News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
During the 1940s, President Franklin Roosevelt passed a resolution that veterans who were holders of the Combat Infantry Badge/Combat Medic Badge were also entitled to the Bronze Star. On Tuesday – Veterans Day – some Switzerland County veterans finally received that honor. They are honorees: Karl Lohide, Arthur “Buddy” green, Kindell Stogsdill, William “Dave” Smith, and the late Vernon Ray, with his wife Libby Ray accepting his award.
The United Fund of Switzerland County has purchased a large-screen television for the enjoyment of the residents at the Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay.
Returning three starters and blessed with a deep and talented cast of returning players, coach Wayne Ellegood looks at his squad of Lady Pacer basketball players, and has to feel good about the season ahead. This could be a special year for Switzerland County girls basketball,, with key returnees from a team that went 17-6 last year and won the conference championship. If everyone here in Switzerland County has high hopes, the word is also out around the area – get ready for the Lady Pacers.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School students recently competed in the Area 12 Special Olympics bowling tournament in Clarksville. The students competed and received several awards. They were Erin Schmitt and Sherman Leap, both first place gold medals; David Wentworth and Gary Roberts, both second place silver medals; Nick Jester, third place bronze medal; Darrell Yocum, fourth place ribbon; and Rachael Springer, sixth place ribbon. The students practiced for the tournament at Swiss Valley Lanes in Vevay. Jane Schirmer provided the transportation.
Trisha Allen, daughter of Rodney and Traci Allen of Vevay competed in a gymnastics meet in Columbus Sunday, November 14th. Trisha placed third in the group, Level 5 for ages 7-8. She competed last month at Evansville and placed 10th. Trisha began her gymnastics training at age 4 and began competing at age 7. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Sharon Ray and the great-granddaughter of Mary Smith and Dorothy Ray.
30 YEARS AGO
Attorney David Hickman has hung his shingle in Vevay and has begun practicing law. Hickman, 31, whose office is located at 112 West Pike Street, says he’s been practiciing in Vevay for the past two weeks in the offices formerly occupied by Chester Callis. His wife Debbie is serving as his secretary. Callis had practiced law in this area for approximately 50 years or more, according to Hickman.
Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Blodgett of route 1, Vevay, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception on Sunday, November 27th, at the United Methodist Church in Bennington.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whitham of East Enterprise celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently.
Recently, four members of the Switzerland County FFA Chapter were selected for the State Soil Judging Team. The local people selected included Jeff Carpenter, David Yocum, Jacob Rader and Doug Compton. This year’s contest was conducted in Wabash County, in northern Indiana. The team received a red ribbon for their efforts and were cited for a superb job of judging by the sponsors.
40 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s newspapers have been named the best weekly papers in the State of Indiana. The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise was chosen the state’s top weekly – the award is known as the Indiana Blue Ribbon Newspaper of the Year – by the Hoosier State Press Association, a statewide organization of 144 weekly and 79 daily newspapers throughout Indiana.
Public Service Indiana has announced it prefers a Jefferson County site to the one in Switzerland County as a possible location for its proposed nuclear power plant. PSI has informed the Atomic Energy Commission that its “preliminary selection” of a site most suitable for a nuclear plant is Marble Hill in southwestern Jefferson County, just north of Bethlehem.
A son was born to Randall and Frances Miller, of Vevay. Eric Robin Miller arrived into the world in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. He is the Miller’s first child.
Sharon Grigsby and Paul E. Schmitt exchanged wedding vows during a double ring ceremony October 6th in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. Father William Wargel performed the ceremony for the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond P. Osborn, Jr., of Vevay and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Othmar Schmitt of Jasper.
Dennis Shane Chatham arrived October 18th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison weighing in at a hefty 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 21 and one-half inches long. He’s the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth “Sonny” Chatham of near Vevay.
Mrs. Lillian B. Turner, 69, of Florence, died recently at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
50 YEARS AGO
Vevay High School registered a 65-61 win over Madison before a screaming partisan home crowd in the Vevay gym.
Appointment of John Stivers as a state conservation department enforcement officer has been announced by State Conservation Director Donald E. Foltz.
Funeral services were conduced from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Mrs. Mary Knaus, 76, of near Markland.
With the current destruction of the Dr. Welch house on Market Street one of Vevay’s oldest and most historical landmarks will soon be but a memory.
A new office manager is now being sought for Switzerland County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office to replace present manager Harrison Adams.
Installation of new Vevay Kiwanis Club officers was conduced with four officers and a board of directors installed. Officers are Emmett Danner, president; Albert Hyde, vice president; LeRoy Bay, secretary; and Eugene Spencer, treasurer. Directors are Harold C. Benedict, Jack Sullivan, Robert D. Slawson, Joe DiMichele and Sam Robinson, past president.
60 YEARS AGO
A barn loft containing 300 bushels of corn on the farm of Lee Gregory and son north of Patriot collapsed and fell on several cows that were being milked.
The post office officials, including the city and rural carriers, entertained with a surprise pitch-in dinner Friday evening at the post office for Carroll Dodd, clerk, who recently resigned because of illness after 19 years of faithful service.
Noble Butler returned from Texas where he spent several weeks at his farm located between Houston and San Antonio. He came to the newspaper office to exhibit a giant sweet potato which weighed four and one-half pounds and which was raised on his land.
Mrs. Orlena Peelman has sold her home on Liberty Street to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hand, owners of the former Johnson’s Dry Goods Store on Main Street. Mrs. Hand and children, who have been residing in Muncie, will move to Vevay soon.
Miss Jean Furnish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Furnish of near Fairview, and Leon Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Morton of Pleasant, were united in marriage at the Vevay Methodist Church by Reverend H.G. Ramsey.
As the newspaper went to press on Wednesday there was a sizable forest fire raging in the hillside woods on the old “Crow Roost,” farm of Gus Bladen above Florence. The blaze started sometime Tuesday afternoon and every available help has been enlisted, including the East Enterprise Fire Department and the students of Patriot High School. The fire is now working toward the top of the high bluffs and is inaccessible to any fire fighting machinery.
70 YEARS AGO
Edward Gregory, who had served as Justice of the Peace in Posey Township for many years, died at his home in Patriot November 10th at the age of 83 years.
Born, November 9th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hutcherson of Posey Township.
Charley Andrew has had over 20 sheep killed by dogs, one of which has been shot. Mrs. Roy Wolf has also had between three and four dozen young hens killed by a stray dog. Both parties reside near Moorefield.
80 YEARS AGO
Charles Dibble died at his home in Posey Township, having been in ill health for some time.
Mrs. Molly Seaver, widow of Jerry Seaver, passed away at her home in Florence following an illness of more than a year.
Mrs. Jane Pate, who resided on Tapps Ridge, died at her home there. She had been in ill health for some time and had recently submitted to two operations.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Harvie Peters and Mr. Peters.
Arthur W. Shirley, 63, former resident of Vevay, died at his home in Whiteland, Indiana after a long illness.
Mrs. George Moredock, native of Posey Township, passed away at her home in Chicago after a long period of ill health.
Mrs. Belle Leech, native of the Allensville community, died November 4th at her home in Indianapolis. She was about 80 years of age.
Hugh S. Brown, retired businessman of Vevay, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Holler, in Vevay. He had suffered a paralytic stroke several weeks ago.
Thomas R. Humphrey, formerly a well known undertaker of Vevay, died at the I.O.O.F. home in Greensburg following a long illness.
Born, a daughter, Lois Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cole of Mount Sterling.
90 YEARS AGO
An overflow crowd attended the anti-Ku Klux Klan meeting in the Courthouse and at the close a branch of the American Unity League was organized.
An immense crowd of people attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting in the Courthouse and heard addresses by two women members of the Klan auxiliary.
Miss Edna Sauvain and Kiesel Cole were married at the Baptist parsonage in Vevay by Reverend Paul Wheeler.
Stewart James, aged 3 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Minor Hudson of near Long Run, died suddenly of convulsions. It is believed the child ate a number of heart tablets which caused his death.
Mrs. Ollie Brindley purchased the Wahl dry goods store and took possession of the business.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Abbott of Posey Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Kathleen Welch of Bennington and Elgin Crandell of Moorefield were married at the Methodist parsonage in Vevay by Reverend Machlan.
Mrs. Martha Worstelle died at the home of her daughter after a lingering illness.
The body of Mrs. Hannah Barker Dailey, who died at the home of her son Claude in Louisville, Kentucky, was brought to the Jacksonville Cemetery for burial.
The Vevay and Rising Sun auto bus line has changed its route from the river road between Patriot and Rising Sun. It has adopted the road over the hills from Patriot to Antioch and thence to North Landing and on up the river to Rising Sun. The change was made due to the roads.
Hampton Williamson has been granted a license as steamboat engineer and has secured a position as second engineer on the steamer Louisville.
120 YEARS AGO
We are decidedly opposed to cruelty in any form and where we see a ladies hat or bonnet decorated with feathered birds, we cannot but feel that the weather is encouraging the needless slaughter of birds.
Born, a son unto Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Melick of Mount Sterling.
Married November 9th, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Reverend J.J. Goodner, Miss Minnie Smoots and Mr. Palmer Hinman.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Pate Palsor, of Sugar Branch.
Died near Long Run, Craig Township, Henry Stucy, Jr.
140 YEARS AGO
On the night of November 12th someone stole $5 from the wharfboat at Patriot. While the wharfboat master was out for coal someone helped himself.
Ferdinand Jain, wife and Mary left Vevay for Boulder, California where they will make their home.
Charles Wade and Mary Lyons, John Moore and Emeline Hays, all of Patriot, were married last week.
Rudolph Lamson and Miss Nettie Anderson, both of Switzerland County, were married October 30th in the Braytown Christian Church.
Mrs. Ann Cookson, wife of James Cookson, died in Vevay November 10th.
Seventeen street lights guide pedestrians along the streets of Vevay. More will soon be added.