News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
On Sunday, June 11th, 2000, church services stopped at the Allensville United Methodist Church. Every Sunday since 1817, the Methodist church in the community of Allensville has held services. Members held services in the old log school in Allensville until 1840; then built their own church building, which they used until 1922. They held services after the church burned in that year; and continued until a new church house was completed in 1924. For Lauretta Borgman, the closing of the Allensville United Methodist Church was like seeing a big part of her life close. “I started coming to this church 82 years ago, when I was just a baby in arms,” Lauretta Borgman remembered as she sat at the church piano that she has played during services for many years. “I can remember standing right over there on that side of the church between my mom and dad.” The church will now serve the community as a pantry for food and other items for needy people in Switzerland County.
Kim Hutcherson came home to Patriot on Saturday, just five days after she was attacked in the yard of her home on Upper Goose Creek Road. According to her mother, Jill Hutcherson, doctors at University Hospital in Cincinnati are calling Kim Hutcherson, “The Wonder Patient.”
The Belterra Casino and Resort, located near Florence above the Markland Dam, has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public at the end of August, pending approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission. The complex includes a 15-story hotel with 308 deluxe rooms, six unique restaurants; a 1,500 seat showroom; several retail outlets; and a Tom Fazio-designed 18 hold championship golf course which is scheduled to be open for play in 2001. The riverboat itself will include 38,000 square feet, and will have 57 gaming tables and over 1,350 slot machines. The riverboat is scheduled to be at the site sometime around the first part of August.
20 YEARS AGO
Liz Simon and Adam Curry were named the Outstanding 4-H’ers for 1990 during the 4-H Fair. Liz is the daughter of Dale and Mary Ann Simon of Bennington. Adam is the son of Greg and Cathy Curry of Fairview. These outstanding young people will receive special 4-H jackets during the 4-H Awards Dinner on August 2nd.
According to librarian Lois Rosenberger if plans move forward as presently proposed, the present library and the Town of Vevay will trade the library property for the property where the Town Hall and Market Street Park are located. The Vevay/Switzerland Foundation has made a grant commitment of $525,000 for a new library to be built.
Krystal Earl, 8, finished in the top 33 of 168 contestants in the Little Miss America Princess Pageant held July 13th-15th in Indianapolis. She is the daughter of Gregory and Terri Earl of Center Square.
30 YEARS AGO
Eileen and Bud Shuler were resting at home after a hard day at Do-Leen’s Floral and Gift Shop and a Tupperware party, when the phone rang with a call from their daughter that the store at the southwestern corner of Main and Liberty was on fire. Arriving at the shop they found lots of smoke damage but the fire was under control.
The Switzerland County 4-H Fair was a huge success every way you look at it according to the fair board, local fair going veterans, concessionaires and visitors from around the state and across the river in Kentucky. Even the weatherman contributed assistance. The weather was hot but cool compared to Texas and other western states. And rain came in small but welcome spurts at the right moments.
40 YEARS AGO
Frank E. (Ep) Peelman, 70, retired pilot of Vevay-Ghent ferry boat of route 3, Vevay, died Saturday morning en route to a doctor’s office in Rising Sun. He was pilot of the Vevay-Ghent ferry boat for 45 years prior to his retirement.
Winning trophies as the outstanding 4-H Club exhibitors (boy and girl) for the 1970 Switzerland County 4-H Fair ending Saturday in Vevay were Mary Ann Sheldon and brother John Sheldon.
Kathy Slack and Dawson Hastings are Switzerland County’s 1970 4-H Club tenure award winners, it has been announced by Switzerland County Farm Bureau in conjunction with the Women’s Department of Indiana Farm Bureau.
Ralph Tilley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tilley of Vevay, recently discussed admission procedures with Charles Bedford, Hanover College admissions director, during a visit to the campus. A graduate of Culver Military Academy, Tilley plans to attend Hanover beginning this fall as a Hanover admissions scholar.
50 YEARS AGO
The Vevay High School gymnasium was a beehive of activity yesterday as 4-H Club leaders and members opened up the annual Switzerland County 4-H Fair. The gym was nearly filled with exhibits in electricity, clothing, foods, gardening, woodworking, and many others. Judging on these projects started yesterday and will continue throughout the three-day fair. Nancy Barnes will reign over the County 4-H Fair Friday evening.
Friends of the Center Square Baptist Church will assemble Sunday, August 7th, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the church. Ceremonies honoring this remarkable event will be held at the church at 11 o’clock with Reverend Richard Goins and Reverend J.C. Wells of New Orleans, Louisiana, speakers.
The Vevay Band Boosters, a local organization interested presently in securing new uniforms for the Vevay High School band, is going about it in two ways – and both are paying off. The Boosters have been operating a uniform fund drive here in Vevay for about two weeks now and will try to raise additional funds at the Summer Band Festival here August 6th.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Kate Young, proprietor of the Vevay Grill on Main Street, was the victim of a harrowing experience Sunday night when an abandoned outside toilet which had been filled in with gravel caved in beneath her as she walked across the lot at the rear of the Grill. She succeeded in holding her head above ground until her cries for help were heard by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rix and other neighbors who pulled her from the hole and rendered first aid.
Vevay will be without bus service to Madison indefinitely and to Cincinnati for about 10 days as the result of action taken Wednesday by the Greyhound Bus Company line. Headquarters here are at the Southworth Package Store. When State Road 56 road repairs are complete busses will operate from Cincinnati to Vevay, with Vevay the terminal point instead of Madison. Travel to Madison will be resumed when the new fill under construction at Brooksburg is completed.
Robert Ackerman, Lucian Lampton and Herman Ricketts of Vevay had a narrow escape from drowning Sunday evening when the skiff, powered by an outboard motor in which they were riding, was capsized by waves from another boat. Ackerman was the only one of the trio who could swim but Lampton was able to grasp the overturned boat and hold to it until he and Ackerman were picked up by Dr. G. E. Ellerbrook in his craft. Ricketts came up under the overturned boat but was rescued by Hubert Hambrick who was riding close by in his speed boat.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Isabella Raisor, resident of Craig Township, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Joyce, Sunday after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Eliza Ann Cole died Friday evening at her home near Bennington having been in ill health for some time past.
Herman “Moon” Hankins, native of this county, was killed in Des Moines, Iowa, July 19th, while in the employ of Cole Brothers Circus.
Joseph Parker died at his home in York Township July 18th from the infirmities of old age.
A seven and one-half pound son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Weales. He has been named Robert Stewart.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cole of near Mount Sterling narrowly escaped death Tuesday evening when a bolt of lightning struck a tree in front of their residence on State Road 56. The tree was badly seared by the bolt but Mr. and Mrs. Cole who were standing in the doorway of their home escaped injury.
80 YEARS AGO
Harry E. Pavy, well known merchant of Fairview, died suddenly Friday afternoon while working on the books of the Farmer’s Store of which he was the manager.
James Francis Rayl, perhaps the county’s oldest citizen, passed away at the home of his grandson, George Rayl, Jr., Thursday morning. Mr. Rayl who was 98 years of age had been in failing health for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Teats are installing a miniature golf course on the Market Square and expect it to be completed in about 10 days.
Chester L. Pavy and Evelyn Garvey Gayle, were married by Reverend H. T. Rafuel, at his residence Thursday.
Funeral services were conducted in Florence Sunday for Mrs. Anne Parker Peak, who died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lecil Gullion in Itaba, Illinois, Thursday.
The little home of Mrs. Ellen Cheatum, colored, was totally destroyed by fire Thursday evening, believed to have been caused by the explosion of a coal oil lamp.
Sunday was thought to be the hottest day of the season, thermometers registering from 104 degrees to 112 degrees.
We are having another epidemic of dog poisoning, three having been found dead this week.
90 YEARS AGO
Eli Bimbo and his wife Mary, members of gypsy tribe, arrested on charges of assault and battery, petit larceny, and obstructing justice were fined $43 on the three charges. The pair were arrested on a warrant signed by Duncan Anderson, who alleged the woman had lifted a twenty dollar bill from him.
A shipment of machinery for the Lauer Tailoring Company of Cincinnati has arrived and the work of installation will be started this week.
A lawn fete given in the school yard at Quercus Grove by the Epworth League added $56.30 to their treasury.
H. T. Ebbinghouse, vocational teacher in the Vevay school, will not leave the school as he had planned, due to the fact that no teacher can be obtained to take his place.
A naval reserve boat the “Kankakee” was stationed at Vevay for several days last week. The crew was in uniform and there were several ladies in the party.
100 YEARS AGO
W. J. Manning, aged 38 years, died at the home of his parents in Vevay Thursday after an illness of almost two years.
Nancy Robbins Dennis died at her home July 22nd at the age of 82 years.
Kirtley Faucher and Miss Ollie Lock were married in Ghent, Kentucky July 14th.
Mrs. Mary Doan Patton, aged 77 years, died at her home in Vevay Wednesday after an illness of only one week.
Berlin Stanley, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Baird, died Monday after a brief illness of only one week.
John F. Patton is now in charge of the newspaper “The Vevay Democrat” succeeding C. A. Allison.
Born July 24th, a daughter to William Barker and wife of Quercus Grove.
Born Sunday a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daily Negley, Center Square.
Born, a son, to Dave Griffin and wife of Parks Ridge.
120 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Harris gave a musical entertainment at East Enterprise July 12th.
A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Tague.
George Griffith has sold the Osgood Journal to R. N. Papet for $3,000.
Charles Sieglitz is maintaining a branch jewelry store in Carrollton.
Died in Vevay July 17th, Mrs. M. E. Faulkner, aged 76 years.
Licensed to marry: Harvey J. Zearing and Catherine N. Harper.
Died at Sugar Branch July 20th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McHenry.
L. P. Bradford, Sugar Branch, showed us a Spanish dollar coined in 1808 which his son Willis plowed up in a corn field last week.
150 YEARS AGO
A Breckinridge and lane pole was raised at Patriot Saturday.
Honorable Will Cumback had his pockets picked on the steamer Prioress Friday night between Vevay and Cincinnati.
Married July 2nd, by Reverend J. C. Smith, Charles Sage and Miss Mary L. Leymour.
Frances Adkinson, Esquire, has been nominated for judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
The old frame barracks opposite our office belonging to Clarkson and Dufour are being torn down.
The Republican ticket is composed of the following men: Treasurer, John R. Morerod; Sheriff, William Mead; Surveyor, John M. Gray; Coroner, Joseph Lowe; Assessors: Jefferson Township, Richard Nash; Craig, Isaac Richards; Pleasant, John W. Cole.
152 YEARS AGO
F. A. Boerner opened a jewelry store in Perrett Dufour’s building on Main Street.
Married on July 18th by J. D. Griffith, Miss Minerva Driver and David Gardner.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of