News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County got blasted by winter weather early this week, with snow and ice beginning on Sunday and continuing into the first part of the week. The snow caused several delays, and as the county heads into the rest of the week, more snow could be on the horizon. The weather caused the cancellation of classes at Switzerland County Schools on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – and at press time school officials were carefully watching the weather to see if classes could be in session at all for the remainder of the week.
Students in Jacquita Lanman’s first grade class at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school last Thursday with a series of special events involving the number 100. That included a visit from Mt. Sterling’s Ella Slover, who is 100 years young. Students asked a variety of questions of their special guest, including what school was like when she was a first grader – and if she knew George Washington. Also welcoming Ella Slover to Jeff-Craig were principal Darrell Hansel and superintendent Tracy Caddell.
20 YEARS AGO
Isabel Sullivan, Switzerland County’s oldest citizen, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Wednesday at her residence in the Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay. Her father, John Long, was a well-known riverboat captain. Her mother was Isabella (Russell) Long.
The search for a new superintendent for the Switzerland County School Corporation is underway. Hiring a new superintendent became necessary after the school board voted in November to not renew the contract of Dr. Perry Glancy, whose three-year contract expires July 1st.
Homecoming will be special at Switzerland County High School this year. The event, to be held during Saturday’s boys basketball game between Switzerland County and Milan will be highlighted by the return of past Homecoming queens.
30 YEARS AGO
Alvin Cole, a lifelong resident of Switzerland County, announced his retirement from accounting duties with the Indiana State Board of Accounts after serving more than 22 years in that position.
Stan Steury became Switzerland County’s new Soil Conservation Service District Officer. He replaced Bill Moran who had taken a job in Dearborn County. Also, Sandy Althoff was named district secretary. Mrs. Althoff replaced Barbara Fluegeman, who resigned the position.
Switzerland County High School’s boys’ basketball team defeated Rising Sun 55-52 as Shane Armstrong had 22 points and 8 rebounds for the Pacers.
The new Patriot Town Board of Wayne Rider, James Bennett and Wayne Turner took office and made some changes in the water company. Robert Robinson was named water company superintendent replacing Terry Mayfield who had taken over the position a month earlier. They also hired workers Marvin Thomas and Bobby J. Parker to replace Dale Rose and Eddie Ware.
40 YEARS AGO
Marshall Cook announced he would seek the Democrat nomination for County Council from Posey Township in May’s primary election.
“Right now we’re just looking. There’s nothing definite,” said a spokesman for the Indianapolis Power and Light Company. The company was looking in Switzerland County for a possible site for future construction of a power plant.
Mrs. Hattie Jackson, Switzerland County’s oldest resident, celebrated her 105th birthday January 6th – and on January 12th she celebrated the birth of her 12th great-grandchild who was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cy Ryker of Cross Plains.
Linda Stewart of Vevay enrolled in the Honors Program at Ball State University for 1973-74. Miss Stewart is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Stewart, route 1, Vevay, and a graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Deborah Rush, daughter of Mrs. Kenneth Hufford, of Patriot, w as named to the Dean’s List at Southern Ohio Junior College in Cincinnati in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievement. Miss Rush attained a 3.67 grade average out of a possible 4.0 during the fall quarter at Southern Ohio. She was awarded a diploma by the executive secretarial department. Miss Rush is a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
50 YEARS AGO
Twin sons were born Friday morning, January 17th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lock of Vevay. The little boys each weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces at birth.
Donald W. Bevis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin W. Bevis, route one Patriot, was named by Congressman Earl Wilson as a principal nominee to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Three other county youths were named as alternate nominees to two other service academies. Two youths, David W. Minks of near Florence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell R. Minks, and Randy J. Bastin of Vevay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bastin, Jr., were named alternate nominees to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Also, Graham Pesce, son of Reverend and Mrs. Victor Pesce of Vevay, was named by Congressman Wilson as an alternate to a principal appointee to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
J.C. Warner, commissaryman second class U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Warner of route three Vevay, is serving with a Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Western Pacific.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Curry entertained Sunday at their home near Fairview with a family dinner in observance of their 40th wedding anniversary. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ricketts of Markland and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Washer and daughter of near Pleasant.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Brett of Chicago have a son who was born Sunday morning at 11 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was named James Lee. The paternal grandparents are Mr.. and Mrs. Everett Brett of Mount Sterling and the great-grandmother is Delphia Brett of Vevay.
Julian Leslie Hartman of route one Brooksburg and Harry Dudley Waltz of Rising Sun left Tuesday for Louisville, Kentucky where they were inducted into the armed forces. On February 9th, Keith Wright of Pleasant will answer the call for one man received by the Switzerland County Selective Service Board.
70 YEARS AGO
MIss Clara Belle Brown and Carl Scott Crandell were united in marriage Friday, January 14th, at Louisville, Kentucky, with the ceremony being read by Reverend Latrelle Stanfield.
Announcement was made of the marriage of Mrs. Virginia Trinkle English to Sergeant Charles Frank King at Palatka, Florida on June 13th, 1942.
The town of Vevay, without a regular hotel since the Swiss Inn fire in August, will have a modern hostelry under arrangements completed under sponsorship of the local Kiwanis Club and Mr. Jacob E. Barngart of Wilkinson, Indiana.
Born January 15th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hopper of near Florence.
Irene O. Tapp, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Tapp, died at the home of her parents in Center Square after a brief illness.
Mrs. Indiana Fulton, one of Switzerland County’s oldest ladies, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Loren Oak, of near East Enterprise, on January 25th.
Lewis Truesdell, aged 28, former resident of Switzerland County, died Thursday, January 30th, at Robert Long Hospital, Indianapolis, after an illness of about six weeks.
80 YEARS AGO
A tobacco barn and garage on the farm of John B. Orr near Quercus Grove were destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Destroyed also were five crops of tobacco belonging to various tenants and a quantity of farm equipment.
Miss Mary Alice Mefford, Vevay, was married Friday evening in Carrollton, Kentuky, to Vernon Howard of that city.
W. H. McClintock won the spelling match held at the Methodist Church Thursday evening, and the old fiddlers contest was awarded to Stanley Ray.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lucas of Dry Fork.
Some of our citizens declare that spring is almost here and that dandelions are already in bloom on the hills back in Vevay.
Ira Colen of near Cross Plains and Letha Channing of Parksburg, Indiana were married by Reverend F.E. Hammel at his residence here Saturday afternoon.
Marion Lostutter, pioneer citizen of Posey Township, died at the home of his son, George, in Mexico Bottom on Monday morning after an illness of only a few days.
George Hinman, resident of the Meads Ridge neighborhood in Posey Township, passed away at his home there Thursday afternoon.
90 YEARS AGO
The river road from Vevay to the Ohio County line will be taken over as part of Indiana’s system of highways on March 1st.
Mrs. Gretchen Cole of Vevay and ex-Judge Perry E. Bear of Madison have formed a law parnership with offices in both cities.
Major Woolford and Captain Latimer of the United States Field Artillery were in Vevay attending to the preliminary work of organizing the Combat Train. The unit will be housed in temporary quarters. J.K. Danglade Tuesday received a temporary appointment as Captain, Howard Humphrey, 1st Lieutenant, and P.T. Heady, 2nd Lieutenant.
The stores of John W. Tilley and Chester Gibbs were robbed of small amounts of change Saturday night, the work apparently being done by boys,.
Born to William Weichert and wife of Florence, a daugher, Norma Jean, on January 15th.
Lydia, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Davis who resided near Moorefield, died this week of diphtheria. Two cases have been reported in Vevay but officials do not believe an epidemic is indicated.
Born to Edgar Clore and wife at Washington, D.C., a son, January 16th.
100 YEARS AGO
Died suddenly in Vevay, January 10th, James K. Pleasants, aged 84 years.
Died in Vevay, January 10th, Andrew J. Rayl, aged 74 years.
Miss Mabel Brindley and brother, Casper, were held up by a number of masked men near Long Run. They escaped but one of the would-be robbers threw a stone which struck Miss Brindley’s arm.
Mrs. Jane Morerod of near Vevay is in serious condition from a paralytic stroke.
One hundred guests enjoyed the Modern Woodmen oyster supper at East Enterprise.
Died in a Cincinnati hospital, Mrs. Mary Palmer, a respectd Patriot woman.
Mrs. Elizabeth Froman celebrated her 98th birthday in Vevay, January 10th, by sitting down to a dinner with four generations of her family.
Mrs. Sarah Rice of Patriot celebratd her 90th birthdat on January 4th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Lamkin.
110 YEARS AGO
The Stucy Booths were buying about 60,000 pounds of tobacco on an average of 8 cents per pound.
Many attended the funeral of Pro-Amie Trafelet here and interment was made in the Vevay Cemetery.
Miss Anna Boerner of Vevay was nominated by her friends to attend the Worlds Fair in St. Louis, sponsored by the commercial Tribune of Cincinnati.
Mrs. A.G. Craig was unanimously elected president of the Baptist Ladies Aid Society.
John F. Brown was building a new house on East Market Street.
J.W. Chittenden has purchased a fine Estey organ from Agent Enoch Adams.
Charles Sieglitz was closing out his stock of lamps and pottery.
120 YEARS AGO
Died on upper Grants Creek, John Gray, January 14th.
The thermometer registered 6 degrees below zero this week.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Gardner of Aaron.
Lou Hoffmeyer of Sugar Branch had two of his toes cut off in the saw at Boyd’s mill.
Married by Reverend J.M. Oldfather were Miss Lucille LeClerc to Samuel G. Henderson of Joplin, Missouri.
139 YEARS AGO
Died near Center Square, January 22nd, George A. Jackson, well known farmer.
Died in Mount Sterling, January 15th, Mary Ann, wife of Albion Jackson.
140 YEARS AGO
Martin Houn of Russiaville and Miss Elizabeth McCullock of Moorefield were married January 14th at Moorefield.
Edward Goddard of Quercus Grove was thrown from a mule and suffered two broken ribs.
George Hotchkiss, aged 64 years, died January 10th at his home in Pleasant Township.
A bale of hay fell on Frank Ricketts, breaking his leg in two places.
The store of William H. Green at Patriot was robbed of about $200 worth of goods.
Thomas Fuller of Cincinnati and Miss Emma C. Krutz were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Florence.
Charlotte, wife of James Shaw of Craig Township, died January 8th.
Mary Emma, month old daughter of B.F. and Mary Gilbert, died in Vevay on January 13th.
147 YEARS AGO
A writing ink factory was established in Vevay.
Died in Craig Township, January 21st, Reverend Harry D. Banta, 87, noted mnister.
The town council has continued to neglect to organize a fire department. We presume they will wait until a few thousand dollars worth of property is destroyed.