News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
For the past three years, Switzerland County riverboat casino supporters have rallied behind the slogan of “Saving the Best for Last,” Monday in Indianapolis, the Indiana Gaming Commission gave the county and Hollywood Park-Boomtown the chance to prove that statement true by awarding the county the fifth and final riverboat casino license on the Ohio River. Switzerland County supporters stood and cheered as the gaming commission voted to award the license to Switzerland County
P.J. Jackson, son of Pete and Terri Jackson of Quercus Grove, graduated on September 11th from basic training at Great Lakes Training Center, Illinois.
The Switzerland County School Board officially approved a budget of $11,448,791 for the current school year. It now goes to the state for approval.
Unemployment figures for July have been released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Switzerland County’s rate of 3.1 percent is the lowest rate ever recorded here since the state began tracking figures.
15 YEARS AGO
Four years ago, the students at Switzerland County High School didn’t seem to take much interest in the school’s greenhouse. When Greg Curlin taught his first horticulture class four years ago there were only seven students in the class. Now, there are three different classes related to the greenhouse and 52 students are involved in the program. The greenhouse was built during the 1985-86 school year, a gift to the school from philanthropist Paul Ogle.
20 YEARS AGO
The Markland Dam Bridge was dedicated 10 years ago on September 16th. The total cost of the project to build the 7,000 foot structure was $9,438,833.
Thelma Tinker drove her 1951 Pontiac Eight in the Canaan Fall Festival parade Saturday. She and her husband Wilbur have been restoring old automobiles for about 30 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Brown will be honored on their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children and grandchildren Sunday, September 25th, at the Ogle Haus Inn.
40 YEARS AGO
A stagecoach mail run celebration will be a feature of this year’s Canaan Fall Festival, October 12th. Visitors can purchase cards at Canaan and stamp them Stagecoach Mail Run at the Canaan Post Office the day of the celebration. The run is being conducted from Canaan to Madison to commemorate the saving of the historic Post Office in July and August. It was one of the small offices slated to close August 2nd.
It might as well have been Friday the 13th instead of just Friday the sixth for the Warner family. At 8:30 a.m. Friday, Charles Warner, 47, driving a GMC pickup truck collided with a milk truck. Thirty minutes after Charles Warner had an accident, his wife Rosalie, 44, wrecked her 1964 Ford station wagon on Green Valley Road.
The Switzerland County High School colors and nickname have been announced. The cheerleaders, principal, coaches, school board and superintendent worked many hours and the final decision was: Colors – Robin egg blue, orange and white. Nickname – the PACERS.
Barbara Ann Heath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Heath, has completed all requirements for her master of education degree in literature at the University of Cincinnati. Miss Heath teaches language arts at Franklin Community Junior High School and holds a bachelor of arts degree in social science from Hanover College.
Army Private Kenneth W. Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Damon Turner, has completed nine weeks of advanced infantry training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. His last week of training was spent in guerrilla warfare exercises.
Donald R. Lueking of Vevay, teaching biology at Eastwood Junior High School in Indianapolis, was among some 280 Indiana students given student teaching assignments in Hoosier secondary schools for the first eight weeks of the fall semester. Student teaching, done under the supervision of a qualified, experienced teacher, is required for state certification.
Marine Private Jesse A. Cuneo, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick E. Cuneo, was graduated from eight weeks of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.
50 YEARS AGO
A baby daughter was born by Caesarian section Friday in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Osborne of Vevay. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Rita Kay. Mr. Osborne is owner of the Deming Variety Store in Vevay.
The Kozy Kitchen restaurant on Main Street has been re-opened with Beryl Sigmon and Lorraine Simmons in charge.
Donald Byram, son of Mr. and Mrs. Park Byram of East Enterprise, was recently promoted from Airman first class to Staff Sergeant. The young man is stationed at Walker Air Force Base at Roswell, New Mexico and has another year of his four-year enlistment to serve.
Heavy equipment is being shipped to the site of the bridge over Log Lick Creek at Markland, where construction of a modern bridge and approaches will begin in the near future. Exact date of start of construction is not yet known. Clearing work has already begun on both ends of the approaches, and machinery is arriving regularly by road and river barge.
Mr. Clarence Hickman, 65, of near Moorefield is recovering satisfactorily from a delicate artery transplant operation performed recently at Robert W. Long Hospital in Indianapolis by Dr. Harris B. Shumaker, head of the surgery department of I. U. Medical Center.
60 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County is about to lose its airport according to the owner, Charles Scott, who stated this week that the action would be taken because of high maintenance costs and the tapering off of G.I. and other student instruction. Mr. Scott said that flying was now at its lowest ebb in several years and that only a program for high school students could save hundreds of airports and flying schools over the country.
Among the first of the World War II veterans to be enshrined in the Washington Cathedral’s National Roll of Honor is the name of Lieutenant Robert Lee Farrar who lost his life on November 13th, 1945, while serving aboard the submarine Escolar in the Yellow Sea.
Willam Buddenburg, a prominent farmer residing between Aberdeen and the Rising Sun hill was instantly killed about 5 o’clock Tuesday evening on a cut off road from state highway 56, when his tractor overturned, crushing him beneath.
B. W. Caywood, who for several years has operated a furniture refinishing and upholstering establishment in the Andrew property on Main Street has sold his business to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brady of Markland. Mr. Brady intends to add unclaimed freight to the other interests of the business.
70 YEARS AGO
Bill McKay, aged 13 years, of Lamb has been granted an operator’s license by the United States Steamboat Inspectors Captains Leek and Betts entitling him to pilot the ferryboat Ohio or any other 675 feet or less in length on the rivers of the United States.
The new Vevay School auditorium got away to a flying start this week with nearly all of the excavation work being done.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barnes, a son, and to Mr. and Mrs. John C. Bright, a son, all of Greenbriar Ridge.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Smith of Moorefield, a daughter Rosemary.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elliott celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday at their home on Pleasant Ridge.
80 YEARS AGO
At a meeting of the city council Monday night final arrangements were made for the purchase and installation of a new oil engine and generator.
It is possible that Indiana Baptists will lose the Schenck Memorial home here since some of the heirs claim they have not fulfilled their part of the agreement. In that event it is possible that the beautiful home will be given to Switzerland County for a hospital.
Next Sunday September 23rd, the Vevay Presbyterian Church will observe the 100th anniversary of the church.
A tent being used by the Holiness Band for a meeting near Bennington was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. It is believed to have been started by children playing with matches.
Attacked by a bull on his farm on state road 56, four miles west of Vevay Sunday morning, Earl Shaw, dairyman, was painfully injured and narrowly escaped being gored to death.
Kiesel Cole and John A. Danglade last week resigned from Perry’s Footwarmers orchestra. Mr. Danglade is Vevay High School principal and feels that he must devote all of his time to his teaching duties. Mr. Cole has secured a position with the Ohio Valley Casket Company, as a traveling salesman.
90 YEARS AGO
Bertie Orem of Bennington and David Farrell of Moorefield left this week to enter the students army training camp at Hanover College.
Louis Teats, Charles Cheever, Winfield English, Leo Dittgen and Stacy Cole left this week to enter the Students Army Training Camp at Indiana University. Harry Lamson entered the Student Camp at Cincinnati University.
A son was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Peters of Center Square.
Noah O’Banion, 19, of Rising Sun was killed in action July 25th. He was Ohio County’s first casualty.
Bugler Pea C. Button, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Button, formerly of Vevay, was killed in action on July 18th. He was 17 having enlisted when he was 15 and served on the Rio Grande. His late father operated a hardware store here.
100 YEARS AGO
An unknown cyclist ran over Mrs. Walter Buschmann Monday evening knocking her down and tearing the tendons in her right wrist. The unknown man quickly mounted his bicycle and rode away after the accident, since it is unlawful to ride on the sidewalks.
Born to Albert Fish and wife of East Enterprise, a boy.
Born to Albert Kinnett and wife of Markland, a girl.
Dr. W. H. Cunningham has opened an office in Sugar Branch.
The Ivory Wood Trading boat will be at Florence from September 24th to 29th and will be at Markland from October 5th to 8th with a large stock of goods on board to trade for rags, bones, iron and metal.
110 YEARS AGO
Mrs. W. R. Protsman met with what might have been a very serious accident yesterday. In attempting to draw water from a cistern the curbing gave way, causing Mrs. Protsman to fall partially in the opening and receiving severe bruises which will confine her to her home for several days.
Marriage licenses have been issued to James Sanders and Pearl Tyler, Simon L. Peelman and Annie M. Shelby, Charles P. Lyons and Emma Poston, Ben Bates and Alice Salyers, R. B. Vannatter and Mamie Dickason, Albert Phillips and Julia Eads, William M. Eaton and Minnie Benedict, Willard Hornbeck and Mary Story, Otto Hornbeck and Ollie Whittaker.
Work has commenced on a new church at Long Run.
120 YEARS AGO
Born to Reverend and Mrs. G. W. Perryman Tuesday morning, a girl, Lucille Duvall.
H. L. Rea of Cincinnati has located in Patriot.
Licensed to marry: Allen Corrans to Elizabeth L. Smith; Lincoln M. Johnson to Sarah E. Petit; James A. Adams to Susannah K. Manford.
Last Monday while John Henry, Sr., near Center Square, and his son-in-law, John Bodle, were driving out the pike from Vevay to Mount Sterling, their horse became frightened and Mr. Henry was thrown from the buggy and seriously injured.
Captain Peter Told has sold the steamer Tom Ross to I. W. Grubbs, coal gauger at Cincinnati, delivering the boat Tuesday.
130 YEARS AGO
Brooksburg now has a tin shop — James Boyd, formerly of Florence, an excellent mechanic does the work.
Walter Jackson is now clerking in Julius Blach & Son’s clothing store.
Ben Kenney created quite an excitement in Vevay Tuesday night by bringing his steam wagon to town. If the weather is suitable his wagon will pull several wagon loads out to the fair today. Ben is a genius and his wagon a curiosity.
B. L. Simmons has sold his interest in the grocery of Fallis & Simmons to Kansas Hollcroft. Henry M. Fallis and Mr. Hollcraft will continue the business.
On Wednesday of last week while James and Bruce Dodd were driving near Brooksburg the horse became frightened at an umbrella and ran away, throwing the young men out. They were uninjured but the buggy was demolished.
140 YEARS AGO
A horse fair will be held at East Enterprise next Thursday.
Mrs. Mary Niles and Mrs. E. Burns have entered into a partnership for the purpose of carrying on the millinery and fancy goods business in Vevay.
Reverend A. F. Miller will preach in Center Square next Saturday and Sunday.
150 YEARS AGO
Considerable sickness is reported over the county.
Mr. Ormsby and wife of Vevay were injured in a wreck on the Steubenville and Indiana railroad last Friday.
Elder James Lanham of the local Christian church will conduct special services at the courthouse next Sunday.
152 YEARS AGO
W. J. Protsman is advertising for six good flour barrel coopers at his shop 6 miles west of Vevay.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of