10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Emery Collins, Gladys Alford, Wayne Lunsford, Maxwell Fowler.
B.J. McAlister, a 2001 graduate of Switzerland County High School, is coming home, this time as the boys varsity basketball coach. He was hired on Monday night in a unanimous vote of the school board to replace Brian Bowen, who is leaving to assume the varsity boys basketball coaching position at Rushville High School.
Dennis “Bud” and Juanita Radcliff will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a n open house hosted by their children and their families this Sunday, May 23rd.
Jim and Sharon Ray on near Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on May 21st, 1960.
Leonard Mark Oatman was born on Thursday, April 15th, 2010. He weighed eight pounds,11 ounces at birth, and was 21 inches long. He is the son of Chris and Michelle Oatman.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s first annual “Relay for Life” to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park on Friday and Saturday, June 16th-17th. Jefferson County will hold its fourth “Relay for Life” at the same time at Madison Consolidated High School. Monday, volunteers, committee members and cancer survivors all met at the Switzerland-Jefferson County line to promote the two events. Switzerland County Currently has 42 teams signed up to participate in the event, which will run from 6 p.m. Friday night to 6 p.m. Saturday night.
Switzerland County High School will graduate the class of 2000 on Sunday, May 28th, at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. There are 104 seniors who will be gong through commencement exercises next Sunday, and as the class of 2000, they will hold a special place in county history.
The Indiana University School of Allied Health Services held its graduation on Sunday, May 14th, at the Indiana Convention Center/RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Among the graduates was Lynn Gray, of near Pleasant. She earned a bachelor of science degree in medical imaging technology with a concentration in MRI’s and Cat scans, from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She was named to the dean’s list for this semester. She is a registered radiologic technologist and is employed as an MRI technologies at Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children, both in Indianapolis.
Natalie Gray who is majoring in agriculture education is involved in many college leadership activities. She recently finished her junior year at Purdue with semester honors and was also named to the Dean’s list with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She was initiated into the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board at Purdue University. Both Lynn Gray and Natalie Gray are the daughters of Leon and Alice Gray of near Pleasant.
30 YEARS AGO
A special tribute was paid to Martha Cole, junior high English teacher on Tuesday, May 14th, as students, colleagues, and several members of the Switzerland County community gathered at the high school gymnasium to honor her. Mrs. Cole is retiring at the end of the current school year after devoting 52 years to the teaching profession. She was presented a bell by School Superintendent Bill Rentschler at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
James E. Allison has been named principal at Switzerland County Elementary School beginning with the 1990-91 school year. Allison, a staff member at Switzerland County High School since 1977, will fill the position held by Roberta Cord, who is retiring.
40 YEARS AGO
Sparks flew and tempers flared when the Swiss Alpine Festival Board of Directors met with downtown Vevay businessmen Tuesday night above First National Bank to discuss the blocking off of Main Street for the three-day event scheduled for August 8th-10th. The board decided to search for possible alternatives to the street blocking at its next meeting, then officially act on the matter at the following meeting.
50 YEARS AGO
Harold Chittenden, 70, of Vevay, died last Thursday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison after being ill the past 14 years. He was a director and vice president of Vevay Deposit Bank and was formerly president of the bank.
Pfc. Ron Spurlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Spurlock of route 2, Vevay, is now serving at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Oahu, Hawaii.
Jerry Hamblen outlined plans for a new and improved Vevay Boat Dock Tuesday afternoon as he met with members of Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce during their regular May meeting. Entering his second year of a three-year sublease from the chamber which leased the dock area from Town of Vevay, Hamblen said he is planning new steel docks to replace last year’s wooden docks which proved unsatisfactory.
60 YEARS AGO
Murray Vincent, a young man who will graduate from Earlham College next month, has been signed as head basketball coach for the 1960-1961 cage season at Vevay High School.
When the majestic, ‘Indiana University’ showboat, puts in for performances at Vevay on Friday, June 10th, it will be powered by “The I.U.”, the new name given to its towboat. The name was proposed by Mrs. Charles L. Bennett of Jeffersonville in a contest conducted by the University’s theatre department. The tow tug has been registered as “The Attaboy.”
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Detraz of Vevay announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda Lou, to Lt. Gene E. Robbins of Brownstown, Indiana. The wedding has been set for September 3rd.
70 YEARS AGO
Ward Siebenthal, Spanish American War veteran and member of one of Switzerland County’s oldest families, passed away in Liberty, Indiana, on Thursday, May 11th, following a long period of ill health.
Sammy Rose, well known farmer residing on Bethel Ridge, narrowly escaped death or serious injury Wednesday morning when the tractor which he was driving hitched to a manure spreader overturned upon him. Mr. Rose’s ankle was caught under the tractor and was painfully bruised but the remainder of his body was thrown clear of the machinery. The accident occurred in the barnyard at his farm when the wheels slipped on wet ground.
80 YEARS AGO
Kiesel Cole, Director of the Kiwanis playground, has announced the official softball season will get underway in Vevay June 3rd. Austin Funk and Hollis Martin will act as supervisors of the playground during the day.
A 10-pound son, Donald Frederick, was born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richards of Avonburg.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Allie Beeson, formerly of Mount Sterling, which occurred at her home in Indianapolis this week.
A 7-pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gaudin Sunday evening. He has been named Louis Grant.
Miss Geneva Flanary of Indianapolis and Edward Harsin of Craig Township were married in Indianapolis Saturday, May 11th.
90 YEARS AGO
Charles Pratt of Vevay has succeeded in bringing together a pretentious boxing card for exhibition at the Metropolitan Hall Saturday evening.
Miss Nannie Phillips and James H. Leiner of Wilmington, North Carolina were married by Reverend Dampier at his residence in Lawrenceburg Saturday.
Miss Geneva Konkle and William Bliss were married Saturday at the residence of Reverend A. A. Jameson in Bennington.
Mrs. John C. Davis died at her home near Patriot Sunday after a two-week illness resulting from a paralytic stroke.
The population of Vevay as shown by a preliminary count of the returns of the census taken of April 1st, 1930 is 1,178 as compared with 1,175 on January 1st, 1920.
Relatives in the Patriot neighborhood have been notified of the death of Miss Abbie Seavers at her home in Reynolds, Illinois.
100 YEARS AGO
Died in Vevay May 17th, T.F. Sullivan, 75, after a lengthy illness of heart disease. Four sons and two daughters survive.
Married in Vevay by Reverend William F. Taylor, Miss Mary Rockefeller and Colen Scott.
Vevay defeated Owenton, Kentucky, 5 to 4 on the local field Sunday, by far the best game of the season.
Married May 18th, Reverend Dean Clark Hill and Miss May Danner.
Died at her home on Tapps Ridge from injuries received in a fall, Mrs. Mary E. Myers, aged 84 years. Two daughters, a son and two brothers survive.
Charles A. Sage of Alaska is visiting with L. B. Slawson at Bennington. Mr. Sage spent his boyhood in that community living for many years with William Graham. He left here 41 years ago and is now in the fur business in Alaska.
Born, a son, May 1st to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Storie of near Moorefield.
The electric current at Carrollton has been changed from 220 D.C. to 110 A.C.
110 YEARS AGO
Frances Dyer Shadday died at her home in Vevay after a four week illness.
Madge Fallis Davidson, young wife of Harry Davidson, died Sunday after having been sick only a short time.
Catherine Pickett, wife of Younger Pickett of near Markland passed away May 13th, aged 70 years.
Lee Wright left for Cincinnati the latter part of the week to organize his tent show and will go on the road about May 23rd. They will give their first performance in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Jim Lacey has confessed to the killing of William Brummel, clearing his brother, Dick Lacey.
Halley’s Comet will be visible in the western skies for a time.
Lovina Pavy Vaunatter, aged 74 years, of Patriot died May 16th following a long illness.
130 YEARS AGO
Judge John D. Works is being boomed for the Federal Circuit Court bench in California.
Cole and Hukel of Mount Sterling took in 30,000 pounds of tobacco one day this week.
Marriage license issued: Samuel D. Lockwood and Jennie Montgomery.
Died on Hominy Ridge May 7th, Miss Nancy Keith, aged 63.
Died in Vevay last week, Henry Bell, colored. He was a former slave.
Owing to a change in railroad time Vevay has now lost its night mail.
The river bank road in Egypt Bottom has been moved back toward the hills.
Died in Carrollton, Kentucky May 9th of consumption, Miss Minnie Cain, formerly of Craig Township.
Judge Friedley last Saturday night in order to give farmers time to plant their corn, adjourned court for one week until next Monday.
135 YEARS AGO
Married April 27th William Worstell and Miss Ella Hitchens.
Married April 28th, Newell Morrison and Miss Charlotte Montgomery.
W. B. Owens and E. M. LeClerc returned to Vevay last week from a flat boat trip south.
The following men were elected in the city election held Monday, Marshal, Hinson Bright (Rep.); Clerk, I. W. Bristow (Rep.); Treasurer, W. F. Goldburg, (Dem.); Assessor, G. P. Anderson, (Rep.); Councilmen, C. G. Boerner, (Rep.); J. Stevens, (Dem.); C. Demann, (Dem.); A. P. Dufour, (Rep.); William Mead, (Dem.); John Gill, (Dem.); William Hall, (Dem.). Their opponents were William E. Peters, George C. Patton, M. D. Fuget, Edwin Long, A. Stow, Samuel Shuff, H. D. Banta, John J. F. Bristow, J. Melcher and L. Gravener.
146 YEARS AGO
Mr. Eversole’s singing class gave a splendid concert last Thursday.
The government steamer ‘Mohawk’ captured the barge ‘Wildfire’ with 520 Negroes on board.
A round of 105 guns was fired in honor of the passage of the tariff bill.
The Reactionals cleaned out the Liberals last week in Mexico, capturing many prisoners.
The Constitutional Union Party met at Baltimore May 9th and nominated John Bell of Tennessee for President and Edward Everett of Massachusetts for Vice President.