News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Fred Kidwell.
The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity softball team capped off a perfect 19-0 regular season last Wednesday night with a 7-0 victory over Southwestern. Switzerland County also finished 12-0 in conference play, winning the ORVC and now prepare to defend their Sectional championship beginning tonight (Thursday) at Lawrenceburg. The Lady Pacers will play South Ripley beginning at 5 p.m.
Chester Meisberger of near Vevay has been honored by the Indiana Retired Teachers Association for his volunteerism in the community. He was one of eight retired educators honored recently at a ceremony in Indianapolis, and was nominated for the award by the Ohio-Switzerland Retired Teachers Association.
Switzerland County High School will hold its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2005 on Sunday, June 5th. The commencement will begin at 2:30 p.m. (slow time).
20 YEARS AGO
High school science teacher Ann Roller nominated Maraiah Russell as a Young Scholar for the National Science Foundation. She is the daughter of Laurie Barrett of Tardy Ford Road in Vevay. She was one of only 20 students from around Indiana for acceptance into their Young Scholar program.
Amanda Fuerst and her brother Steven recently competed in the “Glamour Baby” beauty contest. Steven was crowned the King of the Master division while Amanda was fourth runner up in the Young Miss division. They are the children of Steven and Angela Fuerst of near Fairview.
Monica Detraz Hensley graduated May 13, 1995 from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She earned her doctor of jurisprudence degree. Monica is the daughter of Edsel and Bonnie Detraz of Vevay and currently resides on Market Street with her husband, Bobby.
Ernie and Ruth Hunt would like to announce the marriage of their daughter Chanda, to Toby Hart, son of Mike and Cathy Hart. The ceremony was held at the Quercus Grove Church Saturday, May 6th, and was performed by Reverend Jim Cardinal.
Garrett “Garry” and Nelda Bledsoe of Vevay will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 3rd, at the First Baptist Church in Charlestown, Indiana, with an open house.
Brack Rayles, son of Donald and Brenda Rayles, was selected by the faculty at SCHS as the outstanding graduating senior of 1995.
30 YEARS AGO
Former county resident, Jim Lewellyn, who now resides near Dayton, Ohio, has been honored by being inducted into the Ohio Wheelchair Hall of Fame. He is being honored for his excellence in the field of wheelchair athletics. He is a 1974 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Carol Jean Slack of route 1 Vevay, was one of 2,075 undergraduates who had degrees conferred upon them during graduation ceremonies held recently at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Slack.
Mary E. Rook, daughter of James and Kay Rook of Vevay, has become the manager of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Madison.
The Switzerland County baseball team is gearing up for a sectional showdown this coming Monday against Milan.
Switzerland County’s Michelle Raisor and Lynn Bovard will be competing in the IHSAA Girls Track regional. Michelle will be competing in three events: long jump, 100-meter low hurdles, and 300-meter low hurdles. Lynn will be participating in the high jump.
40 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s “world premiere” showing of “A Girl Named Sooner” is getting bigger and better. It’s getting so big, that now two preview screenings of “Sooner” are planned and maybe even more. It’s getting so good “Sooner” star Richard Crenna wants to get in on the action
Dawn Russell and Jeanette Rowland were selected as this year’s representatives from Switzerland County to the annual Indiana Girl’s State Conference to be held in June. The girls were selected on the basis of citizenship. Dawn, chosen first delegate, is the daughter of Fred and Rudy Russell of near Vevay; Miss Rowland is the daughter of J.C. and Ruth Rowland of Pleasant Township. Both are juniors at SCHS. Girl’s State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary groups of Indiana.
James E. Aldred, about 35 years old, of Mount Sterling, was killed Wednesday afternoon in a tractor accident along the Ohio River just east of the Warsaw ferry landing.
Edgar “Pete” Lewis was named to the Switzerland County Council Monday, succeeding the late Orville “Buck” O’Day, who passed away last week.
50 YEARS AGO
The new deputy town marshals, Earl Green and Carroll Sloan, have been added to Vevay’s police force. Green, residing at 511 Liberty Street, replaced Harry Courtney on the regular force. Sloan, residing on Cedar Avenue, is serving on a part-time basis, to allow the three regular marshals a day off. The force also includes Ralph Brown, chief town marshal, and Clarence Wiseman, deputy marshal.
Robert D. Jones of Route 1, Florence, to be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, is among 86 Indiana University seniors who will participate in the annual military commencement at 3 p.m. Friday, May 28th, in the I.U. Auditorium.
A search will soon begin for a new superintendent for Switzerland County School Corporation as the resignation of Charles L. Morris is expected to be forthcoming within a few days or weeks.
Pattie Shannon, daughter of Mrs. Goldie Turner and the late Edward Shannon of near Patriot, has been voted the “most popular girl” in Patriot High School’s 1965 graduating class. After graduation, Miss Shannon will take a six-week business course in Cincinnati during the summer.
Fifty friends and relatives gathered at Markland Baptist Church May 19th to surprise Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ethridge on their 55th wedding anniversary.
60 YEARS AGO
Although Mickey Lamson, Vevay High School’s only entry in the regional track meet at Bloomington Saturday, bettered his own record for the running of the half mile event he placed third. His time was 20.01.8. Lamson qualified for the state meet which will be held in Indianapolis Saturday. Sixteen boys will run the 880 at the Tech High School track.
The Baptist Church in Patriot was the scene of a pretty spring wedding Saturday morning at 10 o’clock when Mrs. Dorothy Mayo, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Martin, became the bride of Nelson Burley, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Burley, all of Posey Township.
First place winners in the novelty class of the recent Kiwanis Club Youth Talent Show in Vevay were auditioned at WLW-TV station in Cincinnati Monday and the five Vevay Elementary pupils, Edsel Detraz, Gordon Brown, David Allen, Judy Neal, and Jerilyn Breeck were accepted for an appearance on “Star Maker Revue.” The children’s act was a pantomime novelty “Davey Crockett.”
70 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCreary of near Aberdeen last week received word from the War Department that their son, Marine Pfc. Raymond McCreary was listed as missing in action on the Island of Okinawa.
Mrs. Wilber Stroud of near Patriot learned last week that her son, Pvt. Ray Northcutt, a prisoner of the Germans whom she feared dead, had been liberated from prison. The mother had not heard from her son in 14 months and all efforts by the Army and the Red Cross to locate him had failed.
Pvt. Wilber Scudder, who has been a prisoner of the Germans for 5 months, returned to the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Neely Scudder at Jacksonville Wednesday night to spend a 90-day furlough.
Paul David Hankins of Vevay was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Margaret Lawes of Plantation Farm, Dickleburgh, England, in a ceremony performed at Pulham St. Mary Magdalene Church.
Machinist Mate Third Class, Estal Lee Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peters of East Enterprise, has died of wounds received while fighting in the South Pacific.
80 YEARS AGO
A fire department of the Moorefield community became a reality this week when it was announced the committee had purchased the truck and apparatus and expected its delivery as a complete job during the latter part of June.
A new newspaper called the “Switzerland County News” will be issued from the Vevay Post Office in the near future.
Born May 17th, a daughter, Frances Evelyn, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Tindle of Long Run.
Miss Mary Lozier and Jasper Wallick of Meads Ridge were married in Rising Sun Saturday afternoon by Reverend Redmond.
Work started last week to clear off the land in preparation for the building of a new school house in Moorefield.
90 YEARS AGO
Samuel D. Pavy, formerly of Vevay, was married May 9th at the National Military Home, Dayton, Ohio, to Miss M. Laverne Harris.
Fred W. Gockel, prominent businessman, committed suicide Tuesday afternoon at his home, shooting himself with a .38 caliber revolver.
At its regular meeting Monday night the city council voted to oil the streets of Vevay.
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the home of Leonard Myers at East Enterprise last Wednesday evening.
Miss Rose Elizabeth Schnaitter of Lafayette and Roscoe Graham of Mt. Sterling were married May 9th.
Vernon Kent and Miss Willa Mae McNeeley have announced their marriage which occurred in Rising Sun two weeks ago.
Bring a smile and a shovel and be at Campbell’s Corner at 7 o’clock on Thursday to help build Main Cross in Vevay.
100 YEARS GO
A small fortune, $725 to be exact, was found hidden in a trunk in the home of Mrs. Phoebe Funk on Tapps Ridge Tuesday evening by relatives. Mrs. Funk, who was 76 years old, was found dead in bed Tuesday morning.
Miss Pauline Siebenthal, formerly of Vevay, last week broke the women’s world record for pole vaulting. She is a student at Indiana University.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dahmen and daughter Celestine arrived in Vevay last week and will occupy their beautiful home on the hill back of Vevay during the summer.
Miss Ester Matthews of Jefferson County and Joe Harrison of Switzerland County were married in Vevay Saturday at the clerk’s office by Reverend Hammel.
Richard Stewart and Mrs. Minnie Alfredy, both of Madison, were married Sunday by Reverend Seeley at the Baptist parsonage.
Vevay’s new public library is almost an assured fact.
The new “Homer Smith” recently built and said to be the finest excursioning steamer on the Ohio River will carry two excursions June 2nd.
George Harsin and Miss Esther Mathis, both of Craig Township, were married last Saturday in Vevay.
Born, May 19th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Duvall of Mt. Sterling.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Gregory of Patriot.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pritchard of Vevay.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Silas McLaughlin of Patriot.
110 YEARS AGO
Died suddenly in Mt. Sterling, Wallace Dalgleish, aged 26 years.
Funeral services were held here for the late Joseph Hart, former county auditor, who had died in Nogales, Arizona.
Died in Altamont, Illinois, Miss Lucretia Rochat, sister of John Rochat of Vevay.
James Cole of Sugar Branch observed his 91st birthday.
Dr. Armand Rous has removed his dental office to his residence in East Main Street.
Master Powell Dibble won the speaking contest at East Enterprise.
Married in Vevay, Mrs. Clara Nichols of Florence, and William Moreillon of near Markland.
Married in Rising Sun by Reverend Todd, Miss Lou Rayles and William D. Dilts.
120 YEARS AGO
The Supreme Court last Monday decided the income tax to be unconstitutional and the whole law is killed.
Last Tuesday morning the residence of William Graham near Mt. Sterling was totally destroyed by fire.
Miss Zella Birds Ward was united in marriage Thursday evening to Reverend Marion Worth Tippy, pastor of the Methodist Church at Lafayette. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride’s parents, Colonel and Mrs. W.D. Ward in Vevay.
The special election held in Jefferson Township last Tuesday, on the proposition to build a free gravel road up Plum Creek to the Cotton Township line, resulted in a 103 majority in favor of the proposition.
Licensed to marry: William Britton and Nancy Moody; John H. Gilbert and Lucy B. Samuel; Charles J. Frank and Dora Hortsman.
The miles of iron pipe, laying along the streets of Vevay, attract much attention. Water will soon be running through them.
Mr. Muncie Jarvis and Miss Anna Rice were married at Cross Plains last week by Reverend J.W. Osborn.
140 YEARS AGO
Eugene Hunger, living near Olean, lost a fine barn and contents by fire.
The residence of R. P. Hart of Friendship was destroyed by fire.
C. O. Thiebaud is president of the V.H.S. Alumni here.
F.R. Detraz is advertising pure, clear ice at his home on Arch Street here.
The residence of Samuel Porter on Long Run was destroyed by fire.
W.F. North is building his new store at Patriot and W.A. Olcott is hauling stone for the foundation of his new drug store there.
John Sullivan bought the Mrs. F.S. Lindley place on the old Seminary Hill.
They want a telegraph operator here at $60 to $100 per month.
150 YEARS AGO
Nineteen hundred rebels remain in prison camps at Indianapolis. They take the oath of allegiance at the rate of a hundred per day.
The concert given in the Court House Wednesday evening, May 17th, by a number of young ladies and children of this place, conducted by J.C. Smith, was a complete success.
Yesterday, the Sunday Schools of Vevay and Madison had a picnic about nine miles below this place.