10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Wilfred Cole, Ralph Niccum, Jim Ford, Alice Downing, Bill Keith, David W. Ertel.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels paid a visit to the Vevay Newspapers office last Wednesday, as he was in Southeast Indiana on several other stops.
Seniors Corey McFarland and Tray Meyer will advance to semi state in cross country.
The Switzerland County High School Marching Band and Flag Corps has been having an outstanding marching season, participating in parade competitions around the area. The band earned the Judge’s Award at the Canaan Fall Festival; and at the Fort Vallonia Days Parade held recently; the band earned first place from the judges; and the flag corps and drill team also earned first place honors. The band is under the direction of Tammy Beitzel.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland Democrats learned recently that Mike Jones was stepping down as the party chairman after more than 17 years the position. At Monday nights caucus of precinct committee persons and vise precinct committee persons, a new era in the county was ushered in with unanimous election of Steve Crabtree to replace Mike Jones.
When the Louisville Symphony Orchestra begins its musical season next month Switzerland County’s Amanda Ingels will be among the 50 talented musicians who will be a part of the prestigious group. Amanda Ingles is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School, she plays the clarinet in the Marching Pacer Band. She has been playing clarinet for the past six years, and two years ago decided to try her hand at the violin. In just a short time, she has progressed so far that she won a spot playing her violin in the Louisville Symphony Orchestra.
Wayne and Betty Stogsdill of near Quercus Grove are celebrating an anniversary. The couple will celebrate an anniversary. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Friday), October 22nd.
Fares Rimola, son of Paul and Gilda Rimola of Vevay, will graduate from National Guard basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Thursday October 21st. He will then go to Virginia for A.I.T. training and will be home before Christmas. In January he will attend Vincennes University.
30 YEARS AGO
Governor Evan Bayh has appointed a Switzerland County man as Director of the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Law Enforcement. John Stivers, a resident of Vevay and 26-year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, has been named to the post.
Charles “Chuck” Deputy II has joined the staff of the Switzerland County ASCS office as the new CED of the service’s office. He fills the position left vacant at the ASCS after the retirement of Vera S. McSwain.
Circuit Judge Charles F. Satterwhite followed the prosecution’s recommendation on Wednesday, October 25th, and sentenced Sam G. Chowning, Jr., to 60 years in prison in a drunk-driving accident that killed three members of a Vevay family.
40 YEARS AGO
Senior citizens enjoyed a hot lunch at the newly remodeled Senior Citizens Center on Ferry Street in Vevay. The meals program is just one of a number of activities in which area senior citizens can participate.
Bill Splain, Switzerland County’s newest (and only) professional taxidermist, moved to Switzerland County nearly a year ago. He is originally from Cincinnati. He became familiar with Switzerland County from staying at his dad’s weekend cabin here.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wiseman, of Vevay, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, October 21st, at the Switzerland Baptist Church.
50 YEARS AGO
Airman Apprentice Robert L. Leap, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon T. Leap of route 1, Vevay, has graduated from the Aviation Mechanical Fundamentals School at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Specialist 4 William B. (Barry) Frazier, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Frazier of route 1, Vevay, has received a letter of commendation from his commanding officer while stationed with the U.S. Army’s 69th General Support Group at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
Mrs. Maude Taylor, Vevay’s oldest living resident, died at 3 o’clock last Wednesday morning just two days shy of what would have been her 101st birthday.
Vevay’s annual Halloween parade, scheduled for 8 p.m. next Friday, was the principal topic of discussion at the Switzerland County Public Library last Tuesday afternoon during Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce’s October meeting.
A dedication program and open house for the new Switzerland County High School building, nearing completion west of Vevay, will be held Sunday, December 7th. Delbert Wright, county superintendent of schools, announced scheduling of the long-awaited dedication last Tuesday following an inspection of school premises that morning.
60 YEARS AGO
Calling all hookey players! Here’s an ironclad excuse that will get you kicked out of school — get a “Don Eagle” haircut! Charles Boulton, 16, of Lamb, got himself such a trim last weekend. He showed up for school Monday with most of his hair missing — all but a scalp lock, that is similar to the adornment worn by wrestler Don Eagle. Principal Donald Small expelled Boulton, hair and all, for an infraction of school rules governing the appearance of students. He was instructed to return to school when he had straightened up his hair.
Mrs. Naomi Plaskett, Switzerland County director of the Department of Welfare, has been reinstated as director by the board, awarded full back pay and has apparently taken the first steps toward working out differences with the board, it appeared after a meeting of the board Monday night at welfare department headquarters at the Swiss Inn.
Vevay Warriors basketball fans will forget the city election rapidly next Tuesday. They’ll take off early for Versailles and the first basketball game of the 1959-60 season.
70 YEARS AGO
Burton Hewitt of Posey Township has brought to this office two turnips together weighing 7 3/4 pounds. On Monday Curtis Morgan of near Moorefield brought in a turnip to end all turnips — one which weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces! We have also received a box of fine yellow tomatoes of the “Golden Jubilee” variety which were grown by Amie Dugan of Tapps Ridge.
The Vevay relatives and friends of Darwin C. Fallis of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of this town, were greatly pleased to learn of his election to the 32nd degree of Scottish Rite Masonry at the biennial session of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction which was in session recently in Washington, D.C.
Tobacco grading demonstrations have been planned at the farm of Larry Kinman east of Patriot on Monday morning, October 31st, at 10 o’clock and at Robert Tinker’s, two miles southwest of East Enterprise at 1:30 that same day.
80 YEARS AGO
A tobacco barn, corn crib and wagon shed on the farm of M. V. Turner one half mile west of Fairview were completely destroyed by fire Tuesday night.
Billy Sullivan, one of Vevay’s finest young men and two companions were killed last Thursday when their automobile collided with a truck near Delphi, Indiana. The boy had reached his 19th birthday the day he was killed.
A great many farmers are having to haul water from Vevay for their cattle.
90 YEARS AGO
Fire, which is believed to have been caused by an automobile backfiring, destroyed a large barn, a hen house, and other buildings on the Sylvester Peters farm on Bethel Ridge Wednesday night.
Harry Nickols of Tapps Ridge was painfully injured Saturday when the automobile in which he was riding turned over near the home of Charles Washmuth.
Miss Ella Shaw who recently returned from Nanking, China where she has served as a missionary for 42 years, has been a guest of relatives here.
100 YEARS AGO
In spite of heavy rains over 3,000 people wee on hand to pay homage to the returned soldiers of the county at the homecoming held here Thursday. A dinner was served at the courthouse and a program was held in the afternoon.
Wilson Houston was seriously injured Monday when the horses which he was driving ran away on the town hill and Mr. Houston jumped from the buggy.
Hundreds of persons in the county took their first airplane ride during the weekend. The “Skylark”, which was brought here for the benefit of the “homecomers” remained until Sunday afternoon and did a flourishing business. Claude Brindley was the first person to venture up in the air and he made two flights.
Cal Curren bought the restaurant of Mrs. Berne Jones on Main Street last week and after remodeling it will operate.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vinton North of Patriot, a son on October 15th.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Gerard of Patriot, a son on October 14th.
110 YEARS AGO
Guy Ricketts was thrown from his buggy while passing an automobile near Vevay last Saturday and sustained bruises at first believed to be of serious nature. He is now recovering satisfactorily however.
Fire destroyed the general merchandise store of Marion Gardner at Aaron Tuesday morning causing a loss of $2,000.
Fire of incendiary origin destroyed the large barn belonging to Willard Orem near Bennington Monday morning causing a loss of $1,500.
The sawmill at Moorefield owned by A. W. Dennis burned to the ground Thursday night entailing a loss of $1,500.
William Higgins of this city who drives for the Knox Livery Barn, holds the record for mileage covered in one day with a single horse. Recently he drove a distance of 75 miles in one day.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley of Florence, a daughter.
130 YEARS AGO
The residence of Thomas Brinson of Pleasant was destroyed by fire.
J. G. Melleck of East Enterprise is hauling his potatoes to Vevay to sell for 20 cents per bushel.
New Postmasters in Switzerland County: John I. O’Neal, Markland; O. B. Vannatter, Sugar Branch; J. M. Long, Quercus Grove.
150 YEARS AGO
There is some talk of reviving the Vevay theatre.
The store of Mrs. Hines’ at Pleasant was consumed by fire, Tuesday.
The sum of $8,000 has been subscribed for the new Baptist Church.
Sheriff Worstille has returned from a two week’s trip to Illinois.
Snow fell here Tuesday.
Coal is retailing at 15 cents per bushel.
160 YEARS AGO
Saturday morning a large flat boat filled with hay, anchored at the foot of Ferry Street was destroyed by fire. It was the property of S. E. and J. K. Pleasants.