News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week were: Chris Henry, Mardelle Eichler, Bettie Tinsley, Joanne Wentworth, Betty J. Whitesell, Elberta Voris, William E. Beard, and Rodney Skirvin.
Libby and Beano Redwine of near Pleasant will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children on Saturday, April 16th.
Switzerland County Lady Pacer Kodi Driver has been honored as the “Player of the Week” in girls softball by the Ohio River Valley Conference.
In an ongoing effort to keep the Town of Vevay looking good, the Vevay Town Council on Monday night approved the purchase of a street sweeper vacuum machine that will be used all around town.
20 YEARS AGO
Christy Griffin of near Pleasant has been named to the dean’s list for the winter quarter at Indiana Business College in Columbus, Indiana. She is the daughter of Ronald Griffin of near Pleasant and Kathy Kelly of Aberdeen. She is studying professional accounting at Indiana Business College.
Robert and Ruth Tinker celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 16th. In honor of the event, the family will be holding an open house on Sunday, April 23rd, at the East Enterprise Firehouse from 2 to 4 p.m.
Charles and Betty Haskell of Vevay have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amy, to Jeff McGowen. He is the son of Michael and Connie McGowen of Wakarusa, Indiana. The couple will be married Saturday, June 3rd, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
William and Wanda Christman of route 1, Vevay, will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home Sunday, April 14th. The Christmans were married April 7th, 1950, at the Bennington United Methodist Church.
Airman Charles A. Leap, son of John C. and Delores A. Leap of route 1, Vevay, has been assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado, after completing Air Force Basic Training. He is a 1984 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
The Shop Quik market in Vevay was broken into late last Thursday night and the intruders made away with approximately $3,700 in cash and checks.
Homemakers Achievement Day was held Tuesday, April 9th, at the Community Building in Vevay. There were over 80 homemakers in attendance, representing each of the 12 different Homemakers groups in Switzerland County.
Mother Nature took a swipe at Switzerland County over the Easter weekend, leaving uprooted trees and downed power lines in her wake as a major storm blew along the Ohio River.
40 YEARS AGO
Paulina Scudder of East Enterprise is Switzerland County’s nominee for the coveted “Jane Award,” given annually to an Indiana woman in recognition of community leadership.
Brushy Fork Baptist Church was the scene Saturday evening for the wedding of Miss Diana Rucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rucker, route one Canaan, and Mark Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Graham of Vevay.
Mrs. Nettie Harlow celebrated her 87th birthday Saturday and Sunday at the Clifty Falls Convalescent Center in Madison. She has three children living, Buford Harlow, Beulah Koons and Wilma Stahl.
50 YEARS AGO
Jim Mitchell has been promoted from assistant coach at Vevay High School to succeed Stan Weber as head coach.
Vevay High School will host the Valley Choral Festival April 27th with professor George F. Krueger as guest conductor.
Graveside services were held April 6th for Mrs. Grace M. Stevens, 85, of Vevay who died March 12th in Asheville, North Carolina after an illness of four months.
Services were held April 5th for Harry E. Campbell, 81, of Vevay who died April 1st at his home here.
Graveside services were held April 3rd for Tait E. Siebenthal, 78, of Douglas, Arizona who died at Tucson Medical Center in Arizona.
Patriot Knights of Pythias are planning to honor 50-year member Guy S. Harris. He has served all the offices of his own lodge and the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Indiana, becoming Grand Chancellor in 1954. At present he is serving as senior supreme representative of Indiana to the Supreme Lodge, Knights of Pythias.
60 YEARS AGO
An unofficial census of Vevay, which has been completed by a group of interested citizens, reveals that the population totals 1,627 persons. The census was made as a tentative step toward necessary legislation to change Vevay from a town to a city form of government. The group has been advised that a population of 2,000 would automatically place the community on a city status, but a law which was passed in 1953 makes that choice optional.
Miss Vera Furnish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Furnish, of near Fairview, and Richard Wolf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wolf of Caledonia, were united in marriage April 8th at the Fairview Methodist Church by Reverend Leon Gardner.
Mrs. Marguerite Wilson who for the past nine years has been in charge of the telephone exchange in Patriot, has resigned her position because of ill health.
Mrs. Flora McClintock of Vevay, who is a patient in the Main Street Nursing Home in Madison, will observe her 100th birthday there on April 20th.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamson of route 4, Vevay will observe their 57th wedding anniversary on April 19th.
70 YEARS AGO
Raymond Osborn of Fairview this week purchased the Tilley Clothing Store on Main Street and has already taken possession. Mr. Osborn is well and favorably known throughout Switzerland County, having conducted a modern general store in Fairview for many years.
Miss Carrie M. Scudder became the bride of Dennis J. Dunne in a ceremony performed by Reverend Charles Walsh Saturday, April 7th, at the St. Michael’s Rectory in Madison. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scudder of near Vevay.
World War II news: James K. Danglade, publisher of the Reveille-Enterprise and the Switzerland Democrat, is now serving as assistant field director of the American Red Cross. According to a letter received here Wednesday, he arrived in London April 4th for foreign assignment. Mr. Danglade left Vevay February 17th and after a training course was sent overseas.
Private Frederick Shadday, 27, was killed in action on the island of Luzon on February 26th, 1945, after having been in the army for four years. His mother, Mrs. Dena Shadday, of near Moorefield last week received a letter from General MacArthur confirming a war department telegram announcing his death. Private Shadday was with the Cavalry Battalion.
Grief at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Casper Leap in Vevay Friday was changed to joy Saturday when a telegram was received containing the news that their son, David, who was reported missing in action the day before, was safe in Hungary.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Smith of Posey Township were notified by the war department Saturday morning that their son, Pft. Clayton F. Smith had died March 25th in Germany of wounds which he received in the fighting there on December 1st, 1944.
80 YEARS AGO
Died in Vevay April 10th, Mrs. Julia Williams, member of the Dufour family. Died near Bear Branch April 8th, John Oberate.
Married in Indianapolis April 4th, Beatice Byers of that city and Leland Lester, formerly of Mt. Sterling.
Died in Cincinnati April 6th, John Gullion, native and lifelong resident of the county.
Died in Hanover April 7th, Mrs. Clara Bellamy, 88, formerly of this county.
90 YEARS AGO
Died in West Virginia, Miss Della Kincaid, formerly of Vevay.
The City Council of Vevay bought two chemical tanks and 150 feet of water hose to go on the new fire truck here.
Frank S. Land of Kansas City, formerly of York Township, and founder of the DeMolay, made a national radio address to the 200,000 young members of the Order. He is a son of Sherman Land and nephew of Riley Land of Vevay.
Died near Moorefield on April 3rd, Mrs. Mary E. Boyle. Prominent lady.
Kiesel Cole is playing first trumpet in an orchestra in Columbus, Indiana. Halden Adams, a former Vevay boy, is playing saxophone in the same ensemble.
Died in Bardstown, Kentucky, William Dalmazzo, 88, formerly of Vevay.
100 YEARS AGO
Reverend Frank E. Hammel is becoming known as the marrying parson.
A strip of woods 1 1/2 miles long and 200 yards wide on the Schenck Farm near Moorefield was destroyed by fire.
Died in Indianapolis April 8th, Andrew Twineham, 23, formerly of Vevay.
Died near Parks Ridge, April 11th, David Dow, 60, from injuries received in a previous accident.
The small steamer “Vim” entered the Madison-Warsaw trade.
Married in Madison, attorney Marcus R. Sulzer and Miss Mabel Griffith, formerly of this county.
Little Robert Detraz of Vevay is recovering from a broken collarbone.
The home of Mrs. James A. Hickman on Goose Creek was destroyed by fire.
110 YEARS AGO
A cylinder blew out at the new power house painfully injuring superintendent Charles Allen.
Marcus R. Sulzer was appointed postmaster at Madison.
Rural carrier William M. Barnett has resigned his position here.
George Gaudin has leased the former Lewis and Pleasants store building at Ferry and Main streets.
The star route from Vevay to Moorefield has been discontinued.
Ed Mottier is drilling a well at his farm on Goose Creek.
Captain Samuel Pavy observed his 91st birthday at his home in Braytown.
120 YEARS AGO
Alling and Lodge are the leading hardware merchants in Madison, according to their advertisements.
Mrs. Jockell has opened a new millinery store on Main Street nearly opposite of the LeClerc House.
Licensed to marry – Sarah O’Day and Clarence Hollcroft; Lizzie Bittle and Edward T. Birkemier; Mary Sedam and Milton Moreillon; Ollie Banta and Thomas Harper; Lizzie May and William Brindley.
Patriot held its fifth high school commencement with Professor Thiebaud presenting the diplomas.
Died near Moorefield April 5th Mrs. Rachel Manford, well known lady.
W.L. Mennett has opened a new grocery on Main Street in Vevay.
140 YEARS AGO
Our town clock needs doctoring.
The new school building here is being furnished.
Colonel M. C. Garber of Madison was elected Postmaster of the city.
“Ann” Dunn is building a new dwelling house in Florence. He is a master mechanic.
Reveille note – “If you want to raise one or more vegetables, tickle the ground with a hoe.”
Ormsby and Green have opened a new dry goods store here.
The A.C. Hunter store at Cross Plains is receiving a new coat of paint.
Married near Mt. Sterling, April 7th by Reverend Gleason, Rachel Clark and William Boright.
Died in Vevay April 12th, Samuel Protsman, aged 78 years.
The Town of Vevay has seven wards and a trustee for each.