News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Members of the county council, the endowment corporation, and the school board were honored before the start of Friday’s girls varsity basketball game. The new expansion at the high school provides state-of-the-art locker room facilities for both boys and girls athletics; a weight room; an athletic training room to treat injuries; and concession and restroom facilities for fans. The expansion was paid for by the Switzerland County Endowment Corporation using revenue sharing funds from Belterra.
Whitney Leatherbury, daughter of Douglas and Susan Leatherbury of Salem, Indiana and granddaughter of Pearl Leatherbury of Vevay; has been crowned the Queen of the “Patriotic Summertime Pageant” in Lewisport, Kentucky. She also earned first place in the pageant as most photogenic and having the prettiest smile. The honor qualifies her to compete in the Kentucky State Pageant, which will be held in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this month. She is a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.
Students at Switzerland County High School recently participated in the “Voice of Democracy” contest. Laura Hoskins was first place winner while Amanda Roberts was the second place finisher.
20 YEARS AGO
Sales got off to a good start Monday as the new tobacco marketing season opened Monday. At Madison the opening day’s average was $1.84, about the same price as last year’s opening price. The opening day’s average on the Carrollton market was $1.83, just a half-cent more than last year’s opening price.
The Switzerland County High School Drama Club will present the play, “The Rainmaker,” next month.
The Switzerland County Park and Recreation Board has been sent a check for $3,720 by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It is the state’s final reimbursement to the county for the Markland Dam Park project.
30 YEARS AGO
Prices were better than expected for the opening of burley sales on the Madison tobacco market. Because of the large tobacco crop this year, prices were predicted to be lower and a large amount of burley was expected to be in the pool.
As of Monday, November 22nd, there were 425 confirmed deer “taken” according to State Conservation Officer Steve Gerber. The largest deer to be killed so far this season was registered by Ronald Mitchell of Ohio. The buck had a 17 point rack and weighed 220 pounds.
40 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s tobacco farmers, hoping for sky-high burley prices this year, were disappointed in market prices for the first two days of sales. Talk had pegged prices at around 85 to 90 cents a pound, and even higher. But Monday’s high average was around the 81-cent mark at tobacco warehouses in Carrollton and Madison, and the bet price local people were talking about was 84 cents.
A former Patriot area resident has returned to his home area after more than 31 years’ absence. Deward G. Devers and his wife Mary have purchased the former Hobbs General Store at Quercus Grove from Mrs. Bina Hobbs. They took ownership Saturday and have renamed the business Devers General Store.
50 YEARS AGO
The go-ahead for construction of new indoor rest rooms at York Township Elementary School has been given by the interim board of Switzerland County School Corporation. York is the only school in Switzerland County without indoor rest rooms.
Mr. and Mrs. George Morris of Bennington, Indiana, will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary November 16th.
Janet Cook, senior at Patriot High School, was crowned Patriot-Posey 1962 basketball queen. She was crowned by Team Captain Bucky Gould Friday night.
60 YEARS AGO
Buford Harlow narrowly escaped losing his right hand last week when it became caught in an electric saw which he was operating at the Slawson Implement Company shop of which he is manager.
Robert Dale, 11-month-old baby son of Mrs. Beatrice Flinn of Vevay was released from Riley Hospital in Indianapolis Monday after undergoing an operation on Sunday for the removal of a foreign body from his right lung.
The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Romans was observed with open house at their home in Vevay Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Elizabeth Peters, 78, for many years a highly respected resident of this county passed away at the Galbreath Nursing Home in Rising Sun on Sunday following a long period of ill health.
70 YEARS AGO
A large tobacco and hay barn on the farm of Ray Barnes on Greenbriar Ridge was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning.
An “unknown Friend” is responsible for making available Bibles for all service men which may be procured at the Selective Service office here.
80 YEARS AGO
The motor boat owned by Jesse Lock, which was anchored below the wharf landing, was badly damaged Monday evening by the steamer Tom Greene while the boat was maneuvering to make a landing.
Oliver P. Courtney, former county official, teacher and editor of The Switzerland Democrat, died at his home in Vevay Saturday morning following a long period of ill health.
90 YEARS AGO
The river road through Switzerland County from Vevay to the Ohio County line was definitely established last week as a state highway.
County Clerk Jesse P. Curry has issued 300 hunting licenses this fall and is still in the midst of the rush.
Miss Goldie A. Rogers and Leonard J. Washmuth were married in Madison November 11th by Reverend Marshall.
Mrs. Mary Oak died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Cleeter of Aaron, following a short illness of pneumonia.
100 YEARS AGO
Albert Lumer of Santa Fe Bottom finished making sorghum molasses last week for this season. He made 400 gallons.
Mrs. Jacob Hizer died at his home near Bear Branch November 13th.
Miss Viola Shannon of North’s Landing and Charles Dunman of Boone County, Kentucky, were married November 8th.
Robert Slate of Vevay and Miss Lou Smyth of La Porte, Indiana, were married October 29th.
120 YEARS AGO
Captain J. E. Williams has purchased the tug, Ghent, from William M. Longstreth of Louisville and James W. Abbott of Patriot.
Died in Birmingham, Alabama, Mary E. Gooden Booth, widow of Levi R. Booth, former pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church.
Died near Vevay Wednesday, November 23rd, James Corns, aged 40 years.
Mrs. Sarah Hulley Cotton, wife of Perry K. Cotton, died at her home near Moorefield November 23rd, dying on her 52nd birthday.
Licensed to marry – John C. Walker and Alvena Phillips; Buford Bond and Ida Mason; Robert W. Armstrong and Clara B. Waltz; Ollie Pontis and Sallie Sturgeon; James S. McKenzie and Lillie Higgins.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Saturday about 11 o’clock a two story brick house in Craig Township belonging to R. A. Knox was destroyed by fire caused by sparks falling on the roof of the house. A few articles were saved.
Wednesday the Hatch house on Main and Liberty streets was discovered to be on fire. The fire department soon extinguished the blaze and the only damage done was a part of the roof being burned.
150 YEARS AGO
Hernandon, Mississippi has been occupied by the Union troops. The rebels are said to be fortifying Jackson, Mississippi, large reinforcements being brought in from Arkansas.
There are at present 28 military hospitals around the Louisville falls, 19 of which are located in Louisville and the remainder in New Albany.
The government has rented a farm of 500 acres near Maltoon, Illinois, and is sending large numbers of cavalry horses there for the purpose of giving them flesh.
After an unprecedented drought, having no rain since the second week in July, on Monday the rainy season set in and we have had 72 hours of almost constant rain. A big river may now be expected.