News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Roger and Edith Reed celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 5th, with a cookout at the home of their son, Paul Reed and wife Karen.
Joanna Evans Miller and Michael Eric Sawalich have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple will be married this Saturday, June 13th, at Mount Sterling Baptist Church.
Traci Bear and Clinton Earls have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. She is the daughter of Mike and Sue Bear of near Vevay. The prospective groom is the son of Walter “Bub” and Joyce Earls of Vevay. The couple will be married Saturday, June 19th, at Switzerland Baptist Church.
Tessia Curry graduated from Indiana University in Indianapolis Sunday, May 9th. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and is currently pursuing certification in event planning.
Kim Turner of Vevay and Donnie Stout of Vevay have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. Kim is the daughter of Elma Jean Rayls of Vevay. Donnie Stout is the son of Pat Stout and Maurice Stout of Indianapolis. The wedding will b held Saturday, July 10th, at Switzerland Baptist Church.
Bill and Judy Dickerson were surprised Sunday, June 6th, with a party in honor of the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary. The party was hosted by their children: sons Rod, Sonny, and Randy, and daughter Toy, and their spouses. Also hosting was the couple’s granddaughter, Carol and husband of Patriot.
Christopher R. Andrews graduated Saturday, May 1st, from the University of Indianapolis. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business. He is the son of Denise Andrews of Vevay and Gene Andrews of
20 YEARS AGO
Sherry Lynn Rowlett of Vevay was among 106 individuals to be awarded the doctor of jurisprudence degree from Mississippi College’s School of Law in recent graduation ceremonies.
A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was given in honor of Bill and Judy Dickerson of Patriot by their five children Friday, June 10th, at the Ogle Haus. The Dickersons renewed their wedding vows, officiated by Reverend Leon Peelman.
Patrolman Robert B. Donnell of the Vevay Police Department will graduate from the basic training program at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield on Friday, June 17th.
Elbert “Cricket” Clemons, president of the McCreary Senior Center in Vevay, was honored for his valuable volunteer services Wednesday, May 25th. He was named Volunteer of the Year of the local center.
Navy Constructionman Apprentice Shawn P. Caplinger, son of Paul and Sandy Caplinger, Greenbriar Road, recently returned from a seventh-month deployment with Naval Mobile construction Battalion Four, Port Hueneme, California.
30 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County sophomore Jeff Weales has been named as the Most Valuable Player of the ORVC conference in baseball for 1984.
Joe Backer, best known to the citizens of Switzerland County for serving as its conservation officer for over 30 years, was found dead on Saturday at his home. Death was attributed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to local authorities.
Switzerland County native Barry Beverly has just released his first solo record. The single, “Whiskey Drinkin'”, is being played on area radio stations.
Jim Lewellyn will be racing in four Olympic events next month, but not in Los Angeles, he’ll be in Stoke-Manville, England, participating in the International Wheelchair Olympics. Lewellyn is the son of Ronald Lewellyn of Cincinnati. Lewellyn swept all five races he entered – the 60, 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters – in the National Wheelchair Championships at Johnson City, Tennessee, last month setting U.S. records in the last three. All three times would have been new world records if posted in international competition. His performance earned him a spot on the U.S. Wheelchair Olympic Team, competing in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters.
40 YEARS AGO
Only an actors’ strike can stop “Sooner” now. Returned to Hollywood after a visit to Switzerland County – and pleased with what they saw here – the film making team that plans to shoot a major motion picture here in July is making final arrangements for that event.
Six Switzerland County track performers were named to the all-Ohio River Valley Conference team last week. The honored Pacers, who helped the SCHS team win the conference championship last month were: Mark Scott, Terry Peters, Rick Curry, Norman Earls, Mark Lohide and Ted Conlon. Team awards were presented to Rick Curry, as the Pacers’ most valuable sprinter, Norman Earls, as the best Pacer distance runner, and Emerson Cole, as the most valuable performer in field events.
Pacer baseball players Joe Seaver and Kenny Lock were honored, both being named to the all-conference baseball team. The team award for best Pacer batter went to Joe Seaver, who compiled a .474 batting average during the season and the pitching award was shared by Seaver and Lock.
Martin Heath, son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Heath of route 2, Vevay, was named to the dean’s list for the recently completed spring semester at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie. Heath was also awarded the ROTC Award of Merit, given by the Wyoming chapter of the Military Order of World Wars.
Mr. and Mrs. David Gridley of route 2, Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Diane to Richard D. Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Cole, of Bear Branch. The wedding ceremony will be held July 26th at the Center Square Baptist Church.
50 YEARS AGO
Marine Pfc. Gordon G. Scudder, son of Mrs. Agnes K. Scudder of route 1, Patriot, recently participated in an extensive sea assault exercise called “Operation Pine Tree” off the coast of Southern California while serving with the First Marine Division.
Miss Helen Burnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burnett of route 2, Vevay, was united in marriage June 6th to Gene Parks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parks of Center Square.
J. C. Warner, commissaryman second class, United States Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Warner of route 3, Vevay, is a crew member of the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Two which recently was awarded the Navy Battle Efficiency Pennant and the Arnold J. Isbell Award for 1964.
Melvin Bosaw, communications technician third class, United States Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Bosaw of 515 Main Cross Street, Vevay, has reported to the Navy Support Activity, Kamiseya, Japan. The activity, primarily a communications station, is a link in the communications system that supports the Seventh Fleet in the Far East.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Myra Courtney has received announcement of the marriage of her daughter, Miss Lura Courtney, of Houston, Texas to R.A. Smith of that city.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Chittenden announces the engagement of their daughter Julia Ann, to Mr. Leonard Gene Meadows, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Meadows, of Bedford, Kentucky.
Dr. Lora Hooten, for nearly 50 years a well known physician of Switzerland and Ripley counties, passed away at his home in Cross Plains Sunday following an illness of about three years.
Mrs. Lou Haskell quietly observed her 86th birthday Tuesday at her home on Market Street. Mrs. Blanche Lamson was her guest for the day.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Works, a respected couple of Cotton Township, will observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday, June 20th, at the Lake Geneva Clubroom.
Mr. Wilbur Allen of route 2, Vevay, who for the past 13 years has served as a visitor for the Switzerland County Welfare Department, has resigned and she expects to retire from public work.
Mrs. Lilly M. Dow, 87, passed away Monday afternoon at her apartment in the home of Mrs. Pearl Leatherbury on Main Street.
Bill Smock is the proud owner of a registered quarter horse, Danny McQue. He has been winning all over the state of Illinois in stock horse and pleasure classes. He also has a track record of one half mile in 1 minute and 5 seconds. Mr. Smock plans to show him in future shows.
A baby daughter was born Friday morning in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. William White of Vevay. The little girl has been named Glenda.
70 YEARS AGO
Miss Margaret Leland Butler and Edwin Fehr Downey, both natives of Vevay, and now residing in Indianapolis, were married Sunday, June 11th, at the North Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Roger Oren of Farmland, Indiana, has accepted a position as coach and teacher in the Vevay High School.
A son, David Thomas, was born June 8th to Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Thomas Demaree.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur G. McKay of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Vevay, have been presented the Air Medal awarded heir youngest son, Lt. don McKay, who was reported as missing in the Middle East theatre of operations.
The Patriot community had the honor of having the first WAVE in the Navy when Miss Phyliss J. Fleming of the town was sworn into the service in Cincinnati on Wednesday of last week.
80 YEARS AGO
C. D. Cummins of the Cummins Engine company of Columbus, Indiana, has recently completed installation of a new Cummins diesel engine for the Switzerland County Utilities Corporation.
Levi Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Young, who resides near Jacksonville, is critically ill with lockjaw. The disease developed several days after he struck his great toe with a hoe while working in a field.
The Switzerland County Fish and Game Club has received a shipment of 150 pheasant eggs from the Indiana Conservation Department to be hatched at the home of Mrs. Herman Smith on upper Indian Creek.
Miss Muriel Scudder and Wilfred Sigmon of Jacksonville were married Saturday evening in Rising Sun.
Born, June 11th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fletchr M. Hufford of Posey Township. He has been named George Lucien.
Born, June 7th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Brys of Bear Branch.
90 YEARS AGO
Several hundred people were in Vevay Saturday night to attend a public meeting of the Ku Klux Klan.
Several years of untiring effort by members of the Julia L. Dumont Club of Vevay will come to a climax Sunday afternoon, June 22nd, when the corner stone of the mausoleum will be laid in the Vevay Cemetery.
The formal setting aside of the Schenck home for the purpose for which it was given to the Baptist denomination, will take place Sunday afternoon, June 15th
Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Copeland left Saturday for Cleveland where Mrs. Copeland will serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
100 YEARS AGO
Hubert Gillum, 20 years old , is in the Vevay jail awaiting trial for shooting his father-in-law, Joseph Higham, last Sunday afternoon at his home near Quercus Grove.
The home of Fred Jester and wife in Craig township, was destroyed y fire last Thursday. The fire originated from a spark on the roof.
Joe Hollcraft is critically ill with typhoid fever, his temperature reaching 104 degrees.
On last Saturday Merle Adams sold a fine Schultz piano to Isaac Montooth for his daughter Rena.
Wilk Works has severed his connections with the Reveille and has gone to Lawrenceburg where he has a position as foreman of the Lawrenceburg Press.
The Farmers Telephone Exchange in Vevay has just installed the newest model two-position Stromberg-Carlson switchboard.
110 YEARS AGO
The Knights of Pythias met here Sunday to decorate the graves of their deceased brothers.
Miss Grace Knox is displaying a beautiful series of hand painted china items at the Knox Store here.
Fred Stucy, Samuel Stucy and Hiram H. Bakes purchased the Vevay Ice Plant for $3025 cash.
Dr. Hannah Rous underwent a serious operation here by Dr. Ward, assisted by Doctors Woollen, Culbertson and Fuller.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Wednesday evening a severe storm visited this vicinity. Lightning burned a hay stack of 10 tons belonging to R.A. Knox near Vevay. The barn of John Danglade below Vevay was blown down.
Charles Putnam of Cincinnati and Mrs. Louise Cotton of Vevay were married here June 6th.
Last Thursday the barn of Thomas McCreary in York Township was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Mr. McCreary was in the barn at the time it was struck and he was knocked down.