News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Jean Rose of Patriot hasn’t seen her nephew and niece in more than three decades; but all of that is about to change this weekend when nephew Clayton Scudder and niece Vickie Davis arrive for a visit. The two are the children of Jean’s brother, Raymond Scudder, a career military veteran who passed away in 1968.
Adriane Mathews, daughter of Bimbo and Bonnie Mathews of near Moorefield, graduated on Saturday, May 8th, from Eastern Kentucky University’s college of Justice and Safety.
Winners in last week’s Science Fair competition at Switzerland County Elementary School included, from left: fifth grade overall winner LeAnn Lozier, fourth grade overall winner Kelly Kincaid, and second grade overall winner Bob Tressler.
SCES student Ben Curran was the winner of a special lunch in a raffle sponsored by SCES Student Council. As the winner, Ben Curran got to take a teacher out for lunch, and he chose Kathy Keith. The two had lunch from Roxano’s at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park last Friday afternoon.
Switzerland County Middle School principal Elizabeth Jones is now officially “Dr. Elizabeth Jones” after passing her doctoral dissertation in education.
20 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs George E. Baker of East Enterprise will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Switzerland County Elementary School Sunday afternoon, May 22nd, 1-5 p.m. slow time.
Jeremy Hedge, son of William and Gloria Lloyd of Vevay, is the winner of this year’s Lauris B. Whitman Award as the outstanding student in sociology at Rhode Island College in Providence.
Danner’s Hardware of Vevay has been honored with an Indiana Department of Commerce Century Business Award, recognizing the store’s record of being in business for more than 100 years. Actually, it’s 157 years – Danner’s was founded in 1837, by the famed Vevay hay magnate U.P. Schenck. Emmett “Mac” Danner and his son Mike Danner attended the ceremonies and received the award from Lieutenant Governor O’Bannon.
30 YEARS AGO
Stacey Lynne Hocker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Hocker of Vevay, will be competing for the title of Miss Teen of Indiana in Columbus, Indiana August 9th-11th. Miss Teen of Indiana will win an all expense paid trip to the Miss Teen of America Pageant, a $1,000 cash scholarship, and other awards.
Pearl Dunning, 67-year-old resident of Switzer Square in Vevay is this year’s queen candidate for the Area 12 Queen Contest. She will compete along with candidates from four other counties in the pageant on June 22nd in Dillsboro, Indiana. The winner will then advance to the State competition held at the Indiana State Fair.
The state record will be on the line for the third straight year as the 8th annual Vevay Horse Pull gets underway on Saturday, June 2nd, at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds. It is sponsored by the Switzerland County 4-H Fair.
40 YEARS AGO
Sooner or later, “Sooner” is going to be here. But now it looks like a bit more “later” than “sooner”. “Sooner”, of course, is “A Girl Named Sooner,” the major motion picture 20th Century Fox plans to film here in Switzerland County. The project has been delayed somewhat by the threat of a strike by film actors against the motion picture industry, an action that has shut down movie production plans “all over this town,” according to Fred Hamilton, one of the producers for “A Girl Named Sooner.”
Miss Edna Ascherman will be guest of honor at a tea held in her honor Sunday afternoon, May 26th, at Patriot School. She is retiring this spring after many years of teaching at Patriot School. Residents of Patriot community, many of them her former students, have organized the tea, which is open to the public.
Albert H. Hyde, 64, of Center Square, died Monday afternoon of injuries suffered in a tractor accident while working on his farm.
Mrs. Minnie B. Higbee, 87, of near East Enterprise, passed away Sunday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Uncle Sam is getting his share of mileage out of the Deward Devers family of Quercus Grove, with Charles Devers serving in the Marine Corps and Ken Devers in the Air Force. Each were recently home on leave, after which they go back to Pensacola, Florida, where Charles will study intelligence communications, in Limestone, Maine, where Ken will serve as a security policeman. Recent graduates of Switzerland County High School, the Devers brothers are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Deward Devers, Quercus Grove.
50 YEARS AGO
With official ground breaking ceremonies completed last Monday, engineers got down to serious work this week toward construction of a $20 million hydro-electric generating plant at Markland Dam. Installation will begin with the erection of six piers on the Indiana side of the Ohio River for support of a bridge proposed to cross Markland Dam and Locks. Public Service Company of Indiana is constructing the hydro plant and has agreed to construct the bridge piers under arrangement with Indiana State Highway Commission.
Douglas F. Slack, route 2, Vevay, a prominent Christian Layman and song evangelist, will be a delegate to the 16th international General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene.
Bradley Bromwell, owner of Brad’s TV & Appliance stores in Vevay and Rising Sun, has announced plans for construction of a new business building in Vevay’s east end. The new building, located just west of Farrar’s Super Market on East Main Street, will house Bromwell’s present Vevay store and another business to be announced later.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Carrie Weaver Strawbridge, 71, a native and member of a pioneer family of this county, died at her home in Maumee, Ohio, May 13th.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ray are parents of a 6-pound baby daughter who was born at the hospital in Madison on May 9th. She has been named Terrie Linn.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Upp and son, Don, Mrs. Ralph Ritch, and Miss Mary Ellen Ritch of near Vevay and Mr. and Mrs. George Upp of Aurora attended the Baccalaureate services of the Cincinnati Bethesda School of Nursing on Sunday night. On Monday night Mr. and Mrs. Joe Upp and son Don, Mr. and Mrs. George Upp and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Jackson of Cincinnati attended the commencement exercises. Miss Shirley Upp was a member of the graduating class.
Mrs. Wilbur Cochran of near Florence has brought to this office the first big radishes we have seen this year. The largest measured 12 inches around.
70 YEARS AGO
Miss Helen R. Koons and Lewis H. Bladen were united in marriage Wednesday, May 10, by John Baird, Justice of the Peace.
Miss Neva Jaynes, formerly of Vevay, and Robert Brand of Cincinnati, were married Saturday, May 6th, in Cincinnati.
Twins, a boy and a girl, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gross May 12th. They have been named Jerry and Geraldine.
Miss Dorothy Mae Dugle of Rising Sun and Warren Edwards Foster of Patriot were married Sunday, May 7th, at the Methodist Church in Rising Sun by Reverend Loren N. Campbell.
Reverend and Mrs Jones of Long Run Holiness Church have removed to Vevay.
Leonard Scudder, retired businessman of Patriot, died at his home there May 10th, following a long illness.
William F. Miller, resident of Patriot, died at his home there Monday afternoon after an illness that had extended over many years.
80 YEARS AGO
Last Friday a dust storm said to have originated in the Dakotas covered the county with a fine layer of yellow dust.
At a meeting of the Vevay School Trustees Tuesday evening it was decided to add a commercial course to the four years of high school.
The Democratic Central Committee elected the following officers without opposition: Chairman, Charles Pangburn; Vice-chairman, Mrs. J. T. Pritchard; Secretary, Eugene Broadwell; Treasurer, William A. Reeves. The Republican Central Committee elected the following without opposition: Chairman, Dr. J.J. Sharp; Vice-chairman Mrs. Myers Burke; Secretary, Mrs. George B. Hall; Treasurer, Miss Cornelia Copeland.
Tapps sounded for another of Switzerland County’s Civil War veterans Sunday morning when Johnson Brown passed away at his home in Vevay. He had sustained a fall two weeks ago from which he never recovered.
90 YEARS AGO
Robert L. Slate has started work on the erection of a concrete block building on Ferry Street in which he and Mrs Slate will conduct a restaurant.
Miss Elizabeth Tandy has been awarded an honor scholarship at John Hopkins University in recognition of the fine work she has done in statistical research for the Rockefeller Foundation.
Russell Pickett, who taught in the Vevay School the past year, has accepted a position with the Vevay Deposit Bank and will begin his duties after a course in a business college.
Wallace J. Cotton, prominent Vevay attorney died Tuesday following an illness of five weeks.
Born, May 6th, a son, Robert Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Couch of Posey Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Fifteen houses are being built for workers at Dam 39 near Markland.
Joe Thomas of Vevay has been employed as an engineer at Elkhart, Indiana.
One hundred and eleven barrels of oil are being poured on the streets of Vevay.
Robert Gordon has purchased the old Lindenschmidt home in Vevay.
William Cook and Harvey Dibble are raising watermelons on the E.E. North farm in Mexico Bottom.
Jack Sullivan of Vevay launched his motorboat for the season here.
Ben Foutty took a large shipment of cattle to Cincinnati.
Ed Emerson of Patriot is chief clerk for William Gockel and Son.
110 YEARS AGO
Died at her home in Vevay May 15th, Mrs J. Monroe Phillips, well known lady.
The William Lamson fleet of mussel boats have begun work here.
Married at Lamb, Miss Inez Lynn Simpson to Mr. Damon Amego Terradell of New Jersey.
Died in Craig Township, May 15th, Mrs. John Todd, prominent lady.
Died at Patriot, May 14th, Charles Dibble, aged 94, prominent farmer.
130 YEARS AGO
Notwithstanding reports to the contrary, we will have a good crop of apples and some cherries and the berry crop promises a large yield.
Cornelius D. Green has been appointed by County Auditor Joseph E. Hart as Trustee of Posey Township to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Jacob C. Baker.
The Orphan’s Friends Society has rented for the Children’s Home what is commonly known as the”Yellow Brick” on lower Main Street across from William Smith and owned by A. J. Schenck. They desire to open the home to all homeless children by June 1st. Miss Lottie Detraz has kindly offered her services as matron.
Tuesday afternoon about 2 o’clock, during a thunderstorm, while Mr. William McKay was going down the river road to his home in Craig Township, when near the residence of Mr. F. L. Thiebaud, he and his horses were severely shocked by lightning.
Jacob C. Baker, trustee of Posey Township, died at his home near Quercus Grove Saturday, aged about 50 years.
Licensed to marry: James W. Houze to Icy Beatty; George W. Ballrd to Martha A. McClellan.
140 YEARS AGO
C. M. Blodget and Miss P. A. Cheever were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Posey Township Sunday evening.
George A. Heady, aged 45 years, died May 2nd in Pleasant Township.
George Manuel, aged 45 years, died April 27th in Craig Township.
During the month of April $216.60 was collected at the toll gate near Vevay.
For the second time in its history Madison elected a Republican Mayor last Monday.
Last Monday night the flour mill of J. W. Talbot of Rising Sun was burglarized of a quantity of flour.
147 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Trustees are meeting in the new courthouse.
The Vevay Town Treasurer was instructed to keep $150 in the treasury for emergencies.
W.H. Gerard brought 2,000 bushels of potatoes to Vevay in one day.
Died in Illinois, Tobias S. Bradley, formerly of Vevay.
Dr. E. F. Morrison has opened an office in the Russell Hotel here.
L. and E. Well, Vevay merchants, are holding a mammoth sale of winter goods.
150 YEARS AGO
The Rothchilds are buying up all the United States securities in the market at last accounts. These renowned and far sighed financiers have confidence in the stability and solvency of the United States government.
Judge Chapman is now lying sick at the LeClerc House in this place.
Civil War news: No cannon or any sound of battle was heard yesterday at Belle Plain or Fredericksburg which affords ground for inference that Lee had retreated during Friday night and before the advance of the 506 corps.
At an early hour this morning General Butler renewed his advance toward Fort Darling.