News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
2003 Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen Kati Jester was on hand Monday night for the crowning of Jeremy Armstrong as this year’s Fair King. Both will spend the remainder o he week helping out with the many different activities going on at and around the fair.
Kayla Hall and Elijah Bowling were crowned as the Little Miss and Little Mister of this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair. They will be participating in many events during the remainder of the fair week.
The Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department has taken possession of a new fire truck. The department used revenue sharing funds from Belterra Casino Resort to purchase the pumper truck, which is a 2002 model and replaces the department’s 1979 truck that Posey firefighters got from a department in Aurora. Leon Walker, Larry Monjar and Doug McNeely, Jr., were on hand to show the truck off.
Nearly 400 Corvettes formed a caravan through Switzerland County last Thursday morning on their way to Bowling Green, Kentucky. The cars began the morning in Rising Sun and traveled along State Road 156 past Belterra to the Markland Dam. Automakers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corvette and thousands of Corvette owners from around the country made the trip to Bowling Green. Virgil and Judy McKay were among those Corvette owners who are from Switzerland County.
20 YEARS AGO
There is a possibility that riverboat gambling might be coming to Switzerland County sometime in the future. The Indiana General Assembly voted last week to permit riverboat gambling at 11 sites, with five sites along the Ohio River. No sites have been named yet. There is certainly no certainty that riverboat gambling might come to Switzerland County, but there sure is a lot of interest in it. Casino owners in Las Vegas and Atlantic City have their eyes on Switzerland county’s casino potential, and local people are abuzz about the possibilities. Mike Jones said that if we can get moving on this h would like to have a referendum this year on riverboat gambling.
The muggy weather may have made things a little uncomfortable, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from enjoying the Switzerland County 4-H Fair. It’s on through Saturday at the Fairgrounds in Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
This year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen contest looks to be one of the tightest in recent years as 19 lovely young ladies will vie for the coveted title next Monday evening. The newly crowned queen will be awarded a tiara, a trophy, a $25 check and a bouquet of flowers, donated by the Switzerland County 4-0H Fair Board.
The Swiss Alpine Festival committee announced this past week that a tennis tournament has been organized as part of the Swiss Alpine Festival celebration August 4th-7th here in Vevay.
Charles D. Piepmeier has been named Lab Assistant/Special Projects Coordinator at Ivy Tech-Southeast. He will be assisting students in the Computer Programming Lab and will work with department supervisors writing programs for specific area needs.
40 YEARS AGO
The Mount Sterling Baptist Church was the scene for a lovely candlelight wedding Saturday, June 23rd, with the Reverend Ronald Sandidge officiating. Miss Sherrie Eilene Earls and Eugene Kenneth Wiesmann were united in marriage. After a honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains, Mr. and Mrs. Wiesmann will reside at route 2, Vevay.
Switzerland Countians Carolyn Lohide, Linda Wolf and Georgia Thomas enjoyed attending the annual Homemakers Conference at Purdue University June 13th-15th.
Nathan McKay, 82, of Madison died Sunday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was a native of Switzerland County.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. John Danglade and sons, Steve and David Christopher, of Park Falls, Wisconsin, are spending their vacation with Mrs. J. K. Danglade and family in Vevay. David is their four-year-old son whom Mr. and Mrs. Danglade are in the process of adopting.
Graveside services were held in Vevay Cemetery Friday afternoon for Mrs. Lou Palmer, 88, widow of Ezra Palmer of near Quercus Grove.
The Reverend Newton Jones delivered his first sermon at his new pastorate, Vevay Methodist Church, Sunday after coming here from Princeton Memorial Methodist Church.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Margaret Ellen Lukie, a respected citizen of Posey Township, passed away at the Pleasant View Rest Home in Indianapolkis Sunday. She had been a resident of the home since 1945.
Miss Juanita Hall and George Alley were united in marriage Sunday afternoon by Reverend James A. McKinney at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson in Vevay.
Norman Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Seaver of Vevay, and Miss Mary Faith Klopp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford Klopp of Madison, were married Saturday evening in the Milton, Kentucky Methodist Church by the pastor Reverend Harry Woods.
Private Stanley L. Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Turner of Florence, Indiana, is serving with the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan.
Mrs. Josephine Henry will attain her 89th birthday on July 8th.
Joe Boulton, 65, for many years a respected resident of Posey Township, passed away at his home in Hope, Indiana last Friday evening.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Reed and Smith Funeral home at Pleasant for Mrs. Alice Doshia Buchanan VanDever, who passed away Saturday at the home ofher son Walter in Greensburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Roberts of Vevay announce the engagement oftheir daughter, Jo Ann Butler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mr. Salvadore T. Balistrel of Milwaukee.
70 YEARS AGO
Miss Cora Miller died at her home on the Markland-Enterprise Pike Sunday afternoon, having been in ill health for some time past.
Miss Clara Furnish and Pfc. Harold Thomas Patterson, both of the Florence community, were married June 24th in Covington, Kentucky by Reverend Tipton of the First Christian Church.
Mrs. Hattie Hasings, a native of this county, passed away at her home in Canyon City, Colorado on Sunday.
Ralph R. Harlow, young famrer residing near Lamb, died at Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis Monday morning. He had been in ill health for about three months and his death was attributed to pneumonia and complications.
Miss Fern Caplinger of near Moorefield has enlisted in the WAVES and is now awaiting call.
Culver and Riley, one of the old business firms of Moorefield, is advertising a closing out sale this week to quit business.
80 YEARS AGO
Orville B. Heady was found dead in bed Friday morning by Mrs. Heady at their home in East Enterprise. He had been in ill health for some months but was apparently as well as usual when he retired the night before.
Mrs. Amekia M. Hoffmeier, widow of Chris Hoffmeier, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Stepleton, Saturday afternoon. She had been in ill health for several months.
Samuel Schoffner, age 88 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bryant Hatton, near Plum Creek on Thursday morning.
The Gibbs store at Fairview was robbed Saturday night of about $200 worth of merchandise including overalls, shirts, cigarettes, etc.
William Schievelbein, Civil War veteran of Markland, died in the Madison hospital Tuesday after undergoing an emergency operation.
The resignation of Fred Jennigs, Jr., as night police officer took effect July 1st and John Baird was appointed by Council to fill the vacancy.
Born, a son Raymond Edward to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Christman of Pleasant.
One of Patriot’s oldest buildings is being wrecked. The old distillery on Front Street is being torn down.
A large hog belonging to Mrs. Alice Romans of near Aberdeen was bitten by a copperhead snake and died in a few minutes.
90 YEARS AGO
Sieglitz and Gaudin will open their new moving picture show in the Opera House Saturday night, presenting on their first bill H. A. Snow’s sensational picture “Hunting Big Game in Africa with Gun and Camera.”
Miss Margaret Scott and Williamson Dickason were married in Morenci, Michigan June 25th at the home of the groom’s uncle, Scott Clements.
The Riner-Payne Development Company will hold a lot sale on the tract of land east of the ice plant Friday afternoon of this week.
Relaives here have been advised of the death of Mrs. Albert Jackson, a former resident of Switzerland County, which occurred at her home in Topeka, Kansas on June 11th.
Born, a son to Birdsell Love and wife of Center Square.
Born, June 22nd, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Briggs of Moorefield.
Born, a daughter, Gladys Louise, to Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Winters of Posey Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Adolph Hilderbrand, former resident of Vevay, died at her home in Washington, D.C. Saturday, June 28th, aged a little past 60 years.
While musseling one day last week, Bern Jones found a pearl in one of the shells. The stone is of extraordinary size, pear shaped, and of unusual clearness. An offer of $125 has been refused.
June, the month just passed, will go down in meteorological history for its torrid atmosphere. On 16 days of the month the temperature was over 90 and last Friday the thermometer reached 101 degrees, the highest June temperature ever recorded.
John S. Johnson died at his home near Markland last Saturday, aged 80 years, 5 months and 24 days.
Born, June 22nd, a daughter to Charles Eichler andwife of Florence.
The Vevay Ice Company is running its plant to its full capacity and besides supplying this territory makes daily shipments in Ghent, Warsaw and Carrollton.
Herbert Brinson of Morefield and Miss Eva Bosaw of Plum Creek were married in Carrollton Saturday, June 21st.
Clara E. Birkemier, a native of Hanover, Germany, died at her home in York Township June 28th, aged 81 years, 11 months and 3 days.
Born, a daughter o Mr. and Mrs. Dale Barnes of Parks Ridge.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hall of Moorefield.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Tyler of Allensville.
120 YEARS AGO
A. J. Siebenthal and Oliver Haskell have sold their interests in the City Roller Mills to E. B. Cunningham of Florence. Andrew V. Brown retains his interest and the firm will be known as Brown and Cunningham.
Harry Poston, formerly of Patriot, was married lat Thursday to Miss Ella Singleton of Versailles, Kentucky.
130 YEARS AGO
Last Tuesday a son of Levi B. Christie, residing about three miles below Vevay, stumbled and stepped on a scythe, cutting one of his feet nearly off.
The cigar makers of Vevay celebrated the Fourth by sending up a large balloon from the Court Housesquare at 7 o’clock.
At a meeting of the school trustees of Vevay, H. B. Hartford of Georgetown, Kentucky was employed as superintendent ofthe Vevay Schools.
On display at the jewelry store of Boerner and Brothers is a silver plated coffee urn which was captured from the Colonel Proctor of the British Army in 1812. It is in the possession of Joseph Netherland and has been in the Netherland family for over 60 years.
R. W. Ledwith and Miss Amy Knox were recently married at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Ledwith was a former resident ofthis county.
140 YEARS AGO
Civil War news: The coming week will be the greatest week of the war.
Another change in the commander of the Army of the Potomac has been made. General George Gordon Meade has replaced General Joseph Hooker.
General Meade has occupied York and Hanover, Pennsylvania, thus cutingthe rebel army in two. The rebel advance has fallen back 10 miles from Harrisburg and Lee is concentrating his forces, compelled to fight or retreat. It is thought that a great battle is about to be fought.
Advices from Vicksburg, Mississippi, are to the effect that the rebels have made an attack on General Osterhaus’ forces on the Big Black River, our troops gaining a decided victory. One of the rebel forts in front of General Logan’s division, in the center, situated on the main road leading from Vicksburg to Jackson, had been blown up and Logan gained a position inside, after a desperate fight. There had been heavy firing all along the lines, and General Grant had advanced much nearer the rebel works.
In the battle of Middleburg, W. H. Hyden and William D. Peters of Company C and M. Miller of Company B, 3rd Indiana Cavalry were wounded. They arrived at Washington on June 24th.
There can be no doubt that the rebels to the number of 10 or 15 thousand are preparing to move into Kentucky from Cumberland Gap andWalker’s Gap. The people on the Ohio River in Indiana should be awake. At Madison the citizens are up and doing. Colonel B. F. Mullen is in command there and he is organizing the citizens so as to be ready for any emergency.