News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
This year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair kicked off Saturday night with the Little Miss and Little Mister contest. Crowned as Little Miss is Andrea Brogan and Little Mister is Calen Otter. They will represent Switzerland County at this year’s Indiana State Fair.
Elyssa Swango, a recent graduate of Switzerland County High School, has earned a scholarship to Valparaiso University. She is the daughter of Tim and Wilma Swango of Vevay.
Sara Allen of near Vevay picked over 100 zucchini from eight plants last week and the plants are still loaded with blossoms and fruits. Many of her plants are more than 36 inches tall. Mom Toni Allen said that fortunately many of their neighbors and friends like zucchini but that the deer aren’t too crazy about them. Recent wet and hot weather has caused many county gardens – and weeds – to boom.
The 1999 Swiss Wine Festival has plenty of new events plus many old favorites for everyone. This year’s festival will be August 26th-29th.
20 YEARS AGO
Tina Chase, the daughter of Jack and Jill Chase, was crowned the 1989 Switzerland County 4-H Queen on Monday night, July 10th. She was chosen from a field of seven contestants to be Fair Queen.
Navy Ensign Donald S. Brown, the son of Donald E. and C. Kaye Brown of Dayton, Ohio, and grandson of Kay Brindley of Vevay, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31st, and was commissioned into the United States Navy.
30 YEARS AGO
Switzerland County contestant Lisa Smith was crowned the 1979 Miss Madison Regatta Wednesday night during the opening event of Regatta Week.
Arthur D. Caster of Doe Run Road has been elected Chairman of the Board of Water and Wastewater Technical School in Neosho, Missouri.
40 YEARS AGO
A queen will be crowned Monday night to reign over 1969’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair which opens Monday and continues through next Saturday in six days of club and entertainment programs.
A full-scale clean-up of the town of Vevay, particularly the alley area behind the Main-Ferry streets principal business district, will be launched next Thursday in preparation for the second annual Swiss Wine Festival August 15th-17th.
Reverend Ronald Sandidge, pastor of Mount Sterling Baptist Church, has entered the employment of Vevay Deposit Bank as a bookkeeper and teller. He formerly taught school at Patriot and Switzerland County high schools.
Hospitalman Darrel D. McKenzie graduated on the honor roll with 95.4 percent to become a hospital corpsman first class with the U.S. Navy while stationed at the Navy Institute in Washington, D.C., located five blocks from the White House.
Howard Hazeldean, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldric Hazeldean of route 3, Vevay, is attending an Indiana University music clinic on the Bloomington campus.
U.S. Army Pvt. Wayne Ellegood, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellegood of route 1, Vevay, is completing nine weeks of advanced infantry training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana.
50 YEARS AGO
A religious group designated as “Christ Temple Church” has purchased the Hoosier Theatre building on Ferry Street from Mrs. Minor Bakes, owner. Possession will be given August 1st. Reverend Paul Gullion of Shelbyville, formerly of Switzerland County, is head of the group and Mrs. Herschel Lorch is secretary-treasurer.
Chester Kiesel, president of the Board of School Trustees of the Vevay Town Schools, resigned his board membership at a meeting of the board held last Monday night. Mr. Kiesel was nearing the end of his fifth term on the board where he had served for 15 years. This marks the longest period of service ever given by any citizen of this community in this capacity. He was never absent from a regular meeting of the board during the period of his service. Wilmer Shadday of Vevay has been appointed by the town board to succeed Mr. Kiesel.
Unless further complications develop Mrs. Merle Dunn, 25, of Parks Ridge, is expected to recover from the heart operation which she underwent Tuesday in Robert W. Long Hospital, Indianapolis. The surgery was performed to close a congenital hole between the walls of the heart. In addition to this defect it was found that the heart itself had suffered serious damage from previous illness and not only an artery but a heart valve were transplanted to correct the trouble.
A daughter was born July 10th in Dearborn County Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Aldred (nee Lois VanTyle) of route 4, Vevay. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Marla Sue.
60 YEARS AGO
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Roberts at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Friday morning, July 8th. She has been named Marcia Ann and weighed 7 3/4 pounds.
Newell Fox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fox of Vevay, left Tuesday morning to join a group of Indianapolis News and Indianapolis Star carriers for a five-day all expense paid tour in Canada. Newell won the trip by acquiring a certain quota of new subscribers and was one of 27 carriers awarded the tour in this district.
A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Harsin of Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison Monday, July 11th.
Announcement was made this week by Ira Dixon of Kentland of the appointment of Mrs. Cogley G. Cole, Sr., as Executive Secretary of Homer E. Capehart for United States Senator Committee. Dixon is Chairman of the Committee and also a member of the Republican State Committee.
70 YEARS AGO
Born July 8th to Raymond Peelman and wife of Plum Creek, a son.
A family dinner was held Sunday honoring James Aldred on his 72nd birthday. A granddaughter Miss Edna Belle Aldred arrived on that day from California to make her home with her grandparents.
80 YEARS AGO
Sparks from a kitchen range ignited the roof at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Jamieson on Plum Creek Thursday resulting in considerable damage. A bucket brigade, manned by neighbors, brought the fire under control after they had been called to the scene by Mrs. Jamieson who rang her dinner bell.
Mrs. J. H. Shadday, 81, died last week at her home on Market Street where she was born and where she spent all of her life. She was a daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Morerod Detraz and her sister, Antoinette, was the character, “Twonnette” in Edward Eggleston’s book “Roxy.” She was the last member of the Vevay graduating class of 1876 and she was a former teacher in the Vevay grade schools. She was a charter member of the Eggleston Club and Historical Society.
Charles Leatherbury was confined to bed for several days by injuries received when his horse was frightened by lightning, throwing his buggy against a shed.
The personal greeting of the air mail pilot whose identity had been established as Waldo E. Robey of Kansas City to the owners of the Vevay ferryboat, Robert T. Graham, came to an end last week with the death of Robey, 24, near Columbus, Ohio. While flying through fog and smoke his plane crashed into a radio broadcasting mast. The young pilot daily dipped his plane in salute to Captain Jack Graham, pilot of the ferry.
The Vevay Merchants baseball team opened the season July 4th by blanketing the Cincinnati White Sox 9-0. Humphrey pitched a great game for Vevay, allowing only two hits.
Patriot relatives have received word of the death of Dr. J. A. Pryor, who died suddenly at his home in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He formerly practiced medicine in Patriot.
Ben and John Waldenmaier of Washington, D.C., have been called here by the critical illness of their sister, Miss Hannah Waldenmaier.
90 YEARS AGO
On Tuesday E. T. Riggs sold his grocery on Pike Street to W. L. Buschman. Mr. Riggs will continue to operate a produce store in a building adjoining the grocery.
Word was received here this week that William Tague, a former resident of the county had drowned at Ottawa, Illinois, on July 3rd. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Tague of Fairview.
Ollie DeHart, 54, of Cincinnati, husband of Mrs. Laura Aldred DeHart, formerly of Switzerland County, was killed Saturday when he was struck by an incline truck which was descending on the Mt. Adams incline. Mr. DeHart and other carpenters were engaged in repair work on the structure when the tragic accident occurred.
Carl Means, 31, son of the late William and Emma Means of Craig Township was killed last week while working in a machine shop in Detroit, Michigan.
The ashes of Major John Grisard, 55, of Cincinnati were interred in Vevay Cemetery Saturday evening at 7 o’clock. Major Grisard was the son of the late James Grisard of Vevay. He was a member of a military family, his father and grandfather having been soldiers and his own son, Lt. John Grisard, Jr., was killed in France. Major Grisard was given a lieutenant’s commission at West Point and then served in the Spanish American War. He was wounded and his health was affected during the remainder of his life.
William Webster of Markland, an employee at Dam 39, had a narrow escape from drowning Tuesday when he fell from a wall of the locks into the river. His unconscious body was rescued by Frank Dupraz and James E. Rice and he was revived. Mr. Webster has just returned from a honeymoon in Louisville having married Mrs. Dunn of Vevay on July 4th.
A son was born July 5th to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardin of Florence.
100 YEARS AGO
The Vevay Creamery must have more milk or discontinue business.
The Nickelo theatre was sold last week to W. A. Williams by the owners, Ed Shull, William Bennett and Charles Jaynes. Mr. Williams will merge the show with the one he already owns and will operate under the name New Lyric.
Mr. E. P. Danglade has opened a notion department in connection with her millinery store.
Lee Wright has sold his gasoline launch “The Vevay” to Mr. S. Lanceskes of Louisville.
Born June 28th to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Copher of Bennington, a son.
120 YEARS AGO
Walter Buschman and family have removed to Shelbyville, Indiana where he has employment in a furniture factory.
There was a rain storm this morning during which 1.45 inches of water fell in 90 minutes.
Born to Thomas Newbold and wife of Patriot, a daughter.
140 YEARS AGO
Editor W. J. Baird is taking a vacation trip to New York and other eastern cities.
Citizens of this county are now howling for more good roads. We sincerely hope they get them. This time it is a pike from Bennington to Pleasant Grove.
William Dalgleish broke his leg Thursday when his riding horse fell on him.
Markets: Wheat, $1.00 and $1.10 per bushel; corn, 90 cents per bushel; eggs, 15 cents dozen; butter, 20 and 25 cents pound; flour, $7.50 barrel; potatoes, 40 cents bushel; hay, $8.00 to $12 per ton.
150 YEARS AGO
A large number of new buildings are going up in Vevay. A school house, two churches and several residences are among the list.
The Russell House, located on the southwest corner of Ferry and Market streets, is being repaired and enlarged and will be an ornament to the town.
Dr. Greenleaf of New Orleans, a former resident of Vevay, is on a visit here.
Senator Robinson of Florence spent Saturday and Sunday in Vevay.
News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of