News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Community Foundation of Switzerland County has announced the recipients of the 2003 Switzerland County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. The scholarship provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. It also covers all required fees and up to $800 a year for books and equipment as long as the student attends an Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools. This year the winners are Sara Allen, Philip Deaton and Angela Thieman.
After a year of design work, the Vevay Town Council on Monday night officially awarded the contract for the construction of the sidewalk that will lead from Switzerland County High School to the YMCA on the north side of State Road 56. The low bid of $62,400 was from C&H/M and they were awarded the job.
Switzerland County High School graduate Nina Allen earned a Certificate of Honor from Indiana University for the first semester. Students earning a Certificate of Honor attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Richard and Toni Allen of Fishing Worm Ridge, near Vevay.
A one-vehicle crash at noon last Wednesday on River Road near the Switzerland/Jefferson County line claimed the lives of Nicola Proctor and her son Ronnie.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School senior Vincent Valenzuela has been named to the Indiana Academic All-Stars for 1993. The son of Drs. Diego and Fidelia Valenzuela of Vevay, Vincent is among 40 students selected as Indiana Academic All-Stars from a field of over 230 outstanding nominees from schools throughout the state.
The work of Vevay artist-metalsmith Jerry R. Wallin is currently being shown in two exhibitions which are part of the “1993: Year of the American Craft” celebration honoring the tradition of craftsmanship.
Marine Private David L. Wagner, son of Robert R. and Laverne Wagner of Vevay recently completed the motor vehicle operator course at the Marine Camp Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
30 YEARS AGO
The Democratic Precinct Committeemen of Switzerland County appointed Wilbur Buchanan of route 2, Rising Sun, to the County Council back on the 8th of April during a special meeting. He will replace Delmar Scudder who died March 13th of this year.
The local chapter of Switzerland County Future Farmers of America presented Star awards to two of its members recently. Recognized for their achievements were David Jones and Rob Furnish.
Sheri Alexander signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Ball State University this coming fall. The signing includes a 4-year scholarship that will take care of tuition, room, board and book rental. Sheri, a senior at SCHS, was named Most Valuable Player in the Courierarea Poll and was runner-up in the Ohio River Valley Conference balloting.
40 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Hunter of route 2, Versailles announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Angela, to Billy Hoskins, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hoskins, route 2, Vevay. The wedding will be performed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Olean at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12th.
Mrs. Florence B. Phillips, 75, of 406 Liberty Street, Vevay, passed away Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Juanita Keith in Zionsville.
A retired rural letter carrier – once a national president of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, and a “long time, all around good guy” – was named an Admiral in the Swiss Navy last Saturday night. Wiley Riedel, a widely-known Madison resident, became one of a select few who hold admiralships in the Swiss Navy, an honorary and not-quite-serious” organization formed by Switzerland Countians to promote the Swiss Wine Festival and have a little fun doing it.
50 YEARS AGO
Clyde Protsman, formerly of Vevay, is among 128 Indiana authors publishing books in 1962 who have been specially invited to attend the annual Indiana Authors’ Day luncheon Sunday, April 21st, in Indiana University’s Memorial Union Building.
Larry E. Freyn, electrician’s mate fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Freyn of Vevay, is serving aboard the destroyer USS Mullinnix, which recently completed intensive training exercises in the Mediterranean.
For the second time a lawsuit has been filed by Mrs. Evelyn Galbreath for personal damages sustained in a September 14th, 1961, fall in Switzerland county Courthouse’s courtroom. The complaint demands $75,000 for all proper relief.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Flora McClintock, oldest alumnus of Vevay High School, will quietly observe her 98th birthday Monday at her home on Market Street. Mrs. McClintock is believed to be the oldest resident of Switzerland County, where she has resided all of her life.
Marine PFC Ralph G. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith of route 1, Patriot, was congratulated by Navy Captain G. E. Stahr, Medical Corps, commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Hospital at Yokosuka, Japan, upon being awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in Korea.
Harold Hickman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Hickman of Madison, formerly of Vevay, who has been serving as basketball coach at Edinburgh High School, has been retained as basketball and track coach at Franklin College.
The newly organized Junior Chamber of Commerce held their Charter Banquet here at the old gym last Thursday evening with all members and a number of guests present.
70 YEARS AGO
The new Ghent-Vevay ferry, the Martha A. Graham, has been officially licensed to operate on the Ohio River and will begin service just as soon as the levees on each side of the river can be cleaned off and made ready for traffic. Wilbur Scudder and Miss Ellogene Rayles, popular young couple of the East Enterprise community, were married Friday, April 16th, at the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis by the pastor, Reverend Lakum.
Private John L. Cundy of near Lamb has been declared killed in action February 3rd, according to a message received by his parents from the U.S. War Department. He had formerly been listed as missing in action.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cleeter celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, April l8th, at their home near Fairview.
80 YEARS AGO
Vevay won over Rising Sun in a Ping Pong tourney held Monday night at Rising Sun. Edward Tilley, Paul Sullivan, Raymond Detraz and Carl Tardy composed the Vevay team.
A landslide caused by recent rains occurred on state Road 56 near Brooksburg and it is necessary for traffic to detour.
Martin Fancher, aged 74 years, for many years a resident of Switzerland County, died at his home in Rising Sun April 14th from injuries sustained when he fell from a ladder while erecting a bird house at his home.
Parker Smith and Miss Cleo J. Coy, both of this county, were married by Reverend F. E. Hammel at his residence in Vevay Friday.
Hattie Waller of Switzerland County and James H. Rimstidt of Ohio County were married Saturday by Reverend Frank Reed at his home in Vevay.
90 YEARS AGO
An illness of 10 days following a stroke of paralysis resulted in the death Saturday of Mrs. Matilda Sauvain, aged resident of Craig Township. She was past 83 years of age.
Meetings of the Ku Klux Klan held at Vevay and Fairview last week were well attended.
Clarence Tait, former Vevay man, died last week at his home in California after a lingering illness of tuberculosis.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Mead of Posey Township.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Saylor of Dry Fork.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oakley of Vevay.
100 YEARS AGO
The Union Furniture Company resumed work Tuesday morning after having closed down for some time two weeks past on account of not having coal and building material.
John Cunningham, manager of the Fairview-Madison bus, went to Lamb Friday and got his automobile which has been stuck in the mud there since the heavy rain.
Thurman Clements, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clements, died last week at the home of his uncle, Moad Asbury, near Moorefield following a four-week illness of typhoid fever and pneumonia.
Parthenia Jane Froman, aged 15 years, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. William Froman living on the Markland Pike, died at her home Sunday, April 13th, of diabetes.
Mrs. Lucid Nelson died at her home near Center Square Sunday, April 13th, of organic heart trouble. She was 79 years of age and had been in ill health for some time.
120 YEARS AGO
J. A. Works of Vevay has purchased an interest in J. F. Fullen’s livery business in Rising Sun.
The wife of Reverend F. M. Tyrell until six months ago pastor of the Palmetto and Concord Presbyterian Churches died at Leavenworth, Indiana April 6th.
Died in Craig Township Tuesday morning, April 18th, of disease of the heart, Carroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stucy, Jr., aged 5 years.
Come to town next Wednesday and witness the Odd Fellows celebration. Procession and parade at 10 a.m., address at the Court House by Honorable W. H. Leedy of Indianapolis, dinner at Grisard’s Hall. Afternoon to be spent socially. A good band of music will tickle your ears.
140 YEARS AGO
Dr. T. M. Danglade who has been in New Orleans returned home last Saturday night with health much improved.
Last Saturday while unloading hay Henry Stucy of Craig Township fell off a wagon and dislocated his right shoulder.
150 YEARS AGO
Civil War news: Dispatches from Charleston tell of the unsuccessful Union attack on Ft. Sumter on April 7th. Nine ironclads were in the engagement. The Monitors found three lines of obstructions which turned them back with torpedoes. The Patspsco and Passiac were disabled and the Keokuk was sunk. A.. on board the Keokuk were saved. The new Ironsides which worked badly was hit about 60 times but not badly damaged. The Union boats put 11 large holes in Sumter. Colonel Alfred Phett was confederate commander of the Fort.