10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Geneva Darbro, Mark C. Miles, Gregory DuVall, Sr.
In honor of the presence of the Marcan Tigers— or perhaps in spite of it — Dr. Robert Findley and his sidekicks Edsel Detraz, John Crawford, and Mark Boggs took the opportunity during Saturday’s Grand Festival Parade to do some “Cat Fishing” — Switzerland County style. As Edsel “fished” from the side of the boat, which was covered in mud and cattails; Mark used waders and a net to bring home the catch. Once in the boat, Doc fired up the grill and made lunch, all while the song “Tiger by the Tail” blared over the loud speakers.
Lily Williams and Ethan Christen were the 2009 Little Miss and Mister Swiss.
Adam Hensley got his first squirrel while hunting this past Sunday.
The Vevay High School class of 1959 held its 50th class reunion. With 33 classmates attending.
Jessie Ray was crowned as the 2009 Edelweiss Teen Princess on Thursday evening at the Swiss Wine Festival.
20 YEARS AGO
This years Swiss Wine Festival played to beautiful weather and thousands of visitors this past weekend, making it one of the most successful and safe festivals in the county’s history.
Adam Cord, a 1999 graduate of Switzerland County High School and class salutatorian, has been honored as a recipient of the American Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship. He also received a $750 scholarship from the Cincinnati Chapter of Mensa. Cord will enter Hanover College this fall, where he will pursue a pre-medicine major. The International Mensa Society was formed in 1946 in England for people of all ages and walks of life who have IQ’s in the top two percent of the population He is the son of William and Jill Cord of near Vevay.
The tobacco crop in Switzerland County is being harvested, and both farmers and agriculture officials are anxiously waiting to see what affect this summer’s heat and drought had on this year’s burly. Chuck Deputy said that some of the reason that growers are slightly behind in cutting season is that the hot, dry summer seen here during the past few months has slowed the growing of plants. Rain in the near future could help restart some of that growing, but experts still see Switzerland County having a short crop this year.
30 YEARS AGO
Persons traveling on State Road 56 to Madison from Vevay Wednesday afternoon, September 6th, were in for quite a surprise when they discovered that the State Highway Department workers had closed the road without placing signs near Vevay to warn drivers to take another route. Traffic was backed up for a time along the road as drivers waited for what they thought was only a vehicle blocking traffic, not a full fledged construction effort.
Switzerland County may stand to receive more than $200,000 from the State of Indiana Department of Transportation if the Switzerland County Commissioners can prove that there are more miles of road being maintained as county roads than are currently accounted for in the state’s road inventory information.
40 YEARS AGO
Ground was broken at 9 a.m. yesterday as a start on the long-awaited tennis courts to be built by the Town of Vevay. The two courts will be located between the former Leon and Joan Peelman grocery and the former Larry Jones beer distributorship building on Ferry Street.
Carol Ann Sublett of East Enterprise, a certified Emergency Medical Technician with Switzerland County Emergency Units, has completed a training course at Ball State University in Muncie.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Gail Ann (Newton) Clements has completed dietetic internship at Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois and will now work at the hospital as a therapeutic dietitian. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Coy of Vevay in 1968 earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from Purdue University.
While his friends in Vevay, Indiana, U.S.A., were celebrating their annual Swiss Wine Festival, Graham Pesce, former Vevay resident and graduate of Vevay High School, was visiting the vineyards of Vevey, Switzerland.
U.S. Army Sergeant Donald R. Cole, 23, son of Theodore Cole of route 1, Vevay, has graduated from the Army’s Recon School at Ft. Carson, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenton Jackson of Taylorsville are taking over operation of Brad’s Furniture Store and Laundromat in Vevay.
Kenneth W. Dick, 27, of route 1, Patriot, suffered serious head injuries plus bruises about the body when his auto went off State Road 156 at 5 a.m. Monday and overturned in the Ohio River 7.2 miles east of Patriot. He was coming home from work and apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Fannie Lutz Mead, 97, of Lafayette, widow of Dr. Elwood B. Mead, former Patriot resident who gained national prominence as head of the U.S. Reclamation Service for many years, died September 6th at her home. Mrs. Mead was the oldest living graduate of Purdue University, a member of the class of 1884.
Sixteen go-karts participated in the races which were held at the river front track on Monday afternoon and a big crowd was on hand to witness the free sports event. Trophies were presented to the winners of the seven races and they were captured by Evon Gray, Johnny Brooks, Bill Olds and a Moores Hill youth who won the event for children up to 16 years of age.
70 YEARS AGO
Beginning Monday, September 12th, Vevay will be served with free parcel post delivery once each day. Under a new order issued by the U.S. Postal department the substitute mail carrier, Roy Branham, will act as delivery man using his automobile to transport packages. He will also continue to serve in his present capacity as mail carrier. This is the first time that Vevay has had parcel post service and will be welcomed by the patrons of the local post office.
Stanley Andrew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Andrew of near Vevay, and now a prominent young farmer of Jefferson County, became the champion sheep shearer of Indiana when he won the contest over three other experts. He is now eligible to enter the national contest at the International Livestock Exposition at Chicago in November.
At a recent meeting of the newly organized County Welfare Board, Mrs. Naomi Plaskett was appointed Director of Switzerland County Welfare.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Isabella A. Long celebrated her 19th birthday here Tuesday.
Halstead Orem of Bennington was painfully injured Tuesday morning when a horse fell on his right leg breaking it.
A 10-pound son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Courtney of Quercus Grove.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Koeb have moved to Coal City, Indiana.
A 7-pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Rix, nee Pauline Broadwell, of Fairmount, Indiana.
90 YEARS AGO
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Montgomery on Parks Ridge Saturday. The furnishings were also lost. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery were en route to the Moorefield Celebration when the fire occurred.
Milton Gullion, 59, a resident of Markland was badly hurt Sunday when he was struck by an automobile driven by two Patriot youth.
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Nelson of Danville are patients in an Indianapolis hospital receiving treatment for injuries which they sustained in an automobile accident near Bainbridge.
100 YEARS AGO
The old Eggleston Home on Main Street belonging to Mrs. Lovina Miller, deceased, was sold at auction Saturday to William Heady for the consideration of $2,275.
Mrs. Mary Myers, aged 60, is in critical condition from lockjaw as the result of injuries which she received last week when gored by a cow.
The grocery store on Main Street operated by J. G. Bladen will suspend business in about two weeks.
A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wakefield Tuesday morning.
The city light plant has received about 60 meters and the work of installing them has been started.
120 YEARS AGO
Visits by the stork: Ona B., daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Brown of Craig Township August 10th; Ethel M., daughter born to Mr. James W. Covington and wife of Craig Township, August 14th; Ernest E., son born to Harry Bowman and wife of Cotton Township, July 24th; Charles Hudson, son born to Manly Murray and wife in Vevay, August 24th; son born to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Scott near Lamb, August 28th; a son was born to Lewis Peelman and wife in Jefferson Township, August 28th.
Eugene Scudder of Center Square has rented the building on Main Street recently vacated by Doc McGuire and will open a shoe, rubber and novelty store in the near future.
Born August 29th to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Duvall of Mount Sterling, a daughter.
130 YEARS AGO
Enoch Adams, present Superintendent of the County Poor Asylum, was awarded a contract for another year after sealed bids were opened by the County Commissioners and his was found to be low with the bid of $48 per year for each pauper.
There was not one death in Vevay during the month of August and no interments in the Vevay Cemetery.
A gymnasium has been organized in Vevay with headquarters in the large new hall of Ira M. Taylor.
John C. Morgan has been appointed Justice of the Peace by County Commissioners to fill a vacancy in Craig Township.
160 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s new Sheriff, William Mead of Patriot, was sworn into office Monday. Other county officers who have taken their seats are Ira N. Malia, treasurer, succeeding Mr. Morerod; and William Anderson succeeding Mr. Weaver.
From semi-reliable authority, we learn that there is more gambling carried on in Vevay at the present time than for five or six years.
We are shortly to have a connection with the telegraphic wires by way of Rising Sun. Our citizens have donated a sufficient amount.
On Sunday the new church building of the Free Will Baptists of Moorefield was dedicated by Reverend A. Adkinson. The building cost $1,500 and was erected at the expense of three energetic men.