News compiled by Ginny Leap
from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School science teacher Bonnie Fancher was honored with a $1,000 award from the Dow Corning Foundation at Monday night’s meeting of the school board. On hand to make the presentation was Steve Crabtree, Switzerland County resident and Dow Corning employee. The grant will be used to continue student studies on the watershed that Bonnie Fancher has been leading.
When Tracy Caddell was hired as the superintendent of schools for Switzerland County more than three years ago, one of the directives that the school board gave him in his new position was to increase graduation requirements and standards so that county students would get the best possible education. At Monday night’s meeting of the school board, a new measure was put into place to do just that. On he recommendation of the superintendent, along with high school principal Derek Marshall and director of guidance Denise Loaring, the school board officially adopted the State of Indiana’s Core 40 curriculum requirements as the “default curriculum” for high school students. That means that graduating students here will either follow the track of earning an Academic Honors Diploma; or they will achieve a Core 40 Diploma.
20 YEARS AGO
Bernard Joseph Mohr has been accepted as a student at Nashville Auto-Diesel College in Nashville, Tennessee. He will begin his studies in October of 1995. The son of Arnold and Georgann Mohr of near Pleasant, he is a 1994 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
With Indiana’s 1995 legislative session soon to begin, newly elected State Representative Cleo Duncan is encouraging local students to serve as pages.
Circuit Court Judge Ted Todd took his oath of office last Saturday morning while holding his new grandson, Logan. Also attending the ceremony were Judge Todd’s son David and his wife Angie Harlow Todd, who are Logan’s parents.
30 YEARS AGO
First, the street lights were going off. Now, they may stay on. Well, at least some of them. At last week’s meeting of the Vevay Town Board, the main point of discussion was the streetlight problems facing the town of Vevay. The ultimate decision on which street lights to turn off will be left to Public Service Indiana in order to get the maximum amount of illumination and also will be the most efficient.
In an effort to help alleviate some of the financial problems that the town of Vevay is facing for 1985, the U.S. Shoe Corporation Friday donated $8,000 to the general fund of the Town. The money will go toward maintaining police protection and street lights in the city of Vevay. The company made the donation out of concern for citizen and employee protection in the town.
40 YEARS AGO
A distance that covers 90 years in time is just a stone’s throw for Maggie Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was 90 years old Friday, and if she had wanted to, she could have walked out into the front yard of her present home and looked down the street in the place where she was born, back on December 27th, 1884. She has spent almost the whole 20th Century living a full life at 516 Walnut Street, and virtually all of her 90 years in the town of Vevay.
President Gerald Ford is expected to sign into law this week legislation authorizing $2.5 million for the Markland Dam bridge project.
James Bond of Ghent, Kentucky, isn’t licensed to kill, like his glamorous movie namesake, but he tries to emulate the secret agent created by writer Ian Fleming in as many other respects as he can. The James Bond at Ghent drives a car whose license number ends in “007,” which was the movie Bond’s identification number. Like the Hollywood Bond, the Ghent Bond often takes a person for “a ride” – except that he does it as one of the pilots on the Ghent ferry, which takes people across the river to Vevay.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. McKay of Vevay announce the engagement of their daughter Lois to Mr. Gary Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guerin Henry of Saylor Park, Ohio. Miss McKay is a senior at Switzerland County High School. Mr. Henry is a senior at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.
Howard Hazeldean is one of 15 Indiana State University students selected to perform with a newly-organized musical group, the ISU Bluenotes.
A full-time counseling service for Switzerland County has been established by the Community Mental Health Center of Lawrenceburg. The Switzerland County Counseling Service offers its counseling services to any Switzerland County resident requesting them.
70 YEARS AGO
Hiram Van Dorin passed away at his home in Patriot last week, death being due to a heart attack which he suffered after a long illness.
Miss Roberta Rieman and Pvt. Amos Hastings were united in marriage December 24th at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Frank Reed.
Miss Roberta Jeanne Griswold, daughter of Robert Griswold, received her commission the past week as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps.
Three more Switzerland County boys are on the missing and wounded list. Marvin Wilson, Fireman First Class, is listed as missing in action and Pfc. Norman L. McClellan and Pfc. Carroll Gibbons are reported as slightly wounded in action.
90 YEARS AGO
Chester Ferrel, formerly of this county but now of Indianapolis, was seriously injured December 29th when he was run over by a two-ton load of lumber.
The Vevay Battery has exceeded its quota of men and no recruiting will be done until further notice.
100 YEARS AGO
Tobacco is averaging $9.16 on the loose leaf floors.
There were 58 more births than deaths in the county in 1914.
Mrs. Effie Works is very ill at her home in East Enterprise.
The Culbertsons are paying $1.20 for wheat.
William E. Ogle is traveling for the International Harvester Company.
Little Charles Lamson is recovering from the effects of a recent fall.
Forrest Teats of the businessmen’s basketball team suffered a cracked rib while playing.
110 YEARS AGO
The steamers Golden Gate, Hattie Brown, Blue Wing, White Dove, the ferry boat Leon and the Eisenbarth-Henderson showboat are all laid up in the Kentucky River on account of ice.
Died in Hanover December 27th, William A. Graham, 75, native of Vevay.
The Vevay Bar is covered with water for the first time in several months.
Died near Moorefield December 18th, Mrs. Maria Manford McCulloch, 72, prominent lady.
Floyd, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Valentine, died near Mt. Sterling.
Died in Harper, Kansas, Mrs. Eliza Ayers, formerly of Cotton Township.
Died in Dearborn County December 22nd, John Humphrey of the Allensville community.
Robert Danner has removed his sawmill to Moorefield.
Died December 27th near Sugar Branch, Fred and Cora Aldred.
Married near Aaron January 1st, Miss Minie Stout and Robert Lewis of Pleasant.
120 YEARS AGO
Died in Vevay December 26th, Victor Kessler, aged 69 years, pioneer citizen.
Died in Vevay December 30th, Miss Lena M. Tower, aged 11 years.
Reverend J. Cary Smith is pastor of the Vevay Christian Church.
The home of Mrs. Mary Gardner was destroyed by fire.
140 YEARS AGO
George Valentine, a young man of Bennington, accidentally shot himself through the hand, which was amputated.
Married at Bennington, Catherine Shadday to John Neal, Jr.
The Vevay, Mt. Sterling, and Versailles turnpike took in $215.46 during December.
Switzerland Lodge F and A M elected the following officers: W.H. Adkison, S.W.J. Faulkner, J. W. Julius Blach, Josiah Jackman, Theodore Livings.
Married December 11th, by Justice Bryson, Miss Mary A. Cunningham of Cotton Township and John Buchanan of York Township.
Married December 27th by Justice Bryson, Miss Emma Keith and George Scott.
Married December 23rd, by Justice Bryson, Miss Amanah Dickason to Millard F. Keith.
Married December 27th, by Reverend Seyson, Miss Amana Dickason to James A. Oak.
Died in Vevay January 1st, Perrett J. Hatch, aged 35 years.
150 YEARS AGO
As we promised our readers, we commence our new volume enlarged. We have no promises to make our subscribers in regard to the future course of our paper, other than we will be, as we have, ever been, unconditionally for our government. We believe rowdies, gamblers, and whiskey sellers are cankering sores in society and we expect to “show them up” whenever the spirit moves us to do so. We shall advocate what we believe to be right.
About 12 o’clock on the night of December 23rd, the warehouse of Grisard and Brothers was completely destroyed by fire. Due to a strong wind it was feared the business portion of the town would be consumed. This destruction of property was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary as there was never a fire in the warehouse. Two men were seen loitering about the building just about the time the fire broke out and are believed to be the members of a band of incendiaries.
Guerrillas have been visiting Ghent very often of late, robbing persons in Ghent and vicinity.