News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
Scott Griffin’s grand champion steer was purchased for a record price of $3,600 at Saturday night’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair livestock auction. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay was the buyer of the animal, bringing a huge ovation when the record purchase was announced. Scott Griffin also showed the reserve grand champion steer, but auction rules prevented him from selling two animals of the same species.
A total of 113 different buyers spent $125,225 at Saturday’s livestock auction at the Switzerland County 4-H Fair, breaking records for the most buyers and for the gross sale amount.
On Thursday, July 6th, at the ground breaking ceremony, Belterra Casino Resort donated $300,000 to the Fire Department of Florence for a new Firehouse. Construction of the Firehouse will begin in approximately three weeks and should be functional in October of this year.
David Todd, junior varsity basketball coach here for the past three years, has been unanimously hired as the new varsity coach. He replaces Scott Holdsworth who announced last month that he was resigning as coach at Switzerland County High School.
Grace Aldred was crowned Mrs. Switzerland County last Wednesday night as part of the county 4-H Fair. Not only is she the county’s newest “Mrs. Switzerland County,” she’s also the oldest. Grace Aldred is 104 years old.
20 YEARS AGO
Angela Boles was crowned 4-H Fair Queen Monday night. First runner-up was Angel Lock and second runner-up was Carrie Van Norstran, who was also named Miss Congeniality.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Christman of route 1, Canaan, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 12th.
Cabell Christopher Kwan McKee of Carson, Virginia, is a 1990 graduate of Prince George High School. This fall he will be attending Richard Bland College at the College of William and Mary. He is the son of Cabell and Judy (Park) McKee. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Morris McKee and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ricketts of Vevay.
30 YEARS AGO
William T. Cord of Vevay has recently been named the principal of the Carroll County High School in Carrollton, Kentucky. He served as the assistant principal and athletic director of the school during the 1979-80 academic year.
Francis Michael Rose and his wife Linda are two very lucky people. Not so lucky that they totaled their private passenger aircraft but lucky that only a minor wound was suffered as a result of the crash. He crashed his craft in a field just west of the new elementary school near East Enterprise Monday afternoon after attempting a takeoff from the blacktop parking lot behind the new structure.
40 YEARS AGO
The deadline for entries in Switzerland County’s 1970 4-H Fair queen contest will extend through today with five girls already announced as candidates. Entered in the event to be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the 4-H Community Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Vevay are Nancy Kay Burgess, Donna Flinn, Teresa Furnish, Dinah Lock, and Janet Miller.
Christi Graham and John Truitt are two of 50 outstanding Indiana youth selected to receive intensive training in human relations and outdoor education July 5th to 10th at Hoosier 4-H Leadership Center near Lafayette.
Lt. Col. James Landry of the U.S. Air Force received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his many flying and rescue missions flown over South Vietnam. Lt. Col. Landry is now stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he was recently honored at Ft. Myers’ service club. He is the son of Mrs. Leona Sullivan of Vevay.
Flames leaped skyward from the home of Mrs. Agnes Scudder between Markland and Florence which was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday afternoon. Only a few items and the clothes worn by four adults and four children at the home were saved of the Scudder possessions.
50 YEARS AGO
Going along with what seems to be a nationwide merchants will introduce Friday night shopping to this area starting with the “Old Fashioned Bargain Days” sale here July 29th. The local merchants will open their stores on both Friday and Saturday nights until 9 o’clock for a three-month trial period. The stores were open on just Saturday night previously.
Captain Claude Brown, 75, of Carrollton, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, died July 6th in the Carrollton hospital. Reverend Frank Reed of Vevay read two of Captain Brown’s original poems at his funeral service. Miss Diane Manze of Carrollton sang a song composed by Captain Brown. In the death of Captain Brown the Ohio River lost one of its best known river pilots, captain, historian and raconteur. Although he had retired from active work on the river four years ago, last year he piloted the famous passenger steamer, Delta Queen, to Pittsburgh for repairs, climaxing a 48-year career on the water.
60 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County turned back a few thousand years of history pages last week when Louis Fisher and Ernie Peters, both working for the county, brought to this office a section of mastodon’s tusk which had been excavated on “Gravel Hill” east of Patriot. The section, about 7 inches in diameter and nine inches long, was a part of an apparent complete tusk found under many feet of the solid, moist gravel where once in past times it had been the pride of some old Proboscidean that got caught in a slide when the Ohio River was in the making.
As an aftermath of the death of Andrew Harlow, young war veteran who was found dying from injuries June 24th on the state highway near Center Square, Robert Gooch, colored, a cream truck driver of Cincinnati, is being held in the Vevay jail under $2,500 bond after being arrested here last Friday evening by Sheriff Ora Scudder on a charge filed as reckless homicide.
John Thevenow of Rising Sun has bought the Package Store on Ferry Street from its owners, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Southworth and will take possession about August 1st.
70 YEARS AGO
Grant Abbot, native of Pleasant Township, passed away at his home in Indianapolis June 27th, following an illness of many months.
Jacob H. Lawton who resided near Mount Sterling died in Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis July 3rd following an attack of pneumonia.
Mrs. Perle Malcomson McKay, who was born in Craig Township, died at the home of her brother William Malcomson near Madison July 8th following an illness of several weeks.
George W. Armstrong, former hotel owner of Vevay, died at his hoe in Allensville Monday following a long illness.
The Majestic showboat will be at the Vevay riverfront July 14th, featuring drama and vaudeville.
Miss Martha Bannister, Music supervisor of the Vevay schools, and Dr. Marvin Davis were married June 30th in Columbus, Indiana.
80 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Barbara Wigal Moredock died July 4th at the home of her daughter Mrs. William Lukie in Patriot, aged 88 years.
Mrs. Hugh M. O’Neal passed away at her home on Pendleton Run Sunday after a protracted illness at the age of 57 years.
Mrs. Arch Faff, aged 68 years, died at her home near Brooksburg, July 2nd after an illness of more than a year.
Miss Carrie M. Smith, aged 72, former resident of this county, died at her home in Madison Saturday. She had been an invalid for many years.
Miss Lula Mae Huff and Raymond DeHart were married at the home of Reverend McNeely in Patriot Wednesday evening.
Oliver Wheeler, farmer of Craig Township, passed away at his home Tuesday following an illness of more than a year. He was 59 years of age.
Benjamin L. Wiley, aged 53 years, died at his home near Vevay Tuesday, following a short illness.
Born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Raisor of Mount Sterling, a baby girl.
90 YEARS AGO
Died at Mount Sterling July 8th, Mrs. Georgia Ann Burroughs, widow of the late George W. Burroughs. A son, daughter, brother and four sisters survive.
Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moreillon of near Fairview. He has been named Lloyd Raymond.
Died July 1st at her home near Vevay, Mrs. Jane Detraz, 80. A daughter and two sons survive.
Died in Vevay July 9th, Mrs. Georgia Ann Hopper, widow of James Hopper. A son survives.
Died in Hanibal, Missouri, Mrs. F. L. Dubach, former resident. A brother survives.
Ralph Scudder who has been teaching school in South Dakota.
Mrs. Lucy Wainscott Cole, wife of Oliver A. Cole died Monday at her home in Madison. The family formerly lived in Vevay.
100 YEARS AGO
Edward Weaver, past 85 years of age, died at the home of his son, Abraham Weaver, in Pleasant Township Wednesday after an illness of long duration.
Miss Dorothy Pleasants, Mr. William Marsh, Minneapolis, Minnesota, were married July 12th at the home of the bride’s parents in Vevay by Reverend Frank C. Hood.
Nat M. Fallis who for the past 23 years has been engaged in the grocery business in Vevay closed his doors Saturday night and discontinued operation of his store.
Leslie Breech and Miss Inez Adams were married in Carrollton July 2nd.
Miss Myrtle Jaynes and Benjamin Martin, both of Vevay, will be married Sunday.
Mrs. Nathan Marble, living near Grants Creek, died Wednesday, July 6th, of sunstroke.
Born July 7th to Dr. W. W. Cunningham and wife of Sugar Branch, a baby daughter.
Born July 7th to Frank Hall and wife of Scotch Settlement, a daughter.
120 YEARS AGO
The directors of the Vevay, Mount Sterling and Versailles turnpike declared a 3 percent dividend.
Died in Vevay July 9th, Mrs. Eliza Kessler, aged 87 years.
Married at the Baptist Church July 6th by Reverend Willet, Mr. Hugh E. Cole and Miss Ida Pavy.
Nat McMakin drew the gold watch offered by E. P. Downey to the purchasers of his cigars.
Jesse Gray, aged farmer of Pleasant Ridge, is critically ill of internal injuries received when his horse ran away with him.
Captain Volmey Peelman, the veteran flat-boatman, is home from a voyage.
150 YEARS AGO
Two million, two hundred thousand of the new pennies were coined at the Philadelphia mint.
John G. McCallin of California made the 4th of July address here.
Jacob R. Harris lost two fine horses by drowning in the river.
The editor’s cow has gone astray.
Married June 26th, James B. Hopkins and Mary Jackson.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of