10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Greg Webster, Bill Self, Vickie Chase and Norma Lee Cochran.
Sixth graders Tyler Teel and Christian Stogsdill attended the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack Obama, as part of the Young American Scholars program.
The famed Cincinnati Red caravan — an annual winter tradition in which members of the professional baseball team makes stops around the region — will make a stop in Vevay for the first time ever tomorrow.
Holly Heath and Nick Fory, both of Madison have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The wedding is set for June at the Lanier Mansion in Madison.
Joe Deck earned the “People’s Choice Award’ during the annual “Chili Cook Off” sponsored by the Purdue Extension service. Gordon Craig earned the “Judge’s Choice Award”.
20 YEARS AGO
The new Jack Sullivan County Senior Citizens Center is nearly complete, and area seniors will host a countywide open house this Sunday, January 24th. Everyone is urged to attend Sunday’s open house. Although the facility is a senior citizens center, it is hoped that the building will be available for the other county functions and meetings, from small reception and reunions to other types of activities.
Three member of the Switzerland County High School music department participated with the all state honors band and choir in Indianapolis last weekend They are: choir member Aaron Terry, band member Amanda Ridener, and choir member Jacob Deaton.
Lance Collier of Vevay has earned a scholarship from the Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana. He is a junior mechanical engineering major at Tri-State. Lance Collier is the son of Pat and Phyllis Collier of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
Jennifer Weales, daughter of Rick and Cheri Weales of Vevay was crowned Queen of the 1989 Switzerland County Homecoming Friday night. She is captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and serves on the Yearbook staff. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
Jeff Abbott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Brindley of Vevay, was crowned as the FHA Honey at the dance after the game. Jeff’s activities include FFA.
Switzerland County senior girls basketball player Missy Ellegood has been honored by The Cincinnati Enquirer in its `Achievers’ section as one of the outstanding high school athletes for this week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ellegood of Vevay.
40 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hite of Vevay will quietly celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on January 21st at their home.
There will be an important public meeting January 23rd, in the courtroom of the county courthouse regarding placement of guardrails along state road 56, specifically along that portion of the road known as Vevay hill. The hill, which has been the site of some 10 traffic deaths in the past 30 years, most recently claimed the life of county physician Dr. Garre E. Blair. There will be an inspection of the road by highway officials immediately following the meeting.
The Swiss Belle restaurant rests peacefully at the end of Ferry Street in Vevay. The high waters of late December moved the large eating establishment without anyone’s say so to the middle of the street.
50 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County Historical Society moved nearer this week to acquiring a new county museum as initial steps were taken to form a non profit holding company to lease Vevay Presbyterian Church as the museum. Lloyd Farrar, society president, was named chairman agent toward an incorporation which will lease the church from the Presbyterians and sub-lease it to the historical society for a museum.
Principal 1968 officers of Switzerland County National Farmers Organization were re-elected to serve as 1969 officers as the chapter held elections Monday night in Center Square’s old school building. Wendell Waltz was re-elected as president, Norris Works as vice president, Miss Mardelle Eichler as secretary, and Amos Hastings as treasurer. Denver M. Coy was named to replace Tom Gullion as a trustee for a three-year term.
Newly elected officials of Vevay Volunteer Fire Department include Grover Thompson, fire chief; Dwayne Hysell, assistant fire chief; Floyd Canada, president; Donald Otter, vice president; and Jerry Furnish, secretary.
60 YEARS AGO
Our readers have informed us that the Heath triplets born last week were not the first set born in the county. In November, 1875, there was born to Mr. and Mrs. John M. Tinker at Allensville, three daughters and three boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. Silas Lamkin of Posey Township in either 1911 or 1912.
Private and Mrs. Hubert Robinson (nee Norma Jean Scranton) are parents of a daughter born December 20th at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Army Hospital where the father is stationed. She weighed 5 pounds, 15-1/2 ounces and has been named Delores Ann.
An additional appropriation of $11,627,000 to continue construction of the Markland Dam was asked by President Eisenhower when he presented his budget to Congress Monday.
Violent rains ranging the length of the Ohio Valley have brought ground floods and high winds to this county, and streams and creeks are running out into the river with great force. At press time Wednesday evening, 1.40 inches of rain had fallen here, according to measurements at Dam 39 at Markland, and the Cincinnati Weather Bureau was issuing predictions of freezing temperatures and possible snow by Thursday morning.
70 YEARS AGO
Presentation of their charter and installation of officers of the newly organized Vevay Lions Club were features of the Charter Night program held Thursday night, January 13th, at Vevay High School auditorium. The new club was sponsored by the Rising Sun Lions, Ray Hankinson, president.
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Williamson at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Saturday morning, January 15th. The little miss weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and has been named Nancy.
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown of Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison, on Sunday morning, January 16th. She weighed 8 pounds and has been named Juanita Ann.
80 YEARS AGO
At a meeting of the Town Board Monday evening, a $10 raise in salary was voted for the regular police. Marshal Clarence Sullivan will now receive $85 per month and night Police James Flinn will receive $75.
A quantity of cured meat was recently stolen from a smoke house on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jividen near Braytown.
Word has been received by officials here, indicating that the Vevay Sewage Project has been approved and that a grant would be made available. The plant will be constructed with P. W. A. Funds.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Galbreath of Quercus Grove Wednesday, a baby daughter, Mary Jane.
90 YEARS AGO
J. P. Curry of Vevay, joint state representative, has introduced a bill providing for the erection of county hospitals by petition instead of by election. The commissioners would be compelled to erect a hospital when 25 percent of the freeholders of each township signed a petition.
Fire, starting from a defective flue, caused heavy damage at the home of Walter Herndon at Jacksonville, Sunday afternoon.
Nine Switzerland County people were listed in the latest edition of “Who’s Who In America.” They are Oliver Earl Glenn, Mathematics professor at University of Pennsylvania; Augustus R. Hatton, professor of political science at Northwestern University; Ernest O. Holland, president of Washington State College; Elwood Mead, Commissioner of Reclamation, with U.S. government at Washington, D.C.; C. R. Melcher, professor of Modern Languages at University of Kentucky; David M. Mottier, head of botany department at Indiana University; Mary B. Mullett, Writer and Editor of American Magazine; Claude Siebenthal, geologist with U.S. Geological Survey at Washington; Lucian Shaw, Judge, retired, former chief Justice of California Supreme Court. The book contains 28,000 names or about one name for each 4,000 persons. Switzerland County has furnished one name for each 1,000 or four times the average for the country.
The Vevay basketball team has been transferred to a new district for tournament play. Vevay will now go to Lawrenceburg instead of to Scottsburg.
100 YEARS AGO
Another wave of influenza has hit Switzerland County and there are now over 100 cases. Mount Sterling and East Enterprise are hardest hit.
William H. Pleasants has sold his stock of men’s clothing to a Cincinnati concern which moved it to that city Monday. This ends one of the oldest business houses in Vevay which was opened in 1875 by James K. Pleasants and Bedford Thiebaud.
Harry Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Omar Scott of Florence, who was reported missing in action has been found alive in Luxembourg.
Mrs. Mary Bakes of near Vevay had a narrow escape from death last week when her clothing caught fire from a grate in front of which she was standing. Her son-in-law, William E. Poston, smothered the flame by rolling her in a rug.
The Reveille this begins the story of the experiences of Miss Stella Miller of Markland, a nurse with Base Hospital 32 stationed in France, as told in her own words.
Leslie Byram, an East Enterprise boy, is now in a New York hospital, recovering from wounds received in action in France. His right arm, which was shattered, is still in splints.
110 YEARS AGO
William McFarland of near Bennington is practically blind from a blood clot on the brain resulting from a fall from a hay loft this summer.
A new coal company has been organized with Albert Douglas, R. R. Anderson and Will Heady, owners.
W. S. Graves received a bad cut on the head when a tree limb which he was chopping fell upon him.
Dilver E. Douglas, joint state representative, spent the weekend at his home near East Enterprise.
‘My Star’, foaled in Switzerland County and a turf sensation in 1906 ended his career last week when he slipped on ice in Boston and broke a leg. He was trained by Jim Works.
Art Abbott of Patriot who has been employed on the steamer Betsy Ann running out of Natchez, Mississippi as mate has been promoted to Captain.
Rodney Danner was injured about the head Monday when his horse became frightened and the buggy went over a bank. He was thrown out on his head.
The furniture factory opened on Monday after being closed for a month.
130 YEARS AGO
A recent issue of the Marshall (Illinois) Messenger, edited by Chess Littlefield contains the death notice of John Littlefield, 72, his father and co-owner of the newspaper. Mr. Littlefield came to Switzerland County in 1820 with his parents and the article that “in 1846 he founded the town of East Enterprise, Indiana, now a flourishing little village.”
This week’s installment of the editor’s “Pen Pictures of Vevay” contains an interesting history of “Old Bets” our famous cannon.
The Louisville, Madison and Cincinnati Railroad Company was organized according to the laws of Indiana and Kentucky at Louisville on January 2nd. C. E. Golay of Vevay is one of the directors. The company succeeds the L. D. & D. Company.
The 91st birthday of Mrs. Lorain Bingham Wilcox was celebrated at her home Friday. She came to Vevay in 1818 with her husband, Daniel Wilcox, from New York state when this community was but a small village in the woods. They were parents of 14 children, two of whom survive. They are Mrs. Nancy Gogus and Mrs. Lorain Stepleton who reside with their mother.
Colonel W. D. Ward, William R. Protsman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott, and others have received invitations to attend the inauguration and reception of Governor Hovey Monday.
150 YEARS AGO
There are several cases of small pox at Bennington.
On January 28th the Vevay Dramatic Company will again entertain the citizens at the Odd Fellows hall.
A board walk is being built on the west side of Ferry Street from Seminary to Pike.
We learn that a large carriage factory will soon be established in Vevay.
A large barge of hay belonging to U. P. Schenck and Sons was sunk at Natchez, Mississippi last week.
160 YEARS AGO
The Kate French dropped anchor at the Patriot landing Saturday. We understand she has left the trade under an arrangement with the owners of Kentucky and Forest Queen, satisfactory to all parties.
We are informed that there has been a split in the Baptist church of this place. A number of the members have withdrawn and on Saturday organized a new meeting called “The Main Street Baptist Church” and will hold their meetings in the second story of the Odd Fellows hall.
On Sunday afternoon a coat belonging to a man who was unloading coal at the food of Ferry Street was stolen. A writ was sworn against two persons and on Monday the article was recovered.