News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Nancy Jackson, Mary Lou Owens, Herbert W. Stegemiller.
The Switzerland County FFA chapter recently earned second place among Indiana’s 188 chapters during the FFA State Convention held at Purdue University. A common figure in the “Top 10”, this is the second straight year that the Switzerland County chapter has earned second place.
The 2005 Switzerland County 4-H Fair kicks off this Saturday, and county extension agent Nathan Crane says that this year’s fair attendees are going to find some new events to go along with old favorites that should make this year’s fair one of the best ever.
Christel Sketch, daughter of Monica Steinbis of near East Enterprise and Peter Sketch, was one of 184 graduates who participated in commencement exercises at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She is a 2001 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology.
Christina Raisor and Lacie Leap were recently honored with a Tenure Award in the Switzerland County 4-H program.
Switzerland County’s Rodney Nay has been elected vice president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association for 2005-2006. Rodney Nay is the co-owner of Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay and the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. He has been serving the Indiana Funeral Director’s Association for several years as a district director and on several committees within the Association.
20 YEARS AGO
April Welch of near Bennington was crowned Queen of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair last Friday evening. Miss Congeniality was Emily Monjar. First runner up was Desiree Penick and second runner up was Abigail Park.
Kristin Lynn Sigmon of near Vevay was among 121 students at Indiana State University recently inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honorary fraternity that recognizes superior academic performance by freshmen college students. She is the daughter of Jerry and Diane Sigmon of Lamb.
Jacob Koons has graduated from Vincennes University. He earned an associate of science degree in law enforcement. He is the son of Tommy and Vicki Koons of Bennington.
It’s a day that many Switzerland County residents have been anticipating for more than two years. Some time tomorrow (Friday), members of the Indiana Gaming Commission will announce which southeastern Indiana counties will receive a permit to operate a riverboat gambling casino. The Gaming Commission will hold an all-day meeting at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, beginning at 9 a.m. According to Switzerland County Council president Mike Jones, the Gaming Commission’s announcements will come some time Friday afternoon, after they conduct a public session to discuss the merits of the license applications submitted by the casino companies and the counties hoping to land them.
30 YEARS AGO
Greg Curlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Curlin of Vevay, has been elected as the state treasurer for the Indiana Future Farmers of America Association. After training, Curlin will take a year’s leave of absence from college and live at the FFA center in Trafalgar, Indiana, where he will represent the state FFA at various functions.
Nelson and Betty Mathews of route 1, Vevay, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary July 1st. Their children will honor them with an open house Sunday, June 30th, at the couples’ home.
Kelly Scudder and Dennis Clements will be married Saturday, July 6th, at the Aberdeen United Methodist Church. Kelly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Scudder of East Enterprise. Denny is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Clements of route 1, Bennington.
Sandra Rowland graduated from the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing on June 15th at ceremonies held at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay C. Rowland of route 1, Cross Plains. She has accepted a position at Good Samaritan Hospital in Indianapolis.
The 27th annual Moorefield Volunteer Firemen Ice Cream Social will be held Saturday, June 29th, beginning at 5 p.m. The social will feature the now-famous 100 gallons of hand-cranked, homemade ice cream.
40 YEARS AGO
Janet Lynn Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph T. Miller of Vevay, and Mr. Kent Hendricks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Hendricks of Potomac, Maryland, were married at 7 p.m. June 14th, at Vevay Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. James Archibald, route 1, Camden, Indiana, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Vonda, to Ronnie Downing, son of Mrs. Alice Downing, route 1, Florence, and Roy Downing, North Vernon. An August 3rd wedding is planned in the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.
Jay Carson of Vevay is expected to be named assistant principal at Switzerland County High School when the Switzerland County School Board meets next Tuesday evening.
50 YEARS AGO
James Ellegood of Switzerland County was honored Friday night for receiving the top prize paid for burley tobacco in the state of Indiana for the 1964 crop year. Ellegood, who grossed $2,520 per acre, was honored with a trophy at the annual tobacco banquet of Indiana Burley Tobacco Association at Caledonia Methodist Church.
Ken L. Hastings, manager of the Ohio River Telephone Company, Inc., retires today after 58 years of continued service. Hastings, now 87 years old, has lived in Vevay since 1907 when he took charge of the telephone office.
The Reverend Frank M. Reed celebrated his 40th anniversary or ordination to the gospel ministry of the Baptist Church June 27th.
Misses Linda Sue Curts and Pauline Sue Turner, 1965 graduates of Vevay High School, are entering Spencerian College in Louisville, Kentucky, where they will be taking private secretarial courses. Miss Curts is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford D. Curts of 307 York Street, Vevay, Miss Turner of rural route 3, Vevay.
The Reverend Robert J. Chance, 27, originally from Guilford in Dearborn County, will soon assume the duties of the Reverend Donald Goben, minister of Vevay Methodist Church.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. James David Heath and son returned home Sunday from Cincinnati, where on June 15th, a baby, Martin was born at the Bethesda Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce.
A romance that began at Taylor University was culminated June 5th in the Baptist Church at Napoleon, Michigan, when Miss Barbara Ann Thamer became the bride of Howard Royce Stow. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Higbee of Grass Lake, Michigan, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Stow of East Enterprise and Rising Sun.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Dunning are parents of a son born June 17th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He has been named Michael Francis and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Miss Rhodia Ellen Carr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Carr of Vevay, and Granville W. McEndree, son of Mrs. Henrietta P. Quinn of Indianapolis, were married at a Christian Church there June 19th by the pastor, Reverend J.A. Worland.
70 YEARS AGO
Miss Louella Bodey and Andrew G. Herald were united in marriage Saturday, June 23rd, at the Methodist Church in Patriot by Reverend R. C. McNeely.
Born, a daughter Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Peelman of Vevay.
World War II news: Technical Sergeant Orville (Bill) Elsrod has arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Elsrod, of near East Enterprise, after being a prisoner of the Germans since August, 1944.
Corporal Marshall Williams, aged 25 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Williams of Lamb, died June 6th of wounds received on Okinawa on that date.
80 YEARS AGO
The Moorefield community realized the culmination of several months of effort Saturday when their new fire engine arrived from Anderson, Indiana.
The old Switzerland County Poor Farm, owned by the county for 99 years, was sold at public auction from the Courthouse steps on Saturday by Harry O. Tapp, county road superintendent, representing the Board of County Commissioners. D. H. Bliss of Vevay obtained the farm which contains 165.21 acres for the sum of $2,700. The property cost the county $1,400 when it was bought in 1836.
Miss Mary Walker of Vevay and Floyd Patterson of Picketts Corner were married by Reverend Ellis Holt on Sunday.
Born, Friday, a son, James Ernest, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks of Mount Sterling.
Born, June 20th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Walston of Posey Township.
Born Tuesday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Griffith of Vevay.
90 YEARS AGO
Reverend O. A. Nelson and his force of Boy Scouts are erecting their big camp of the Detraz farm near Vevay. The building, 68 feet long and 16 feet wide, will be ready for occupancy in a few days. It will contain a kitchen, two dressing rooms and 30 bunks.
Seven Cincinnati people who moved to that city a year ago from Vevey, Switzerland, motored to Vevay Sunday to see the city named for their birthplace. They were delighted with the scenery and stated that Vevay was the prettiest town they had seen in the United States.
Born, June 23rd, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tilley.
The County Commissioners recently purchased three dump trucks with which it will be possible to keep Switzerland County highways in better condition than ever before.
Born, June 19th, a daughter, Betty Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Wayland Hartman.
100 YEARS AGO
The People of the Fairview circuit held an all day meeting and basket dinner at Fairview last Sunday and dedicated their new $1,250 parsonage located in that place.
Harry Myers, aged 41 years, lies near death at his home in Allensville as the result of being dragged under a binder Monday when a four-horse team ran away.
Charles Krum, Osgood mail carrier, was compelled to use a two-horse wagon to deliver 52 milk cans which were sent parcel post from a Cincinnati butter firm to farmers near Osgood.
Leland Courtney and Harold Curry, both of this city, were the successful applicants for the two rural route vacancies in Switzerland County. Courtney gets Vevay route 4 and Curry gets the Bennington route.
Miss Etta Hachman and Ben Martin were married Saturday night in Bear Branch,.
The Mail Line Company Sunday began selling transfer tickets to Vevay people. For several years past, Vevayites have not been permitted the pleasure of the Sunday transfer excursion because several boys became intoxicated on the boats.
Born, June 26th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Gullion of East Enterprise.
110 YEARS AGO
Mr. W. R. Protsman has one of the handsomest surreys in Vevay.
Married at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. George McCulloch, near Center Square, Wednesday evening, June 19th, Mr. Albert W. Brown and Miss Emma McCulloch. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Bess of the Vevay Presbyterian Church.
Married Tuesday, June 25th, at the home of the bride’s parents in Vevay, Miss Josephine Thiebaud and Mr. Charles Lyman Weaver of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Reverend Bess.
The steamer Ghent, belonging to J. E. Williams, sunk at the foot of Washington Street last Friday.
150 YEARS AGO
Last week a man was brought for trial before Squire Titis, charged with stealing a saw mill.
The Catholics of this place have organized a church and procured rooms in the third story of Perret Dufour’s building on Main Street for their place of meeting. Father Fitzpatrick is their priest.
President Johnson’s family, which has just arrived at the White House, consists of Mrs. Johnson, who is in poor health, Andrew Johnson, Jr., the President’s youngest son, a lad about 14 years of age, Mrs. Judge Patterson, the President’s daughter and wife of Senator Patterson of Tennessee, and Mrs. Patterson’s two children. Mrs. Patterson will be the President’s lady at the White House, owing to the ill health of Mrs. Johnson.