News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Weekend rain failed to dampen the spirits of the more than 500 Switzerland County residents who participated in t he county’s first annual “Relay for Life” event to raise money for cancer research. Then the event concluded at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park Saturday evening, more than $52,000 had been raised by volunteers for the American Cancer Society.
MIsty Wegman was crowned Queen of the 2000 Switzerland County 4-H Fair Saturday night. The pageant was held in the Switzerland County High School cafeteria, and there were 10 contestants. First runnerup was Natasha Schroeder, second runnerup Amanda Pike, third runnerup Bethany Robinson, Miss Congeniality Hollie Fockler.
Intelligence Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class P.J. Jackson will graduate tomorrow (June 23rd) from military training in Coronado, California. He is the son of Pete and Terri Jackson of Quercus Grove.
Jean O’Day Adkins of Versailles will be the guest of honor at a party in celebration of her 75h birthday this Sunday, June 25th. She is the daughter of Everett O’Day of Vevay.
Steven E. Whitham of Florence has earned recognition by being named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Ivy Tech State College in Evansville.
The Switzerland County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday night. Superintendent John Thomas was demoted by the school board, and is now officially the assistant principal at Switzerland County High School.
The Switzerland County School Board reversed an earlier decision and allowed the survivors of teacher Pete Hollitt to receive his severance pay benefits. Superintendent John Thomas made the recommendation that the school board approve a change in the language of the master contract to allow the payment; and that the payment of those benefits be approved to the survivors. Pete Hollitt was a popular teacher at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School for many years. He died unexpectedly in April
20 YEARS AGO
Kara LeaAnne Earl, 10-month-old daughter of Gary and Debra S. Earl of Lexington, Kentucky, and granddaughter of Thomas and Norma Earl and Pauline Covington, all of Vevay, recently won first place as Baby Model and second runner-up for Beauty at America’s Most Beautiful Baby Contest preliminaries held at the Mariott Resort Hotel in Lexington on June 3rd.
Cincinnati Police Chief Lawrence Whalen congratulated Lieutenant Richard S. Biehl upon his promotion to Captain recently. Captain Biehl is the son of Dick and Jacqueline Biehl of Fairview.
30 YEARS AGO
Thomas L. Byram, a native of Vevay, and brother of Mrs. Norma Farrar of Switzerland County, has been nationally honored by American Baptist Churches “for exemplary Christian service.”
Patriot’s Bruce Hutcherson was among more than 60 tractor pullers who competed at the recently concluded First Volunteer National Power Pull here.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Metcalf are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Rebecca, with a B.A. in English from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Rebecca’s mother is Fern Caplinger Metcalf, a former Switzerland County resident.
40 YEARS AGO
The appointment of Richard J. Price as vice president manufacturing of The Randall Company has been announced by Charles Fazio, vice president-general manager. In his new position, Price is responsible for Randall’s five metal trim manufacturing plants.
Cataloging of historical relics and documents in Switzerland County Historical Museum in the old Switzerland Baptist Church building on Pike Street in Vevay began Tuesday in preparation for moving the museum into the former Vevay Presbyterian Church building in the Market-Main streets triangle.
A 17-foot by 8-foot cabin for a house boat moved out of Vevay last Thursday afternoon, the first such product to be manufactured in Vevay. Idle Hours Industries, Inc., owned by Bill Roberts, manufactured the wood frame with aluminum skin cabin. The cabin will fit on a 35-foot pontoon boat.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Cole of route 3, Madison, have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Wanda Ann, to George Terry Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Wood of route 2, Vevay. The wedding will take place July 11th at 2 p.m. at Brushy Fork Baptist Church.
50 YEARS AGO
A sizable reduction in electric rates for the citizens of Vevay town will go into effect on September 1st, it was announced Monday night by the Vevay Town Board in their regular meeting. The rate reduction is the result of a study made by special utility consultant Carl Cecil at the request of the Town Board – Elmer Smith, Dwight McKenzie, and Robert Strausbaugh – clerk-treasurer Mary M. Roberts town attorney Nick Kodrea.
The new Dupraz subdivision in the west end of Vevay is beginning to show development, with several new buildings having been constructed or being constructed. The subdivision, consisting of 50 lots being sold by the Dupraz heirs, has been the scene of much construction – and destruction – activity during the past weeks and months.
Mrs. Jennie Scudder, age 75, died Wednesday morning at her home in Vevay.
Harvey E. Bladen, 60, of Markland died Sunday in Veterans’ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a veteran of World War I.
William Brameier, 74, well-known merchant of Florence, died Friday in the Madison hospital. Mr. Brameier operated a grocery and general store in Florence for 41 years, retiring from active work four years ago.
60 YEARS AGO
Leslie A. Byram, has been nominated by President Truman for permanent appointment for Postmaster at Vevay and his commission is expected to arrive within a short time. Mr. Byram, a wounded veteran of World War I, has been acting Postmaster here since the resignation of Edward L. Bliss several months ago.
Ralph Tilley left Monday for Denver, Colorado, where he will attend the Air Corps R.O.T.C. for a seven week period. The young man is a cadet at Indiana University where he has just completed his sophomore year.
Loren Hines has given up the agency for the Switzerland County branch of the Standard Oil Company and it will be taken over by Pruet DeVerie of Madison who has been appointed by the company to succeed him.
Chester Kiesel, prominent Vevay banker, was again appointed as a member of the Vevay School Board at a meeting of the Town Board held Monday evening. Mr. Kiesel, whose place on the Board was taken by Eugene Broadwell last year, now succeeds Mrs. Hazel Byram whose two, three-year terms will expire in a few weeks.
70 YEARS AGO
A son, weighing seven and three quarter pounds was born to Mr. and Mrs. Horace Riggs Sunday. He has been named Robert Horace.
Mrs. Mary C. Furnish, wife of Selas Furnish, passed away at her home in Vevay Saturday afternoon at the age of 78 years.
A son was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McKay of Mount Sterling.
A 10 pound son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sullivan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Carlton June 15th, a baby daughter, Evangeline.
Mrs. Hattie Walker, formerly of Quercus Grove, died recently at her home in Long Beach, California.
Vevay people will be heard in a radio broadcast June 27th when a baseball broadcast of “You’re the Manager” carried over W.K.R.C. will originate at Johnson’s dry goods store. George Sutherland, sports announcer, and Mike Hunnicutt, announcer, will conduct the interviews.
The Happy Phillipson Circus and Medicine Show left Sunday for Rising Sun after entertaining good crowds here for several days.
80 YEARS AGO
Miss Irene Lac and Reverend Clair Malcomson were married Thursday at the home of the bride by Reverend H. T. Rafnel.
Albert Orem, a former resident of the county, died at his home in Valley Jo, California June 9th.
Born Saturday a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Demaree of Moorefield.
A son was born June 9th to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scudder of Quercus Grove.
Jack Allen has a curiosity on his farm in the shape of a calf, weighing only 20 pounds.
Miss Anna Lee Minor and J. Allen Smith were married Saturday by Reverend F. E. Hammel at his residence in Vevay.
90 YEARS AGO
Married in Vevay by Reverend F. E. Hammel June 23rd, Miss Mary Tandy and George Sutton of Aurora.
Carroll Kincaid, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kincaid of Louisville, suffered a broken nose while watching a ball game, being hit by a foul ball. Dr. J. P. Ward took the lad to Madison where the broken bones were set.
The remains of Miss Mabel Kincaid, 22, who passed away in a sanitarium in West Virginia were interred here June 20th. The father, foster parents, stepbrother and an aunt survive.
Married in Vevay by Mayor R. M. Campbell June 23rd Miss Grace Wheeler and Thomas Hendron, both of Kentucky.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvert Meng, nee Harriet Tandy of Paris, Kentucky.
James K. Danglade has been admitted to the Jefferson County bar.
Died in Posey Township June 18th, Mrs. Ed McKinley
Born, a daughter Beatrice Mary on June 16th to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brown of Posey Township.
Born, a daughter on June 20th to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Orr of Posey Township.
Died near Bascom June 20th, Herschel Lewis, son of Tarry Lewis.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Grace Hall of Cincinnati and William H. Stevens of Vevay were married Wednesday in Cincinnati by Reverend Whiting.
Miss Edith Mitchell of Vevay and Charles Corns of Lawrenceburg were married June 10th at the home of the bride’s aunt Mrs. Grace Curry by Reverend Reinhart.
Charles W. Kincaid of Vevay and Miss Bertha Sedam of near Rising Sun were married Thursday evening at the Methodist parsonage in Vevay by Reverend John Asher.
Ira M. Wright, a native of Switzerland County, died at his home in Neoga, Illinois, aged 73 years.
Mary Magdelena Bittle, a native of Germany, died at her home in Vevay June 26th, aged 68 years.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ricketts of Center Square on June 16th, a daughter.
Mrs. Minnie Detraz has purchased the millinery goods of Mrs. Lou V. Cole and took possession of the store on Monday.
Born June 18th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Lakeman of East Enterprise.
Mrs. Charles Bruner, aged 84 years, of Bascom died June 15th, after only a few hours illness.
Born to Milton Love and wife of Patriot June 18th, a girl.
120 YEARS AGO
Died near East Enterprise June 13th, Uziel H. Stow, aged 80 years.
Died in Vevay June 16th, Alexander Edgar, aged 78 years.
Died near Allensville June 14th, Mrs. Lyman N. Manser.
The “Orphan’s Friends” will hold a celebration here July 4th.
Lightning struck the residence of William Anderson in Craig Township during the thunderstorm last evening, but only slight damage was done.
Married in Atchison, Kansas, by Reverend Rentz, John L. Weaver, formerly of this county and Miss Mary K. Stauffer.
Next Sunday night all the pastors of Vevay will preach on temperance.
150 YEARS AGO
Dr. Stevens is advertising soda water.
Sergeant Eugene Myers has been promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Indiana Cavalry.
The following soldier boys have come home, Lieutenant Thomas D. Lamson, John Long, Rudolph Lamson, Henry Sparks and John W. Kincaid.
James A. Works has opened a law office at the office of the County Recorder.
Company D. 10th Indiana Cavalry is stationed at Memphis.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of