Reflections of the Past for 2/16/2006

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News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers

10 YEARS AGO

The Switzerland County Lady Pacers, champions of the Lawrenceburg sectional, made a strong, strong showing Saturday in the Columbus regional. They played good enough to win — but Jac-Cen-Del played a little bit better, and the Lady Pacers lost, 53-45, in a well-played, hard-fought basketball game. The Pacers did what Coach Wayne Ellegood wanted them to do.

Emily Mahorney, daughter of Richard and Darlene Mahorney of Vevay, has been named the recipient of the Secondary Student Vocational Education Award for Excellence. A student in the office technology program at the Southeastern Career Center, Emily Mahorney is one of 10 vocational students statewide to be so honored. The award was presented Wednesday, February 14th, at a special ceremony in Indianapolis.

Ryan Redmon of Vevay plays the role of George in Edward Albee’s award-wining drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? being staged at the University of Indianapolis February 15th-18th and 22nd-25th. A graduate of Switzerland County High School, Ryan is a senior at U of I. He is the son of Ron and Cathy Redmon, Vevay.

15 YEARS AGO

It’s official: The basic quota for the 1991 crop of burley tobacco has increased by 20.7 percent, a 4.2 percent increase over that recommended by the Burley Growers Cooperative Association to the Secretary of Agriculture. The growers’ association had recommended a 16.5 percent increase.

Linda Scott of Moorefield has been named the treasurer of the Southeastern Indiana Sheep Producers Association for a one-year term, according to the organization’s secretary, John Maxwell.

20 YEARS AGO

The Switzerland County Pacers stretched their winning streak to 10 Saturday night as they traveled to Southwestern to battle the Rebels.

Everyone around here knows how fickle southeastern Indiana weather is. But the past week has really given us two extremes. According to Carl Brown, of Vevay, who keeps statistics for the National Weather Service, Switzerland County already had two and a half inches of snow on the ground before Friday’s Valentine’s Day storm dropped five more inches. Sunday the snow began to melt. By Monday morning all that remained was a little snow in low lying areas and a lot of mud. By Tuesday noon, the thermometer had reached 60 degrees.

Jerry Sample, 43, was arrested Wednesday, February 12th, on the charges of possession of explosives and arson to defraud. This occurred at about 11:15 p.m. after he allegedly blew a hole in a silo on a farm he formerly owned.

30 YEARS AGO

Switzerland County High School senior Jeanette Rowland won a pair of honors recently in school-related competitions. Miss Rowland has been named the school’s “Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow” and the winner of the Bicentennial Scholarship competition at SCHS. Miss Rowland is the daughter of J.C. and Ruth Rowland, of Pleasant Township.

Switzerland County’s two emergency life squad units have tentatively agreed to merge into one organization, a move designed to expand emergency work in the county, make it more efficient and increase chances of attracting state and federal grant money. Tentative agreement to merge the Switzerland County Emergency Unit, based in Vevay and Fairview, with the Posey Township life squad organization, based at Patriot, was made Thursday night at a meeting attended by about 20 life squad officials, the County Commissioners and County Attorney Ron Hocker.

40 YEARS AGO

Two U.S. Marines from Switzerland County’s Posey Township have been reported wounded during combat in Vietnam. They are Lance Corporal James Buchanan and Corporal Gordon G. Scudder. They are sons, respectively, of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Buchanan of near Quercus Grove and Mrs. Agnes Scudder of Bryant’s Creek Road. Both are reported in good condition.

Seaman recruits Charles W. Criswell and Dean L. McAlister, both 19, are undergoing seven weeks of basic training at the naval training center at Great Lakes, Illinois. They are sons of Mrs. Beulah Criswell of rural route 1, Vevay, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester McAlister of Vevay, respectively.

Robert John Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Robinson of rural route 4, Vevay, is among 20 students from Indiana included on the dean’s list of Bob Jones University.

Private Robert L. Lostutter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Lostutter of Patriot, was among a U.S. Army group selected for advanced individual training as radio teletype operators.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Works of East Enterprise have announced t he engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Beverly Ann, to Daniel L. Koons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Koons of Rising Sun.

50 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary on Monday, February 27th.

A 17-year-old youth was bitten Sunday by a dog now known to be rabid. Dwight Roberts, son of Joe B. Roberts of Hanover, was attacked by the dog as he left his car on the Cecil Mathews farm at Five Points. The dog was a stray.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude York, nee Miss Kitty Clements of Rising Sun, were guests on Sunday of Mr. an d Mrs. Hubert Hambrick and daughter. The day marked the 88th birthday of Mrs. York.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Peelman are the proud parents of a son born Sunday, February 19th at Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati. The child weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and has been given the name of Herman Douglas.

60 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. William O. Protsman quietly celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Monday, February 18th, at their home in Vevay.

Dawson Tinker and Edith Mae Brandon were married Saturday evening at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend L. S. Courtney, in Vevay.

With the expected arrival in May of the necessary machinery, John Truitt, local miller, and his two sons, Wildolph and Harry, will open a brick manufacturing concern.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Myers have leased the building on Pike Street in Vevay formerly occupied by the Riggs grocery and will open a new grocery there about March 1st.

A marriage license has been issued to Robert Dunn of Vevay and Miss Reathia Smith of Corbin, Kentucky.

70 YEARS AGO

John Partain has returned home from the Dr. Locke foot clinic for the treatment of arthritis at Williamsburg, Canada.

E. T. Riggs is a patient in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he underwent a serious operation.

Charles Bodey of Patriot is in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, suffering from a broken leg. Mr. Bodey was hauling a log which fell on his leg, fracturing it in three places.

The thermometer here dropped 7 degrees below zero Monday and Tuesday nights, the lowest temperature on record for this time of year.

Little Elizabeth Cheatum has been very ill with pneumonia but is now improving.

Harvey Peters has been brought to his home here from Robert W. Long Hospital, Indianapolis, and his condition is much improved.

Leon Buschmann and Tommy Bondurant have returned from a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Joy Teats is ill with the mumps.

Charley Rayl, Vevay boy who has been icebound for the past two weeks with a U.S. quarter boat crew near Paducah, Kentucky, is now safe with his companions at the engineers office at that city.

80 YEARS AGO

Three federal Prohibition officers were in Switzerland County Tuesday and Wednesday and made searches for evidence of law violations. At one place they found a quantity of mash and they swore out a warrant for the man’s arrest, but to date he has not been apprehended.

Reverend J. Elmer Knotts will preach his final sermon at the Vevay Christian Church next Sunday night and he and Mrs. Knotts will leave soon for Royal Center, Indiana.

William Dickason last week sold his interest in the White Star bus line to his partner Albert R. Lockridge.

Miss Gertrude Spencer and Robert Buchanan, of Pleasant, were married by Reverend Marshall in Madison on Saturday, February 20th.

Miss Garnet Allen and Lawrence Pickett, both of Tapps Ridge, were married in Vevay Tuesday afternoon by Reverend C.J. Casey.

90 YEARS AGO

Miss Sidney Bersot and Harry March, well known Switzerland County couple, were married at the home of Professor and Mrs. R. N. Tirey in Vevay Tuesday night by Reverend Walker Mains.

Born Sunday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stepleton.

The steamer Vim broke down on her up trip from Madison Saturday evening and was unable to reach Vevay.

N. H. Morrison of Fairview and Mrs. Sarah Cummins of Lawrence County were married February 14th at Bedford, Indiana.

Chester Osborne and Miss Ola Seymour, both of this county, were married in the clerk’s office in Vevay Saturday afternoon by Reverend Frank Hammel.

Jimmie Green and Miss Hildred Schoffner, both of Jefferson Township, were married by Reverend Frank Hammel Saturday afternoon at his home in Vevay.

100 YEARS AGO

Charles Newkirk and wife of Bennington left Monday to make their home in California.

Allen Glenn and Miss Susie Davis of Moorefield were married Wednesday in the office of the county clerk by Reverend I. P. Langley.

School closed at Pickett’s Corner Friday. Miss Emma Beckman is the teacher.

Harvey Palmer of Patriot, who was robbed and had his leg broken in Cincinnati several weeks ago, has returned home from a hospital there.

Louis Schroeder, Ed Schroeder and George Starker of Patriot left Saturday to spend the summer in New Mexico.

Will Tague and Miss Cordelia Tinker were married Wednesday at the home of Reverend C. W. Lee at Fairview.

110 YEARS AGO

Licensed to marry: John Boerman and Arnelia Wintizer.

Miss Ida Long has gone to Cincinnati for an extended visit with Miss Kate Havlin.

Married February 13th at the home of the bride near Bascom by Reverend E. G. Seymour, Mort Richardson and Eliza A. Goodner.

Married at the home of Reverend Seymour on February 16th, Harry Scudder and Annabel Scott.

A pleasant social event occurred February 16th at the home of G. S. Hulley, near Bennington, when Edward S. Jackson, son of R. G. Jackson and Miss Eva Paul, daughter of G. W. Paul of Crawfordsville were united in marriage by Reverend V. G. Abbott. Dr. R. M. Copeland was best man and Miss India Slawson was bridesmaid. A dinner was served to the bridal party and a few close friends at the LeClerc House in Vevay.

On the evening of February 18th, Miss Leo Bakes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Bakes, was married to William O. Protsman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Protsman. The ceremony was performed at the bride’s home on Indian Creek by Reverend Charles Lee in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.

130 YEARS AGO

George Flora, an employee of a Vevay furniture factory, had one of the fingers of his left hand sawed off in an accident Monday.

The new firm of F. J. Drake and Brother, under the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street, is advertising groceries and general merchandise.

The large hay barn of John W. Howard burned Saturday. Consumed in the flames were 400 bales of hay, four horses and many farming implements.

140 YEARS AGO

Married in Vevay February 22nd Miss Mollie E. Stow and Benjamin E. Gilbert.

The steamers Nannie Byers and C. E. Hillman collided near Madison Saturday morning. Fifteen passengers and part of the crew were lost.

Our river front is now occupied by flatboats being loaded for the lower country.

Many of the district schools have closed their terms.