News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Kassi Houze was crowned the 1998 Queen of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair during the pageant held last Saturday night. First runner-up was Abby Park, second runner-up was Amanda Ridener, third runnerup was Brandi Scudder, and Miss Congeniality was Sarah Walker.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is developing plans for a new bridge over Indian Creek on Highway 56 just west of Vevay. The total projected cost of the project is $2,385,000 and will come from a combination of state and federal funds. The project is projected to begin within the next 2-3 years.
Debbie Poling and George Bledsoe have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. She is the daughter of Carroll and Elaine Poling of Pleasant. He is the son of George and Sandy Bledsoe of Vevay. The couple will be married Saturday, July 11th, at Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant.
Devona Wiesmann, daughter of Ron and Eileen Wiesmann of near East Enterprise, has been awarded a $1,000 Masonic scholarship from the Masonic board of the Grand Lodge of Indiana.
15 YEARS AGO
Amanda Althoff was crowned the Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen last Friday. Gina Simon was the first runnerup. Katina Carter was named second runnerup and Miss Congeniality.
Clarence V. “Vic” Kirkendall was honored at a retirement ceremony held recently at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Chief Master Sergeant Kirkendall is the son of John and Lucy Kirkendall of Mount Sterling.
Mary Jennifer Brindley has been selected to be in the Miss Teen Indiana Pageant to be held July 9th-11th. First place in this pageant is a $4,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of Mike and Pam Brindley of route 1, Vevay.
20 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County unit of the American Cancer Society held its annual meeting at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay Thursday, June 23rd. Reverend Arnold Cutter, president of the unit, noted that Switzerland County has had one of its most successful years ever. During the year, the unit has raised over $5,700 through several projects and donations. The unit has achieved PACE status in Public Education for the first time. The PACE status is awarded to those units which reach a certain percentage of the population with educational programs. This year 100 percent of the students in Switzerland County school were reached and over 10 percent of the general adult population was contacted in Switzerland County.
Hoosier turkey hunters harvested 905 wild turkeys during the 1988 spring season, 164 more than last year’s record total according to the Department of Natural Resources. About 5,000 people hunted wild turkey this year, with a success rate of about 18 percent, which is normal for the Indiana turkey season.
40 YEARS AGO
Among June 10th graduates at Indiana University Medical School ceremonies was Dr. Amy Konkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McKay of route 3, Vevay, and wife of Guy C. Konkle. Dr. Konkle will intern at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
Airman John K. Sides of the U.S. Navy, 21-year-old son of Mrs. Edith Sides of route 1, Vevay, was awarded the Letter of Commendation for services in Southeast Asia.
Clarence Victor (Vic) Kirkendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kirkendall, Sr., of route 2, Vevay, has been promoted to U.S. Air Force staff sergeant. He is stationed at Eilson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Vevay High School basketball stars Charles Peters and Larry Park combined to score 33 points in Milan Friday night but it wasn’t enough to lift Tri-County All-Stars to victory against Ripley County All-Stars.
Elected by student bodies of Patriot and Vevay high schools, as basketball cheerleaders during the first year of competition for Switzerland County High School, were Pam Scudder, Sandy Hankins, Jackie Johnson, Mona Hutton, Tammy Hankins, and Janet Oak.
50 YEARS AGO
Twins, a boy and girl, were born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hayes of Vevay at the Madison hospital. The premature babies weighed 2 1/2 pounds each and have been placed in incubators for further care.
A baby son was born June 19th in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Henry of Vevay. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Richard Bruce.
Keith Brown, star center of Vevay High School’s 1958 sectional winning basketball team, was awarded the Star of Stars trophy as the outstanding player of the Ripley all-star game last Friday night at Versailles.
A baby daughter was born June 18th in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Don Hyde of near Center Square. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and has been named Susan Lynne.
Mickey Lamson, student at Hanover College, left Wednesday for Culver Military Academy where he will serve as a counselor for two months during summer session at the schools. He was accompanied for the day by his father, Harry Lamson.
60 YEARS AGO
Funeral services for Sergeant Oscar L. Rosenberger, son of Louis Rosenberger of Vevay, will be held at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home Sunday afternoon with Reverend Frank Reed officiating. His body will arrive in Vevay Friday evening. Sergeant Rosenberger, first Switzerland County soldier killed in World War II, lost his life on October 3rd, 1942, while serving as tail gunner on a bomber on a mission over North Africa.
Ground for the new $150,000 shoe factory to be built in Vevay by the United States Shoe Corporation will be broken on July 12th and the structure is expected to be completed within three months. When equipment for the manufacture of the corporation’s nationally known of “Gold Cross” shoes is installed investment in the local concern will total about $350,000.
Mrs. Robert Lockridge, who is employed in the Sullender Restaurant on Main Street, sustained a deeply burned right arm Monday morning when it is said that an oven burner went out and accumulated fumes exploded in a range in the restaurant kitchen.
70 YEARS AGO
The new tennis courts have been completed on the Kiwanis Recreation ground and are now ready for supervised play.
The one mile stretch of road making a new connection between the intersections of State Roads 129 and 56 to Vevay, was completed last week by the state and is now open to the public.
Leroy Negley, a native of this county and former resident of Center Square, was struck and instantly killed near his home in Aurora by a B & O train.
Orville Leep of Vevay, Jackie Houze of East Enterprise, and Edward Wakefield of Craig Township are attending “Boy’s State” at the fairground in Indianapolis this week.
80 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Detraz, proprietors of Riverair Camp are planning extensive improvements of their property in the way of bath houses, lockers, etc.
Constant rains during the month of June are now proving a menace to the farmers.
A baby girl was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hysell of Posey Township.
Born, June 18th to Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Marsh of Zion Ridge, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hanley Konkle of Pleasant, a son.
Born Tuesday, June 18th, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith of Greenwood, a son.
90 YEARS AGO
As the outgoing mail and part of the express from the Vevay Post Office was lost in the Ohio River Friday afternoon. In attempting to drive upon the ferry boat the horse balked. The Negro boy driving the wagon struck the horse with a stick and the animal jumped into the water. The boy started after him in a skiff but before he succeeded in bringing him back most of the mail sacks were lost out of the wagon. They were later recovered but a box of films, valued at $1,200, being returned by Gaudin and Sieglitz theatre sank to the bottom of the river.
A son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Snyder of Markland.
The recent edition of the Indiana Bulletin points out that Switzerland County is believed to hold the record for patriotism in Indiana. Here are some of the reasons: One cut of every 33 persons of its population is now in military service; a war chest was organized in May with a goal of $12,000 for the year but $25,000 was subscribed. Vevay was the first county seat to go over the top in the War Stamp drive and was the first in Indiana to exceed its quota; in the third Liberty Loan drive it exceeded its quota 150 percent.
Charles Brett, 8, who makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Oakley at Jacksonville fell 22 feet from tobacco tiering Friday and landed on the barn floor without serious injury.
Miss Frederica Boerner, local weather observer, reports the widest range in temperature she has ever known. Last Monday the mercury stood at 96 degrees.
Mrs. Harry Cochran of East Enterprise is very ill with typhoid fever and her two little girls are also ill with the disease.
Mrs. Nora Kinnet of near Pleasant is seriously ill from blood poison caused from a burn.
Twelve men left for Camp Sherman, Ohio, Wednesday. They were George W. Day, Harry Meyer, Earl Roberts, Chester A. Chase, Jacob H. Detmer, Eddie Burman, Casper Holdcroft, Otis E. Chase, Joseph A. Netherland, Benjamin W. Niemeier and John Berkemeyer.
100 YEARS AGO
Earl S. Brown, on behalf of the ball team and businessmen of this city, will leave tonight for Cincinnati where he has been authorized to purchase $200 worth of fireworks which will be used here in a Fourth of July celebration.
Miss Anna Havens and Company have closed out their millinery store here.
Friends here have received announcements of the birth of a son to Mrs. Philip Rous of Farmer City, Illinois.
110 YEARS AGO
Last Friday the residence of William Oak near Cole’s Corner was consumed by fire. A defective flue was the cause of the fire.
There is a rumor that a military company is to be organized in Vevay.
120 YEARS AGO
The store of James K. Pleasants and son was burglarized last Saturday night. The thieves carried off one half dozen revolvers, four coats, two hats, five fancy shirts, one-half dozen suspenders, a box of pocket knives, an umbrella and about $8 in cash. Total loss about $40.
John S. Grisard has completed the course of four years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and has graduated.
Mrs. Ella Barker and daughter Ella, Mrs. Uly Schenck and daughter Pearl left Monday night for Massachusetts where they will spend the summer on the seashore near Boston.
130 YEARS AGO
A daughter of Hiram Osborn, residing in Vevay, was severely burned last Tuesday evening when she poured coal oil on a fire she was kindling.
Dr. P. S. Sage has removed from East Enterprise to Vevay where he will practice his profession.
Dr. R. G. Simpson has removed from Florence to East Enterprise.
A daughter was born last week to James Allen and wife at Markland.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Saturday night the Florence Brass Band favored us with a serenade. The band was just recently organized and makes good music.
150 YEARS AGO
On last Saturday at one o’clock Rudolph Cotton, living in the lower end of this county, was struck by lightning, dying instantly. Two young ladies talking to him were stunned. He was about 19 years old.
Wednesday was the warmest day of the season. The thermometer registered 97.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of