News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Rodney and Heather Faddis of Vevay announce the birth of their daughter Anastasia Nicole Faddis who was born September 9th, 2003. She weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces at birth, and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Bobbie Jo Edwards graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 8th. She graduated cum laude. Bobbie is the daughter of Bobby Edwards and Donna Hughes of Rising Sun.
George E. and Polly Baker of East Enterprise celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Jefferson Craig third graders Ashley Watson, and Lensi Parham were honored at Monday night’s meeting of the Switzerland County School Board for their outstanding scores on ISTEP.
20 YEARS AGO
Joseph Shane Hutcherson, son of Bruce and Jill Hutcherson, Patriot, received a Bachelor of Science degree in building construction technology from Purdue University on May 15th. He has accepted a management position in the Indianapolis division of Pulte Homes, Detroit, Michigan.
Brother Robert “Bob” King, 76, of South Bend and formerly of Vevay, passed away Thursday, May 19th, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend due to complications from a heart attack he suffered on Friday, May 13th.
The Patriot Alumni Association will hold its 101st annual meeting at the Switzerland County Elementary School on the evening of Saturday, the 28th of May. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
30 YEARS AGO
Malcolm Markland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Markland of Vevay, graduated from Purdue University in ceremonies held May 11th. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture.
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball coach Rick Weales’ team played .500 this week, going 1-1. Pacer catcher Jeff Weales smacked a grand slam home run to power the Switzerland County boys baseball team to a win over Southwestern High School. The team is now prepared for the upcoming sectional next Monday at South Ripley.
Kenny Roberts is Valedictorian and Carla Armstrong is Salutatorian of the Switzerland County High School graduation class.
40 YEARS AGO
Sherry Darlene Cook graduated from Ball State University in Muncie Friday. Miss Cook, the daughter of Oscar and Bea Cook of Mount Sterling, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
Mr. and Mrs Raymond Osborn, Jr., of Market Street in Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Cheryl Diane, to Mr. Jeffrey Louis Pitstick, son of Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Pitstick of Cedarville, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. James Rook of Vevay announce the engagement of their daughter, Wanda Marie, to Mr. Eugene Scudder of Fairview, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Scudder of Bennington.
Everyone’s still planning to shoot “A Girl Named Sooner” in Switzerland County – but out in Hollywood, film makers are waiting to see what happens to the threatened actors’ strike before making final commitments. Something is happening in Switzerland County though, as Ron Sandidge of the Vevay Deposit Bank announced that the bank will sell copies of Suzanne Clauser’s novel “A Girl Named Sooner,” the book on which the film is based – the movie screenplay also having been written by Mrs. Clauser.
50 YEARS AGO
Constance Ann Brown, daughter of Mrs. Loretta Brown, 406 West Pike Street, Vevay, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. A Student at Indiana University, Miss Brown will receive the fellowship for graduate study in the academic year 1964-65. She is a Vevay High School graduate.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for David C. Scudder, 84, who died May 13th at his home near Jacksonville.
A contract has been awarded to Layne Northern of Indianapolis for drilling wells for Patriot’s municipal water system. Ted Watters, president, Brett Scudder and Roy Smith of Patriot Town Board announced today.
Captain and Mrs. John W. Spencer of Altus, Oklahoma, are the new parents of a second son, born April 30th. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and has been named Ralph Tyler.
Mrs. Betty Schirmer League, daughter of Mrs. L. R. and Mr. William D. Schirmer of Center Square, has been awarded an all expense-paid scholarship to the University of Maryland in Baltimore for the 1964 summer session. Mrs. League, a language arts teacher in suburban Cincinnati, is completing work toward the master’s degree in education in the area of administration and supervision.
60 YEARS AGO
Funeral rites were held at the Aberdeen Methodist Church on Monday, May 17th, for Fred Dickerson, 64, a respected farmer of Cotton Township who had passed away at the home of Hilbert Littlefield near East Enterprise on the preceding Friday.
Mrs. Clara Vogel Nolker, a highly respected lady of the Bear Branch community, passed away at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on Sunday, following an acute illness.
Mrs. Marvel Griffith, who has served as Switzerland County attendance officer for the past 19 years, has resigned that position to accept the post of music and art teacher in the new Jefferson-Craig townships consolidated school next year. Mrs. Hadley Haworth, former member of the Switzerland County Welfare office staff and at present a teacher in the Patriot grade schools, has been appointed to succeed her. She will assume her new duties September 1st.
Mrs. Lydia Todd, 73, a respected and lifelong resident of this county, passed away at the home of her son, Reverend John Todd, at North Madison on Wednesday, May 19th, following an illness of several weeks.
Bernard Breeck and wife of Lamb are the proud parents of a new son born on Thursday, May 20th. The young man weighed 9 and one-half pounds and has been named Bernard Mack.
70 YEARS AGO
William Lock and Ray Lock, both sons of Mrs. Mary Lock of Vevay, had the pleasant experience of spending three days together recently in Pearl Harbor.
Clarence McIntire, aged 52 years, veteran of World War I and former resident of Switzerland County, died suddenly at his home in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, May 14th.
Mrs. Myrtle Williamson, aged 35 years, resident of Craig Township, died at her home there Sunday after a lingering illness.
Robert Williams, former resident of this county, passed away at his home in Indianapolis Sunday, May 21st.
Mrs. Rose Alice Heritage, aged 68 years, wife of Benjamin Heritage, died at her home in Lawrenceburg Saturday, May 20th, after a long period of ill health.
Miss Ida G. Horton of Canaan route 2, and Lester T. Reuter of Bennington route 2 were united in marriage Friday, May 19th.
Charles A. Person, 42, Aurora Fire Chief, passed away Tuesday, May 23rd, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, from injuries suffered Sunday when he was struck on the head by an unmanageable fire hose which his crew was testing.
Miss Marquerite Schoffner of Vevay and Harold Schroeder of Posey Township were married Wednesday, May 17th, at Madison, Indiana by Reverend Leland Plew, Pastor of the Christian Church.
A son, Charles Arthur, was born Thursday, May 18th, to Corporal and Mrs Dilver Pangburn.
Charles Gribben celebrates his 90th birthday at his home near Dillsboro May 16th.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. William McClellan died at her home in Markland Wednesday morning after a prolonged illness, being 75 years of age.
Mrs. Nancy Moore died at her home near Manville Friday night. This is the second death in the family in the past two months. Mrs. Moore’s husband William Moore passed away April 2nd.
Hiram M. Froman, ex-senator of Kentucky, passed away at his home near Ghent Wednesday after a lingering illness. Mr. Froman was born near Mount Sterling, Switzerland County, and spent his early life here.
Word has been received of the death of Reverend T.J. Simons May 14th at Miler, South Dakota. Reverend Simons was formerly pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church in Vevay.
Mr. and Mrs. V.V. North of Posey Township have received the announcement of the marriage of their son Merle to Miss Helen Botney of Glen Roger, West Virginia on May 14th.
Miss Naomi Monroe and Armand Day, both of Kentucky, were married in Vevay Tuesday by Reverend Leland S. Courtney.
Everett E. Ferguson and Miss Lucille Rhoder were united in marriage Saturday evening at Brooksburg by Reverend Halden Clements at th Methodist parsonage.
Born, May 10th, a daughter, Vera Louise, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohide.
90 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County people who have been wanting to ride on the Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company’s new steel steamer, “Cincinnati,” will have plenty of opportunity during the coming summer. Announcement has just been made by the company officials that the Cincinnati will alternate with the John W. Hubbard in the Sunday meet-the-boat trips, the first of which will be made next Sunday.
Born, May 7th, a daughter Jalita Marvel, to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cole.
Napoleon Neal, aged 73 years, died at his home on the James Diekman farm near North’s Landing Thursday, May 12th.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Dickason.
C.W. Roswell, aged 69 years, and a resident of Vevay, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.C. Bond of Carrollton, Kentucky Monday night.
Postmaster James J. Wright has received a Bible from J.A. Mitchell of Tipton, Indiana, which he presented to the historical society. The Bible was printed in 1829 and on the fly leaf were the words “Vevay Sabbath School, June 19th, 1831” which indicate that the book was used in one of the Sabbath Schools here more than 90 years ago.
100 YEARS AGO
The residence of Dr. J.H. Told in Florence was destroyed by fire.
Captain James S. Grisard fell while coming from an entertainment at the school house, breaking his limb.
Harry Cull and Elgin Crandell are representing the Vevay Odd Fellows in the Grand Lodge.
Died in Posey Township, Harrison James, well known farmer, aged 73 years.
The home of Henry Brindley of Craig Township was destroyed by fire on May 18th.
Died at her parents’ home in Middletown, Ohio, Genevieve, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Findlay.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon have removed from Carrollton to Vevay.
Walter Gaudin and James Rook will open a Gent’s Furnishing Store on Ferry Street in Vevay.
Died in Posey Township, Stanley Spencer.
Died on Goose Creek, James Hickman, prominent farmer, aged 74 years.
The Vevay Brass Band is being organized.
Squire A. Fletcher of Posey Township celebrated his 92nd birthday on May 8th.
120 YEARS AGO
The Commencement exercise of Vevay High school will take place at the Metropolitan Hall Friday, May 25th. The old-time custom of graduating essays will be done away with and the class will have a representative, Reverend Dr. Joseph Swain, President of Indiana University, who will make an address.
Snow Sunday morning reminded us of our overcoats.
Mrs. James Slack died at her home in Florence Thursday morning, May17th, after a long and lingering illness.
Clinton G. Ford, supported by an excellent company, will occupy the stage of the Metropolitan Hall next week in a first class repertoire of plays.
There was a special meeting of City Council last night to receive the resignation of Mayor D. G. Manning and Marshal John D. Brindley. Mr. Manning has received his commission as U. S. Storekeeper in the Revenue Department and resigned to accept it. He will be replaced by Mayor-elect, Benjamin L. Simmons. Mr. Brindley will be replaced by Samuel Robinson, Marshal-elect.
150 YEARS AGO
A little of the wood, boxes and trash cleaned from the streets and sidewalks wouldn’t injure the appearance of our town in the least.
Last Sunday afternoon a lady named Mrs. Mary L. Burton, was drowned at Florence. She was stepping from a skiff to the wharf boat when one of her feet slipped and she fell in the river, her head striking the wharf boat when she sank. She was not seen to rise again. She had a child in her arms at the time but threw it on the wharf boat and it was saved.
Civil War news: Craig and Cotton townships have furnished nearly all the men for the company from this county in the 100 days service.
Nearly all the young men in Vevay who had not previously enlisted have gone into the 100 days service.