News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Both Cinergy/PSI Energy and American Electric Power are exploring the possibility of building new power plants; but officials for both companies say the plans are “very preliminary” at this point, and that this county is one of many different options being explored – but to say that Switzerland County is going to get a power plant is very premature.
Zachary Clarke of Florence has been cast in Kentucky Wesleyan College’s presentation of “Scapin”, a slapstick romantic comedy by Moliere. Zachary is the son of John and Janet Clarke and is a 2001 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
John and Emma Shackleford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary November 9th.
20 YEARS AGO
Monica Detraz Hensley of Vevay has received the American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibilities. The award was presented by Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing, Inc. Monica is a third year law student at Salmon P. Chase Law School in Covington, Kentucky. She works part-time in Lisa Rosenberger’s law office in Vevay. Monica is the daughter of Edsel and Bonnie Detraz of Vevay and resides on Market Street with her husband, Bobby Hensley.
Former Hanover College and one time Vevay High School basketball coach John Collier will be honored by the college with a new arena named in his honor. The John R. Collier Arena will be dedicated as a part of the new John and Anne Horner Health and Recreation Center, which will be officially opened on May 13th, 1995. John Collier coached the Vevay High School Warriors from 1951 until 1956, before moving on to coach at Brookville High School for 10 years. From there Collier went to Hanover College, where he was the head basketball coach from 1966 until his retirement is 1989. After ending his coaching career, Collier remained at Hanover as Director of Athletics until 1991.
30 YEARS AGO
As of Tuesday morning, Osborn’s Stores in Vevay were closed and plans made for the liquidation of all of the stock and fixtures. We’re just closing it up, “said owner Raymond Osborn.” “I am just going to take a little time and get out and live.” Osborn’s opened in Vevay 40 years ago and has been well known for its selection and ladies and men’s wear and also housed Switzerland County’s only shoe store. “Ozzie,” as the folks around the county know him best, said the closing of the store was a difficult decision, but he would still stay pretty busy with the store in Madison.
Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Brown of Moorefield will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sunday, November 18th.
A new feature premiering this week in the Vevay Newspapers is the Switzerland County Scrapbook. The Scrapbook is an effort to show some of the beauty of the old Switzerland County, and also to learn more about the people and places shown in these photographs.
40 YEARS AGO
Kevin Arnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Arnett, formerly of Vevay, was selected to play the tenor saxophone in the Illinois State District Junior band at Krannert Center. University of Illinois at Champaign, Illinois. Students from 100 Illinois school auditioned for the honor and about 200 junior high students were chosen to be in the band.
The 1974 tobacco crop is estimated at 1,963 billion pounds, 13 percent larger than last year, but about 47 million pounds less than forecast in October, the Agriculture Department said Monday. Most of the decline from October was in the flue-cured estimate, put at 1.2 billion pounds as of November 1st, compared with 1.3 billion indicated a month earlier.
50 YEARS AGO
Charles Pratt Jr., formerly of Vevay, recently accepted the superintendency of the Benton Community School Corporation and will assume the responsibilities of that post in the immediate future.
Dr. J. R. McKay, local dentist, was named chairman of a committee for a newly organized Cub Scout Pack at a meeting attended by nearly 50 boys and their parents at Vevay Methodist Church Monday night.
Donald E. Swanson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Swanson Jr., of route 3, Vevay has begun training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Stewart will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary November 29th at Brushy Fork Church.
Miss Judy Ann Lueking, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lueking, was initiated Saturday into the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Indiana University.
60 YEARS AGO
Norris E. Krall of Vevay is among 19 Indiana University Army R.O.T.C. senior cadets who have been designated Distinguished Military Students.
Residents of the Brooksburg community were in a dither over the weekend after an alligator which was sighted near an Indian-Kentuck Creek water hole Friday afternoon was tracked down and killed Sunday morning. The tropical creature measured nearly five feet long and how it reached its creek home has caused various speculation.
Misses Patty Jewell and Martha Ayler of near Vevay will sing on the Madison Radio Station WORX Saturday morning at 10 o’clock (CST) on the Weis Acres Program. The Ayler twins, Nona and Donna will also sing on the same program.
James E. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scott of Florence, was recently promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Scott is now serving with the 19th Infantry Regiment in Korea.
Miss Dollie Ann Reese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Reese, was crowned queen of the Patriot Trojans in a very impressive ceremony in the High School gym Friday evening. After the new queen was seated on the throne each of the Trojans advanced, knelt before her and touching them on the shoulder with her scepter, she gave them her blessing.
70 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Ora Scudder have purchased the Reed Restaurant on Main Street in Vevay from Mrs. Harry Reed and Mrs. Mavis McAllister. The restaurant was formerly owned by Mrs. Nancy Scott.
Sergeant John Courtney, the first man to enter the Army from Switzerland County under the Selective Service Act, is home form Italy on a 37-day furlough.
McKay Brothers of Lamb have returned from Paducah, Kentucky, bringing back in a new ferry boat which will be used in their trade between Lamb and Carrollton, Kentucky.
Born, a son, Richard Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sullivan of Center Square.
Born, November 9th, a son, Allen Rand, to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Coy of Aberdeen.
80 YEARS AGO
Miss Grace Martin of Vevay and Robert Farrel of near Moorefield were married in Madison Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Noal Arney and family have vacated their store in Moorefield and left Friday to spend the winter in Florida.
The barn of David Glenn on McGregor’s Ridge was destroyed by fire Thursday morning just as he had finished shredding corn. All the contents were destroyed including 100 bushels of corn, 100 shocks of fodder and a number of farming tools.
The 57th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Phillips was celebrated Saturday, November 5th, with a family dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are the parents of 10 children, all living, and 22 grandchildren.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brindley of Moorefield.
90 YEARS AGO
Fred Moody, formerly of Vevay, now of Fullerton, Kentucky and Miss Ruby Steagall of Olive Hill, Kentucky were married November 6th.
Mrs. Charles O’Day residing near Vevay, picked fresh butter beans out of their garden on November 7th.
With Christmas but six weeks off flowers are still in bloom in many places in Switzerland County.
A surprise dinner was given Sunday, November 9th, for Tommy O’Day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Holdcroft, it being his 91st birthday.
Howard John and Ola Coleman of Gallatin County, Kentucky were married recently at the Court House by Reverend F.F. Hammel.
Chester, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scudder of Posey Township had the thumb and first two fingers of his left hand blown off when he attempted to light a dynamite cap.
Born, November 10th, a daughter to Everett Kinman and wife of Posey Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Reverend Samson Cox, only regularly assigned Vevay minister, has resigned his pastorate at the Christian Church,
County Health Officer, Dr. L.H. Bear, has issued a warning on eating infected rabbit.
Lee Wright underwent a successful operation in a Cincinnati hospital.
The steam boats are refusing livestock shipments on account of hoof and mouth disease.
L.E. Smith is acting as cashier of the National Bank in the absence of A. J. Porter.
110 YEARS AGO
The Vevay wharfboat has been sold by Captain M.I. Hissern to James H. Curry and his brother-in-law, W.P. Switzer. The purchase price is reported to be about $8,000. Messers. Marshall and W.E. Benedict will probably continue to mange the business.
Captain Hissern attended the meeting of the Ohio Valley Improvement Association at Parkersburg, West Virginia this week.
On November 24th, the young ladies of the city will give a Leap Year dance at the Opera House.
Turkeys are bringing 12 1/2 cents per pound on foot. Thanksgiving will come high but we must have it.
The teachers of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades at Vevay will give an entertainment after Thanksgiving to raise money to purchase a piano for the school.
C.B. Johnson, Marshal for the 4th Congressional District of Indiana, was here Tuesday to get the official vote.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Bakes have issued invitations to attend the marriage of their daughter Bernice to Mr. William E. Poston at their home on Indian Creek at 8 o’clock on November 23rd.
Hiram Ogle of Mt. Sterling boasts that he has voted a straight political ticket for 60 years. He cast his first vote in 1844 for Henry Clay, voted the Whig ticket until 1856 when John C. Fremont was the candidate and has voted the straight Republican ticket ever since.
“Dode” Murphey left on the Hattie Brown Saturday for Champaign, Illinois where he has a position.
Mrs. Maude Copeland and daughters Aldean and Janette of Moorefield have gone to Springfield, Ohio to visit her sister, Mrs. Will Tait.
Miss Lola Force of English, Kentucky, has come to attend the marriage of her nephew, Joseph B. Hartman to Miss Madge Culbertson, both of Moorefield.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Dennis celebrated their golden wedding Sunday.
The football game slated to come off Saturday at Patriot with Rising Sun failed to materialize.
120 YEARS AGO
The honest man puts the smallest apples at the top of the barrel.
Marriage licenses from October 1st to November 13th. John Trantman and Celina Heady; Clarence Protsman and Melinda Cole; Harry Steele and Mattie Palmer; Cyrus Bodle and Della Worstelle; Henry W. Harrison and Hattie O. Dailey; Harry H. Golay and Mertie L. Bledsoe; Gus Therp and Katie Fuller; Clarence Stevens and Ella Allen; James Shipman and Sarah Perkins; Nathan Stewart and Lydia Jump; Edward Wood and Mary E. Wood; Jasper Counson and Edith Moores; James Taylor and Martha Wells; James W. Demaree and Katie W. Higginson; William J. Ayers and Minnie Chandler; Walter S. Wilson and Effie M. Lostutter; William Harding and Mary J. Gottemiller; Frank A. Truesdell and Florence E. Houze; Jacob F. Perceful and Cora B. Jewel; Daniel Hon and Beulah B. Green; Amie M. Miller and Lydie E. Sigmon.
140 YEARS AGO
Eli Rayl of Vevay has traded his farm near Florence to James Stewart near Moorefield for a mill in Moorefield and a farm nearby.
The residence of W.C. Froman near Mt. Sterling caught fire one day last week. The flames were extinguished before much damage was done.
Orsen Potter and Miss Anna Miller were married November 5th at the home of the bride’s father near Vevay.
Samuel Doolittle and Miss Samantha Ellis were married November 5th at the home of the bride’s parents on Brushy Fork.
150 YEARS AGO
Last Thursday evening a number of the loyal citizens of Craig Township held a Union Jollification meeting at the Spring Branch Church. A program of speeches and music was presented and the editor of this paper, W.J. Baird, was given a gold ring in appreciation of the support given by him and this paper to the Union ticket in the election just past.
Arrangements are being made by the Soldier’s Aid Society, citizens and various missions of Louisville, Kentucky, to furnish a Thanksgiving dinner to the sick and wounded in hospitals in and around this area and funds are being solicited from Switzerland County residents. W. D. Gibson, Patriot and J. K. Pleasants will receive contributions for this county.
The ladies of the Presbyterian Society will give an entertainment at the Odd Fellows Hall in Vevay Thursday, December 15th. The proceeds will be applied to seating and furnishing the upper room of the church.
The ladies of the Methodist Church of Vevay will give a supper December 23rd and 24th at the U.P. Schenck hall for the purpose of raising money to assist in erecting a fence around the church.