News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that it will hold a public meeting regarding State Road 101 and its possible extension north to State Road 50. The meeting will be held this Wednesday, January 22nd, at the Dillsboro Town Hall from 6-8 p.m. For years advocates in Switzerland County have lobbied INDOT to consider expanding State Road 101 north to State Road 50.
The Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team captured the championship of the Rivertown Classic Basketball tournament on Saturday night with a 67-53 victory over Lawrenceburg. The Pacers advanced to the finals with a victory over Rising Sun last Thursday night.
Kris Colen, currently a dispatcher in the Switzerland County Communications Department was hired as a new town officer for Vevay during Monday night’s meeting of the Vevay Town Council.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County FFA officers were named the “Most Focus Chapter” at the Indiana FFA Leadership Development workshop. Officers are Natalie Gray, treasurer; Gina Simon, student advisor; Bob Morton, sentinel; Dan Andrew, vice president; Jediah French, president; Torrey Curry, secretary; and Chad Hart, reporter.
Fifteen months ago, shortly after the official opening of their plant on Main Street in Vevay, Richardson Industries owners Tom and Judy Richardson said they hoped their business would grow to the point where their work force would double, to a total of 25 employees. Already they have nearly reached that goal and their company is still growing. The Richardsons say the reason their business here is so successful is the skilled local people they have hired to do the jobs at their facility.
The Indianapolis Power & Light Company originally planned to decide by the end of 1992 whether it would seek governmental approval to build a power plant in Switzerland County’s Mexico Bottom. Now at the beginning of 1993, IPALCO says it has not made its decision and cannot say when the decision will be made.
Steve Lohide, grandson of Margaret Martin of Vevay, married Norma Ellison on October 10th at the Craighton United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Steve is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lohide of Indianapolis. Norma is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ellison of Winslow, Arizona.
30 YEARS AGO
Lonnie Mason has been named the new Extension Coordinator for Switzerland and Jefferson counties. He replaces Ray Schanding, who retired in September of 1982. Mason was based in Switzerland county from 1969 to 1977 and worked both counties as the youth and livestock agent. He went to Jefferson County from Ohio County where he served as the extension coordinator from 1977 to 1982.
William David Wilder, East Enterprise, was accepted into the Automotive Diesel Truck Technology program at Lincoln technical Institute, located in Indianapolis this past week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wilder, East Enterprise. He is currently a senior at Switzerland county High School.
On January 1st, the state’s new year’s present kicked in, giving Hoosiers a robust 5 percent sales tax to replace the worn-out 4 percent rate.
40 YEARS AGO
Two Switzerland County young men have been named to an elite list of Indiana boys competing for highly-coveted nominations to two U.S. service academies. Martin Heath, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Heath, route 2, Vevay, is one of six young men in the Ninth Congressional District competing for two nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Mark Mangold, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mangold, 312 Greeley Avenue, Vevay, is a finalist in statewide competition for an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He’s one of only two boys in the Ninth District being considered for the nomination.
There’s still quite a lot of tobacco hanging in Switzerland County barns, market prices are going up and down, and the season’s rapidly approaching its end. The average price is holding steady around $80 per hundredweight at Carrollton, but at Madison warehouses the average mark has tumbled down around the $75 level.
Sheila Deaton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Deaton of Dupraz Lane, Vevay, has been named to the Dean’s List at Marian College in Indianapolis for the just-completed first semester of her freshman year. She attained a 3.5 scholastic average and is in the honors program at Marian, studying English, history, mathematics, Spanish and theology.
Mrs. Nola Houze, 84, of route 2, Vevay, passed away suddenly Sunday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Mt. Sterling Baptist Church was the setting for the wedding last Friday of Miss Sheila Lynn Pike of Indianapolis and Carl William Cole of route 2, Vevay.
Three Switzerland County students were among only 17 Indiana residents to be named to the Dean’s List at Eastern Kentucky University during the Fall semester just completed. Rinda Kinman, of Patriot, made a perfect 4.0 grade average and Deborah Olds, Vevay, and Deborah Kinman, Patriot, made near-perfect grades to earn Dean’s List Honors.
50 YEARS AGO
A former Switzerland County resident, Richard Roeder, has been hired as superintendent of Ohio County Schools. Roeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Roeder of rural route 3, Madison, is presently principal at Bright school.
Funeral service were held Monday at the Caporgno Funeral Home in Oakland, California, for Wesley M. Walden of that city, a native and former resident of Switzerland County. Had he lived until June 17th, Mr. Walden would have attained his 100th birthday.
Gary Kemper, former Vevay High School basketball star, is currently setting a hot scoring pace in the college ranks, averaging 22 points per game through his Hanover College team’s first 11 games of the 1962-63 season. The senior guard, son of Mr.. and Mrs. Kenneth “Kelly” Kemper of West Main Street, Vevay, w as voted Most Valuable Player by teammates following the 1961-62 season.
Mrs. Mollie Riley, wife of James Riley of Markland, died Wednesday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Mrs. Riley was 92 years of age and a lifelong resident of the Florence and Markland communities.
60 YEARS AGO
In addition to a “big ham” operator Vevay will have a “little ham” soon, if he succeeds in passing his examination for license to operate an amateur radio sending set. The “big ham” is Harold Chittenden who has been a licensed amateur operator for several years. The prospective “little ham” is Jerry Scott, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scott.
John Danglade, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Danglade, who recently enlisted in the U.S. Regular Army for a period of three years, left Thursday to enter the armed forces.
Mr. and Mrs. Morton VanOsdol celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the home of their daughter, Mrs. William Rennekamp, Richmond, Indiana, Sunday, December 28th.
On Tuesday, January 13th, Louis Teats, popular city mail carrier, observed the 30th anniversary of his employment as the Vevay “mail man.” During the past 30 years he has walked approximately 128,520 miles – or around the world nearly six times. Teats estimates that he has carried 4,620,000 pieces of mail including letters, cards, papers and magazines.
70 YEARS AGO
William Bailey, a lifelong resident of this county, died suddenly at his home in Patriot Wednesday evening, January 13th, from the effects of a heart attack.
Word has been received here that Arley Arnold Weaver, a native an for many years a resident of this county, passed away at his home in Pontiac, Michigan, January 8th following a short illness.
Miss Emma Brockschlager died in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Thursday evening, January 14th, following an illness of several months.
Miss Mary Helen Seal and Miss Margaret Shutt, both members of the Vevay High School faculty, have resigned their position, effective February and January, respectively.
Jasper N. Good, builder of our first gymnasium and our county library building, died in a Columbus, Indiana hospital January 3rd.
80 YEARS AGO
There will be no delinquent tax sale in Switzerland County this year.
Irvin W. Tilley died Tuesday night at his home in Craig Township having been in ill health for more than two years.
Thomas J. Gordon, aged 85 years, died at his home in Vevay Saturday afternoon after a short illness.
John L. Smith, aged 81 years, a former resident of this county, died at the home of his son, Jasper Smith, in Madison, Friday.
Born, Ronald Wayne, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Liggett of Saddler Ridge.
Miss Waunita Gullion of near Moorefield and Harold G. Koons of Patriot were married here Saturday by Reverend H. T. Rafnel.
90 YEARS AGO
Everett O’Neal and Wilber McKay left Tuesday for Greenville, Ohio, where they have secured the agency for Hudson and Essex cars.
The first show held by the Switzerland County Poultry Association was a big success, 560 birds being exhibited.
David Stout, aged about 75, former Switzerland County citizen, died last week at the IOOF Home in Greensburg.
Ora Denver Colen, infant son of John Colen and wife of near East Enterprise, died Sunday night after a brief illness. The child was 3 years of age.
Miss Matilda E. Stoops of Markland and Clyde Shadday of Fairview were married last week.
A marriage license has been issued to Velma Kerr and Stanley Johnson, both of Aurora.
120 YEARS AGO
A Citizens Commercial Club of Vevay has been organized with the following officers – President, C. S. Tandy; Vice president, Dr. G. W. VanPelt; Secretary, A. J. Porter; Corresponding Secretary, L. E. smith; treasurer, William H. Pleasants.
According to C. G. Boerner, Vevay station U.S. Signal Service, the thermometer registered 15 below zero Sunday morning, and only reached 3 degrees above during the day. By way of contrast, the warmest weather ever recorded in Vevay was 105 degrees, on July 18th, 1877.
Joseph H., seven-month-old son of James and Minnie Douglas of Patriot, died Sunday, January 15th, of brain fever.
Henry Schroeder of Patriot is still in the ice packing business, working 15 to 20 hands and five or six teams.
140 YEARS AGO
George Chapman, aged about 11 years, was drowned in the river near Vevay Island. He and his brother were sliding on the ice in the river when he fell in the water. The body was recovered.
One night last week thieves visited the barn of Sal Adams in Craig Township and carried off 300 pounds of leaf tobacco, leaving Mr. Adams only about 25 pounds for his labor.
John G. Cotton, aged 40 years, died January 16th, at his home here.
Last week David Miller and Fred Myer of Patriot had some trouble and Myer was severely cut with a shoe knife, dying January 14th. Miller has been placed under arrest awaiting further action.
150 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Andrew Johnson, wife of Governor Johnson of Tennessee, and her daughter, the wife of Colonel Stover, who have been sojourning at the “Russell House” in Vevay for some weeks, left Monday for Louisville. Mrs. Johnson is in very poor health but is now some better. The ladies necessarily have had a hard time of it since they were driven from their homes in Tennessee.
Of the 700 men of the 39th Indiana who went into battle at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 31st, only 140 came out unharmed.
Sergeant Allen W. Smith of this county was recently severely wounded while on picket duty at Holly Springs, Mississippi. He belonged to Company D, 93rd Indiana.