10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Norman Peters, Pat Courtney, Janet K. Heeke, Myron Gregory, Katherine Martin.
Switzerland County junior Keegan Kincaid has been notified that he has been selected to participate in the 2011 Indiana Class Basketball All Star Classic.
The Town of Vevay is about to embark on a $1 million storm sewer project that town council members hope will alleviate standing water and flooding conditions in different parts of the community.
Amanda Hon, a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School, has graduated from Ball State University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
20 YEARS AGO
Jonathan Bond earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 13th. Local residents attending the graduation ceremony were his parents, Craig and Linda Bond of near Patriot and grandmothers Janet Bond and Lovena Jacobs.
Lance Collier of Vevay has graduated from Tri State University in Angola, Indiana. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and participated in commencement exercises on May 5th. He is the son of Pat and Phyllis Collier of Vevay.
Adam Dennis of near Fairview has been admitted to Manchester College for the 2001-2002 school year. He is the son of Mark Dennis. He was also awarded a Presidential Scholarship by Manchester, which is a $7,000 scholarship awarded to first-year students selected from the most outstanding applicants for admission each year.
30 YEARS AGO
Carrie Van Norstran, Valedictorian for the class of 1991, spoke during commencement services Friday night at Switzerland County High School. She reminded the graduates of some of their trials and accomplishments, fears and growth that were all a part of getting them ready for graduation.
The ground breaking for the new Switzerland County Public Library has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to the ceremony at the Market Square Park in Vevay.
40 YEARS AGO
For more than 10 years the people of Switzerland County have heard discussion about a power plant being built in the Mexico Bottom area above Patriot. Indianapolis Power and Light Company says the power plant is still on the drawing board.
Swiss Villa Nursing Home is expected to open on or before June 1st, according to Jeff McCabe, administrator of the facility.
50 YEARS AGO
Fred Jennings, Jr., will retire as Vevay’s chief town marshal May 41st to conclude over 25 years as a law enforcement officer for the county seat. Jennings began work for the town as a law officer in the mid-1930’s when Vevay was still classified as a city. J.T. Pritchard was mayor at that time and Chester Callis was deputy prosecutor in Switzerland Circuit Court. He later served as deputy county sheriff under sheriff Aaron Scott and returned as town marshal from 1952 through 1965 and again for the past 3 1/2 years. He has been chief marshal the last 10 or 12 of those years.
“Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?” will be the question put forth in the main speaker’s address Sunday as 77 Switzerland County High School seniors take part in graduation exercises at the high school gymnasium. Tom Atkins, Cincinnati television newscaster, will be the main speaker or the 8 o’clock (E.S.T. (slow time) Sunday evening commencement exercise following a 2 o’clock baccalaureate exercise that afternoon.
Sherley W. Sample of Bennington was among a list of 33 members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps Department at Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute to be recently promoted. Sample, a 1967 graduate of Vevay High School, was promoted to the rank of cadet captain. All cadets in the ROTC program are organized into the Rose-Hulman Brigade which emphasizes chain of command.
60 YEARS AGO
Richard King has resigned as Vevay Elementary School principal and basketball coach to accept a teaching position near Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.
Six Vevay High School 1961 graduates were guests of honor at last night’s Vevay Kiwanis Club weekly meeting in recognition of their having attained the highest scholastic standings in their class during the past four years. Receiving honors and certificates of recognition were Wayne Stahl, Gordon R. Brown, Robert D. Woodfill, Amy D. McKay, Carolyn L. Truesdell, and Sandra Jo Stevens.
Airman 3C John E. Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks of route 3, Vevay, is attending the technical training course for radio and radar maintenance at Kessler A.F.B., Mississippi.
Mrs. Neil Hinton of Vevay returned Friday by plane from a six-week tour of the Holy Land and other European points of interest. Mrs. Hinton made the trip as a member of the Prophetic Pilgrimage of Wheaton and Moody Bible Institutes, Chicago, a Bible study group composed of 132 persons. Mrs. Hinton was also a guest of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Heberhart of Vevay at their home in Chantilly, Frances.
The second positive case of rabies in the past two weeks was discovered in Switzerland County last week when a little girl’s pet died and state health department tests proved positive. The animal, called Lucky by its little owner, was the pet dog of Diana Dorsey, daughter of Paul Dorsey of Fairview.
70 YEARS AGO
Thomas Bennett, who recently retired as Lockmaster at U.S. Dam 39, near Florence, after 32 years of service there was honored Sunday with a dinner which was given by fellow employees and friends.
A copy of U.S. Army Orders, dated April 1st, 1951, and just received, state that Sergeant Nelson Hambrick, of Vevay, then a Corporal, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic conduct under fire in Korea.
Delmar Scudder fell at the Charlestown Powder Plant, Thursday night and fractured his spine. He was taken to the Clark County Memorial Hospital for care.
Coleman Brindley narrowly escaped severing a little toe Monday morning while cutting fence posts on the farm of Guy Ricketts near Center Square. After receiving medical attention he was taken to his home in Vevay where he is now recovering.
A new softball league for play this summer will be organized here Monday evening, to include both church and independent teams.
Miss Janet Brindley, who is a member of the V.H.S. graduating class, returned home Sunday from King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where she underwent an emergency appendectomy early Thursday morning.
Mrs. Naomi Plaskett, Director of the Switzerland County Welfare Department, announced Wednesday that offices of the organization would be moved from its present quarters on or about June 1st, to the former “banquet hall” on the ground floor of the Swiss Hotel here.
80 YEARS AGO
Chester Kiesel, cashier of the First National Bank, Vevay, was elected to the presidency of that institution Monday to fill the vacancy existing after the death of the late Edwin T. Coleman.
A barn on the property of Edgar Cheever in Aberdeen was completely destroyed by fire early Monday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Dibble, residents of Vevay for many years, have been permanently employed on the tow boat, George T. Price.
William E. Curry, well known insurance man of Vevay, died suddenly at his home in Vevay early Monday.
Miss Edna Scott of Blythe, California, and Marshall Courtney of Vevay were married in Arizona May 5th.
Mrs. Rosa B. Aldred, wife of James Aldred, Sr., passed away at her home near Vevay Sunday evening after a long illness.
90 YEARS AGO
George Waldo, whose parents and grandparents are well known here and in Rising Sun, has achieved new honors at Auburn University, having been promoted to assistant professor of physics. After two years study he perfected a photo-electric cell or mechanical eye that can detect light much sooner than the human eye. Quite an honor for a young college student.
John Simms, former resident of Markland, and now residing in Norwood, Ohio, was severely injured Saturday evening when struck by a bicycle ridden by a messenger boy. He is a brother-in-law of George and William Reeves of Markland.
A track meet was held between the V.H.S. team and a team captained from the Vevay armory, in Vevay last Saturday. Score: high school 43, battery 38.
The work of all students of every department of the Vevay city schools will be on display at the school auditorium Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15th, 16th and 17th.
A mechanical device called an “iron fireman” has been installed in the plant of the Vevay Ice Company. It’s use is expected to decrease fuel consumption, as coal is fed evenly into the furnace and is burned by forced draft, automatically controlled.
Students from the high school at Plymouth, Indiana, visited Vevay a short time Saturday while on a sightseeing tour of southern Indiana.
Lewis Dupraz left Friday morning to re-assume his position at Rogers Drug Store in Madison.
100 YEARS AGO
The six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hart was attacked by a large rooster while playing in the barn yard and had one eyeball severed and the lid of the other eye torn. Dr. Cochran of Madison found it necessary to remove the left eyeball but it is believed that the right eye will be all right.
Charles Harold, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Martin near two fingers on each hand Sunday when he caught them in a lawn mower.
Miss Laura Bromwell of Florence, swimmer and aviatrix, broke the world’s loop-the-loop record when her plane, starting at a height of 8,000 feet, performed 199 complete loops before landing. Last year she established a record of 8 loops during a single flight. Her entire flight consumed one hour and 20 minutes.
Mrs. Martha Pavy of Braytown is a remarkable example of good health and vitality. Mrs. Pavy, although 78 years of age, walked to Vevay Monday and said she was not tired when she reached here.
An examination for fourth class postmasters will be held at Aurora on June 11th, 1921 to fill a vacancy at Patriot.
Quite a bit of excitement was caused here Wednesday when the government tow boat “St. Louis” of the Inland Waterway Service passed down the river en route from Point Pleasant to St. Louis. The craft, which has just been completed is entirely 40 feet wide and 200 feet long and is capable of making a fast rate of speed.
The following officers have been elected by the Switzerland County Banker’s Association, which was organized recently at East Enterprise: President, Harry Stow; vice president, Frank Riley; secretary, E. T. Coleman; treasurer, Percy Dugan.
It was found necessary Saturday to amputate the finger of Paul Curry of Center Square. Mr. Curry developed blood poisoning in the member about six weeks ago and it became so infected the operation was deemed necessary.
The State Highway Commission has put up sign posts to designate the state road through Vevay. The road comes up Market Street to the Christian Church up Liberty to Main to Ferry.
110 YEARS AGO
The Burley Tobacco Society is making a payment of 20 percent of certificates.
Eugene Stoops purchased the Peter Howde farm in Cotton Township.
William Knaus near Markland was severely injured when kicked by a horse.
Oliver Tyson has completed a motor boat for George Johnson.
The machinery of the H.P. Christie Laundry in Vevay was sold at auction to C.S. Tandy.
130 YEARS AGO
Ira Stephenson is journeying in China and the Reveille is publishing interesting accounts of his trip.
Captain John Chatline made a successful bid of $3,250 for the Vevay Island at a sale in Carrollton to settle the Smithson estate.
Aurora had five different tickets in the city election. They were Republican, Democratic, Non-Partisan, Independent and Citizen.
C.E. Golay has sold a half interest in his insurance business to L.E. Smith.
150 YEARS AGO
Last Tuesday the body of a man was found near Lamson’s Landing.
Married on April 26th in Vevay by Reverend R. R. Baldwin, Mr. Henry Buchanan to Miss Sharah Heady.
Married April 30th at the same place by same, Mr. George W. Willis and Miss Mary O’Brien.
160 YEARS AGO
Our columns are almost exclusively filled with articles and news concerning the war movements of our country. We have condensed much of the news to make it intelligible to the general reader. We have almost quit writing articles for the paper, as nothing we could conjure up would be tolerated, in preference to the item concerning the “great rebellion.”
Lieutenant Davis, who was in Ft. Sumter, is now in Indianapolis and has taken charge of the commissary and quartermaster’s department of Indiana.
Major Anderson has arrived in Washington and it e command of the two Kentucky (of which he is a native regiments which have been tendered to the government.
Fort Pickens having been thoroughly reinforced and supplied, the government is now prepared to make offensive movements as well as defensive.
The government has notified the collector of the port at New Albany, Indiana, to stop all boats bound to the confederate states.
Miles Greenwood and Company of Cincinnati have been engaged to make 20 large pieces of brass cannon for Governor Morton of Indiana to be ready within 30 days.
The president has issued a proclamation calling into service for three years, unless sooner discharged 142,000 volunteers and directs an increase of the regular army by eight regiments of infantry, one of cavalry, one of artillery, and 18,000 seamen.
The New York Tribune says, “25,000 rifles have been purchased in Canada for the U.S. government.”
“The New York Herald estimates that the war will last six months before the South is subdued.”