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5/16/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 5-16-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers



10 YEARS AGO



President George Bush shook hands with Vevay's Lowell Wayne Sullivan during Sunday's address at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. As the state commander of the American Legion, Lowell Wayne Sullivan was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and as the president walked onto the stage, he stopped and saluted Lowell Wayne Sullivan.

The new Switzerland County 911 emergency system has been installed in the sheriff's office as is in operation - and the state-of-the-art system has many new features that may result in the saving of lives. Director of Communications Deric Brown said that the new system is top-notch, noting that larger cities don't have a system as complete and automated as this one. It's the same system the Cincinnati Airport uses and cities and counties in Indiana are just finding out about.

An open house will be held in honor of the 90th birthday of Harold E. Demaree this Sunday, May 25th, at the Vevay United Methodist Church, from 2-4 p.m.

Master Sergeant Steven Hewitt and his daughter, cadet mater sergeant Lori Hewitt, will be going to Normandy, France as part of a field trip for Junior ROTC students. Last year was Lori Hewitt's first year as a Junior ROTC cadet, and she and her dad also got to go to Normandy then while President and Mrs. Bush were there.

Fourth grade students from Switzerland County Elementary School and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School enjoyed the annual Ag Day at the farm of Roger and Lisa Garland on Wednesday, April 30th.



20 YEARS AGO



Former Switzerland County resident Bobbi Jo King Marksberry recently completed requirements for the bachelor of arts degree in business and management at the University of Maryland. She attended u of M from January, 1990, until January, 1993, at the campus in Misawa, Japan. She was named to the Dean's List every semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude, an honor that goes to graduates ranking in the top five percent of their class. Her cumulative grade point average was 3.86 of a possible perfect 4.0.

Switzerland County High School senior Vincent Valenzuela has been selected a winner of a Merit Scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is only the second Switzerland County High School student to receive the honor. The other student was Kenny Roberts in 1984.

Mary Kathryn Schwanholt of Florence recently received an Earth Day award from the State of Kentucky for her work as program coordinator of the conservation district for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Kentucky. She has conducted an Environmental Education Camp for 2,000 students, held teacher workshops, had poster and essay contests for school children, and several other conservation programs. She is the daughter of Walter and Irene Schwanholt of Cross Plains.



30 YEARS AGO



A $5,261.50 grant has been awarded to Switzerland County as part of a nationwide $50 million distribution program designed to supplement emergency food and shelter for the needy.

Switzerland County's 92 senior high school students received their diplomas last Sunday during graduation ceremonies at the high school in front of a packed house of proud parents, relatives and friends. Leading the senior class were Roger Dale Hilligoss, Valedictorian and Vada Delores Cleeter Devers, Salutatorian.

The Seventh Annual Southern Indiana Horse Pull is coming to Vevay Saturday, June 4th, according to Don Allen of the 4-H Fair Board. The event, sponsored by the Switzerland County 4-H Fair, has been labeled as the biggest horse pull competition in the Mideast with over $2,000 in prizes and trophies to be given away.



40 YEARS AGO



James Robert Firth, 49, of route 2, Vevay, died of injuries received at about 5:40 p.m. Friday when the lawn mower he was riding was hit by an automobile.

Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Smith of Patriot announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Chandra Kae, to Douglas Keith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Keith of Quercus Grove. The wedding ceremony will be performed at the Rising Sun Baptist church Saturday, June 23rd, at 7 p.m.

H. Ross Jackson, a Switzerland County native, will retire this spring after a log and varied career as an educator in several Indiana locations. Mr. Jackson is the son of Mrs. Hattie Jackson who resides in Vevay with her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Moreillon. Mrs. Jackson is Switzerland County's oldest citizen at the age of 104 years.

Funeral services were held Saturday from Salem Christian Church for Mrs. Ola Adams, 72, of route 1, Canaan, who passed away May 17th at a Madison hospital.

George S. Furnish, 83, of 508 West Main Street, Vevay, passed away Monday at Mayfield Nursing Home in Madison.



50 YEARS AGO



Fred Aldred, 78, of Vevay, a retired farmer, died Friday at his home on Pike Street following a long period of ill health.

The $1,000 Courson-Greeves prize scholarship in English at Indiana University has been won by Constance Ann Brown, 406 West Pike Street, Vevay, and Larry Lockridge, Bloomington.

Bobby Stout won more honors this week as he was named Vevay High School valedictorian of the 1963 graduating class. He received six other honors during VHS Senior Day Thursday. Carol Ann Hardin was VHS salutatorian, principal Earl S. Reid announced Monday. Miss Hardin received six honors during Senior Day.

David Minks has received honors as valedictorian of the Patriot-Posey High School 1962-63 graduating class. His scholastic average was above all classmates during his four-year high school career. Runnerup to Minks for top honors was salutatorian Judy Dickerson who was also named the school's "Homemaker of Tomorrow" in the 1963 Betty Crocker search.

Denny Brown, Vevay High School basketball star, was awarded the Vevay newspapers Free Throw Trophy.



60 YEARS AGO



Mrs. Leona Kelley, 64, wife of Walter Kelley of Florence, passed away in King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison early Friday morning following a prolonged illness which was due to inflamation of the liver.

Samuel L. Benedict, 88, for many years a prominent merchant of York township, passed away at his home in Markland about 5 o'clock Wednesday morning following a long period of ill health.

Any day now, the 17-year locust, or periodical cicada, will appear. You will know him by his raucous voice. His last visit was in 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Maude J. Hall who died May 13th in Indianapolis following a sudden heart attack, were conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay by Reverend J. A. McKinney. Interment was made in the Vevay Cemetery.

Miss Frances Dyer Shadday, 84, well known retired school teacher, passed away Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at her home on Main Street following a prolonged illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Furnish announce the engagement of their daughter, Jean, to Pfc. Leon Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Morton of Pleasant.



70 YEARS AGO



One of Switzerland County's worst river tragedies occurred opposite Warsaw, Kentucky, Saturday afternoon when four young men, three of them from York Township, lost their lives when a motor boat in which they were riding overturned, throwing them into the swift, current. A fifth member of the party escaped by clinging to the overturned craft until rescued. The young men were Clifford Chase, Lester Eichler, William Langhorst, all of Florence, and Merle Whitham of Rising Sun. The young man who escaped the fate of his brother, Clifford, and companions was Private Wilford Chase, who was on furlough from the Army.

The State of Indiana has need of your 1942 automobile and truck front license plates which are to be repossessed and manufactured into new 1944 plates.

The Gaudin Hardware Company, one of Vevay's oldest mercantile establishments, was heavily damaged by fire last Sunday morning. A kerosene stove exploded and despite heroic efforts by Mr. Gaudin the flames spread rapidly throughout the building. The East Enterprise fire department responded to a call for help in extinguishing the blaze.

Miss Ruth Ralston ha enlisted in the SPARS and is awaiting a call to report to Palm Beach, Florida for training.



80 YEARS AGO



For the second time within six months, the warehouse of Clyde Culbertson was robbed when on Thursday morning thieves broke into the building and stole between 150 and 200 pairs of men's work shoes.

Adam Holdcroft, Civil War veteran, died at his home in East Enterprise Monday morning, following a long period of ill health. He was 85 years of age.

Oliver A. Kegerice, ex-deputy sheriff of Jefferson County, has been appointed as game warden of Switzerland, Jefferson, and Jennings counties.

Mrs. Mary Adkinson Danner, wife of W. Scott Danner and a native of the Moorefield community, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. C. Hill in Hanover Sunday morning.

Born, a son, David Gerald, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Griffith.

Born, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Neeley Scudder of Center Square.

George Brown, 62, passed away at his home Wednesday after a prolonged illness.

Lewis M. Conner, farmer residing near East Enterprise, passed away at his home May 14th, having been in poor health for some time past.



90 YEARS AGO



H.E. Cole last Friday sold his Vevay Confectionery to John A. Danglade, who took possession Saturday morning.

A loft of haymakers will be installed in Vevay Thursday night of this week immediately at the close of the Red Men's Lodge. Fifth candidates will be initiated by the degree team from Madison.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. A. Burton of Lamb.

Mrs. Mary Scudder died at her home west of Vevay Sunday afternoon. The deceased, who was the widow of Harvey Scudder, was 84 years of age and had been in poor health for some time.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Rochat, nee Mary Lee.



100 YEARS AGO



The streets of Vevay are receiving their annual coating of oil.

William Peelman of Vevay and Miss Laura Johnson of Carrollton were married in Carrollton May 10th.

The penny postal card will be green hereafter as is the practice in many foreign countries. Postmaster General Burleson signed an order for the change.

Mr. Charles Courter and Miss Sarah Hizer of Posey Township were married at Rising Sun May 6th.



120 YEARS AGO



Last Saturday night river pirates raided the riverfront, stealing about $100 worth of lines from the steamer Katie Prather, coal barges and other crafts in the river.

Don't catch A.P. Dufour carrying up coal into his residence and building a lot of fires throughout that big house next winter - he has had enough of that. He is going to have a furnace placed in the basement and when cold weather comes will build one big fire and let 'er run till spring. Sensible, Abner.

Judge Downey has been presented with the adz he used in a cooper shop some 52 years ago near Fairview.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leander Clendenning.

Licensed to marry: Nathaniel Brown and Julia A. Konkle.

The fire alarm of Friday morning was caused by a blaze on the roof of a building on Market Street occupied by Daniel Brindley and family. Miss Lizzie Rosenberger went up on the roof and extinguished the flames with a bucket of water before the arrival of the fire company with he engine. This brave young lady should be elected an honorary member of the fire companies.



140 YEARS AGO



Last Monday while Charles Haskell of Craig Township was attempting to step from a chair to a horse's back, he fell backwards against the chair with such force that two ribs were broken and several dislocated.

About 12 o'clock on the night of May 16th, the home of Benjamin Stoops in Craig Township was destroyed by fire. A few household articles were saved but his loss will be nearly $1,000. Cause of the fire is unknown.

May Louise Brown, 16-year-old daughter of Harry and Louise M. Brown, died April 21st at their home in Quincy, Illinois. The family formerly resided in Rising Sun.





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