Reflections of the Past for 3/3/05

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

10 YEARS AGO

In a move that was anticipated for the past month, Par-A-Dice Gaming Corporation has officially notified the Indiana Gaming Commission that it will no longer pursue a riverboat gambling license in Switzerland County.

Mary Adelaide Amick, who lived in Switzerland County for many years, was honored recently on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The daughter of Irvin and Nettie Lock, Mrs. Amick was born here on February 12th, 1905.

Christina Cornett, Switzerland County High School student, received a “1-rating” at the Indiana State Solo and Ensemble Contest. The finals were held in Indianapolis Saturday, February 25th.

Robin Marie Turner, daughter of Randy and Donna Turner of Vevay, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester.

20 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Laurel Lee Lowe of Tapps Ridge celebrated her 94th birthday on February 19th.

Radioman 3rd Class Tommy Harlow, son of George and Faye Harlow of route 1, Rising Sun, has returned home after a four month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea. His shop called on ports of France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Africa.

Mr. and Mrs. William Waller of Aurora announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kathy Lynn, to Roland Stephen Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rogers of Mount Prospect, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Mellen of Vevay and Gabriel Waller of Vevay are the grandparents of the prospective bride. The wedding will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in August.

30 YEARS AGO

Last Friday morning the East Enterprise State Bank was robbed for the second time in five weeks. The man accused of both robberies, Raymond McClellan, is charged with both holdups of the bank, the one on January 17th, and the one last Friday, February 21st. Police say he committed the second robbery while being out on bond for the first holdup.

The local American Legion baseball team took a huge step toward a trip to the state Legion tourney Sunday by topping Seymour’s legion team. The win made Vevay the only undefeated team left in the double-loss elimination tourney. The local team can wrap-up the championship of the regional legion play-offs being held here with another win this coming Sunday afternoon.

John Scudder of East Enterprise has been named “Police Officer of the Year”, by the Versailles American Legion Post. Mr. Scudder, a detective sergeant, has been with the Indiana State Police since 1953.

40 YEARS AGO

Paul S. Lamkin, well-known Vevay businessman, died Wednesday morning at Veteran’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He had been ill since October. Lamkin, proprietor of Lamkin Furniture Store, has resided with his wife, Mrs. Edith Hutcherson Lamkin, at 712 East Main Street, Vevay. He was 58 years old.

Aurora, conqueror of Vevay and Dillsboro in the Lawrenceburg sectional, will face Rushville Saturday afternoon in Connersville regional play.

Captain and Mrs. C. T. Richardson are the proud parents of a daughter born February 15th. The infant weighed 9 pounds and was 19 inches long. She has been named Julia Ann. Captain and Mrs. Richardson are residing in Spain where he is serving with the armed forces. Mrs. Richardson is the former Shelby Jean Dunn. The grandmother is Mrs. Beulah Banta of route 4, Vevay.

50 YEARS AGO

The victory of Coach John Collier and his Vevay Warriors basketball team over the Aurora Red Devils at Aurora Saturday night has been in the process of celebration ever since and a new wave breaks out at the drop the of hat. After 18 years of frustration and near wins there was a lot of celebrating due Vevay fans and they have made the most of it. Following the championship game Saturday night a pep session was held at the Vevay gym and local rooters and well wishers from neighboring counties, about 300 strong, gathered to do honor to the Warriors. A steak dinner was served to the team at the Swiss Inn and firecrackers and a parade let the residents of the town (who hadn’t learned the results earlier) know that Vevay had “brought home the bacon.” On Sunday more parades were held and a bonfire on the market square climaxed the afternoon.

James Aldred, Sr., 87, prominent farmer of near Vevay, was the victim of a painful accident Tuesday when he fell headlong down a 20-foot flight of stairs to the basement at his home. He sustained an injured shoulder blade and a badly bruised hip. He is now confined to bed and his many friends hope for his recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rucker of Craig Township are parents of a baby girl who was born Sunday at the Madison hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and has been named Diana Kay.

60 YEARS AGO

Burns which he received when his home was destroyed by fire at Rexville, Indiana February 17th, resulted in the death of Percy A. Hall. Mrs. Hall, formerly Miss Ida Webster of Vevay, is receiving treatment in the Batesville hospital for shock.

Born on Washington’s birthday, February 22nd, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Thornton of Tapps Ridge. The boy has been named George Washington.

In a letter received this week by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brett of near Vevay from their son, Corporal Chester Lee Brett in Germany, he stated that he had been awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon. He has also been awarded three bronze stars for participation in battle in Normandy, Northern France and Germany. He is already the possessor of the Purple Heart Medal, received for wounds some time ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Green of Plum Creek were notified Saturday by the War Department that their son, Pfc. Arthur Green, had been slightly wounded in action in France on February 5th. On the same day they received a letter from the young man stating that he had been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He is 20 years old and has been in service two years.

Mrs. Maxine Roland who is taking Nurses Training at St. John’s Hospital, Anderson, Indiana, received her cap Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Hickman and daughter Dorothy and Miss Mary Agnes Schmunk attended the capping ceremony.

Dorothy E. Wells, Vevay, a student in the Indiana University Training School for Nurses in Indianapolis, received her senior bars in exercises held Wednesday, February 28th. Twenty-seven girls were in this class of student nurses who have completed their third year of nurses’ training. They will be graduated from the I.U. Nurses’ Training School in March of 1946.

70 YEARS AGO

Guy Webster and Theresa Noble, both of this county, were married in Vevay by Reverend F. E. Hammel on February 21st.

Ralph Heath and Miss Freda Oaks of Lamb were married Wednesday.

Born, Monday, a daughter, Bernite to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Coe of Bennington.

The Charles Jaynes grocery has installed a new refrigerating system in their store on Ferry Street and have added a complete line of fresh meats. The system consists of an illuminated glass showcase in which the meats are kept at a low temperature and adds greatly to their quality.

Clinton Curry, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Curry of Center Square, received a badly fractured leg Sunday when a western horse he was riding at Fairview reared and fell backward on him. Dr. George W. Copeland took the boy to the Madison hospital for X-ray pictures and it is thought he will be brought home next week.

80 YEARS AGO

Charles Clark of Cincinnati has rented the Dufour Building on Main Street and will open an electric shoe repair shop.

Born Wednesday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell of Posey Township.

The large two-story frame house in Vevay occupied by James O’Neal, colored, was totally destroyed by fire on incendiary origin Tuesday night.

Miss Anna Rudd and Perry Swango were married at the Baptist parsonage in Vevay by Reverend L. E. Seely Tuesday evening.

James H. Brown and Miss Irene Leep, both of this county, were married recently in Carrollton.

The month of February was the warmest February in 25 years.

Two wagons of gypsies with a dancing bear passed through here Friday.

Downey Liggett and Bertha Sharkey of Bascom were married in Rising Sun Sunday.

Riggs Brothers, commencing tonight, will give three shows each week hereafter, the shows being on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

100 YEARS AGO

W. D. Cotton will remove to Franklin, Indiana in the near future.

The break-up of river ice has caused the loss of the towboat George Matheson, the steamer Virginia and 52 loaded barges, all at Cincinnati.

Reverend J. G. Tedford resigned from the Baptist Church here after filling the pastorate for six years.

Married in Vevay by Reverend Tedford, Miss Maude Scudder and Sam Wiseman.

Mr. and Mrs. James Alfred observed their 15th wedding anniversary near Mt. Sterling.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bradford of Center Square, a daughter.

An item from Lamb – “The roads are very bad.” Tracy Adams started to Madison with a two horse load but was compelled to get another team before he reached Lamb.

120 YEARS AGO

Captain A. J. Powell of the towboat John Barrett is now captain of the B.S. Rea.
Mr. Joe Gilbert has resigned his position with the Aurora Casket Company and in the near future will start a first class laundry in Vevay.
Mr. Chris Hollcroft now has charge of the street lamps.
Henry Trafellet is building an addition to his livery stable.
Navigation has again been resumed on the Ohio River for the first time since February 6th.
Licensed to Marry: James Albert Cochran to Frances Elizabeth Carter; Braxton Irvin Scudder to Nettie Griffith; Jasper N. Pendry to Lizzie A. Brady.

140 YEARS AGO

Mr. N. M. Given has sold the newspaper, Lawrenceburg Register, to Mr. A. Bookwalter.
The Legislature of Kentucky has granted a charter to a company styled as the “Louisville and Cincinnati Mail Line” which proposed to put in a couple of boats on the first of March to ply regularly between the cities named.
If there were 25 new houses ready to move into in Vevay, they could be rented in 10 days.