News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Daniel R. Clubb a senior at Switzerland County High School, has been admitted to Berea College.
Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Gillis was deployed this week to Afghanistan. He is the son of Susan Ervin of Vevay and Mike Gillis of Mississippi.
Mickie Lynn Furnish was inducted into the International Honor Society of Nursing in a ceremony held at the College of Mount S. Joseph in Cincinnati.
Switzerland County High School Senior Patience Meyer signed a national letter of intent Monday morning to attend Saint Joseph College of Indiana in Rensselaer. Saint Joseph’s is an NCAA Division II Program.
Wilma Swango, Bill Roberts and Duane Cole win school board seats. Jim Phipps runs unopposed for the second term.
20 YEARS AGO
Jennifer Baker, a 1990 graduate of Switzerland County High School, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville last Saturday. Jennifer, daughter of Ron and Pat Baker of East Enterprise, has been a member of the Trebletones, the college concert choir that has toured throughout the southeast. After graduation Jennifer will continue to reside in Nashville where she will be teaching kindergarten at Woodbine Christian Academy.
Matthew Tyler Rook was born Saturday, April 23rd, to Matthew and Kathy Rook of near Florence. He has a sister, Aireal.
Caleb Hall is the winner of the 1994 Switzerland County Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby. Each boy carved and painted his own car, and Caleb’s work was judged the finest. Others placing high in the competition were Adam Sheets, second; Danny James, third; and Neal Smith, fourth.
30 YEARS AGO
Pat Lanman was named editor of the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat. He replaced Nelson Kinnett.
Kennneth Roberts was Switzerland County High School’s first Merit Scholarship finalist.
Miss Linda Lee Bennitt, 22, formerly of Switzerland County, was found dead Monday in a school yard about 20 blocks from the apartment where she resided in Merrillville, near Gary, in northern Indiana. She was the daughter of Joan King of Vevay.
Mr and Mrs. James F. Gullion celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends last Saturday, April 28th, at the home of their son, Butch.
Switzerland County has a contestant in the 1984 Miss Madison Regatta beauty pageant. She is Carla Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlysle Armstrong, route one, Bennington.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Bessie Rieman, 80, of route 2, died Friday at the Dillsboro Manor nursing home.
The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise has been nominated for an Indiana State Teachers Association award for its coverage of educational news during the past year.
The oldest voter in Switzerland County Tuesday was a young man named William Morrison, who will celebrate his 98th birthday on June 2nd. Mr. Morrison cast his first vote for William Jennings Bryan for President in 1900, and he’s been voting Democrat ever since.
50 YEARS AGO
Construction is expected to begin in the next three weeks on the Patriot water system.
A big step forward in the financial and industrial growth of Switzerland County began Monday as ground was broken at Markland Dam for the construction of a $20 million hydro-electric generation station by Public Service Company of Indiana. The proposed plant, located at the northmost pier of the completed dam just east of Markland and 6 miles east of Vevay, upon completion will be the largest single source of hydro-electric energy in Indiana.
Mrs. Lovina C. Bakes, 85, whose home was on Main Street in Vevay died Tuesday in Emminence, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Cole of Moline, Illinois announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Dianne Royce, to Michael J. Lynch of Santa Rosa, California. Miss Cole is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Cole of Vevay.
60 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County residents were shocked and saddened Friday morning when they learned Ralph T. Baatz of Allensville, well known young farmer and veteran of World War II, had died in the Madison hospital after an illness of only a few hours.
John W. Scudder, 87, a prominent farmer and retired school teacher of York Township, died at the home of his son, Edwin, near East Enterprise about 10 o’clock Monday morning after a short illness.
Delmer Asbury, a respected young farmer of Pleasant Township, died at his home there Tuesday evening from the effect of a heart attack he had suffered a few hours previously.
70 YEARS AGO
George W. Green, aged 89 years, a native of Switzerland County, died April 23rd at the home of his son, Charles, in Greenfield, Indiana.
Miss Mae Bennett of Florence and Robert Kinman of near Antioch were married Thursday, May 4th, at Newport, Kentucky, by Reverend Arthur T. Tipton.
Born, May 8th a son to Mr. and Mrs Dwight McKenzie.
Both major political parties of Switzerland County held their reorganizational meeting here Saturday with Carl Storie, Republican, and Leland S. Courtney, Democrat, being reelected chairman of the respective central committees, Both Mrs. Matilda Shadday, Democrat, and Mrs. Alma Burke, Republican, were reelected county vice-chairman.
Miss Harriet Furnish of Florence has entered Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati for nurses training.
Miss Lottie Jenkins of Georgetown, Indiana and Irvin E. Hanning of Chandler, Indiana, were united in marriage at the Patriot Methodist Church in Patriot Sunday by Reverend Arthur Jean, brother-in-law of the bride.
Sergeant Robert I. Parker of Patriot was married to Miss Anna M. Fritz of Compton California, in a ceremony performed April 8th.
80 YEARS AGO
Born, Thursday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Gurley.Charles L. Cox, for many years a resident of Vevay, passed away at his home near Macedonia Church in Jefferson County Wednesday evening.
Switzerland County lost another respected citizen in the death of Edgar Gilbert, which occurred in a Cincinnati hospital Friday, May 4th, following an appendicitis operation. He lacked but three days of being 54 years of age.
Goerge Vinup, who formerly lived in the Fairview neighborhood, died in a Cincinnati hospital Sunday, May 5th.
Several pair of Texas quail were released in various places in the county Sunday by members of the Switzerland County Fish and Game Club.
James S. Hall who formerly lived in Vevay, passed away at his home in Elkins, North Carolina, Tuesday evening following an operations for appendicitis.
Thurston Netherland, fine old gentleman of Craig Township, died at his home there following a heart attack.
Mrs. Emma Vorkroker died at her home north of Aaron Friday morning following an illness of several days.
John A. Works, who was born in Vevay about 65 years ago, died at his home in San Diego, California May 3rd.
Entering a city wide voice contest in Fort Worth, Texas, recently, Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Bennett individually obtained first prizes for male and female voices, respectively. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are natives of this county.
Mrs. Dora Baatz, aged 84 years, died at her home in Florence Sunday after a brief illness following a fall she suffered several days ago.
90 YEARS AGO
A new bridge over Indian Creek is to be erected during the present year by the State Highway Commission.
Will Land has opened a tin shop in the room next to Mrs. Bledsoe’s millinery store.
Born, a daughter, Hazel Jane, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barnes.
Miss Alma Leatherbury and William Ritchie, both of Drake’s Ridge, were married Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Manuel.
Edgar Miles and Miss Nora Thatcher were married Saturday, May 3rd, at Versailles.
Mrs. Harry Givens, aged 52, died at his home in Vevay Saturday morning following an illness of some nine years.
Mrs. Edgar Cheevers, Jr.; aged 32 years, died at her home near East Enterprise Saturday morning. She had been in ill health the past two weeks following the birth of a child.
100 YEARS AGO
Eugene Simonton and Ed Bromwell of Florence were drowned in the Ohio River when their boat capsized in the waves of the towboat Boaz.
Abraham Johnson suffered a dislocated hip when a horse he was riding ran away on the Vevay hill.
The Vevay school enumeration, taken by Lee Wright, shows 144 males and 138 females.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan King, on the Charles Danner farm below Vevay, was destroyed by fire.
Harry Lyons was reappointed truant officer for the county schools.
The barn belonging to Harvey Cole of near Fairview was struck by lightning and burned.
James A. Works delivered a fine horse to parties in Binghamton, New York.
Died in Scotch Settlement April 26th, Harvey Manford, aged 38 years.
110 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Ice Company plant is being offered for sale.
James Aldred of near Mount Sterling was stricken with an attack of rheumatism.
The Andrew Sigmons purchased a new organ from Enoch Adams.
Vinton North of Goose Creek underwent a successful stomach operation in Cincinnati.
Died in Indianapolis May 7th, Mrs. Belle Jester Steese, formerly of Moorefield.
John Conner is building a home at East Enterprise.
The Patriot Mercantile Building has been completely reroofed by E. S. Couch and Company.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. C. G. Boemer will leave Sunday night for Saratoga, New York, as Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, which convenes in that city May 17th.
Mr. J.E. Williams has sold his one half interest in the wharf boat to Mr. John Cox of Carrollton, Kentucky.
Miss Eva Long, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Will Long of Franklin, Indiana, died Sunday night at her parents home in the 23rd year of her age.
Licensed to marry, Elmer E. Smith and Effie G. Wainscott.
A baseball nine has been organized at Fairview by the 14-year-old boys to lay with only those of their size and age.
140 YEARS AGO
James Mitchell, 13-year-old boy, and his mother Mrs. Mellisa Mitchell, were arrested Monday and charged with first degree murder. The boy, at the command of his mother, shot and killed Joseph Gray when he knocked at their door one night last week. Bail was fixed at $3,000..
Last Wednesday morning the courthouse at Rising Sun was discovered to be on fire. The fire was confined to the offices on the first floor and the books and records were badly damaged. The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.
Last Monday while Benjamin F. Keeney was engaged in putting shingles on his father’s hay barn at Patriot, he slipped and fell to the ground a distance of 18 feet. His head was severely bruised and he was injured internally.
Thomas Land and Miss Hattie Wright of Florence were married Sunday, evening, April 26th.
Mrs Olive Bradford died April 20th in Madelia, Minnesota. Until about seven years ago Mrs. Bradford was a resident of Switzerland County.
The funeral of Mrs. McCreary, an aged lady who died at Florence last January, will be preached at Florence Church Sunday, May 17th.