News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The new Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center, which recently received a grant of $400,000 from the State of Indiana, has been informed that it will also receive a grant of $150,000 from the Paul Ogle Foundation in Jeffersonville. In making its donation, the board also asked that the new center be named in honor of Jack Sullivan, longtime businessman in the county and a member of the Paul Ogle Foundation board of directors.
Already highly-trained group of emergency volunteers, the Switzerland County Emergency Unit is now seeking to offer even more extensive emergency assistance to the residents of Switzerland County. The local EMS is currently working on a plan to provide training so that members can earn paramedic status – the ultimate pre-hospital care that a person can receive.
Bob and Betty Brown were honored at a surprise party in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 8th. Bob and Betty Brown were married on November 10th, 1977.
15 YEARS AGO
The Indianapolis Power and Light Company presented a $10,000 grant to the Switzerland County Public Library last week for a new computer for genealogical research. Librarian Lois Rosenberger said that in a recent survey by the Indiana Genealogical Society, Switzerland County was among the top counties for requested information. The reason, she said, is because Switzerland County is one of the oldest counties in the state and was a main immigration route in westward expansion.
The Switzerland County School Corporation will pay $50,000 in advance for service to be provided by the East Enterprise sewage project to Switzerland County Elementary School.
20 YEARS AGO
Tobacco markets opened across the eight-state burley belt Monday, and opening day in the Madison and Carrollton markets brought a full day of sales. The average price paid for burley was $155.23. Last year on opening the average price held at $1.58 in the Madison market and $1.59 in the Carrollton market. In 1985, opening day averages were higher — $1.60 at Madison and $1.61 in Carrollton.
Deer hunting continues in Switzerland County during gun season, although not with the fervor of opening weekend. During the first four days of gun season, which started Saturday, November 14th, 1,247 deer were checked in across the county. That made a total of 1,728 deer taken in the county for the entire season, so far, which includes bow season. Last year, 1,925 deer were checked in Switzerland County.
Switzerland County has been given little relief from the dry spell so far this month. Total rainfall recorded for November has been only .42 of an inch, according to Carl and Hazel Brown, the official weather record keepers in Vevay. Switzerland Countians did see their first snowflakes of the year last Friday, even though the white stuff didn’t stay around very long.
30 YEARS AGO
Four members of the Switzerland County School Board of Trustees put their stamp of approval on a preliminary building plan for a new elementary school, selecting the East Enterprise area for the location of the facility.
Private First Class Emerson C. Cole, Jr., is stationed near Heidleburg, Germany with the United States Army. He is the son of Emerson and Marcella Cole of route 1, Vevay.
The grant from the Indiana Office of Manpower Development (IOMD) for a CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) in that the Switzerland County School Corporation applied for has been approved by the State Office of Manpower Development.
Monday was opening day on the area tobacco market with a larger than average crop of burley available to the buyers.
40 YEARS AGO
Galen Barnes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Barnes of route 1, Vevay, will be among those to be recognized for academic excellence May 1st at Indiana University’s annual Founders’ Day ceremonies by virtue of having earned all A’s in academic courses last semester.
Jesse A. Cuneo of route 1, Bennington and Raymond D. Nally of Vevay both pledging Sigma Pi were among some 110 additional Indiana University men students pledged by social fraternities this fall.
Assistance from the nation of Switzerland was offered to Vevay’s 1968 Swiss Wine Festival, Inc., planning committee as Swiss Consul and Mrs. Alfred Keller visited Switzerland County Thursday and Friday.
Pfc. Roger D. Brindley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Brindley, Sr., of Vevay, has been chosen Garrison Soldier of the Month at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
Lloyd Farrar, president, Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce, presented a $1,000 check from Vevay’s Appreciation Day program merchants to assist financing of 1968’s Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay to Mike Danner, chairman of the festival.
50 YEARS AGO
Vevay friends of Claude Brown of Charlestown, West Virginia, formerly of Vevay, will be interested to learn that he was chosen by the Greene Line Company of Cincinnati, to pilot the steamer Delta Queen from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh last week.
Miss Mona Lee Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Jackson and Marvin Wilson, Jr., son of Mrs. Marie Osborn, all of Vevay, were united in marriage in a single ring ceremony Saturday evening at 7:00 by Reverend Frank Reed at Reverend Reed’s home.
Burley tobacco market averages for the first two days of selling broke existing records for high prices in the leaf-growing belt. Monday’s opening averages ranged from the Kentucky-wide $61.33 per hundred pounds, to an average of $63.70 per hundred pounds at New Albany markets.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Andrew (nee Belvadean Reeves) are proud parents of a son who was born at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison on November 21st. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Giles Lee.
60 YEARS AGO
Thomas Eaglin, veteran of the Spanish American War and brother of Mrs. Lyde Weales of Vevay passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio, Wednesday, November 12th, following a long illness.
Newton Furnish, 89, passed away at the county infirmary here Thursday after an illness resulting from the infirmities of age.
A seven pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Brett (nee Eva M. Sample), former Vevay residents, Monday, November 17th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
In a transaction which was concluded Monday Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fehr of Shelbyville, formerly of Vevay, purchased the lease to the Swiss Inn here from Leonard J. Stringfield and his son, Louis Stringfield.
Perry Phillips, Deputy Sheriff of this county and Mrs. Rosa Craig of Vevay, were united in marriage in Rising Sun last Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Jennie Schievelbein, 68, wife of Charles Schievelbein of Plum Creek, passed away in Holmes Hospital in Cincinnati early Saturday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller of Moorefield announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Christeen, to Earlin Hart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hart of Moorefield.
Ora D. Hallgarth, 64, prominent farmer living near Pleasant, died suddenly Monday about noon at his home there.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Myers of Vevay have traded their residential property on Tell Street here to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Otter, local dry goods merchants, for their farm which is located on Plum Creek.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Martha Alice Hinman passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Gurley, near Patriot Tuesday evening.
Ed Trinkle has been notified of the death of his niece, Mrs. Sadie Shafer Cossarit which occurred at the Madison hospital Friday morning following an operation for a tumor.
Eugene, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Turner Olds, accidentally cut the ends off two fingers and badly mashed a third finger on his left hand, while cutting up corn for some livestock.
Clarence Leatherbury, aged 75, passed away at his home near Bennington Monday morning.
Mrs. Emily A. Adams, 79, of Vevay quietly passed away at her home on Ferry Street early Monday morning.
John Devine, 53, former resident of this county, passed away at his home in Indianapolis Sunday night after a lengthy illness of heart trouble.
George J. Bosaw of Vevay and Miss Catherine Henry of Ohio County were married Saturday, November 13th, by Reverend Harmon Eggleston, pastor of the Baptist church of Rising Sun.
80 YEARS AGO
Elias Kinman, 33, of Posey Township died Sunday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was operated on the previous Tuesday for stomach trouble and after the operation pneumonia developed and this caused his death.
W. S. Danner, of route 1, Vevay, is the oldest hunter in Switzerland County according to records on file in the county clerk’s office. Mr. Danner is past 74, but still enjoys the sport so much that he takes out a license each year and he kills just as much game as most of the rest of the 500 Switzerland County hunters.
The Hoosier Theater, new Vevay playhouse owned by Minor Bakes was opened last Thursday night.
Switzerland County’s oldest woman, Mrs. Elizabeth Dibble, died at her home in Patriot Saturday morning. She was 100 years and two months old and all of her life had been spent in Patriot.
90 YEARS AGO
Wade Cochran of East Enterprise, aged about 60 years, dropped dead while visiting at the home of Willard Whitham Sunday.
Tobacco continues to bring record prices and there is every reason to believe that an advance of 10 cents per pound over last years average may be expected.
An accident that might have been indeed serious, occurred in Madison Monday when Miss Anna Sutherland, accompanied by Mr. L. H. Bear, driving the Buick car of A. B. Shaw, struck a telephone post.
A business deal was transacted last Thursday whereby Will G. Klein became the possessor of the Loring Building in which his shoe store is now located and it also includes the room occupied by Walter Gaudin’s clothing store.
100 YEARS AGO
A son was born November 20th to Robert Farrar and wife at Florence.
The eight-year-old son of Aaron Brown and wife was taken to a Cincinnati hospital where he will undergo an operation upon his eyes.
A daughter was born November 13th to Harry Scudder and wife at Markland.
Will Thiebaud, a former Vevay boy, died at Paola, Kansas, on last Thursday morning of pneumonia.
120 YEARS AGO
Last Friday afternoon while Charles Gordon, aged about 17, who resides in Craig Township, was riding a horse on his way to the mill at Long Run, while crossing the creek his horse fell, resulting in breaking his left leg, below the knee in several places.
Honorable Robert N. Lamb, formerly of Vevay, is president of the First National Bank of Indianapolis.
Tobacco is arriving freely at the warehouse of Stucy Brothers in Vevay. This morning Samuel Stucy informs us the price today is from five to 15 cents per pound.
Captain John Chatline has sold the steamer “Maggie Belle” to Williams & Blaine of Stephensport, Kentucky for $3,000.
The bell of Fire Company No. 1 weighs 550 pounds and is loud enough to arouse the soundest sleeper.
Louis Drawley last Thursday while working in the furniture factory was struck in the stomach by a piece of timber thrown by a saw. He was severely but not dangerously injured.
Last Friday while Mort Belden was operating a saw in the furniture factory, two of his fingers were badly lacerated.
130 YEARS AGO
William G. Kincaid and Miss Viola Markland were married November 25th at the residence of the bride’s father, Charles Markland.
John W. Riley of Indianapolis and Mrs. Margaret Culver of Moorefield were married November 25th at the bride’s home.
Enoch Adams and Miss Emma Anderson were married November 15th at the residence of William Anderson.
An effort is now being made to have a woolen factory established in Vevay with fair prospects of success.
John Heady is loading a produce boat at Mennett’s Landing. He will go to Louisville, sell his produce, buy goods and go on south. Crew — John and George Heady and Merrit Brown.
Reflections of the past week of 11-22-07
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of