News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Floyd, Shirley and son Lannie Canada, all of Vevay, returned recently from a quick three-day trip to see their grandsons, Drew, Cameron and Sawyer Steury play basketball in North Carolina.
The Switzerland County Homemakers donated $500 to help with expenses at the Quercus Grove food pantry.
On Friday, February 6th, Switzerland County native Mike Jones will head South to do some volunteer work for Senator John Kerry's Presidential campaign in the Tennessee Primary. Senator Kerry is one of seven candidates vying for the Democrat's nominee for President of the United States.
20 YEARS AGO
Theresa Nixon of Pleasant has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Oakland City College. She is a student enrolled in the accelerated associate in business program.
Julee Lyn Cole of Vevay was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the University of Southern Indiana.
Rusty Ricketts, grandson of Olive Ricketts of Vevay and Cecil and Louise Mathews of near Five Points, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Indiana University. Rusty, the son of Larry an Linda Ricketts of Edinburgh, had a 3.72 grade point average.
Russell Weaver, Switzerland County dairy farmer, was recently reelected to the 28-person board of directors for Milk Marketing, Inc., one of the region's primary milk marketing cooperatives. He will represent District 25 Milk Marketing, Inc., producers - those in the entire southern portion of Indiana. Mr. Weaver operates a 910-acre farm.
Don Stow has been appointed Switzerland County Commissioner by the Republican county precinct committeemen, meeting in caucus. Mr. Stow is the chairman of the county Republican Party. He will complete the term of the late Bobby Bovard, who died last month.
30 YEARS AGO
A special caucus of 11 precinct committeemen met in private session last Monday night at the Switzerland County Courthouse and voted in J.D. Leap as sheriff by a narrow margin of 6-5. Leap, 55, a private citizen who was working for Randall Company here in Vevay, received the appointment over John Scudder, a 29-year veteran First Sergeant for the Indiana State Police. Scudder had retireed from the force back in October of 1982. The committeemen cast votes for only Leap and Scudder, but there were eight people running for the office. The others included present deputy David Adams, Rick Roach, Charles Facemire, Mary Franklin, Ralph Galbreath, Jr., and Sara Forwood.
Switzrland County High School will announce the winner of the 1983-84 Basketball Homecoming Queen this Friday during the game against South Ripley. The queen will be introduced between the junior varsity and varsity games. The candidates include: Rosemarie Mangold, Dana Riley, Missy Judy, Carla Armstrong, Laura Alexander, Lisa Demaree, Kaulene Furnish, Kelley Keith, Missy Nixon and Melissa Tinker.
Carla S. Armstrong, a senior at Switzerland County High School, was honored recently as the Daughter's of the Amrican Revolution Good Citizen. She was sponsored by the local DAR Chapter, Swiss Vineyard.
40 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County Life Squad is launching a campaign to raise money for purchase of a new ambulance-van in an effort to improve its emergency services to residents of the county.
Julia Janes of Vevay was named to the Distinguished Honor Roll at Indiana State University in Terre Haute for the fall quarter in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements at ISU. Julia is the daughter of Vince and Marian Janes and is a graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Knaus celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this month with a party given by Mrs. John Ray.
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Thornburg of Youngstown, Ohio announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Louise, to Alan G. Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ball of Vevay.
50 YEARS AGO
Cynthia Sieglitz of Vevay High School won a Division I rating (superior) in solo competition among 1,000 public school students at Hanover College Saturday during Southeastern Indiana District Solo and Ensemble music contests. The French horn player was one of six VHS students participating, four receiving Division 2 ratings (excellent) and one received a Division 3 rating (good). Taking seconds were John Garrett, baritone horn; Mickey Markland, drum; Mary Ann Farrar, flute; and Gary Rosenberger, trombone. Marsha Roberts, baritone saxophone, received a third.
A 6 pound, 7 ounce baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Lowe of Vevay January 25th at Madison's King's Daughters' Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burnett announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Dean, to Mr. Gene Parks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parks.
Tech. Sgt. Ralph C. Humphrey, former Switzrland Countian, has received the United States Air Force Commendation Medal. He is a grandson of Mrs. Dee Sander, Des Plaines, Illinois, former East Enterprise community resident.
60 YEARS AGO
James D. Jamieson, 66, well known farmer of Posey Township, died at his home near Quercus Grove about 4:30 o'clock Tuesday. He had suffered a stroke on Saturday and again on Monday, the latter proving fatal.
The long, painful illness of Mrs. Clara Peters of Plum Creek came to an end Wednesday afternoon when she passed away at her home.
Funeral services were held in Rising Sun Monday afternoon for William Thomas Metcalf of Posey Township who was killed accidentally in a hunting accident near his home last Thursday.
Robert Martin of Vevay route 2 has bought an interest in the Vevay Supershell Station on Liberty Street in which Mac Francis and Paul D. Hankins are partners.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lock are parents of a son who was born Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock in he Madison hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces.
70 YEARS AGO
A marriage license has been issued to Miss Marie Givan and Clyde F. Jackson, both of Aurora.
Mrs. Nellie Moore, aged 74 years, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Clara Rogers, in Vevay Wednesday morning after an illness of more than three months.
Only prompt action by the Patriot Fire Department Saturday afternoon prevented the spread of fire over a large area of Mexico Bottom. The blaze, fanned by high wind, started on the farm of Harry Green and spread to land owned by Russell Bodey and Glenn North before being brought under control.
Switzerland County citizens have again answered the American Red Cross appeal for blood donors. Mrs. Schenck Rickett and Wilbur Houze have made five donations each and many have given blood three and four times.
Director Walter E. Gaudin of the county Infantile Paralysis Fund Drive announced Monday that the drive had gone over the top and that the final figures will be announced next week.
80 YEARS AGO
Pneumonia proved fatal to Mrs. James Aldred, Jr., who died at her home February 5th.
A new dry cleaning and pressing plant has been opened on Ferry Street by Bliss Littlefield.
Married last Thursday afternoon, Forrest Darbro and Miss Ruth Furnish.
Died at the home of her nephew, Perry Houze, Miss Aldine Houze, aged 86 years.
Mrs. Lula Sauvain is confined to her home by an attack of influenza.
County Council refused to make an appropriation to install a heating system in the Courthouse.
The I.O.O.F. Lodge in Vevay is fitting up a club room in their building on Main Street for the benefit of their members and the Rebekah Lodge.
A father and son banquet, sponsored by the Men's Bible Class, will be held February 22nd at the M. E. Church in Vevay.
Vevay Flour Mills will sponsor a baking contest. Winners will be eligible to compete in a state contest at Purdue.
90 YEARS AGO
The entire civilized world was thrown into mourning Sunday by the death of Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States, who passed away at his home in Washington, D.C.
Wildolph Truitt, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Truitt, was painfully injured Monday while at school when he slid downstairs on the bannister and fell to the floor, a distance of six feet.
The country home of Miss Emma Welch near Bennington was destroyed by fire last Sunday morning.
Reverend J. Elmer Knotts of Martinsville, Illinois, has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Vevay Christian Church.
Harold Lee Jester, 10-month and 14-day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jester of near Moorefield, died January 22nd.
Miss Ollie Brindley was quite ill several days last week.
100 YEARS AGO
W. H. Carpenter fell in his barnyard and broke his left leg.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Binden have rented a room on Ferry Street where they will conduct a millinery and wallpaper store.
Miss Goldie Seavers and Earl Dennis were married last Saturday.
Mr. Cora Belle Carlin, aged 37 years, died in a Louisville hospital Wednesday morning after an illness of two weeks.
Mary Galbreath and John Douglas were married Sunday afternoon.
The high wind last Saturday prevented the Hattie Brown from making her trip to Madison.
George Clendenning purchased the coal yard of the Peoples Coal Company from the Pleasant heirs.
110 YEARS AGO
Ice in the river is breaking up.
Charles Lorch and family have removed from Craig to Vevay and has opened a new meat shop on Main Street.
Miss Anna Curry has resigned her teaching position in the Vevay shools.
Mrs. George E. Pleasants was elected president of the M. E. Lyceum here.
Died near Florence at the home of her son, Samuel, Mrs. Sarah Packingham McCreary, aged 79. Burial at Quercus Grove.
The home of Dallas McCreary near Florence was destroyed by fire.
Fred Stoops purchased the McCreary store at Markland.
Died in Pleasant Township February 6th, Alexander McKenzie, aged 80 years. Burial in Long Run Cemetery.
Died near Allensville February 7th, Aaron Burr VanNatter, aged 60 years.
Dr. Armand Rous has removed his dental office from the I.O.O.F. Building to the Melcher Corner, Main and Liberty streets.
James Wright organized a Pocahontas Tribe at Mount Sterling with 32 members.
A violent storm struck the east end of the county February 7th, doing great damage to the property of Jake Powell, Frank Brown and James North and Luther Buck.
The Farmers Telephone Company is installling an exchange in Patriot.
120 YEARS AGO
Taylor Marsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Marsh of Bennington died at his home January 22nd, aged 44 years.
Born to Harry Voris and wife of Pleasant, a daughter.
The Guitar, Mandolin and Violin Club was out Tuesday night serenading their friends.
George Heady was kicked by a horse last week and was quite badly hurt.
Licensed to marry: Robert H. Wheeler and Laura Osborn; Frank Webster and Minnie Aldrich; Joseph T. Roberts and Minnie L. Ford.
Miss Jessie Thiebaud entertained the "Jolly Crowd" at her home last Friday evening.
140 YEARS AGO
William J. Baird of Vevay and Miss Sallie Hedden were married January 29th at the residence of the bride's parents in New Albany.
The amount of toll collected at the gate near Vevay during the month of January was $169.28.