News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
The Belterra Resort and Casino held a job fair Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and with more than 1,200 people filling out applications, the turnout exceeded the expectations of the company officials. Quite a few of those applications were from Switzerland County, and that was the target market. John Spina said that Belterra expects the bulk of the employees to be hired in June and July, with the target opening date of mid-August.
Vevay Newspapers sponsored a community blood donation drive this past Monday in conjunction with the Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati. The drive was held at the Senior Citizens Center. Gary Woebkenberg of Hoxworth presented a certificate of appreciation to the newspapers.
Larry and Mallie Ralston of near Olean celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday. The couple was married on February 24th, 1940, in a double wedding in New Albany, Indiana. The other couple getting married that same ceremony was Bud and Helen Scudder, who now reside in Orlando, Florida.
Next Thursday, March 9th, the Switzerland County High School Choir will be hosting the Ohio Valley Choral Festival, the longest running choral festival in the nation.
20 YEARS AGO
The Julia L. Dumont Homestead, one of the most historic of Vevay’s historic buildings, is being demolished. In the two-story brick house on Vineyard Street, Julia Dumont, a famous pioneer educator and author, taught one of the first schools in Switzerland County.
A new season with a new community-oriented focus, is being planned for the Hoosier Theater in Vevay. Last summer’s Hoosier Theater season featured professional performers. The new season will offer opportunities for members of the Switzerland County community to perform on the Hoosier Theater stage.
30 YEARS AGO
Norman S. “Steve” Smith assumed the position of editor of Vevay Newspapers last Thursday. Smith, 28, fills the vacancy left by Guy Townsend, who is devoting himself to magazine writing. He and his fiancee, Lesa Carter, are residing at the Don Wallis, Jr., farm on Bennington Pike at Park’s Ridge Road.
Local artist August Mead was presented with a plaque from the Swiss Alpine Festival Board of Directors during its annual dinner meeting Tuesday evening at the Swiss Inn. Mead was lauded for designing the festival logo.
Gerald Griffin of near Quercus Grove was recently honored at a luncheon held by his company, Monsanto Company of Addyston, Ohio. A safety suggestion submitted by him was voted to be the best submitted throughout 1979. He was given an engraved plaque to commemorate his achievement, as well as a cash award.
40 YEARS AGO
Vevay’s Steve Tilley is one of eight Culver Military Academy seniors who have been named “Hoosier Scholars” at the Culver school. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Tilley of Vevay has received a national merit letter of commendation and is a member of the honor council and the board of governors of his class.
Cliff E. Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robinson of route 3, Vevay, is among 202 students at Georgetown (Kentucky) College having achieved placements on the “B” honor roll for the first semester of 1969-70.
Miss Mona D. Hutton has been named Switzerland County High School’s 1970 Betty Crocker Homemakers of Tomorrow. The 17-year-old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hobbs of Quercus Grove will receive a specially designed silver charm from General Mills, sponsor of the annual educational program. Mona is now eligible for state and national honors.
Janet Buchanan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buchanan of Vevay, has been named to the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University where she is a junior. She scored a 3.89 out of a possible 4.0 at the Richmond, Kentucky, university.
U.S. Navy Airman Apprentice Robert L. Leap, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon T. Leap of route 1, Vevay, has returned to the United States aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga following a 17-month cruise in the Mediterranean with the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
50 YEARS AGO
Dr. Charles H. Geiger, widely known retired Vevay dentist, died Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Milan nursing home from heart failure. The attack came shortly after he had eaten lunch. He practiced dentistry in Vevay for 65 years prior to retiring September 11th, 1956.
David W. Waltz, Purdue University student from Vevay is chairman for Switzerland County of a statewide fund raising campaign to send five Indiana 4-H Club members to foreign countries under the IFYE program. This campaign is sponsored by Purdue Collegiate 4-H club and by the Switzerland County Extension office.
Eugene Fredenburgh, age 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Fredenburgh of Florence, enlisted in the Army February 10th and left Indianapolis for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he will take his training.
Army Specialist Four James W. Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wilson, route 1, Vevay, recently received the Expert Infantryman Badge while assigned to the 8th Division’s 505th Infantry in Germany.
60 YEARS AGO
Ralph Wallace Tilley of Vevay is among the 97 Indiana University Air ROTC cadets who will be enrolled at summer training camps from June 25th to August 5th at Lowry (Colorado) and Wright-Patterson (Ohio) air bases. Tilley will study a course in transportation at the Colorado air base.
Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie quietly celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary Monday at their home in Vevay.
The Baptist church basketball league will begin their annual tourney at the new gym here Friday evening at 6 o’clock and will continue through Saturday. Participating teams are Mt. Sterling, New Liberty, Brushy Fork, Vevay, Spring Branch, Macedonia and Lamb.
Wallace Gullion who owns a farm on Indian Creek and fishes in the stream when he has nothing else to do, came up with a real fish story this week. On Friday he tossed out two throw lines with a few hooks on each and early Saturday morning he took a five and a seven pound carp from one line and a 10 pound buffalo from the other. Ten guests who were at the Gullion home to eat the fish say that the catcher was not just telling a “fish story.”
70 YEARS AGO
The members of Town Board have made preparations to move the city hall into a lower room in the Byram building on Main Street from a second story room in the Sieglitz building on Ferry Street.
An unbroken record of six years Sunday School attendance to the Vevay Methodist Church is held by Miss Roberta Dickerson.
Twins, a boy and a girl, named Larry and Linda, were born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Works of East Enterprise.
The wedding of Miss Dorothy Gullion and Wendell Hanna was solemnized Saturday evening in the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Robert McNeely in Patriot.
A baby son was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Scudder of Egypt Bottom.
Miss Marvie Muriel Scudder and Charles Elwyn Blodget were married at the home of the bride’s parents February 28th by the groom’s brother, Reverend Ralph Blodget.
Miss Hazel Caplinger of Moorefield and Glenn Hopper of Jefferson County were married Sunday at the home of Reverend Arthur Ruthledge.
80 YEARS AGO
Mary Catherine Drake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Drake, died Saturday at her home in Craig Township as the result of burns received last week while she was attempting to light a fire which exploded.
The city officials are contemplating the purchase of a new fire truck to take the place of the one now in which is considered inadequate.
Born February 23rd to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brindley of Long Run, a daughter.
Granville W. Reed, eldest son of Mrs. Mary L. Reed was seriously injured Monday while driving a load of hay into the barn at the farm of Ray McKay in Craig Township. His back was hurt when his leg became caught in the hay frame.
90 YEARS AGO
A sequel that read like fiction occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Heady this week. During the summer Mrs. Heady’s diamond engagement and wedding rings disappeared and no trace of them could be found. This week when a can of home canned blackberries was opened, the wedding ring was inside. Mrs. Heady and Vallie Myers, who was assisting Mrs. Heady, went to the basement with determination of opening every can of fruit if necessary to find the diamond ring. The third can of berries which they opened contained the ring.
The Vevay High School basketball team will go to Columbus Friday morning to participate in the district tournament Friday and Saturday. The team will be handicapped by the illness of two men, Edwin Pangburn and Emerson Hickman, who will be unable to play. Other members of the team are Robert Slawson, Mark Weaver, P.T. Heady, Russell Pickett, Harold Benedict, Robert Weaver, Robert Archer and Eldo Scudder.
A team of horses owned by Clyde Drake standing in front of the A. J. Williams Store, became frightened and ran off to the river bank Monday. The wagon to which they were hitched and the new stove which it contained were damaged.
Rurton Dodd and wife have moved to Vevay where Mr. Dodd will open a photography studio.
100 YEARS AGO
Millard Turner who resides near Florence has just finished probably the largest crop of tobacco ever grown in Switzerland County from the standpoint of dollars. The crop was grown on 25 acres, weight 30,075 pounds, sold for 13 1/4 cents per pound and brought $3,984.
The furnace in the residence of Dr. Scott Culbertson exploded one day last week and a disastrous fire was narrowly averted.
The steamer Charles Brown passed up Sunday with a tow of 35 empty barges.
The rousters on the steamer Louisville created quite a bit of merriment at the wharf Sunday when they allowed some livestock they were trying to drive on the boat to escape and one cow and a calf got entirely away.
Culbertson Brothers received two barges of coal last Thursday and have sold the greater portion of it. Every available cart and wagon was employed in delivering black diamonds on Friday and Saturday and besides this 38 count wagons were served on Friday and 82 on Saturday.
120 YEARS AGO
The Metropolitan Hall Association has contracted for a complete new scenery, curtains, back drops and wings for the new stage. The room will soon be ready for use and the Vevay Dramatic Club will open the hall with two of their best plays which cannot fail to please the most critical.
Last Thursday evening while Henry Swanholt, employed by Henry Schroeder of Patriot, was crossing Bryant’s Creek with his new huckster wagon drawn by four good horses, the swift current swept the horses from their feet, drowning two of them and demolishing the wagon. Fortunately Mr. Swanholt escaped injury.
There are two cases of scarlet fever in the city and they are in the family of Oscar Webb.
Considerable excitement is being created by a cave recently discovered in one of Jesse Copher’s fields near Jay. The cave is said to contain four large rooms high enough for a tall person to walk through without stooping.
The staunch little steamer City of Vevay is again out and running in the packet trade to Cincinnati. She has been thoroughly repaired and repainted – looking as bright as a morning glory and is as lively as a cricket.
140 YEARS AGO
Thomas McGregor had three of his fingers cut off by a circular saw last week while working in his saw mill.
A lot of excitement was caused here this week when a report was circulated that a Vevay child had small pox. It was a boil.
The Madison Courier office was set on fire Wednesday night but the flames were discovered and extinguished before much damage was done. The gas pipe had been cut and fire lighted at the hold. Mr. Garber has offered a $200 reward for the arrest of the person or persons.
150 YEARS AGO
The Russell House has been opened here by Robert Porter.
Charles Gerard has opened a blacksmith shop on Walnut Street opposite Sheldon Goley’s shop.
The vineyard of E. Case at Patriot produced about 3,000 gallons of wine and a considerable quantity of brandy. In this county in a good season not less than 10,000 gallons of wine and brandy are produced.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of