News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
More than 80 World War II veterans participated in the ceremony held last Saturday afternoon in conjunction with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Veterans from Switzerland County were honored during a special ceremony, and were presented with a certificate of appreciation, a lapel pin commemorating the occasion, and other special mementos.
The Lady Pacer softball team captured a Sectional Championship with a 4-0 shutout victory over Milan.
Rebecca Phipps and Amanda Gray were the class of 2004 Valedictorians along with Neal Smith honored as Salutatorian.
Holly Jackson, Natalie Daugherty, Leslie Green and Heather Jackson were four Lady Pacers earning spots on the ORVC All Conference Softball team.
20 YEARS AGO
Perry Glancy’s tenure as superintendent for the Switzerland County School Corporations is nearly over. He will begin a new job July 1st as superintendent of a newly created school district in northern Indiana. The school board did not renew his contract last November.
Mandy Donnell, a seventh grader at Switzerland County Junior High School, has received a scholarship to practice with an orchestra for two weeks. She will be taught by orchestra conductors as she and several other students from all over the United States prepare for a concert to be given at the University of California in Pennsylvania. She leaves for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sunday and will stay there until Saturday, June 25th, when she will perform with the orchestra. She is the daughter of Bob and Betty Donnell of Bryants Creek.
Bill and Judy Dickerson of Patriot will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday, June 10th.
30 YEARS AGO
Jeff Middendorf was named the advertising manager for the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat.
Switzerland County High School sophomore Michelle Raisor competed in the 300-meter low hurdles in the Indiana High School Athletic Association state girls track meet.
Indiana State Police found 37 marijuana plants in an old cemetery near Allensville.
40 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County passed its Hollywood “screen test” this week with rave reviews from the “critics.” The “critics” were filmmakers visiting this week from Hollywood, taking a look at the place where they plan to film a major motion picture next month. And they liked what they saw. “It gets better and better every time I take another look around,” said Oscar winning director Delbert Mann. “It’s perfect,” said producer Fred Brogger.
Missile Fire Control Technician, Petty Officer 2nd Class, Warren Theodore “Ted” Sullivan III has been selected by the Chief of Naval Personnel to participate in the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESE). Sullivan is the 25-year-old son of W. T. “Jack” Sullivan, Jr., of Vevay and the late Alice Lorraine (Husten) Sullivan.
Friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard LaVelle Sunday, June 2nd, to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Two Switzerland County High School basketball players will return to the hardwood Friday night in the annual Ripley County-Tri-County All-Star benefit game. Pacer seniors Kenny Lock and Joe Seaver will be wearing the uniforms of the Tri-County All Stars in the game, which begins at 8 p.m. at Tyson Auditorium in Versailles. Lock and Seaver were standouts on the 1973-74 SCHS team.
Miss Lorraine Weales was guest of honor at a luncheon held at Butler Park Lodge on Thursday, May 30th. Those who joined her on this occasion to honor her upon her retirement from teaching were – Nell Archer, Wilma Benedict, Margaret Shadday, Marie Lauderbaugh, Thelma Slawson, Elizabeth Geiger, and Mary Martin of Columbus, Indiana.
50 YEARS AGO
Service Express Company has been sold by Charles Pratt of Vevay to Budig Trucking Company of Cincinnati. Prat is retiring from the business. Russell Hewitt of Rising Sun, Service Express driver for many years, has been retained as a driver. The firm had operated since 1942 in the area.
Two Switzerland County residents, Constance Brown and James Cole, are among 5,350 candidates for degrees at Indiana University and eligible to participate June 8th in IU’s 135th commencement ceremony. Miss Brown is expected to complete degree requirements for a bachelor of arts in English, while Cole expects to be eligible for a bachelor of science in business.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Mrs. Catherine M. Patterson, 72, who died Tuesday at her home in Vevay.
Mrs. Lovena Jacobs, Ohio Street, Vevay, and Mr. Carroll Heath, rural route 4, Vevay, have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Linda Heath, to Craig Bond of Patriot. The ceremony will take place at Brooksburg Baptist Church at 8 p.m. June 27th.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Stella Lock, 74, one of our county’s finest ladies, passed away at her home on Parks Ridge June 3rd.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hyde, a prominent and respected couple of near Center Square, will observe their golden wedding anniversary at their home on Sunday afternoon, June 20th, from 2 to 5 o’clock.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Otter of Markland are the proud parents of a daughter born Thursday, May 27th. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Vickie Lynn.
Burial services were held in the Vevay Cemetery Monday afternoon for Harry B. Shaw, 41, of Connersville, formerly of Vevay, who died suddenly Friday afternoon at his home there following a heart attack.
The marriage of Miss Lucy Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Brown of Moorefield, and her graduation from Ball State College at Muncie occurred Tuesday in Muncie with only a few hours separating these two important events in her life. At 11 o’clock she became the bride of Mr. John Hancock, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hancock of Hammond, and at 5 o’clock both Mr. and Mrs. Hancock graduated from Ball State College.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Viola Webster, resident of the Florence community, died at her home Friday, June 2nd.
John Wolf, aged 87 years, retired farmer of Switzerland County, died at the home of his brother, Charles Wolf, in Craig Township June 4th after an illness of only four days.
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Sigmon, aged 81 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Caplinger, in Moorefield Monday, June 5th, after a long illness.
Miss Isadora Kessler, native and former resident of Vevay, passed away at her home in Indianapolis Sunday, June 4th, after a prolonged period of failing health.
Edward Everett LeClerc, aged 75 years, well known resident of Mount Sterling, died at his home there Thursday morning, June 1st, after a long period of ill health.
Switzerland County was the scene of another tragedy Sunday when Mrs. Lillie Mottier Humphrey, resident of Posey Township, was suffocated in a fire that destroyed her home near Grant’s Lock Creek.
Mrs. Olive Poston of Mount Sterling, who will celebrate her 98th birthday anniversary in July, has the distinction of being the oldest Red Cross Volunteer worker in Switzerland County. Mrs. Poston recently completed a lap cover made from scraps of cloth from Red Cross supplies.
80 YEARS AGO
John Muret, native of this county but a resident of Madison for the past 20 years, passed away there last week at the age of more than 80 years.
Mrs. Melzena Kuhlman died at her home near East Enterprise Tuesday morning. She was 81 years of age and had been ill for two years.
Mrs. Lille Shutz, formerly of this county, died at her home at Highriver, Alberta, Canada.
The remains of Mrs. Nancy Anderson who died at the home of her brother, George Snedaker, near Versailles, were brought to Vevay for burial Tuesday morning. Mrs. Anderson died Saturday after a long period of ill health.
Joe Dickason, former caretaker of the Vevay Armory, has accepted a job as chief mechanic with the Iddings Motor Company
John D. Marsh died at his home in Vevay Friday, June 1st, at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 11 days.
Kenneth Bovard and Miss Norma Lee Highbee were married in Patriot Saturday by Revered McNeely.
Born, May 31st, a daughter, Opal Marie, to Mr. and Mrs William Ketenbrink of Bear Branch.
Miss Nellie Vernon Roland and Robert Hart of Moorefield were married at Uniontown, Indiana by Reverend Mosely.
Born, June 2nd, a son to Mr. and Mrs.Glenn Scott of Brushy Fork.
Captain Fred Moddy has accepted a position as pilot for the American Barge Line Company, a large Pittsburgh company.
90 YEARS AGO
At a meeting of the City Council Tuesday night, William E. Benedict was unanimously elected a member of the school board to succeed E.T. Coleman.
Miss Mary Frances Anderson, aged 78 years, died at her home in Vevay Friday after an illness dating back nearly two years.
A bag containing about $12 in nickels, dime and quarters was stolen from the Reveille-Enterprise office Saturday afternoon.
While only 17 G.A.R Veterans were present, the crowd that attended the annual decoration day services here last Friday afternoon numbered several hundred. Flowers were deposited on the graves of 216 soldiers.
The Golden Rod floating theater presented one of the best performances see here in recent years last Friday night.
Otis D. Manford, who was born at Patriot November 7th, 1895, died at his home near Manville, Iowa, after a brief illness of pneumonia.
100 YEARS AGO
Charles Jaynes, Vevay grocer, received the first contract for groceries for Dam 39.
Died in Vevay May 28th John Dickason, aged 87 years.
Harry Cull and John Cunningham are planning to establish a bus line between Vevay and Madison.
James Anderson, formerly of htis county, died at his home in Jonesboro, Missouri.
Will Wahl and Hiram Bakes have secured positions as Deputy Inspectors at Dam 39.
Ed Birkemeyer and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Scudder and Mrs. Calver were injured in a car and wagon collision near the Birmemeyer home.
Mr. and Mrs. George Graham gave a dinner May 31st to several relatives and friends of Mrs. Mary A. Graham in honor of the 70th birthday.
Died near Center Square May 27th. Mrs. Almira Cole, aged 79 years.
Miss Bernadine Waldenmaier, formerly of Vevay, will graduate from Manuel Training High School in Indianapolis June 23rd.
John Land represented Florence at the Masonic Grand Lodge.
Little Ruth Brameier of Florence is slowly improving from an injury caused by being kicked by a horse.
Wilfred Stephenson presented Concord Church with a new gasoline light.
110 YEARS AGO
A number of log rafts from the vicinity of Rising Sun are passing Vevay.
Married in Columbus, Indiana, June 8th, Miss Mayme E. Henry, formerly of Pleasand and Dr. Harry Lamberson of Connersville.
Attorney James Wright of Vevay is a candidate for Prosecuting Attorney.
Died in Brooklyn, New York, June 7th, Harry Weales, Sr. 80, formerly of Vevay and prominent Mason.
Will H. Stevens of Vevay has a fine position with Rookwood Potteries at Cincinnati.
The Moorefield Cornet Band played in Vevay last Sunday.
Vevay is to have its first street fair soon.
George Buchanan and Claude Weatherford were made Master Masons in the Canaan Lodge on May 28th.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. C.E. Golay and Miss Rinnie Simmons were married at the Methodist parsonage Saturday night by Reverend J. W. Thompson.
Mrs. Emma S.P. Wasson died at her home in Lake Prairie, Indiana Sunday, May 6th, aged 41 years. She was the daughter-in-law of Reverend H. Wasson for many years a pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church.
Miss Nettie Northcust of Vevay is conduction a tour of high school students in Washington, D.C.
Miss Maude James received the Demorest medal in the oratorical contest held in Vevay.
James Hitchens is building a new store room in Mount Sterling.
W.R. Protsman was painfully injured when thrown from a horse near Ghent, Kentucky.