News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Pamela Jean Ely has earned inclusion on the dean’s list at Indiana University Southeast for the spring term.
The 2004 Switzerland County 4-H Fair kicks off this Saturday with an ‘Old-Fashioned’ theme. Contests like rooster crowing, seed spitting and cow patty bingo are a few of the events included in an old-fashioned good time.
Belterra Casino Resort and Spa has made a $60,000 donation to the Switzerland County YMCA.
Members of Jim Alexander’s family announced the donation of a collection of books in Jim’s memory during last Thursday night’s Annual Meeting of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. On hand for the announcement were wife Jane Alexander, and daughters Laura and Christy.
20 YEARS AGO
The biggest-ever concert in Switzerland County history will be presented Friday evening when the world-famous American Wind Symphony performs at Vevay’s riverfront.
It’s hot, of course, but everybody’s happy at the 4-H Fair, probably the biggest, and potentially the best, 4-H Fair in Switzerland County history. The Fair’s entry numbers, like the thermometer’s temperatures, are running sky-high. For example, 620 animals were weighed-in Monday for the 4-H livestock shows. That’s significantly higher than last year’s Fair, the biggest ever until now. The numbers: 89 beef, 30 dairy, 97 hogs, 44 sheep, 50 goats, and – 310 rabbits!
David Lock at 13 years old is a basketball sharp-shooter. In Madison’s annual “3 on 3” basketball competition last week, he won the free throw contest and placed third in the 3-point shooting contest. David lives with his mother, Terry Lock, at Moorefield, and is a student at Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School.
30 YEARS AGO
Debra Kay Berner of Cross Plains, graduated from the St. Francis Hospital Center School of Medical Technology in Beech Grove, Indiana, on June 22nd. She will join St. Francis Hospital Center as a Medical Technologist. Debra is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Berner, route 1, Cross Plains.
Christopher Dean Peters, son of Jerry and Pamela Peters of Bennington, won first place at the area 4-H Horse Show held on Saturday, June 23rd, at Osgood, Indiana. He will represent Switzerland County and the Kountry Kids 4-H Club at the State Fair in August.
John Chambers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chambers of route 1, Vevay, graduated with distinction from Purdue University May 12th. He received a degree in electrical engineering technology, He is now residing in Tell City, Indiana, with his new bride, Rosie Regensburger Chambers. He is working for Indiana and Michigan Light and Electric Company in Rockport, Indiana.
It was announced Monday morning by the County Commissioners meeting that through the generosity of Paul W. Ogle, working with the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation, that a new Hotel/Lodge complex is about to be started in Vevay.
40 YEARS AGO
There’s no actors’ strike, Hollywood’s on a plane to Indiana and “A Girl Named Sooner” should start filming in Vevay July 16th. Under consideration – and considered good bets to finally be officially selected for the lead roles – are Richard Crenna and Lee Remick, two top-flight performers highly regarded in the film industry and solidly established stars. And there’s a chance that Cloris Leachman, who won an Academy Award as the middle-aged coach’s wife in “The Last Picture Show” and an Emmy Award for the TV production “The Immigrants,” may be signed for the role of Old Mam in “A Girl Named Sooner.” Names mentioned for the supporting roles of the sheriff and Selma Goss are Don Murray (“The Hoodlum Priest,” “Bust Stop”) and Anne Francis. And still very much in the running for the title role of the 9-year-old girl “Sooner” is little Susan Deer, of Indianapolis, who has been competing for the role against young Hollywood actresses at 20th Century Fox studios in California.
Miss Donna Coates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coates of Mount Sterling, and Randy Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Turner of route 4, Vevay, were married Saturday evening, June 1st, in the Long Run Baptist Church.
Mrs. Martha Cole of near Mount Sterling has received the honor of having one of her poems selected for publication in a national collection of poetry. Her poem,”The Span” was selected from among about 6,500 poems submitted by teachers, instructors, professors and librarians in colleges and high schools throughout the United States. Mrs. Cole is a language arts teacher in the Switzerland County Junior High School.
50 YEARS AGO
Cogley Cole, Jr., stricken with a hear attack June 16th, is continuing to show gradual improvement at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bradford of route 1, Bennington announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Judith Ann, to Louis John Kappes, son of Mr. and Mrs Raymond Kappes of Osgood.
Miss Linda Heath, daughter of Carrol Heath of route 4, Vevay and Mrs Lovena Jacobs of Vevay, became the bride of Harry Craig Bond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bond of Egypt Bottom, in a double ring ceremony Saturday evening at the Brooksbuurg Baptist Church.
Army ROTC Cadet Robert D. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jones, route 1, Florence, began six weeks of intensive military training at Fort Riley, Kansas, June 20th. Jones is participating in the ROTC program at Indiana University, Bloomington. The 21-year-old cadet is a 1961 graduate of Vevay High School.
Miss Judy McAllister, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester McAllister, Vevay and Charles Allen Firth, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Firth of Brooksburg, were married last Saturday night in the parsonage of Vevay Baptist Church.
Judith Ann Mountz, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Mountz of Mexico Bottom, was married to James W. Liter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Liter of Canaan, in a ceremony performed Friday, June 19th, at the Patriot Methodist Church.
60 YEARS AGO
Miss Anna Mae Bailey of Patriot and Norman Lee Peters of Vevay were united in marriage Friday evening at 6 o’clock at the home of Reverend Fred Griffith, the officiating minister, who used the single ring ceremony.
A hit-and-run motorist claimed the life of Louis Beckman, 68, a farmer residing near East Enterprise Saturday night on Highway 56 between East Enterprise and Aberdeen.
Mr. and Mrs. Ab Howard of Vevay quietly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday with a family dinner at their home on Main Street.
Harry Netherland, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Netherland, and Miss Janice Rodgers, daughter of D. and Mrs. Yale Rodgers of Louisville, were married Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church in that city by the pastor of the church, Reverend Parker.
70 YEARS AGO
The deep wells of the Vevay Light and Power Plant produced a record of 22,895,000 gallons of water during June of this year, according to F.E. Brown, plant superintendent. This is a half million gallons more than has been pumped in any given month before.
Miss Rosa Ellen Beatty of near Florence and James Allen Reynolds of near Vevay were married Friday, June 30th, by Reverend B. M. Winter at the Methodist parsonage.
Two more Switzerland County boys, Corporal John Scott Jones and private Bernard Mays, have been killed in action in Europe. Corporal Jones was killed in action on June 13th in France and Private Mays was killed in action on May 24th in Italy.
80 YEARS AGO
A double wedding was performed at the Methodist parsonage Saturday afternoon by Reverend Andrew W Jarboe when he united Earl Smith and Dortha Mae Whitlock and Cecil T. Whittington and Mildred G. Wagner, all of Columbus, Indiana.
Mr. Daubenheyer and his son have reopened the motion picture theater in Patriot and will give the first show on Friday evening, July 6th.
Raymond Byram, 23, of near East Enterprise, was killed almost instantly Saturday night when the car in which he was riding with three companions struck a mail box on State Road 56 and turned over.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Chase of Log Lick, a daughter.
Three Switzerland County people have accepted positions on the towboat Margaret Hall, which is towing gravel at Markland for the state highway. Captain Fred Moody is pilot, Carlyle Cox is engineer and Mrs. Lizzie Simmons is cook.
Born, Wednesday, a son, Don Elliot , to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Smith of Tapps Ridge.
Born, Saturday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Wiley of Popcorn Ridge.
90 YEARS AGO
Two important business changes were made in Vevay Tuesday evening, E.P. Downey sold his grocery store to Charles Jaynes and Mr. Jaynes sold the New Midway Hotel to Mr. Downey.
A lodge of the Daughters of America was organized in Vevay last Friday night, there being a large number of charter members.
John L. Pavy, venerable farmer, who resides on route 1, was a visitor in Vevay Saturday night. Ordinarily that fact would not be worthy of notice but on the other hand Saturday night was the first night that Mr. Pavy had been in Vevay since President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated nearly 60 years ago. During all those 60 years Mr. Pavy had resided within a 30 minute auto ride of Vevay. He has been here scores of times during the day but not once after dark. The last night Mr. Pavy was in Vevay – the night Lincoln was killed at Fords Theater — he stumbled over stone, board and brick sidewalks, scarcely able to see by the dim oil street lamps. Saturday night he saw the streets, stores and theater lighted for the first time since the plant was installed more than 30 years ago.
Born, Saturday, a daughter, Opal Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hatton.
Born, June 27th, a daughter, Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Humphrey.
100 YEARS AGO
The Cross Plains flour mill burned with a loss of $5,000 and only $2,000 in insurance was carried.
Howard Allen fell 10 or 12 feet from a ladder while working at the Lem Tompkins farm near Ghent.
The low water has stopped the traffic.
The marriage of Mrs. Lena Mills of Vevay to George S. Stemmons of Prairie Home, Missouri, has been announced for July.
Professor Knox Jamieson is teaching in the University of Kentucky.
Married in Vevay June 29th by Reverend Machlan, William Warner and Miss Blanche Richards, both of the Fairview neighborhood.
The snagboat Woodruff removed a large boulder which was impeding river traffic in front of the wharf boat.
Horton Wright, relative of the Harris family at Patriot, was drowned while sailing a yacht on San Francisco Bay.
A.P. Dufour is seriously ill at his home in Vevay.
A heavy wind split the large umbrella tree at the Wickman home in Patriot.
110 YEARS AGO
Vevay has been bypassed by the showboat Price’s New Water queen.
The steamer Hattie Brown towed in a barge load of brick for Detraz Brothers.
Roy Johnson and Alfred Muret were injured when their buggy overturned while returning to Vevay from Warsaw.
Jacob Wahl and family have moved to the Morris property on Washington Street.
Henry Elfers of East Enterprise was painfully injured when a log slipped from a load he was driving striking him in the leg.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. Charlie Maltby of Aurora came down on his wheel Monday night to spend a few days with his friend, Mr. Clarence Shaw.
Mr. James A. VanOsdol and Mrs. Mary F. Goodner were married in Peru, Indiana Tuesday evening, June 26th.
The school trustees of Vevay are Samuel Stacy, Dr. A.G. Craig and Emlin Danglade.
The safe of the Adams Express Company in the coal office of Alfred Rous was broken into Tuesday night and all the money, between $8 and $10, taken.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jaynes of Center Square.
Yesterday afternoon the mammoth warehouse of Captain A. J. Schenck was destroyed by fire. The building was 60-by-150 feet and contained about 150 tons of hay, 200 barrels of salt and other articles.
The Center Square post office has again been moved, this time from the store of O.P. Courtney to the residence of Jasper Bailey.
Miss Lillie Perle Schenck, formerly of Vevay, and Dr. Oscar C. Wainscott of Peru, were married in the latter city by Dr. B. F. Cavins.
Licensed to marry: Oliver Aldred to Clara Miles; Charles A. Davis to Sophia Beach; Amos Chase to Mary B. Holdcraft; Andrew Jones to Susie Ford.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Thursday afternoon James, eight-year-old son of Jonathan Sockwell of Vevay, was drowned in Morerod’s pond near town.
Last Saturday night the store of Mr. Culver in Moorefield was robbed of about $30 in money and $75 worth of goods.
Theodore Ferguson, employed on the farm of B. Jain near Vevay last Tuesday, had some of his fingers badly crushed by the cogs of a mowing machine.