News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Brianne Martin of Vevay will compete for the title of Miss Indiana Teen USA on the weekend of November 12th-14th.
Switzerland County saw 54 percent voter turnout in spite of heavy rain throughout election day.
Abby Skeens, 11-year-old fifth grader at Switzerland County Elementary School, was the grand prize winner of a Play Station 2 game system during the Halloween promotion in downtown Vevay.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s Republican Party made one of its most successful showings in history in Tuesday’s election. The Republicans won four of the seven major county races on the ballot, and – almost unbelievably – ended Congressman Lee Hamilton’s 30-year domination of the county’s votes. The Republicans won races for Sheriff, Prosecutor, County Auditor, and one seat on the County Council.
Switzerland County’s voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was high for an off-year election – 66 percent. Of the county’s 4,476 registered voters, 2,963 cast ballots Tuesday.
30 YEARS AGO
Elza and Michael Gross were in Mount Sterling Tuesday evening visiting Ray and Naomi Carlton. Gross, who now stars in the television series “Family Ties,” met the Carltons while he was starring in the movie “A Girl Named Sooner” that was filmed in Switzerland County.
Angela Boles held an eight pound cabbage for our camera that was grown by her grandfather, Allan Boles of route 2, Vevay, in his garden. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shafe Boles of route 2, Vevay.
David R. Konkle has graduated from basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. He is now stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, and at present he is at sea. He is the son of Ethel Konkle of Payneville, Kentucky and the late Charles Konkle. His grandparents are Beatrice Konkle of Bennington and the late David Konkle.
40 YEARS AGO
The vote turnout on Election Day Tuesday was a huge surprise – as no less than 68 percent of Switzerland County’s voters went to the polls. A small turnout had been forecast, with the “experts” saying that even as low as 40 percent would be considered a good voter showing at this election, with the American electorate supposedly soured on politics by the agonies of Nixon and Agnew and Watergate and the inflated U.S. economy. But around 3,058 voters turned out in Switzerland County Tuesday, almost 69 percent of the county’s officially registered 4,461 voters.
Republican Ralph Brown bucked a Democrat landslide Tuesday to win the race for sheriff of Switzerland County . Another Republican , Lloyd Moreillon, won a seat on the County Council, but other than that, it was a Democratic Sweep on Election Day ’74.
50 YEARS AGO
As local forecasters have predicted, the 1964 election proved “no contest” in Switzerland County. President Lyndon B. Johnson gained the widest majority the county has given a presidential candidate since 1932. Nationwide, Johnson won 44 states and the District of Columbia for a total of 486 electoral votes. He needed 270 to win. Barry Goldwater had five states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina – for a total of 47.
Switzerland Baptist Church received a new minister this week, the Reverend Carroll Buchanan, to replace Reverend Walter Howard who recently resigned. The new minister is 25 years of age and unmarried. He will assume his third pastorate.
New Liberty Baptist Church was the scene of a lovely wedding Friday evening, October 16th, when Miss Janet Whitham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whitham of route 2, Rising Sun, became the bride of Richard Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sullivan of route 2, Vevay.
Linda Roberts of 306 Market Street, Vevay, a junior majoring in English is among 202 Indiana University working students awarded Little 500 Scholarship by the IU Foundation.
60 YEARS AGO
Despite the bad weather prevailing on Tuesday, the election brought out a big vote with the Democratic party making a clean sweep of all offices in the county, Sheriff Ora Scudder led his ticket for reelection with a majority of 831 over Clarence Marshall and Edna Broadwell running for reelection as County Assessor piled up a majority of 793 over Elmer Poling.
Miss Janice Lakeman, pretty daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Lakeman of East Enterprise, was recently chosen as 1954 Beauty Queen of the Red Cross Shoe Corporation. Miss Lakeman, a graduate of Vevay High School, received the Queen’s Cup.
John Ready O’Connor, 30-year-old war veteran was elected Prosecuting Attorney on the Democratic ticket Tuesday with the unprecedented majority of 1,402 votes.
George Lucian Hufford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Hufford of Patriot, enlisted in the Air Corps and was inducted into service at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Wednesday, October 27th.
70 YEAS AGO
Young auto bandits, operating with a fast car, robbed the Jim Lothridge filling station in Mt. Sterling last Thursday evening and escaped with ration stamps valued at eight hundred gallons of gasoline and several cartons of cigarettes.
Johnny Joyce, former Vevay boy, who was reported missing in action last week, has been found and is slightly wounded, according to a later telegram received by his sister, Mrs. Charles Stoops.
Born, November 7th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Noel of route 4, Vevay.
Private William R. Wagner, 32, resident of this county, was killed in action in France on September 17th.
80 YEARS AGO
Captain Clarence Carter boarded the new submarine chaser “Minoi” at Dam 39 Friday evening and piloted the craft as far as Louisville.
The diesel tug Ada struck a snag at the mouth of Hunt’s Creek Sunday morning and sank in about 6 feet of water.
Miss Juanita Martin of Vevay and William Kinnett of near Moorefield were married Saturday afternoon in Aurora by Reverend Black.
The farm home of Henry Baatz and family near Fairview was totally destroyed by fire Thursday evening. Mr. Baatz who is an invalid was carried to safety by members of his family, some of whom were badly burned.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis McCreary celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Friday, November 2nd, with a basket dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Baatz of near East Enterprise were honored with a surprise dinner Sunday, October 28th, the occasion being their Silver Wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Marion Gardner of near Bennington was taken to the Madison hospital Tuesday night for treatment of lock jaw.
90 YEARS AGO
Fire which started in the C.E. Danner woods near Lamb last Sunday morning was still burning Wednesday and 25 acres of woods have been destroyed.
F.M. Griffith has the honor of being the first Vevay citizen to receive a letter by air mail. The letter sent by her son, William J. Griffith, from Salt Lake City, Utah, contained the usual 2 cent stamp and 3.8 cent air mail stamps on which were engraved propellers of airplanes.
Born, October 31st, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Turner Olds of East Enterprise.
Born, October 29th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Brown of Quercus Grove.
Fred Kestner, former Vevay boy, was married to Miss Ellanor Spangler of North Madison, October 25th.
100 YEARS AGO
Charles R. Pavy of Dillsboro has opened a law office in the Vevay Deposit Bank building.
Riley Land is making plans to retire from the tinware business in Vevay.
Charles Stevens of Humphrey’s Corner is erecting a tenant house on his farm.
Captain Joe Ash launched his new ferry boat. A large crowd was present.
Rufus Colen of East Enterprise broke his collar bone.
Mrs. John Moore of Allensville was surprised with a dinner on her 58th birthday.
Irvin James of near Florence purchased a new piano from the Adams Music Store in Vevay.
Married, October 31st by Reverend Moren, Wilbur Campbell and Miss Josie Pavy, both of Fairview.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Harris celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in Patriot.
Professor Voris of Patriot has a finger badly mashed while trying to replace a stone step, removed during Halloween.
C.D. Green has installed a furnace in his home near Patriot.
110 YEARS AGO
Roosevelt and Fairbanks were elected President and Vice President respectively.
Edgar Graham and Frances Oak were quietly married at Cross Plains last Sunday.
A great number of farms in the county are hauling water for their stock.
The Downey brothers are repairing the Masonic Hall at Sugar Branch and S. B. Johnson is remodeling the church there.
Marriage licenses were issued here to Della E. Turner and Henry Konkle; Sada Powell and William Bodey; Isadora McMakin and Edgar Harper.
Fenton Emerson of Patriot is attending the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.
120 YEARS AGO
A house near Antioch belonging to Hode Keeney and occupied by Joseph Ross, was burned Sunday the 28th. Nothing was saved.
Sunday night, while they were attending church at Zoar, someone took the axle tapp from the buggies of Elmer Palmer, Samuel Powell, and Albert Downey. The act was discovered before starting home and no accidents occurred.
Victor Kessler of Vevay has an old French Bible printed in 1744.
James Riley resigned his position as toll keeper of the Mt. Sterling pike and has removed to Bennington.
Married in Vevay November 10th by Reverend J. C. Smith, Miss Jenie Phillips to Joseph D. Froman.
The Catholics now meet at the home of Joe Jickell in Vevay.
Selar Mead has been assigned to the Patriot Distillery as an official gauger.
140 YEARS AGO
Honorable F. J. Bellamy of Craig Township is dangerously ill.
An 18-month-old son of William Worstel residing near Center Square, fell last Sunday morning and fractured his skull. Though it is a dangerous wound, he will probably recover.
Joshua Wright and Miss Elizabeth Lanham, both of Craig Township, were married October 25th at the home of Mary McCallum.
B.F. Story of Warsaw and Miss Sarah Sneitcher of Florence were married November 3rd at the Vevay Hotel.
A son named Harry was born to Mr. and Mrs. Pryor Pavy of Fairview.
Josiah Jackman was paid $7 by the Vevay Council for measuring rock at the foot of Ferry Street.
William Smith has a peanut vine with 117 nuts on it.
150 YEARS AGO
Just as we go to press, we learn by telegraph that Lincoln has carried every state in the Union except Kentucky. The result in that state is doubtful.
Alfred Shaw, Dr. R.F. Ridgeway and Dr. E.R. Mullet are serving as trustees of the Vevay schools, with the following teachers in the various departments: High School, W.O. Wyant, principle and teacher, 37 enrolled; 1st Intermediate, Miss Mattie Wyant, teacher, 44 enrolled; 2nd Grammar, Miss Sallie James, teacher, 42 enrolled; Secondary Department, Miss Ada Nickels, teacher, 60 enrolled; 2nd Intermediate, Miss Hattie Hills, teacher, 52 enrolled; Primary, Miss Sophiah McCulloch, teacher, 52 enrolled.
161 YEARS AGO
William Daly, a Cincinnati tailor, advertises suits here of beautiful serge and worsteds, at 5 dollars each.
Isaac Stevens Jr., is selling a hundred barrels of fried peaches.