News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Livestock auction brings $90,115. Our 4-H kids see hard work rewarded. Belterra Casino Resort and Spa purchased Chelsea Duvall’s Grand Champion Steer at the Switzerland County 4-H Fair livestock auction for $3300. Switzerland Wholesale Supply purchased Lindsay Scott’s Grand Champion Market Lamb and River House Bar and Grill purchased Santana Banta’s Grand Champion Swine.
Hollie M. Crepin has earned the Dean’s Academic Scholarship from Campbell University’s School of Pharmacy.
Carrie Wiley and Philip Deaton, both of Vevay, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The Peelman family reunion was held June 27th at the Jack Sullivan Building of the Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center in Vevay. There were 92 people in attendance.
20 YEARS AGO
Pat Lanman, of Vevay, has joined the staff of Vevay Newspapers, publisher of The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat, as managing editor and reporter. Actually he is rejoining the staff – he served as editor of the newspapers from 1984 to 1986. Since then he has worked for Ivy Tech State College, The Madison Courier and most recently, People’s Trust in Vevay.
Gladys Moreillon of Vevay will celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at noon Saturday, July 23rd, at the home of her daughter, Hazel Ballard in Indianapolis. She will also be honored by Willard Scott on the NBC television “Today” show Friday, July 22nd.
Johney Darbro of Tapps Ridge grew a “piggy back” zucchini – Siamese twin zucchinis that grew together – in his garden. Mr. Darbro is 91 years young and has grown a garden ever since he was “big enough to get out there and work.” He grows potatoes and sunflowers but has never grown anything as unusual as this zucchini. He did say that his sunflowers have sometimes gotten as big as 18 inches across.
30 YEARS AGO
Ten years ago this month, a small girl made the trip down Interstate 65 from Indianapolis into the hearts of the people of Switzerland County. It has been 10 years since Susan Deer played the title role in the movie “A Girl Named Sooner” which was filmed in Switzerland County. She is now preparing to enter college and study Economics and English. She still has fond memories of the people of Switzerland County.
The crowning achievement of the annual 4-H Fair, the livestock auction, was held last Saturday evening, with many of the ribbon-winning animals being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Organizers of the event deemed it a success as the bidding was fierce and many different organizations and individuals purchased animals as compared with previous years.
40 YEARS AGO
A fairground full of Switzerland Countians paraded before the Hollywood cameras. Wednesday as the filming of “A Girl named Sooner” moved into its third day. Dressed out in the 20th Century Fox studio’s finest 1930 style outfits – driven out here from Hollywood so Switzerland County folks could wear them in the movie – some 183 “extras” answered the call to fill up the fairgrounds for the several scenes that will form the dramatic conclusion for the movie.
Miss Cathy Gridley was crowned Queen of the 1974 Switzerland County 4-H Fair in the Fair’s opening ceremonies Monday night. Chris Works was runner-up.
Mickey Dean Emery and his older brother Leon had to struggle to hold up a monstrous 7-pound, 4-ounce large mouth bass they landed – with the help of their father, Buddy. In true fisherman fashion none of the anglers cared to reveal where they caught their prizes.
50 YEARS AGO
The fair queen is a blonde 16-year-old Vevay High School senior, Paula Harris, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Harris. The Harris family lives one mile west of Vevay on State Road 56.
The great-grandson of a 19th century Patriot resident, who served as a state legislator and as grand master of Indiana’s Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, has presented some of his ancestor’s relics to the Masons’ museum. Watts A. Shafer, a former Patriot resident himself, made the presentation of relics once owned by his great grandfather, Johnson Watts, who died in Patriot and was buried near Friendship.
Timothy Truitt is among 1,012 Purdue University students attaining the distinguished rating in their work in the second semester of the 1963-64 academic year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Truitt of 212 East Jackson Street, Vevay.
Army Private Raymond McFarland, Jr., son of Mrs. Naomi R. McFarland, 212 Seminary Street, Vevay, was graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, June 30th.
60 YEARS AGO
Fire with undetermined origin which started in a straw stack at the farm of Wilford Goodner, one mile north of Fairview, and which spread to buildings close by destroyed a barn, grain crib, and garage Friday afternoon.
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. William McClelland of Tapps Ridge at the Madison Hospital Sunday, July 18th. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and has been named Brenda Ann.
Harold Heath of near Center Square received a broken leg above the knee Wednesday morning when he was run over by a tractor at the farm of Elmo Rayles, a neighbor, where he was assisting in filling a silo.
The legend of the founding of Vevay by Swiss-French and the picturesqueness of the town are widely known, but when a resident of Paris, France and one from Washington, D. C., choose this as the setting for their weddings, we are a little amazed. Saturday evening at 9 o’clock, Squire Baird performed the marriage ceremony for Serge Bde Gastyne of Paris and Raylyn C. Lindsay of Washington.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Sadie Stroud of Posey Township has been noticed by the War Department that her son, George E. Northcutt, has been wounded in action June 17th on Black Island in the South Pacific.
William Edwin, four-month-old son of John W and Lucille Lee was stricken with convulsions Wednesday morning and died before the arrival of medical aid.
Mr. and Mrs. George Furnish of Vevay received a telegram from the War Department on Monday, July 17th, informing them that their son, George Jr., had been wounded in action in France on July 9th. No details were given on the seriousness of his wounds.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Minnie Downey will shortly open an antique shop in the Swiss Inn building and will offer genuine articles for sale.
Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Winters, formerly of Madison, have taken up residence in Vevay where Mr. Winters has accepted a position as head miller for the Truitt Flour Mills.
Miss Cleone Leep of Vevay and Robert Martin of Vernon Ridge were married Saturday at Fredricksburg, Indiana.
The Florence Deposit bank, a 31-year-old institution of this county, closed its doors Wednesday morning in order to liquidate its affairs and cease business.
Chicken thieves broke a window out of the rear end of the poultry house of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Aldred, of Mount Sterling Friday night and stole 200 frying size chickens.
Captain Graham Bondurant, lockmaster at Dam 39, reports that Monday was the hottest day of the year when the government thermometer registered 101 degrees.
90 YEARS AGO
Paul Bakes and William Pickett, Jr., have taken positions on the gasoline boat Lionpower, plying the Kentucky River under the command of Claude Brown of Vevay.
Five free band concerts will be given by the Vevay Band in the court house yard during the months of August and September.
100 YEARS AGO
A large barn belonging to Clifford McKinley on Salem Ridge was destroyed by fire.
L.H. Hotchkiss is demonstrating his time pulverizer on Market Square.
Charlie Cox is very ill with plural pneumonia.
A paper balloon descended in an apple tree at the home of Mrs. Frank Shaw, setting the tree on fire.
Lightening struck in the streets and on several barns at East Enterprise. Perry Smith of near that town was blinded by a belt which struck a wire near him.
Ernest Danglade passed Vevay on a mussel inspecting trip to Cairo, Illinois, for the government.
Lincoln Means raised 40 bushels of wheat per acre on a service tract of land.
Miss Hallie Butler is attending music college in Cincinnati.
Four electric fans have been installed in the I.O.O.F Hall.
Will G. Klein, Vevay shoe merchants, sold 40 pairs of rubber boots to the government for use at Dam 39.
Reverend Todd baptized five converts at the river.
The Patriot K. of P. Lodge built a porch in front of their Main Street building.
110 YEARS AGO
The Union Furniture Company has started up again after a close down of two weeks.
F.P. Dupraz, Jr., has been appointed manager of the New Farmers Telephone Company here.
The towboat “Ironsides” brought in a barge of slack coal for the ice plant here.
James Cole, well known war veteran of Pleasant, is very ill.
120 YEARS AGO
Born, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sieglitz of Vevay.
Mrs. W.E. Morris and Miss Mary Trady left Monday evening for Toronto, Canada, as delegates from the Vevay Baptist Y.P. S. to the International Convention.
The ham and contents at the County Poor Farm were destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon.
Born on the 14th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Bascom of Center Square.
Miss Sadie Simpson and Mr. Con McKay of Lamb were named at the residence of Reverend W.E. Norris at Vevay.
140 YEARS AGO
U.P. Schenck and son are having a steamboat built at Madison.
Married: Dennis Carnine of Pleasant Township and Miss Melinda Chambers of Tipton, Indiana.
William M. Green has opened a new store at Patriot.
Bennington is trying to get a mail route from Osgood to Vevay.
The county tax valuation is $3,979,518.
Captain John Chatline is advertising Channel Coal for spring and summer use.
John F. Cotton of Switzerland County and Mrs. Mary Tevis of Brooksburg were married in Madison July 2nd.
While assisting in firing a “swivel” on the fourth, Constable George Redd was struck by a sliver of iron near the knee of the left leg, inflicting a painful though not dangerous wound.
147 YEARS AGO
Cherries are 15 cents per gallon here.
The Vevay Soap Factory has suspended.
A gymnasium has been established on Liberty Street.
Professor R. F. Brewington of Moores Hill will head the Vevay schools for an eight-month-term.
The Council has appointed a committee to hire a lawyer to prosecute offenses against town laws.
McMakin and Dyer of Mount Sterling are advertising the Wood selfrake reaper and mower.
150 YEARS AGO
Civil War news: In a communication from Lieutenant J.S. Roberts, commanding Company F. 22nd Indiana, he states “We are now in sight of Atlanta with the Chatahoochie River between us and the enemy.”
Nineteen rebel Generals, the Richmond paper say, have been lost since the beginning to the campaign in Virginia. Seven were killed, two wounded, two captured. Since the publication the rebels have lost five other Generals. Jones killed, Law Lane, Kirkland, and Finnegan wounded. The last named commanded Florida troops and his presence at Richmond proves that the forces recently engaged with Seymour in Florida are with Lee.
Brigadier General Benton of Indiana has command of the District of Baton Rouge.
Married in Rising Sun on July 18th, 1864, by Reverend J.B. Sparks, Mr. Sidney Dumont to Miss Maggie Jackson, both of this place.
The steamer Lady Walton is running as a packet between this place and Cincinnati. Captain Grace is in charge and William H. McMakin is the clerk.
160 YEARS AGO
A meeting was held here to discuss the proposed New Albany-Cincinnati railroad from Jeffersonville through Vevay to Cincinnati.
Several visitors have already arrived in Vevay for the warm weather, it being considered a healthy town.