News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
BESI Manufacturing of Hamilton, Ohio, officially became Switzerland County’s newest industry Monday night when the firm agreed to a lease with an option to purchase with the Vevay Town Council. The company will manufacture school bus seats in the former shoe factory building.
After three successful years at the helm of the Switzerland County Pacer boys basketball program, coach Scott Holdsworth has announced that he is leaving. He has confirmed that he has accepted the boys varsity coaching job at Southwestern High School in Shelby County.
Jason Wiesmann, a 1996 graduate of Switzerland County High School, recently graduated from Franklin College. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement. In his final semester, he obtained a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was named to the dean’s list. He was named the Most Valuable runner of the Franklin College track and field team.
An open house in honor of the 80th birthday of Mary Alice Uhlmansiek will be held this Sunday, June 18th, from 2-4 p.m. in Hoosier Boy Square recreation room in Rising Sun.
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers shared the All Sports trophy with Rising Sun for this year in the Ohio River Valley Conference. Both schools finished with a total of 55 points. Sharing the All Sports trophy with Rising Sun athletes are Switzerland County athletes who earned all conference honors, Jessica Thomas, Crystal Chase, Colleen O’Sullivan, Kelsey McNamara, Kristi Asbury, and Angie Thieman.
20 YEARS AGO
The stern wheeler, Bonnie Belle, landed in Vevay Tuesday for the start of its public excursions. From its home port in Madison, the riverboat will be a regular weekly visitor here.
The float system of tobacco plant production is new in Switzerland County this year. The two biggest changes are that there is only one seat for each row and the four funnel-shaped carousels for holding and placement of the tobacco plants. Most of the other parts are similar. Regular tobacco setters can also be used to set this type of plant.
Gary L. Reynolds, of route 2, Rising Sun, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and will report for active duty June 13th.
30 YEARS AGO
Benham Brothers horse pullers from Osgood won first place in last Sunday’s horse pull held at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds. Benham’s team pulled 7,150 pounds 24 feet and 10 inches. Bert Gilkinson of Harrisburg, Kentucky won second place in the event. They were eight inches behind Benhams.
Donna Tinker, a 1977 graduate of Switzerland County High School, will be among 48 students receiving diplomas from Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital in ceremonies to be held June 14th. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker and will be employed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse following a vacation in Florida.
40 YEARS AGO
Two Switzerland County students are among 176 graduating seniors at Hanover College this spring with the school’s 137th annual commencement ceremonies scheduled for June 7th. They are Terry Markland, a business major and son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Markland of route 2, Vevay; and Rick Rieman, a Spanish major and son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rieman of East Enterprise.
Grover Reese is manager of Vevay’s new business, McKittrick’s Plumbing and Building Supply Corporation, located west of town. Owner Howard McKittrick also operates building supply houses in Milan and Sunman.
U.S. Army Sergeant Paul E. Covington, Jr., 21, whose parents live on route 2, Vevay, recently was assigned in Vietnam as a squad leader.
J. Patrick “Pat” Collier, former Vevay High School basketball star, will graduate May 23rd with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in mathematics at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Renny Lee Rieman of East Enterprise has been elected historian of the Earl A. Johnson Chapter of Ball State University Student Education Association for the 1970-71 academic year in Muncie. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rieman of East Enterprise.
50 YEARS AGO
The centennial celebration of the Bennington Lodge No. 257, F. and A.M. was held Saturday at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church with over 200 people in attendance. A huge anniversary cake and many homemade cakes were highlights of the refreshments and social hours in the church basement.
Residents of Vevay and Switzerland County were cleaning up Tuesday and yesterday after Monday evening’s 2.15-inch rainfall flooded several homes and business establishments in this area. The storm, beginning around 7 p.m. Monday and reaching its peak near 8 p.m., caused minor damage to a great majority of the buildings in Vevay and to several buildings and tobacco crops in the outlying districts of the county.
Mrs. Maude C. Copeland, widow of Dr. George Copeland, died suddenly Wednesday morning at her home in Vevay. She had been a teacher in early life.
60 YEARS AGO
Miss Tanya Brys of near Fairview and James Curry of Craig Township were united in marriage Saturday at the home of Reverend V. E. Squibb, the officiating minister. They will reside near Brooksburg where Mr. Curry is associated with his father in the operation of his farm.
Burning with fever and completely broken out with measles, little three-year-old Cheryl Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown of Seminary Street, created a sensation Monday afternoon when she escaped from her bed and fled several blocks en route to her grandma’s home before she was overtaken by her weeping and hotly pursuing mother.
Switzerland County came into its second big political honor of the year last week when Mrs. Alma Burke of Vevay was elected First Vice President of the Indiana State Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs at the biennial meeting in Indianapolis.
Dr. Noel Graves of Muncie will be associated with Dr. Harold Griffith as his partner in the operation of the new clinic which will be opened here July 1st in the home on Main Street which Dr. Griffith bought recently from Mrs. Minnie Downey.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Burnett and Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Flood of Vevay last week bought the “Dog House” restaurant on Seminary Street from Mrs. V. E. Squibb and took immediate possession.
70 YEARS AGO
Edgar Culbertson, vice president of the Vevay Deposit Bank and a resident of Pleasant Township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Protter, in Coal City, Illinois on Sunday.
A son was born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Lighter of Lamb.
Miss Edna Shadday of Vevay and Floyd Whittenburg of Culver City, California, were married at the home of the bride’s mother, Thursday evening, June 6th, by Revered S. O. Whitesell.
Mrs. Ella Peters, wife of Irvin Peters, died at her home in Vevay Saturday afternoon having been in ill health for some months past.
George M. Gray, died at the home of Wilford Day near Long Run Saturday following a long illness.
Mrs. Ivy P. Chase, wife of Stephen Chase and a resident of Posey Township, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati Thursday.
Mrs. Lorena S. Anderson, aged 93 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Wakefield, near Vevay on Monday.
Mrs. Harry Tardy Siefert, native of Vevay, died at the home of her son Claude Siefert in Dillsboro Saturday, June 8th.
80 YEARS AGO
A new law firm composed of Cassius and Harry McMullen of Aurora and Mrs. Gretchen Cole of Vevay has been announced.
L. A. Byram has purchased the buildings owned by the Melcher heirs on the southwest corner of Main and Liberty streets and will remodel the building into a modern grocery.
Switzerland County took on a gangland atmosphere Wednesday evening when rival gangs of rum runners and hijackers staged a gun battle near the George Bowman farm on state road 56 for possession of a liquor truck.
Born Tuesday, a daughter to Bryan Kinman and wife of Florence.
Born Saturday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Morton of Pleasant.
Born, a son Roger Griffith to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Iddings.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lakeman of Allensville.
90 YEARS AGO
Howard P. Burton has recopy of the French citation given to the fifth and sixth regiments of the marines and the ninth and 23rd regiments of the infantry, in the second division. He was a member of the sixth regiment of the marines.
The county was visited by a heavy electrical storm last evening, but the damage was slight. Madison, however, suffered great damage to stock, homes and trees.
Mrs. R. N. Tirey, wife of former Superintendent R. N. Tirey, is critically ill with double pneumonia at her home in Washington, Indiana and all hopes of her recovery have been relinquished.
The winning streak of the Vevay baseball team was headed Sunday when the Owenton, Kentucky, aggregation copped the game to a tune of 3-2.
Born, a son on June 13th, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown of Craig Township.
100 YEARS AGO
Rudolph and Ab Brown, residents of Vevay, made the biggest haul of fish ever caught in the community Tuesday when they found 800 pounds of carp in a wing net in Schenck’s pond. The men stretched their net after the rapid rise of the river last week and when the water receded the fish were trapped. It required the services of a two horse wagon to haul them to Vevay, where they were dressed and sold. Some of the fish weighed as much as 30 or 40 pounds apiece.
It is reported that a wolf has been seen in the Park’s Ridge neighborhood.
Miss Grace Nelson and Mr. Artemus Scudder were married at the home of the bride’s parents, June 10th.
Miss Elizabeth Albro of Florence and Samuel R. Clore of Warsaw, Kentucky were married Thursday at the home of the bride’s brother William Albro in Newport, Kentucky.
George Manford and Miss Estella Means were married Sunday at the home of the bride by Squire R. N. Smith.
120 YEARS AGO
Samuel Robinson and James Rayls, night policemen, last Saturday night made four arrests for assault and battery, drunkenness, and disorderly conduct. Mayron Manning fined the prisoners from $1 to $5 and costs.
M. A. Barnett, resident of Vevay, died of apoplexy while standing in the doorway of the Broadway Hotel in Madison Thursday noon. Mr. Barnett was on his way to Edinburgh, Indiana, to be interviewed for a job as a teacher in the schools there.
While hunting Monday L. B. Conaway of near Jay accidentally shot himself in the left shoulder with a breech loading rifle. It is doubtful if the ball can be removed.
The new M. E. Church at Ghent was dedicated last Sunday.
140 YEARS AGO
Vevay boasts a pig with only three legs and a dog that eats ice cream. F. P. Dupraz is the owner of the pig and Em Pleasants of the dog.
Mr. Charles Dickens is dead.
Hays City, Kansas, enjoys a female constable.
Markets: wheat, $1 per bushel; potatoes 40 cents per bushel; oats 90 cents per bushel; chickens $2.50 per dozen; eggs 15 cents per dozen; butter 25 cents per pound; hay $11 per ton.
R. L. Stewart of Gallipolis, Ohio, is visiting Vevay relatives.
150 YEARS AGO
M. R. Greene and G. H. Kyle will enumerate the 8th census of the county.
Nelson Dreggs, the notorious counterfeiter who was arrested at Patriot last week has escaped in Cincinnati.
Died May 31st, Mrs. Hannah Armstrong, widow of Walter Armstrong.
A deck hand jumped off the steamer Jacob Strader near Rising Sun and was drowned.
The wreck of the steamer Eunice was towed to Louisville after she had been smashed in a wind storm.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of