News compiled by Ginny Leap from past
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s Brianne Martin was crowned as the 2004 Queen of the Versailles Pumpkin how last Wednesday night. She is the daughter of Becky Martin of Vevay and the granddaughter of Huey and Judy Martin of Vevay. Jesse Beckley from South Dearborn High School was chosen as this year’s Pumpkin Show King. Switzerland County’s Ryan Owings was selected as the first runner up in the King competition.
Friendship State Bank currently has five branches in Southeastern Indiana and has asset totaling more than $180 million. Once the Federal Reserve Bank approves the bank’s plans, the businesses’ sixth branch will be built on Main Street in Vevay.
Work continues on the new Switzerland County jail and also on the new addition to the Switzerland County Courthouse. Contractors have been pouring the concrete walls of the basement for the new addition, and work is also continuing on the new jail, which is located on the north side of Pike Street. The courthouse addition is expected to be completed in April of next year – if the weather cooperates.
The Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation unanimously approved paying the debt service portion of the school’s tax rate for 2005 at their Tuesday night meeting. The total amount approved for payment was $784,897.
Hazel Furnish of Madison celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday, September 4th.
20 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County Elementary School teacher Rhonda Pennington has been honored with the Olin W. Davis Award for Exemplary Teaching of Economics. The statewide award is given by the Indiana Council for Economic Education. Mrs. Pennington, who teaches third grade at SCES, won the award for her work with her class and their “mini-economy” program. She also received recognition for the button business that her class has.
Steve “Bear” Bladen was cooking up crowd favorites all during the day last Saturday for the Sleepy Hollow Festival. Warm, sunny weather brought many people to this year’s festival, which is coordinated through the Visit Vevay Volunteers.
Where can you see both ends of a parade and never move your chair? Where can you chase a pig, call a husband, pitch a horseshoe, and cheer on racing turtles: In Switzerland County, the answer has been the same for the past 20 years – The Bennington Homecoming. The 21st edition will be held this Saturday, October 8th, beginning at 11 a.m. with the annual Homecoming Parade.
30 YEARS AGO
Bruce Hutcherson is a busy man. Aside from the fact that he overseas a 3,000 acre farming operation near Patriot that employees six full-time employees, he also spends 10 months out of the year on the road. His travels have taken him to nearly every state in the Union and may take him to France in the near future. Bruce Hutcherson pulls tractors. Pulling the “Makin’ Bacon Special” he is a 10 time Grand National Champion.
No one is quite sure why or how much but sources revealed this week that the Ashland Oil Company is purchasing the oil and gas rights to several farms around the Tapps Ridge area.
Five generations were present during a recent gathering of the Konkle family of Vevay. Young Kevin Brown and his mother, Kathy Konkle Brown of Bourbonnais, Illinois, were present along with Kathy’s father, Bill Konkle of Vevay, Next came Bill’s mother Lucille Konkle of Vevay , and finally her father , Benny Knox of Vevay. We congratulate this family on a truly amazing feat.
40 YEARS AGO
Gerald Gullion, 51, West Market Street in Vevay, passed away early Sunday morning at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He operated Jerry Gullion Appliance Store in Vevay and had resided in Switzerland County all his life.
Bobby Day, 20, of Vevay was killed Monday morning on State Road 56 about two miles west of Vevay when the car he was driving collided head-on with a two-ton truck.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hufford of Patriot announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Debbie to Marvin K. Powers, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Powers of Patriot.
Construction bids for the Markland Dam bridge project are due by November 14th, the Louisville District Office of the U.S. Corps of Engineers announced this week.
Jerry L. Whitham, son of Mrs. Hazel M. Whitham, route 1, Rising Sun, was promoted to Army private first class while serving with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany.
Kenny J. Harrell has been appointed chairman of the 1975 fund drive for the Switzerland County Mental Health Association.
50 YEARS AGO
East Enterprise’s singing Gross Twins, Jerry and Larry, and a new member of their act, have been engaged as featured performers at Aurora Farmer’s Fair October 3rd. The 10-year-old twins are now accompanied by 6-year-old brother, Jamie, who adds his banjo picking to the act now known as the “Gross Twins and Jamie.”
Taylor Furnish, 15-year-old basketball star, was officially withdrawn from Vevay High School enrollment this week due to a rare fungus disease. He will be out the entire 1963-64 school year.
Gene E. Robbins, was recently admitted to the practice of law before the Indiana Supreme Court in Indianapolis. He recently moved to Frankfort where he will be practicing law as an associate of Henry Y. Morrison, Frankfort. Robbins’ wife, Linda, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Detraz of 210 East Main Street, Vevay.
60 YEARS AGO
Miss Judy Chittenden, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Chittenden of Vevay, and Gene Meadows, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Meadows of Bedford, Kentucky, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon in the Vevay Presbyterian Church.
The marriage of Miss Evelyn Brown, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Brown, and Mr. Elmer McCord, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan McCord, took place Saturday evening in the Grants Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Marshall Wentworth and new baby daughter, Mary Ann, returned Monday from the Madison Hospital. The little girl who was born Friday, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Miss Vella Jean Turner enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corps and was inducted into the service at the recruiting center at Indianapolis Tuesday, September 28th.
Arnold Turner, well known restaurant man of Cincinnati, has purchased the Burnett Cafe on Main Street here.
Norris E. Krall, route 3, Vevay, has received a merit scholarship for the current school year at Indiana University. The grant provides for the remission of a major portion of student fees.
Production at the Vevay plant of the United States Shoe Corporation will be increased soon with the building of a new 40-foot addition.
70 YEARS AGO
Landing his flask battered bomber near Brussels, First Lieutenant Robert N. Torrance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Torrance, of Vevay route 2, became one of the first American soldiers to enter that day. Lieutenant Torrance found the Belgians “deliriously happy” and their liberation celebration going full blast.
Miss Lelia C. Furnish of Vevay, and Harry E. Thomas, Jr., of Richmond, Indiana, were married in the latter city Sunday morning, October 1st.
James W. Manuel of Vevay route 1, and Miss Dorothy Louise Hawk of Bicknell, Indiana, were married at the Vevay Baptist parsonage by Reverend Leland Courtney, Saturday evening, September 30th.
Ezra Chapman, Jr., of Rising Sun, formerly of Florence, and Miss Marjorie G. Noppert of Lawrenceburg, were married at Auburn, Indiana, September 11th, with Reverend Van w. Hickley officiating.
John R. Cole of Vevay and Miss Colleen Bennett of Florence were married in Madison Saturday September 30th.
Governor Henry F. Schricker spoke to a big audience of farmers and other citizens last Friday afternoon.
Miss Avis Scott and Henry Miller of Florence were married in Lawrenceburg Sunday afternoon by Reverend Lloyd Barker.
Ensign Ruby Lee Woodfill, Nurses Corps, of East Enterprise, became the bride of Mr. Walter W. Morgan, of Los Angeles, California in a ceremony performed at Terminal Island, California, September 21st.
80 YEARS AGO
During the month of September a total of 3.06 inches of rain fell
Bandits blew open the safe at the Bedford, Kentucky Post Office Sunday night and escaped with loot valued at $1,500.
Born, a daughter, Lula May, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert McAllister, of Posey Township.
Born a daughter, Lucille, to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew of Plum Creek.
Born, a son, Cecil Ellsworth, to Mr. and Mrs. Avon Lauderbaugh of Five Points.
Wilfred Breeck of Lamb and Miss Elizabeth Beckman of Carrollton, Kentucky are announcing their marriage which was solemnized by Reverend Frank Reed at his home in Vevay September 18th.
90 YEARS AGO
The state highway commission last week awarded the contract for the erection of a new bridge over the Indian Creek to replace the old one considered to be dangerous. The total cost of the bridge will be $110,441.85.
Charles Scott, 10-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Butters, was painfully burned last week by boiling coffee.
J.W. Whitlock of Rising Sun won the free for all motor boat race at Cincinnati with his Hoosier Boy, the boat traveling the 15 miles at a rate of 62 miles per hour. Not satisfied with winning the big race, Mr. Whitlock entered his Hoosier Girl in another race and won it too.
When a used car driven by K.L. Hastings ran into an electric light pole on Main Street one night last week, the pole broke and a short circuit was caused and every light in Vevay was extinguished for a short while. The accident was caused by a damaged radius rod.
The Farmers Telephone Company of Patriot discontinued operation last Saturday and their subscribers will now be served by the Ohio River Telephone Company.
Merle Allen has purchased the Harris lot in Patriot on which the store recently burned and will erect a garage.
100 YEARS AGO
Vevay is facing a coal famine on account of the low river.
Eighty-two voters signed a petition to have the name of Hiram Francisco placed on the ticket as an Independent candidate for judge.
Martin Madary, aged 80 years, fell while walking to Vevay and was painfully injured.
Petitioners are asking for a pike from the Moorefield pike out the Long Run Road.
Married by Reverend Cox in Vevay, Fred L. Martin of near Moorefield and Miss Carrie Pavy of near Allensville.
Miss Frances Shadday has recovered from a severe case of typhoid fever.
John W. Knox was painfully injured when his thumb was caught in the safe door at his store.
Wallace Dodd, Max Ryan, and Alva Shadday are students in the Louisville Medical College.
Isaac Littlefield is very ill at Bascom.
The following are teaching in Cotton Township; Alma Houze, Pauline Works, Howard Torrance, G.L. Humphrey, Emma Gray, Margaret Pavy, Louella Vendever, Eunice Gray, James Nelson, and Agnes Carnine.
B.A. and E.I. McMakin, formerly of Vevay, are heading a new mining project in Arizona.
110 YEARS AGO
Captain Jack Graham and Everett Graham shipped their motor boat Argo back from Cairo and continued on to the St. Louis Fair by steamer.
The river here is only about three feet deep in the channel.
George Reeves, Jr., entered the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
The following are teaching in Posey Township Myrtle Wigal, Arentha Owens, H.M. Broadwell, S.M. North, William Boyle, and B. Dale Keeney.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. John Malcomson celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Friday, September 28th.
Born, September 28th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Curry of Mt. Sterling.
Born, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Moore of East Enterprise.
140 YEARS AGO
William Jain and Miss Mary Norisez were married at the home of the bride’s parents near Vevay of Wednesday evening, September 30th. They left on a several weeks wedding tour through Ohio and Kentucky.
The distillery at Patriot commenced operation Tuesday by mashing 200 bushels, but owing to the high price of whiskey the mash was increased to 400 bushels Thursday.
Seavers Campbell and Miss Belle Boyle, both of Patriot, were married September 30th at the home of the bride’s father, John Boyle.
James and J. W. Kincaid have sold their meat and provision store to W.S. Kincaid and W.T. Givens.
The Vevay Carriage Factory is daily gaining a reputation for first class work. This week the workmen completed a buggy equal to any ever seen. It is now on exhibit at the fair at Carrollton, Kentucky.
Last Monday night the store of W.M. Green was entered by burglars and robbed of merchandise to the extent of $100. This is the second robbery at this store within the last six months.
Samuel B. Hyde’s store at East Enterprise was robbed of about $1,300.
A stone sidewalk is being laid on the west side of Main Street in Bennington.
The following were drawn to serve as court jurors: Daniel Detraz, Augustus Weaver, John Hastie, Simon Beymer, Elza Abbott, Lafayette Palmer, Michael Sedam, William D. Madison, F.M. Rous, J.M. Horton, Henry Charlton, John D. Banta, and Oliver M. Smith.
150 YEARS AGO
On last Sunday evening as Mr. William Johnson was giving the prisoners confined in the county jail some coal, two of them knocked him down and escaped. The alarm was soon given and an exciting chase commenced. The thieves were soon overtaken by about a dozen of our citizens who delivered them to the Sheriff and they were returned to jail.