For eight days and seven nights recently, members of Switzerland County Boy Scout troop #741 hiked and camped in and around the Grand Canyon. The scouts had to learn a lot of teamwork on the trip, including helping to find suitable drinking water. Those on the trip included Clay Meyer, Jordan Hewitt, Nathan Hickman, Matt Johnson, Cliff Meyer, Jordan Pavy, Joe Spoores, Jim Abbott, and leaders David Hickman and Bob Meyer.
An accident at the intersection of Lake Geneva Road and Elam Road last week claimed the life of nine-year-old Daulton Scudder and although final autopsy results are not completed, it appears that the deployment of the airbag may have attributed to the tragedy. He is the son of Terry and Sherry Scudder of Vevay.
Last week the Indiana Gaming Commission approved a plan for riverboat casinos in the state to be open 24 hours a day, and Belterra Casino Resort quickly joined other casinos in putting the plan into operation. Belterra began operating 24 hours a day on Friday, shortly after receiving permission from the Indiana Gaming Commission.
20 YEARS AGO
There is no certainty that Switzerland County will be chosen buy the Indiana Gaming Commission as one of five sites along the Ohio River for riverboat gambling/ County Council members Mike Jones, Don Covington and Kenny Griffin said they would vote in favor of giving county residents the opportunity to vote on it.
Denver Markland of Vevay is the Switzerland County recipient of he Tourism Ambassador Award from the Historic Hoosier Hills Tourism and Recreation Council. He was honored for his efforts in promoting tourism in Switzerland County and southern Indiana. He has been active in historic preservation in Switzerland County for many years, including recent efforts toward building a model of the Mormon Hay Press and attempting to restore a hay press to working order.
Arthur and Nellie Romans, former residents of Patriot, will celebrate their 65th anniversary on July 28th.
The Switzerland County High School cheerleaders won four blue ribbons and one red ribbon at the Vincennes University cheerleading camp last week, honoring their performance skills and teamwork. They also won permanent possession of the camp's Spirit Stick, recognizing their enthusiasm and hard work. The cheerleaders are Amy Robinson, Jessica Donnellon, Kelly Valentine, Serenedy Smith, Melanie Dunaway, Amanda Deck, Crista Judy and Jenny Brindley.
George Boulton, 78, of Green Valley, caught the "biggest fish I've ever caught" when he hooked a fine five-pound bass. He wouldn't say exactly where he caught the fish except to say it was in "a creek somewhere behind Moorefield."
30 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County 4-H Fair came off without a hitch last week, according to 4-H General Chairman, John Keeton. In fact, he termed the six-day extravaganza as "the smoothest running fair" he's been connected with in the last five years.
Local citizens Barbara Wiley Ray and others in he community have been working hard for the past four months trying to get an animal shelter constructed in hopes of curbing the amount of stray animals running loose around Vevay and Switzerland County.
More than 60 percent of Indiana's bridges - 10,621 of 17,650 inventories - are substandard and need to be repaired or replaced, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report. The annual study shows Indiana with the seventh highest percentage of deficient or obsolete bridges, and the eighth highest total number.
40 YEARS AGO
Rober C. Stout, former resident of Vevay, was awarded the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine last month during graduation exercises at Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Stout is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Stout, formerly of Vevay, and is the grandson of Mrs. Cora Stout of Bennington.
John McKay of Vevay was one of 455 students at DePauw University to be named to the Dean's List for the second semester of the 1972-073 school year. McKay, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert McKay of Vevay, made better than a B-plus scholastic average in order to attain the Dean's List honor. He graduated from DePauw, located at Greencastle, Indiana, this spring.
50 YEARS AGO
Darlene Petrakos, who graduated from Vevay High School in 19623, has completed a private secretarial course at Central Business College in Indianapolis and has accepted a general office position with Franklin Finance Company in Madison.
Army PFC James T. May, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. May, route 4, Vevay, participated last month with other members of the 1st Armored Division's 52nd Infantry in a command post display in honor of visiting, journalists from 13 of the 15 member nations of NATO, at Fort Hood, Texas.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from Pleasant Grove Methodist church near Pleasant for Roy Christman, a prominent farmer of that community.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Hessie P. Cook of Vevay and Albert A. Fitzman of Lawrenceburg were united in marriage Saturday afternoon in the Indianapolis Broadway Methodist church with Reverend W.R. Brently officiating.
The Antioch Methodist church in Posey Township will observe a centennial there Sunday, July 19th.
A reception was given Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 at the Methodist Church for the new minister, Reverend H.G. Ramsey and family.
Miss Linda Lou Washer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Washer of near Pleasant, was the winner of an amateur show which was held in Rising Sun last week to raise funds for a new playground.
A typical "country store" which has been owned for more than 70 years by one family was passed to new owners last week. The Benedict General Store at Markland was sold to William Willis and Johnsie Smalley of that community by the heirs of the late Sam Benedict.
Charles Pratt at long last has received a temporary permit to start his bus service from Cincinnati to Madison, by way of Rising Sun and Vevay.
70 YEARS AGO
Miss Maereta Gortermiller of near Florence and Ensign Glenn L. Searcy of Patriot were united in marriage Tuesday evening in the Reform Church in Florence by Reverend Arthur Jean.
Military services were conducted Monday in the Pleasant Ridge Christian Church for Private John Harvey Evans, a former resident of Posey Township. Private Evans died as the result of a neck fracture suffered when he dived into three feet of water while swimming with soldier companions at Wakulla Springs, Florida.
Major Samuel F. Woodfill, World War I hero, arrived in Vevay last week to make an indefinite visit with his brother, William Woodfill and wife.
Born, July 18th, a son, James Earl, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kelly of Hominy Ridge.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Flora Hall Schenck, aged 83 years, passed away at her home in Peru, Indiana Friday and the body was brought to Vevay where burial services were conducted Tuesday.
Frank Riley has been elected president of the Vevay Deposit Bank to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles C. Shaw.
Roy Andrew, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hankins of near Cross Plains, died at the parents' home Tuesday morning after a two-day illness of cerebral meningitis.
Miss Ethel Jamieson, aged 52, who had been very low with paratyphoid fever, died Tuesday at her home near Scotch Settlement.
90 YEARS AGO
Edwin R. Ferguson on Monday purchased the E.M. Stevens store on Ferry Street, taking immediate possession.
George Johnson, superintendent of the light and water plant, reported to City Council Monday night that the new oil burning engines were installed and in operation, and he was instructed to resume 24-hour current immediately.
The Ohio River Telephone Company began work Wednesday morning on laying their Ferry and Main street telephone lines underground.
100 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County is one of 10 counties in Indiana in which there is no public library.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Adams of East Enterprise.
Born, June 29th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sedam of East Enterprise.
Born, a daughter, Katherine Clarabel, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Curry of Parks Ridge.
Born, July 9th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hess of Bennington.
120 YEARS AGO
W. R. Adkinson of Indianapolis, in company with his friend, Floyd Church, arrived in Vevay by the mailboat from Cincinnati Sunday evening and are the guests of J.H. Netherland and wife. They made a bicycle trip to Cincinnati from Indianapolis and will return home the last of the week on their wheels.
Vevay, Indiana, has been made an International Money Order Office and is now prepared to issue international money orders.
The blackberry harvest will be short this year, but farmers are rejoicing over a good crop of wheat.
Bessie, little daughter of Jora Liggett, died at her home on upper Grants Creek last week.
140 YEARS AGO
Last week the 11-year-old son of Thomas Dodd of near Vevay was severely injured. He was driving a horse hitched to a hay rake when the horse became frightened and threw him against the rake, one tooth entering his head.
A daughter of F. Leep, residing in Craig Township, fell last Monday and broke one of her arms.
Last Wednesday afternoon Mr. Kelley, a turner at the chair factory, was caught by the sleeve of his jacket and jerked upon his lathe, bruising one of his arms considerably. His wounds are not dangerous.
Our little city is putting on big-city airs. Three slate roofs have been placed on houses this summer, iron fences are being built, and a five-story brick house has been erected.
150 YEARS AGO
Civil War news: Our citizens turned out manfully during Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to meet the threat of Joe Hunt Morgan's raid.
On Friday the Artillery Company of Vevay departed for Madison. On Saturday the Bostona camp up and took all he Legion down except Company I which did not get here in time for the boat. Company I is still in Vevay and the balance of the 10h Legion is at North Madison, Colonel Kinney being with them. Major Shutts is in command in Vevay.
All praise is due the patriotic ladies of Vevay and Switzerland County for their efforts to provide for our citizens soldiery during the crisis here.
A company of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry attacked a rebel gang ear Princeton, Indiana Saturday, defeating them. They are a part of Morgan's command. The prisoners were taken to New Albany.
In Harrison County, Indiana, Reverend Peter Glenn was killed and his son wounded while defending their home against Morgan raiders. The house was burned with everything in it.
Morgan's forces arrived at Vernon, Indiana on the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad at 6 p.m. July 11th and demanded the surrender of the town. It was refused by Colonel Burkham, commanding the Federal forces.