News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County High School chapter of the Junior Historical Society has received the Director’s Award from the Indiana State Junior Historical Society. The award is presented each year to the state’s most outstanding chapter.
Switzerland County Superior Court judge John Mitchell announced Tuesday that he has appointed Otis Noe as the county’s new probation officer. Until now Switzerland County has shared a probation officer with Jefferson County, but an increase in cases there has meant that the probation office here hasn’t gotten the attention that it needs.
Lowell Wayne and Rita Sullivan will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 28th.
Emmett Wayne and Nell Jaynes of Anderson invite all family and friends to help them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at an open house on Saturday, June 27th, hosted by their children. The couple resided in Vevay and then in Moorefield until Emmett Jaynes retired from the Nine West Shoe Corporation after 43 years of service in 1996.
Ivan and Doris Allen of Versailles will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Saturday, June 27th, with an open house. They are former residents of Vevay where they started the Swiss Valley Lanes bowling center.
15 YEARS AGO
Twyla Scudder, formerly of Switzerland County, was the featured speaker for commencement exercises held May 30th at Madison Consolidated High School. An attorney specializing in environmental law, Twyla Scudder lives in Louisville. She is the granddaughter of Freda Ackerman of Vevay and the sister of Kevin Scudder of Markland.
Angela Renae Harlow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Harlow of Vevay, was married May 1st to David Bentley Todd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Todd of Hanover.
Navy Airman Recruit Michael D. Evans, a 1992 graduate of Switzerland County High School, recently returned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, homeported in San Diego, from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf.
20 YEARS AGO
Christy Knaus, route 1, Florence, and Angela Boone, route 3, Vevay, have been named to the spring quarter dean’s list at Ball State University. Christy is a senior and is the daughter of Floyd and Jeanette Knaus. Angela is the daughter of Roger Boone.
Carl and Hazel Brown, who have been keeping the Vevay weather station running for the past 14 years, will be retiring on Friday. The weather station, which is a part of the National Weather Service network, has been at the Brown’s home on Arch Street since it was moved from the Vevay Water Plant in 1974.
Joe Kennedy, route 3, Vevay, and Jennifer Weales, of Vevay, represented Switzerland County at the 13th annual Young People’s Citizenship Seminar, sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., June 6th-9th at Franklin College. Both are students at Switzerland County High School.
40 YEARS AGO
Lowell Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sullivan of Vevay, has “made his mark” in basketball and baseball at North Florida Junior College in Madison, Florida. He was selected by the coaches and team in basketball for his sportsmanship and, in addition, received a team blanket. In baseball he was awarded a letter.
Joe Ricketts has been elected 1968-69 president of Vevay Chamber of Commerce to take office July 1st and succeed outgoing president Lloyd Farrar. Roy Patterson was elected vice president to succeed Ricketts and James Cole was elected secretary to succeed Gerald Shadday. Mike Danner was reelected treasurer.
The fountain and grounds of John F. Brown Park at the triangle corner of Market and Main streets at Vevay Presbyterian Church have been restored and beautified by town maintenance workers and several interested citizens. The work included planting shrubs and flowers.
U.S. Army Pfc. William A. Chase, 20, son of Paul E. Chase of route 2, Vevay, has been assigned as a bulldozer operator in the 137th Engineer Company near Tam Quan, Vietnam.
For the first time in 11 recounts over the past six years a would-be loser in a Switzerland County election may have managed to gain election through a recount. William Ray lost the Democratic party nomination for First District county commissioner election night May 7th to Henry K. Brown by a three-vote margin, 611-608, but Saturday a three-man recount commission declared him a one-vote, 603-602, winner in the race. However, some 50 disputed ballots remain for the study of Judge Paul Schnaitter of Switzerland Circuit Court before the winning candidate is determined for the November general election.
50 YEARS AGO
Marine Private Billy T. Madison, son of Mrs. Mary L. Madison of route 2, Vevay, was scheduled to finish four weeks of individual combat training recently at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California.
The Markland Dam and lock project has been assured of more construction funds, as the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Monday allowed $11 million for the work. The House committee followed President Eisenhower’s recommended Ohio River construction budget to the exact figure.
Pfc. Bernard Bray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bray of route 4, Vevay, was separated from active duty in the U.S. Army June 2nd and has enrolled at Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas for post graduate work. Mr. Bray is studying for his master’s degree in education.
Joe Roberts and Keith Brown, stars of last season’s sectional tourney winning Vevay High basketball team, will participate in the annual all-star game at Versailles Friday night, June 20th. The event is sponsored by the Ripley County Voiture Forty and Eight, with proceeds going to nurses training aid.
Miss Nancy Scudder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Scudder of near Vevay, will graduate August 10th from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati.
60 YEARS AGO
Harry B. Turner, son of Lawrence Turner and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Turner of near Florence, received the degree of Master of Science in Education from Indiana University Sunday, June 13th.
Robert Chittenden and Eugene Brown of Vevay left Monday for Great Lakes, Illinois to begin “boot training” in the Navy. Both young men are members of the 1948 graduating class of Vevay High School.
A new motor grader, recently purchased by the Commissioners, has been delivered and is now in operation on county roads. The machine is a Caterpillar 70 horsepower diesel and is now operated by Herschel Chase in grading and ditching. County Highway Superintendent Kibbe Bliss stated that it was the first new machinery purchased by the county for several years and was the finest thing of its kind ever used here.
Mrs. Lou Haskell quietly celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday at her home on Market Street here. Her son, Mort Haskell, and her granddaughter, Kay Haskell, of Detroit, Michigan, spent the weekend here with her.
A seven-pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson McClure on Tuesday, June 15th, at the home of Mrs. McClure’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Vantyle of route 3, Vevay.
70 YEARS AGO
Sam Huff has secured a position as assistant baker at the Vevay Flour Mills bakery.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Ricketts of Allensville on June 8th, a son, Russell Lee.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Siebenthal of Florence on June 5th, a fine girl.
J.D. Ross’ saloon license expires June 6th and this leaves Patriot a dry town, the first time for 10 years. This leaves Jefferson Township the only wet township in Switzerland County.
Saturday while returning from Markland to her home in Pleasant View, Mrs. Mollie Kirkpatrick was thrown from the buggy but not seriously hurt. Automobile the cause.
R.D. Slawson, owner of the Vevay Auto Company, has announced the appointment of Mr. James C. Edenton of Cincinnati, as general manager of the plant here.
The gasoline Road Maintainer owned by Switzerland County and driven by Everett Le Clerc and Ray Rose, caught fire near the top of Shull Hill on the Bennington Road, Wednesday morning and was badly damaged before the flames were extinguished by the Moorefield Fire Department.
Dr. William H. Fuller, prominent physician and former resident of Vevay, died in the Milan hospital Sunday from the effect of injuries received in an automobile crash last Thursday.
Tilley Pickett and Charles David Benedict landed a 30-pound buffalo fish on their line at the foot of Silver Street Wednesday morning.
80 YEARS AGO
John Downey Works, former United States Senator from California and a native of Switzerland County, died at his home in Los Angeles on June 6th.
The new Reveille-Enterprise building was completed Tuesday by Detraz Brothers and work of moving the plant is now underway.
Ex-County Commissioner Bruce D. Scott, one of Switzerland County’s best known citizens died at his home near Lamb Saturday, June 9th.
Born to Wilbur Ellis and wife of Five Points May 30th, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Bladen of Florence, June 9th, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Neely Scudder of Jacksonville June 3rd, a son.
Miss Janette Copeland has taken a position in the Vevay Deposit Bank.
Miss Julie L. Knox left Monday for Orange, New Jersey, where she will spend a few days with Miss Ruth Salyers. On June 16th Miss Knox will sail from New York for Europe, where she will spend the summer.
90 YEARS AGO
Willard, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mellen of near Center Square, fell downstairs while sleepwalking Monday night and broke his arm.
A committee of businessmen from Madison met with Captain C. E. Roe, manager of the Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company and requested him to place the steamer Vim back in the Madison-Warsaw trade.
The two-story building on Main Street owned by Mrs. Minerva Wharton is being remodeled and will be occupied by the clothing store of Walter Gaudin. A new front will be installed and other improvements made.
Andrew J. Leap, 91, a Civil War veteran, died unexpectedly Saturday at his home near Long Run.
An airplane, piloted by two officers from Dayton, Ohio, passed over the north part of the county Saturday on its way to Camp Taylor. It was seen by a number of persons in the county. In a few more years they will be as common as Fords.
Eighty-five more boys in Switzerland County who became 21 years old since June 5th registered Wednesday for the draft.
A son was born June 7th to Mr. and Mrs. William Conover of Patriot.
Dean Campbell of Posey Township is ill with smallpox. He had been attending military school in Cincinnati and all the boys were sent home after one of them developed the disease.
Miss Edith Buck has returned to her home in Egypt Bottom from a sanitarium in Michigan.
Reverend F.W. Schmunk of near Pleasant was seriously injured Saturday while assisting Graham Ralston load logs. A log which they were dragging on a hillside with a chain slipped backward and passed over Reverend Schmunk’s body.
There was an eclipse of the sun Saturday, but it was eclipsed by the excitement of the airplane flying over the county, the first one.
Will Dickason and Arthur Oakley enlisted in the Navy Monday and have gone to the Great Lakes for training.
100 YEARS AGO
Dannie Williams, aged 20 years, and Miss Minnie Hughes, about 18, were fired upon last Sunday evening while rowing on the Ohio River and were painfully, though not seriously, hurt. John Beresford, a fisherman, has been arrested and placed in jail although he protested that he is innocent.
Jesse Sanders, aged about 23, was seriously injured in a runaway accident at Carrollton last Saturday.
In an automobile accident which occurred near Warsaw on Friday evening, C.S. Tandy and wife were seriously injured and two daughters Julia and Harriet and Mrs. Tandy’s brother, Mr. Reid Carpenter, of Mansfield, escaped with slight bruises. The steamer Hattie Brown, which arrived from Madison, was chartered to bring the injured party home.
110 YEARS AGO
Miss Nettie Northcut has been elected supervisor of Education of the Anderson Public School at a good salary.
Mrs. J. P. Carter has joined the cyclists in Vevay having purchased a new wheel.
Henry Rutherford has his new barber shop at Moorefield almost completed.
120 YEARS AGO
Last week the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mellen had her skull fractured when a hoe her little brother was using in an endeavor to pull down a limb of cherries, slipped and struck her. She is now improving and is expected to recover.
James A. Works, Jr., has left for San Diego, California where he has purchased half interest in a livery stable and where he will make his home.
John Malcomson is building a new eight-room frame residence on his farm in Craig Township.
Frank Coleman has removed his cigar store into the Pleasants building on Ferry Street.
Walter D. Armstrong of Lawrenceburg was in Vevay last week and sold his interest in the clothing store of Loring and Armstrong to Oliver S. Clendenning. The firm will now be known as Loring and Clendenning.
Clarence Gordon last week while painting at Owenton, Kentucky was precipitated to the ground by a ladder falling and is now home nursing an injured foot.
Henry Myers, proprietor of the Myers Hotel in Allensville has recently given the structure a coat of paint.
130 YEARS AGO
Vevay continues to assume city airs. A street sprinkler under the command of David Jaynes is the latest addition.
Oscar Murphy of East Enterprise suffered a broken arm when he was kicked by a mule last week.
Amie Pleasants, year old son of S. E. and Sallie Pleasants, died June 12th of spotted fever.
Fairview is advancing. She now has two blacksmith shops, two stores, three milliner shops and one cheese factory.
150 YEARS AGO
We learn from one of the stockholders that $6,400 has been subscribed to the Moorefield Turnpike Company.
Joseph Dow had his leg fractured a few days since by the kick of a horse.
152 YEARS AGO
A coal barge has been caught by E.B. Yarnell near Patriot. It is marked “Dravo” on the top cross ties at each end, is 125 feet long and 20 feet wide. Unless claimed within 10 days it will be sold.
A petition signed by 105 residents of Patriot protesting the selling of intoxicating liquors in their town is published in this issue.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of