News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers.
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School will be holding its 2001 commencement ceremony this Sunday, May 27th, in the high school gymnasium beginning at 2:30 p.m. (slow time).
Officer Nick Kitts of the Vevay Town Police Department spoke with children about bicycle safety during Saturday’s bike rodeo held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. A total of 41 children braved some rainy weather to attend the second annual rodeo which was coordinated through the Switzerland County Health Department. Every child in attendance received a free bike safety helmet from the health department.
Two local students are among those graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington. They are Lawrence Andrew Brown of near Moorefield who earned a bachelor of arts degree; and Emilie Sue Hoberland of Vevay who earned a bachelor of science degree in business.
Debbie Wash of Switzerland County is among the graduates from Jefferson Commuity Technical College following the spring semester. She earned a degree in business management technology during graduation ceremonies held recently in Louisville.
20 YEARS AGO
Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fireman Paul Weber was just one of many department members and family members braving the heat Saturday to collect for the “Crusade for Children 1991.” This year the department collected over $1,000 for the Crusade.
Jennifer Leap, a 1990 graduate of Switzerland County High School, is one of the first five contestants signed up for the 1991 Miss Madison Regatta beauty pageant. The pageant is scheduled for Monday, July 1st, on the stage at the Ohio Theater in Madison. She is the daughter of Larry Leap of route 4, Vevay, and Gloria Hosler of Madison.
Several area residents gathered Tuesday evening for the ground breaking ceremony of the Switzerland County Public Library. The construction is due to begin by June 15th and the project should be completed in 270 days.
30 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County Superintendent of Schools Harold DeNoon submitted his letter of resignation at a special meeting of the School Board. He is resigning because he felt his “effectiveness” as a superintendent had ended due to the Board’s actions in the last few meetings.
John Spencer and Rick Daugherty were named co-valedictorians for the SCHS 1981 class. Both John and Rick maintained perfect 4.0 averages throughout their careers at Switzerland County High School.
Beginning July 1st, the joint Switzerland-Ohio County Court will be upgraded to a Superior Court. The change comes because of a law recently passed by the Indiana Legislature.
40 YEARS AGO
Donald F. Moseley, who retires Saturday as lockmaster of Markland Locks and Dam, was honored by fellow workers, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Warsaw community, and friends Tuesday in surprise ceremonies at the locks. At the same time it was announced that Howard Gibson, assistant lockmaster working under Moseley since 1959, has been named to succeed the outgoing lockmaster.
Craig Bond won the Band Boosters mini-tractor pulling contest at Switzerland County Saddle Club’s club grounds in Fairview with Junior Lester winning second in the May 22nd event. Gary Lester played third and Brenda Lowe fourth.
Danny Kelley, Eddie Sherman, Kevin Scudder, and Rick Cole were top award winners at Switzerland County High School’s 1970-71 athletic banquet last Wednesday evening at the school cafetorium. The quartet received “most valuable” awards with Kelley receiving his as the outstanding cross country runner, while Sherman received a similar MVP award in basketball, Scudder in track, and Cole in baseball.
50 YEARS AGO
Constance Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Brown of 406 West Pike Street, Vevay, has been awarded a $50 scholarship for outstanding work on the Arbutus, student yearbook of Indiana University. Miss Brown is a freshman at the Bloomington school.
Vevay High School’s baseball squad concluded its baseball season last week, dropping a 12-5 decision to Madison High School on Cub Field in Madison.
Vern Hooker has been named to replace retiring principal Guy Harris at Jefferson-Craig Consolidated School, Raymond Cole, county school superintendent, announced yesterday.
Linda Detraz Robbins of Vevay and Muncie, received one of the two-year secretarial certificates which were presented to 15 students of Ball State Teachers College in ceremonies Sunday afternoon in the demonstration room of the Practical Arts building.
Airman Ronald S. Noel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Noel of route 2, Vevay, has completed his initial course of Air Force basic military training here. He has been selected to attend the technical training course for Aircraft and Missile Pneudraulic Repairman at Amarillo AFB, Texas.
Dalbert F. Whitham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Whitham, route 1, Rising Sun, was recently promoted to platoon sergeant in Germany where he is a member of the 4th Armored Division.
Commencement exercises for 70 Vevay High School 1961 graduates are scheduled tonight in the Vevay Town Schools gym.
Vevay Youth Center, open to all Switzerland County youths, opens next Thursday night with a gala inauguration party after which the new center will begin regular four-nights-a-week operation throughout the summer months.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Manuel of Bennington received word here last Wednesday that their son, Pvt. Lunis Manuel had been wounded in Korea on April 27th and would be confined in a hospital in Japan for two months.
Harry Truitt, first lieutenant in the recently disbanded local reserve unit, has received orders to report for duty June 15th at Sanda, New Mexico, location of a government atomic bomb reservation. A veteran of World War II Lt. Truitt spent many months in the European theatre of operations.
Miss Eloise Noble has been transferred from Wrights Field at Dayton, Ohio to the Army Finance office at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Funeral services were held in Vevay Friday for the Reverend S. Emmett Wells, well known Vevay minister, who had passed away at his home on North Ferry Street here on the morning of May 10th.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Bear Branch, Herbert J. Enser, pastor, will celebrate the 95th anniversary of its organization on Sunday, May 27th, when special morning and afternoon services will be held in honor of the occasion. The church was organized on the first Sunday after Trinity in the year 1856. Its first place of worship was a log church which stood where the present brick church, erected in 1878, now stands.
Vevay will not always look like a bomb pitted town according to Marshal Francis Jennings who stated Tuesday that his work crew had nearly completed cleaning out the hundreds of holes in the streets left by the recent winter.
70 YEARS AGO
The Grand Encampment, IOOF will hold a district meeting at the hall in Vevay on Saturday evening.
Virzinus Carter, known to Vevay and Switzerland County people as “Dink” is being held in the Lawrenceburg jail following his confession Tuesday morning that he had massacred an entire family of five persons in the creek bottom last Friday afternoon.
Harold Benedict, former Vevay boy and for several years a member of the local high school faculty, has recently been named superintendent of the Lawrenceburg schools.
Elijah Brindley, a lifelong resident of this county, died at his home on Indian Creek Sunday morning, having been in poor health for some time.
Dorothy Sue, baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilford White of Patriot, fell from a table Sunday, breaking the bone in one of her arms.
80 YEARS AGO
Charles Kincaid is conducting a sale of his household goods and next week will leave Vevay to make his home in Washington, D.C., where his son, Charles, is still located. Vevay people regret to see this pioneer family broken up.
At a meeting of the Vevay Athletic Club held Monday night, the following report of the milk committee was made which will be of interest to the public. Milk was served daily to nearly 100 children in the grades.
The annual commencement dance will be held May 28th in the Metropolitan Hall in Vevay, under the management of Paul Bakes and Medney Tardy. Music by Perry’s Foot-Warmers of Madison.
James Oliver Gridley, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Gridley of Vevay, fell while pole vaulting on the school playground Monday morning and broke his arm.
Marie, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Osborn, who lives near Bennington, is recovering from injuries which she received last Wednesday when she fell from a wagon driven by her father. Two ribs were broken and her collar bone was fractured.
Mr. and Mrs. John Montayne celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Thursday at their home on Tell Street. Mrs. Montayne is 81 years of age and Mr. Montayne reached his 83rd birthday on April 30th.
Complete history of Switzerland County library is the subject of a very interesting article written by Miss Fanny Shadday for this week’s issue.
90 YEARS AGO
Three members of one family, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Heath and daughter, Mary, living near Moorefield were attacked and injured by an infuriated mother cow Monday evening.
The first motion picture called “That’s Worth While” in which George McKay appears, is being shown at the Grand Theatre in Cincinnati this week.
James R. Rook and bride, nee Miss Bessie Furnish, returned Thursday from their wedding trip to Cincinnati. The Vevay Concert Band, of which he is a member, turned out in force Thursday night with a rousing charivari.
Misses Elizabeth and Jeanette Tandy will sail from Canada June 7th for a trip to Europe. They plan to make a portion of the trip a walking tour and will be gone until November.
Dr. and Mrs. George W. Copeland moved Monday from Moorefield to Versailles where they will make their home. They were unable to find a house in Moorefield and the people of Versailles petitioned the doctor to locate in their town.
100 YEARS AGO
A class of 10 will take first communion services at the Catholic church Sunday morning. They are Lauretta and Elizabeth Thuneman, Pauline Banta, Bessie Knox, Elizabeth Brockslager, Leo Dittgen, Harold Demann, Louis and Tom Teats and John Brockschlager.
Miss June Graham and Mrs. Susie Joyce are attending Rebekah Grand Lodge at Indianapolis.
Tunis E. Carnine and F. L. Thiebaud left Tuesday to attend the state encampment at Richmond.
Herschel Holland and family of Fresno, California, are visiting with home folks.
140 YEARS AGO
The Masons will hold a Grand Jubilee on June 24th. All neighboring orders are invited to attend.
Strawberries and cherries have made their appearance here.
The Madison Courier is the oldest continuous daily paper in the state. It was established in 1849.
J. Ralph Burton will give an Elocutionary Entertainment at the Courthouse Monday night.
150 YEARS AGO
“The war excitement continues to be an all absorbing topic in this community, and the arrival of the mails is awaited each evening with the greatest impatience.”
The city government of Baltimore has arrested three men concerned in the attack on Massachusetts troops there recently. They have been indicted by the grand jury and are now on bail of $500 each.
The Rappahannock River has been blockaded to prevent supplies from reaching the Virginians.
On Monday a public meeting was held at the Universalist meeting house in Patriot to present a flag to Captain Ruter’s military company, which has just been organized there. The young ladies of Patriot secured the banner and it was presented on their behalf by Miss Alice Emerson in an appropriate talk. Captain Ruter responded with a speech of thanks. Later in the week the company went to Indianapolis where they were mustered into the service of the state and supplied with arms. They returned home Saturday on the steamer Prioress.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of