News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The post office at Bennington will remain open on a month to month basis – fending off talk about discontinuing to have a post office in the community. Wanda Carter, the officer in charge of the Bennington Post Office says that she hopes that everyone will find a way to keep the post office open into the future. She and other postal officials were pleased that about 40 people turned out for the public meeting on Monday night to hear about options for keeping the post office open.
Amanda Getz and Dan McAlister were crowned as the Queen and King of the Switzerland County High School Prom Saturday night. This year’s prom was held on a riverboat that cruised the Ohio River, and was followed by after prom activities in the high school gym.
Clint May will graduate this month from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is the son of Reno and Kathy May of near Pleasant.
Raschel Bovard will graduate this month from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an associate’s degree in sociology. She plans to attend graduate school beginning this fall and hopes to earn her master’s degree and ultimately a doctorate. Her parents are Glenn Bovard and Robin Bovard.
Elizabeth Hon won the musical curtain act at this year’s Switzerland County Share-The-Fun. She will compete a the Area I Share-The-Fun at South Dearborn High School Friday night. She will be performing “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes.
Stephanie Springer and Terry Gayle have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. She is the daughter of Robert and Nancy Springer of East Enterprise. He is the son of the late Louise Gayle and the late Billy Gayle.
20 YEARS AGO
Harvey and Pauline Black of Mount Sterling will celebrate their 30th anniversary next week. They were married May 11th, 1963.
Molli Bovard of Vevay will participate in the “Calendar Girl Dream Challenge” next week at the Lucayan Resort Casino in Freeport, the Bahamas.
A $350 million steel mill will be built along the Ohio River above Ghent, Kentucky, employing 400 people in high-paying, high-tech jobs. Two Canadian steel companies, Dofasco, Inc., and Co-Steel, Inc., will build and operate the plant. It is the second steel mill in the last two years to locate along the river near Ghent.
Switzerland County High School’s Social Studies team placed third in Class III of the Hoosier Academic Super Bowl state finals. The team included Tim Juskiewicz, Adam Cole, Vincent Valenzuela and Jonathan Bond.
30 YEARS AGO
Roger Hilligoss, 17, of route 1, Florence, has been accepted by and given a full-ride scholastic scholarship to attend the United States Merchant Marines Academy in New York State.
According to Joe Roberts at the Markland Locks and Dam as of Tuesday afternoon the water level of the Ohio River had passed 46 feet and more than likely would rise even more. According to Don, a Soil Technician for the Soil and Water District Conservation Department, approximately 1,000 aces of planted corn is currently under water. At the present time there doesn’t seem to be serious flooding conditions, but if the rain continues, the situation could change quickly. The current flood stage for this part of the Ohio river is 51 feet.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Cole, of route 2, Dillsboro, announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter, Karen Sue, to Paul R. Kelleher, son of Gloria Kelleher of Agawam, Massachusetts, and Robert Kelleher of Hollywood, Florida. Paul is currently enrolled at Xavier University completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Karen is currently employed as Auditor of Switzerland County. The wedding will be at 5:30 p.m. slow time May 21st, at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.
40 YEARS AGO
Betty J. Griffin and John E. Mishler, both of Vevay, were married in a double-ring ceremony Friday evening at Mount Sterling Baptist Church. Reverend Ron Sandidge officiated. Following a weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee, the couple is now at home at 509 Ferry Street in Vevay.
Miss Vanessa J. Walston of Dillsboro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halbert L. Walston of Patriot, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy and will report soon to the Naval Training Center at Orlando, Florida for eight weeks of basic training. A graduate of Switzerland County High School, Miss Walston attended Southern Ohio College in Cincinnati. She’ll attend Advanced Electrical School while in the Navy.
Mrs. Nola B. Kennett, 72, of near Allensville, passed away Tuesday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held in Vevay Tuesday for Joe Brady, 72, who passed away suddenly Saturday at his 508 Seminary Street, Vevay home.
Vevay will be featured on a Cincinnati television station program May 27th. WCPO-TV’s regular series “Your Town,” shown each Sunday at 10 a.m. will focus on Vevay. The program will feature photographs of the town and interviews with local residents.
50 YEARS AGO
David Minks, Patriot-Posey High School senior, has passed all necessary tests for entry and is now fully qualified for admittance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Switzerland County’s Billie Ann Scudder is one of six southeastern Indiana high school students awarded a 1963 Dr. J. M. Jackson memorial nurse scholarship. Miss Scudder will take her training at Jewish Hospital.
Senator Vance Hartke of Indiana has written a federal agency urging approval of a $330,000 grant for a water system to serve Switzerland and Ohio counties.
Spring fishermen are on the go and the fish are biting, as proven by John McKenzie, Jr., of Vevay when he caught a 4 1/2 pound bass in a local farm pond. Measuring 20 inches in length, the bass was caught on minnows and a spin casting reel.
60 YEARS AGO
Bert Stepleton, 72, noted world War veteran and member of one of the earliest Switzerland County families, died in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia on April 20th.
Harvey Hamiilton, 88, a respected and lifelong resident of this county, passed away at his home in Center Square Friday evening following a long illness.
Dilver Eugene Clark, affectionately known to his family and friends as “Dibby”, passed away Friday night at 10 o’clock at his home in Vevay on t he eve of his 14th birthday. Everything possible had been done to prolong his life after he was stricken with leukemia early in January.
Two robberies occurred in Vevay Tuesday night, evidently officials think, committed by the same band of thieves. The Ken Williams Chevrolet Agency in the east end of town was entered through a back door and about $80 taken from a metal box in the office. In the early morning hours the VFW club room was entered and several bottles of liquor, 10 cartons of cigarettes and other items were taken.
70 YEARS AGO
WAAC Aux. Edna Cole Trapp of Mount Sterling who is stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, was one of the President’s honor guards down the Ceremonial Avenues during his visit there last week.
Miss Ada Mae Owings of Pleasant Township and Captain W. Pearce McClellan were married April 18h in Enterprise, Alabama, by Reverend Henry M. Andrews in the Methodist church of that city.
Lou Dibble, formerly of Patriot, passed away last week in Detroit.
Mrs. Thurs McKay, 96, widow of Butler McKay and native of Craig Township, passed away at her home in Indianapolis.
Mrs. Lincoln Clark died at her home near Fairview Saturday morning following an illness that had extended over a period of several months.
Born, a daughter, Martha Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kirkpatrick of Quercus Grove.
80 YEARS AGO
Dr. and Mrs. Louis Rabold have removed from Mt. Clements, Michigan to Vevay for residence. Dr. Rabold will open a dentist’s office in the Wiseman building on Main Street.
Edgar and Wilbur Baird have opened a new pottery store on lower Pike Street.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Duvall of Patriot.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cooper near Long Run.
Born April 14th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones of Quercus Grove.
Born, a son, Harold, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Romans of Aberdeen.
90 YEARS AGO
William Brameier has been appointed temporary postmaster at Florence to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Rosenberger.
100 YEARS AGO
Three wagon loads of typical gypsies, with their “trade” horses and crying babies, hit town Thursday morning and stayed long enough to make themselves obnoxious.
Switzerland County has no representation in the State Reformatory at Jeffersonville. It is one of five counties to make this enviable showing.
The new motor bus now operating between Ghent and Sanders has resulted in bringing the mail into Vevay nearly an hour earlier morning and noon.
Miss Emma Black and Sanford Hoheimer, both of Switzerland County, were married Friday at Warsaw, Kentucky, by Reverend Yeater.
Manley Chase and Miss Lillie Bailey of Center Square were married Saturday in Rising Sun.
120 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Deposit Bank is one year old. The financial infant of a year ago has developed into a sturdy institution, prosperous and strong, and enjoys and merits the full confidence of the business public.
Myers Vernon, who lives in the Moorefield neighborhood, was struck by lightning while coming from the field where he had been at work and instantly killed.
Born, a son to Perry and Inez Lockwood of Upper Grants Creek.
Married at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Knox in Vevay Wednesday, May 3rd, Miss Jeanette L. Knox and Mr. William H. Lickett of Madison. Ceremony was performed by Reverend Huckleberry of the Madison Baptist Church.
140 YEARS AGO
Hugh S. Pickett and Miss Susan Pelsor were married April 29th at the clerk’s office in Vevay.
Sarah Netherland, wife of the late Thurston Netherland, died April 24th in Craig Township. Mrs. Netherland was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1791 and came to this country in 1812 with her parents. They settled in Port William, now Carrollton, Kentucky, in 1813 and soon after moved to Indiana where she has since resided.
150 YEARS AGO
Practically all places of business in Vevay closed from the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aril 30th to comply with the proclamation of President Lincoln that the day be observed as one of thanksgiving and prayer. Religious services ere held at the Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m.