News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County Commissioners officially declared a “Snow Emergency” on Sunday afternoon; and county law enforcement personnel say that many residents were smart to stay inside until the situation passed.
With no school on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week due to heavy snow, school officials are scrambling to figure out how to meet the state mandate of attending class for 180 days. Not going the mandated number of days would mean that the schools would have to return about $37,000 in state funding for each day that the school system was short on days. So far the schools have nine days to make up.
Since the latest snow storm hit over the weekend, county highway workers have logged nearly 40 hours in overtime trying to keep the roads passable. That’s 21 people trying to clear almost 400 miles of roadways.
20 YEARS AGO
Work will begin in two weeks on a new firehouse for the East Enterprise Fire Department. The $880,000 firehouse will be built alongside the East Enterprise Park. Fire Chief Wayne White said the new firehouse, to be built by the Mike Archer Construction Company of Vevay, will be 100 feet wide and 80 feet long, and will include a meeting room, a kitchen, two handicapped accessible restrooms, an office and an 80×80 space for fire trucks and equipment. There will be four 12-root doors.
Vincent Valenzuela, a senior at Switzerland County High School, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. His achievement is a rare accomplishment. The last National Merit Scholarship finalist from SCGS was Kenny Roberts in 1984. He went on to win a $2,000 scholarship to college. Vincent is one of 14,000 finalists. From the finalists, a total of 6,500 will be selected as National Merit Scholars, and of those, 2,000 who will receive $2,000 college scholarships. Vincent is the son of Dr. Diego and Dr. Fidelia Valenzuela of Vevay.
Lori Waller, daughter of Tim and Mary Waller of Florence, is on the Dean’s List at Ball State University. She made all A’s last semester and has been on the Dean’s List for three straight years. She is a junior majoring in accounting.
30 YEARS AGO
Marine Pfc. Scott M. Suter, son of Charles A. and Wilma W. Suter of route 3, Vevay, has been promoted to his present rank while serving at Marine Barracks, Seal Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Stanton will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary March 4th. On March 6th, a family dinner has been planned by their children. Mrs. Stanton is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rollio Dance. Mr. Stanton is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stanton.
The 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ball of Vevay has been rescheduled for this Sunday in the Center Square Baptist Church.
Eric W. Detain son of Mr. and Mrs. Clad Deaton of Vevay, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army’s Delayed Entry Program and will report for active duty April 19th.
40 YEARS AGO
Members of the Carl William Powers family lost almost all their possessions when fire gutted their home on Lineback Road four miles north of Florence, Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Powers and their four children managed to get out of the burning house without major injury but about all they could take with them were the clothes they were wearing at the time. Mr. Powers suffered minor burns in the blaze.
Paula Pavy is Sweetheart 73 – and the Switzerland County Heart Fund is $1,000 richer. The 13 Sweetheart entrants raised an even $1,000 to help in the fight against heart disease during the 12-day Sweetheart Sweepstakes sponsored by several local merchants, Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School and Vevay Newspapers, Inc.
Allensville School’s basketball team won the Sixth Grade County Tourney Saturday night, topping Pleasant School in the championship game. Pete Furnish is their coach.
Mrs. Naomi Bliss of Vevay was given a special award by the Jefferson-Switzerland County Association for Retarded Children at the organization’s annual dinner meeting February 13th. Mrs. Bliss taught a class for mentally retarded children in Switzerland County for several years until her retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Campbell of East Main Street, Vevay, will observe their 59th wedding anniversary on February 28th.
50 YEARS AGO
Misses Judy Dickerson and Jo Ann Whitton, Switzerland County High School seniors, have been named winners here in the 1963 Betty Crocker search for the “American Homemaker of Tomorrow.” They thus become eligible for one of 102 scholarships totaling $110,000.
Cabell McKee of Vevay, who has completed studies for a degree fro Indiana University, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. A zoology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, McKee participated in IU’s advanced ROTC program. He plans to complete requirements for a master’s degree before going on active duty in the Quartermaster Corps. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris McKee.
Miss Judy Kay Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Roberts, was installed as Worthy Advisor of Vevay Assembly No. 99 Order of Rainbow for Girls Friday night, February 15th, at the Masonic Hall.
Miss Dora E. Scudder, 84, of near Vevay, died Saturday in the Obertate Nursing Home in North Madison after a month’s illness.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Scott, Jr., are proud parents of a baby boy born at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Monday morning at 6:50. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 4.5 ounces and has been named Rickey Lee.
Former Commissioner Harvey Scudder, lately returned from Florida, has brought to this office a giant lemon, several oranges and two big grapefruit. The lemon measures 15 inches around and weighs one and three quarters pounds. It and the rest of the fruit was picked from the orchard garden of George Moredock at Coral Gables.
Scott Furnish this week sold his grocery business on Ferry Street to Charles and Raymond Otter, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Otter who operate a dry goods store adjoining the grocery.
Last rites were held in the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home here at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon for Mrs. Kate C. Benedict, 79, well known retired business woman. Her death had occurred in the hospital at North Madison in the evening of February 11th, following an illness of two years.
Mrs. Anna Belle Rayles, 79, wife of Tilden Rayles of East Enterprise died at her home there last Thursday evening following an illness of nearly two years duration.
The 57th wedding anniversary of Mr.. and Mrs. W. O. Protsman was honored Sunday evening with a family dinner which was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tilley.
William W. Coleman, 34, son of Mrs. Margaret Coleman Moore and the late Dewey Coleman, passed away at his home in Madison Tuesday afternoon following an illness of several months.
70 YEARS AGO
Albion Scudder passed away at the home of his sisters, Misses Viola and Dora Scudder below Vevay Saturday evening at the age of 78 years.
Harry Tucker, a native and former resident of Cotton Township, died at his residence in Cincinnati Saturday. He had been in ill health for more than a year.
Raymond Detraz, Superintendent of the Scrap Iron Depot, announced this week a second sale of all collections up to date. He announced 153 tons of scrap iron and 11 tons of rubber were sold.
Miss Lucille Gray of Parks Ridge and Lt. Arthur B. Best of Indianapolis were married Sunday, February 21st, at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Louise Burcope in Speedway City, Indiana.
John Brooks, resident of the Pleasant community, died at his home there Sunday morning following an illness of several weeks.
Robert Stout, student at Ohio State University, has been elected to a membership in Phi Zeta National honorary society of Veterinary Medicine.
Arthur V. Danner, formerly of Vevay and Miss Frances Clay Lielinghast were married in Washington, D.C. February 14th.
Mrs. Lola E. Driver, wife of Elmer Driver of near Quercus Grove, passed away in Christ Hospital in Cincinnati Saturday following an extended illness.
80 YEARS AGO
James Edward Knox died at his home in Craig Township Monday, February 20th, at the age of 23 years.
Robert W. Shaw died at his hoe in the Scotch Settlement neighborhood Sunday at the age of 58 years. In spite of the fact he had been partially paralyzed for about 40 years, he was one of Switzerland County’s most active business men, being engaged in the selling of fertilizer.
Everett Wheeler, aged 16 years, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Fancher on McCreary’s Ridge Friday morning after an illness of several weeks of pneumonia.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Grimes of Moorefield.
90 YEARS AGO
David H. Bliss last week sold his oil business to Gray and Brown, who will handle the Switzerland County agency in connection with their garage.
Attorney George B. Hall, aged 67 years, died at his home on Market Street Tuesday night following an illness of 15 months.
Switzerland County has been in the grip of a cold wave for the past 10 days, during which time we have had two snows and the temperature has dropped to zero,
Thoroughly repaired and with many inprovements in the building, the new Patriot Theatre will open Saturday night. The owners state that the damage from fire has been practicaly eliminated.
The Schenck Mansion and the 65 acre farm have been given by the Schenck heirs to the Indiana Baptist Convention to be used for Baptist purposes.
100 YEARS AGO
Dr. Scott Culbertson, who retired only January 1st last from the Auditor’s office of Switzerland County, and whose record as a practicing physician in Switzerland County extends over a period of 34 years, died at his home in Vevay Thursday afternoon.
The new auto bus line from Vevay to Osgood began operations on Monday. Chester Downey of East Enterprise has charge of the line.
Rook and Buschmann, the Main Street barbers, on Tuesday sold their shop to Messrs. A. H. and Ray Morrison, who for some months past have been operating a shop in Iowa.
Mr. Roy Clements is planning a new blacksmith shop at Braytown.
Born, a daughter, Oliver Juanita, to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Konkle of Craig Township.
Mrs. Charles Lemons, died at her home near Vevay Saturday morning after a prolonged illness of tuberculosis.
Mrs. L. B. Stowe died at her home in East Enterprise Monday, February 17th, after an illness of pneumonia and tuberculosis. She was 38 years of age.
120 YEARS AGO
Dr. R. G. Simpson today removed his family from East Enterprise to Vevay and will practice medicine here.
Monday, Mrs. E. H. Mead received word that her husband was critically ill in Peru, Indiana, where he was employed. The boat having passed down, Mrs. Mead and her brother-in-law, I. P. Loring, took conveyance by skiff, rowed by Volney Peelman, to Madison, making the trip in three hours in plenty of time for the afternoon train, reaching Peru Monday night. A telegram yesterday stated Mr. Mead was much improved.
At present we are all mud bound and think there should be some law passed to improve the condition of the roads when it takes four strong horses to pull a hearse along on public roads.
150 YEARS AGO
The steamer Prioress, Captain C. David, has returned from her government trip to Nashville and has resumed her place in her old trade between Madison and Cincinnati. She brought 400 rebel prisoners to Louisville.
Union meetings are being held throughout the county and every township is urged to organize Union electors for the April election when trustees, justices of the peace, constables, and road supervisors will be selected.
Fairview held such a meeting on February 13th to get the expression of the people on the war question, Captain S. R. Tinker was appointred president and E. Roberts, secretary, T. H. Downey, J. O. Hendricks, and A. E. Wiley, were appointed to write resolutions. John Murphty, S. R. Tinker, Sylvester Morrison, Philander Mlorrison, and G. W. Murphy were appointed a committee to see that the families of those in the community, who are in the service be furnished with wood and other comforts of life.
Nine hundred horses have been contracted for by the government authorities at Indianapolis for $99 each. These horses are for the 39th Indiana regiment, which is to be mounted.
Died in Vevay on February 6th, George M. Short, 27. He was wounded in the battle of Stone River. He was brought home by his father.