News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers.
10 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County girls cross country team captured the ORVC conference championship Tuesday night with a decisive victory in the conference meet at Milan. The Lady Pacers had the top three runners in the meet. They are Patience Meyer, Jaclyn Ranz and Torrie Davidson. This is the sixth straight year that a Switzerland County Lady Pacer has captured the individual title.
Lawrence E. and Doris Carolyn Kelly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next Saturday.
Tonya Archer and Mike Krall were joined by family and friends as they exchanged vows on Saturday, September 1st. After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple now resides in Mount Sterling.
Justin A. Heath, son of Jeff and Yonna Heath of near Lamb, has graduated from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Jade Cooney of Patriot has earned Honorable Mention honors for her photograph of the Ohio River from a point in Switzerland County. The photo was submitted as an entry in a contest sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), the group that organizes the Ohio River Sweep each year. ORSANCO will use the winning photographs in a 2002 calendar which will honor the beauty of the Ohio River Valley.
20 YEARS AGO
In the Miss Petite Indiana beauty pageant, held at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana on October 20th, Mrs. Mollie Bovard of Vevay was selected first runnerup and Miss Congeniality.
Shawn Paul Caplinger has graduated from basic training at the Naval Recruit Training Center in Orlando, Florida. He is the son of Paul and Sandy Caplinger of Moorefield and is a 1991 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Lori Anne Allison will become the bride of Troy Lee Vaughn Saturday, December 21st, in the Franklin College Chapel.
Carl D. Hutchinson has enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard, and recently reported to Fort Benning, Georgia for training. He is the son of Carl and Betty Hutchinson of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
The annual Harem-Scarem Parade will be held in downtown Vevay this Saturday, Halloween night. Registration for the many prizes begins at 5 p.m. at the old Vevay High School Gym and the parade will start at 6:30 p.m.
There’s some good news and maybe some more good news concerning the repair of State Road 56, between Brooksburg and Madison. The dirt barrier will soon be removed and the work of repaving will soon be completed so people can again travel S.R. 56 to get to Madison and beyond.
40 YEARS AGO
It appears highly improbably any type of agreement between Democratic and Republican leaders will be reached to attempt to prevent – or at least limit – vote-buying practices during Vevay’s town election Tuesday. Chairman of the respective town committees – Democrat Maurice Sullivan and Republican Louis Teats – told Vevay Newspapers Monday that there has been no communication between the two parties concerning a pledge against vote-buying. While both said they hope for a clean election and feel vote-buying will not be wide-spread, especially not as wide-spread as in last November’s Switzerland County general election, both said they feel little would be accomplished by an agreement.
Due to the Democratic Party failing to file certificates of nomination for its candidates before a September 1st filing deadline, there will be no town election in Patriot Tuesday with offices going by default to the Republican candidates. Mrs. Isabel Smith, Republican clerk-treasurer for the town said Tuesday that the decision not to hold an election was made after opinions from Indiana State Election Board and Vevay attorney Chester Callis had been obtained. It appears no action will be taken by the defaulting Democrats to fight the decision. However, a mandate against Mrs. Smith as clerk-treasurer was briefly threatened prior to Democratic consultations Tuesday.
50 YEARS AGO
Plans were announced this week for the opening of a new general merchandise store on Vevay’s Main Street. The new store, to be called the Community Shop, will be operated by Mrs. Walter Unwiller in quarters previously occupied by the defunct Budget Shoppe.
Southeastern Indiana Fox Hunters Association held its annual bench show and field trial at Versailles State Park with Roger Stone of Lexington, Kentucky, judging the show, and Howard Tilson also of Lexington serving as master of hounds. Hounds were cast at day break last Thursday, Friday and Saturday and ran for five hours.
Morris Cabell McKee, Vevay, is among 131 Indiana University students having been awarded $100 checks as “Little 500 Scholars.” All were selected because they are helping earn their own way through school.
A passenger was injured slightly last Wednesday night as an automobile driven by Leon Gray, 16, of Vevay, went out of control and struck a telephone pole along state road 129. Injured was Kenny Smith, 17, of rural route 1, Vevay, who suffered a bruised left arm.
60 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Jackson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Vevay next Sunday, October 21st.
Charles Haskell, Jr., of near Vevay sustained a painfully injured knee last week when he was kicked by a cow.
Thurman Fancher, a young farmer of near Vevay, lost the little finger of his left hand Saturday while sawing wood on the Green farm near his place.
Mr. and Mrs. Harve Hamilton, a highly respected couple of Center Square, observed their 59th wedding anniversary last Friday, October 12th.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil G. Demaree of Greenbriar Ridge will observe their 50th wedding anniversary next Sunday, October 21st, with a family dinner at noon.
Mrs. Melissa Hughes celebrated her 86th birthday at the home of Mrs. Edward Hussong of Rising Sun on October 14th.
70 YEARS AGO
The ferry boat Robert T. Graham has been laid up here on account of federal laws requiring extensive repairs to be made to the hull. Captain Graham and Charles Tyson, co-owners, are making every effort to secure a temporary boat for the trade here until the new ferry now under construction can be completed.
Mr. and Mrs. DeHart have closed their restaurant in Patriot after many years of serving the public.
Charles Blodgett, farmer residing near Bennington, suffered a fractured left knee Tuesday evening when he was kicked by a horse.
Many people from this area attended the concert given in Aurora, Saturday afternoon and evening by the United States Marine Band.
The Reverend Robert F. Hamm of the Educational Division of the State Fire Marshal’s office addressed the Vevay Kiwanis Club Wednesday evening.
80 YEARS AGO
Miss Mary E. Owens of Edinburgh, has been selected by the County Health Nurse Committee to replace Miss Minnie Reley, who has served as County Nurse here for some time, but this year decided to continue her schooling.
The new U.S. Navy dirigible Akron, passed over Vevay Friday afternoon, October 16th.
The U.S. dredge, C.B. Harris, is expected to arrive at Vevay the latter part of the week to begin dredging operations in the river channel.
Dave Bliss is completing arrangements for the opening of a bakery here.
90 YEARS AGO
An impressive ceremony marking the retirement of Judge F.M. Griffith, as judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court and the succession of Honorable Edward S. Roberts was held in the courthouse at Madison Monday morning.
The basement at the home of Sam Montgomery was burglarized Monday night and the winter supply of fruit taken.
Miss Fredrica Boerner was stricken with paralysis Saturday morning and no hope is held for her recovery.
The Ford touring car of Ernest Jaynes of Vevay was stolen from the government garage at Dam 38 last week, and so far no trace of it has been found.
About 35 members of the Vevay Baptist Church congregation chartered the ferry boat Sunday evening and attended services in Ghent.
100 YEARS AGO
Green and North have secured the agency for the Ford automobile for Switzerland County and expect to have a demonstration car in a few days.
Vevay can now boast of a cement sidewalk from the lower end of town to the cemetery on Main Street.
An epidemic of diphtheria is raging in Madison.
Frederick Demann, aged 43 years, Secretary and Treasurer of the Union Furniture Company, died at his home here October 21st.
120 YEARS AGO
D. B. Smith started for New York City Sunday to enter a dramatic school.
Mrs. E. H. Roop and her daughter, Miss Fannie Hageman, both of Pleasant Township, have secured land under the homestead law, 40 miles east of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Roop has 160 acres and Miss Hageman 80 acres.
I. P. Loring received a telegram this morning from O. S. Clendenning in Harriman, Tennessee, stating that every house on Trenton Street had been destroyed by fire and that their stock of clothing was destroyed with the loss of $500 covered by insurance.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of