News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Burley fields all around Switzerland County are filled with farmers and hired hands cutting this year’s tobacco crop, and experts are saying that the upcoming harvest could be one of the best in recent years. Chuck Deputy of the Farm Service Agency said this year’s crop is the best he has been in the past four or five years.
The Indiana Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision at its September 14th meeting of whether to award the fifth and final riverboat casino license for the Ohio River. Switzerland County riverboat supporters feel very confident that Switzerland County will be awarded the riverboat gaming license when the commission next meets.
Nate Osborn of Vevay has been growing large sunflowers in his garden for many years, and lately he has turned his attention to prize-winning vegetables as well. He grew a 2-pound tomato and reported that he and wife Ruth Osborn had about eight others just as big. His secret? Nate Osborn reports that he put achopped tobacco stalks on his garden for nutrients this year, and some of the tomato vines grew over his head in height.
James Catanzaro of Vevay has earned a spot on a national all-star baseball team that will travel to Puerto Rico for 10 days during Christmas break to play a series of games against that country’s best young players. He is the son of Anthony and Peggy Catanzaro of Vevay.
15 YEARS AGO
Scott Weaver, son of Rodger and Phyllis Weaver, of near East Enterprise, participated in the Indiana Cooperative Education Youth and Young Farmer Program conducted July 25th through 29th. He was sponsored by Milk Marketing, Inc., a regional milk cooperative.
Shannon Luanne Anders and Stephen Eric White will be married on Saturday, September 4th, at noon at the home of Shannon’s parents. She is the daughter of Bob and Sunny Anders of near Quercus Grove. Eric is the son of Steve White of Rising Sun and Cindy White of Aurora.
Cybil Thompson, daughter of James and Marlene Thompson of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Mark Griffin, son of Kenny and Connie Watson of Vevay, have announced their engagement.
20 YEARS AGO
Wayne Daugherty was named to replace Ron Redmon as the Switzerland County High School girls’ basketball coach. Redmon announced his resignation last month to take a Guidance Director position with the Jennings County School Corporation. Wayne Ellegood was named assistant girls’ basketball coach.
John Collier, who coached basketball in Switzerland County in the 1950’s, will be returning to act as Grand Marshal of the Swiss Wine Festival Parade Saturday morning.
The heat wave that has been around all summer isn’t expected to lift until mid-September according to weather forecasters. Temperatures climbed to the 100 mark in Vevay on Monday and hit a high of 103 degrees on Tuesday afternoon.
Bobby Minch brought an 8 pound, 10 1/2 ounce head of cabbage that was grown by his mom, Frances Minch in her backyard.
Lisa Demaree, daughter of Tom and Mary Jane Demaree, participated in graduation ceremonies at Ball State University in Muncie on August 12th. Lisa majored in dietetics with a clinical option and will now work in an internship program with the National Health Corporation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Furnish of Vevay celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on August 17th.
40 YEARS AGO
The time for preparation has drawn to a close and the moment of performance is at hand as Vevay and Switzerland County officially open tonight the community’s first annual Swiss Wine Festival. The four-day festival will open with a beauty pageant at 8 o’clock tonight and will draw to a climax with a water ski and sky diver program at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
U.S. Army Private Renny Koons, 20, son of Mrs. Elva Koons of Patriot, completed a light vehicle driver course at Ft. Ord, July 26th. During the course he was trained in the operation and maintenance of military vehicles up to and including the 2 1/2 ton truck.
50 YEARS AGO
Town employees are completing the erection of two additional street lights in Vevay, located on Ferry Street in front of the Vevay Auto Company, and on Pike Street by the First National Bank building.
A baby daughter was born on August 18th in Baptist Memorial Hospital, San Antonio, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin L. Courtney. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and has been named Cynthia Ann. Mr. Courtney is a former resident of Switzerland County.
The Russian Sputnik No. 3 has been witnessed by many persons in the county during the past several days. Traveling from northwest to southeast the carrier rocket has been plainly visible and on Tuesday night it appeared twice, first at 8:15 and again at 9:56 p.m.
The Vevay School Board met last week and accepted the resignation of Mrs. L. A. Byram as supervisor of the lunch room. Mrs. Byram resigned because of ill health. She had held this position ever since the lunch room has been in the school, a period of about 10 years.
The Vevay Methodist Church softball team, a fill-in entry in the Long Run Baptist Softball League, walked off with the league championship. The Switzerland Baptist Church of Vevay took the honors in regular season play, losing only one game. Dan Kile was the winning pitcher in both of Friday’s games. Bill Konkle and Keith Brown homered for the Methodist team in the first tilt, and Billy Fisher timbered a home run for New Liberty. In the nightcap, Bob Brown, Keith Brown and John Boyken, Sr., hit round trippers for the winners.
60 YEARS AGO
The Fairview Farmers Fair opened Wednesday night with a lightweight pulling contest which was witnessed by a large crowd.
Miss Betty Jean Wolf, daughter of Mrs. Ethel Wolf, has completed her full course of training at Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Indiana, having received her bachelor of science degree at their recent graduation exercises. She has accepted a position on the teaching staff at Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis.
The donkey ball game which is being sponsored by the local VFW will play one night only Friday, August 20th, at Kiwanis Park. It promises to be an evening packed with plenty of laughs. All of the players except the pitcher and catcher are mounted on donkeys and they must ride from base to base.
Miss Kathryn Curry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landon Curry of Five Points has recently received collaboration agreements from the J. Charles McNeil Music Company for the writing of music, for a poem entitled “Remember,” which she submitted to them. Miss Curry is a graduate of Vevay High School, Class of ’48.
70 YEARS AGO
John Ackerman of route 1, Vevay, suffered a fractured leg when a tree he was falling split and he was knocked to the ground by falling branches.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Christman of Pleasant, an eight pound son.
A seven pound son was born August 22nd to Mr. and Mrs. Sammie Leep of Craig Township.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Bolden of Markland August 16th, a baby son.
Born August 18th, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Niccum of Hominy Ridge, a daughter Mary Edna.
Leland Moreillon has leased the new filling station he is constructing at the corner of Main and Tell streets to the Sinclair Oil Company.
80 YEARS AGO
One hundred ninety-four people attended the Dunning reunion held at East Enterprise Sunday.
A daughter, Lucille Frances, was born August 13th to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swango of Five Points.
Johnson Brown of Vevay has a garden patch of corn that is such a curiosity that many people have gone to his home to see it. From each stalk shoots like suckers run out from the joints and the ears of large size and perfectly formed, grow on the end of the shoots. Some of the ears of corn are five feet from the main stalk.
D. M. Haskell, retired Vevay business man, quietly celebrated his 88th birthday anniversary Monday. Mr. Haskell is one of Vevay’s finest citizens.
Perry’s Footwarmers broadcast an hour’s program over WHAS at Louisville Wednesday afternoon from three until four. Miss Thelma Benedict, Kiesel Cole, John Danglade, and Paul Ogle are Vevay members of the orchestra.
90 YEARS AGO
A total of 2,548 women in the county have registered for possible war service such as general Red Cross work, teaching, first aid, knitting, making surgical dressings, etc.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hughes of Patriot received a telegram Saturday from the war department telling them that their son, Private Forrest Hughes had been killed in action on August 3rd.
James F. Rook, Elbert Wolf, Ollie H. Uhlmansiek, Harry Stepleton, Galen Armstrong, Mark Bear, Adam L. Miller, Glen Waltz, John W. Ballard, Eddie C. Birkemier, Herschel A. Lorch and Howard Peters left this week for Camp Custer, Michigan, in the draft call.
The following men left for Camp Sherman, Ohio, Lawrence Pickett, James Carf, Harvey Leatherbury, Roy A. Hastings, Harry Whitton, Victor B. Shadday, Leslie Hamilton and William T. Faunce.
Samuel Scott, 76, of Rising Sun, father of James D. Scott of Vevay, died Sunday from injuries which he received when hit by a horse and buggy while trying to cross the street. The fatal accident occurred while people were making an attempt to get to a field where an airplane had landed.
Miss Julia Knox left this week for Crawfordsville to take up her new duties as head of the Latin department in the high school there.
100 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Ice Company has been shipping several tons of ice to Owenton, Kentucky each week.
Dude Grimes and wife on last Wednesday purchased the restaurant on Ferry Street from Jeff Greenwell.
The old “Stone College” in Craig Township has been torn down and has been replaced with a new frame building. “Stone College” was the first stone school house to be built in Craig Township and has been in use for many years.
Born to Elza Waltz and wife of Mount Sterling, an 11 1/2 pound girl.
Born to William Cook and wife of Goose Creek, a fine boy.
Landon Brindley, who has been in the employ of A. G. Spaulding and Brother of Cincinnati for several years, has been promoted to the position of head bookkeeper of the Cincinnati branch.
Lul Dupraz, for many years second clerk on the Steamer Louisville, was made head clerk of the Cincinnati last Friday succeeding Harry Taylor, deceased.
Lou Peelman has gone to Connersville to accept a position as foreman of the veneer room in the furniture factory there.
110 YEARS AGO
Dilver, five-year-old son of Lincoln Clark and wife of Bear Branch, was severely bitten by a dog Saturday evening. His face and mouth were terribly mutilated and at first it was thought he could not recover but he is now improving.
Last Monday while Henry Harper was assisting in raising the timbers for a barn for Lan Tevis near Moorefield a piece of timber fell striking him, resulting in severe bruises and two broken ribs.
Clyde Drake is in a critical condition at his home near Vevay. While riding his bicycle along the road last Saturday he passed a horse and buggy, the horse became frightened and kicked him in the head.
A daughter was born last week to Alex Harper and wife at Avonburg.
A daughter was born August 5th, to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Sedam of East Enterprise.
120 YEARS AGO
Among the licensed to teach school in the examination held recently at Warsaw, Kentucky were Miss Anna Protsman of Vevay, Eugene Stoops of Markland, and John J. Waltz of Vevay.
Oliver A. Cole has established a new business in Vevay, a cooper shop and is manufacturing barrels.
B. V. Ross and industrious young man of Vevay has opened a meat store in the Market House.
The fine stallion of Oliver S. Clendenning, “John Carroll” took second premium in the trotting ring at the Lawrenceburg fair.
Robert Knox Jr., is now employed in the office of the wharfboat.
Only two in county jail awaiting trial at next term of court.
Mary, the 16-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Hathorn, was so severely scalded last Friday that she died Saturday morning. Mrs. Hathorn had placed a tub of hot water on a chair and the child pulled it over.
The following parents in Vevay are happy: Oscar Webb and wife, boy; Adolph Lorch and wife, girl; Hugh Brown and wife, girl; W. P. Craig and wife, boy.
Harry Wallace suffered the loss of a finger on his left hand while working at the furniture factory last Saturday.
Ira M. Taylor having purchased the lot on Main Street where the office of Dr. Gale was located will soon erect a two story iron front brick business house.
Professor Favre Mottier of Patriot has organized a music class in Vevay.
130 YEARS AGO
Tuesday night of last week a thief entered the residence of Isaac F. Banta in Craig Township and stole $15 belonging to a son of Mr. Banta.
A few days ago a little son of R. Wycoff had a finger cut off by a cider mill.
A barn belonging to M. R. Green, one mile above Patriot, burned on the night of August 6th. A mule and three fine horses were burned to death.
B. F. Thiebaud has returned to his home in Craig from Valparaiso where he has been attending school.
A son was born last week to Harry Burke and wife of Markland.
140 YEARS AGO
The Republican mass meeting held at East Enterprise last Saturday was the largest body of people ever assembled in Switzerland County. The Republican voters of Switzerland and Ohio counties met in joint convention for the purpose of nominating a candidate to represent the two counties in the State Legislature. S. H. Stewart of Ohio County was nominated.
Ku Klux Klans have been organized in Carroll County, Kentucky and are endeavoring to drive the Union men from the state. James Munn and Elisha Stoops, both of this county, now residing near Ghent, have been ordered to leave and Munn has done so.
A total of 311 soldiers now belong to the organization of “Fighting Boys in Blue.”
Last Saturday night Professor J. G. Blewitt was stopped by three men near Ghent and relieved of a revolver and $60.
150 YEARS AGO
A man named Washburn was brought from Patriot here on Tuesday night and put in jail on a charge of stealing $500 in gold, two watches, lockets and clothing, in all amounting to $670, from his aunt, Mrs. McCarty of Patriot. The theft was committed during the absence of Mrs. McCarty but a small son was watching him through the keyhole.
Lewis Detraz of Craig Township suffered a $4,000 loss Wednesday night when his barn and 80 tons of hay, a quantity of grain and many farming implements were consumed by fire.
On last Friday a lodge of Good Templars was established at Mount Sterling.
152 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland and Ohio County Agricultural Fair will be held in Rising Sun on September 24th, 25th, 26th.
At a barn raising on Friday at Stephen H. Rogers’ in Craig Township a straw vote for president was taken with the following results: Fillmore 52, Buchanan 5, Fremont 2, undecided 3.
The director of the mint proposes that the new cent shall be 88 parts copper and 12 parts nickel. This will make a coin of a dark reddish color. It is to weigh 72 grains, less than half the present cent of 168 grains.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of