10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Margaret Merrill, Robbie Kincaid, Donald Works, Don Burress.
Switzerland County High School held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2011 on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon, but the large crowd inside the gym witnessed a wonderful commencement.
Jacob Chandler, who graduated form Switzerland County High School in 2008 with academic honors, has graduated from Ivy Tech College with an associates degree in Applied Science.
Jennifer South, a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School has graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
On a bright and sunny Memorial Day, a large crown of Switzerland County residents and visitors took some time to come to the Veteran’s memorial at the courthouse for annual services.
20 YEARS AGO
Tiffany Thomas graduated with high distinction from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana on May 7th, 2001.
A crowd of more than 100 people gathered at the veterans memorial on the lawn of the Switzerland County Courthouse for a Memorial Day service. A bright sunny day greeted those in attendance and the program involved members of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and both auxiliary groups.
Kristi Asbury of Switzerland County was recently inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta at Indiana State University. She is the daughter of Jack Asbury and Judy Gooden.
Seth Jones, son of Lary and Elizabeth Jones of Vevay, earned a spot on the dean’s list by attaining at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.
30 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. James Brown of Bennington will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this Saturday, June 15th. The Browns were married June 15th, 1951, in Uniontown, Indiana. Marjorie Brown is postmaster of the Bennington Post Office. Jim Brown, a retired ironworker, operates his own welding business and farms.
As a kid growing up Bryan O’Connor often came to Switzerland County to visit his grandparents, Henry and Gladys Moreillon, on their farm near Fairview. Sometimes he’d say he wanted to be a farmer when he grew up. But when he grew up, he changed his mind. Instead he became an astronaut. He’s in orbit right now, 184 miles above the earth, rocketing through space on the shuttle Columbia. The 100-ton spaceship blasted off from Cape Canaveral and is scheduled to complete its nine-day odyssey tomorrow. Bryan O’Connor is the commander of the Columbia.
40 YEARS AGO
Joyce Haddrill, R.N., Director of Nursing at Swiss Villa Nursing Home, looked over the records of the first two patients admitted to the new facility. They are Oma Roland, 90, and Nora Hysell, 79.
The Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center has been awarded the Indiana Association of Senior Centers “Idea Exchange Award” for 1981. Paulina Scudder, center director, was presented a plaque by Mary Lou Brinson, Madison senior citizen director, to mark the occasion, Monday.
Vevay Postmaster Ed Ball presented Elbert Lock and Norman Seaver with 25 years of service pins this week at the local office. The pins are part of a new program begun by the Post Office. Ball also received a 25 year pin last week in Cincinnati.
50 YEARS AGO
The annual vacation reading program sponsored by Switzerland County Public Library will begin Monday and continue for eight weeks through June and July with participants required to read 10 books to complete the program.
New dimensions are being added to the arts and crafts show for the fourth annual Swiss Wine Festival August 12th-15th, according to Mrs. Donna Cole of route 2, Vevay, who is chairman of the event. The show will be held in the old Vevay High School gymnasium and craftsmen and artists will be competing for the first time for prizes in five major categories, plus seven painting categories.
Congressman Lee H. Hamilton has urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to increase the President’s recommendations for funding a proposed federal boat launching ramp in Vevay. The Ninth District Congressman said the project is vital to the economic development of southeastern Indiana. Hamilton urged the committees to allocate $77,000 to construct the public boat ramp on the Ohio River. Construction of the facility was to have begun in 1967, but land acquisition problems stalled the project.
60 YEARS AGO
James K. Danglade, son of Mrs. Helen Danglade of Vevay and the late J. K. Danglade, Sr., has accepted a position on the faculty of Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, as curriculum advisor. He will also be teaching classes in introduction to college life.
Miss Lois Lauderbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldo Lauderbaugh of Vevay and Miss Janice Briggs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Briggs of route 1, Vevay, will be among the 950 students receiving bachelor degrees from Ball State Teacher’s College in Muncie, at commencement exercises to be held Sunday.
John Chris Sieglitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Sieglitz of Vevay, is among 4,028 students in the 1961 graduating class of Indiana University.
Darrell McKenzie crowned Normalene Graves Queen of the Vevay High School junior-senior prom held May 19th at Clifty Inn Hotel in Clifty Falls State Park west of Madison.
The Reverend Roy Reese, 37, presently of Cleves, Ohio, has signed a teaching contract at Vevay Town Schools to fill an elementary school teaching vacancy created by the recent resignation of Richard King.
70 YEARS AGO
Reverend William R. Smith and his good wife, Reverend Lula B. Smith, will quietly observe their golden wedding anniversary at their home a mile above Vevay next Tuesday, May 29th. This fine couple was married at the home of the bride’s father, Newell Morrison near Fairview May 29th, 1901 by Reverend Cordray.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Middleton surprised them with a dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Middleton, the occasion being Mr. and Mrs. Middleton’s 44th wedding anniversary.
Miss Elanor Jean Wiley, of near East Enterprise is a member of the 1951 graduating class of Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, and received a diploma at the school’s commencement exercises May 31st in the First Presbyterian Church, Walnut Hills. Miss Wiley is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hubert Wiley.
The V.F.W. baseball team has secured the services of Tommy Thevenow of Madison, former National League shortstop and second base star, to coach the very promising material Vevay has this season. In addition to coaching, Thevenow will pinch hit as a player if needed.
A new post of the “Fathers’ Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars” was organized here on Tuesday evening with Charles Hardin of Florence elected as commander, Hubert Hambrick Sr., vice-commander; Paul Hankins Jr., vice-commander; Curtis Cole, chaplain; and Earnest Courtney, quartermaster.
80 YEARS AGO
A bantam hen, belonging to Roberta Jean Konkle, Bennington, has made a nest at the top of a 50 foot maple tree and is hatching young chicks this week.
Contracts for the new bridges over Hunt’s and Plum Creeks were let Tuesday to Deniston and Garber, contractors of Rochester, Indiana. The bid accepted was for $87,128.27.
Lewis Verle Driver, resident of Cotton Township, was fatally injured in an automobile accident which occurred on the New Washinton-Charleston road just after midnight Saturday. Estal Peters, a passenger in the car with Driver, sustained painful injuries but is now improving.
Miss Helen Moreillon, daughter of near Fairview, graduated from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 21st.
90 YEARS AGO
The 68th annual commencement exercises of the Vevay High School will be held tonight in the school auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. A.R. Hatton, Evanston, Illinois, who is himself a graduate of the Vevay school. Dr. Hatton is a professor of political science at Northwestern University.
The new law requiring the publications of all claims before their allowance by the Board of County Commissioners will probably be in effect by the first meeting of the board in July.
The members of the senior class accompanied by Miss Frances Culbertson and Miss Edith Shaw, made a sight seeing trip to Dix River Dam, Kentucky, Thursday.
Died, Wilson Brooks, a Civil War veteran, and prominent farmer of Jefferson County, at his home on Todd Hill Monday evening, following an illness of two weeks, which was brought on by a stroke.
Another member of an old Switzerland County family passed away last Saturday, in the death of Charles Leatherbury, who lived north of Bennington.
100 YEARS AGO
French’s “New Sensation Floating Theatre” will be at the river landing Friday, June 3rd, for its 48th annual performance. The cast this year will present a musical comedy “A Modern Cinderella,” with a beauty chorus of dancing girls.
The ladies of the Baptist Mission Society of Patriot will give a lawn fete Saturday evening, June 4th, at the church yard.
Buford Humphrey, Patriot, suffered injuries Wednesday afternoon when his horse belonging to Oliver Furnish fell into an old cistern when it caved in beneath him. The animal was “floated” to the top of the cistern and pulled to safety without a scratch.
110 YEARS AGO
Joseph Martin suffered a stroke of paralysis while working in his garden.
Clarence Knox and his family will leave soon to locate in California.
The house occupied by Paul Lasuer on Silver Street was totally destroyed by fire May 18.
The following people of this county recently purchased E.M.F. and Flanders 20 automobiles: H.J Harris, R.O. Wickman, A.O. Neal, Fred Haskell, George B. Hall, H.B. Shaw, W.O Protsman, Dr. J.P. Ward, William H. Scott, A.G. Bakes, George N. Reeves, Lincoln F. Clark, and William H. Oatman.
130 YEARS AGO
C.L. Gibson, Vevay, is manufacturing the “Harmony Club” cigar.
Alfred Shaw, postmaster, has announced that beginning July, mail service will be increased on route 33220-Vevay to Rising Sun. This will make a daily mail from East Enterprise to Vevay.
Prof. W.R.J. Stratford took a number of graduation and upper class men of the high school on a cruise down the river. All were officers — no privates being allowed. Following is the list: commander, Prof. Stratford; chief engineer, Frank Dupraz; mate, Clarence Detraz; 1st lieut., Ernest Holland; 2nd lieut., Edward F. Smith; surgeon, Augustus R. Hatton; quartermaster, Harry Lee; sergeant, Wade Siebenthal; staff officers, Fred Bakes, Percy Buschmann, Clarence Shaw, Bryant McMakin, Carroll Walton, Ben Waldenmaier, and Heddon Baird.
Mathew Brooks of Vineyard has moved into his new home.
150 YEARS AGO
Last Thursday a little girl of Charles Cramer, aged about 7 years, fell from the top to the bottom of the stairway in the show building on Market Street, a distance of 18 feet and was severely injured.
Col. Johnson Watts and Cornelius H. Humphrey, both of Patriot, are critically ill.
The state school fund which has been distributed allots each school child $1.93, being five cents less than that of last May.
A lodge of Good Templars was organized at Braytown last week.
162 YEARS AGO
The new militia law is now in force and all companies desiring to get guns from the state must organize under that law and be uniformed — the uniform to be adopted by the company, unless the government prescribes one. To procure guns it will be necessary for the commanding officer of every company to make a requisition to the quartermaster general.
About 15,000 government soldiers have passed into Virginia.
“The law to organize the militia of Indiana, has had the effect to prove to us conclusively that the “home guards” will be numerous and that every man will be a captain! There will be but very few privates, judging from present indications! “Home Guards” indeed they will be; we’d like to see anybody get some of the “military” away from home! We’ll guarantee they’ll stay at home — until the war is over. A law without a penalty attached is of no avail; the state of Indiana’s $500,000 worth of arms will soon become rusty, without some penalty is attached to it, to make men muster.”
“Next Monday, the commissioners of Switzerland County meet in regular session. There seems to be a feeling among some that the commissioners must make large expenditures of money for war purposes, without any particular purpose or use for the same. We hope our commissioners will be extremely cautious in making appropriations of this character.”