News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County tobacco farmers joined with thousands of other burley growers on Monday as the tobacco market opened for the first day of business. In Carrollton the market opened with prices ranging from $1.88 to $2.05 with the average being $1.92. In Madison the average was $1.88.
People’s Trust Company has announced that William Cord, a well-known local educator and administrator has joined the staff of the bank’s Vevay branch as manager.
Switzerland County senior Kristin Ranz has been honored by being named to the Academic All State cross country team for this year. The announcement was made by the Indiana Coaches of Girl’s Sports Association. Kristin Ranz was a key member of coach Tim Swango’s Lady Pacer cross country team that qualified for the regional this year.
Switzerland County students participated in the Area 12 Special Olympics bowling tournament in Madison last week, and more than 22 local students represented this county at the event. Switzerland County had a 92 percent attendance for Saturday’s games. Gold medals for first place were earned by Jamie Darbro and Joe Rader from Jefferson-Craig and Steve Turner from Switzerland County High School.
15 YEARS AGO
The tobacco markets opened Monday with good quality leaf being sold and good prices being paid for it. Across the Burley Belt most of the tobacco sold for from $1.80 to $1.86 per pound, according to the Federal Tobacco Market News Service.
Noel Houze, formerly a resident of Switzerland County, recently retired after a 29-year career with the Indiana State Police. Highlights of his career include the arrest of a murderer, working security for Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon during their visits to Indiana, being assigned to the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race for 15 years, and being named Officer of the Year by members of the St. Leon American Legion.
A doctor specializing in family practice will soon be working full time at the Vevay office of the Madison Clinic. He is Marc Willage, 43 years old, and a native of Louisville.
10 YEARS AGO
The U.S. Shoe Factory Vevay Plant will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Thursday, December 1st, from 1-5 p.m. with an open house. Plant manager Tom Crabtree invites everyone in the community to join them for tours of the plant during that time.
Tobacco sales got off to a good start Monday morning at warehouses in Madison and Carrollton. Madison’s average was $158.55 for 412,129 pounds of burley sold in two warehouses. On the Carrollton market an early average sales price Monday was $158.66 per hundredweight.
Gregory A. Sloan, son of Carroll and Genevieve Sloan of Vevay, is among the 322 members of the Indiana University Marching Hundred band this year. Sloan is a junior at IU, majoring in education. He plays the sousaphone.
40 YEARS AGO
An examination for rural carrier for Bennington Post Office will be open for acceptance of applications until December 10th, the U.S. Civil Service Commission has announced. William Bliss, Bennington rural carrier for 32 years, retired in September and Ray Herring has acted as temporary carrier since that time.
Mrs. Dorothy Lucas, 38, of route 3, Madison, was killed in a Greenbriar Road automobile accident in which her husband and three children, plus another woman and child, were injured at 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
A service of celebration of a charter meeting for the organization of a Women’s Society of Christian Service of the United Methodist Church was held Sunday afternoon in Patriot United Methodist Church.
Burley tobacco sales at warehouses in Carrollton, Madison, and throughout the eight-state burley belt will open Monday.
50 YEARS AGO
The lock chambers of the new Markland Dam were filled with water Wednesday and testing of the apparatus will start at once. This work is expected to require about one month. When it is completed the actual process of locking through boats will be put into operation.
Connie Sue, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Russell of Mount Sterling, drank fuel oil which she found Sunday and mistook for a soft drink. She is now recovering and is receiving shots to prevent pneumonia.
Sheriff-elect Albert “Abbie” Rosenberger has appointed Thomas McKay of near Quercus Grove as his deputy sheriff. McKay is also a veteran of World War II and was wounded in action.
The 93rd birthday of Mrs. Lillie Andrew was observed Thanksgiving Day with a dinner given by Mrs. Andrew’s son Clair and Mrs. Andrew.
Mr. and Mrs. James Stringfield are the parents of a son, Gregory James, born November 25th at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Proud grandparents in Vevay are Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Stringfield and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gaudin.
A daughter was born Thanksgiving Day to Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Marlman (nee Lottie Jo Manuel) of Vevay. She weighed 7 pounds and has been named Gayla Jo.
60 YEARS AGO
Members of three Switzerland County families have been notified as next of kin of the arrival shortly by transport from Europe of the bodies of three more local lads who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II. The remains being returned are those of Private James Daniel Roberts, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Roberts of near Vevay, Pfc. Alonzo Fields, son of Mrs. Martha Sloan of near Fairview, and Private William Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wagner of Patriot.
A 9 3/4 pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Linville Osborn of near Vevay last Wednesday night, November 17th. She has been named Diana Jean.
70 YEARS AGO
Clarence Sullivan, formerly Chief of Night Police here, was promoted to the position of Vevay Marshal last Friday by the Town Board.
Born on Thanksgiving Day to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Johnson of East Enterprise a daughter, Hazel Irene.
Patriot relatives have been notified of the death of Mr. Ben Mead which occurred at his home in Melford, Illinois November 27th.
A baby daughter Londalea was born November 21st to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Osborne of Bear Branch.
Dr. B. E. Sugarman of Louisville arrived in Vevay Monday to assist in taking care of the practice of Dr. George Ellerbrook who is convalescing in Kansas City, Kansas from a recent illness.
80 YEARS AGO
A quarantine on all dogs for a period of four months has been ordered by Health Officer Bear. Dogs belonging to Tom Shuey and Clint Cole of Vevay and C. H. Ferguson of Bennington have been found to have rabies and a cat owned by the Merle Webster family was killed after it had bitten members of the family. A report on the cat has not been returned.
The Switzerland County Jersey Cattle Club met Saturday and elected the following officers. President, John A. Danglade, Jr., vice president, W. H. Morrison, secretary treasurer, Amie Dugan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lanham of Five Points November 23rd, a son Albert Shelton.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ora Stockdale of Patriot a daughter, Betty Ann.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Leap of Parks Ridge November 28th, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Washmuth of Quercus Grove a daughter, Velma Ann.
Born November 26th to Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Richards of Aaron a daughter, Vera Dean.
There were $200 worth of furs belonging to Carl S. Miles, local fur buyer, stolen from his home at Bennington Thursday night.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sheldon of Patriot on November 19th a son, Louis Norman.
Game Warden Robert Davis and his deputy have been in Switzerland County several days the past week watching for violators of the hunting laws.
90 YEARS AGO
Pneumonia has taken the lives of two more of our soldiers.
Mrs. Harriet Buchanan received a message Friday informing her that her son, Bertram C., 27, had died in France on November 8th of pneumonia. The official message was sent to his wife Mrs. Nellie Buchanan at New Castle. He had been in France since May and was in a machine gun corps.
Mrs. Julia Brindley of Vevay was informed Friday that her son Lieutenant Daniel Brindley had died of pneumonia at Camp Kearney, California. He enlisted in the regular army in 1902. The remains will arrive here the last of the week.
Tuesday’s casualty list contained the name of Corporal George W. Day killed in action. So far the boys’ mother, Mrs. Caroline Day of Vevay has received no official word of her son’s death.
Glen Crandell of near Moorefield suffered the loss of his left hand Wednesday when it was caught in a corn shredder. Three fingers were severed and the hand was so mangled that it was necessary to amputate it at the wrist.
Mrs. E. P. Danglade and Mrs. Duncan Haskell were badly bruised and shaken Wednesday when the horse they were driving ran away and upset the buggy. Both ladies were thrown out and the kicking horse inflicted some injury to Mrs. Danglade.
The Eggleston school house standing on West Main Street is being torn down and so passes one of Vevay’s most historic spots.
A son was born Tuesday to Private and Mrs. Carl Storie. Mr. Storie is in a camp in Texas.
A son was born on Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Shadday of near Moorefield.
100 YEARS AGO
James Archer has sold his store in Bennington to Roy Hayes and possession has been given.
Born to Aaron Brown and wife of Goose Creek November 26th, a fine boy.
Born to Berton Hewitt and wife of Antioch November 27th, a son.
Born to Fred Beohman and wife of Antioch November 23rd, a daughter.
110 YEARS AGO
Fred Brown, son of James Brown, has returned from Blue Springs, Missouri, where he has been for some time.
Benjamin Bledsoe will move his family to Vevay and occupy the Bledsoe property on East Main Street.
Ephriam Williamson, Jr., of Patriot left Monday to take a position as painter and scrubber on the steamer Bostonia.
120 YEARS AGO
Chris Miers and Robert Hunt last Monday night went to Brookville, Indiana to work in a furniture factory.
Tilly Keene has returned to Vevay and has accepted a position in Living’s Store.
Our advice to farmers is not to bring potatoes to town unless they have first sold them as there are no buyers. Best offers are 20 cents to 25 cents per bushel.
Free notices given whenever asked would wreck the wealthiest publisher in existence in a very short while.
Born to Fletch Valentine and wife of Avonburg December 3rd, a girl.
Miss Diana Newton arrived from Colorado Saturday to her home in Sugar Branch. Since early spring she has proved up and received the title to 160 acres of land there.
Twins, a boy and a girl, were born to James Loggins and wife of Sugar Branch last Saturday.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Friday Moses Carver and his wife, living near Florence, got into a quarrel which resulted in blows. During the fight Mrs. Carver struck her husband on the head with a piece of stove wood, inflicting a severe wound which resulted in his death.
The oldest brick house in Vevay is situated on Ferry Street and belongs to James Torrance.
Fire was discovered about 8 o’clock Wednesday evening in the office of the Madison Courier. The prompt assistance of the fire companies soon extinguished the flames and small damage was done.
F. Boerner and Wallace Lamson are erecting a portable sawmill in Craig Township.
The teachers of this county will hold an association at Bennington commencing on December 14th.
152 YEARS AGO
“The editor has been so busily engaged this week with the more practical details of the office that he has had no time to manufacture news. For a few weeks our paper will be filled to overflowing with new advertisements. Beginning with January however we will give a large amount of reading matter.”
Isaac Stevens, druggist, is advertising some new dye stuffs such as extract of loogwood, madder, nie wood, fustic, annotta, copperas, alum, and indigo.
New books advertised are “A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Garden of the World, or the Great West” by C. W. Dana; “The Russian War and the Life and Reign of Nicholas I”, J. W. Bradley, publisher.
Miss Hulda Sullivan ran the following ad: “Lost-between Jonathan Myers’ and John Armstrong’s on Saturday, November 15th, a breast pin of memory, in a bow of blue ribbon with red near the edges. The breast pin has a heart, a feather and the word Love on it. The finder will be thankfully rewarded on returning it.”
William Shaw and Son advertise as follows: “Country produce of all kinds: rags, beeswax, feathers, butter, eggs, etc., taken in exchange for goods.”
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of