News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Historic Landmarks of Indiana has released its 2003 list of the “Top 10 Endangered Historic Landmarks in Indiana,” and again this year the City Roller Mills building located behind the Switzerland County Courthouse in Vevay is on the list. The building has been included on the list for the past few years because it may be demolished by the county to make way for a new county jail. Although plans are being designed for a new jail, no official word on the fate of the building has been announced by county officials.
Bill and Betty Uhlman of Cross Plains will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 5th.
The newest unrestricted fund of the Ohio Couny Community Foundation honors the dream of a Quercus Grove, Indiana couple who created a golf course on 70 acres of their family farm in Switzerland County. The work of Ralph and Evelyn Galbreath has been honored with the “Galbreath Vineyard Memorial Endowment Fund.”
20 YEARS AGO
Jennifer Allen of Vevay has earned her Certified Medical Assistant credential by passing the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination. She is a graduate of the medical assisting program at Ivy Tech College Southeast in Madison.
Betty Bovard has been named Switzerland County’s community contact person for the regional Private Industry Council. PIC works to promote job creation and business-industrial development throughout an 11-county area of southeastern Indiana. Betty Bovard directs the Switzerland County Employment and Training Center in Vevay.
Pam Lucas of near Moorefield is headed to Nshville, Tennessee to make a demo record. She’s hoping for a career as a country and western music singer. Pam, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Watkins, of near Fairview, will make a record at a Music Row recording studio next week, and her record will be sent to radio stations and recording studios throughout the country.
Lieutenant Ken Wilkerson, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Curry of near Moorefield, has graduated from the Navy Nurse Corps program at George Washington University with a bachelor of science in nurse anesthesia. He is currently on staff at Naval Hospital Portsmouth and is assigned to the USS Eisenhower as the sole anesthesia provider and is also serving as a clinical instructor.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Harlow of Vevay announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Renae Harlow, to David Bentley Todd, son of Judge and Mrs. Ted R. Todd, of Hanover. A May wedding is planned.
30 YEARS AGO
Pacer Coach Wayne Daugherty was named Co-Coach of the Year by the Madison Courier and All-Conference player Sheri Alexander was voted as Most Valuable Player.
Are quails becoming extinct? Not yet. But if we continue as we are, starving them to death, then it won’t be very long. Leonard Jordan, of the Soil and Water office, says Carroll “Hokey” Holdcroft came in to his office and Hokey has some tips on crops to plant for the quail population to increase.
40 YEARS AGO
Vevay’s contribuion to the Silver Screen – western actor Ken Maynard, the first singing cowboy and one of the most popular Hollywood horse opera stars of all time – died Friday in California. Born July 21st, 1895, in a faame house at what is now 505 Liberty Street, Ken Maynard moved to Columbus, Indiana, when he was three years old. The fact of Maynard’s Vevay origin was established locally on March 6th, 1930, when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Maynard, visited the office of The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise for a chat with James K. “Kirby” Danglade, its editor and publisher. They stated that their son was born in the Liberty Street home, then owned by Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Leap and now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Tucker.
Mrs. Tanya Curry has purchased the Fabric and Sew Shop in Vevay assuming ownership and direction of the business this week. Mrs. Curry, formerly advertising manager for The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat, purchased the business from Mrs. Georganna Curl, who has operated the shop for two years.
Mrs. Miriam J. Wiley, 66, of route 1, Florence, passed away March 22nd at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a three-week illness.
Mrs. Mary Mattie McClellan, 69, of Florence passed away Friday at Deaarborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
George J. Bosaw, 59, of Vevay passed away Friday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a three-day illness.
Carl Scranton Bodey, 67, passed away March 21st at his route 1, Patriot home.
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Judy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Friday with a quiet family get together at the Judy home near Fairview.
50 YEARS AGO
Will H. Gray quietly celebrated his 93rd birthday Monday at his home near Moorefield.
James L. Harris of rural route 1, Patriot, has completed a rural fire inspector course at Purdue University. The course was offered by national insurance companies and Purdue’s public safety institute.
John Baird, 92, who served as Jusice of the Peace in Vevay for nearly 30 years died Friday afternoon at his home on Pike Street. He had been ill the past two weeks from influenza and the infirmities of his age. Mr. Baird served as J.P. from 1934 until 1963 when he was suceeded by Don Stepleton. Previous to that he was employed as wharfmaster at the Vevay wharfboat for 25 years.
John McKenzie celebrated his 95th birthday St. Patrick’s Day.
60 YEARS AGO
The 90th birthday of Mrs. Viola Barker of Vevay was happily observed Sunday at the Galbreath Inn in Rising Sun where she is residing.
Charles Pratt of Vevay, who petitioned the Indiana Public Service Commiussion and the Interstate Commerce Commissin for a franchise to operate bus service from Madison to Cincinnati via Vevay, has to date failed to receive the go-ahead signal. Mr. Pratt has already procured a bus which will carry about 12 passengers and he is organized to put it into operation as soon as his franchise is granted.
70 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Scudder will quietly celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary at their home in Allensville April 4th.
Pursuant to Food Distribution Order 26, effective at midnight March 31st, any butcher or farmer who slaughters livestock for sale must have a slaughtering permit. All dealers who buy and sell livestock must have a permit and keep a record of all stock bought and sold.
“The Vevay Minutemen,” Junior Rifle Club, having received their first case of ammunition, began practicing in earnest last week. The honors, so far, go to Bob Furnish with a score of 49 out of a possible 50. Following close behind are Eileen Dorsey and Billy Owings with 48, Wayne Turner with 47, and Richard Noble and Beveridge Lock with 46 eadch.
Dr. Robert Stout, since graduaing from veterinary school, is assisting Dr. James Sharp at Moorefield.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Scott and son Tommy left Tuesday for Buffalo, New York where Mr. Scott will be employed by Armour and Company.
80 YEARS AGO
A break in the pipeline connecting the reservoir to the city water mains was discovered last week and is now being repaired.
James McKay, Civil War veteran, died at his home in Vevay Monday morning. Death came suddenly as the result of a heart attack although he had been in poor health for some time.
Paul Sullivan won the first Ping Pong tournament ever held in Vevay at the Armory on Tuesday night, defeating Edward Tilley, three out of five games in the final round.
Henry Buddenburg, aged 79 years, passed away at the home of his son, Roy, in Egypt Bottom Saturday, his illness dating from a fall which he suffered a short time ago.
Word has been received by relatives in Vevay of the death of Judge Lucian Shaw at his home in Glendale, California, at the age of 88 years.
Born, a daughter, Irma Janette, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wiseman.
90 YEARS AGO
Milo Gaudin and Opp Sieglitz will sever their connections with the Royal Theatre on May 1st when Riley Land, the owner, will assume management of the playhouse. Mr. Land has placed an order for a new picture machine, a new screen, and a new piano and will thoroughly overhaul the theater on May 1st.
The group of Vevay school children which traveled to Indianapolis Saturday to present “Speed the Plough”, an old fashined folk dance before a packed auditorium at the Manual Training High School, captivated their audience and in response to an overwhelming number of requests repeated their performance at the close of the program.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuhlman celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home near East Enterprise on March 23rd.
John Truitt has leased the Culbertson Brothers Flour Mill in Vevay and will take charge June 1st.
John D. Parker, known to everyone as “Uncle John,” passed away Sunday morning at the home of his nephew, Paul Parker, in Posey Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Never before in the history of this country has there occurred a storm in which the damage and loss of life have been so tremendous as that growing out of the deluge which began Sunday night and has continued almost without cessaion since. Nearly eight inches of water has fallen in the Ohio River Valley since 6 o’clock Monday morning and the state of Indiana and Ohio are one vast sea of water in Vevay, according to Miss Boerner, cooperative weather observer, 4.25 inches of rain fell from Monday morning at 6 o’clock until Tuesday noon.
Hiram Ogle, Sr., one of the oldest men in the county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Curry, in Vevay Friday morning of paralysis at the age of 92 years.
120 YEARS AGO
Aunt Peggy Wilson, mother of William Wilson and Mrs. E. P. Goddard of Quercos Grove, died last week, lacking but six months of being 100 years old.
Married at the residence of the bride’s father, Dorwin Marshall, March 26th, Mr. Herman F. Burkan to Miss Clara B. Marshall, both of Switzerlad County. M. Long Duplan, J.P. officiating.
Married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Charles Buschmann in Vevay Thursday, March 23rd, by Reverend J. A. Thompson, Mr. Edward T. Riggs and Miss Lorena E. Buschmann.
Licensed to marry – James L. Hendricks and Pearl Hon.
Died at Connersville, Indiana on March 25th of consumption. James Holden, formerly of Vevay, aged 30 years.
140 YEARS AGO
March 21st Jacob P. Rochat, aged 20 years, died at the home of his parents in Vevay.
Mary A. Grisard, four-year-old daughter of F. L. and Mary Grisard, died March 26th in Vevay.
Thomas L. Adams and Miss Lizzie L. Harris, both of Pleasant Township, were married March 13th at the residence of John Archer, Reverend I. B. Moore officiating.
William Arkinson, aged 69 years, died March 13th at Henry, Illinois. He was formerly a resident of Switzerland County.
150 YEARS AGO
Civil War news: Oscar P. Richey of Company C., 83rd Indiana Volunteers, died near Vicksburg March 9th. He was a citizen of Ohio and volunteered. He was a corporal in his company and his comrades give him the credit of being a good soldier. His family resides at Patriot.
Captain William Patton left here to join his regiment, the 3rd Indiana Cavalry, Monday. He obained 30 recruits, 20 of them from this county. It is astonishing how the people of this county volunteer. With a voting population of 2,500 before the war, we have sent over 1,200 men to the field.
In the list of recent promotions appears the name of William P. Ammen of Rabb’s Indiana Battery to the rank of Assitant Adjutant General with the rank of Captain. Young Ammen resided in Vevay some time previous to the war.
A dispatch from Washington contains the information that Admiral Farragut has safely made the passage by Port Hudson on the Mississippi in the frigate Hartford, his flagship with his whole fleet. The vessel Mississippi ran aground and by the Admiral’s order was abandoned and destroyed.
George Buchanan of Company D, 93rd Indiana, died March 1st of typhoid fever.
The Prioress has gone to Nashville again in government employ. So we have no packet again.