10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Virgil Baker, Raymond E. Lee.
Emma Sophia South was born May 4th, 2009. She is the daughter of John and Thera South of Indianapolis and joins big brother, Brayden, at home.
Eyan Peelman, nine-year-old son of Greg and Dorie Peelman of near East Enterprise got his first deer of the first day of youth hunt this past weekend.
Kathe Spoores and Michael Douglas earned sports in the ‘Great American Marching Band.’
Dorothy Hanna will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, October 4th.
Bryce Michael Alexander was born on August 21st. He is the son of Marquetta Clark and Brandon Alexander of Madison.
20 YEARS AGO
Tom Demaree has been raising shrimp in his pond on Parks Ridge. The shrimp have been growing in the pond for about four months, and are now ready to be marketed. Part of the surprise of shrimp farming will come this Saturday when Tom drains his two stocked ponds and discovers now many shrimp he has. Since shrimp are bottom feeders, it is hard to see them during the day. “Will I sell all of them? I don’t know, but like I said — what I don’t sell, I’ll eat,” Demaree said.
Sally Stewart of Moorefield thwarted a robbery at the T & J Market last year and for her heroic effort she has been award $1,000 from Farm Bureau.
Howard “Whitey” McAlister was award his 50- year Masonic membership to the Belle River Lodge #327 in Patriot. The award was presented on Saturday, September 25th, at Swiss Villa Living Center.
30 YEARS AGO
Sami Steelman and Joe Hutcherson will be representing Switzerland County High School at the Aurora Farmer’s Fair to be held this weekend in Aurora. The pair will compete for the title of Fair King and Queen. Sami is the daughter of Tim and Julia Steelman and Joe is the son of Bruce and Jill Hutcherson.
Jean Otter was the sole employee on duty at West End Shell in Vevay on the evening of October 2nd when a masked man carrying a shotgun entered the building and demanded all of the money in the store. John J. Drounette and Walter E. Leger, both of Vevay, have been arrested for armed robbery and auto theft.
Forrest and Mayme Harmon, former Switzerland County residents, now living in Madison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, October 7th.
40 YEARS AGO
The old German Reformed Church in Florence was on its last legs last spring and had to be torn down, but it has been recycled, after a fashion, by Donnie Dixon of Green Valley. He is using much of the lumber from the church to build a barn behind his house. A nice barn it’s going to be, too, since Don Dixon is sparing no effort to do the job right. And if the barn should have mice, is it too much to expect that they will be church mice?
Paul D. Curlin, a Switzerland County High School senior has been named a commended student in the 25th National Merit Scholarship Program.
Janet Furnish of Vevay and Clarence Dickerson of Dillsboro announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Martina Marie to Terry Lee Peelman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peelman of Vevay.
Three Switzerland County High School students were selected to participate in the Indiana All State Chorus after auditions in Clarksville Saturday. They are: Carol Penick, Joey Green, and John Spencer.
50 YEARS AGO
Final construction costs to date on the new Switzerland County High School building — which opened its first classes last month west of Vevay — are $1,652,086.
The first month’s duty schedule and telephone numbers of members of Switzerland County’s new emergency unit were announced this week by Joe Ricketts, President of the unit’s board of directors. Ricketts said the unit is now operational after ambulance, resuscitator, and other essential equipment had been acquired and an initial crew had completed a beginning Red Cross first aid course.
Mrs. Eleanor Heady has been appointed chairman of a committee whose task it will be to determine whether Switzerland County joins the comprehensive health planning unit of either Jefferson County or Laughery Valley (Dearborn and Ohio counties).
60 YEARS AGO
The Shull Hill on the Mount Sterling-Bennington road is a much more attractive and safer road nowadays, thanks to Russell Smith and the Switzerland County Highway Department. The old road has been widened some eight feet by the highway workers and is now a much better road over which to drive.
Switzerland County farmers can expect tobacco price supports about $1.85 per 100 pounds higher than last year. E. S. Furnish, district ASC representative, told the annual Switzerland County farm outlook meeting last week. Furnish’s remarks were the high point of the annual outlook get-together held at the county courthouse.
The Vevay Kiwanis Club’s annual “Pancake Day” will be held October 10th from 6 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at the Vevay Grill, club president Tony Scherzinger said today. “Vevay Kiwanians will serve as chefs, waiters and busboys,” Scherzinger said, “and all downtown shoppers are invited to eat their fill at the Vevay Grill.” The price for the meal is one buck, regardless of how much the customer eats and proceeds will be used for various civic and charitable functions.
Work started today about a mile and a half east of the Jefferson County town of Brooksburg clearing land for a new loop pipeline to be laid in this general vicinity by Texas Gas Transmission Corporation.
70 YEARS AGO
A spirited Vevay softball team captured the Southeastern Conference softball tourney by defeating Paoli 6-2 in the finals at Madison, Friday, September 30th. This is the first time since 1939 that the Warriors have brought home this trophy.
Miss Wanda Scudder of Bennington was crowned “Miss Red Cross” at the party which was given Friday night by the United States Shoe Corporation at the Vevay plant for the benefit of its employees and their guests.
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis at their home on Arch Street last Thursday. She weighed 7 pounds and has been named Minnie Marcella.
80 YEARS AGO
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Mountz, of Egypt Bottom, September 28th, a daughter.
A seven pound girl was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Pettit of Moorefield.
Oscar Rosenberger, second baseman and lead off man of Gaudinos Lumberjacks is the batting champion of his club for the 1939 season, with Gordon English, Emerson Williamson, and James Banta only a few points behind.
90 YEARS AGO
Captain Clarence Carter and George Johnson attended a public hearing on the application of the Kentucky state highway commission for permission to construct a bridge over the Ohio River at Carrollton which was held in Carrollton Thursday.
Grant Johnson, who has been the Vevay manager of the Kroger store here has received a substantial promotion and transfer to Louisville.
Last minute arrangements for the Farmers Fair to open in Vevay Thursday are being completed. More space than ever in the tobacco warehouse has been sold to exhibitors and a schedule of events calls for everything from a parade to a cow calling contest.
President Herbert Hoover is expected to visit Madison October 22nd on a brief stopover there on his trip down the Ohio to inspect the recently completed system of locks and dams. The city is making elaborate plans to entertain him at the historic Lanier Home.
The U.S. steamer Scioto arrived in Vevay Monday to spot buoys for navigation in the Vevay channel. Captain Clarence Carter will assist in the work of locating obstructions; sand bars; etc., in the river here.
James Banta, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Banta of route 4, Vevay, sustained a fractured wrist Friday while playing baseball at the Vevay school.
Mrs. Corrine Dahmen, representing the heirs of Benjamin Schenck, deceased, has offered the gift of the beautiful Schenck house on the hill to Switzerland County for a tuberculosis sanitorium. The county’s part would be one of maintenance.
A 10-pound son was born Thursday at the Madison hospital to Mrs. Richard Landry.
100 YEARS AGO
The home of Robert Adams near Bennington was destroyed by fire Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Griffith left Sunday to locate in Cincinnati where Mr. Griffith has employment with the American Rubber Company.
The local post office has just received a letter canceling machine which is an interesting piece of machinery and a great time saver.
Mr. Frank Dittgen and son, Henry, expert finishers, last week made a shipment of hand carved dresser posts to Piqua, Ohio, to the furniture factory recently purchased by Thomas Lanham and two other gentlemen. There were enough posts for 51 dressers, and they were fine specimens of hand carvings.
Born, a son Clarence Leon to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lock of Bennington.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Allen of Patriot.
120 YEARS AGO
Recent visitors of the stork: Elsie, daughter born to Charles W. Smith and wife, Pleasant Township September 13th; James Ross, a son born to Abel Stout and wife, Pleasant Township, September 23rd; Grace, daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Adams, Craig Township September 25th; Lewis Franklin, son born to Mr. and Mrs. Hezekiah Bales, Vevay, September 29th.
On Main Cross Street, right in the heart of the city, weeds are growing more than four feet in height. Just for the looks of things if nothing more the Marshal should be instructed to have the crop harvested.
Mrs. Edith Kelso and children left Tuesday for Indianapolis where they will make their future home.
A new fire escape has been erected on the Deposit Bank Building.
The game with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League has been changed to the Louisville Colonels, pennant winners of the American Association.
Born to Chester Dennis and wife of Humphrey’s Corner, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Hamilton of Mount Sterling, a daughter.
Born to Lon Lockwood and wife of East Enterprise, a son.
130 YEARS AGO
George K. Hotchkiss of Avonburg has started a new sorghum Molasses Manufactory and has appointed John Vandiver as manager of the Molasses department.
Ed Martin and William Rasor have formed a partnership and are engaged in turning out the best of carriages, buggies and spring wagons.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Tandy Friday.
E. H. Bascom last Tuesday took charge of the post office at Center Square succeeding Mr. Courtney removed.
Born to Josiah Moredock and wife of Egypt Bottom, a son.
150 YEARS AGO
The small son of Lot North of Patriot escaped injury last week when the horse he was riding to water backed over a steep bank near Watt’s warehouse falling about 20 feet. The horse was not injured either.
C. B. Lamson has presented us 24 apples which fill a half-bushel basket. Some apples!
J. B. McCrellis has left for a trip East where he has business.
G. W. Hawthorn has contracted to build a new Methodist Church in Fairview.
Walter H. Armstrong will leave this week for New Orleans where he will practice law.
Mr. Daniel Heath of near East Enterprise is rapidly recovering from his operation to amputate one of his legs. The leg was badly injured by a threshing machine.
160 YEARS AGO
At the state fair in New Albany last week Switzerland County was well represented. Mr. McKay of Craig Township took first premium on corn and J. W. Wright first on wheat.
At a meeting held in the Courthouse Saturday the citizens adopted measures to have the public square filled with shade trees. The following committee was appointed to solicit donations of trees and money: Julius Dufour, Charles Bettens and John F. Doay, Jr. These men were appointed to stake off the ground: Julius Dufour, Robert N. Lamb, Samuel E. Pleasants, Francis Adkinson and Rudolph F. Grisard. On October 20th, 21st and 22nd the trees will be planted by the following committee: Charles Thiebaud, William Mead, Oliver Ormsby, John F. Doan and Joseph Leevenbee.
There is talk of an opposition boat in the Cincinnati trade. It is alleged that it will require three boats to move the heavy crops to market this fall and winter.