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News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The band "Jerry King and the Rivertown Ramblers" recorded their first CD at the historic Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The band is one of the hottest crowd draws in the Cincinnati area.

Ginger Holdcroft Peters was officially sworn in last Wednesday afternoon as the new Switzerland County Clerk.

Switzerland County was deluged with heavy rains over the weekend, as more than four inches of moisture fell over a two day period - causing water to rise in county stream beds and other low lying areas to be flooded over.

The Switzerland County Commissioners held their first meeting of 2004 on Monday evening, and as part of the annual reorganization, named Brian Morton as the president of the commissioners.


A private, candlelight ceremony was performed December 17th by the Reverend Barry Kermeen of the Moorefield Church of Christ as Douglas A. Brown and Julia Lea (Firth) Breeck became husband and wife. The wedding took place at the home of the bride's mother and stepfather, Bob and Betty Brown of Vevay. Julie is also the daughter of the late James Robert Firth. Doug is the son of Norman and Wilma Jean Brown of Moorefield.

Anne Donnellon has made a name for herself, and she's only 12 years old. Anne, a sixth grade at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, had her drawing published on the "Our Own Pages" section in the January 1994 issue of Highlights for Children, a national magazine with a circulation of near three million readers.

A dream has come true for the East Enterprise Fire Department. The new firehouse has been completed, and ready for use. The new firehouse has many advantages, the old firehouse didn't have - a meeting room, a kitchen, two handicapped accessible restrooms, an office and lots of room for parking the fire department's vehicles.


Citing personal problems and community pressure as major reasons, Garry Forwood officially resigned his position as Sheriff of Switzerland County last Friday afternoon at the local Courthouse.

When a deep, packing snow blankets Switzerland County one Pleasant farmer never worries about the travel advisories. Instead, the silvery flakes provide a chance for Howard Hall to temporarily park his big diesel tractor and hitch up his prize possessions - a 100-year-old sleigh.

Vevay native Toni Hill was recently promoted to the position of Office Manager for Centel Cable Television Company's Carrollton office, company officials recently announced.


Happy Birthday, Hattie Jackson, Switzerland County's oldest resident. Mrs. Jackson celebrated her 105th birthday Sunday.

Switzerland county youths Dennis Knox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Knox, Don Rayles, son of Mr. an Mrs. Don Rayles, and Wendell Blackburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Blackburn, recently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and will report to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas January 25th.

Ken Devers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Deward Devers of Quercus Grove, has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and will report for duty later this month, following his graduation from Switzerland County High School.


Switzerland County and Vevay dug out this week from under an 8-inch New Year's morning snowfall which temporarily paralyzed highway travel.

Miss Barbara Gail Bolden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bolden of route 2, Vevay, became the bride of Paul Eddie Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dilver Ford Saturday afternoon, December 14th.

James O. Gridley, former Vevay High School basketball star, and now director of athletics at Rushville, Indiana, is one of five members recently elected to the Indiana High School Athletic Association Council.


Mr. and Mrs. Jake Skirvin have sold their general store in Mount Sterling to Millard Sloan of near Allensville.

A baby son was born in the Madison hospital January 6th to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gaudin of Vevay. He weighed 8 pouds, 5 ounces and was named Rickie Ray.

Two Vevay business firms will change location in the near future as the result of property sales which were completed this week. Walter Gaudin has sold his building on Main Street, which was used to conduct a lumber and hardware business, to R. D. Slawson who will move his farm machinery agency there from Ferry Street. Mr. Guadin will move his hardware business to the Gaudin three-story brick building on the corner of Main and Ferry streets. For the present he expects to conduct his lumber business on the lot at the rear of the store.


With the majority of the markets in Indiana and Kentucky turning in averages lower than heretofore, the buriley tobacco average has gone below $45 for the first time since the holidays.

Sergeant Oscar Rosenberger, firt Switzerland County boy to give up his life in World War II, has been awarded the Air Medal posthumously by the President. This medal is in addition to the Purple Heart awarded some time ago.

Aviation Cadet Edward C. Wakefield, Vevay, and Miss Dorothy Zahn, of Indianapolis were married January 1st at the Major Field Chapel, Greenville, Texas, by Father Reardon.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Tague, nee Mary Ellen Bovard of Aberdeen, Maryland, a daughter, Phyllis Ann.


Mrs. H. M. Thiebaud has received an appointment as a Federal Census worker in Switzerland County.

Born, January 4th, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rea, Posey Township, a son.

Thieves broke into the post office at North Madison Monday night and carried away an 800 pound safe containing about $25 in silver, pennies and stamps.

A great deal of interest has been manifested and lots of fun is expected at the spelling match and fiddlers' contest at the Methodist Church on January 18th.

Born, a daughter, Betty Lou to Mr. and Mrs. Lelie Reese of Quercus Grove.

A son, Robert, Jr., was born December 31st to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McKenzie of Long Run.

Born, a daughter, Margaret Ellen, to Mr. and Mrs. Duward Skirvin of Long Run.


George Brindley of this county and Ema M. Gray of Jefferson County were married in Madison Christmas Day.

Miss Mary Roberts of Vevay was married December 22nd to Robert Leamon of Indianapolis.

Born, a daughtetr, Emma Lou, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McKay of Dry Fork.

Artie Scudder has resigned the managership of the Farmers Store in Center Square and has been succeeded by Leland Dunning.

At the Cincinnati poultry show last week, J. P. Curry of Vevay won first, fourth, and fifth ribbons on Rhode Island Red pullets, and the color special prize of the entire show. Will Wahl won fourth hen in the Buff Orphington class. Milo Gaudin got first and second pullets in the Rhode Island White class, and Alvin Althoff of near Fairview won first pullet and another ribbon in the Barred Rock class.

The Vevay Concert Band will give its fourth annual entertainment on the evening of February 6th, at the Vevay Opera House.

Born to Dilver Chase and wife of Posey Township, a son.

Beginning Monday night, January 14th, Vevay will have curfew tolled at 9 o'clock p.m. All boys and girls under the age of 16 years shall vacate the streets and all public business places of Vevay and repair to their homes.

Miss Anna Humphrey of Patriot and W. H. Norwood were married at Versailles Wednesday, December 26th.


The following were elected officers of the Masonic Lodge at Bennington: W. M., J. D. Hatton; S. W., William Ryan; J.W., George Stewart; Secretary J.S. Shadday; treasurer, G. S. Hulley; Tyler, J. W. Newkirk; S. D., J. M. Clements; J. C., Larkin Sigmon; Stewards, R. S. Francis and J. M. Clements.

Albert McCreary, who was severely injured when kicked by a horse at the Anderson livery barn, is improving.

Tobacco is averaging 12 cents on the Carrollton market.

Ex-sheriff H. S. Pickett raised 2,295 pounds of tobacco on less than an acre of ground. It brought him $321.20.

Someone stole a dozen pairs of gloves from the McKin store in Bear Branch.

Major A. V. Danner of Vevay purchased a Studebaker automobile.

Married in Fairview, December 24th, by Reverend A. Miles, Miss Pearl Pavy and Dilver Clark.

Mr. and Mrs. William T. Miller have discontinued operating the Riverside Hotel in Patriot.

County treasurer, John Cunningham, and county commissioner, Oscar Brindley took office on January 1st.


Died at the Edward Tilley home in Vevay January 13th, Professor Annie Trafelet, aged 41 years.

The Vevay Democrats elected William E. Benedict chairman, M. C. Walden secretary and F. C. Demann treasurer of their committee.

Died in Vevay January 9th the infant son of Mr. and Mr. Edward H. Mead.

Reverend W.S. Lowe of Patriot was elected Pastor of the Spring Branch Baptist Church for the 12th consecutive year.

A circulating library is being established at Lamb by the Baptist Church there.

The town of Florence is completely out of coal.


Dr. D. N. Haydon and W. H. Henry are jury commissioners for the county.

Miss Belle Dupraz won the prize given for the most perfect costume at the grand costume ball in the Metopolitan Hall January 2nd.

Miss Zella Barnett is attending art school in Cincinnati.

Lane, small son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Siebenthal was severely burned while shooting a small cannon in Vevay.

One hundred and fifty members of the Caledonia Church held their annual dinner at the home of David Culbertson near Moorefield.

Died near Jay, December 29th, Albert Miles, prominent citizen.

Died near Pleasant January 1st John Hart, well known citizen.

Mrs. Mollie Pleasants, wife of Richard Pleasants, died December 12th at Noble, Indiana.


Died in Cross Plains January 2nd, William Burgess.

Died in York Township December 25th, Mrs. Sarah Goddard, aged 70 years.

It is 7 degrees below zero in Vevay.

U. P. Schenck, J. B. Tandy, F. L. Grisard, David Armstrong and B. F. Schenck were elected directors of the First National Bank in Vevay.

The teachers of Cotton Township are receiving a total of $22 per day for the whole group.

Married in Vevay January 12th, Miss Hanna Belle Armstong to Edwin H. Mead of Shawneetown, Illinois.


Lawrence W. Gordon and M. W. Tague are new partners in a grocery store in Vevay.

Died in Pleasant Township December 22nd, Elijah Poston, aged 53 years.

The following erected buildings in Vevay during 1866:

Lindensmidt and Company $12,000, Thomas Baxter $500, F. L. Grisard $3,000, Joe Rutherfor $4,000, Jonathon Roberts $800, Robert A. Knox $1200, William Fessler $500, B. Brunner $800, J. F. Bristow $1200, F.J. Holdcroft $500.


Having sold the Reveille to Messers. Baird and Bristow, the office will hereafter be carried on by them. The first number of the Reveille under the new proprietors wil be issued on next Thursday, signed, F.J. Waldo.

The Ladies of Vevay will give a supper at Odd Fellows Hall Monday night, February 22nd, for the benefit of the Vevay Brass Band.

Hereafter the Reveille will be delivered in Vevay by carrier. The terms will be $1.50 a year or $1 if paid in acvance.


Julius and John Dufour have formed a partnership and are opening a store in the brick storehouse on Liberty Street.

A special election will be held in Vevay January 15th to elect a Justice of the Peace.

George G. Knox is offering a $10 reward for his runaway apprentice John List.

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