10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Jim Adams, Loren Banta, Grace Copeland, Ann Conner, John B. Weatherly, Milton Rowlett.
Switzerland County’s Amber Meli was the individual champion of the girls ORVC cross country meet on Tuesday night.
Switzerland County’s Clay Meyer was the individual champion of the boys ORVC cross country meet on Tuesday night
William Simpson graduated from Marine Corps basic training at Parris, Island, South Carolina, recently. William attended Switzerland County High School and is the son of Patricia Simpson of Patriot and Arlin Simpson.
The Switzerland County boys varsity cross country team earned the championship of the Ohio River Valley Conference on Tuesday night, placing four runners in the top ten to claim the title.
20 YEARS AGO
Charlie and Willa Phipps celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 21st with a party at the home of their son, Jim and Shannon Phipps.
The Bennington Homecoming will be held for the 24th consecutive year on Saturday, October 11th. This year, Betty Bovard hopes to attract former students from the old Bennington and Hopewell schools to come out to Homecoming. She wants to recognize those former students, and let them share their memories of growing up and going to school in the Bennington community.
Switzerland County’s newest community foundation is quickly becoming a reality, with a new office being established here in Vevay. It is called the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.
30 YEARS AGO
Chester James of Vevay isn’t telling his secret for growing huge sweet potatoes. The word of Mr. James’ harvest spread and some of his friends volunteered to send a backhoe over to help him dig the potatoes. He brought three to our office which together weighed about 10 pounds.
You don’t have to tell Jerry Tuner of Patriot that the fishing is good at Markland Dam. Jerry is an avid fisherman and took first prize in a fishing tournament this weekend at the dam. He displayed two of the biggest striped bass that he caught with the largest weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces. Over 30 fishermen participated in the tourney.
Dallas and Rachel Althoff of near Fairview recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with dinner at the Railroad Inn in Milan, joined by family and friends.
40 YEARS AGO
Saturday, October 1st, was a cloudy, dreary day for most areas of Switzerland County. Torrential rains and a steady wind tore throughout the trees for the better portion of Saturday morning and afternoon in the county. It was a good day to stir the fire in the fireplace and sleep in. By noon, the sun was shining in Bennington, while the rest of the county was shadowed by gray rain clouds. The Bennington Homecoming came off after all and the 400 persons present enjoyed the contest and activities planned for the day.
Gaye Diane Scudder of route 1, Florence, and Jennifer Jo Ricketts of Vevay, have completed the requirements for their degrees at Indiana University of Bloomington. Gaye received her master of science degree in education and Jennifer obtained her bachelor of science degree in business this summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Blanton Hatton of Vevay will be celebrating more than the usual couple on October 14th. It will be their 70th wedding anniversary.
50 YEARS AGO
The Gross Twins and younger brother Jamie will be appearing at the Aurora Fair for the third straight year Saturday afternoon. Working throughout Indiana and Ohio the past summer, the trio has added a 11-year-old Sandy Golden of Fairfield, Ohio, to the act and will soon cut a record. The twins are now 13 years old and Jamie is 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bowman will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary with an open house October 15th at their home with friends and relatives invited to attend.
Ricky Roland was the main speaker last Tuesday evening at a Vevay Business and Professional Women’s Club meeting at the Swiss Inn with his grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Ellison, BPW president. Introduced by Reverend Robert Chance of Vevay Methodist Church, Roland told about his recent experience with a summer work camp in South America. He showed color slides and displayed many souvenirs.
Joe Wayne Robbins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Robbins of Patriot, has joined Eastern Airlines as flight officer and has successfully completed intensive truing at Eastern’s Flight Crew Training Center in Miami, Florida.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. August Baer of Aurora will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday, October 20th, with open house at their home. Mrs. Baer is the former Lydia Schroeder of Switzerland County.
Mr. and Mrs Raymond Hatton of Florence have announced the engagement of their daughter, Joyce, to Vernon Romans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Romans of Patriot.
The Ohio Valley Choral Festival, which massed the voices of 350 to 400 high school choir singers, will present the 1958 concert in Vevay, according to Vevay Town Schools music director Walter Lambert. This famous Festival, when has been called the finest of its kind in the Midwest, will again be under the direction of Professor George Kruger, Indiana University head of choral music.
A/2c Robert W. Hufford has returned to Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida, after spending a three week leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hufford of near Patriot.
Miss Mable Romans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Romans, and Clarence Ferguson, son of Mrs. Opal Jones of New Albany were married September 29th in New Albany by Captain William Larnard who used the double ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Beguin (nee Minnie Rebecca Romerill) and children arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, October 4th from South Africa where they have been serving as missionaries for the past nine years. Mrs. Beguin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Romerill of route 4, Vevay.
70 YEARS AGO
Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Lucy J. Gullion of near Fairview, daughter of Mrs. Faye Gullion of near Fairview and the late John S. Gullion, and Carlyle Branson Friday, September 26th, at the Little Church Around the Corner in Dayton, Ohio.
Switzerland County relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. Blanche Cole, 70, wife of Clinton Cole, which occurred September 23rd at her home in Los Angeles, California, after an illness of two years following a stroke of paralysis.
Miss Nettie Marie Courtney, daughter of Mrs. C.D. Amick of Decatur, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Lock of near Florence, and Robert M. Morris of Decatur were married September 25th at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Carl Williams, in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few close friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Osborne of Vevay announce the engagement of their younger daughter, Evelyn, to Wayne Miller of Indianapolis. No date has been set for the wedding.
Arthur Roberts, local garage owner, sold a lot adjoining the Vevay Frozen Food Locker Plant on Main Street Wednesday to William P. LaVelle of Warsaw, Kentucky, who bought the lot for the purpose of erecting a modern and complete dry cleaning establishment.
Mrs. Ona Boss of Vevay, daughter of Mrs. John Brown, and Russell Martin of Madison were united in marriage Saturday, September 27th, at Scottsburg with Reverend E.C. Easterday officiating.
Mrs. William Moore of near Vevay sustained severe burns to her left hand early Friday morning when the gas that had formed in a heating stove exploded.
80 YEARS AGO
Frank Sieglitz, brother of Charles Sieglitz, passed away at his home in California, September 28th.
Funeral services were conducted at the family residence in Ghent Tuesday morning for Mrs. John Hawkins, aged about 65, who passed away early Sunday morning after a six month’s illness.
Mrs. Oso Biggs Neal, 49, passed away Friday, October 1st, at the Madison State Hospital.
90 YEARS AGO
Prowlers were frightened away from three more Vevay homes last week but did not succeed in forcing an entrance anywhere.
Earl Sullivan has completed his new garage and filling station at the corner of Ferry and Seminary streets and will open for business today.
A car driven by Mrs. A. C. Park was struck by one driven by S.T. Breeden of route 3, Versailles, last Thursday at noon at the corner of Pike and Ferry Streets. No one was injured.
100 YEARS AGO
Frederick Ramseyer died at the home of his sister, Mrs. William M. Morrison near Mount Sterling.
J.P. Rous of Buffalo, New York celebrated his 85th birthday last week and was able to be taken to see the departure of Buffalo’s 74th regiment.
Miss Alice Yonge reports that $470 worth of wool yards for the Red Cross Chapter is on the way to Vevay and that 600 articles are to be knitted from the material.
110 YEARS AGO
Miss Mayme Lee and Charles Summers of Homer, Illinois were married Wednesday evening, September 25th, at the home of the bride’s parents, Charles L. Lee and wife of near Bennington.
Robert Baer and Amie Barnes, both of Brooksburg, were married Monday morning at the M.E. Parsonage with Reverend C.W. Lee officiating.
Marion Williamson left last week to accept a position in Indianapolis.
Miss Maggie Krummel has gone to Worthville, Kentucky where she has a position as bookkeeper in a bank.
Last Sunday night the Hotel Vevay changed hands, F.J. Brockschlager becoming the new proprietor.
A son was born September 25th to Emory Vaughn and wife of Florence.
William Told sold the Florence ferry to Robert Walker for $2,500.
130 YEARS AGO
Benjamin F. Howard and Martha E. Martin of Carroll County, Kentucky were married in the clerk’s office in Vevay October 6th.
Mrs Hannah Brown of near Moorefield was knocked down by a cow and severely injured.
Mrs. Martha Leap of Craig Township is seriously ill with typhoid fever.
Smith B. Redd has gone on a visit to Kansas and Colorado.
Elhanan W. Shuff, formerly of this county, died October 7th near Prestonville, Kentucky.
Marriage License has been issued to William S. Froman and Mollie D. Lientz.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Saturday night the flouring mill of Ira and Lewis Land at Florence was totally destroyed by fire.
During the past week in Vevay potatoes have advanced to 35 cents and corn to 35 to 40 cents.
James Froman and Miss Lucetta Dodd, both of this county, were married October 3rd by David Lee.
150 YEARS AGO
A chapter of Royal Arch Masons will be organized in the town of Florence Monday night.
The barn of James Graham in Pleasant Township was struck by lighting last Friday night and in a fe minutes it and its contents consisting of hay, tow horses, and a wagon were consumed by the flames.
The telegraph office has been moved to J.W. Gray’s tailor shop on Main Street, where all having business in that line will find the accommodating operator, Z. I. Younge, ready to wait upon them.
160 YEARS AGO
The County Commissioners gave out the contract for building Turtle Creek bridge to Samuel H. Pavy for the sum of $3,000 last Saturday.
The officers of the Free Banks held a meeting in this city yesterday and decided to redeem their issue with gold ad silver, let consequences be what they may.
A company of Swiss have just bought a tract of land below Cannelton and intend to settle upon it, having a town for the transaction of their business near the center on the banks of the river and dividing the remainder of the tract into farms.