News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers.
10 YEARS AGO
The new Switzerland County Medical Clinic is scheduled to open on Monday, November 1 9th. The building will house the offices of the Switzerland County Health Department and the Nurse-managed clinic; the Madison Clinic offices leased by the King’s Daughters’ Hospital; and the dental practice of Dr. Robert Findley. The facility is located on the west end of Vevay near the new YMCA.
The Switzerland County YMCA officially opens today (Thursday) for tours and membership information; with programming at the new facility beginning tomorrow (Friday). Things have been busy around the new YMCA, which is located at the intersection of State Roads 56 and 129 on the west side of Vevay. Workers have been filling the swimming pool and finishing the interior, and although not everything will be ready for use today, most of the facility will be.
For many years proponents of extending State Road 101 north from the Markland Dam have lobbied the Indiana Department of Transportation to connect the road leading over the dam to State Road 50 and eventually to Interstate 74 in an effort to open up southeastern Indiana to economic development. After years of getting little results, it now appears that such a new road could become a reality.
20 YEARS AGO
The Vevay United Methodist Church will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding Sunday, November 24th. The church’s long history began in 1816. Our hope is that the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, Vevay, Indiana, will be alive and well in 2016, to celebrate 200 years of Methodism in this community.
The tobacco market season opens Monday, November 25th. Many Switzerland County growers will be taking their burley to markets in Carrollton and Madison.
30 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School Senior Steve Konkle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Konkle, Lamb, has been selected as the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. The award is given by the Swiss Vineyard Chapter and is based on scholarship, leadership, patriotism, dependability and service.
Vera McSwain, executive director of Switzerland County ASCS, and Benny Garland, route 3, Vevay, were some of the many county residents on hand in Madison for the opening of the tobacco market Monday. Burley prices opened in the $1.75-$1.80 range, more than 10 cents above last year’s average.
While the first strong hints of winter were hitting Switzerland County Friday, some people were still recovering from the violent thunderstorms that hit the night before. Thunderstorms in November are rare, but early Thursday evening, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the area as a cold front started to come in from Canada. The Tapps Ridge area of the county was hardest hit. There, extremely strong winds blew the roof off the Fredonia Baptist Church.
40 YEARS AGO
Plans to proceed toward construction of an expanded water supply system for Vevay are awaiting an engineering report on bids received by town trustees last week. Plans call for a 300,000-gallon reservoir tank located above state road 56 on Vevay Hill and new 10-inch pipelines running the full length of the town to provide additional water for industrial and residential needs.
Pvt. Gary W. Lavelle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lavelle of route 1, Patriot, has completed basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and is taking A.I.T. training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.
Fred Allen, 88, of 121 West Main Street, Vevay, died Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cole at 405 West Main Street, Vevay, following a five-year illness.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in Vevay for Mrs. Mabel R. Washer, 81, of route 2, Vevay, near Mount Sterling. She died Saturday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a two-year illness.
50 YEARS AGO
Marilyn Kinman was crowned 1961-62 Patriot-Posey basketball queen Tuesday night at the Patriot-Gallatin County cage contest in the Patriot gym. Miss Kinman, a junior at Patriot, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kinman, Posey Township. She succeeded 1960-61 queen Evelyn Walcott.
Robert D. Jones, son of Albert and Frances Jones of Florence started to Indiana University School of Law in September. He is carrying an average of B of which his parents are very proud.
Two brothers, 12-year-old Denzil Cutter and 9-year-old Dean, suffered slight injuries when involved in an automobile accident on state road 250 Saturday afternoon.
Officers of the Switzerland County Farm Bureau on Ferry Street in Vevay were broken into early Monday morning and $2 and a dozen pair of work gloves stolen.
A cow and half, owned by John Todd, route 3, Madison, were killed when struck by automobiles last Wednesday morning after straying onto a county road.
60 YEARS AGO
K. L. Hastings, manager of the Vevay branch of the Ohio River Telephone Company was painfully bruised and badly shaken up Saturday when he slipped on the curb of the sidewalk near the National Bank and fell.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Noble, well known Vevay couple, quietly celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Sunday at their home on Market Street.
Ted Kluszewski, veteran first baseman of the Cincinnati “Reds” was guest speaker at a meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Monday night. Mr. Kluszewski, who is popular with local baseball fans appeared before veterans organizations in this vicinity under the auspices of the Burger Brewing Company.
70 YEARS AGO
Harry Truitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Truitt was recently elected to Tau Beta Pi, national engineering honorary fraternity at Purdue University where he is now a senior in Civil Engineering.
A blue ribbon bird dog “Baldy Mountain”, owned by H. A. Simmons of Latonia, Kentucky, and trained in Switzerland County by C. W. Ferguson of near Bennington, won first place in the all-age stakes at the Kentucky Field Trials held at Warsaw, Kentucky, Sunday.
Harland Curry of near Vevay has brought to this office four giant sweet potatoes. The largest specimen measured 11 inches long, 17 inches around and weighed 4 1/2 pounds.
80 YEARS AGO
Acting upon the suggestion of “A Citizen” the City Council voted to install a telephone in the engine house of the fire department.
Dr. James A. Muret, well known physician of Switzerland County, passed away last Thursday evening at King’s Daughters’ Hospital after several months’ illness.
Stanley Brett received injuries to his left eye while at work near Anderson, Indiana, last week, when he was struck by a piece of barbed wire. Little hope is held for the sight of the eye.
Mr. and Mrs. Elsie Ballard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home near Markland Sunday.
90 YEARS AGO
The Vevay relatives and friends of Mr. Lucian Shaw, a native of this city, but now residing in Los Angeles, California, are happy to learn of his appointment as chief justice of the California Supreme Court to succeed F. M. Angelotti, who resigned.
The demand for hunting licenses has been unusually heavy this year and during the month of November, 60 were issued by Clerk, Jesse P. Curry.
Fire of unknown origin destroyed a barn belonging to Ed Lee of Patriot Friday night, burning all of his farming implements, corn and an automobile.
A gray eagle was killed by Gale Sanders of Allensville last week. The bird measured 6 feet, 9 inches from the tips of its wings and weighed 8 pounds.
Mrs. Herman Washmuth sustained a broken arm at the shoulder Monday when a horse which she was harnessing crowded her against a stall.
100 YEARS AGO
Protsman and O’Neal have leased of C. S. Tandy for the period of one year, beginning January 1st, 1912, the room under the Metropolitan Hall, adjoining the store of Eugene Scudder.
R. S. Zeither started out yesterday to raise subscription for stock in the proposed railroad.
James S. Stewart of Craig Township has bought the gasoline engine and milling outfit which was operated by R. O. Wiekman, deceased, of Patriot and will do custom grinding.
In Indianapolis the leading hotels have prohibited cigarette smoking by women in their cafes and dining rooms.
120 YEARS AGO
The following representatives from this county went to Indianapolis for the grand lodge I.O.O.F. Phoenix, Vevay, C. E. Miller; Indiana Vevay, A. W. Lorch; Pleasant, Bennington, Ab Morrison; Auchor, Fairview, Jeffery Miles; Naomi Encampment, John F. Plew.
A crayon drawing of the late William Hall was presented to the First National Bank by his widow. Mr. Hall was cashier of the bank for many years.
Addison Works has removed his law and insurance business to rooms in the Melcher building corner of Main and Liberty streets.
George W. Haskell has removed his undertaking office to Main Street.
Honorable James A. Works is the oldest attorney in this county.
Professor W. R. Gardner has removed to Quercus Grove.
150 YEARS AGO
General McClellan has ordered six and 2 Indiana regiments to Kentucky from western Virginia.
The total debt of the United States is about $44,000,000 including Treasury Notes.
The household effects of the late Senator Douglas were sold at Washington Monday. Many of the articles brought high prices, as mementos of the distinguished statesman.
Company C of the 50th Regiment has been moved from Seymour to Bedford. Captain Rous is in charge of the company.
The floating palace, Jacob Strader, has taken the place of the Superior in the mail line.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of