10 YEARS AGO
Deaths this week: Major Thomas L. Scully, Jr, Norma Slack, Kennedy Rucker.
Nancy Unger of the Indiana Department of education was in Switzerland County last week learning about how Switzerland County Middle School and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School students are utilizing technology.
Brody Splain of near Vevay shot a nine-point deer on opening day of this year’s deer season.
20 YEARS AGO
The U.P. Schenck home was built by Ulysses P. Schenck — the “Hay King” — between 1844-1846. The home has remained in the family until it was sold at private auction this past Saturday to Jerry and Lisa Fisher, the home has been cared for and lived in by David Griffith and his sister, Marie Weatherly, until recently. The Fishers plan to renovate the home and live in it. In September of 1998 the Fishers bought the Schenck Mansion on Vevay’s hillside and renovated it as a bed and breakfast. The results have been magnificent, and the mansion is again the centerpiece of the county — just as it was in Vevay’s heyday in the mid 1800s.
The new Switzerland County Medical Clinic hosted an open house and grand opening celebration this past Sunday. The new residents of the facility are the Switzerland County Health Department, including space for the county sanitarian, the nurse practitioner’s office, the health department offices, and the county health nurse offices. Dr. Scott Frede has moved to the new clinic and Dr. Robert Findley, local dentist is the other tenant.
30 YEARS AGO
The Paul Ogle Award for outstanding community service was presented to Bill Horton of Vevay during last Thursday night’s annual dinner meeting of the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce. Horton was honored for his work in coordinating the popular Always A River celebration here last summer. Joe Ricketts presented Horton with the Ogle Award.
Tom and Judy Richardson of Vevay received the Chamber’s Community Appreciation Award for their successful work in starting their new local business, Richardson Industries, Inc.
Bill Wiley, of Switzerland County, was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. For 50 years he has thought about that fateful day, and, he says, “I still can’t see how anyone got out of that harbor alive.” He was presented the Remember Pearl Harbor Medal created this year by a special act of Congress. He and 162 other Indiana survivors of Pearl Harbor were guests at impressive Veterans Day ceremonies held at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis.
40 YEARS AGO
State Road 56 from Brooksburg to Madison is now open to traffic after being officially closed since August of last year. The road is still officially closed but a large pile of dirt on the east end of the project that prevented traffic from going down the road for the past several months has been removed.
The women who keep us informed about the going-ons in the various parts of Switzerland County were treated to a luncheon by Vevay Newspapers this past Thursday. Correspondents Doris Dixon, Vandora Bennett, Wilma McClellan, and Marjorie Brown all attended the luncheon at the Armstrong House in Vevay. Also attending were Ginny Leap, Julie Carr, Don Wallis, Sr., Jane Jacobs, and Paul Kelleher of Vevay Newspapers. Guests were Margaret Martin, Gay Mahoney, Bill Bennett, Dorothy James, and Beryl Christman.
50 YEARS AGO
Sheila Deaton was crowned queen of Switzerland County High School’s 1971-72 Homecoming Friday night during the Pacer-Southwestern basketball game at Swiss High gym. Members of her court are Connie Ray, Doris Coy, Diane Gridley, and Rocky Sloan.
Edgar G. Smither, 60, of route 1, Patriot, died suddenly of a heart attack at the wheel of his truck at 4:10 p.m. Saturday as he was leaving Stedman Foundry in Aurora where he was employed.
The Reverend and Mrs. Victor Pesce, now of Kent and formerly of Vevay, have just returned from a holiday in Acapulco, Mexico, with their son, Captain Graham Pesce. A pilot for Voyager 1000 of Indianapolis for almost three years, Captain Pesce received his captain’s rating about two months ago. He is a graduate of Vevay High School and Purdue University.
60 YEARS AGO
Frances G. Hufford, route 2, Rising Sun, has been contacted to serve a five-to-six week teaching substitution at Patriot-Posey High School during the absence of Ollie Wood Kelly, Edward Gray, Posey superintendent announced last week.
Ethelynn James, Switzerland County demonstration agent, was one of five Purdue University extension workers receiving 20-year U.S. Department of Agriculture length of service certificates at the annual extension conference at Purdue last week.
70 YEARS AGO
One of the most aggravated cases of vandalism in the county this year occurred last week at the farm of O. B. Swango and his son Clifford near Spring Branch. Mr. Swango, who recently removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Furnish here, visited his farm on Sunday and discovered that a total of 49 window panes had been smashed in three buildings, including 23 in his own home, 7 in the home of his son and 19 in a tobacco stripping room.
Clarence Smith, a well known farmer of near Aaron, was painfully injured in a shotgun explosion Saturday while hunting on his farm with a companion. The accident is reported to have occurred because the breech was not securely closed causing a back fire, the shot entering his right hand.
T. Sgt. Maurice Sullivan left Sunday for Camp Stoneman, California, from where he will leave soon for Japan for military duty. Mrs. Sullivan remained to take up residence at her home here.
80 YEARS AGO
The tularemia or rabbit fever victims in the county are all showing improvements and no new cases have been reported during the past week.
A law enacted by the last state Legislature requires that all children of school age shall have their hearing tested by the schools.
The William Brameier store at Florence was broken into Monday morning, and a wool blanket, candy, cigarettes and various other sundries were taken. A short time later Gus Bladen reported that his johnboat had been stolen and it is supposed the thieves used this craft to escape across the river.
Clyde Peak of Egypt Bottom was severely burned Friday when coal oil which he was using to start a fire, exploded.
Richard Corns, for some time owner and operator of “Dick’s Grill” here, sold his business to Bernard Knue of Dearborn County who took immediate possession.
A five footed pig was born this week at the farm of Joe Krummel near Vevay. The animal has two perfectly formed feet and front legs but on a rear foot, just above the joint, appears an extra foot, fully developed as the other four.
90 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Kathryn Lietch has been reappointed as manager of the Indiana Auto License Bureau.
Opening sales of tobacco warehouses in the dark tobacco section of Kentucky ended in a revolt of farmers this week as the result of low prices paid.
The Julia Belle Swain, well known excursion steamer on the Ohio River, was destroyed by fire while in moorage in the Monongahela River this week.
The K. of P. Community Christmas tree will be held at the Court House on the evening of December 23rd.
The third effort of a group of local promoters to develop the gas field in Switzerland County will be made at the Wiseman farm at Long Run.
100 YEARS AGO
Several farmers in the county have sold their tobacco at prices ranging from 20 cents to 25 cents.
John A. Lock passed away at his home near Bennington Sunday morning after a week’s illness of uremic poisoning.
Mr. and Mrs. Freeman (nee Ruth Bellamy) of Madison will move to Vevay this week where Mr. Freeman will distribute Singer sewing machines.
110 YEARS AGO
Born, a son, to Freely Sullivan and wife of Center Square.
Born to Charles Weaver and wife of Moorefield, last Sunday, a son.
Born to Mart and Lizzie Moll Cochran, of Bascom, a daughter.
Jerry Day, of near Center Square, died at his home there this week at the age of 67 years.
130 YEARS AGO
Miss Maggie Adams of Pleasant Township is teaching school in Ponca, Nebraska.
William D. Martin, a young farmer who resides near Mount Sterling, set a record in corn raising this year when he produced 88 bushels to the acre on a 2 1/2 acre field.
At the meeting of the state horticulture society held in Indianapolis last week, W. R. Protsman represented Switzerland County. Protsman was elected state vice president.
Henry Detraz and David Gowens of Craig Township left Tuesday for Riverside, California.
150 YEARS AGO
Right of way for a railroad through the land of a large number of owners in Jefferson, Switzerland and Ohio counties has been obtained and nearly $5,000 worth of stock sold.
The river is falling rapidly and is full of floating ice.
A deck hand fell from the steamer, Buell, at Patriot Saturday night and was drowned.
Married December 7th by Reverend I. C. Smith, Miss Josephine C. Golay to David W. Golay.
Captain John Watts and Julius Dufour were in attendance at the banquet given in Indianapolis Monday night for ex-U.S. Deputy Commissioner Williams.
H. B. Sparks of this county, who has been in Aurora, has relocated here.
160 YEARS AGO
Owing to the high price of coffee, many families in Switzerland County are substituting rye for coffee, others are resorting to mixing the two. As rye costs only two cents a pound, there is great economy in its use. Some of our friends who have tried it appear well satisfied with it as a substitute for the imported article, which costs 10 times as much. During the continuance of the war — when so many are called from the producing classes, costic articles should be substituted for imported, so that as little money may be sent abroad as possible. The articles we export — bread and meat — are the actual necessaries of life, while the articles we get in return for them in exchange are principally articles of luxury and extravagance. Let us adopt as our course of action, during the war at least, to export all our surplus and get the gold for it, and import nothing not absolutely necessary.
Business is comparatively brisk. Farmers are selling considerable produce. The government is purchasing large quantities of hay, corn and oats. Steamboats land at our wharf weekly to get hay for St. Louis.
Hay, of so much importance in Switzerland County, has advanced in price to $10.50 per ton.
A friend at Paducah, Kentucky, has sent us a copy of the “Union Picket Buard”, a small paper published weekly at that place at the office of the defunct “Herald.” These little papers are quite numerous, springing up at every point where Union troops are stationed.
R. S. Northcott, late of Tennessee, who has been making Vevay his abiding place for several months, has gone to Clarksburg, Virginia, to again engage in the newspaper business. The first number of his “National Telegraph” will appear on December 15th.
We regard it as a favorable omen, both in an economical and hygienic view, that thick soled substantial shoes are now all the fashion with the ladies. We notice also that with the more wealthy classes calico dresses are now the rage. We daily meet fine ladies out calling and shopping in beautiful new calico dresses, who until recently seldom appeared on the streets unless dressed in silk or other fine and costly goods.