News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Officially, today (Thursday) marks the 27th Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay and Switzerland County. Actually, the community tradition began 30 years ago in 1968, when a group of local residents organized the first Swiss Wine Festival after more than a year of planning. The original planning committee of the first Swiss Wine Festival in 1968 included, Patricia Osborn, Irene Cheever, Joe Ricketts, Chester Perin, Reverend Carroll Buchanan, Mike Danner, Russell McSwain and Dr. J. Robert McKay.
The National Center for Small Communities has announced that Pete Furnish of the Vevay Town Council has been honored as a recipient of the American Hometown Leadership Award. The award honors people for outstanding leadership in communities of less than 25,000 people. The award is co-sponsored by Wal-Mart stores, and the chain is presenting the town of Vevay with a check for $5,000 in Pete Furnish’s honor. The funds are to be earmarked by the community to help with economic development.
An ultralight airplane piloted by a Gallatin County, Kentucky man crashed into a 200-acre cornfield at North Bend Farms near Patriot on Monday morning, and it took rescuers nearly three hours before the pilot and the wreckage was found. Jack Lowder of Warsaw, who is the Gallatin County coroner, was piloting his ultralight when it went down about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. Unhurt, he opted to stay with his plane and wait to be rescued. Chris Powell climbed to the top of a large silo on the farm and began to search the area with binoculars. On a pass of the field about 11:30 a.m. Chris Powell caught a small glimpse of the plane, and directed volunteers to the spot.
15 YEARS AGO
Jennifer Dawson and Allen Scudder will be married Saturday at Switzerland Baptist Church. Jennifer is the daughter of Linda Leap of Vevay and Melvin and Patti Dawson of New Berlin, Wisconsin. Allen is the son of Ronnie and Betty Hayes of East Enterprise and Eugene and Mary Lou Scudder of Bennington.
Jim Hunter was hired as the new transportation director for Switzerland County Schools at Monday’s meeting of the Switzerland County school board meeting.
The Edelweiss Princess is Angela Johnson of Carrollton. Katina Carter of Vevay was named Miss Congeniality for the second consecutive year at this year’s Edelweiss Princess Contest.
Jediah French of near Moorefield has been named a delegate coordinator for 1994 Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conference. He is the son of Mark and Sherry Trout.
The Switzerland County Public Library now has the “Pre-school Toy Lending Library”, funded by the Vevay Kiwanis Club, ready for circulation. There are over 40 toys in the collection.
20 YEARS AGO
Miss Angela Boles, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shafe Boles of route 2, Vevay, was crowned 1988 Edelweiss Princess Thursday night at opening festivities of the Swiss Wine Festival.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new firehouse at Patriot have been set for Saturday, August 27th, at 2 p.m. Leo and Alice Jackson will recapture some of the history of the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department during the ceremony.
40 YEARS AGO
One metropolitan newsman wrote that it was “a pretty good bash” and that is an apt description of Switzerland County’s first Swiss Wine Festival. An estimated 40,000 tourists and visitors flooded into the small county seat of 1,500 residents. The festival now appears assured as an annual event and workers are already thinking about 1969 and beyond.
Darlene Hankinson walked away with the crown, trophy, and red roses last Thursday night as Edelweiss Princess of Switzerland County’s first annual Swiss Wine Festival. Jackie Johnson, Switzerland County 4-H Fair queen last month, was runnerup to Miss Hankinson.
Publication day for Mrs. Lauretta Borgman’s new book, “Hoosier Breezes” has been set for September 2nd. The poet is a farmer who has spent her entire life in rural Indiana, much of it in tackling men’s work with stock in fencing and in the fields.
Captain Don Moseley, lockmaster of U.S. Lock and Dam 39 near Markland, will be a member of the team of navigation and engineering officials who will demonstrate the workings of the new Ohio River high level dams, including the one at Markland, during the Kentucky State Fair next week in Louisville.
Private George R. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Scott of near Moorefield, is serving with the Army Medical Corps in Wertheim, Germany. His wife Mrs. Lila Scott plans to join him in October.
Switzerland and Jefferson county tobacco farmers battled away for exhibit honors at State Fair judgings last week.
Two local 4-H girls won blue ribbons at State Fair competition. Judy Mountz of Patriot took first place for her exhibit in the electric projects and Sundra Penick won a blue ribbon for her entry in the craft project division.
60 YEARS AGO
The new shoe factory, Vevay’s largest building, is nearing completion with the massive steel frame work already in place and the concrete wall nearly of sufficient height for the placing the windows.
The annual Moorefield Celebration will be held this year on Saturday, August 28th. Interesting speakers have been provided and lunch will be served on the grounds.
A baby son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Slack, Jr., (nee Norma Lee Rayles) of near Vevay on Wednesday night, August 18th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
The Patriot-Posey schools will open September 10th with a half day session. Four new teachers have been employed for the coming school year. Mrs. Myrtle Hanna who has been teaching in Illinois will teach in the primary grade at Quercus Grove. Ernie Lock who has been in the New Castle schools for some time will have a part of the third grade and all of the fourth while Willard Bosaw who taught at Florence last year will have the fifth and sixth grade at Quercus Grove. Don Ford, a recent graduate at Franklin College and a former Columbus High School athletic star will be the new Patriot coach this year.
70 YEARS AGO
The last reminder of the days of the “Great Flood” passed into oblivion Wednesday when the temporary power plant housed in the Weales Motor Company here was shut down. Wiring for the new current was completed yesterday and the old 220 volt direct current passed out of existence after more than 40 years service.
Work will start here today in the new Vevay gymnasium.
Members of the Holiness mission have announced that they will start work on their new Tabernacle here in the near future.
The Vevay town board is giving serious consideration to the question of obtaining a sewage system for Vevay.
Mrs. Ella Humphrey, native of this county passed away in Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati, as the result of burns received when gasoline with which she was attempting to start a fire exploded.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Duvall of Moorefield, a son, Larry Ernest.
80 YEARS AGO
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Siebenthal of Florence August 19th a daughter Dorothy Romaine.
A son, Charles David, was born August 18th to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart of Patriot.
Charles B. Lamson last week sold his dwelling on Main Street to Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Copeland. Mr. Lamson and family will leave in about two weeks for California where they will reside.
90 YEARS AGO
William Leatherbury, 33, of near Bennington, was killed Friday afternoon when a tree under which he was standing during a storm was struck by lightning. The young man made his home alternately with his father and sister. Each one thought he was at the home of the other and his body was not discovered until the next day.
One of the largest crowds ever in Vevay assembled Monday to witness the flag raising on Main Street. The Elks band of Madison furnished the music. A community chorus sang and Private John A. Scott, a Canadian veteran, made the address.
Miss Grace Stepleton has resigned her position in Vevay High School to accept one as instructor in Washington, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Omer Scott, parents of Harry Scott who was reported missing in action, have received a letter from the Red Cross stating that it is believed the young man was taken prisoner by the Germans.
A son was born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bunger of Patriot.
Edwin Sedam, brother of Mrs. Frank Weaver of East Enterprise, died of appendicitis in a Cincinnati hospital last week. He was the son of Michael and Myrtle Sedam of Rising Sun, formerly of near East Enterprise.
Miss Anna Sutherland left this week to teach school at Elkhart.
Miss Ruth Nelson has gone to Kentland where she will teach this year.
Miss Jenette Tandy has returned from attending the summer term of Chicago University.
100 YEARS AGO
Ed Ramsey, aged 15, was killed and his brother Andy, aged 11 years, seriously injured when the skiff in which they were asleep and drifting down the river was run over by the Steamer Cincinnati Thursday morning. The boys are children of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Ramsey who reside on a shantyboat which at present is tied up opposite Markland. The body of Ed was recovered at the Markland wharfboat and the injured lad was rescued by George Ballard and son.
While on the Vevay sandbar yesterday morning hunting for coal, Harry Pelsor dipped up a human leg in his net. The limb is thought to be that of Miss Elizabeth Hansen who disappeared from her home in Cincinnati April 17th of this year.
Charlie Banta had the thumb of his left hand cut off in the band saw at the furniture factory yesterday morning.
Shirley, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Detraz of Craig Township, fell headlong into a cistern near the house on Monday, cutting a large gash in his head and breaking an arm.
Al B. Lientz was gored by a bull at his home Monday evening and received injuries which came near resulting in his death.
The Plum Creek bridge is now completed and ready for inspection by the Commissioners.
The mule team driven by Ernest Gibbs, general merchant of Sugar Branch, backed into the river with the Gibbs huckster wagon off the outside of the wharfboat Monday. The timely slashing of the lines saved the mules from going overboard, and wagon and all were saved.
Lewis Dow of Indianapolis came here the first of the week and has opened a tailor shop in the room over the I. P. Loring store.
Mrs. Lou V. Cole moved in from Sugar Branch the first of the week and has opened a millinery store in the room formerly occupied by T. R. Humphrey’s undertaking and tailoring establishment.
Born to John Land and wife of Florence, a boy.
120 YEARS AGO
L. O. Schroeder, aged 43 years, prominent attorney, died at his home in Vevay Monday. Mr. Schroeder had been mayor of Vevay and was prominent in civic affairs.
Last Tuesday evening a little girl of Philip Romerill fell from a horse and injured one arm below the elbow.
There will be a Harrison and Morton pole raising at Mount Sterling Saturday, September 1st.
A horse belonging to N. H. Morrison of Sugar Branch was killed when struck by lightning one day last week.
130 YEARS AGO
Last Friday the dead body of a man was found hanging to a small tree in the woods near the farm of J. W. Howard in York Township. He was suspended by two handkerchiefs tied together. He was a stranger and no means of identification were found on the body.
A son was born last week to William Jains and wife of Vevay.
Fred Stucy of Ghent has bought the hull of the old Dove and will convert it into a wharf boat to be used at that place.
The stockholders of the Virgie Lee have withdrawn it from the trade and it is now on the ways at Madison.
Jesse Kent, employed by “Hose” Harris of near Patriot, was drowned in the river while swimming last Sunday afternoon.
Henry Kieffer who resided on a farm near Mount Sterling fell from the steamer Sherley when near Hamilton, Kentucky last night and was drowned.
140 YEARS AGO
John Patton, formerly of this place, but now a resident of New Orleans is visiting here.
A match game of baseball will be played between Bennington and Vevay next Friday.
150 YEARS AGO
Market: Hay, per ton, $10 and $12; wheat, per bushel, 75 to 90 cents; butter, 12 1/2 cents per pound; eggs, 6 cents per dozen; lard, 10 cents per pound; potatoes, 50 cents to 75 cents per bushel.
152 YEARS AGO
There will be a meeting of the Fillmore and Donelson Club of Vevay at the Courthouse Saturday night at early candlelighting.
G. McCullough, president of the board of trustees of Jefferson Township, makes a report of the board in this issue. It covers the business of the past three years and excerpts follow: Township fund, cash on hand $339.77. The trustees, clerk and treasurer received $203.50. Received in road fund $1,052.69. Cash on hand $370.98. Received in school fund $1,947.48. Paid to teachers for three months terms $1,862.80. Enumeration of school children averages 737, with average attendance 343. Surely this is evidence enough of the necessity of a law to compel parents to send their children to free schools. Wood for schools, $649.69.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of