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Switzerland County – 1866 Indiana Gazetteer and Shippers’ Guide

Switzerland County, Indiana entries from:
Cowen, M.V. B., compiler. The Indiana State Gazetteer and Shippers’ Guide for 1866-7. Lafayette, Indiana : Rosser, Spring & Cowen, 1866.
Digital Copy at HathiTrust

Allensville, Switzerland county, 10 miles north-east of Vevay, and 14 miles from Dillsborough, on the Ohio & Mississippi railroad. Ship to Vevay or Rising Sun on the Ohio river. Population 125.

Bennington, Switzerland county, 10 miles north-west of Vevay the county seat. Population 125. Ship to Vevay on the Ohio river.

Center Square, Switzerland county, 8 miles from Vevay the county seat.

Craig, Switzerland county, a village in that county.

Enterprise, Switzerland county, Ship to Vevay.

Fairview, Switzerland county, 10 miles north of Vevay. Post Office Sugar Branch.

Florence, Switzerland county, on the Ohio river 8 miles east of Vevay the county seat. Population 400.

Grant’s Creek, Switzerland county, north-east of Vevay.

Jackson, Switzerland county. Ship to Vevay, on the Ohio river.

Jacksonville, Switzerland county. Ship to Vevay, 7 miles distant, on the Ohio river.

Log Lick, Switzerland county, a small place in that county.

Moorefield, Switzerland county. Ship to Vevay, 8 miles distant, on the Ohio river. Population 150.

Mount Sterling, Switzerland county. Ship to Vevay, 3 ½ miles distant, on the Ohio river. Population 300.

New York, Switzerland county, on the Ohio river, 1 mile below Warsaw, Kentucky. Post Office Florence.

Patriot, Switzerland county, on the Ohio river, 17 miles above Vevay, the county seat. Population 600.

Pleasant, Switzerland county, a Post Office of that county.

Quercus Grove, Switzerland county, a Post office of that county.

Sugar Branch, Switzerland county, 10 miles north of Vevay. This is the Post Office for Fairview.

Vevay, capital of Switzerland county, on the Ohio river, an equal distance from Cincinnati & Louisville. Population 1,600. Express Company, American.

Vevay, Switzerland County.

Attorneys at Law.

  • F. & W. H. Adkinson, also C. A.,
  • W. R. Johnson, also C. A.,
  • Carter & Titus, also C. A.,
  • John Dumont,
  • James A. Works.

Architect and Builder.

  • George W. Kyle.

Agricultural Implements.

  • R. F. Grisard & Brother.


  • First National Bank of Vevay, Capital $100,000, U. P. Schenck, President, William Hall, Cashier.


  • John Hollar.

Baker and Confectioner.

  • Joseph Jockell.


  • Rutherford & Rodgers.
  • Armstrong & Fugett.

Billiard Saloon.

  • W. H. Ruggles.

Boots and Shoes.

  • C. Theibaud & Son,
  • J. Thompson,
  • B. F. Smith.

Bottled Ale.

  • Daniel Plew.

Cabinet Makers.

  • Vevay Furniture Company, B. Bunganer, Agent.

Cigars and Tobacco.

  • H. Schewe.

Clothiers and Merchant Tailors.

  • Julius Black,
  • Joseph Kauffman,
  • William Price,
  • J. W. Gray,
  • L. & E. Weil.

Coal Dealers.

  • S. B. Miller & Co.,
  • Rutherford & Peters.

Carriage Manufacturers.

  • G. P. Tinker, also Painter.

Carpenters and Builders.

  • Gravener & LeClerc.
  • Johnathan Roberts.


  • J. L. Theibaud,
  • J. L. Theibaud & Co.,
  • Isaac Stevens.


  • E. R. Mullett.

Express Company.

  • American Express Company, H. Charlton, Agent.

Flouring Mill.

  • S. B. Miller & Co.

General Stores.

  • U. P. Schenck & Sons,
  • Harvey Schroder,
  • Hathaway & Co.,
  • George Paull,
  • John F. Doon,
  • R. F. Grisard & Brother,
  • Harwood & Son,
  • L. & C. Weil,
  • Shaw & Rous,
  • William B. Owens,
  • M. Madary,
  • James K. Pleasants & Co.,
  • Theibaud & Courvoisier,
  • Hall & Lewis.

Groceries and Produce.

  • Daniel Cole,
  • John G. Cotton, also Liquors,
  • R. Anderson,
  • Henry Todd,
  • Clarkson & Dufour, also Bakers,
  • O. S. Waldo,
  • F. J. Waldo,
  • J. W. Keith.

Hay Dealers.

  • U. P. Schenck & Sons,
  • James K. Pleasants & Co.


  • LeClerc House, Mrs. Julia LeClerc.

Insurance Agents.

  • W. H. Adkinson,
  • Carter & Titus.

Jewelers, Watch and Clock Dealers.

  • W. W. Ruggles, also Artist,
  • F. A. Boerner & Brother.

Livery Stables.

  • J. R. S. Smith,
  • William Peters.


  • Mrs. Tardy & Detraz,
  • Miss Jane E. Kincaid, also Dress Maker.

Marble Workers.

  • Melcher & McKimens.


  • The Reveille, W. J. Baird, Proprietor.

Painter and Grainer.

  • H. Weales.


  • T. M. Danglade,
  • J. W. Thompson,
  • E. S. Gale.

Produce Dealers.

  • H. Charlton & Co.

Printing Ink.

  • Schneck & Henry.

Saddles and Harness.

  • Kesler & Son,
  • William Faulkner.

Stoves and Tinware.

  • Dumont & Duprez,
  • C. Goldenberg & Son.

Saloons and Restaurants.

  • George Kyle,
  • Peter McMakin,
  • Mansfield & Plew.

Wagon Makers.

  • Samuel Shuff,
  • W. G. Shaw.

Woolen Factory.

  • Lindensmith & Co.

Switzerland County – 1861 Ohio River Gazetteer

Switzerland County, Indiana entries from:
G.W. Hawes’ Commercial Gazetteer and Business Directory of the Ohio River 1861. Indianapolis : G. W. Hawes, 1861.
Digital Copy at Google Books

Two miles below [Hamilton, Ky.], a post village of Switzerland county, in Posey township, situated 20 miles above Vevay, 100 miles above Louisville, 50 miles below Cincinnati, and about 100 miles south-east from Indianapolis. It was laid out in 1830, and is situated three miles from Big Bone Springs. It contains a Methodist, Presbyterian and Universalist church, a collegiate institute, Masonic and Odd Fellows’ lodges, 10 stores of various kinds, 2 hotels, 1 steam flouring mill, 1 steam saw mill, and a variety of mechanical and manufacturing branches. Population 600. Township, 2,000.

Sometimes called Florence, one mile below [Warsaw, Ky.], in Switzerland county, Ind., is a small village. Population about 200.

Ten miles below [New York, Ind.], the county seat of Switzerland county, situated on the Ohio river, equi-distant between Cincinnati, O. and Louisville, Ky. It was laid out in the year 1813 by John Francis Denfour and Daniel Denfour, emigrants from Canton De Vend, in Switzerland, Europe, and in remembrance of their native town gave it its present name. The town is laid out on part of the land which was entered by John James Dufour and his associated, in the beginning of the present century, and on which an extended credit was given, by an act of Congress, with a view of encouraging the culture of the grape. The commerce of the town is confined chiefly to the shipping of produce to the southern markets, and is the point on the Ohio river to which most of the produce of the county is brought for shipment. It is remarkable that, as yet, there has never a case of cholera originated in the town. Many attribute that fact to the water used by the inhabitants—it being altogether cistern water that is used. It is a very healthy location. There are at present a Methodist, Baptist and New School Presbyterian church. The Catholics have a small church started recently, which begins to increase in number. As yet they have no public worship, having rented for the time being a house for a chapel, but contemplate building a fine church. The Reformers have a congregation but not house of worship yet built.

Much attention is given to the culture of the grape. The variety found to succeed best here is the Cape grape, from which a considerable quantity of wine, resembling claret, is made. Population about 2,000.

Agricultural Implement Manufacturers and Dealers.

  • Wade S., Patriot, Switzerland co., Ind.
  • Grisard F. S. & Son, Vevay, Switzerland co., Ind.

Ambrotype, Daguerrean and Photographic Artists.

  • Chandler Jacob A., Patriot, Switzerland co., Ind.
  • Gage W. G., Patriot, Switzerland co., Ind.

Architects, Carpenters and Builders.

  • Towers John, Patriot.
  • Wade S., Patriot.
  • Wade S. W., Patriot.
  • Wiler William, Patriot.

Attorneys at Law and Notaries Public.

  • Gurley J. G., Patriot.
  • Herrick B., Patriot.
  • Dumont John W., Vevay.
  • Lamb & Atkinson, Vevay.
  • Scott C., Vevay.

Bakers and Confectioners.

  • Schilling J., Patriot.
  • Unser Charles, Vevay.

Beef and Pork Packers and Dealers.

  • Scranton J. M., Patriot.
  • Watts John & Co., Patriot.


  • Platte R., Patriot.
  • Tait James, Patriot.

Book Binders and Blank Book Manufacturers.

  • Stevens Isaac, Vevay.

Boot and Shoe Makers and Dealers.

  • Craver F., Patriot.
  • Yager F., Patriot.
  • Thompson O. G. & Co., Vevay.

Brick Makers and Dealers.

  • Fletcher S. A., Patriot.
  • Eblen James, Vevay.

Cabinet Makers and Furniture Dealers.

  • Hawkins A., Vevay.
  • Lamson T. D., Vevay.
  • Littlefield Enos, Vevay.
  • Short J. V., Vevay.

Carriage and Wagon Makers.

  • Golay S. T., Vevay.
  • Shuff Samuel, Vevay.

Clothiers and Merchant Tailors.

  • Black Julius, Vevay.

Coal Dealers.

  • Howe S. & Co., Patriot.

Coopers and Stave Manufacturers and Dealers.

  • Brixner A., Patriot.
  • Watts M. C., Patriot.


  • Baxter Petitt, Patriot.

Distillers and Rectifiers.

  • Howe S. & Co., Patriot.


  • STEVENS ISAAC. See card. Vevay.

Flouring and Grist Mills.

  • Knot G. G. & Co., Vevay.
  • Miller S. B. & Co., Vevay.

General Stores.

  • Driver H., Patriot.
  • Gazlay A., Patriot.
  • Gibson W., Patriot.
  • Hobbs A., Patriot.
  • Wells J. C., Patriot.
  • Curvoisier & Lewis, Vevay.
  • Harwood & Doan, Vevay.
  • Hathaway & Co., Vevay.
  • Hoffman J. B., Vevay.
  • McMillen John, Vevay.
  • Medary M., Vevay.
  • Plesants S. E. & J. K., Vevay.
  • Schenck W. P. & Son, Vevay.
  • Shaw Alfred, Vevay.
  • Teats Jesse, Vevay.


  • Scranton J. M., Patriot.
  • Watts John & Co., Patriot.
  • Clarkson & Waldo, Vevay.
  • Cole D. C., Vevay.
  • Tomkins A., Vevay.
  • Unser Charles, Vevay.

Hardware and Cutlery.

  • Grisard F. L.  & Son, Vevay.

Hotels and Hotel Proprietors.

  • Commercial Hotel, Patriot.
  • Spencer House, Patriot.
  • Leclerc House, Vevay.
  • RUSSELL HOUSE. See card. Vevay.

Insurance Agents.

  • Gazlay Arebert, Patriot.
  • Jack John J., Patriot.
  • Keeney Ira, Patriot.
  • Griard T. L. & Son, Vevay.
  • Pidgeon & Terrell, Vevay.
  • Pleasants Geo. E., Vevay.
  • Schenck Benjamin F., Vevay.
  • Waldo F. J., Vevay.

Jewelry, Watches, Clocks and Silverware.

  • Boerner F. A., Vevay.

Livery and Sale Stables.

  • Emerson A., Patriot.
  • Lemons Charles, Vevay.

Marble Workers and Dealers.

  • Vanausdall T. J., Vevay.

Milliners and Dress Makers.

  • Coffin Mrs. S. A., Patriot.

Millinery, Silk and Fancy Goods.

  • Detraz & Tardy, Vevay.
  • Kincaid Miss E. B. & Co., Vevay.

Physicians and Surgeons.

  • Gale E. S., Patriot.
  • Humphrey E. M., Patriot.
  • Rutey R. R., Patriot.
  • Danglade T. D., Vevay.
  • Gale T. C., Vevay.
  • Ridgeway J. F., Vevay.

Real Estate Agents and Dealers.

  • Titus J. H., Vevay.

Saddle and Harness Makers and Dealers.

  • Larison J. A., Patriot.
  • Cole D. C., Vevay.
  • Faulkner W., Vevay.
  • Potter Robt., Vevay.

Saw Mills.

  • Fish S., Patriot.
  • Smithson Joshua, Vevay.

Stoves, Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Ware.

  • Fortune P., Patriot.
  • Goldenburg C. & Son, Vevay.
  • Woody L. L., Vevay.

Wines and Liquors.

  • Case E., Patriot.

Switzerland County – 1833 Indiana Gazetteer

Switzerland County, Indiana entries from:
The Indiana Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary. Indianapolis : Douglass and Maguire, 1833.
Digitized copy at HathiTrust Digital Library

ALLENSVILLE, a post town in Switzerland county, about ten miles north-east of Vevay, on a branch of Laughery creek.

BRYANT’S CREEK, a small creek which has its source in the northern part of Switzerland county, and runs south through said county to the Ohio river.

COTTON, a northern township in Switzerland county.

CRAIG, a western township in Switzerland county.

JACKSONVILLE, a small village in Switzerland county about seven miles north-east from Vevay, on the Lawrenceburgh road.

JEFFERSON, a western township in Switzerland county.

LOG LICK CREEK, a small creek in Switzerland county, running southward into the Ohio river.

MOUNT STERLING, a flourishing village in Switzerland county, three and a half miles north from Vevay. It has some trade and abounds with fine water.

NEW-YORK, a small post village in Switzerland county. It is situated on the bank of the Ohio river, eight miles east of Vevay.

PATRIOT, a small post town in Switzerland county, on the Ohio river, about fifteen miles by land, and twenty-five by water, north-east from Vevay.

PLEASANT, a post village in Switzerland county, twelve miles north of Vevay.

PLEASANT, a northern township in Switzerland county, including the village of that name.

PLUM CREEK, a small mill stream in Switzerland county, running southwardly into the Ohio river.

POSEY, an eastern township in Switzerland county.

QUERCUS GROVE, a post office in Switzerland county, about twelve miles north-east from Vevay.

SWITZERLAND, a south-eastern county bordering on the Ohio river. It was organized in 1814; and is bounded on the north by Dearborn and Ripley, on the west by Jefferson, and on the south and east by the Ohio river. Its greatest extent from north to south is about eighteen miles, and from east to west about twenty-four miles. It contains about 300 square miles, or 192,000 acres. Its population, in 1830, was 7,111. The face of the country, the soil, and timber, are variant. The bottom lands along the river are level. The timber consists of beech, walnut, cherry, honey locust, ash, elm, and buckeye. The soil is a dark loam with a heavy mixture of sand. Next to the bottom is a high, hilly land considerably broken, and the hills in some places very precipitous. On these hills the timber is not much different from that which is found in the bottoms; blue ash, and large buckeye abound on the steepest places. In this tract, which extends back from the river about three or four miles, the soil is a dark rich loam with a smaller proportion of sand than the bottom lands, and equally fertile where cultivation is practicable. In this hilly region, are vast quantities of limestone, and in some places high cliffs, from which detached masses of rock have fallen on the subjacent plain. Passing from the river a few miles back, the hills extend gradually, forming a high table land, covered with beech, gum, poplar, ash, hickory, and all varieties of oak. In this high land the soil is clayey and calcareous, and produces plentiful crops of small grain and grass. This county is washed by the Ohio river on the east and south. Its interior streams are Indiana creek, Plum creek, Bryant’s creek, Turtle creek, and Grant’s creek; all which run into the Ohio river. In this county the vine is successfully cultivated. The settlements along the river below Vevay, where the culture of the grape is principally attended to, present an appearance of industry and taste. This part of the county, is a compound of elegance and usefulness, where to one of the most delightful natural situations on the Ohio, is added the embellishments of art; and where art and elegance are made subservient to wealth and comfort. Here are also beautiful orchards, with a great variety of the finest fruits, and gardens cultivated in the most tasteful style. The wine of this county is of excellent quality, and with the advantage of age, would not be inferior to the European wine; but it is generally used before it is sufficiently matured. The citizens of this county are rapidly improving in their circumstances, and some of them have already become wealthy, chiefly by the culture of the grape. In addition to the culture of orchards, gardens, and vines, the ordinary branches of husbandry are carried on in this county, and large quantities of corn, flour, beef, pork, potatoes, hay, and poultry, are annually transported to the low country. Vevay is the seat of justice.

TURTLE CREEK, a creek in Switzerland, running southwardly into the Ohio river.

VEVAY, a post town, and the seat of justice of Switzerland county. The situation of this town is very pleasant; it is thought by some to be superior in beauty to any other town site on the Ohio river. The first settlers in this place were emigrants from Switzerland, who at an early period commenced the culture of the vine. By the industry and enterprise of those early settlers, the beauty of the natural situation was soon greatly heightened, and that beautiful rich bottom which but a few years ago was covered by a heavy forest, now presents to the eye of the passing traveler a pleasant flourishing town, surrounded by orchards, gardens, and vineyards, where taste and elegance are combined with use and comfort. The town contains upwards of a hundred brick and frame dwelling houses, a jail, a brick court house, three taverns, seven mercantile stores, three lawyers, three physicians, a printing office, and a variety of mechanics; with an aggregate population of about 400 souls. It is situated about twenty miles south-east from Indianapolis. N. lat. 38 deg. 40 min. W. lon. 7 deg. 49 min.