News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County School superintendent Tracy Caddell went to Switzerland County Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to announce that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed has nominated the school for the National Blue Ribbon Award – the highest honor that a school can earn. The superintendent and principal Elizabeth Jones have known about the honor for about a week but have kept the honor a secret until the announcement became official on Tuesday.
Olivia Isabel Hutchinson was born at Dearborn County Hospital on Saturday, August 28th. She weighed seven pounds, seven ounces at birth and was 20 1/2 inches long.
The Switzerland County Library held a reception Tuesday afternoon to honor two retiring members of the board. Jacquita Lanman and Jill Hutcherson both have completed the maximum number of terms that they are allowed to serve by state statute.
In the early 1990s a storm had swept through Switzerland County damaging several buildings along with the steeple at Fairview United Methodist Church. The steeple has now been replaced.
20 YEARS AGO
The eight United Methodist churches in this area came together this week to create a live nativity scene in front of the Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay, Churches from Aberdeen, Allensville, Bennington, East Enterprise, Fairview, Pleasant Grove, Quercus Grove, and Vevay all participated. Rita Sebree coordinated the event, which concludes tonight. Steve Withrow, Barbara Stow, and Kristin Ranz portrayed Joseph, an angel, and Mary with the baby Jesus. All three are from Aberdeen United Methodist Church.
At a special public hearing last Wednesday night, the Switzerland County school board took the first step toward constructing a new middle school for grades 6, 7 and 8. Switzerland County’s proposal involves building a wing onto the Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in Vevay.
Robert “Guy” Griffin of Oatman Hill Road near Patriot has been called by the congregation to pastor the Scipio Baptist Church in Jennings County. He is the son of Bob and Mary Griffin of Oatman Hill Road.
James Madison has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the son of Mike and Mary Ann Leap of Vevay and Mike Madison of Madison. He is the grandson of Leona Madison of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
Brian D. McSwain, a chemical engineering major at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, has been named to the President’s List for the fall quarter. He is a 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School and is the son of Russell and Vera McSwain of Vevay.
Kirk Works, a University of Evansville student from Vevay, was among 518 U.S. students named to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the fall quarter. He is the son of Tommie and Rita Works of East Enterprise and has been named to the Dean’s List for the first time.
A fire last Tuesday evening closed one of Vevay’s local businesses and also destroyed the apartment that the merchant lived in. East End Chain Saw, co-owned by John and Floyd Wiltz, was damaged by fire that broke out in the upstairs apartment at approximately 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
40 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County Mental Health Association’s 1974 Christmas Gift Drive produced more than 400 presents for patients at the Madison State Hospital. The gifts were donated to the Mental Heath group’s project by the residents of Switzerland County. Gifts were also given to residents of Jackson Nursing Home in Vevay.
Tobacco markets closed for the holiday season last week in Carrollton, Madison, and throughout the burley belt after the second straight week of declining prices. At Madison, the average prices paid Thursday, the last day of sales this year, was $111.06 per hundred pounds, and at Carrollton, the average price paid was $113.76.
Legislation authorizing $2.5 million to pay for building a bridge across Markland Dam is sitting on the White House desk of President Gerald Ford, awaiting his signature. If that signature’s affixed to the bill and White House officials said Monday morning they saw no reason it would not be, the $2.5 million dollars will be in the bank and be ready to be spent for the construction of the bridge.
A dream which has been 10 years in the planning has begun to take shape at the Community Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg. Hundreds of southeastern Indiana residents have been actively involved in the process which has lead to construction of a comprehensive mental heath center to serve the area. An outpatient clinic has been in operation since 1967 on Bielby Road. In the summer of 1976, a greatly expanded center will be open at the same site, providing inpatient, partial hospitalization, and 24- hour emergency care in addition to the outpatient and consultation services now available to residents of Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Ripley, and Franklin counties.
A piano recital will be given by Jay Farrar of Vevay at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5th, in the auditorium of Switzerland County High School. Jay, a junior at Ball State University, is majoring in music there, with a minor course of study in theater. He is a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Osborn, route 1, Bennington, Friday afternoon. The home was located on state road 250 between Fairview and Bennington.
50 YEARS AGO
First of the United States to give recognition to Christmas Day as a legal holiday was Alabama in 1836.
Woman Marine Private Joyce A. Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reed of rural route 4, Vevay, completed eight weeks recruit training November 18th at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.
Miss Evelyn James of Silver Point, Tennessee, and Marvin R. Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reed of rural route 4, Vevay, were united in marriage November 11th in Peru, Indiana.
70 YEARS AGO
Gerald Carlyle, York Township farmer residing near Markland, had his left hand entirely severed at the wrist in a corn shredder Wednesday morning.
The Markland Post Office has been discontinued as of December 15th, 1944, by order of the Post Office Department.
First Lieutenant Robert North Torrance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Torrance of near East Enterprise, is reported missing in action since November over Germany by the War Department.
Staff Sergeant Clell Martin of the 83 Infantry Division in France, has been awarded the Silver achievement in combat with the enemy.
Mrs. Emma Carolyn Powell quietly observed her 101st birthday on December 19th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Bodey near Patriot.
80 YEARS AGO
A new petit larceny “racket” has developed in Switzerland County with the theft of tobacco. Jake Rayles has lost 84 sticks of hands, Carl Cole 40 sticks, and Edgar Culbertson nearly 100 sticks.
Born, December 18th, a new daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Don Bunger of Posey Township.
Shelly Edwards of Craig Township and Emma Mae McCune of Grant, Kentucky, were married Saturday afternoon at the home of officiating minister, Reverend Leland Courtney.
90 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Griffith expect to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary December 24th with open house at their home in Vevay.
Miss Dean Miles and Arthur Lock, both residing near Bennington, are announcing their marriage which took place December 3rd at Frankfort, Kentucky.
Mr. Eugene McMakin and Miss Hankins of Anderson, Indiana will be united in marriage January 7th.
Dr. D.L. McCulloch of Center Square is president and treasurer of the Marion Fruit jar and Bottle Company at Marion, Indiana.
120 YEARS AGO
The Vevay wharfboat sunk last Sunday morning about 8 o’clock, supposed to have been caused by its being overloaded. It has been pumped out and is now in good condition.
The beautiful snow did not arrive in time for Christmas but arrived one day late.
Mr. William Shaw and Miss Kate McHenry were united in marriage Christmas night at the home of the bride’s parents in Vevay.
150 YEARS AGO
Last Friday night the warehouse and store of R.F. Grisard and Brother was consumed by fire. Supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Loss about $15,000.
Next Monday the citizens of Vevay will be called upon to elect town officers, also to decide whether they will surrender the present charter and organize under the state law or not.
Civil War News: Sherman has captured Savannah, Thomas is pursuing Hood, Grant holds his grip on Lee and everything looks cheerful to loyal people.