News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County High School held commencement ceremonies this past Sunday afternoon, with 99 seniors earning their diplomas. The graduation was held in the high school gymnasium.
When visitors come to Switzerland County beginning in August to try their luck at the Belterra Casino and Resort, they will travel to a place that currently can’t be found on any map – Belterra, Indiana. Although Belterra will create its own location, it will still use the Florence zip code of 47020, which the U.S. Postal Service uses to direct mail.
James and Tanya Curry of Fairview will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 10th. The couple will renew their vows Sunday, June 11th, at Fairview United Methodist Church. There will be an open house in the afternoon at the East Enterprise Firehouse. The couple will celebrate their anniversary with a trip to Florida the following week.
Perry Lucas is the 2000 Trig-Star recipient for Switzerland County High School. He earned the honor through a recent competition that was sponsored by he District 9 Land Company and Roger Woodfill. Perry is the son of Perry and June Lucas. The competition is a timed exercise which involves the solving of a trigonometry problem that incorporates the use of right triangle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines.
20 YEARS AGO
Plans to develop Vevay’s new Riverfront Park are still moving ahead, with preliminary sketches having been recently completed. Included are plans for the initial stages of the project through the first year, along with drawings for the long-range, five-year development plan.
Like the days of old, Switzerland Countians will soon see an authentic stern wheeler, the Bonnie Belle , gracing the Vevay riverbank. ON June 12th the riverboat will make the first of its bimonthly visits to our area to take residents and tourists on river excursions.
30 YEARS AGO
Clara Burroughs of Vevay, representing Switzerland County, was named Area 12 Friendly Services Senior Citizen Queen in a judging contest held last Friday in Dillsboro. She will now represent Area 12 in state competition which will be held later this summer in Indianapolis.
The Historic Landmark Foundation of Indiana last week approved a $7,000 loan for restoration of the old theatre building at Ferry and Cheapside streets in Vevay which is owned by Fiddlin’ Joy Sibcy. The loan was matched by a $7,000 grant from the Ogle Foundation. Sibcy states she will stage bluegrass, vaudeville and Broadway presentations when it opens later this year.
40 YEARS AGO
William Roberts, present principal at Switzerland County Junior High School, and Larry Works, former Switzerland County High School assistant coach, have been named principal and head coach, respectively, at Swiss High.
Edward C. Stevens, 83, of Liberty Street, Vevay, died Tuesday at Mayfield Nursing Home in Madison.
Mrs. Lena Taylor, 82, of Patriot, died Sunday morning at Terrace View Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.
James Riley, 93, died Saturday at his home at 205 East Main Street, Vevay.
50 YEARS AGO
Road construction on the River Road from Vevay to Madison may be completed enough by Saturday to open the road to all traffic – but only if weather and other conditions remain ideal.
Heavy construction on the River Road immediately above Patriot and in stretches throughout the length of the road are beginning to take shape. New bridges have been erected above Patriot and below Markland with stretches of new road appearing at various intervals along the route.
Raymond McFarland, 18, son of Mrs. Everett McFarland, Vevay, graduated from Vevay High School with honors after a lengthy childhood battle with an injured vertebrae and scant grade school attendance. He spent six years in the cast and left his wheel chair and cast just before entering high school. With the aid of an understanding mother and three fine tutors, Mrs. Nell Archer, Mrs. Ellogene Weales and Mrs. Cleta Iddings, he passed his grade school examinations easily and entered high school. During the last four years he has shown a special interest in science, chemistry and mathematics, and last week was called on by his teacher, Denny Markland, to demonstrate his physic’s project before a large audience. It was a method of cleaning motor oil. Now a graduate of Vevay High School, the youth is looking forward to a college career at Purdue University, where he will major in mechanical engineering. He has earned the respect and congratulations of many teachers, friends and residents of Vevay.
60 YEARS AGO
Continued rainfall has delayed the new drive-in theatre, which is owned by Charles Scott of Vevay and which has just been completed on a plot of ground a short distance west of Vevay on State Road 56. Mr. Scott expected to show the first film at the new open air movie house, which has been named “Alps” in keeping with the Swiss historical background of Vevay on Tuesday.
A son was born Sunday, May 21st, to Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. T. J. O’Connor of Cherry Point, North Carolina. The young man weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Timothy James. Mrs. O’Connor was before her marriage, Miss Helen Moreillon of Fairview.
Miss Roberta Higgins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Higgins, of Bennington, and Lyle H. Kunkle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle H. Kunkle, Sr., of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, were married Sunday, May 28th, at 2:30 o’clock in an impressive double ring ceremony performed by Reverend B. D. Case of Wilmore, Kentucky in the Bennington Methodist Church.
70 YEARS AGO
A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Courtney of Quercus Grove.
Relatives have been notified of the accidental death of Clifford Neal, a former resident of Bennington, at Fresno, California.
Miss Martha Banister of Columbus, Indiana, former music teacher in the Vevay schools, and Dr. Marvin S. Davis of Greensburg were married in Columbus this week.
Robert N. Murphy for many years a resident of Vevay died at his home in Urbana, Illinois last week.
Miss Betty Jo Rook was recently awarded first prize in a statewide essay contest for her essay on “Historical Points of Interest in Switzerland County.” Her award will include a six-day tour of historical points in Indiana.
80 YEARS AGO
Sylvania Lanham, aged 79 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rous in Vevay Friday morning.
Harry Boom, former resident near Florence, died in the Madison hospital Saturday evening.
Oscar Poling, aged 56, passed away at North Madison May 20th.
Mrs. Andrew J. Haskell died at her home near Center Square Thursday as the result of a fall suffered at her home several weeks ago.
Phillip Gullion, farmer of near Aaron, died at his home Tuesday, aged 57 years.
Howard Allen will move his tin shop to the room recently vacated by the Rook barber shop.
90 YEARS AGO
Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, escaped draft evader, is believed to have passed through Vevay Monday. In company with two other men, they were driving a Columbia automobile bearing an Ohio license.
The Vevay baseball team remains unbeaten, having defeated the Unity Council team from New Albany Sunday at the local park.
Died near Patriot May 30th, Mrs. Minnie Beavis, 46. The husband and seven children survive.
Married in Vevay June 1st, Miss Lula Eureka Ruddell and Benjamin F. Bowder of Burnside, Pennsylvania.
Died near Pleasant Mr. Era Blighton, 66, the widow and seven children and a sister survive.
Talks by prominent farmers and business men of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland County at a meeting held in Madison indicate that there is some faith in the project to extend Cincinnati, Lawrenceburg and Aurora interurban line to Charlestown connecting with the Indianapolis and Louisville line.
The Decoration Day services which were held in the Courthouse Sunday afternoon were well attended. About 20 remaining veterans tribute to their dead comrades and to take part in the drive to the cemetery where graves were decorated by children.
Mrs. Mary Gordon has rented her home here to Dr. and Mrs. Curtis Lawton who will continue to operate a boarding house. Mrs. Gordon and daughter will go to Cincinnati.
Miss Lula Eureka Ruddell of Vevay was married June 1st by Reverend William Raylor to Ben F. Bowder of Burnside, Pennsylvania. They left immediately for their new home in Burnside.
100 YEARS AGO
Dr. J. P. Ward has been elected president of the fourth Indiana Councillors District of the Indiana Medical Association.
Announcement has been made of the approaching marriage of Miss Grace Hall of Cincinnati to Mr. Will Stevens of Vevay which will take place June 15th.
Frederick G. Bakes, a native of this county and a man known for his skill as a cabinet maker, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis W. Gossett in Champaign, Illinois, last week, aged 88 years.
Beginning next week the admission to the Lyric Theatre will be 5 cents on Monday night and 10 cents on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The patronage does not justify the giving of two five cent shows in one week.
Muriel Armstrong English, aged 18 years, wife of George English, died of pneumonia at her home in Florence Friday.
Miss Daisy Humphrey of Allensville and Albert Turner of Indianapolis were married Saturday by Reverend Gardner.
Thomas Edrington, Jr., the year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Edrington of Patriot, died Tuesday after an illnesses of several weeks with whooping cough and measles.
120 YEARS AGO
Miss Nettie Northcutt has resigned her position as principal of the Vevay High School and has gone to Seminapolis, California.
Marriage licenses issued: Bloomfield Wiley and Kate Fitzgerald.
Died May 27th, Bessie May, infant daughter of W. L. and Rillie M. Mennett.
Died in Pleasant Township May 19th, Joseph Israel, aged 64 years.
Clarence Protsman lost his life last Sunday while fighting a fire with his fire company at Lincoln, Nebraska.
E. P. Downey is giving a gold watch to his cigar customers.
Mr. Samuel Lee of this county and Miss Nettie Jaguers of Cross Plains formerly of Fairview, were married May 25th, by Reverend A. R. Beach.
Dr. Elfers of Sugar Branch has treated himself to a nice saddle horse.
140 YEARS AGO
Last Tuesday the directors of the Vevay and Moorefield Turnpike Company contracted with Henry Stucy for the building of the pike from Vevay to Siebenthal’s mill, a distance of 13.4 miles at $8.50 per rod.
A farmer living about seven miles from Vevay came in our office Saturday clothed in linen coat, shirt and trousers, the material for which was raised and manufactured on his farm. His hat was made of straw which was also raised on his farm.
Married June 2nd by Reverend F. S. Potts, W. H. Briggs of Illinois to Miss Sarah Hildreth of this county.
Married May 31st, Benjamin F. Robbins of Madison to Miss Emma Rogers of this county.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of