10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Norris Conner, Julia Jackson, Joanne Kelley-Yocum, Ruby Day, Lee Foster, Brandon Miller, Arnold Brown, Brett Furnish.
Mike Jones was named new Superintendent of County Schools.
Sara Bovard graduated from the University of Southern Indiana.
Raymond and Thirla Johnson will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 9th.
20 YEARS AGO
Devona Wiesmann, senior at Franklin College, recently finished third in the Heartland Conference track meet, throwing the javelin a distance of 104 feet. She will graduate this Saturday, May 18th, with a bachelors degree in journalism/advertising/public relations. She is the daughter of Ron and Eileen Wiesmann of East Enterprise.
Sergeant First Class (E-7) Ralph William “Sonny” Galbreath will retire from the Army Reserves on May 31st after 28 years of service. He served from November, 1962 until 1968 in the regular Army; and then has served for 22 years in the Reserves. He spent two tours overseas with Army Intelligence in Germany.
The inspiring tale of “Anne of Green Gables” will be presented tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon at the Hoosier Theater. Cast members are Heather Topa, Courtney Ellegood, Stephanie Adams and Emily Lanman. The play is under the direction of Libby Kinman.
30 YEARS AGO
Not many live to celebrate their 100th birthday. Thursday, May 14th, was that special day for Mrs. Addie Brindley. She was born to Nora and Rudolph Brown in 1892.
Laid off employees have begun to return to work at the Randall Textron plant in Vevay. Randall plant manager Woodie Reeves said 29 employees have returned to work after being laid off late last year.
John Boyken competed well but failed in his attempt to qualify for the 1992 United States Olympic archery team. Boyken, of Cross Plains, finished 71st out of 300 hopefuls competing in the Olympic Archery Trials last week at Arizona State university in Tempe, Arizona.
40 YEARS AGO
Former Switzerland County resident Raymond McClellan has been sentenced to the death penalty in Jefferson County Kentucky Circuit County by Judge George B. Ryan. In sentencing McClellan for the 1981 murder of 34 year old Gary Stuzenberger. Judge Ryan said there is “no reason why mercy should be given here,” adding that McClellan stalked this man for several days and it was completely deliberate act. The jury in the case also recommended that the former local resident be put to death in Kentucky’s electric chair saying they felt that McClellan faked distress and regret during the trial held last month.
The restoration of the sidewalks in the commercial section of Vevay is nearing completion with work along Main Street about 98 percent complete. The project funded by the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation will include new ornate sidewalks throughout much of the area, as well as a border from the curb to the sidewalk, and new gaslight-type street lighting.
50 YEARS AGO
Cricket is a dog, but Cricket either doesn’t know she’s a dog or she hasn’t learned the difference between kittens and puppies, because a kitten has been seen crawling up her back, and another kitten nursing. This odd situation occurred when the pet dog of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Romans of state road 129 five miles northwest of Vevay adopted the offspring of another Romans pet — a cat. And, the cat just didn’t abandon the kittens, Cricket took them away from her and is now raising them as if they were her own puppies . . . er . . . kittens.
Mrs. Fay Olds of Vevay, Switzerland County Republican Central Committee vice chairman, has been elected secretary of the G.O.P. Ninth District Congressional Committee. County vice chairman for the past eight years, and reelected to a third term two weeks ago, Mrs. Olds has been county license branch manager the past three years during Governor Edgar Whitcomb’s term of office.
“Narrowing the Generation Gap” will be the topic of the main address as 89 candidates for graduation at Switzerland County High School prepare for graduation exercises Sunday at the high school gymnasium. Bob Jones, Cincinnati television newscaster, will be the main speaker for the 8 o’clock Sunday evening commencement exercises following 2 o’clock baccalaureate services that afternoon.
60 YEARS AGO
Fifty-three Vevay High School seniors are busily engaged this week, preparing for graduation exercises Sunday and next Thursday nights.
Sixteen Patriot-Posey High School seniors end their high school careers next week with commencement and baccalaureate services.
Plans are now underway to begin the second summer’s operation of a youth center in Vevay.
The campaign is underway to beautify the Vevay river front, put the boat docks into tip-top condition, and present a respectable boating area for tourists and local boaters and picnickers. Thurmen Roberts is taking over management of the docks and will be assisted by Roy Downing.
Dilver Schwade, 62, died suddenly following a heart attack Sunday about 10 p.m. at his home on Pleasant Ridge, near Florence.
Mrs. Ira Reed of Pleasant, whose husband is a partner in the funeral director firm of Reed and Smith, is a patient in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison undergoing treatment for a broken hip.
70 YEARS AGO
Fred Jennings, Jr., of Vevay has accepted a position as a member of the police force at Aurora and he left Wednesday to take up his new duties there. Mr. Jennings is a former member of the police force here.
James Harris, senior of Patriot High School, was awarded the Outstanding Athletic Trophy at commencement exercises held at Patriot Tuesday night. In winning this trophy he established an all-time record in major letters won in P.H.S. with a total of 10 letters.
The many friends of William F. Cook, 78, former Sheriff of Switzerland County, were shocked to learn of his death which occurred at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. William Cole of Mount Sterling may not have produced the largest dahlia bloom in the county but she does lay claim to the earliest one. Recently when she went to her basement to bring up stored dahlia bulbs for planting she was startled to find that one bulb had already sent forth a long shoot on the end of which was a red bloom. The bulb is now on exhibition in this office.
80 YEARS AGO
John Newbold, of the Vevay High School faculty, has been appointed Recreational Director of the Kiwanis playground.
Dale Hastings of Vevay this week completed purchase of the Vevay Ice Company from Mrs. Flora Humphrey and has a force of men engaged in making the necessary repairs for its operation. Every effort is being made to have the plant working by June 1st.
Harold Griffith, voice student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, w as the winner of the Schubert scholarship contest held at the Conservatory recently.
In Switzerland County from May 4th to 7th, a total of 6,938 sugar stamp books were issued to consumers.
90 YEARS AGO
The new gas well being drilled at the home of Captain Clarence Carter in Vevay had reached a depth of 125 feet on Tuesday afternoon.
J.B. Hartman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fay Hartman of near Moorefield, was accidentally shot in the foot Friday morning when a rifle he was placing in the hands of a classmate, Melvin Hammel, was discharged.
Born Friday, a daughter, Bessie, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stoops of Moorefield.
Harry Leroy Clark of Aurora and Juanita R. Collins of Lawrenceburg were married Saturday by Reverend R. E. Hammel.
Born Saturday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Jennings.
100 YEARS AGO
The Center Square band will give a lawn fete and concert in Stevens Grove Friday night, the proceeds to be used for the benefit of the band.
The first concert of the season will be held in the Court House yard in Vevay Thursday night of this week, performed by the Vevay Concert Band.
Dr. J. H. Christie, who many years ago practiced at both Mount Sterling and Moorefield, died at the home of his son, Dr. J. P. Christie in Indianapolis last week.
The Vevay Baseball Club has voted to disband the team immediately due to steady financial losses.
110 YEARS AGO
Marion Deiveese painted the smoke stack at the Ice Plant one day this week. The stack is 55 feet high.
It is reported that a wolf was seen last week near the farm of Hal Protsman on Parks Ridge.
Dr. R. R. Jamieson, physician at Patriot, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lucian Harris, in Rising Sun Monday after an illness of several months.
Mrs. Prudence Koons passed away at he home of her daughter, Mrs. Missiori Bailey near Patriot, Wednesday morning at the age of 58 years.
Charles McVey died at his home near Markland Friday evening, being almost 60 years of age at the time of his death.
Everett Graham and Miss Lena Brooks will be married next Sunday at the home of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. James Detraz, in Craig Township. The ceremony will be solemnized by Reverend W. R. Mains of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
130 YEARS AGO
The city council met Monday night with Mayor Manning presiding. Three newly elected Councilmen were installed — Alfred Rous 1st ward, Frank Rosenberger 2nd ward, William Resei 3rd ward. During the course of business a petition of citizens asking that the time of the town clock be changed from standard to sun time was presented and defeated by a tie vote, and Mayor casting his vote for standard time.
Sixty-three street lights in Vevay.
Four hotels in Vevay — ll brick and three stories high — and many boarding.
While Reverend Jaynes was conducting services at Brushy Fork Baptist Church Saturday afternoon, a large black snake crawled through the open window into the church. The following scene can better be imagined than described.
150 YEARS AGO
John Chester Cotton, aged 3 years, son of Perry and Sallie Cotton, died May 10th.
George Mendell and Miss Susie Baxter, daughter of Dr. J. W. Baxter, were married May 15th at the home of the bride’s parents.
This year the 17-year locusts are expected to make their appearance but as yet have not showed up.
James W. Works and son have removed their law office to the Thiebaud building on Main Street.
160 YEARS AGO
The brave commodore Foote, of the gunboat flotilla, passed up Monday night on his way home. The artillery company of Vevay fired a few rounds in honor of the old hero, wounded recently.
A portion of the fleet at New Orleans has gone to Mobile and a portion of it is ascending the Mississippi River and may soon be heard from at Memphis.
General McClellan is approaching Richmond and General Hallock’s army is very near Corinth. If Beauregard stands and fights one of the greatest battles on record will be fought. The two armies probably number 250,000 men.
Died in Vevay May 12th, Edward Thiebaud, aged 30 years.
Pensions are now granted to invalids wounded in the present war, but not to widows. There is too much red tape in the Pension offices at Washington. Won’t somebody cut it?