News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers.
10 YEARS AGO
Cinergy Corporation has donated $25,000 to the Switzerland County YMCA to help with expenses involved in completing the project. The YMCA is currently under construction, and is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
Switzerland County High School will celebrate Homecoming tomorrow (Friday) night, as conference rival Rising Sun invades Switzerland County for a key ORVC contest. As part of the Homecoming activities, a King and Queen of Homecoming will be crowned in ceremonies being held between the junior varsity and varsity games. A dance will be held for students in the cafeteria following the varsity game. There are 10 senior boys vying for the title of Homecoming King; and 10 senior girls who hope to be crowned Homecoming Queen.
The school board officially accepted a bid from Midwest Concepts concerning some of the work being done in connection with the $5 million CAPE grant that the school system received.
The Switzerland County Nurse-Managed Clinic has been funded by the Indiana State Department of Health for a period from July 1st, 2000, through June 30th, 2001. The clinic has been notified that it must now bill Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances for services furnished by the clinic. All co-payments will be forfeited, and the clinic will accept what the various insurances pay for the clinic’s services. For insured, underinsured, and medically-indigent clients, the nurse-managed clinic will provide the same service on an income sliding scale fee. No one will be refused treatment because of an inability to pay,
20 YEARS AGO
Rhonda Cutter was appointed Auditor at a special meeting of the county’s Democratic Central Committee on Monday, January 14th. Cutter, who has been serving as Acting Auditor since January 1st, won her appointment during the first round of voting by precinct committee workers. Serving with Cutter will be Deputy Auditor Tammy Cole and Kathy Kelly, who has been named Auditor’s Secretary.
Patriot Postmaster Patti Bascom assumed her duties on Wednesday, January 9th, following swearing-in ceremonies held at the post office. The Lawrenceburg resident began her career in 1984 as a clerk in Aurora, served as Officer in Charge in Friendship, and received her postmaster’s appointment in June of 1989 at the Cross Plains post office.
Renee See was named Switzerland County’s 1991 Homecoming Queen between the junior varsity and varsity basketball game Friday night. Angela Lock was the first runner-up and Michelle Moll was the second runner-up.
30 YEARS AGO
Richard D. Daugherty of Vevay has been nominated by Representative Lee Hamilton for appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Daugherty is a senior at Switzerland County High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Daugherty.
The Vincennes University Dean’s List for the Fall Term has been released and two Switzerland County students are on it. Linda L. Bennitt and Teresa L. Feerguson both appear on the list that includes 783 other students.
40 YEARS AGO
Some 150 years ago Jean Francois Dufour, one of Switzerland County’s original Swiss settlers, was appointed as one of the county’s first associate judges and judges of probate and common pleas courts. Monday night a descendant of another branch of the Dufour family was named to carry on the judicial tradition as Vevay Town Board appointed him the town’s first town judge. Don Stepleton, former Jefferson Township justice of the peace and a descendant of Jean David Dufour, was appointed town judge pro tempore until January 1st, 1972, at which time a judge elected in November 2nd municipal elections will take office.
50 YEARS AGO
On January 8th, 1961, the official observance of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War was opened in the United States and the firing upon the steamer, Star of the West, was reenacted by students of the Citadel, famous Southern military academy, on television the following day.
Edward Tilley, vice president of the Vevay Deposit Bank, died of a heart ailment Tuesday at his Vevay residence. He was 61. This fall he would have been associated with the bank 43 years, having started working there in 1918 following his graduation from Vevay High School the year before.
Howard Wentworth, former Switzerland County treasurer, passed away Tuesday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He would have been 51 next Tuesday when he and Mrs. Wentworth would have also celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.
Switzerland County weatherwise has been “above seasonal average,” according to climatological observances made by U.S. official weather recorder Robert Riggs.
60 YEARS AGO
The barber shop on Main Street, which has been operated by Edward Trinkle was closed this week by its owner, Paul Lamkin. Neither Mr. Wakefield nor Mr. Trinkle have made any immediate plans for the future.
A curtain was destroyed and paint was blistered on a kitchen window at the home of Mrs. Myra Courtney Sunday when a pan of frying bacon, which caught fire, was dumped into the sink to extinguish it. The flames in the pan leaped to the nearby curtain but were brought under control before the arrival of the fire department.
Charles Scott, manager of the Hoosier Theatre and Alps Drive In Theatre is planning the opening of his new roller skating rink on Saturday afternoon.
The Bliss general store in the stone house at Markland opened this week for business. A general line of new merchandise will be carried.
70 YEARS AGO
Vevay schools were closed Friday because of the influenza epidemic. Three teachers and 82 pupils were absent at the time of closing Friday.
Mrs. Bernice Deming, chairman of the Switzerland County Red Cross Chapter, is issuing an appeal for more volunteer workers to take care of the increasing knitting and other work quotas assigned to the local unit.
Dr. George Ellerbrook has bought the one-story frame building on Main Street, adjoining the Byram Grocery, and will convert it into a modern office building.
Wallace Brooks, former Switzerland County boy, has been notified of his appointment to a position in the United States Veterans’ hospital in Indianapolis. He was one of 158 persons taking a civil service examination for the position.
80 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County bank vigilantes were called into action Friday in the northwest end of the county in an effort to apprehend a bandit who had robbed a bank at Jonesville, Indiana, on Thursday. No trace of the robber was found.
Dean Merrill last week formed a partnership with Ray Carnine and has moved his barber equipment to the Carnine barber shop. Ray Morrison, who was formerly Mr. Merrill’s partner, will devote all of his time to the firm of Haskell and Morrison, undertaking establishment.
State game officials were in Switzerland County this week making arrangements to feed quail. Feed, which they brought with them, was turned over to the Izaak Walton League for distribution to farmers who wish to protect the birds on their farms.
90 YEARS AGO
The long dreamed of “asphalt” streets for Vevay have been realized. Last week the city council caused several loads of cinders to be dumped into the yawning mud holes, much to the amusement and discomfort of the Saturday crowd of shoppers, so now we are all fixed.
Nat Fallis is displaying at the Sieglitz Jewelry Store, a deed for a government land grant to James Dalmazzo, which was signed by President Andrew Jackson on August 2nd, 1833. The grant is for 150 acres “northwest of the Ohio and above the Kentucky River in Indiana.”
Tobacco markets reopened this week and all warehouses were crowded. Good tobacco is bringing good prices but lower grades had better be left at home. They will not pay the cost of hauling and selling. It is believed that any further attempts to organize the growers to hold the present crop and to cut out the 1921 crop, are doomed to failure.
Robert Slawson, who has accepted a position as a Purdue cream tester, left last week to begin his work at Muncie, Indiana.
100 YEARS AGO
A deal was consummated last week by which Irvin Peters of Vevay became owner of the livery barn on Liberty Street owned by Edward C. Shull and also his residence property.
George Clendenning, assistant bookkeeper at the Vevay Deposit Bank, has resigned to assist his father, O. S. Clendenning, in the tobacco business. Miss Lelia Thiebaud has been promoted to his position.
Major J. M. Long of Quercus Grove died Wednesday at his home. He was a member of the Patriot Odd Fellows Lodge and was the oldest member of the Past Grand in the State of Indiana.
120 YEARS AGO
The following persons from Switzerland County are employed in the state legislature in Indianapolis: George S. Pleasants, assistant secretary of the senate; Jacob S. Shadday, copying clerk in the senate; Joseph E. Hart, journal clerk of the home.
Vincent Brown, 47, died in Vevay January 3rd. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was employed at the Union Furniture factory.
W. G. Holland, John McGregor and F. M. Griffith, members of the state senators in present legislature, are all natives of Pleasant Township.
140 YEARS AGO
W. G. Holland of this county is the state representative in the state legislature. The local furniture factory made a large shipment of its products to Texas this week.
150 YEARS AGO
“We surrender most of our space this week to the news from Washington and South Carolina, presuming it will be more interesting than anything else we could publish at this time.”
“Charleston, January 9th: The steamer, Star of the West, in endeavoring to enter our harbor about daylight this morning, was opened upon by the garrison on Morris Island and by Ft. Moultrie. The vessel put about and went to sea. The belief is that no injury was sustained. Ft. Sumter did not respond. Lt. Hall of Ft. Sumter came over to the city about 11 o’clock with a flag of truce. He retired to the quarters of the Governor followed by a crowd of citizens. He was in secret conference with the governor and council for two hours. At two o’clock he was sent in a carriage, with the Governor’s aide, to the wharf, and returned to Ft. Sumter. The object of his visit is supposed to relate to the firing on the Star of the West.
“New York, January 9th: Captain McGowan of the Star of the West telegraphed that he had arrived safely and anchored in Charleston harbor.”
“Washington, January 10th: The reported firing into the Star of the West is doubtless true. Dispatches confirm it and say some of the shot took effect upon her.”
Fort Sumter is three and three-eighths miles from Charleston, one and one-eighth mile from Ft. Moultrie, three-fourths of a mile to the nearest land, one and three-eighths miles to Ft. Johnson and two and five-eighths miles to Castle Pinckney. The last named fort is one mile from town and Ft. Johnson is two and one-fourth miles from town.
In accordance to a call of several of the citizens of Switzerland County to hold a Union meeting, they met at the courthouse in Vevay on the eighth day of January. On motion of P. Dufour, James M. Cotton was called to the chair, and Lemuel Wiley was chosen secretary. The following committee of six was appointed to nominate permanent officers: P. Dufour, G. A. Hotchkiss, W. H. Jack, N. Vineyard, G. Lamb and S. R. Walker. Permanent officers chosen were James M. Cotton, president; vice presidents, Ralph Cotton, Jefferson Township, J. W. Wright, Craig Township, Luther Hotchkiss, Pleasant Township, G. Lamb, York Township, S. R. Walker, Cotton Township, W. H. Jack, Posey Township; secretaries, Lemuel Wiley, Samuel Brown and James H. Titus.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of