News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Interim superintendent Chester Meisberger summed up the financial situation of the Switzerland County School Corporation as an “emergency situation”, and said that steps need to be taken immediately to try and bring the problem under control. Chester Meisberger w as hired last Wednesday night by the Switzerland County School Board on an interim basis, replacing John Thomas, who was reassigned to the position of assistant principal at the high school. At Wednesday’s meeting, the new superintendent outlined to the school board what he described as emergency measures that will take the teamwork of the entire corporation to fix.
Leroy and Wilma (Ricketts) Webb of Rising Sun will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Saturday, July 15th.
Jonnie Hankins of Vevay graduated from Ball State University on May 6th, with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. In addition to graduating summa cum laude, she was officially recognized during commencement exercises for her academic excellence. Ball State president Worthen presented her with a certificate for having attained all A’s during the 5 1/2 years that she worked toward her degree.
20 YEARS AGO
State Highway workers hope they have a more permanent solution to the slide problem on State Highway 129 just north of Long Run Bridge. They have been filling in the area with gravel and stone, but the area continued to drop, creating a hazardous situation on the road. Last Thursday they began digging down seven feet along the break line to put in a dry well (or French drain) so that the water running below the road can drain more easily. The men discovered the pavement had dropped 41 inches.
Six young ladies from the Switzerland County area have signed up to compete in the annual 4-H Fair Queen contest. The contestants, as of Monday, included Shannon Anders, 16, Kristal Kelly, 16, Angela Lock, 17, Ona Martin, 17, Samantha Steelman, 18, and Carrie Van Norstran, 17.
30 YEARS AGO
The 1980 Miss Madison Regatta pageant Monday night was nearly a repeat of the 1979 contest. The new Miss Madison Regatta is Greta Kay Smith of Florence, the younger sister of last year’s Miss Madison Regatta, Lisa Smith.
Representatives of Randall Textron and Vevay were on hand Monday morning to view the new tennis court facilities recently opened on Ferry Street in Vevay. Randall donated $10,000 to the town for the construction of the courts as a reciprocal measure due to the town’s donating the land on which Randall’s plant was constructed. In addition to Randall, the Town of Vevay donated the land for the tennis courts and $5,000 and the Vevay Kiwanis Club donated nearly $3,000. Other contributors included Vevay Deposit Bank, First National Bank, and several individuals. Total cost of the tennis court construction and fencing was roughly $22,000.
40 YEARS AGO
Cathy Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner of route 3, Vevay, is attending the Indiana University music clinic on the Bloomington campus June 27th through July 5th. Composed of 350 high school musicians, the 24th annual clinic features four large ensembles: two bands directed by Frederick Ebbs and Ray Cramer. Miss Wagner is a student at Switzerland County High School.
Are you doing your part to help in preparations Switzerland County’s third annual Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay August 14th, 15th, and 16th? It’s scheduled to begin August 14th – just 44 days from today. Time is growing short and additional workers are needed to insure the project’s being a success. Most areas of festival planning are progressing smoothly, but as the festival dates near more and more help will be needed. Only 11 workers attended a festival committee meeting Monday evening.
Betty Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Armstrong of route 3, Vevay, is among 25 high school students attending the 1970 high school student artists conference June 21st-July 4th at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Switzerland County 4-H Club members Jeanne Pommerehn, Bobby Curry, and Gay Hastings attended the recent state junior leader conference sponsored annually by Kiwanis Clubs at the State 4-H Leadership Center in Lafayette.
50 YEARS AGO
“I’m just truly grateful – grateful that it occurred to me to breaths in Vern’s mouth and that he’s such a healthy boy. If it wasn’t for those two things, I don’t think he’d be alive today.” Those words were spoken Tuesday morning by Mrs. Leonard Swango as she stood near a water-filled hole in the back yard of her home on Park’s Ridge. In her arms was 2 1/2-year-old Vernon Swango, her smiling, stocky son who only 48 hours previous was thought to be dead by his frantic mother and two sisters. Vernon, playing in the Swango’s back yard Sunday morning, slipped into the aforementioned water hole, approximately 4 1/2 feet deep and filled with muddy water from recent rains. Mrs. Swango retrieved the baby from the hole and saw that he wasn’t breathing. She immediately gave him mouth-to-mouth respiration which revived him.
Denny Markland, science teacher in the Vevay High School, lost the tips of two fingers on his left hand in a power saw accident Saturday at the new home of Dr. and Mrs. Robert McKay on Main Street. The accident occurred while Mr. Markland was sawing a board for the barn on the property, which he and Galen Armstrong are repairing.
Construction on state and county roads, heavy in this area all summer, will continue during the next few months. Work will be done on several washed out bridges in the county, with local highway workers having been instructed to proceed with this work as soon as possible.
60 YEARS AGO
The plans are nearing completion for the Fairview Farmers Fair to be held August 16th through 19th. There will be horse pulling contests, Britton, the Magician, will appear to mystify the children and grownups, Smitty’s Band will be there, Patty Stewart with an entirely new contortion act, along with Fischer and Graham on the trapeze and the Esquires with their sensational hand balancing act.
“Tippy”, brown cocker spaniel owned by Miss Cornelia Copeland, of Vevay, died Sunday after he had been fatally injured by an automobile. The little dog was an adored pet in the Copeland household and its death has brought deep grief to the family.
In a contest conducted by a newspaper advertising service Mrs. Evalena Carnine, who is employed in the advertising department of the Cincinnati Post, won third place in the May entries. Mrs. Carnine’s use of the service saved the account of one advertiser and increased the space in her newspaper. She is a former resident of Vevay.
70 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Cole will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday, July 6th.
In the film pageant sponsored by the Vevay merchants held at the Hoosier Theater Tuesday evening, Miss Beryl Boone walked away with the title of “Miss Vevay” and will be given a screen test by United Cinema Production.
Edward W. Tilley, cashier of the Vevay Deposit Bank, was promoted Tuesday to be vice president of the institution in place of the late Edgar Culbertson. Harold Chittenden has been promoted to cashier and Harold Pickett as assistant.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dilver Cole of Center Square.
Pete MacLoren, champion wood chopper, gave a free demonstration of wood chopping at the Clyde Culbertson store here Monday morning. Mr. MacLoren completely chopped through a log 49 inches around and 16 inches through in two minutes and 10 seconds. His competition, Lew Walston of Vevay, made it through in nine minutes and five seconds.
80 YEARS AGO
Webster Cotton, Civil War veteran, died at his home in Vevay Thursday at the age of nearly 92 years.
Miss Amy Johnson of Montana, formerly of Terre Haute, has been appointed as librarian of the Switzerland County Library.
James Robert Scott, aged 20 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lott of Lamb, died in Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati Monday. His death resulted from an injury received from being struck with a baseball Sunday.
A baby son was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Tingle of Aberdeen.
The work of repairing the courthouse dome is progressing rapidly under the direction of Detraz Brothers. A new flag pole, cut from a 12-foot piece of white pine, has been erected on the front of the building.
90 YEARS AGO
Schrumpf Farrar, an employee at Dam 39 was painfully injured this week when s steam pipe burst. Mr. Farrar was standing with his back to the pipe and a portion of his body was scalded.
Miss Alice Yonge sustained a broken left arm when the car in which she was riding with William Ogle and daughter Josephine, went out of control and ran into a post.
The Vevay baseball team and the Fleck’s Specials of Newport, Kentucky, broke even on games last week. On Sunday the visitors were the victors 11-6 and on Monday Vevay won 10-0.
A baby son was born July 2nd to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith of Park’s Ridge. He died soon after birth.
Baby daughters have arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hart and Mr. and Mrs. Will Shaw at Moorefield.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Med Wiley of Mount Sterling, a baby boy.
Born, a daughter June 30th to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cheever.
100 YEARS AGO
Residents of Posey Township were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. George H. Bodey, a former resident, in a train wreck at Middletown, Ohio July 4th.
Miss Nettie Hayden and Mr. Ralph Cotton will be married today in Vernon, Indiana.
Captain Edward Raschig died at his home in Vevay Tuesday evening following an illness of one week, being 72 years of age.
William F. Hankins and Miss Myrtle Dalgleish of Pleasant Township were married by Reverend Asher at his home in Vevay Monday.
Born, July 1st, to Ed Dorrel and wife of Allensville, a boy.
John Reed, one of Posey Township’s war veterans, died June 26th after a short illness, aged 70 years.
120 YEARS AGO
Honorable John D. Works, now living in California, declined a renomination for Justice of the Supreme Court of that state.
John A. Danglade, brother of the late Dr. T. M. Danglade, died suddenly in Joplin, Missouri on June 30th.
Moorefield normal school closed on Friday.
Mrs. Arnet Warwick, aged 53, died at her home in Patriot.
Died in Vevay July 1st, William D. Northcott, aged 86 years.
150 YEARS AGO
A Lodge of Good Templars has been established in Vevay.
Died in Jacksonville June 23rd, Mrs. Eliza Stow, aged 74 years.
Died in Vevay June 27th, William, infant son of William and Sarah Hall.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of