News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Charlie and Gretchen Knox will be honored tomorrow (Friday) night as the recipients of the Silver Star Award for a lifetime of dedication to agriculture. They will be honored at the annual meeting of the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District, which will be held at the Jack Sullivan Building of the Switzerland County Senior Citizen Center.
David Schuler of Lake Geneva Road has been honored by the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District as the “Conservation Farmer of the Year.” He raises over 500 acres of crops around the county, including about 70 acres of tobacco. He will be honored Friday night at the Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting.
Joe and Darlene Roberts celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a seven-day cruise to the Yucatan Peninsula aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship, Elation. The cruise originated at the Port of Galveston Texas and included stops in Progresso/Merida and the Island of Cozumel, Mexico. It also stopped in Belize City, Belize.
20 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Deposit Bank, which announced a merger with Madison Bank and Trust Company in January, won’t be merging after all. The merger has been called off, according to an announcement made Tuesday by the Southeastern Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of Vevay Deposit Bank.
The score didn’t really matter. Switzerland still had a lot of reason to feel proud f its basketball team after last Saturday’s Columbus North regional. Steve Goddard, coach of the Pacers, said they have a lot to be proud of because there are 322 teams that didn’t get to the regionals, but Switzerland County did. They ran into a buzz saw in Shelbyville and lost the game 84-49, the biggest loss margin of the season for Switzerland County.
Mike Scudder, a player on Switzerland County High School basketball team, will be slam-dunking in the Hoosier Dome in a couple of weeks. He was judged the winner for the South Dearborn sectional in the dunking competition at the Columbus North regional last week, and will be participating among the winners from all 64 sectionals.
30 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of Vevay will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 21st. Open house will be held at the Vevay United Methodist Church Sunday, March 18th, for family and friends.
Army Private Cathy Griffin, daughter of Gerald and Carole Griffin of route 1, Rising Sun, has graduated from Hospital Lab Technician School at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, Brooke’s Army Hospital. She will now perform a 30-month tour of duty in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Switzerland County local FFA organization took center stage last Monday night as they captured five first place finishes in the District FFA Conference. It was hosted by the Switzerland County club at the high school.
40 YEARS AGO
Mr. Robert Lewis of Bennington celebrated his 91st birthday Monday, March 11th, with the many beautiful cards he received and a fine birthday cake – a present from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blodgett – helping him with the celebration.
The Swiss Wine Festival board of directors worked on parking problems and made a donation to Switzerland County’s emergency units at a meeting last Wednesday night. The Festival board voted to donate $1,000 to the county’s life squad units, with $333.33 going o the Switzerland County Emergency Unit, base in Vevay; a future auxiliary unit of the Switzerland County Emergency Unit, to be established out in the county, and the Patriot Emergency Unit.
50 YEARS AGO
John Garrett, Vevay High School junior, has been selected to participate in the fourth annual Indiana All-Star Band April 3rd-4th at Anderson Highland High School. Garrett is one of 120 selected from 600 entries.
Preliminary construction is expected to begin within the next two weeks on a $20 million hydroelectric system at Markland Dam. Dravo Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was awarded the general contract for construction of the Public Service Company of Indiana plant, it was announced to this newspaper Friday by Bart G. Grabow, administration assistant for PSI in Plainfield.
Services were held Monday at Caledonia Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Ella Shaw, 75, who died March 5th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following several months illness.
60 YEARS AGO
Shirley Ann Haskell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Haskell and Raymond Fay Hart, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Hart of Moorefield, were quietly married Saturday evening at the home of Reverend Vincent Wright.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Netherland are parents of a son born Sunday morning at the Greensburg hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and has been named Mark Evan. Their daughter, Mona, is staying with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Netherland, below Vevay while her mother is in the hospital.
Sergeant Charles Brameier and his wife (nee Connie Duke) of New Orleans are the proud parents of a 9 pounds, 4 ounce daughter born on March 9th. She has been named Cynthia Jo.
The 91st birthday of Mrs. Viola Barker which will occur on Thursday, March 18th, will be observed Sunday at the Galbreath Inn in Rising Sun but a family dinner will be served at the Grill by her daughter, Mrs. Kate Young.
Mrs. Elizabeth Mehrhoff, 78, a well known and respected lady of the East Enterprise community, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Loren Stoops, last Friday following an illness of several weeks.
70 YEARS AGO
Mike Cole passed away at the home of his brother Curtis Cole near Indian Creek Friday evening. While working around the farm a few days previous to his death he received an injury to his throat which proved fatal.
Frank Stivers, resident of this county for a number of years, died suddenly at his home in Indianapolis Wednesday, February 8th.
Charles E. Pangburn, former County Treasurer, passed away at his home in Vevay Tuesday afternoon having been in ill health for some time past.
Patricia Ann Sloan, 23, died early Sunday morning at Silver Crest Sanitarium, New Albany, Indiana, following an illness of tuberculosis.
Charles Reynolds has been appointed a deputy sheriff and assigned as acting night police chief in place of George Bliss who resigned several days ago.
Loren Hines, who was reported by this newspaper several weeks ago to have resigned his position as a member of the Town Board, has apparently reconsidered his resignation and will continue in that capacity.
The Switzerland County Bird Dog field trial held at Fairview Sunday, March 12th, was well attended and a success in spite of the very bad weather.
80 YEARS AGO
Miss Mary Joe Krummel of Vevay, a member of this year’s graduating class at Hanover College, was elected May Queen of the college by popular selection.
Main Street is being resurfaced by C.W.A. workers. The work was begun Monday morning.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Worth Sieglitz, a son, named Charles Edward.
W. T. Sullivan, Paul Ogle, Joe Krummel, J.B. Tilley, and Roy Johnson, merchants of Main Street, installed several large 200 watt prism lamps at their own expense to illuminate the north side of the street.
Miss Margaret Detmer of Posey Township is slowly recovering from a serious injury received while milking a cow. The animal threw its head around striking her in the face.
Died Thursday at his home in Vevay, Loren Dunwoodie, aged 30 years.
Married December 9th, Miss Mary Byram and Dawson Blodgett, both of Cotton Township.
Died Friday near Antioch, Mrs. Margaret Oliver Cunningham.
Married Saturday, Miss Mary Hewitt and Benjamin McCrander, both of Meads Ridge.
Died March 12th at her home near Allensville, Mrs. Ella Porter.
Fire was discovered at the home of Cogley Cole Friday morning. A large hole was burned in the roof and some damage was done by water.
Mrs. James H. Sieglitz, who underwent a major operation in Indianapolis last week, is steadily improving although she will be confined in the institution for several days more.
90 YEARS AGO
Died Sunday at her home in Vevay, Mrs. Minnie Tardy, aged 48 years.
Miss Anna Martin was operated on last week in Madison for the removal of adenoids and she is now greatly improved.
Died, March 1st, at his home near East Enterprise, Harvey Titus Oak.
Jeff Weaver, well known farmer of near Moorefield, was seriously injured Thursday when in felling trees a large limb struck him on the head.
Mrs. Minnie Higbee returned home from Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, on Monday where she has been a patient three weeks.
Switzerland County was in the grip of a blizzard Monday that in some respects was more severe than any other this winter. The snowfall was said to be the heaviest in 12 years.
P. G. Ewald has accepted a position as county agent of Monroe County, Illinois, and will move immediately to take charge of his new work.
Married Wednesday, Miss Agnes Carnine of near Pleasant and Roy Wolf of near Manviille.
Died Thursday at his home near East Enterprise, Clifford Littlefield, aged 64.
Died Sunday, Rebecca, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy of near Fairview.
Married Saturday, Mr. Raymond Carnine of Pleasant and Miss Evalena Cole of Fairview.
A defective flue caused a small blaze at the home of Charles Saberton in the west end of Vevay last Thursday.
Turner Olds and Miss Dorothy Conner were married recently.
Died Wednesday at her home, Mrs. Lizzie Protsman, aged 62 years.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Hallie Adams and Mrs. Mitchell Detraz saved the IOOF building here when they discovered the law office of W.J. Cotton to be on fire from an overhead oil stove.
Cliff Leatherbury purchased the interest of Sam Lock in the meat market at Main and Ferry streets here.
Died at Byrn Mawr, Mississippi, Marguerite Thiebaud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Thiebaud of Connersville, formerly of Switzerland County.
Died near Quercus Grove, Joel Davis, 78, prominent farmer and Civil War veteran.
Married at the M. E. parsonage here March 17th, Miss Martha LeClerc and Wilbur Aldred.
Died in Cincinnati Marh 17th, Henry Cunningham, formerly of Patriot.
The New Castle team defeated Vevay at Bloomington in the state basketball tournament.
Died near Bascom March 13th, Arden Heath, veteran of the Mexican War.
110 YEARS AGO
Irvin H. Cole was appointed Postmaster at Sugar Branch.
The new wharfboat here will cost $5,000.
Julius Heady is chief engineer on a big towboat and visited Vevay this week for the first time in 12 years.
Died in Indianapolis, James Jackman, formerly of Vevay.
Paul, 11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willliam Todd, died in Florence from the effect of pneumonia.
120 YEARS AGO
Died at Pleasant, March 13th, Mrs. Jane Bell, 90. Burial was in Caledonia Cemetery.
Marriage licenses issued: Cellie D. Long and John Porter; Ina May Vallendingham and John Watson; James Hatfield and Maggie Glenn; Albert Stewaart and Minnie Bradley.
Married March 13th, Miss Ella J. Madison and Lemuel B. Stow.
Dr. L.H. Bear has located here to practice his profession.
Died in Cincinnati, Mrs. Lorain Wilcox, aged 97 years. She lived here for 74 years.
Died, March 15th, near Florence, Mrs. Aletha Howard.
150 YEAR AGO
The rebels are making the most desperate effort to put all the forces they can in the field for the spring campaign.
Our young friend, C. H. Gerard, has opened his blacksmith shop again and is now going full blast.
In many parts of the state revivals of religion are in progress.
On Wednesday afternoon the stable of Mr. F. A. Boerner on Silver Street caught fire and burned to the ground. Loss about $300.
The Town Trustees have ordered our citizens to clean their gutters and now our streets present quite a respectable appearance. Now, have the salt barrels, stoves, boxes and other rubbish removed from the sidewalks; have new fire ladders made; appoint some man as an officer to keep the peace of the town; and people will rise up and call you blessed.
Married on the 19th instance by Mr. Titus, Mathias Boble and Catherine Redd.