening, six hours after the start of baccalaureate services at 2 o’clock the same afternoon.
Ernie Lock, retired school teacher, assumed duties last week as curator of the Switzerland County Historical Museum on Pike Street. Lock retired last year after 39 years as a school teacher, 25 of those years in Switzerland County. The museum’s new hours are noon to 5 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
60 YEARS AGO
A proposed town ordinance that would establish a new four-way stop at the intersection of Pike and Liberty streets in Vevay, is being published this week for the information of town citizen. The ordinance was passed May 18th by the Town Board of Trustees, and will become law after two weeks notice. At present, four intersections in the Town of Vevay are protected by the four-way stops.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gullion of near Fairview last week bought the tavern of Mr. and Mrs. Jess White on Ferry Street in Vevay.
The Danner Hardware Company has leased the building of the former Roberts Grocery on Ferry Street which adjoins its present store, according to Emmett Danner, owner. An archway will be cut between the two buildings and after extensive redecoration is completed the furniture department of the Danner store will be installed int he Roberts building.
The Minstrel Show presented Friday night by the Vevay High School Choir was a tremendous success, and was well received by the attending crown. Under the direction of Walter Lambert, the show was held to help get funds for the choir’s annual trip to the Valley Choral Festival.
70 YEARS AGO
The County Historical Society now has the book “Miss Quinn’s Secret,” by Dorothy Aldis on sale at the Swiss Hotel here. Sales of the book, a Switzerland County saga, will go mostly toward a new building for the Society and the volume itself will make interesting reading for anyone interested.
Three members of the Patriot Knights of Pythias Lodge will be honored in completing 50 years of membership in the lodge at an open meeting Friday evening, May 27th. Fifty-Year pins and certificates will be presented to George Graham, C.D. Stevens and Frank Tague.
Special Memorial Day services will be held at the Vevay M. E. Sunday school Sunday, May 29th, at 10 o’clock. Highlight of the program will be a short talk by Major Sam Woodfill of Vevay, hero of World War I and holder of the Medal of Honor.
80 YEARS AGO
Plans are being made for the formation of another Girl Scout Troop in Vevay. Mrs. Charles Cheever will be caption of the troop assisted by Miss Mary K. Gullion as lieutenant.
Captain Martin L. Hissem, well known steamboat owner and former wharf boat owner at Vevay, died at the home of his daughter, Mary Hissem DeMoss Lyon in Verona, New Jersey last Friday at the age of 94 years.
The dedication of the new Holiness League Tabernacle here last Sunday was a great success, several hundred people being in attendance.
Miss Eileen Osborn, eight grade student, represented the Vevay grade school in the ninth annual Times Spelling Bee for Southern Indiana held at Seymour Saturday. Miss Osborn was the 27th to spell down out of 36 contestants.
Dumont Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Wright has received orders to report at the West Point Academy on July 1st for the four-year training as a Cadet.
A local group headed by Dr. F. C. Banks, J. L. Richards, Carl Culbertson and Charles Scott are leasing land int he county for possible oil and gas production.
Robert Slawson was painfully injured Friday morning while working on his farm near Vevay when he was pinned beneath a tractor for approximately 30 minutes. Mr. Slawson suffered several broken bones in his right off as well as numerous cuts and bruises.
Dr. Bud C. Reid, former practicing dentist of Vevay, died at his home in Pendleton, Indiana, on May 7th.
90 YEARS AGO
Ken Maynard, now a popular movie star in Western pictures, is a former Vevay boy. He came here with his parents when he was two years old. He attended the Vevay grade school, later moving to Columbus where he graduated from high school.
Mrs. Delia May Swango, 40, wife of Edward Swango, both of natives of Switzerland County, was killed Saturday evening in Columbus when she was struck by an automobile.
Marian Roberts and Clifford King participated in the sectional high school field meet at New Albany Saturday and Roberts won the pole vault and was second in the 100-yard dash.
Spencer Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Seaver of near Allensville, finished grade school on May 7th without having missed a day of school in the eighth year. Harland Curry has gone seven years at Pleasant View school without missing a day.
‘Perry’s Footwarmers’ orchestra will furnish music for the commencement dance at Metropolitan Hall.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Clara Osborn, a young school teacher of Pleasant Township, left last week for Lamar, Colorado where she will join her brother, Amie Osborn, in staking out a claim in the West. Her many friends and school associates are much interested in her venture. A party was given in her honor Saturday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Osborn.
The first showboat of the season, ‘Emerson’s Golden Rod’, will be in Vevay May 26th.
Hubert Gullion of Markland has bought the blacksmith shop of Harry Miller there.
John McHenry of Ohio County as killed Sunday when the automobile in which he was riding hit a telephone pole.
A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pommerehn of near Pleasant.
A threshing company was organized in Pleasant Township last week with Lawrence Shaw, president and John Archer, secretary-treasurer.
About 20 couples enjoyed the dance given at Grisard Hall Monday night. Music was furnished by the newly organized orchestra composed of John Danglade, clarinet; Kiesel Cole, cornet; Works Mead, piano; and Emmett Jayens, drums.
110 YEARS AGO
Doc McGuire has rented the Hotel Vevay property and will assume control of the place June 1st. The Amelia Cafe will be over to the corner room of the building.
An auto driven by J. P. Baker and party of Cincinnati became stuck in the mud between the wharf and ferry boat last Sunday, and after prying it out the machine was shipped to the city on the mail boat
Several of the farmers have sold heir wool at 2 cents.
Visit of the stork: a daughter, Mary Waneda was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schroeder of Posey Township April 20th; a daughter, Margaret, was born to Mr. and Mrs. James O’Neal Stuck in Posey Township April 1st; a son, Elijah Oliver, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Davis in Jefferson Township April 27th.
Born to Jess Stepleton and wife of Aaron on May 5th, a son.
130 YEARS AGO
What Switzerland County needs are more sheep or less dogs.
Last Friday afternoon the two-story stable of Mrs. Evaline Teats on Liberty Street was consumed by fire.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Boyd, a 10-pound son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Smith of Center Square. April 28th, a daughter.
A skiff was stolen from Frank Day last Monday afternoon.
Joseph Glenn and wife of Chapel Ridge are rejoicing over the arrival of the 17th child in their family.
Coon Ayers, 10-year-old son of Samuel Ayers residing near Canaan, last Thursday while reading on a load of lumber fell from the wagon, the wheels pass over him and he died in the evening.
150 YEARS AGO
A terrible steamboat disaster occurred at Cincinnati on May 13th in which six boats, the Clifton Westmoreland, Meinotte, Cheyenne, Darling and Mary Ervin, were — with their entire cargoes — destroyed by fire. It is reported two lives were lost and the total loss of boats and freight was $235,000.
They saw wood in Vevay by horse power.
On last Saturday a seven-year-old son of Morris McKay of Craig Township was killed instantly by a saw log rolling over him.
160 YEARS AGO
The contract of rate stone and brick work on the new Methodist Church has been let to Joseph Peelman.
War News: Austrians have forced a passage across the Ticino and are driving the Sardinian forces before them. The French troops are rapidly advancing to the rescue with 40,000 men. Napoleon is expected to join the Army at an early date.