News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Norman Brown of Moorefield has always been involved in something to do with the agricultural industry. Whether is was farming or operating his successful farm implement business, Norman Brown has always seen the value of the agricultural community to Switzerland County. For his longtime dedication to agriculture, Norman Brown has been named as the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District’s recipient of the “Silver Star Award.”
Jim Alexander of East Enterprise has been named as the 1999 recipient of the “Conservation Farmer of the Year” award for his dedication to conservation measures on his farm. He and wife Jane purchased their farm here in 1974, but lived in another area for a four year period until moving here. He has raised corn, soybeans, hay and tobacco on his 135-acre farm and also had a brood cow herd for a short time. He also cash rented another 300 acres of land a t different times.
On March 9th the Switzerland County High School Choir will be hosting the Ohio Valley Choral Festival, the longest running choral festival in the nation. Between 550-600 students are expected to be singing in the festival and all choir alumni over the past 62 years are especially invited to come and join in t he “Battle Hymn of the Republic” which will be the final number of the concert.
The Switzerland County “Queen of Hearts” will be crowned this Saturday night at Switzerland County High School. There are 15 candidates and the Switzerland County FFA which sponsors the pageant, will assume the winner’s cause as the chapters’ community service project for the year.
20 YEARS AGO
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources invites you to join the search for Indiana’s largest specimen of each native tree species. You and your tree could be recognized within the pages of Indiana’s “1990 Big Tree Register.”
Switzerland County farmer, Robert Crandell, of Moorefield, will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a meeting of Bureau tobacco advisory committee. The meeting to be held February 14th-16th, is set up to hear the reports and recommendations of representatives from 13 states.
Staff Sergeant Charles A. Lorch has graduated from the Air Force noncomissioned officer leadership school. He is the son of Charles K. and Ruth Lorch of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
Kenneth (Kelly) Kemper has recently been promoted to General Operations Manager for the Vevay plant of the U.S. Shoe Corporation. Thomas Crabtree has assumed responsibility as the new plant manager of the facility.
Donna Fargo, the former school teacher from North Carolina who parlayed her singing talent into big success in the country music field, will be the featured attraction at the fund raising concert scheduled for March 23rd in the Switzerland County High School gym.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur “Todd” will observe their 55th wedding anniversary Thursday at their home in Florence. They have one son Eugene who lives in North Carolina.
40 YEARS AGO
Miss Susan Diann Scudder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scudder of route 2, Vevay, was among 78 students to be honored at capping ceremonies of Marion County General Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis January 30th.
U.S. Army Pvt. Dennis L. Harmon has been assigned to Company E, 15th Battalion, 4th Brigade at the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He is the son of Mrs. Fredia Maxine Harmon of Vevay.
Specialist 4 David Jan Rayles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Rayles of Vevay returned home January 27th from Vietnam where he recently received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.
Ward Scott didn’t have to go far from home with his trap line to capture 21 fox (red and grey) pelts as most of them were caught near his local home. With trapping becoming a lost art due to man’s encroachment on nature’s supply of wild game, four of Scott’s foxes were caught behind Switzerland County High School property. Scott estimated the 21 pelts will bring him in the neighborhood of $120.
50 YEARS AGO
Something new has been added here! It puts Vevay on a par with metropolitan centers and gives the corner of Main and Ferry streets a bright, different look. It’s a modern, stainless steel and plexiglass clock that combines time and temperature. It was installed during the past week by the Vevay Deposit Bank at considerable expense.
Ralph Dunbar of Osgood who served for four terms as state representative from Switzerland and Ripley counties, became the second Republican to enter the May 3rd primary this week by announcing he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for state representative from the two counties.
Various improvements to highways in the Vevay and Switzerland County area will be made starting in the near future, a delegation of men from four cities, led by leaders from Vevay and Patriot, was told yesterday at Indianapolis. In meetings with Governor Harold Handley and other state officials the group got assurance that the road problems of this area will get attention in the near future.
Markland Dam’s existing facilities have been damaged by water pouring past the new dam being built upstream. The force of the water “sprung” the lock gate allowing tons of water to pour through. Water pouring past the end of the Markland cofferdam also directed swift current at the esplanade of the old lock installation, damaging it. The damage will be repaired before warm weather arrives.
60 YEARS AGO
Former County Commissioner Harvey Scudder and Mrs. Scudder of York Township who have lately returned from Florida, presented us last week with five of the biggest lemons we have ever seen. We have been in Florida several times but have never seen anything like this fruit.
Larry Burgess, little son of Mrs. Gayle Scott of Florence, narrowly escaped death but sustained a broken leg last Thursday when he ran into the path of a car driven by Charles Hardin, mail carrier living in Florence.
A 6-pound baby daughter, Judith Ann, was born Thursday, February 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to County Surveyor and Mrs. Ralph Miller.
A baby son, Richard Lawrence, was born February 2nd at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McKenzie of Vevay.
Bob Lamson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lamson of Vevay who is a student at Butler University in Indianapolis has been awarded an athletic scholarship for the second semester as a result of the ability which he has shown as a member of the freshman basketball team.
70 YEARS AGO
Franklin A. Treasdale who resided near Brooksburg died in the Madison hospital February 5th.
George Wake, colored, passed away at his home last Friday afternoon.
Mrs. Hannah Whitton, wife of Charles Whitton, died at her home in Pleasant Township Monday, February 5th.
Ice floes blocking the Ohio River softened and somewhat rotted after several days of warmer weather and are expected to break up at any time.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Charles Ashby Friday morning, a daughter.
Born February 2nd, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Martin of Pleasant Ridge, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scudder of Quercus Grove, February 4th, a baby girl.
Raymond Washer and Jeanne Brown of Avonburg were married Saturday at the home of Reverend Rutledge.
Mrs. Jane Archer Culbertson, aged 75, widow of Glenn Culbertson and a native of Pleasant Township died at her home in Hanover Friday, February 2nd.
80 YEARS AGO
The Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting last Monday, purchased three Indiana Motor trucks for the county at cost of $2,190. They will be used to haul gravel and for repair work.
A variety of birds belonging to the sparrow family called the starling and hitherto unknown to this locality has made its appearance in Switzerland County.
Mrs. Mattie Hickman, 90, who resides at the home of her nephew, Bruce Huston, near Patriot, fell on the ice Thursday and broke her hip.
E. S. Furnish has been appointed Switzerland County Chairman for the Citizens’ Military Training Camps this summer. Courses will be held at Fort Ben Harrison and Camp Knox.
Andrew Martin, 80, died Friday at his home in Vevay after a long illness.
Mrs. George Pleasants, 68, formerly of Vevay, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nettie Barnett in Youngstown, Ohio after a two months illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the home of her sister, Mrs. Edith Campbell in Vevay and burial was made here.
Wes Dumont, former Vevay man, died January 28th in South Haven, Michigan, following surgery. Mr. Dumont was born in Vevay and was the son of Eugene and Mary Dumont. Funeral and burial services were held in South Haven.
E. T. Riggs received a telegram last week informing him that his brother, John Riggs, 78, was burned to death in a fire which destroyed his home. Mr. Riggs was connected with the Kansas State Agriculture Experiment Farm near Kingman, Kansas.
Dr. B. N. Searcy of Rising Sun was married recently at his home to Dr. Lutha Walker of Logansport. Both were born and reared in Switzerland County and graduated from Illinois Medical College in Chicago. Dr. Searcy practiced medicine in Patriot for many years. Dr. Walker is a pathologist and a practicing physician and will be associated with her husband in his office.
Lucian Cochran, 44, a native and former resident of Quercus Grove died Sunday at his home in Indianapolis.
90 YEARS AGO
Clyde Culbertson suffered painful injuries Sunday when the automobile he was driving went over an embankment near Worthville, Kentucky. The steering wheel on the car locked, causing the accident.
Ben Moreillon was rendered unconscious by a piece of falling coal which was dropped by a crane at the city power plant Saturday and struck him on the head. The accident occurred while Mr. Moreillon was helping unload a barge of coal.
Jack, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kiesel, set fire to a freshly ironed rack of clothes while twirling a lighted stick. When the clothes were blazing, the little boy ran to tell his mother, ” is burning down,” Jack got a good blistering, not from the fire however.
“Hack” Landrum of Ghent, Kentucky, who for many years was night ferryman between Vevay and Ghent, was found dead in his room at the fire house in Ghent.
There are about 50 cases of measles in Vevay.
Miss Fannie Detraz of Vevay was married in Madison Tuesday to J. A. Hersey of Providence, Rhode Island. They will reside in Providence where the groom is superintendent of a large shoe factory.
Horace J. Eddy, 61, of Indianapolis, husband of the former Miss Eugenia Schenck of Vevay, died last week after an illness of pneumonia.
Edgar Baird left Friday for Warren, Ohio, where he has a position as teacher in the seventh and eighth grades.
Woolen Hollcroft left Saturday for Willsburg, Virginia, to accept his old position as time keeper with a telegraph company.
100 YEARS AGO
Arch Covington, aged about 61 years, died at his home in Craig Township, last Friday after a two-week illness of pneumonia.
In another column appears the statement of all five Switzerland County banks. The aggregate assets of the five institutions passes the million dollar mark or to be exact $1,084,494.47.
Henry Detraz who for the past 12 years has been in the Yukon Country and for the seven years prior to that in California, returned home last week for the first time in 19 years.
Born, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Potter of East Enterprise.
Benjamin, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Audy Bromwell, died February 4th of pneumonia.
A daughter, Mabel Grace, was born February 2nd to Mr. and Mrs. William Higgins.
120 YEARS AGO
Licensed to marry: Kennedy F. Clapp and Minnie B. Vanhouten.
Auzie Welch Thiebaud, wife of Rodolph L. Thiebaud, died February 2nd at her home near Bennington.
Died in Pleasant Township Sunday, January 26th, Frankie Rodolph Blodgett, aged 1 of Harriet Blodgett and the late David Blodgett.
Died in Florence February 5th of pneumonia, Lucinda, wife of S. D. Baldwin, aged 66 years.
Died in Jefferson County, January 29th, Stephen H. Rogers, aged 74 years. He formerly resided at Moorefield.
150 YEARS AGO
Our citizens had a fine time looking at an eclipse of the moon Monday night.
J. L. Thiebaud, the Ferry Street druggist, has presented the Reveille with a bottle of liquid glue.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of