News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s Guy Griffin has been invited by renowned evangelist Billy Graham to attend a special seminar in The Netherlands on promoting evangelism. Up to 10,000 evangelists and church leaders from at least 185 countries and territories will be invited to participate in the conference, which will be held from July 29th to August 6th.
Former Vevay resident Molli Bovard has been promoted to field marketing manager for Pierce Promotions and Advertising in Cincinnati. She does spokesperson work for some of the country’s bigger-name companies. She has also formed her own company, “Molliwood Productions,” that coordinates through Pierce Promotions. She is the daughter of Earl and Jerilyn Van Winkle of Vevay.
The year 2000 marks the centennial of the birth of noted Kentucky-born author, painter, naturalist, and free spirit, Harlan Hubbard. A celebration of Harlan Hubbard’s life will be held a t Hanover College on Saturday, June 3rd.
Insurance premiums for Switzerland County workers could be taking a big jump, the agent handling the group policy told the Switzerland County Commissioners at their meeting Monday evening.
20 YEARS AGO
Justin VanSickle, 5, held Nanny, a Saanen goat that gave birth to quadruplets on Wednesday, March 28th. Justin’s grandpa John Hankinson of route 2, Rising Sun, had the kids under control for the cameraman. Nadine Hankinson, Justin’s grandma, said that two other nannies they own each had triplets the s quads arrived. The Hankinsons bought the goats to help clear their hillside farm of multi-flora roses and poison ivy.
Mrs. Lotta Morton of Cross Plains will be 91 years old on April 9th. Morton’s General Store in Cross Plains was owned and operated by Mrs. Morton and her husband, H. S. Morton, for 55 years until his death in 1977.
30 YEARS AGO
Robert D. Coates, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coates, Vevay, is a member of the 1980 track team at Tri-State University. He is a senior from Vevay and graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1976. He majors in physical education at Tri-State.
Specialist 5 Karl G. Riley, whose wife, Nancy lives in Vevay recently was assigned as a finance specialist with the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
40 YEARS AGO
John McKay of Vevay has earned freshman numerals in wrestling at DePauw University in Greencastle where he is a freshman. The son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert McKay compiled a 1-2-0 record for DePauw’s varsity while wrestling in the 134-pound weight classification.
Mrs. Lucille Pommerehn and Chester Callis of Switzerland County Selective Service Office were honored at a recent Selective Service conference in Aurora. Mrs. Pommerehn was presented a certificate for 20 years as executive secretary of the Switzerland board. Mr. Callis was presented a certificate for 20 years as a government appeal agent.
William Wamsley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton O. Wamsley of Lebanon, Ohio, and formerly of Vevay, has been elected master councilor of the Order Demolay in Lebanon. Mrs. Betty Swango of Vevay will serve as soloist for the installation Saturday evening, April 18th, at the Masonic Temple in Lebanon. Wamsley is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of Vevay.
Richard “Dick” Trinkle, 71, of Vevay, died at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison Saturday morning. Dick was a well-known barber in Vevay.
50 YEARS AGO
No trace has been found of the 1956 Ford, property of Mrs. Betty Jewell, which was stolen early last Thursday morning from its parking place in front of the home of her brother, Abbie Leap, on East Seminary Street, according to Abbie Rosenberger, investigating officer.
Residents of Vevay and Switzerland County will worship during the Easter period with the traditional Holy Week services to be held Monday through Friday of next week at various local churches.
Six Switzerland County people are currently taking the local section of the 1960 Census of Population and Housing in the United States. Mrs. Lucille Lamson is census taker for the town of Vevay while the surrounding townships are being handled by Mrs. Barbara Meeks, Cotton; Mrs. Marilyn Armstrong, Craig; Mrs. Mabel Brown, Jefferson; Mrs. Helen Allen, Pleasant; Leo Jackson, Posey; and Mrs. Mary Willis, York.
60 YEARS AGO
Four Vevay High School students went to Lawrenceburg last Saturday morning to compete in the District Mathematics Contest. The four boys were Donald Upp and Ronald Knigga, competing in Plane Geometry, and Kenneth Bolton and J. B. McDole competing in First Year Algebra. Donald and Ronald finished first and second in their contest while Kenneth and J. B. finished first and third, respectively in the Algebra contest. Donald and Kenneth are eligible to compete in the State Contest to be held at Indiana University on Saturday, April 29th. The other boys may also be eligible dependent upon the final state scores.
Newell Fox left Monday from Indianapolis by train to attend the Cherry Festival in Washington, D. C., where, with other carriers of Indianapolis newspapers, he will enjoy a four-day sightseeing tour. The trip was awarded as a bonus for obtaining new subscriptions to the newspapers.
Raymond Cole, Principal of the Vevay High School who has been ill with heart trouble for the past two months was able to return to school on Monday. A temporary office was arranged on the first floor of the building and Mr. Cole has assumed his administrative duties.
70 YEARS AGO
Barton Reece Pogue, noted poet will make the commencement address at Vevay’s 74th graduating exercises.
The first license granted in Switzerland County under the new Indiana Marriage Law was issued here Saturday to Miss Ruth Lielian Laswell of Versailles and Damon Hooton of Cross Plains. They were married here on Sunday by Reverend F. E. Hammel.
Born to Andrew Green and wife of Plum Creek on March 27th, an 8 1/2 pound son.
It has been suggested that motorists should sing hymns while traveling. The following songs have been suggested: At 25 miles per hour, “I’m But a Stranger Here, Heaven is My Home”; at 45 miles, “Nearer My God to Thee”; at 55 miles, “I’m Nearing the Port and Will Soon Be Home”; at 65 miles, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder I’ll Be There”; at 75 miles, “Lord, I’m Coming Home”.
80 YEARS AGO
William Banta, aged 80 years, died at the county infirmary March 28th.
Born Saturday, a daughter, Norma Lorraine to Mr. and Mrs. N. N. Sheldon of Patriot.
Born, a son William Wesley to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pollan of Avonburg.
Some new equipment has been received by the Vevay Battery. It includes one Liberty and GMC truck and will enable the entire battery to move to the field training at Camp Knox, Kentucky, under its own power. Joe Dickason went to Columbus Tuesday and was in charge of moving the new equipment to Vevay on that date.
90 YEARS AGO
Business of the county commissioners transacted at their regular meeting on Monday included the following:
William H. Morrison was appointed engineer for the construction of Uly G. Gray road in Craig Township and William P. Truitt for the road in Cotton Township and the Henry Niehaus road in Posey Township; Leon Ash was granted a license to pilot a ferry boat for five years; a representative of a firm in Crete, Nebraska, demonstrated canvas voting booths for women but the commissioners voted against buying them.
The general cold wave, which struck Switzerland County Sunday has apparently not damaged the fruit.
Riley Land last week bought the building on the corner of Main and Ferry streets, owned by Mrs. S. O. N. Pleasants and until recently occupied by the Kincaid and Cole meat market.
Grant Johnson has gone to Mishawaka where he has employment.
Many tobacco beds in the county have been sown.
John A. Danglade left the first of the week for Granite City, Illinois, where he has a position as a chemist in the steel mills there.
100 YEARS AGO
Last Thursday the farm which has been known for more than 40 years as the Morerod farm lying west of this city was sold at public auction to Mr. Thomas Leep for $4,400. Mr. Leep has been occupying this farm since the death of Mr. Morerod last November.
A wind storm akin to a hurricane struck this place yesterday afternoon doing a great deal of damage.
At a meeting of the County Commissioners Monday a contract was made with W. A. Williams to sprinkle the streets on the South and East side of the Court House at the rate of $ per month.
A. V. Danner, S. P. Smith, W. T. Sullivan and E. P. Dupraz have given their launches new coats of paint and other improvements. Vevay will have quite a fleet of these little pleasure craft this summer.
The post office department has given notice that the office at Moorefield will be discontinued on April 15th after which date the patrons will be served by Rural Route No. 1.
Eugene Broadwell of Patriot left for Keokuk, Iowa Friday where he has signed to play ball this year.
120 YEARS AGO
Henry Schievelbein was drowned Saturday when the Johnboat in which he was riding on Plum Creek upset. His companions Amie Peters and Joe Boyd narrowly escaped the same fate.
A terrible wind and rain storm struck Vevay Thursday night and a great deal of damage resulted.
Thomas Lawton, aged 90 years, died at his home near Sugar Branch March 27th.
Died in Vevay April 1st, Miss Sarah Jennett Brown, aged 32 years.
Died in Vevay March 26th, Lee Plew, aged 21 years.
140 YEARS AGO
The following men are announcing themselves as Republican candidates for nomination: Auditor, William Patton; Treasurer, Alfred Shaw, Thomas J. Charlton, F. J. Bellamy; Clerk, Alfred Rous; Sheriff, Matthew Worstell, B. F. Gilbert; Recorder, John T. Schroeder; Marshal of Vevay, Hinson Bright.
F. L. Grisard, U. H. Stow, James Murphy, A. D. Van Briggle and J. M. Clevenger have been appointed as a committee to raise funds to build the Vevay and Enterprise turnpike, via Plum Creek.
Will Archer has bought the interest of L. W. Gordon in the Gordon and Tague Grocery store.
150 YEARS AGO
A notorious counterfeiter named Nelson Driggs was arrested Friday at Patriot and took to Cincinnati. About $4,000 in counterfeit gold and bank notes were found upon his person.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of