News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Krista Wyatt has been named as the new nurse practitioner of the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic. She began working at the clinic on Monday and will work with current nurse practitioner Michelle Napier until June 23rd.
State Senator Jim Lewis was on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Switzerland County Commissioners to present a check from the state to help with the development of the Switzerland County Medical Center. The $100,000 check that Senator Lewis brought is a grant from the state’s Build Indiana Fund.
Al and Meg Ranz will renew their wedding vows on their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday, June 10th. The ceremony will take place a t Most Sorrowful Mother Church in Vevay with Father John A. Meyer officiating.
Donnie and Louella (Devall) Meriwether of Vevay will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 17th.
Michelle Scudder, daughter of Maurice and Lydia Scudder of Florence, has earned a promotion to the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. She serves as an aviation machinist mate, and is stationed at the Naval Base, North Island, in San Diego, California. She is a 1998 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Laura Jackson, daughter of Earl and Diane Jackson of Patriot, graduated with the Class of 2000 from Indiana State University. Commencement exercises were held on May 6th.
Emily Mahorney of near Vevay has graduated from Taylor University, Fort Wayne campus, with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Richard and Darlene Mahorney.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County suffered only minimal damage due to high winds and severe lightning on the night of Saturday, June 2nd, as tornadoes ripped through several neighboring counties, causing widespread damage and personal injury. Twenty-one Indiana counties have received state disaster declarations from Governor Evan Bayh. President George Bush declared 19 Indiana counties as federal disaster areas on Monday, June 4th. Switzerland County was included in both declarations.
Area senior citizens celebrated the grand opening of the new Esther McCreary Senior Citizens’ Center in Vevay last Thursday. The Center was dedicated to Esther who helped run the previous center and was very active in its programs. She died last fall in a car accident. A plaque, to be hung in her honor in the center, was presented to her son Pete.
30 YEARS AGO
Dr. Donald F. Roney, formerly a practicing physician in Carrollton, Kentucky, began practice in Vevay Monday morning. In an interview with Vevay Newspapers last week, Roney said his “first priority” is the establishment of an emergency room in his office. Roney said his specialty is emergency medicine. The emergency room will feature a defibrillator, a piece of equipment used to start hearts back after a patient has had a heart attack.
Terry Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Peters of Vevay, is quite an honored man in Switzerland County as a result of his graduation from West Point. He is the first county man to graduate from the prestigious institution since Dumont Wright received his degree there in January of 1943. He died two years later in the Battle of the Bulge and is buried in Belgium.
40 YEARS AGO
Lloyd Farrar left his Vevay supermarket this week to join Samaritan Foundation, Inc., to work in public relations and development for the Zionsville-headquartered organization. Management of the former Farrar’s Supermarket, meanwhile, was taken over by Billy Crabtree, presently of Madison, who will continue the grocery operation under the name Swiss Supermarket.
Mrs. Clarabell Crandell has been appointed deputy of District No. 5 by Mrs. Ethel Lemen, worthy grand matron of Indiana Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Indianapolis.
Vevay Newspapers announced plans this week for publication in August of a special Swiss Wine Festival Souvenir Edition expected to be the largest newspaper ever published in Switzerland County. The special souvenir edition will include over 40 pages of specially prepared articles on local history and color, a Swiss Wine Festival pictorial history, and information and photographs on the 1970 festival.
Ralph S. (Steve) Tilley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Tilley of Vevay, will receive a diploma during Culver Military Academy’s Iron Gate Ceremonies June 8th.
50 YEARS AGO
The excessive amount of rain here in Switzerland County during the last several days – estimated at between four and five inches – has given farmers in the area confidence that this year’s farm crop will be very good, indeed. The consensus of opinion among several Switzerland County farmers interviewed Tuesday seemed to be that if present conditions prevail – and if it becomes dry enough to work the land for a few days – well, then, this year’s crop should be a bumper one.
The “Majestic,” the old-time river showboat recently purchased by Indiana University, will put in an appearance at the Vevay riverfront tomorrow night, Friday, June 10th., The showboat, powered by “The I.U., an old-time towboat formerly named the “Attaboy,” will be here for one night only and will present a popular melodrama “Ten Nights In A Barroom.”
This weekend – that’s the latest estimate on the date of completion of construction on the River Road between Vevay and Madison. Job superintendent Dan Davidson told reporters that he expects to have the Vevay-to-Madison portion of the road resurfaced “by the weekend.”
60 YEARS AGO
At their regular meeting, which was held Monday, Switzerland County Board of Commissioners employed Mrs. Mary C. Cress, wife of Calvin Cress of Posey Township, as public health nurse for the remainder of 1950. Her appointment had been certified by County Health Officer, Dr. L. H. Bear.
One of the most complete World War II service records was effected last month in the Honorable Discharge of Herman Douglas Wentworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wentworth of Pleasant Township. The young man was discharged from the U.S. Navy on May 22nd after a service that started in 1942 and encompassed every theatre of war that American fighting personnel was engaged in. His service medals include the Africa Area Campaign, The Asiatic Pacific campaign, The European-Africa campaign, The Japanese Occupation and the Philippine Liberation. Young Wentworth, during the invasion of Italy, was on a ship that was mistakenly bombed by our own planes. He is now 26 years old and enlisted from this county.
Arthur Roberts, who operates a garage on Ferry Street, has bought the interest of Bob Smith in the Smith-McKenzie Garage, also located on Ferry Street. Dwight McKenzie, remaining partner in the business, will continue to operate it.
70 YEARS AGO
Ben H. Holcraft passed away at his home in Vevay Sunday morning following an attack of pneumonia.
Fred C. Binder, well known paper hanger of Vevay was found dead in the apartment Saturday morning an apparent victim of a heart attack.
Miss Mildred Romerill of near Lamb and P. K. Walker of New Liberty, Kentucky were married in Medway, Kentucky, May 19th, by Reverend William Gibney.
A seven and one-half pound son, Charles Frederick, was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Newton.
Edward S. Furnish, former superintendent of the Vevay schools has received his promotion to Major Infantry Reserve of the U.S. Army.
A daughter, Barbara Ann, was born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Otho Flinn.
80 YEARS AGO
Edward Clifford Rider, farmer of Posey Township, died at his home Sunday from blood poisoning, resulting from a severe bruise suffered several days ago.
Mrs. Alfred Farrel, resident of the Pleasant neighborhood, passed away Saturday evening at the age of 29 years.
Charles David Lauderbaugh, aged 78, died at home Thursday following lingering illness.
John Henry Harsin, aged 72 years, died May 28th at the home of John Monroe near Moorefield.
Kenneth C. Riley and Miss Sallie T. Jackson were married Saturday by Reverend F. E. Hammel at his home in Vevay.
Miss Zelina Godbey and John F. Reed were united in marriage by Reverend E. N. Rosier Saturday.
90 YEARS AGO
The census figures for Switzerland County show a decrease in population of 6.03 people since 1910. The figures stand 9,311 for 1920, as against 9,914 of that year. Vevay lost 81 people falling from 1256 to 1175.
William H. Heady has been given the contract to carry mail between Vevay and Sanders at an increase of pay from $750 to $2,243.
A party of 24 motorcycles with side cars passed through Vevay early Sunday morning on their way to Madison. Thence to Indianapolis from where they started on their circuitous route Saturday night.
A baby daughter, Martha Louise, was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. John Henry in New Castle, Indiana.
Born on June 2nd, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Kirch (nee Cecelia Dittgen) of Tampa, Florida.
Married last week in Ghent, Miss Mary Oscar Golden and Thomas Langley of Brookville, Kentucky.
Married at Center Square June 8th by Reverend F. D. Wharton, Miss Ruth Nelson and Vere Graham.
Died in Pleasant Township June 3rd, Isaac Newton Paugh, 67.
Born at Center Square a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Beals (nee Glendora Scudder) of West Hammond, Illinois.
Died in Craig Township June 5th, Mrs. Alcinda Higgins, 68.
Married in Jacksonville, Illinois, Miss Mildred Henderson and Raymond Hufford of near Patriot.
At their meeting Monday the County Commissioners voted a petition to the State Board of Tax Commissioners for permission to issue bonds for $50,000 to be used for the repair of free gravel road.
At the same meeting E. E. Hufford was appointed a member of the library board to succeed E. E. Scudder who resigned. Mrs. Edwin Ferguson was reappointed a member.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Lizzie Sigmon, 72 years of age, died very suddenly at the old Sigmon homestead on Parks Ridge Monday morning of heart trouble.
Gertrude Jones, aged 7, was fatally shot by her brother, Virgil Jones, age 8, Monday at their home in Craig Township. The boy said he did not believe the gun was loaded.
Miss Blanche Payne and Albert E. Fry were married at the home of the bride’s parents near Pleasant Thursday afternoon by Reverend T. J. Simons.
Jim Lacey was convicted in the Carroll County, Kentucky, circuit court Monday of the killing of William Brummel and sentenced to 21 years in the penitentiary. His brother, Dick Lacey, was acquitted.
Miss Effie May Turner and Bernard Galbreath were married Wednesday by Reverend John W. Johnson, at the home of the bride’s parents in Quercus Grove.
Louvica Bliss Ricketts, wife of Oliver Ricketts of near Markland, died at her home there Sunday evening, aged 29 years.
120 YEARS AGO
Robert Clark is building a house in Mount Sterling. Ed Hall is the architect.
John, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Turner, sustained a fractured skull and arm when he fell from the stone projection extending around the second story of the Courthouse.
Married in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 4th, Miss Lottie E. Giddings and Mr. Adison Works.
Shuff and Waldo are advertising 190,000 feet of fine hemlock lumber for sale.
Died in Vevay, June 2nd, William Kiesel, aged 57 years.
Died in Vevay, June 1st, Mrs. Mary J. Stratford.
140 YEARS AGO
John Dumont offers for sale a house and lot on Liberty Street near the Courthouse.
Many subscribers are using the well on Market and Main Cross streets.
A cut nail factory has just been erected on Main Street above Huff’s tavern by Bazilla Clark.
William Paxton has removed his watch making shop to the southeast corner of Front and Union streets.
The Fourth of July was celebrated in Vevay by a procession, speeches and a drill by the infantry company.
Indiana has nearly 70,000 population.
Advertisement is made for a post rider to carry mail. J. G. Flugel advertises a house for sale situated at the corner of Main and Union streets opposite Armstrong’s tavern.
A paragraph in the New State Constitution provided that the Capitol of the state shall be at Corydon for nine years.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of