10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Rylee Oser, Norma Earl, Janice Farrington, Michael Talley, Bob South, Mary Carter, Ethelynn James.
Rob Furnish was recognized as the past president of the Southeast Indiana PCARET (Purdue branch of Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching), on October 14th.
The Town of Patriot has been officially recognized as a member of the Indiana Main Street program.
Lindsay Scott is named All Conference in Volleyball for the 2010 season.
20 YEARS AGO
The Belterra Casino and Resort opened for invitation-only test cruises on Monday, with the Indiana Gaming Commission over seeing the entire operation. Belterra is expected to be granted approval by the commission to open to the public this weekend. Switzerland County’s April Cooper was the first riverboat employee when she went to work seven years ago to help with the promotion of the riverboat referendum. At Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for Belterra, she was honored by CEO Paul Alanis and others for her direction to the project.
A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was given on July 25th for Don and Jean Otter of Spring Branch. The celebration was held at the home of Ronnie and Lorrie Otter in Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
The Hoosier Theater in Vevay recently received a generous $15,000 donation from the Philip Morris Tobacco Company to enable them to continue presenting excellent community theater. The tobacco company hosted a reception at the Ogle Haus last Friday evening to help celebrate the occasion.
County Auditor Kathy Kelly, who has served since January of 1984, has announced her resignation from office, effective as of December 31st. Kelly announced her decision in a letter addressed to both the county’s Democrat Central Committee and Election Board, citing changes in her personal life.
“Barefoot in the Park”, a comedy by Neil Simon, will be presented by Switzerland County High School’s Drama Club this weekend, and cast and crew are busy putting the finishing touch their production.
40 YEARS AGO
Suzanne Clauser, the television screenwriter whose film “A Girl Named Sooner” was made in Switzerland County in 1974, and was premiered here and shown to the world in 1975, saw her newest movie filmed on location in Cincinnati earlier this month. It is called “The Pride of Jesse Hallam,” and it stars Johnny Cash in the title role.
A Madison Consolidated High School senior has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists in the state for the 1981 United States Senate Youth Program. Twyla Scudder, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Scudder, was nominated by the social studies department at MCHS for the program.
50 YEARS AGO
Specialist 5 Kendrick F. Briggs, Jr., reported to Ft. Polk, Louisiana, October 11th after spending 30 days at home on leave. He returned to the states September 5th after serving a 13-month tour of duty in Korea. While in Korea Specialist 5 Briggs served as a crew chief with the 7th Aviation Battalion. He is the son of Mrs. Charlene Johnson of Louisville and Kendrick Briggs, Sr., of route 1, Vevay.
Switzerland County Emergency Unit held its regular monthly meeting last Monday night at Vevay Town Hall as it has now been in operation for a year, having been organized October 1st, 1969. In that year 63 emergency calls have been answered by the volunteer unit.
Ricky Roland, 1969 graduate of Switzerland County High School, has become a pledge of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity at Indiana State University. A sophomore at ISU, the grandson of Mrs. Hazel Ellison of Vevay is majoring in sociology and minoring in music.
Leonard Lock of Vevay was recently selected as a member of the 123-voice oratorio choir at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lock of route 3, Vevay.
60 YEARS AGO
Miss Marilyn Kinman, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kinman of Patriot reigns as Queen Monday evening at the seventh annual Halloween Parade to be held in Vevay.
One can scarcely turn the dial of a radio or television set these days without having impressed upon his ears and eyes the merits of a cigarette — and the demerits of others. During this time of the year, burley tobacco is being readied for the markets.
70 YEARS AGO
This newspaper is indebted to Mrs. Leon Stoops of Vevay for a seasonal gift of fine persimmons. The fruit is from a tree which bears a seedless variety of delicious flavor.
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Stories of Pleasant Township have some of the largest and most solid sweet potatoes and carrots we have ever seen. The largest of the giant tubers weighed over three pounds and are as solid as a rock.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Edna Sauvain Cole, wife of Kiesel Cole, died Friday after having been ill only a few weeks. She was 36 years of age and death was due to an abscess on the brain.
Miss Hilda Aldean Mountz and Ralph Bodey of Patriot were married by Reverend R. C. McNeeley at his home in Patriot Saturday, October 19th.
The Patriot State Bank, for many years the only financial institution of Posey Township, is now in process of voluntary liquidation and no more deposits are being accepted. An arrangement has been made with the Rising Sun State Bank to purchase the bonds, notes and other assets of the bank during the liquidation which is expected to require days to complete.
Delores, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shadday, Long Run, died at the parents home Wednesday, October 16th, at the age of two months and 16 days.
Charles H. Herndon died at his home near Center Square, October 18th, having been in ill health for many years. He was 77 years of age.
Milton M. Gullion, aged 70 years, died at his home in Markland Monday evening following a long period of ill health.
90 YEARS AGO
Miss Evelyn Pritchard of Vevay and Warren Shirley of Mitchell, Indiana, were married at the home of the bride’s parents Saturday morning by Reverend F. E. Hammel.
After one of the worst droughts in the history of the county, the weatherman made a new record Sunday night by springing the coldest weather for October ever known here. Thermometers registered 20 to 24 degrees above zero.
100 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Orioles were defeated by Otter’s All-Stars of Madison 4-1.
The American Legion has leased the Metropolitan Hall for a club room where they will maintain permanent headquarters.
At a meeting of citizens in Madison Tuesday night the sum of $15,000 was raised to purchase the site of Clifty Falls for a state park. Earlier a proposition was made where the State Highway Commission would build a road from Madison to Vevay as well as the Michigan and state road if Madison would agree to furnish the necessary funds for the purchase of Clifty Falls.
A disastrous fire occurred in Warsaw, Kentucky, just across the river from Florence early Monday morning and a hotel, grocery store, livery stable and dwelling were consumed. The fire is thought to have started in the home of Jeff Webb from a coal oil stove.
110 YEARS AGO
Clarence A. Craig, resident of Florence, died at his home there suddenly Wednesday, aged 48 years.
Miss Hattie Means and Frank Malcomson were married at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday night by Reverend W.S. Lowe.
Born, October 20th, to Jesse Bennett and wife of Markland, a son.
Albert Brady, Goose Creek, found one of his valuable horses dead in the pasture Tuesday morning. It had been shot.
130 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County boys are “getting there” in California. Jack Works is a Supreme Judge, Lucian Shaw is Superior Judge of Los Angeles County, Harry Titus is City Attorney of San Diego, and John Patton is City Clerk of San Diego.
Married at Salem, North Carolina, October 14th, Lieutenant John S. Grisard, U.S. Army, to Miss Mary Kehln of Salem.
Thieves stole a crock of milk and two tin pans from the home of Dr. Sage in Vevay.
150 YEARS AGO
U.P. Schenck is building a house on Ferry Street.
Through the energy and perseverance of William Smith the sidewalk to the cemetery has been completed.
Captain Rous reports that $269.95 is the amount of money collected by Captain Rous at the Vevay toll gate for the month of October.
Vevay has three hotels and several boarding houses.
Horseback riding has become quite a fashionable amusement with the young ladies of the city. They are fearless and will mount the wildest of horses. Thirteen of them came dashing down Main Street at break-neck speed one day last week.
160 YEARS AGO
Joshua J. Porter of this place recently was drowned off a flat boat at French Island. He leaves a wife and baby.
Scarlet fever is raging in this county and several children have died from the disease.
A flat boat owned by U. P. Schenck and son of Vevay was sunk in the Mississippi River when it was struck by a steamboat. The cargo was saved.
A Breckinridge Club was formed at the Courthouse Saturday with Daniel Cole, president, and Merritt W. Tague, secretary.