News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Howard Dufour, a descendant of the original Dufour family that settled Switzerland County, has researched and written a book that proves the valuable contributions of mechanic Charlie Taylor to the Wright Brothers 1903 airplane. Howard Dufour came to Vevay recently to visit his cousin, Lois Rosenberger.
Drivers through Vevay earlier this week ran into some delays so that the Indiana Department of Transportation could begin the process of repaving Main Street. Before new asphalt could be put down, workers chewed up and disposed of the old pavement. When finished, new pavement will stretch from the YMCA at the intersection of Highway 129, through Vevay and along Highway 156 to Rising Sun.
Shhh…don’t say it too loudly, but so far the weather has been cooperating with Switzerland County tobacco producers. After several years of both wet and dry weather at exactly the wrong times, growers here have seen relatively few problems this crop year as farmers begin to cut and house their tobacco.
20 YEARS AGO
The East Enterprise Regional Sewer District held its official groundbreaking on Friday afternoon, September 9th, at the East Enterprise Firehouse. District vice president and treasurer Jim Alexander welcomed everyone to the event.
Jack Sullivan of Vevay spoke of the life of community benefactor Paul Ogle during last Saturday’s dedication of the Paul W. Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay. The park – at the foot of Ferry Street – became a reality through the vision of Paul Ogle and his foundations.
A unique program came to Switzerland County this past Monday when “Storyfest” was presented at different locations around Vevay. Sponsored by the Hoosier Theater, Storyfest was a field trip offered to children in grades 3 through 5. The program was designed to give the children the opportunity to experience stories through the use of dance, puppetry, oral tradition, music, and visual arts.
The Bennington Homecoming, marking is 21st year as one of Switzerland County’s most popular events, will take place Saturday, October 8th, in the heart of downtown Bennington.
30 YEARS AGO
The family, friends, and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Young are invited to a special celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary. The celebration will be held September 23rd at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Young, near Rising Sun on State Road 56.
September has been proclaimed Literacy Month by Governor Robert D. Orr. Governmental leaders are becoming acutely aware of the price that functional illiteracy exacts from the general and economic well-being of the state and its citizens.
Beware Switzerland County! Moonlight Madness is coming to Vevay. The event is sponsored by Vevay Newspapers, Inc., and promises to be a great evening for the entire family. Remember, that is next Friday evening, September 21st, from 8-10 p.m., for the first annual “Moonlight Madness Sale!”
Switzerland County’s Fay Olds attended the Republican National Convention held recently in Dallas, Texas, as a delegate from Indiana.
Ethel Lock of Bennington brought a strange looking potato to the newspaper office to have her picture taken with it. The potato bears a remarkable resemblance to a dog, complete with its button nose. Mrs. Lock reports that this is the first time that she and her husband Robert have grown a potato that looks like a dog.
40 YEARS AGO
Miss Carol Ann Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean W. Robinson of Fairview and Robert I. Park of Vevay were married Saturday evening, August 31st, in a ceremony performed in the Vevay Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gregory quietly celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary Tuesday at their home on Searcy Ridge.
Arthur Bales of Bennington celebrated his 85th birthday Saturday, September 7th.
Mrs. Louise Scott of Moorefield has agreed to become the new Moorefield news correspondent for Switzerland County’s newspapers, The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat.
The Switzerland County High School band is preparing for an appearance Saturday, September 28th, in the Versailles Pumpkin Show and band members are also getting ready for the school year of band activities to come.
50 YEARS AGO
Vevay High School got its baseball season started in style Thursday as Rick McClellan pitched a masterful no-hitter and Max Werner belted a home run to pace a 10-0 victory over Versailles at Kiwanis Park.
Switzerland Countians affected by Patriot Water System and not paying hookup fees are being urged by Ted Watters, president, Patriot Town Board, to do so at the earliest possible date. Issuing a statement urging would be pipeline users to pay fees and benefit from the waterline through rural sections of the county. Watters said the corporation expects to start laying pipe sometime this month.
Sergeant Major Paul Lee Andrew, who lives at 604 East Seminary Street, Vevay, reenlisted while serving two weeks active duty at Ft. Harrison in Indianapolis recently.
60 YEARS AGO
Miss Ruth Schoffner of Vevay and Charles Wentworth of Bedford, Kentucky, were united in marriage at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay on the evening of September 9th at 7:15 o’clock.
Funeral services will be held at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock for John Morton Haskell, 53, familiarly known as “Mort” Haskell who passed away at a Detroit, Michigan, hospital on Monday morning.
70 YEARS AGO
Reverend Fred Griffith of Vevay has been notified of his election as Chaplain of the Ninth District American Legion.
If the rapidly maturing plans of a group of our most energetic citizens are not interrupted by some unforeseen calamity, Switzerland County will have, in the near future, a fishing and recreation lake of 22 acres on the farm of Wilbur Works and others and will be one of the largest and best in the Ohio Valley.
Miss Myrna Greenwood of Madison and Joe Myers of Vevay were married at the bride’s home on Saturday.
The Scott confectionery, one of Vevay’s oldest business establishments, was purchased last week by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reed of Vevay who took immediate possession.
Two War Department telegrams were received Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Elsrod of Cotton Township, one announcing that their son, Technical Sergeant Orville Elsrod, reported last month to be missing in action, was a prisoner of war in Germany. The other telegram stated that their son, Staff Sergeant Ivan Elsrod, reported several months ago as a prisoner of war in Rumania had been liberated in that country and was back with the armed forces in Italy.
Born, September 11th, a son, Francis Leon, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Roeder, of near Vevay.
Russell Wallick and Miss Catherine Frazier were married September 2nd at the home of Reverend and Mrs. William S. Lowe.
80 YEARS AGO
When the various component parts of the street fair cleared from Vevay Sunday several Vevay people found themselves poorer in board bills, clothing, etc. Efforts to locate the thieves have been futile to date.
James B. Banta, retired merchant of Lamb, died suddenly with a heart attack at his hone there Saturday morning.
A total of 5.72 inches of rain fell during the month of August.
Paul J. Bodey, formerly of Patriot, was married to Miss Lowetta Bowser, of Celina, Ohio, in that city Sunday.
Born, September 7th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford White of Patriot.
Born, September 10th, a daughter, Leola Hene, to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bell of Patriot.
Miss Mabel Kirkpatrick won first prize ribbons and a cash award on two hooked rugs, entered in the Indiana State Fair.
90 YEARS AGO
Vevay schools opened Monday morning with a total enrollment of 337, of which 186 are in the grades and 151 in high school.
Miss Mary Jane Lanham, formerly of Vevay, was united in marriage at the home of her parents in Louisville, Kentucky, September 4th, to Roy Prill, also of Louisville. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Prather of the Highland Presbyterian Church.
Preliminary work has been started on the Buddenburg’s new mill and J.E. Brown and Son’s new grocery in Patriot.
Competing in a class of 175 entries, Paul Shaw of route 1, Vevay, was awarded first premium in the Baltimore and Ohio Potato Exhibit which was held in connection with the State Fair at Indianapolis last week.
100 YEARS AGO
Only a small crowd is attending the East Enterprise Fair.
The following Jefferson Township teachers have been appointed: Abbie Coleman, Ida Webster, Lutie Rudd, Eugene Scudder, Pearle Johnson, O.F. Shadday, Saville Cole, Lulu Lock, and Walter Trafelet.
Harold Cotton is preparing arrangements for his annual horse show in Moorefield.
The steamer “Hattie Brown” was condemned by government inspectors and stopped from running until new boilers are installed.
Married September 9th, near Vevay, by Reverend Young, Miss Hazel Shaw and J. Rodney Danner.
L.L. Welch of Bennington is advertising fine ground limestone.
Edward Sanders is very ill at Bascom.
Buford Bucher of Patriot has been appointed to teach in the Canton, Illinois schools.
Miss Hessie Gullion of Posey Township graduated from Terre Haute Teachers College.
Piling is being driven at Dam 39 for the lock gates.
110 YEARS AGO
Barney Oldfield, the celebrated race driver, drove from Vevay to Cincinnati in less than two hours.
Aime Todd and Will Land, both formerly of Vevay, are on a camping trip here.
Marriage licenses were issued to Fred A. Stucy and Priscilla Griffith, Earl Simpson and Lunda Clements, Allie Baldwin and Laura Renaker, Ernest Hopkins and Margaret Todd, Fred Aldred and Cora Morrison.
H.J. Zearing, formerly of Bennington, has located in Madison.
Little Misses Mary Bear and Margaret Shaw were christened in the Methodist Church here by Reverend W. R. Lanthrop.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. Pem Pleasants has taken the place in J.K. Pleasants and Son’s Store vacated by Mr. Jullian Lamson, who is now in the store of I.P. Loring.
Licensed to marry: John W. Ricketts, and Ada M. Brown; Edward G. Coke and Dora E. Valentine; Benjamin Gregory and Sallie Slater; Edward Sanders and Eddie G. Pickett; Elmer Guile and Tilly M. Houston; Henry Albert and Elizabeth Smith; John Hannis and Maggie Gray.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Monday, the barn of Samuel Leap, residing in Craig Township, was consumed by fire. It contained about 75 bushels of wheat belonging to Walter Lock and about 25 bushels of wheat belonging to Mr. Leap, all of which was destroyed. There is no doubt that it was the work of an incendiary.
Isaac Turner has purchased from George Dufour his farm near Vevay of 130 acres.
Last week a straw stack and threshing machine belonging to James Bridle, Sr., in Craig Township was destroyed by fire, supposed to be the work of an incendiary.
Henry Dugan was painfully injured last Saturday when a team he was driving ran off, throwing him off the wagon, fracturing one leg and injuring the other knee and thigh.
150 YEARS AGO
Squire Anderson has just finished taking the census of Vevay which is as follows: males 629, females 685, total 1,314. In 1860, the population was 1,199, showing an increase of 113 in four years.
Married on the 1st inst., by Reverend E.G. Haskell, Mr. John Houston to Miss Albina Woody, both of Vevay.
Married on August 26th, by J.H. McHenry, Mr. James W. Jackson and Miss Elizabeth Adams.
Married on August 21st, by Squire John G. Anderson, Mr. George W. Torrence to Miss Melissa O. Roberts.