News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Friends and relatives of Wilma McClellan of Vevay are planning an open house celebration in honor of her 90th birthday Sunday, July 9th. The party will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Jack Sullivan Senior Center in Vevay. “Grandma” Wilma regularly writes the weekly Tapps Ridge social column for the Vevay Newspapers.
In spite of the rain late in the day, the 2000 Community Yard Sale was deemed a success. According to Ann Mulligan, director of the Switzerland County Welcome Center, t he event went smoothly, and a lot of people went home happy – either with money in pocket or a new treasure to add to their collection.
Plans for the 2000 Swiss Wine Festival are again underway in Switzerland County. This year’s Festival will be held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, August 24th-27th.
Approximately 500 people congregated at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park Saturday to take in some agricultural history at the Switzerland County Antique Tractor and Engine club’s fourth annual tractor show. There were about 50 tractors and about six or seven trailers with hit and miss engines. The event kicked off with a parade of tractors. Bob Martin said the highlight of the parade was a 1918 Indiana tractor owned and driven by Mildred Comer. She is 86 years old.
Howard and Velma Wiesmann of Dillsboro will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, July 2nd, at the Dillsboro Civic Center.
20 YEARS AGO
Born in a small house near Greenwood school in 1891, Swiss Villa resident Mabel Rayls will celebrate her 99th birthday on Sunday, July 1st. The granddaughter of pioneer settlers in Switzerland County, Mabel shared her birth date with her grandmother, Eleanor (Bliss) Melick, whose father emigrated here from Stratford, New York. He homesteaded a farm on what is known as Slack Road in Cotton Township. This farm is one of the few land grant farms remaining in Switzerland County.
It’s almost fair time again in Switzerland County! Area 4-H members are working hard to finish up their projects, while those on the fair board and at the Extension office are expending extra energy to fix up the fairgrounds and finalize plans for the programs which begin Friday, July 6th.
30 YEARS AGO
Members of the Indiana Burley Tobacco Growers Improvement Association met recently at Rykers Ridge to present awards to various members. Ed Furnish of Vevay was honored for 20 years service to the Association.
The Vevay Town Board has received permission from the State Stream Pollution Control Board to reopen the landfill at Whiskey Hollow.
Robert Carpenter, 22, of Covington, Kentucky, is resting comfortably in Booth Hospital, Covington, Kentucky, after a 20 foot fall from the scaffolding on Cheapside Street, where renovation was taking place on the historic Hoosier Theater.
40 YEARS AGO
Kentucky Utilities Company has submitted a revised application and plans for a permit to construct riverfront facilities at or near the left bank of the Ohio River just above Ghent in connection with a new steam generating station. KU, with offices in Lexington, Kentucky, submitted the application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ district office in Louisville.
Preparations near completion for opening Friday of the Swiss Belle Restaurant, a new floating restaurant operating in conjunction with Vevay Chamber of Commerce Boat Dock at Vevay’s riverfront. Mike Danner will operate the restaurant and Jerry Hamblen manages the boat dock.
Four Switzerland County youths participated in the 1970 Indiana Special Olympics on Indiana State University’s campus and sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. David Peelman, 13, of Vevay; Mary Sheets, 15, of route 3, Vevay; Dennis Rose, 13, of Patriot; and Danny Smith, 18, of route 3, Vevay were the county’s representatives.
Mickey Lamson, one of Vevay High School’s all-star basketball players, is returning to Vevay this fall as guidance counselor at Switzerland County High School.
50 YEARS AGO
Uniforms of kelly green, trimmed in red and white, have been chosen for the Vevay school band by members of the Band Boosters Club. A plumed hat will complete the coat style ensemble and the cost will be $70 per uniform. Total cost of the uniforms and majorette costumes is expected to be $3,300.
The second rainstorm here in a little over a week resulted in heavy damage throughout Switzerland County, with bridges and farm crops the hardest hit. The storm, which dumped an unofficial estimate of 3.50 inches on the local area, started late Wednesday night, June 22nd, and continued until a few hours before daylight Thursday morning. Creeks throughout the county flooded their banks, with Plum Creek bridge washing out under the force of the flash flood.
The workers have gone home, the roadblocks are down, the road is open – and, barring a possible refusal of acceptance by the state highway department, the resurfacing of state road 56 from Vevay to Madison has been completed.
60 YEARS AGO
Roy E. Bolen of Bicknell, Indiana, has been hired as Athletic Coach at Vevay High School for the 1950-51 school year. During the year just past, Mr. Bolen has been coaching at Edwardsport High School south of Bicknell.
An 8 pound, 12 ounce son was born Thursday, June 22nd, at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Harris (nee Burnetta Gullion) of near Vevay. The young man has been named Lloyd Alan.
Mrs. Robert Brown and new baby son, Randall, returned home Friday from the Madison hospital. The young man arrived June 19th and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Investigation into the violent death of Andrew Harlow continued into the fifth day on Wednesday with Sheriff Ora Scudder and his aides running down every possible clue that would throw any light on the mystery. Harlow, a 23-year-old resident of near Aberdeen, was found in a dying condition on State Road 56 about 2:30 o’clock Saturday morning by Edward Smith, an employee of the Shoe Factory here. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Harlow who reside west of Aberdeen in Ohio County.
70 YEARS AGO
Richard Newton, a recent graduate of Hanover College, has accepted a position in the Technical Department of the Radio Corporation of America, with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Althoff of Bear Branch June 22nd, a daughter.
Billy Fletcher of Patriot celebrated his 91st birthday Thursday, June 20th. It was also his 68th anniversary as a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Miss Gretchen Siebenthal of near Bennington was united in marriage to Louis Vance of Cincinnati in that city Wednesday, June 18th.
Word was received here Monday of the sudden death of Howard G. Myers at his home in Cincinnati. He was the husband of Jessie Rudd Myers, formerly of this county.
Nora Florence Earls of Grant County, Kentucky, and Omer Manser of this county were united in marriage Saturday, June 22nd, in the Clerk’s office here by Reverend Leland S. Courtney.
80 YEARS AGO
The steamers, Tom Greene and Betsy Ann, will race Saturday afternoon from Fernbank Dam to Coney Island, a distance of some 22 miles. The winner will be awarded the golden antlers won by the Greene boat in 1928 and the Commodore George F. Schott trophy.
Franklin B. Cunningham, aged 79, died at his home near Exter, California June 11th, following several years of ill health. He was a native of the Fairview neighborhood.
Mrs. Estella McAllister, aged 71 years, died at the home of her son near Florence, following an illness of several years.
Ray Haskell of Vevay and Miss Sophia Gorrochetegin of San Antonio, Texas were married in that city June 18th.
Dr. J. P. Christie has returned to Indianapolis after spending several months here where he assisted in the practice during the recent illness of Dr. R. M. Copeland.
Mrs. George Hostetter, native of Switzerland County, died at the Methodist Memorial Home at Warren, Indiana June 19th.
Elizabeth Means Clements, aged 71 years, died suddenly of a heart attack at her home near Bennington Saturday morning.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dilver Whitham of Quercus Grove a baby daughter.
Born Saturday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Bowen of Vevay.
It is estimated that 1600 automobile licenses and 200 truck licenses will be sent into Switzerland County for 1931.
90 YEARS AGO
Married in St. Louis June 20th, Miss Bell Turner, former resident and Fred E. Martin.
The Vevay baseball team defeated the Dam 39 team, 6-3, at Brindley’s Park.
Died in Patriot June 24th, Mrs. Lucretin VanDorin, 88. Two sons and two daughters survive.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Ruth Credille of Ft. Gaines, Georgia, to Hiram Bakes, Jr., formerly of this county.
Married in Madison, Miss Eleanor G. Wade and William H. Horuff, member of the well known firm of N. Horuff and sons of Madison.
Born a baby son last week to Mr. and Mrs. John Truitt of this city.
Married in Vevay June 29th, Mrs. George Anderson, 75, of near Vevay, following an operation. The husband, son, two daughters, a sister and two brothers survive.
Everything is in readiness for the big July 4th celebration to be held in Vevay on Monday, July 5th.
Born, a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Will Shaw of Parks Ridge.
A baby girl born June 19th to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rose died shortly after birth and the small form was interred the following day in the Patriot Cemetery.
The building on Main Street owned by Gaudin and Sieglitz is being treated to a coat of paint.
James M. Scott, president of the Vevay Deposit Bank, quietly celebrated his 83rd birthday Friday.
C. F. Harman, formerly of this county but now of Indianapolis has been elected vice president of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.
100 YEARS AGO
Miss Ada Farrell of near Bennington and Jesse R. Cotton were married at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday by Reverend Machler.
William E. Benedict of Vevay has purchased one-half interest in the Vevay wharf boat from Edward C. Shull, and in the future it will be operated as a partnership.
Mrs. Morton Manford, a former resident of Switzerland County, died at her home in St. Johns, Kansas after a brief illness of appendicitis. The body was returned to Vevay for burial Saturday.
Mayme Dickason Vannateo, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Dickason of Sugar Branch June 16th, at the age of 37.
Charles Bledsoen, aged 13 years, drowned in Dibble’s Creek in Posey Township Friday while swimming with a group of boys.
Nancy Tait Eaton died at her home in Patriot at the age of 61.
120 YEARS AGO
Vevay turned out to see a thrilling race between the Fleetwood and New South with the Fleetwood emerging victorious.
Licensed to marry: T. R. Humphrey and Ida B. McCallum, Thomas Smith and Ella Ligon, John Satchwell and Anna Inem, Clarence Hines and Cordie McKenzie, Adollphus Webster and Mary Miller, William E. Shadday and Elzora Hankins.
A letter from Kobe, Japan to the editor of the Reveille was received from Ira B. Stephenson who is traveling there.
The Hermit Company presented “Peck’s Bad Boy” at the opera house recently.
Sidney M. Dumont died at his home in Vevay June 25th, aged 56. Mr. Dumont was a former steam boat pilot, a soldier in the 3rd Indiana Cavalry and for the past 20 years had been a florist.
Vevay has three bakeries and nine saloons. This indicates a preference for wet food.
Willie Hilderbrand and Gilmore Kerth each tired one trip as cabin boy on the steamer General Pike and found they preferred dry land.
150 YEARS AGO
Died June 17th, Rizpah Clare, wife of L. L. Thiebaud, 37 years old.
Among the graduated of Hanover College are Edward Henry and Thomas J. Charlton of Pleasant Township.
The editor, Mr. W. J. Bair left Tuesday for a trip abroad. Mr. F. J. Waldo will have charge of the paper during his absence.
Fire originating from a defective flue was discovered at the home of Edward Barker Wednesday. It was put out at a loss of only $25.
W. H. Adkinson, Esquire, will be one of the speakers at the enterprise July Fourth celebration.
Died June 26th, Hattie E. Henderson, daughter of Mrs. E. Stevens.
Died near Moorefield June 24th, John B. Scott, 41 years old.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of