10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Linda Flood, Lowell McCreary, Paul Bladen, Jr., George Mayfield.
The town of Patriot broke ground last Friday on a new wastewater treatment plant for the community.
The 18th annual “Storyfest” program was held last Thursday and Friday at three locations around Vevay, and with enthusiastic kids merging with perfect fall weather, it was a great two days of events.
Middle school boys and girls cross country teams captured ORVC championships.
20 YEARS AGO
Many Switzerland County tobacco farmers area busy preparing to sell this year’s harvest; as markets will open within the next few weeks. One big change in this year’s process is that every producer must have designated a selling point by this time, and that is the only place where that tobacco may be sold. There are short periods of time when a producer can choose to redesignate to another warehouse, but that may cause a delay in being able to sell this year’s crop.
Olivia Hewitt, daughter of David and Christy Hewitt of Fairview, competed in the Carmel Invitational ice skating competition in Indianapolis last month. She earned a gold medal in the Invitational, competing against skaters from Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati
Switzerland County High School sophomore Charlie Turner is back in school as he continues his recovery from an accident this past summer. On vacation in California, he was digging a hole in the sand when the six-foot deep pit collapsed on him. After spending nearly two months in the hospital, Charlie Turner is now continuing his therapy at the school.
30 YEARS AGO
Jodi Gregory of Switzerland County was honored as the second runner-up in the Queen Contest at the Versailles Pumpkin Show last week. She served as a member of the Queen’s Court during the Pumpkins Show’s four-day celebration. Jodi attends Switzerland County High School. She is the daughter of Tony and Christie Gregory of near Quercus Grove.
Amy Haskell and Jason Sullivan are Switzerland County’s entrants in the King and Queen competition at the Aurora Farmers Fair. The contest with nine candidates for each honor will be held tonight (Thursday) at 6:45.
An ultralight airplane will fly over the festivities, and there will be a wild turkey calling contest — two new highlights of the annual Bennington Homecoming celebration, set for Saturday, October 12th.
40 YEARS AGO
Pam Poling, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adkins, of Vevay, was named the Queen of the Aurora Farmers Fair last week. She is a senior at Switzerland County High School. Kevin Lock, also a senior at Switzerland County High School was named runner-up in the King competition. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lock of Vevay.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers Burke of Vevay were honored Sunday by the Port Williams Historical Society for their contributions to the restoration of the Masterson House in Carrollton. The Switzerland County couple donated much of the furnishings in one room of the building that is the oldest two-story brick structure still in existence on the Ohio River between here and Pittsburgh.
50 YEARS AGO
Eddie James has joined in association with the Wright-Callis Law Office in Vevay. A Vevay native, James graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Law this spring and completed the necessary Indiana bar examination and was sworn in before state and district courts September 22nd.
Quick flashing amber guard lights must be installed on the lead barges of five tows under a Coast Guard order announced Monday. Word of the new lighting system came in a letter from Admiral C. R. Bender, Coast Guard Commandant. This action apparently was hastened in wake of the August collision of a pleasure boat and barge near New Richmond, Ohio, just a few miles upriver from Cincinnati. Seven persons died in this accident.
The Vevay Town Council voted unanimously to purchase a leaf-collector-mulcher at its Monday night meeting. The mulcher will cost $2,465 and will be delivered next Thursday to Vevay. Residents are urged to cooperate by raking their leaves to the street and leaving them in a wind row fashion so the machine can be driven along the street and “suck” the leaves into the mulcher.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Schirmer have a daughter, Linda Lou, born in the office of Dr. Noel Graves Friday evening, September 8th, about 10 p.m. Mrs. Schirmer and daughter were returned to their home on Tapps Ridge by ambulance that night.
Opening formalities are scheduled tomorrow for the Peggy-Patty’s Malt Shop in downtown Vevay. The new teen club will open on the third floor above Unwiller’s Hardware Store at the corner of Main and Ferry streets. Peter Mascio and his wife, Betty, will manage the establishment.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rowlett of near Moorefield will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, October 14th. Open house will be held Sunday at their home from 2 until 5 p.m. and relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Mrs. Cleta Markland, rural route 2, Vevay, has been appointed to the Switzerland County Welfare Board. Switzerland Circuit Court Judge Paul Schnaitter made the appointment Friday during the September term of the local court. Mrs. Markland’s term began September 29th, 1961, and will continue through May 31st, 1965.
70 YEARS AGO
Reverend and Mrs. V. E. Squibb will leave this week to make their home in Rockville, Indiana, where on September 1st. Reverend Squibb, accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church there.
Dr. Noel Graves has been appointed by the state selective service headquarters to succeed Dr. Harold Griffith, as medical examiner for the local draft board.
John W. Bray, a former resident of Vevay, celebrated his 90th birthday at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Stoeckel of Ludlow, Kentucky, Sunday.
Joseph Kiesel, Sr., who resided at the Swiss Inn, sustained severe bruises to his shoulder and hip last week when he fainted in the bathroom of his room and fell against the bath tub.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Don Pickett of Posey Township was bitten Monday by a black widow spider that was concealed in some clothing she was putting on. Dr. G. E. Ellerbrook was called and reported that she is responding to treatment. The insect that did the biting is now housed in a glass jar in this office.
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Brown will hold open house next Sunday at their home south of East Enterprise at their home south of East Enterprise in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Harris of Patriot celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday with a family dinner held at their home.
The Vevay High School girls softball team played their first game of the season Tuesday on the Patriot diamond and won 13-3.
A gale, blowing at an estimated rate of 30 to 35 miles per hour, swept over the county late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The new ferry, now under construction here, was torn loose from its anchor and was carried up river to Plum Creek. It was recovered and tied up early Thursday morning.
90 YEARS AGO
Junior Pratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pratt, miraculously escaped death when he ran into the path of a car driven by Mrs. Joe Trinkle and was knocked down.
Dr. William H. Fuller and wife moved this week from Pike Street where the doctor has maintained an office for several years to their farm near Fairview. Dr. Fuller will conduct his practice from his home.
Vevay police will shortly bloom out in new sage grey whipcord uniforms, furnished by the city council.
Hundreds of people witnessed Vevay’s first annual motor boat regatta held here Sunday. Forrest Brown and Bert Gray were entries in the race.
100 YEARS AGO
The epidemic of hog cholera which is prevalent in several counties has not reached Switzerland County.
Mrs. Caroline Heady moved this week from the hotel which she has been operating to her home on Main Street and management of the hotel has been assumed by Charles Jaynes, the new owner.
Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Collins left Vevay Friday night going to Knoxville, Tennessee where they will locate. Dr. Collins’ sister, Miss Katie Collins, arrived in Vevay last week and will take over her brother’s practice.
The 13 attorneys of the Switzerland County bar association were hosts to a dinner at the Heady Hotel Saturday noon in honor of Judge F. M. Griffith who concluded his last term as Judge of the Circuit Court that morning.
110 YEARS AGO
William H. Demann arrived in Vevay Saturday night from Dayton, Ohio to take charge of his new duties as superintendent of the Union Furniture Company.
The county and city officials have been given orders to kill any dogs running at large without a muzzle.
D. G. Manning has moved his cigar store and news stand to the room formerly occupied by Avery Graham.
Miss Minerva Taylor of Vevay made three entries at the dahlia show at Ghent last week and was awarded two premiums.
E. X. Bledsoe has sold his barber shop to Rolland Buschmann and gave possession Saturday.
William Pavy and Henry Oakley will open a meat market in the room opposite the National Bank building on Ferry Street sometime within the next week.
Miss Merle Adams has moved her music store to a room in the Phoenix Hotel building.
130 YEARS AGO
It is dangerous to make a hunting ground out of the streets of Vevay. Men go about the streets of Vevay shooting quail as if they were in the woods.
Reverend A. R. Willet last Sunday preached his farewell sermon at the Vevay Baptist Church.
James H. Boyd, employed in the tin shop of W. F. Goldenburg, has presented us with a cup which he made out of tin plate manufactured in this county.
150 YEARS AGO
Mr. John Marshall has been employed by John Melcher, proprietor of the Vevay Marble Works. Mr. Marshall carved a life size poodle dog from Italian Marble which took first prize at the Enterprise fair.
A new post office has been established at Aaron and Mr. Charles Adams is Post Master.
Isaac Hardin, Vevay, is erecting a house and has built a shop at Log Lick where he will carry on the blacksmith business.
Mrs. James B. McCrellis recently received a new variety of wheat from Washington called Fultz Winter wheat which he is distributing to the farmers.
160 YEARS AGO
On Monday last, Major General Love and Brigadier General Mansfield of the Indiana Legion (active militia) visited Vevay for the purpose of urging upon the people the importance of organizing an efficient regiment for home defense. A company was made up that afternoon and fully organized that night with the following officers: William H. Marsh, Captain; James S. Grisard, 1st Lieutenant; Harris Keeney, 2nd Lieutenant. It is hoped that at least three companies will be organized in Vevay.
The auditor and treasurer of Switzerland County are off on a visit to the interior of the State — to sell some school land. Mr. Morerod, the new treasurer, went into office last month. Mr. Malin, late treasurer, has removed to Enterprise and is engaged in merchandising.
The annual county election will be held October 8th.