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Switzerland County Old Citizens – 1898

Old Citizen’s meeting in Switzerland County, Indiana report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 6 Oct 1898 – Page 1, Column 5

Old Citizens’ Meeting,
Held at Lamb, Indiana, Sept. 21, 1898, was called to order at 11 o’clock, by the President, and opened by singing “America.” Invocation by D. M. Bridges, of Carrollton, followed by the son “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” J. F. Simpson delivered the welcome address.

Hon. Chas. W. Lee was introduced and spoke 30 minutes, followed by a song by the choir.

Adjourned until 1:30 p.m.

Report, by the President, of the deaths that have occurred in the past three years since the organization of the Old Citizens’ Meeting at Lamb. There were eight deaths among the members, the youngest of which was 62 years of age, the oldest 87 years of age.

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Pres, D. M. Bridges, Carrollton, Kentucky; Vice Pres., Wm. Anderson, Vevay, Indiana; Sec. and Treas., A. E. Lamb, Lamb, Indiana.

Following the election was a song by the choir, after which Mr. Bridges was introduced and spoke ten minutes.

Song—“My Mother’s Grave,” by E. Adams and others.

Mr. Leland, of Madison, Indiana, was introduced and spoke for ten minutes.

A song by the choir, entitled “A Home Beyond the Jordon,” was followed by a recitation by Miss Sophia Cotton, of Brooksburg, which was very appropriate.

Mr. E. A. Gullion, of Carrollton, Kentucky, gave a short talk, after which Miss Inez Simpson recited “How Ruby Played the Piano,” which was splendidly rendered and much appreciated by the audience.

There were talks by Aljah Wright and others, interspersed with songs.

We had quite a number of relies of the past presented and a brief sketch of their history by A. E. Lamb.

It was a beautiful day, a large crowd in attendance and all seemed to be well pleased. There were 46 old folks registered that was 60 years of age and over. Mr. Aljah Wright was the oldest, being 85 years of age.

We hope that all who attended this year, and more, may be permitted to attend the meeting next year.

The following are the names and addresses of those who registered:

  • Wm. Anderson, Vevay, Indiana
  • Geo. Bowen, Vevay, Indiana
  • Jesse Lee, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Alexander Tilley, Vevay, Indiana
  • Sarah Tilley, Vevay, Indiana
  • D. M. O’Neal, Prestonville, Kentucky
  • Nancy Cowan, Moorefield, Indiana
  • D. M. Bridges, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • Mrs. M. Demint, English, Kentucky
  • Wm. Bright, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Jas. F. Simpson, Lamb, Indiana
  • Z. P. Masterson, Prestonville, Kentucky
  • F. H. Whitehead, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • P. A. Demint, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • C. N. Stringfellow, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • Mary C. Anderson, Vevay, Indiana
  • Mrs. Robert King, Madison, Indiana
  • J. W. Meeks, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • John Brindley, Vevay, Indiana
  • Isaac M. Smith, Aaron, Indiana
  • John Adams, Moorefield, Indiana
  • J. W. Chittenden, Bennington, Indiana
  • J. M. Coleman, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • James Adams, Moorefield, Indaina
  • Alja Wright, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Mrs. J. H. Wright, Vevay, Indiana
  • Mrs. B. F. Harvey, Oklahoma, Indian Territory
  • Joseph Rogers, Pleasant, Indiana
  • J. D. Justice, Lamb, Indiana
  • J. C. Coghill, Prestonville, Kentucky
  • H. J. Brindley, Vevay, Indiana
  • Martin Madary, Craig P. O, Indiana
  • Jas. Hill, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Robert Scott, Moorefield, Indiana
  • C. J. McKay, Lamb, Indiana
  • A. Oliver, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Mary A. Oliver, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Mrs. William Miller, Brooksburg, Indiana
  • Wm. H. Weaver, Craig P. O., Indiana
  • Nancy Leap, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • W. J. Maddox, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • F. Baxter, Lamb, Indiana

The following is the age and date of deaths of members of the Association since its organization, so far as known to date:

  • Wm. H. Lamb, Jan. 24, 1897, aged 69 years
  • J. W. Banta, Jan. 24, 1897, aged 74 years
  • John H. Smith, Dec. 28, 1897, aged 72 years
  • L. M. Hotchkiss, Oct. 25, 1897, aged 82 years
  • Wm. H. Russel, Jan. 18, 1898, aged 70 years
  • Sarah Russell, May 23, 1898, aged 67 years
  • J. W. Quin, Aug. 2, 1898, aged 62 years
  • Stephen Garard, Jan. 13, 1898, aged 87 years

A. E. LAMB, Secretary, Lamb, Indiana.

Switzerland County Old Citizen’s Meeting – 1897

Switzerland County, Indiana, Old Citizen’s meeting report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 7 Oct 1897 – Page 1, Column 3

Old Citizen’s Meeting.
Lamb, Indiana, Sept. 25, 1897.

Proceedings of Old Citizens’ Meeting held at Lamb, Indiana, September 25, 1897:

Called to order at 11:30 o’clock by President J. F. Simpson. Song by congregation, led by Mr. E. Adams, Devotional exercises by Rev. Huey, of Carrollton, Kentucky. Adjourned until one o’clock p.m. Called to order at one o’clock and proceeded to elect officers for the Association for the ensuing year. The following named officers elected: President, J. F. Simpson, of Lamb, Indiana; Vice President, Wm. Anderson; Secretary, A. E. Lamb, Lamb, Indiana; Treasurer, C. E. Danner, Lamb, Indiana. It was moved that the President appoint an Executive Committee. He was given the power to do so by unanimous vote, after which he appointed the following three gentlemen to that office: Willis Little, Chairman of Committee; Ira Brooks and Justi Dow, as a Committee for the next meeting to be held at Lamb, Indiana, on the fourth Saturday of Sept., 1898.

After reading of minutes of previous meeting Rev. C. W. Lee was introduced and delivered a 30 minute address very appropriate for the occasion. A song, “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” was sung, after which Mr. Bridges, of Carrollton, was called on for a speech. After speaking for fifteen minutes, of time past and present, which was well received by all, the President made a few remarks introducing Mr. R. M. Hotchkiss, who sang a song entitled, “The Battle of New Orleans,” then made a few remarks, after which Rev. Huey was introduced and made a short speech very good and well received by the assembly. The choir then sang “Old Home Friends.” Mr. S. Gerard was then introduced and delivered a short talk on the times long past. A song by choir entitled “Drifting Away,” after which Mr. Wm. Anderson made a talk and spoke for sometime of his experience in times long gone by. Mr. Wycoff, of Ripley County, was then introduced and made a good talk with good advice to the young. The relics were then exhibited and a short sketch of history of each article by Rev. Huey; first a spoon that was picked up just where the steamer Red Stone blew up, just above Carrollton, next a cup and saucer 75 years old for which was paid $40 for one set, a set of silver teaspoons that cost $30, about the same age; one bed spread very old and made by hand, spun, wove and beautifully flowered; one bed tick made of linen, spun and wove by hand over one hundred years ago, made in Ireland; one whip saw which was certainly a relic of the past ages. After the exhibition of the relics the songs, “How tedious and tasteless the hours,” “Gathering Home,” and last but not least “God be with you till we meet again,” were sung by the choir and people.

The following are the names registered at meeting Sept. 25, 1897, giving age and post office address:

  • G. W. Philips, 78 years of age
  • Daniel Melick, 71, East Enterprise
  • A. N. Gale, 72, Brooksburg
  • B. V. Banta, 66, Canaan
  • Wm. Malcom, 78, Sugan
  • Abram Wycoff, 66, Cross Plains
  • D. N. Demint, 74, English, Kentucky
  • J. M. Gray, 70, Brooksburg
  • Jas. McKenzie, 60, Long Run
  • Mrs. N. Russle, 73, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • M. J. Johnston, 63, Kerkpatrick
  • M. V. Samples, 63, Brooksburg
  • Mrs. A. Tilley, 76, Brooksburg
  • Mrs. Anderson, 80, Vevay
  • Wm. Haskell, 61, Brooksburg
  • N. J. Haskell, 60, Brooksburg
  • H. H. Adcock, 65, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • P. Whitehead, 73, Carrollton, Kentucky
  • J. C. Duvall, 65, Easterday, Kentucky
  • S. S. Carlisle, 65, Wideawake, Kentucky
  • Lewis McKay, 70, Brooksburg
  • Thornton Green, 70, English, Kentucky
  • J. D. Banta, 70, Canaan
  • Luther M. Hotchkiss, 82, Jay
  • Wm. Sauvain, 63, Mt. Sterling
  • J. W. Adams, 69, Moorefield
  • C. L. Brashaw, 60, Prestonville, Kentucky
  • E. W. Protsman, 65, Vevay
  • Wm. O’Neal, 65, English, Kentucky
  • Sarah Chapman, 62, Prestonville, Kentucky
  • Julius C. Bersot, 73, Vevay
  • Eliza Vernon, 67, Brooksburg


The following are the names registered at the meeting, Sept. 26, 1895. Post office address not given:

  • C. J. Ryan, aged 74
  • D. M. O’Neal, 71
  • Jennette Ryan, 64
  • Samuel H. Pavy, 82
  • J. W. Quin, 63
  • Wm. Anderson, 78
  • Mrs. A. M. Quin, 61
  • J. M. Coleman, 70
  • Alja Wright, 83
  • F. W. Little, 65
  • J. D. Griffith, 73
  • Wm. Russell, 71
  • R. A. Pavy, 74
  • Stephen R. Gerard, 87
  • Flora Baxter, 60
  • John H. Smith, 72
  • Wm. H. Lamb, 69, dead
  • J. G. King, 66
  • Henry Russell, 68
  • M. J. Modox, 63
  • John Pattie, 73
  • J. W. Munn, 82
  • M. H. Roberts, 62
  • J. W. Banta, 74, dead
  • F. McKay, 61
  • Sarah Gordon, 60
  • Mary F. Little, 60
  • Catharine Wiseman, 63
  • Eliza Buchanan, 61
  • Hariet Armstrong, 63
  • Ella Adams, 63
  • Agust Miller, 63
  • Jas. F. Simpson, 63

A. E. Lamb, Secretary, Lamb, Indiana.

Switzerland County K. of P. Officers – 1895

Knights of Pythias officers in Switzerland County, Indiana, for 1895 appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 17 Jan 1895 – Page 4, Column 4

K. of P.
Officers for Ensuing Year.

Vevay Lodge, No. 149:

  • Wm. H. Demann, C. C.
  • John Graham, V. C.
  • M. C. Walden, Prelate
  • Geo. S. Pleasants, M. of F.
  • John Knox, K. of R. and S.

Installed last Monday night by A. P. Dufour.


Purity Lodge, Patriot:

  • W. S. Humphrey, C. C.
  • L. H. Bradley, V. C.
  • Charles Moredock, Prelate
  • Muzzy Scranton, M. of F.
  • L. G. Wilson, K. of R. and Seal

Switzerland County Masonic Officers – 1895

Officers of Masonic Lodges in Switzerland County, Indiana for 1895 appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 17 Jan 1895 – Page 4, Column 2

Officers of Lodges for Ensuing Year.

Switzerland Lodge. No. 122, Vevay:

  • Aime Trafalet, W. M.
  • Eugene Detraz, S. W.
  • Ernest Danglade, J. W.
  • W. J. Baird, Treas.
  • C. G. Boerner, Sec’y
  • Edwin Dickson, S. D.
  • Leander Clendenning, J. D.
  • F. L. Grisard and J. C. Webb, Stewards
  • Eugene Curry, Tyler.

Installation last Thursday night by Wm. F. Goldenburg, P. M., assisted by F. P. Dupraz, P. M. Many visitors from neighboring Lodges honored the occasion with their presence. At the conclusion of the business, an elegant oyster supper was served in the banquet hall. This lodge is finely equipped, prosperous, and growing.


Morning Star Lodge, No. 148, Quercus Grove:

  • S. J. Dibble, W. M.
  • John Buchanan, S. W.
  • William H. Scott, J. W.
  • Lafayette Palmer, Treasurer
  • E. E. Cheever, Secretary
  • L. W. Pendry, S. D.
  • J. H. Harris, J. D.
  • James Stewart and Edgar Dibble, Stewards
  • F. M. Brown, Tyler


Florence Lodge, No. 27:

  • John Porter, W. M.
  • J. P. Krutz, S. W.
  • George W. Butler
  • Thomas Land, Treasurer
  • J. M. W. Langsdale, Secretary
  • Jackson Land, S. D.
  • John P. Beatty, J. D.
  • Thomas Carver, Jackson Land and George Moredock, Trustees.


Belle River Lodge, Patriot:

  • H. M. Rabb, W. M.
  • C. H. Abbott, S. W.
  • W. F. North, J. W.
  • W. A. Alcott, Treasurer
  • Selar Mead, Secretary
  • Elmer Palmer, S. D.
  • Wm. See, J. D.
  • T. W. Edrington, Tyler

Switzerland County I. O. O. F. Officers – 1895

Officers of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Switzerland County, Indiana for 1895 appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 10 Jan 1895 – Page 4, Column 1

I. O. O. F.
The Disciples of Friendship, Love and Truth Elect Officers.

Officers Phoenix Lodge, No. 182, Vevay:

  • Wm. Brown, N. G.
  • F. P. Brockslager, V. G.
  • A. P. Dufour, Sec’y.
  • P. T. Hartford, Treas.
  • H. Weales, Jr., Conductor.
  • Thomas Joyce, In. Sent.
  • J. C. Long, R. S. N. G.
  • Edward Riggs, L. S. N. G.
  • Chas. Bettens, R. S. S.
  • A. J. Ricketts, R. V. G.
  • H. Corns, L. V. G.

Installed last Saturday night by A. P. Dufour, District Deputy Grand Master.


Officers of Indiana Lodge, No. 126, Vevay:

  • John Keisel, N. G.
  • Harry C. Shaw, V. G.
  • G. E. Fancher, Sec’y.
  • Charles Keisel, Treasurer.

Installed last night by A. P. Dufour, D. D. G. M.


Officers of Naomi Encampment, No. 13, Vevay:

  • Riley Land, C. P.
  • Thomas Joyce, H. P.
  • O. S. Johnson, S. W.
  • C. W. Hollcroft, J. W.
  • J. C. Long, Treas.
  • A. P. Dufour, Scribe
  • F. P. Brockslager, In. Sent.
  • A. P. Dufour, Guide
  • Nat. M. Fallis, 1st W.
  • O. H. Webb, 2d W.
  • Thos. Joyce, 3d W.
  • H. Weales, 4th W.

Installed last Friday night by A. P. Dufour, D. D. G. M.


Officers of Vevay Lodge, No. 440 D. of R.

  • Mrs. Lou Keisel, V. G.
  • Miss Loulie Boyd, Sec’y.
  • Mrs. Anna Hollcroft, V. G.
  • Mrs. O. S. Johnson, Treas.

Installed last Thursday night by A. P. Dufour, D. D. G. M.


Officers of Patriot Lodge, No. 9:

  • Charles Cook, N. G.
  • U. S. Lampkins, V. G.
  • W. I. Nave, Secretary
  • C. W. Foster, Treasurer.

Installed by W. I. Nave, Wednesday evening, Jan. 2.


Officers of Grace Daughters of Rebeka, No. 386, Patriot:

  • Maria Dibble, N. G.
  • Kate Couch, V. G.
  • Lore Bodkins, Secretary
  • Hattie Wade, Treasurer.

Installed by W. I. Nave, last Friday night.


Officers of Anchor Lodge, No.565, Sugar Branch:

  • A. J. Campbell, N. G.
  • Lincoln Clark, V. G.
  • D. N. Haydon, Secretary.
  • Martin Shadday, Treas.

Installed last Saturday night by W. H. Lee.

Vevay Relief Corps Officers – 1887

The following article about Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 15 Sep 1887 – Page 4, Column 1
See also: Switzerland County Military Records

Last week, Mrs. H. H. Child, A. D., Dept. Ind., of Madison, came to Vevay and organized Relief Corps No. 76, auxiliary to Maj. Patton Post, No. 157, G. A. R. On the evening of the 7th the organization was completed by a public installation and social meeting.

The following are the officers:

  • Mrs. W. D. Ward, President
  • Miss Emma Patton, S. V. P.
  • Miss Ida Rochat, J. V. P.
  • Mrs. Allie Rochat, Treas.
  • Mrs. Belle Teats, Sec’y
  • Miss Gertrude Downey, Conductor
  • Miss Laura Simpson, Guard
  • Miss Laura Lampson, Assistant Conductor
  • Mrs. Mattie Girard, Assistant Guard
  • Mrs. Mattie Graham, Chaplain

The society commenced with 35 charter members and seven were installed last night. It is composed of the mothers, wives, daughter and sisters of Union soldiers, and other loyal women. Its objects are charitable and social, and is auxiliary of G. A. R. Its charity is not confined to the families of soldiers, but is broad and liberal. The corps have already distributed over $20 in families were there is sickness, not one of whom were soldiers. Just such a society was needed in Vevay, and should be encouraged.

Vevay Sons of Veterans Officers – 1887

The following article about Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 18 Aug 1887 – Page 4, Column 3
See also: Switzerland County Military Records

Sons of Veterans.

Capt. Wm. C. Taylor and Lieut. Huff, of Aurora Camp, last Monday evening organized Ebenezer Dumont Camp, No. 68, Sons of Veterans, Department of Indiana, installing the following officers:

  • Joseph E. Hart, Captain
  • A. W. Freeman, 1st Lieutenant
  • Edward S. Patton, 2d Lieutenant
  • Walter F. Armstrong, Leonard E. Smith, John G. Anderson, Camp Counsel

Other members:

  • Walter S. Kincaid
  • James R. Simpson
  • James A. VanOsdol
  • Morton Works
  • Harry Davis
  • John S. Roberts
  • Wm. J. Downey
  • Irvin W. Tilley
  • Amie M. Miller
  • George Simpson
  • Geo. W. Roberts
  • James R. Cole
  • H. G. Haskell

The other non-commissioned officers will probably be installed tonight. The Camp with meet in G. A. R. Hall every Thursday night.

Vevay Fire Company Officers – 1887

The following article about Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 13 Jan 1887 – Page 4, Column 3

Vevay Fire Company, No. 2, elected the following officers at their regular meeting Monday night:

  • Jacob Wahl, President
  • Henry Hengehold, Vice President
  • John Roberts, Secretary
  • Nat M. Fallis, assistant Secretary and Treasurer
  • Joseph Thamann, Capt. of Engine
  • Fred Plew, Capt. of Hook and Ladder
  • Chas. Hollcroft, 1st Lieutenant of Engine
  • Gabe Robinson, 1st Lieutenant of Hook and Ladder
  • Gabe Robinson, M. F. Wainscott, Fred Plew, Police.
  • W. J. Downey, 1st Engineer
  • M. F. Wainscott, Stoker
  • R. A. Knox, Jr., Driver

Company hold their meetings on 2d and 4th Monday nights in each month.

Switzerland County K. of P. Officers – 1887

The following article about Switzerland County, Indiana appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 13 Jan 1887 – Page 4, Column 3

K. of P.
Officers elected for the ensuing term:

  • C. S. Tandy, P. C. C.
  • J. A. Vanosdol, C. C.
  • R. T. F. Abbett, V. C. C.
  • D. B. Smith, P.
  • I. P. Loring, K. of R. and S.
  • W. H. Plesants, M. of A.
  • A. J. Porter, M. of F.
  • P. C. Holland, M. of E.
  • Charles Blach, I. G.
  • Joseph E. Hart, O. G.
  • A. G. Craig, Representative to Grand Lodge
  • J. E. Williams, U. P. McHenry, A.
  • W. R. Johnston, Trustee

Switzerland County I.O.O.F. Officers – 1887

The following article about Switzerland County, Indiana appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 13 Jan 1887 – Page 4, Column 3

I. O. O. F.
Officers for Ensuing Year.

Naomi Encampment, No. 13

  • Oscar H. Webb, C. P.
  • I. P. Loring, H. P.
  • H. Weales, Jr., S. W.
  • W. P. Hall, T.
  • D. N. Hayden, S.
  • Ollie S. Johnson, J. W.
  • R. T. Graham, I. S.
  • A. P. Dufour, G.
  • I. S. Hathorn, 1st W.
  • O. P. Burns, 2d W.
  • W. P. Hall, 3d W.
  • N. M. Fallis, 4th W.
  • T. J. Gordon and P. E. Told, G. T.

Meets 1st and 3d Friday evenings.


Pleasant Lodge, No. 623, Bennington.

  • Edward Shull, N. G.
  • John S. Steele, V. G.
  • F. M. Neal, Secretary
  • Hiram Ford, Treasurer

The Lodge now has 21 members and over $177 in the treasury. At the meeting last Tuesday night two were initiated.