News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The community of Bennington will come alive this weekend for the 25th annual Bennington Homecoming Celebration, one of the best attended county events of the year. Founder and organizer Betty Bovard says that this year’s Homecoming will be much like the previous 24, and that the laid-back, small town atmosphere is what attracts many people to the event. It is believed that Bennington is the smallest community in the State of Indiana to hold such a festival.
In celebration of Switzerland County being awarded the final certificate of suitability for a riverboat casino complex on the Ohio River, Hollywood Park-Boomtown, the developers of the project, have announced that they will host a countywide “victory party” this Monday evening at the Ogle Haus Inn.
Senate Pro Tem Robert Garton of Columbus has announced that Kathleen Cash has been appointed to serve at the Senate Majority Caucus chief counsel. She is the former Kathleen Cord and is the daughter of William and Roberta Cord of near Vevay. She joins the Senate staff after having served the Legislative Services Agency for 18 years as a senior staff attorney, where she primarily worked on subjects relating to criminal law and the courts. Prior to working for the Legislative Services Agency, she worked in the attorney general’s office.
15 YEARS AGO
Charles and Opal Cutter will celebrate their 50th anniversary Saturday, October 23rd.
Temple Baptist Church of Patriot celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday.
Kendra Jo Willhoite, daughter of Deannie Willhoite of Vevay, and Dean Emery, son of Thomas B. and Gloria Emery of Bennington Pike, announce their engagement. The wedding will be February 26th at the Aberdeen United Methodist Church.
Tasha Marie Schneider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Schneider of Patriot, will be married to Eric Robert Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Miller of Vevay, on Friday, October 15th, at Temple Baptist Church in Patriot.
20 YEARS AGO
Dorothy McMackin said that part of the secret of success with sweet potatoes is dry hot weather. Mrs. McMackin raised the plants at her home on Smith’s Ridge near Moorefield, and dug them week before last. These seven and six pounders were raised from plants she kept over the winter from last year.
Carl and Hazel Brown of Vevay received a special award Thursday, September 29th, for their years of service to the National Weather Service. There are nearly 200 cooperative weather observers in Indiana and over 12,000 nationwide.
Switzerland County’s final two Hoosier Celebration ’88 events will provide a variety of activities with everything from a greased pig chase to a Twinkie eating contest. The 15th annual Bennington Homecoming will get underway Saturday morning. Meanwhile, back in Vevay, the Ogle Haus will offer a little different tribute to Hoosier Celebration ’88 with their third annual Oktoberfest Friday through Sunday.
40 YEARS AGO
Wilford Buchanan of Craig Township has been reelected for a three-year term as a member of Switzerland County’s Agricultural Conservation and Stabilization Committee.
Major Jester, department store chain owner and owner of Vevay’s Schenck mansion, will be guest of honor at 7:30 o’clock Monday evening at a Switzerland County Historical Society meeting in the 4-H Community Building in Vevay. The meeting will be open to the public and society plans for 1969 will be discussed.
Barney Arnold, Louisville radio and television farm personality, will be guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the annual meeting of Switzerland County Farm Bureau. An election of officers will also be held at the 4-H Community Building meeting.
A 30 percent production increase over last year in their Vevay plant and a new corporate logotype are principal topics of conversation these days for officials of The Randall Company. The new logotype is being used for all the Textron division’s product packaging and advertising. The production increase shows largely since Robert Beals took over managerial duties of the local plant in November, 1967.
50 YEARS AGO
The Krummel Market on Main Street is the third oldest, continuous family owned, business in Vevay having been established in 1901 by Joseph Krummel. Today it is owned and operated by his son, Charles Krummel.
Fred Miller, local proprietor of the Miller Hardware Company, remains in critical condition in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where he is receiving treatment for a severe head injury and a broken jaw. Mr. Miller suffered the injuries Monday afternoon at his farm near Moorefield when a tree which he was sawing with a chain saw lodged across a dead tree and it fell upon him.
Coach Dan Kile and Vevay High School’s basketball hopefuls began practice last week in preparation for the opening of the 1958-59 season.
Mrs. Alice Osborn moved Thursday from an apartment in the home of the late Mrs. E. P. Danglade on Main Street to the duplex on Ohio Street owned by Warren Banta. Miss Annette Danglade expects to move to the property vacated by Mrs. Osborn after remodeling and repairing are completed. She will also conduct her antique shop in the new location.
60 YEARS AGO
The York Township community was deeply shocked last Sunday to learn that Earl Francis Scott, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Scott of near Patriot, had been fatally injured early that morning on the Dillsboro road west of Aurora.
Dr. and Mrs. Charles D. Benedict and baby son of Crawfordsville spent the weekend with Mrs. Thelma Ogle and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Benedict. On Sunday they left for LaGrange, Indiana where Dr. Benedict will begin his practice of medicine.
Hope Rebekah Lodge No. 851 of Bennington celebrated its seventh anniversary and the 97th anniversary of the Rebekah degree with an evening of fun and fellowship, beginning with a cooperative dinner served buffet style.
The Vevay Parent-Teachers’ Association is sponsoring a radio impersonation show “Fun For You,” featuring all hometown headliners, as their big community event of the year. The show is an impersonation of famous radio network stars. Harold Benedict as Harry VonZell will act as master of ceremonies for the entire show.
70 YEARS AGO
A great deal of interest is being shown by citizens in the sewer project which will be voted upon Monday, October 17th.
The abandoned river road below Vevay is being closed by property owners and all traffic is forbidden pending the erection of line fences along its course.
Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bakes of Parks Ridge on Friday, October 8th.
Fifteen head of fine sheep were killed by dogs at the farm of Warren Elsrod Monday night.
A testimonial banquet was held Monday evening at the Schenck House honoring former Mayor of Vevay, Dwight Smith, of Tyron, North Carolina. Mr. Smith has long been identified with the stage, dramatic schools and private acting groups and this was his first visit to his old home in 23 years.
80 YEARS AGO
The third annual Switzerland County farmers fair is all ready to start Thursday morning.
Only 10 Civil War veterans attended the annual G.A.R. reunion in Vevay last week. About eight or ten more residing in or adjacent to Vevay were unable to be present.
H. C. Sullivan of Vevay was elected Grand Outer Guard of the Indiana Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias at the annual meeting in Indianapolis last week.
Fire of incendiary origin shortly after midnight Sunday destroyed a large barn on the William O. Protsman farm near Center Square with a loss of approximately $8,000.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Grimes of Moorefield on October 1st, a daughter, Mary Maxine.
A son was born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Higgins of Bennington.
Don Stepleton of Vevay sailed from New York recently on a freight steamer bound for South Africa.
90 YEARS AGO
Three Switzerland County soldiers have died within the past few days from influenza.
Private Porter Patton, 22, died at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Patton of route 4.
Private Bernard Breek, 27, died at Camp McClellan, Alabama. He was the son of Mr. Joseph Breek of Lamb.
Thomas Pike, 23, died at Camp Taylor, Kentucky. He came to the Center Square community four years ago from Williamstown, Kentucky, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pike, reside.
Dr. R. O. Sheldon, 32, formerly of Patriot, now of Indianapolis, died there last week of influenza.
Reverend L. E. Crouch, a former pastor of the Vevay Methodist Church died of influenza last week at his home in Hampton, Iowa.
Influenza cases in Switzerland County are comparatively light and only 25 have been reported.
Eleven more men were called into military service Tuesday as follows: Paul Richter, Chauncey Steely, Humphrey Evans, Warren Elsrod, James R. Evans, Charlie Andrew, Alfred Benning, Herbert Barker, William H. Wiley, Charles W. Haskell and Howard Stoops.
Miss Anna Voris of near Bennington died of influenza last week while teaching school at Mayfield, Kentucky. Her funeral was private because of the influenza epidemic.
Harold Curry who is stationed at Camp Arthur, Texas, has been promoted to a first lieutenant.
100 YEARS AGO
Amie Golay, one of the county’s prominent citizens, had his foot amputated Thursday in an effort to prolong his life. Mr. Golay injured his foot sometime ago and the injury was not thought to be serious.
They have come and gone. The famous Cincinnati Reds came into Vevay yesterday, wiped up the Vevay team 6 to 1 and left on the evening train from Sanders to Cincinnati. There were 700 fans who witnessed the fame and although on the losing end of the score, saw Vevay turn in a good performance. The team is composed of H. Brown 2b.; B. Brown ss.; C. Brindley 3b.; L. Simmons cf.; C. Kiesel lf.; B. Brindley 1b.; B. Otter p.; E. Brown rf.; A. Lawrence c.; Krue, C.
Births in the county: a son Ross to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Hatch of Pleasant Township on October 9th; a daughter Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Glenn of Pleasant Township on October 9th; a daughter Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bennett of York Township on October 3rd; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peelman on October 13th.
Several crops of tobacco have been sold for a price of 16 1/4 cents per pound to local buyers.
110 YEARS AGO
George B. Hall, an attorney who recently removed from Rising Sun to Vevay, has purchased the Vevay Democrat from Mrs. P. T. Hartford of Rising Sun. He will take charge of the office Monday.
120 YEARS AGO
Fire destroyed the barn belonging to David Armstrong Sunday night burning two horses, a hay press, tobacco, hay and farming equipment. Only heroic work by the firemen saved the residences of William Kincaid and C. G. Boerner nearby.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Aldred of Pleasant View, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell of Pleasant View, a son.
130 YEARS AGO
The Reverend Thomas Whallon has sold his two-story brick building in Vevay to Samuel Stucy.
John Lewis has purchased the dwelling and lots in Vevay of F. A. Boerner, who is now residing in Texas.
152 YEARS AGO
U. P. Schenck, Charles Goldenburgh and Perret Dufour, trustees of Vevay common schools are advertising for teachers for the forthcoming term.
Miss Julia L. Dumont will open a school at Mrs. Dumont’s school room this week. In addition to primary and secondary departments she will teach French.
The firm of Socwell and Fallis at Mount Sterling was dissolved by mutual consent October 2nd.
About 12,000 people attended the American Party rally at Enterprise Saturday. Speeches were made from three separate platforms and several bands furnished music. “It was found that some evil disposed Old Liner from Patriot had a barrel of whiskey in a stable nearby and was selling it. This would not do, so the whiskey was bought and the heads broken out and the filthy stuff spilled upon the ground, amid the cheers and applause of the vast multitude.”
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of