10 YEARS AGO
Jill Nicole Gregory and Neal Joseph Smith have announced their engagement. Jill is the daughter of Charles and Debra Gregory of Florence. Neal is the son of Rocky Smith of East Enterprise and the late Laura Smith.
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter was in Vevay last week, and stopped by Jefferson-Craig Elementary to help promote “Red Ribbon Week”, which is a program sponsored by his office.
Ron Hocker, a member of the board of directors of Vevay Main Street Inc., was recently honored with the “Board Member of the Year” award by Indiana Main Street.
20 YEARS AGO
Robert Slover of near Mount Sterling was elected as the new county auditor at a caucus of Republican precinct committee person Tuesday night. Robert Slover will fill out the unexpired term of current auditor Ronald Lock, who has announced his resignation effective at the end of the year. County Republican chair person Jill Hutcherson said that holding the election now gives the new auditor a chance to see the office in operation, which should make for a smoother transition.
The Indiana Gaming Commission is expected to meet within the next six weeks to make a final decision on where the fifth and final riverboat gambling license will be placed – if at all. Last Thursday, officials from Switzerland County and Crawford County made another presentation to the commission concerning the need for a casino complex in their counties. The gambling companies themselves also made presentations.
25 YEARS AGO
Michelle Lee Moll and Thomas Richard Peters were married September 4th in a lovely ceremony at Switzerland Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Bonnie Moll of Vevay. The groom is the son of Greg and Sharon Peters of Milford, Ohio.
Gaylord Peelman, son of former Vevay resident Raymond Peelman, was recently honored for service to the North Central Fire protection district in August, 1965 and retired in April.
Approximately 25 local residents met at Vevay Town Hall last Thursday to discuss the possibility of establishing an historic district for Vevay.
The need for a new jail for Switzerland County was emphasized yesterday (Wednesday) morning as Walter Smith, supervisor of jail inspection services for the state of Indiana, met with the County Sheriff and members of the County Council and the County Commissioners at the jail. The jail was closed October 14th by County Sheriff Lonny Harris due to the poor condition of the aged and dilapidated jail.
30 YEARS AGO
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed nearly 200 acres of pasture land between Florence Hill Road and Turtle Creek Road just outside of Florence Tuesday. East Enterprise, Moorefield, and Jefferson Craig, Patriot, Posey Township, Rising Sun, Milton Township, and Ryker’s Ridge Fire Departments were all called out. At one time is was estimated that 89-90 fireman were battling the blaze.
Mark E. Dunning, son of Francis R. and Clara L. Dunning of route 2, Vevay, has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of senior airman.
Blanton Hatton will celebrate his 100th birthday November 13th. He will be honored by family and friends at a dinner at the Community Building in Vevay, Saturday, November 7th.
Carol Coates was named to the all-conference volleyball team.
Shannon Anders placed 21st at the regionals for girls cross country competition. She and Tina McClellan were among the athletes honored at the Ohio River Valley Conference Awards banquet this Wednesday at the Ogle Haus in Vevay. Shannon was named earlier as the Most Valuable Runner and both she and Tina were named to the all-conference team.
40 YEARS AGO
The Vevay-Ghent Ferry, Incorporated voted unanimously to enter into an option agreement to purchase the Martha A. Graham ferryboat from her present owner, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Donsback of Covington, Kentucky. The decision was made at a special meeting of the incorporated group last Saturday afternoon in Vevay at the Swiss Inn.
Switzerland County welcomed Halloween, 1977, three days before it officially occurred according to the calendar on October 28th with a parade throughout the business district of downtown Vevay. The event kicked off a weekend of festivities known as the first annual ‘Harem-Scarem’ Festival sponsored by Vevay Merchants Association.
The Switzerland County School Corporation has applied for a $395,000 grant to the Indiana Office of Manpower Development (IOMD) for a CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Title VI Special Project to provide new public services to meet the educational and community needs within the county. According to Dr. Tom Coffman, assistant superintendent. The project will provide jobs for 62 persons in Switzerland County if the project is fully funded.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Etherton of Rising Sun announce the engagement of their daughter, Tina, to Rick McAlister, son of William and Evelyn McAlister of East Enterprise.
50 YEARS AGO
Allen Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ball of Vevay, has satisfactorily completed the course of study and practice for junior accounting and received his certificate October 16th from Butler-Hamilton Business College in Hamilton, Ohio.
Gerald Shadday and James Carter have been named Switzerland County representatives to the board of directors of the Community Mental Health Clinic, Inc., it was announced by Reverend David Patterson, chairman of the nominating committee.
Two Switzerland County young men, U.S. Army privates Donald W. Tinker and Richard L. Robinson, have been assigned to Company C. 15th Battalion, Fourth Brigade, at the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Private Tinker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker of route 1, Bennington, while Private Robinson is the son of Thomas Robinson of Shelbyville and Mrs. Georgia J. Jewell of route 1, Florence.
A. Keller, consul of Switzerland with offices in Cleveland, Ohio will visit Vevay Thursday, November 16th, and meet with planners for the proposed 1968 Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay.
Vevay Rainbow Girls won first prize in float competition in Vevay’s annual Halloween parade Tuesday night to win the $15 top award offered by sponsor Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Don Smith, Vevay chief of police, was reported to be resting well but remaining in serious condition Wednesday morning at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a highway accident near Patriot Saturday night.
60 YEARS AGO
The Voice of Democracy Contest at Vevay High School, sponsored each year by the Vevay Junior Chamber of Commerce, will be judged Monday night at the school, and interest person are invited to attend.
Mrs. Don Turner of Patriot has been appointed clerk of the Town Board of Patriot to succeed Mrs. Louise Lostutter. Mrs. Lostutter resigned the position to accept the position of assistant in the office of Isaac Hogg, superintendent of Patriot Schools.
Ralph Winslow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and son-in-law of Mr.s George W. Copeland of Vevay was elected chairman of the Association of National Advertisers at a meeting held last week in Atlantic City, New jersey. Mr. Winslow is vice president and marketing manager of the Koppers Company.
The local epidemic of influenza continues its grip on youngsters and adults, with a goal of over 400 cases being reported in the county since the outbreak.
The near-army of curious persons which has been milling around the Blanton Darbro property on Tapps Ridge, looking at the site of the fatal jet airplane crash October 30th, has begun to disperse and fewer sightseers are visiting the place now, according to Mrs. Darbro. Although the Air Force has released no official statement on the crash, it was suggested by those at the site, that Lt. Hudson may have lost control of his F-86 Sabre jet after an oxygen system failure.
70 YEARS AGO
The marriage of Miss Mary C. Sullivan and Norman W. Earls, both of Vevay, was solemnized at the home of Honorable William P. Show at Carrollton, Kentucky, Saturday, October 25th.
The marriage of Miss Frances Ann Durham, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin A. Durham (nee Kathleen Bersot) and Wayne A. Davidson of Lamar, Nebraska, was solemnized recently at the home of the bride’s parents on Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky.
Linda Carroll, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Keith of Cotton Township, passed away at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis Sunday, October 26th.
Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Frazier of near Vevay have purchased the two-story frame residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McKenzie of Tell Street.
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wakefield at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison Tuesday, October 28th. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 1/2 ounces and has been named Nancy Kathleen.
Friends of Mrs. Marcus R. Sulzer of Crittenden, Kentucky, were greatly shocked at her death which occurred about midnight last Saturday, October 25th, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati where she had been taken for treatment 10 days before.
80 YEARS AGO
The town of Blocher, near Scottsburg, with a population of 200 person, was virtually destroyed by fire of an undetermined origin late Tuesday afternoon. Estimated damage amounted to $7,000.
Slate’s Restaurant on Ferry Street in Vevay has been reopened under the management of Vernon Boss and Charley Furnish.
Construction work on Vevay’s new modern Light and Water Plant is progressing rapidly as a crew of 47 men are laboring under the management of Elbert Gray, superintendent in charge.
George Ricketts, a former resident of Vevay, passed away at his home in Winfield, Kansas, October 22nd.
W. Scott Welch, who resides near Bennington, was painfully injured about the back last Saturday noon when he fell while roofing a corn crib.
90 YEARS AGO
The funeral of Charles Ethridge, age 12, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethridge, who died at the home of his parents in Markland on October 25th, was held from the home last Friday afternoon.
The large barn on the farm of John Hines, back of Vevay, was struck by lightning during a storm Tuesday afternoon and burned to the ground.
James Aldred has a plum tree on his farm which produced no fruit this spring, but now, lo and behold one side of the tree is covered with blossoms and the other side is loaded with the fruit. Mrs. Aldred has some rambler rose bushes in bloom in the yard of her home and the Aldreds are eating fresh strawberries picked from the vines on their farm.
100 YEARS AGO
Vevay people were grieved to hear of the death of John Thunemann, which occurred at his home in Indianapolis Monday, October 29th.
Miss Alma Houze, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jordon Houze and Robert Jamison Emerson of Louisville, were quietly married at the Houze home in East Enterprise Wednesday evening, October 24th.
Mrs. Oral Clements, aged 25 years, who lived near Bennington, died Friday at the Denny Sanitarium in Madison.
Mrs. Missouri Stewart, widow of the late Leander Stewart, died at the home of her son, Clem Stewart, near Volga Thursday.
110 YEARS AGO
Miss Alice Pickett, aged 40 years, died Friday at her home at Markland.
Lucian, son of Walter and Mary Bales, died November 2nd, at his home at Florence.
A shooting gallery has been set up on the vacant lot between Knox’s shoe and Johnson’s dry goods store and is doing a good business.
Uly Gray has purchased the Joseph Orr farm on Parks Ridge.
The band dance, which was to be given in the Grisard Hall on Halloween night was a failure. One ticket only was sold and the purchaser of it received his money back.
130 YEARS AGO
Marriage licenses have been issued to James R. Cole and Ella Corson, Sylvester Waltz and Strilla Chittenden, Day Lester and Olivia Waltz.
Isaac McKay, residing near Brooksburg, was killed while hunting last Monday afternoon.
Ulysses Osborne and Miss Cora Carnine, both of Aaron, are married last week.
140 YEARS AGO
James Sample and Miss Sarah E. Wakefield were married October 31st at the residence of the bride’s brother.
The amount of toll collected at the gate near Vevay on the Vevay-Mount Sterling and Versailles turnpike during the month of October was $355.
Oliver Perry Morton, the great war Governor, died in Indianapolis November 1st.
Graham Miller and Miss Fannie Wade of Patriot are married October 30th at the home of Mrs. Miller.
150 YEARS AGO
Work as commenced on the Vevay and Moorefield pike. James Park plowed the first furrow in breaking the ground.
Died, November 2nd, Clarence Oakley, son of W.M. and M.A. Oakley, aged two years and eight months.
L.W. Gordon retires from the Auditor’s office and Major William Patton succeeds him.
160 YEARS AGO
During the recent term of Circuit Court in this county now a case was tried by the jury. The fact shows a high estimate placed upon the ability and impartial decision of Judge Downey by his fellow citizens.
This number of the Reveille is printed on straw paper.