News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers.
10 YEARS AGO
David Sandidge and Elyssa Swango, both seniors at Switzerland County High School, are the recipients of the 1999 Switzerland County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. David is the son of Ron and Jean Sandidge of Vevay, and plans on attending Butler University; and Elyssa is the daughter of Tim and Wilma Swango of Vevay, and plans on attending Valparaiso University.
According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Switzerland County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Midwest. Since the last census in 1990, the county’s population has grown by 1,155 people – a growth rate of 14.9-percent.
Carlysle Armstrong’s two year old simmental bull, “WLE CSA SNAFU”, earned first place in three recent major livestock shows: the Kansas City Royal; the North American Livestock Show in Louisville; and the National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado.
Switzerland County basketball players named to participate in the upcoming 40 et 8 All Star game include: Allison Brindley, Bethany Robinson, and Haley Wiley for the girls squad; and Nathan Christman, David Lock, Josh Browning, Devin Scudder, David Sandidge, and Sam Poling for the boys’ team. Pacer coach Scott Holdsworth will coach the boys’ “Tri County All Star” team.
20 YEARS AGO
Galena Rayls, 10-year-old daughter of Galen and Deborah Rayls of route 2, Vevay, was killed last Thursday evening, March 23rd, when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle near her home in Center Square.
A 107.5-acre farm and mobile home in Switzerland County owned by Martha J. Roark of Vevay are the subject of a forfeiture action resulting from cultivation of marijuana. The property was seized Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI are handling the seizure.
The Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) of Southeastern Indiana was officially formed April 29th, 1939, 50 years ago through sheer determination from a handful of rural residents of southeastern Indiana to bring electricity to the countryside.
30 YEARS AGO
Darlene Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hankinson, route 2, Rising Sun, is riding at Latonia Raceway Park almost nightly and Saturday afternoons. She has been riding horses since she was old enough to reach the reins and has now advanced to the stage of turning show and place horses into winning mounts at Latonia. The former 1968 Edelweiss princess of the Swiss Wine Festival, a 1968 graduate of Patriot High School, now lived in New Palestine, Indiana with her husband Alan Green. Alan is the son of Mrs. Sadie Green of Plum Creek.
During the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Indiana State Board of Examiners in Watch Repair held in Indianapolis Joe Ricketts of Vevay was elected president of the State Board. Mr. Ricketts was appointed two years ago by Governor Otis R. Bowen, M.D.
40 YEARS AGO
Two bridge piers stand near the Indiana shore of the Ohio River at Markland Dam as testimony to a job remaining undone. The piers are to support a highway bridge over the dam which itself contains modifications in its structure to support such a span, but actual construction still remains in doubt. The picture was further darkened last week when a bill to conduct a feasibility study for the bridge was vetoed due to the bill’s being improperly titled.
Henri Chase, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chase of Vevay, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was inducted February 17th. He is now stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Private William Michael Leatherbury recently graduated from U.S. Army basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and is now taking advanced individual training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to become a cannoneer.
A new Vevay supermarket was opened this week by Mr. and Mrs. Claude Deaton in the Liberty Street quarters previously occupied for many years by Roberts’ Supermarket. The Deatons, Claude and Pat, are operating the “Vevay IGA” in conjunction with the IGA organization after buying the business in January from former owners Loren and Lucille Roberts.
The son of a former Vevay couple played a key role in the success of the recent Apollo 8 mission which orbited the moon and returned three astronauts to earth. William R. Peak was project engineer with a 12-man fuel engineering team designing and developing three power cells used to generate electricity aboard the spacecraft. The son of former Vevay residents Mrs. Earl Peak and the late Mr. Peak is a mechanical engineer with Pratt and Whitney Division of United Aircraft Corporation in South Windsor, Connecticut.
U.S. Army Specialist 4 Robert W. Walcott, 21, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Walcott, live on route 1, Patriot, was assigned recently to 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, as a radio mechanic.
Miss Wanda Ann Cole and George Terry Wood were installed Saturday night as worthy matron and worthy patron, respectively, as new officers were installed by Bennington Chapter No. 407, Order of the Eastern Star.
50 YEARS AGO
The $20,669,000 contract to build the new high-level Markland Dam has been awarded to a syndicate composed of the J. A. Jones Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Charles H. Tompkins Company of Washington, D.C., it has been announced by the U.S. Engineers in Washington. Official notice of the awarding of the contract was to this newspaper by U.S. Senator Vance Hartke.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frederick James of Florence are parents of a son born Wednesday morning at the Madison hospital. He weighed 6 pounds but has not been named as yet.
Gary Kemper, Vevay High’s star senior guard on the 1958-59 varsity basketball team was named winner of the Outstanding Senior trophy at the annual Vevay Jaycee athletic awards banquet Tuesday night at the Swiss Inn. Kemper also received the Vevay Newspapers’ free throw award.
Mrs. Paul V. Sieglitz returned home Sunday from the Madison hospital with her new baby daughter, Paula Jo. The baby was born March 26th and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
An 8 pound, 4 ounce daughter Linda Kay was born in the Madison hospital early Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Abe Griffin of near Fairview.
60 YEARS AGO
Plans for installing electric lights on Ohio River dams to replace the present whistle signal system have been approved by the chief of engineers in Washington. Electric traffic lights are to be installed at all dams on the Ohio River. The lights, similar to those on Cincinnati’s downtown streets, will replace the present system of whistle signals in directing boats in and out of the locks.
Donald Upp and Marilyn Brindley, two outstanding Vevay High School freshmen, were winners in the Regional Algebra contest held last week in Lawrenceburg. The contests were worked out on a state-wide basis with the final winners to compete at Indiana University on April 30th.
Ten elementary pupils, school spelling champions, from St. Mary’s, Harrison, Long Run, Mount Hope, Vineyard, Mount Sterling, Plum Creek, Picketts Corner, Greenwood and East Enterprise schools, participated in the Switzerland County Spelling Contest held in the court room in Vevay Saturday morning, March 26th. The winner was Clifford McKay of the Vineyard school with three girls, Caroline Miller of St. Mary’s, Martha Reide McKee of Mount Sterling school and Patricia Mae Ash of Long Run school, died for second place. Other school winners who took part were Juanita Slack of Greenwood, Joy Pavy of Picketts Corner, Carole Jean Robinson of Plum Creek, Mary Jo Shadday of Mount Hope, Kenneth Griffin of Harrison and Donald Wayne Byram of East Enterprise.
70 YEARS AGO
The East Enterprise Fire Department has announced a community drive for funds to buy a new engine and equipment.
A baby daughter was born March 22nd to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Koons of Patriot.
At a special hearing before Judge Marshall Friday afternoon, three gypsies arraigned in the court on the charge of petty larceny were each fined one dollar and costs and also given six months prison sentences which were suspended until 6 o’clock that evening. By that time the culprits had crossed the river into Kentucky, promising not to return. The charges were filed by Milton Tinkle, aged Craig Township farmer, who charged that a man and two women alighted from an automobile and took three dollars from his pocket as he was walking along the road near the Indian Creek bridge.
80 YEARS AGO
Harold Benedict will leave Monday with the Hanover College Glee Club for an eastern concert tour including an appearance at the White House.
Arrangements have been made for a summer school at Vevay with classes in kindergarten and the high school to be taught.
The automobile drivers licensing act passed by the recent legislature has been signed into law by Governor Leslie and will become effective July 1st.
Howard Allen and mother, Mrs. Virginia Allen, spent Thursday in Scottsburg where the 85th birthday of Mrs. Allen was observed at the home of a daughter, Mrs. A. B. Dodd.
90 YEARS AGO
A tragic accident occurred at Patriot Monday morning when William Menke, 70, drowned in the Ohio River. Mr. Menke, who was almost blind, had gone to the river to see a new boat owned by Jinks Ray and it is supposed he stepped from the boat into the river by mistake. The body has not yet been recovered. He was a veteran of the Civil War.
Marion VanOsdol, 57, drowned in a pond on his farm in Craig Township Tuesday. His body was found on Wednesday morning after he had been missing since the previous afternoon.
Ghent has voted to install an electric light system in the town.
Dr. Ben Potter of Artesia, California, has arrived in East Enterprise to open a practice there.
Leo Dittgen has gone to Chicago where he has employment.
The local draft board finished its last piece of work this week and its successful career was ended.
Mrs. Roy Clements has opened a millinery shop in Moorefield.
Miss Celestine Dahmen, who is in Chicago, has been sent with three other young ladies from the school to Louisville where they have signed a professional contract with the government to furnish entertainment for the soldiers at Camp Taylor.
100 YEARS AGO
Visits of the stork: William J., a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Bennett of York Township March 17th; Dorothy May, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Corns March 8th; a daughter Mildred Marie was born to Charles Higgins and wife of Craig Township March 3rd; a son was born to A. V. Danner and wife in Vevay March 20th; James Chester, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Scott in Vevay March 22nd.
John Fields has closed his blacksmith shop in this city and left last night for Indianapolis.
John Peters of the Scotch Settlement neighborhood has made over 70 gallons of maple molasses this spring, selling it for $1.25 per gallon.
120 YEARS AGO
Born to Ferdinand and Indiana Carver of Florence, a 10-pound son.
140 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Sally Pickett was pleasantly surprised with a family dinner Tuesday in honor of her 98th birthday.
An old-fashioned candy pull will be held at Willard Hall on April 6th.
In the fourth oratorical contest held at the Baptist Church Friday night the medal was awarded to Miss Nellie Lanham.
Moorefield High School closed on Friday.
Hal Hall, who is attending college in Bloomington, is home for spring vacation.
We fear the recent freeze has ruined the fruit crop.
Vevay markets: Butter 15 cents; eggs 7 1/2 cents; honey 12 1/2 cents; potatoes 40 cents bushel; tobacco 3 cents to 10 cents pound; turkeys, live 6 cents pound, dressed 8 1/4 cents.
James B. Fisher, 76, died recently in Anthony, Kansas. He was a pioneer at Allensville and served as Township trustee for six years. He taught school in Switzerland County for 25 years.
150 YEARS AGO
The steamers ‘Gibson’ and ‘Nat Holmes’ collided above Aurora, sinking both boats immediately. Many lives were lost. The ‘Holmes’ was bound for St. Louis and was carrying a full load of passengers and freight.
On Monday a small boy of Julius Black had one of his legs fractured when a dray ran over it.
There was a fire in Carrollton Monday night burning a large portion of Giltner’s clothing store.
News compiled by Ginny Leap