News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Vevay town police department is utilizing two specially-made bicycles as part of their patrols. The bicycles will be used for community relations projects as well as patrolling in crowded areas. They are specially-designed and equipped mountain bikes that are manufactured for police departments by the Smith and Wesson Company – the same company that manufactures a variety of guns used by law enforcement agencies. The bikes are equipped with lights and sirens, and have other features that assist officers in apprehending criminals.
It’s been nearly three months since the Indiana Gaming Commission awarded a certificate of suitability to Switzerland County to locate a casino gambling complex near Florence. Although there hasn’t been any dirt moved at the site yet, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing going on. County officials and the riverboat folks are busy getting all of their licenses required to begin construction.
The Ohio County Council heard a proposal Monday night from Monte Denbo that would eliminate Switzerland County and the towns of Vevay and Patriot from the Ohio County revenue sharing plan; the city of Rising Sun’s revenue sharing plan; and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.
Vevay will come alive with the Christmas spirit this weekend as several events will be held to kick off the holiday season. Friday there will be caroling and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Switzerland County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Santa will be on hand for the events and entertainment will be provided by county school children singing Christmas carols.
15 YEARS AGO
David and Rebecca Reed of Bennington Pike are celebrating 50 years of marriage with a reception hosted by their children on Sunday, December 12th, at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.
On Saturday, Millie Coy’s positive thinking paid off. She won BIG. In Saturday’s Powerball lottery drawing, Millie Coy won $100,000.
The first week of the tobacco market wasn’t good news for Switzerland County farmers. Prices were down despite the fact the farmers have a good quality crop available for sale.
20 YEARS AGO
Prices were up substantially during the second day of sales on the 1988-89 Carrollton Tobacco Market last Tuesday. The average price paid per hundred pounds was $162.39. Prices this week went to $162.97 per hundred pounds. Prices on the Madison market went to $162.92 this week.
There were 210 Thanksgiving meals served to the county’s elderly and shut-ins Friday as the VFW Post 5396 and Auxiliary hosted their annual meal. Zula Madison was honored as the eldest lady in attendance at 93 and Grace Aldred, 92, was honored as the second eldest lady in attendance. Glenn Sullivan, 76, was honored as the eldest man in attendance, and Stanley Hizer, 73, was the second eldest man. Dorothy Browning was given a gift for being the youngest person over the age of 60.
Gun season ended Sunday with 1,999 deer being taken in the county since the season started on November 12th. Archery season added 379 deer to the total number bringing the total for the season to 2,378. Last year’s total was 2,212 for the entire season.
40 YEARS AGO
Gerald E. Shadday will close his office in Vevay and officially discontinue his law practice in Switzerland County effective December 14th. He also announced he is entering a partnership in the firm of Homer Ingram, attorney at law in Newport in Vermillion County.
Currently $60,098 behind in loan payments, officials of Patriot and Aberdeen-Pate water systems are petitioning Indiana Public Service Commission for increases in their rates. The Switzerland County water company has been in financial difficulties for some time due to a number of anticipated customers failing to sign for the service when it becomes available.
Private Gerald R. Bear has been assigned to Company B, 18th Battalion, 5th Brigade at the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He will spend the next two months learning fundamental skills of the soldier. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowry R. Bear of route 3, Vevay.
Switzerland County Historical Society will meet Monday night to discuss plans for acquisition of a new and large building to house the displays of the county’s historical museum.
50 YEARS AGO
Mary Florence Patterson, senior at Vevay High School, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Patterson, has been chosen as the recipient of the Good Citizen award sponsored each year by the Madison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award is based on service, dependability, leadership and patriotism.
Sudden decline of prices on lower quality leaf, tips and nondescript tobacco, grades which earlier broke all records, tumbled general averages on Tuesday’s auction sales. Sales on 26 Kentucky markets totaled only 14,375,918 pounds and they averaged $66.11 per hundred pounds, a drop of $1.64 from Monday’s $67.75 average.
60 YEARS AGO
The United States Shoe Corporation will hold an open house this Friday night, December 3rd, in celebration of the completion of the new factory building. Mr. Nathan Stix, vice president of the corporation, has promised refreshments and entertainment galore for all.
The new bridge over Indian Kentuck Creek at Brooksburg, will be built by the Winslow Construction Company of Salem, Indiana, at a reported bid of $188,369.
A 7 pound, 5 ounce baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Searcy (nee Robena Heath) of near Patriot at King’s Daughters’ Hospital on Monday, November 29th.
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Creech of near Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison on Wednesday, November 24th.
Raymond Gaudin, young Vevay businessman, was appointed a member of the Vevay Town Board from the Third Ward at the last meeting, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Emerson Hickman, who recently removed to Madison.
70 YEARS AGO
The appointment of Clarence Sullivan as Marshal of Vevay was confirmed by the Town Board Monday evening. James Flinn was appointed as Chief of Night Police, and has already entered upon his duties.
The Vevay Sewage System voted for by citizens last September was in danger of being lost this week because of a government argument that the town had not made proper progress in its bonding obligations. A committee composed of Mr. and Mrs. Cogley G. Cole, Joseph M. Cooper and L. S. Courtney have gone to Washington to investigate the matter.
Born, a son Saturday at the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hall of Moorefield.
80 YEARS AGO
The F. & E. Rosenberger sawmill has purchased a new 60 inch circular saw which will enable them to saw much larger timber than in the past.
A new bus service was recently opened from Cincinnati to Louisville by the Inter-State Transit Corporation.
90 YEARS AGO
The flu ban has been lifted and Vevay schools opened Monday. All business houses and public places affected by the ban have also been opened.
Joseph Ash, 65, who for over 40 years has operated the ferryboat between Lamb and Carrollton, died Sunday at his home in Lamb.
Mr. and Mrs. John Grimes of Craig Township were notified last week of the death of their adopted son, Herbert Neal, which occurred at a base hospital in France on November 6th from pneumonia.
One year ago Sunday the temperature was 10 degrees below zero and the roads were drifted high with snow. The same day this year the grass was green, dandelions in bloom and the temperature 60 degrees.
110 YEARS AGO
Another centenarian living in Switzerland County has been located by the Reveille in the person of Mrs. Sarah Vail. Mrs. Vail resides near Moorefield and was born in April, 1806 making her almost 103 years of age.
Dwight Smith is the sponsor of a movement which is being made to organize a fencing club in this city.
Detraz Brothers have just completed the building of a hull for a 27 foot gasoline boat for F. P. Dupraz.
The members of the Presbyterian Church have extended a call to Reverend T.J. Semons of Greenwood, Indiana who has accepted.
Fire on Tuesday morning destroyed the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ricketts in the Quercus Grove neighborhood. Mrs. Ricketts pulled the cradle holding her infant son into the yard and only a few of their household effects were saved.
Clifford Leatherbury has bought out the interests of Anthony Locke in the Shiell and Locke produce business and has taken possession.
Born to Samuel Mellon and wife of Egypt Bottom December 6th a fine girl.
Minnie Nelmo, daughter of William Koon and wife was born December 2nd.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reeves of East Enterprise, a boy.
Little Dick Shadday of Moorefield died of diphtheria last week.
Allen Cooper’s residence near Cross Plains burned to the ground last Friday. All household goods were lost.
120 YEARS AGO
The Republican flag pole at Mount Sterling has been sold to W. J. Cole for $3.25 and the money equally divided between the M. E. and Baptist Sunday Schools of that place.
Maggie, daughter of Sheriff Williamson was seriously burned yesterday while using coal oil to light a fire.
The Steamer Sherlock Saturday took on 500 bushels of potatoes at the J. K. Pleasants warehouse for New Orleans.
130 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County’s Edison, Ben Kenney, of York Township, has perfected another invention. He is now pressing hay by steam.
Dr. J. W. Thompson has returned from Louisville and has again located in Vevay. He and Dr. P. S. Sage have formed a partnership.
Last Tuesday while Joseph Brown who resides in the lower part of the city was trimming a tree he slipped and fell to the ground injuring his spine and one knee joint. Mr. Brown is 70 years of age but it is thought he will recover.
Dory Bonnell, the boy who was shot at Patriot while having his pistol repaired died November 23rd and was buried Sunday, November 24th. Dory was 15 years of age and was an unusually bright boy.
J. C. Socwell and family have moved to Empire, Kansas.
140 YEARS AGO
Owing to cold weather the Vevay Woolen Factory has suspended until March.
The home of Charles Newkirk in Bennington was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. The flames spread to the residence of George Paul owned by J. P. Marsh and it too was consumed.
C. O. Thiebaud, Jr., has built a mammoth ice house which will hold 11,000 cubic feet of ice.
The Free Masons of Bennington will dedicate their new hall Saturday.
The residence of Jonathan Sockwell on Tell Street was damaged by fire Tuesday.
152 YEARS AGO
Thomas Gibson, 16-year-old son of William Gibson of Patriot, accidentally shot himself while hunting Saturday and died on Sunday. He was standing on a stump loading his gun when it was discharged in some manner.
The steamer Kentucky burst her starboard steam pipe at Smith’s landing above Cincinnati Saturday night, 18 were scalded, 2 died and others are not expected to live. The persons scalded were deck passenger, a deck hand and fireman. The weather being cold they had congregated around the deck stove. The Kentucky is a new boat running as a regular packet between Cincinnati and Portsmouth.
We have been presented with some fine Pennsylvania buckwheat flour and golden syrup by Messrs. Clarkson and Waldo, the new grocers.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of