News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Cole McKenzie and Heather Wilson were crowned King and Queen of the Homecoming festivities held Friday night. The Pacers capped off a great night with a 64-50 win over Rising Sun. Heather Wilson is the daughter of Jill Wilson of Vevay and Barry Wilson of Madison. Cole McKenzie is the son of Rick and Roxanna McKenzie of Vevay.
The Vevay Town Council surprised Vevay Park Board president Mike Danner by naming him their “Man of he Year” during Monday night’s council meeting. A local businessman, Mike Danner is very involved in many aspects of he community, including he park board. Kiwanis and the Swiss Wine Festival.
The Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation approved the funding of a feasibility study at its meeting Tuesday night that could lead to the expansion of Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.
For the past few years, BESI Manufacturing has been operating out of the former U.S. shoe Corporation building under a lease agreement with the Town of Vevay. At Monday night’s Vevay Town Council meeting the company completed the purchase of the building it has been using.
20 YEARS AGO
Raymond Earl Furnish of Vevay was among approximately 2,260 students who received degrees during Purdue University’s winter commencement. He received an associate in applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology.
All three Switzerland County schools have won monetary awards from the Indiana Department of Education for demonstrating improvements in their educational performance. The awards are part of the Indiana School Incentive Award program, which recognizes students’ improvements in math and language arts proficiency, attendance records and ISTEP test scores.
Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year award to Dale Simon and his wife, Mary. He also presented the Silver Star award to John Andrew and his wife, Jeanette, at the annual meeting Friday evening.
30 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School crowned its new 1982-83 Homecoming Queen last Saturday evening between the junior varsity and varsity basketball game against Milan. The new queen is Belinda Adams, Rose Williams and Sheila Dick were runners-up. The Queen and her court got an added surprise when the Pacers nipped Milan 57-55 to win their first game of the year.
Shawn Penick, Rising Sun, was recently accepted to the Auto-Diesel Truck Technology program out of Lincoln Technical Institute at Indianapolis. He will begin the program August 10th of this year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Penick. He will graduate from Switzerland County in May of this year.
Paul Eddie Ford has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president at Madison Bank and Trust Company in Madison where he has been employed since 1962. He is the son of the late Dilver and Bessie Ford of Switzerland County. He and his wife Barbara reside in Madison.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Millie Jane Skirvin, 78, of route 1, Bennington, at Fairview, passed away January 24th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
John C. Davis, 95, passed away Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Leatherbury on route 1, Florence, near Markland.
Mrs. Gladys L. Sublett, 62, passed away Friday at Boynton Beach, Florida, where she resided. She formerly lived in Switzerland County.
50 YEARS AGO
The 97th birthday of Mrs. Hattie Griswold was quietly observed Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Archer and Mr. Archer at Bennington, with whom she resided.
Ralph Tilley, Vevay-Switzerland Sesquicentennial treasurer, accepted a check for $100 from Vevay Newspapers to purchase 20 shares in the sesqui corporation. John D. Coleman, president, presented the check on behalf of the newspapers.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Minnie B. Stewart, 87, member of a pioneer county family and sister of Squire John Baird of Vevay, passed away in Highland, California, on January 18th.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKenzie of Vevay, route 1, will quietly observe their 53rd wedding anniversary at their home on Thursday, February 5th. In a recent visit to this office to renew his subscription Mr. McKenzie remarked that he had been a subscriber to this newspaper for 50 years.
Ronald Lock has resigned his position as bookkeeper in the office of the Vevay Sales and Service Company and on Monday will begin new duties in the office of the Indiana-Kentucky electric Company at Madison. The latter company will build the new power generating plant at Madison.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner attended a meeting of the Indiana Retail Hardware Association in Indianapolis this week, where Mr. Danner was presented with a framed certificate recognizing his 50 years continuous membership in that organization. Mr. Danner’s father, the late A. V. Danner, had been a member of the group for more than 50 years and the recognition was given to commemorate 50 years of business in the same family.
70 YEARS AGO
William Bowen has been given a permanent appointment of Night Chief of Police by the Vevay town Board at their meeting Monday night.
On Monday, Switzerland County sent its largest number of young men going at any one time to the military service examination center in Louisville, 39 reporting.
The Vevay School Board has announced the appointment of Miss Roberta K. Wegton of South Bend, Indiana, as music and art teacher to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Miss Mary Helen Seal.
Miss Beatrice Edwards of Vevay route 2 and Oscar Cook of Bennington route 1 were married Saturday at the Baptist parsonage by Reverend Harvey S. Burns.
Born, a son, January 28th, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dunning of Fairview.
80 YEARS AGO
An attempt was made to burglarize the Fancher Variety Store in Vevay, and also the county clerk’s office in the Court House last Friday night. Entrance was not gained to either place.
Russell Scudder and Rachel M. Works were united in marriage Friday, January 27th, by Reverend Frank Reed at his home in Vevay.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Ricketts and Mr. and Mrs. Loren Oak jointly celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oak with their families present.
Miss Charlotte Sullivan and Mr. Wilbur turner were married Friday evening, January 27th, at the Baptist parsonage by Reverend H. F. Rafnel.
90 YEARS AGO
Mrs. John Colen of East Enterprise died Saturday night after a short illness believed to have been diphtheria. Thirteen days prior to her death Ora, three year old son, died of membraneous croup.
G. E. Mennet last week purchased the livery and feed stable business on Liberty Street from Walter Schnaitter and assumed immediate possession.
George McKay of Vevay has a prominent part in “Mary the Third”, a play that made a decided hit in New York City last week.
100 YEARS AGO
At a meeting of the Committee on Arrangements for the celebration of Vevay’s centennial Thursday night it was determined to hold same August 18th-23rd inclusive.
The motor bus from Fairview to Madison went into operation Monday morning.
Marriage licenses have been issued to Thomas Fancher and Anna Grimes, both of Markland. Harry M. Osborne and Goldie E. Smoot, both of Pleasant Township. Homer Hutchinson and Ella Martin, both of Warsaw, Kentucky.
Jacob Crouch, aged 58 years, died at his home near East Enterprise Monday of an illness of pneumonia.
120 YEARS AGO
The river, which has been corked up with ice for over a month, is wide open again. with the break up of the gorge 17 coal barges floating in the ice were in sight at one time Tuesday. Not less than 50 barges have passed Vevay.
The taffy pulling at the school house in Allensville Friday was a big success.
150 YEARS AGO
The Indiana pay agents have brought home to Indiana $810,000 of soldiers’ money since the commencement of the war.
The snow was too deep for our carrier to deliver the Reveille in Vevay last week. Those of our subscribers who did not get their papers will please call at the Post Office and get them.
At last we have a list of the casualties in the 6th Indiana Regiment at the battle of Stone River. The following are from Switzerland County – Company H. Captain Frank P. Strader, Privates Joseph Earl and John W. Sharp, killed; A. G. Cotton, John P. Farrow, George H. Sheets, William P. Gosnell, Joseph H. Voris, Robert Chillis, William H. Johnson, James Griffith, wounded; Edward Martin, George W. Smith, missing; Aaron Day, Martin B. Cole, prisoners.