10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Velma V. Ricketts, Patti Buchanan, Dorothy Detmer, Raymond Clark.
Switzerland County High School agriculture teacher Greg Curlin is about to become the National President of the national Association of Agricultural Educators. The association serves more than 7,500 agriculture education programs across the country, and Curlin becomes the first Indiana teacher to be elected to the office since 1971.
Ariel Clark, a senior at Switzerland County High School, was crowned as the Queen of the 2009 Aurora Farmers Fair last Wednesday night.
20 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County High School Marching Band Flag Corps continued their outstanding marching season this past Saturday with a n excellent performance at Seymour Oktoberfest. The band placed first and the flag corps placed second. The band will be participating this Saturday in the 26th annual Bennington Homecoming Parade.
Many people took advantage of the perfect Fall weather to sell pumpkins, gourds, and other Autumn decorations at last Saturday’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Celebration. The Farmers’ Market near the Switzerland County Courthouse proved to be a popular place for shoppers.
Vevay Newspapers editor Pat Lanman recently returned from mission trip to Croatia, Bosnia, and the Czech Republic.
Harry Lamson of Vevay was honored as a 75- year member of the Switzerland Lodge of the Masons this past August. Making the presentation were Bob Lamson who is master of the Oakland Lodge #140 in Indianapolis; Jim Baker Secretary of the Switzerland Lodge; and Glenn Taylor, senior warden of the Switzerland Lodge.
30 YEARS AGO
Carol Sublett of the Switzerland County Emergency Medical Service has been selected and appointed to the 15-member Indiana State EMS Commission. She will serve a four-year term.
The 16th Annual Bennington Homecoming will be held Saturday, October 14th.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sullivan of Westport, Indiana, will celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary with an open house Sunday, October 15th, at their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stout of Rising Sun will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Ohio County Historical Building in Rising Sun Sunday, October 22nd.
40 YEARS AGO
Long-time Vevay resident Chester Callis died Wednesday morning, October 3rd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was 84. He passed the bar in 1922 and opened an office in Vevay where he remained in active practice until his death this week.
Celesia O’Neal, daughter of Kay O’Neal and a 1977 graduate of Switzerland County High School, has been promoted to manager of Indianapolis’ Nora Shopping Center Spare Change Store.
50 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Presbyterian Church building was accepted without objection to house the county’s historical museum as Switzerland County Historical Society met at the church Monday night. With Lloyd Farrar, society president, presiding, half the society’s 60 members attended the group’s October meeting in the church which will replace the present old Switzerland Baptist Church on West Pike Street as the county museum. Work to move the displays from the old museum into the new building will probably begin next spring.
William Gehrig, bearing greetings from the government of the municipality of Vevey, Switzerland, native community of the American Vevay’s early 19th Century settlers, visited his village’s U.S. counterpart Sunday. Greeted by a four-member hospitality committee at Samaritan Foundation, Inc., Hospitality House, William Gehrig made a brief tour of the town and was met at the Switzerland County Historical Museum by Ben Banta, new museum curator.
60 YEARS AGO
They’re Mr. and Mrs. Otto Cutter, Dillsboro route 2, now. But less than a week ago, Otto Cutter and Vera Ketenbrink were faced with a major decision that was fated to affect their entire life together. Cutter, a farmer, was scheduled to marry Miss Ketenbrink, last Friday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Bear Branch. But on Friday morning, complications — the worst kind — developed. Cutter developed a sudden illness and was rushed to the hospital. The couple had a talk and started passing the word that the wedding would take place as planned, except at the hospital instead of the church. Relatives and friends jammed into room 332 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital at 7 p.m. and with the Reverend Gerald Herbener officiating the marriage ceremony was performed as scheduled — not one bit less happier than it would have been had it been held at the church.
Work on the new multi-million dollar Markland Dam project, a remodeling job that will raise the pool level of the Ohio River, make it possible for boats of deeper draft to use the Ohio for freight hauling and negate the role of five upstream locks and dams is moving on or slightly ahead of schedule.
70 YEARS AGO
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Leap (nee Margery Bowin) Sunday, October 9th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison. The young lady weighed 6 1/2 pounds and has been named Deborah Dianne.
Sheriff Ora Scudder claims that now he has seen and heard everything in the performance of his duties. One night last week he received a telephone call from the Old National tavern from a fellow with a few too many drinks under his belt. He inquired of the Sheriff if he knew several different persons, and the official replied in the affirmative to each query. Finally seeing that the conversation was in a rut the Sheriff popped a question to the caller. “So what?” he said, and was astounded at the reply from the other end of the line. “Oh, a smart aleck, huh? Wanna make somethin’ out of it? Well, jus’ come on down here and get me then.” And the Sheriff did, stating that it was the first and only time in his tenure as an officer of the law that he had a direct request for the kind of hospitality he puts out. As an aftermath the man was fined $1.00 and costs in Squire Baird’s court next morning.
80 YEARS AGO
Rodolph F. Grisard a native and former businessman of Vevay passed away at his home in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky Sunday.
Mrs. Dora Dickason’s home near Aberdeen was completely destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.
The Culbertson warehouse on Ferry Street in Vevay, containing thousands of dollars worth of hardware, grain and other merchandise, was totally destroyed by fire early Friday afternoon. Calls for help in fighting the flames were made to East Enterprise, Madison, Moorefield and Ghent.
A son was born Wednesday, October 4th, to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Boatz of Fairview.
A daughter, Billie Jo, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Lane at their home near Quercus Grove September 30th.
A son, James Vernon, was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hart of Parks Ridge.
James A. Works, one of our venerable citizens, was honored at the Aurora fair last week as the oldest racing driver in the Southeastern Indiana Circuit. Mr. Works is the author of many interesting stories that have been published in this paper.
90 YEARS AGO
A large bridge a short distance east of Patriot collapsed and fell into the water below it Tuesday morning when a runaway truck being used to haul gravel to Wade’s Hill crashed into one of the abutments. The driver escaped injury when the truck fell into the creek.
The Flint automobile of Roy Osborne, Vevay barber, was destroyed by fire Monday night while Mr. Osborne was driving the car near Fairview.
The Bruner Hatchery has just ordered an all-electric egg incubator with a capacity of 30,000 eggs.
100 YEARS AGO
Plans are completed for the giant soldier homecoming here on October 16th.
Thirty-six veterans of the Civil War attended the old soldiers reunion at the court room Saturday.
James Harpold, an employee at Dam 39, escaped with bruises and a sprained back Saturday in an accident at the Dam.
A daughter was born Saturday to the Hubert Gullion’s of Markland.
110 YEARS AGO
Word has been received here that the Louisville Colonel pennant winning team will play in Vevay tomorrow. The day will be observed in Vevay as a holiday. Most business houses closing at noon. Admission to the game 15 cents.
Jockey Day is to be revived in Vevay and the date of the next sale will be October 18th.
William O. Protsman of Vevay and Arlington O’Neal of Markland have formed a partnership and have secured the agency for Switzerland County for the Studebaker line of automobiles.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Smith of Patriot, a daughter.
Born to William Johnson and wife of Patriot, a girl.
Born to William Day and wife of Center Square, a daughter.
Joseph Redd, Civil War veteran, died at his home in Vevay yesterday from a long illness of cancer.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roberts of Florence, a son, and to Mr. and Mrs. Ward Keith, also of Florence, a daughter.
Born to Tom Marsh and wife, a son.
Born to Ed Newbold and wife of Independence, a daughter.
130 YEARS AGO
A reunion is being held in Vevay this week of the survivors of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry.
Corn cuttings are all the go in this vicinity, there being one every night last week and some nights two.
J. A. Van Osdol, County Superintendent, last Monday received the new school books for Patriot, Moorefield and Cotton Township. As Indiana School Book Company failed to supply Patriot in time for the opening of school the old books are being used.
150 YEARS AGO
Benjamin Detraz fell from a two-story building here Wednesday morning and was killed instantly.
An explosion of a portable engine at the State Fair last week killed 20 persons and three horses and injured many persons.
Markets: Butter 25 cents and 30 cents pound, eggs 45 cents dozen, wheat $1.15 bushel, potatoes 40 cents bushel, onions 75 cents bushel, flour, $6.00 barrel.
160 YEARS AGO
The Vevay-Rising Sun Telegraph Company will begin operations very soon.