Florence News


The Florence Church of Christ community picnic was a big hit Saturday. About 60 people attended and the kids had a good time on the inflatable slide. Also several big kids did too. We had good men cooks making hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. The ladies brought many good desserts. We hope to do it again next year. It may get bigger and better.

The Switzerland County Red Hat Ladies enjoyed lunch at Mo’s last week. We plan to have the next one at Jewell’s in Warsaw October 15th. Laura Riga, Charlene Goff, Stasia Wiseman, Lisa Fisher, Patty Chase, Carol Ann Armstrong and her guest, Betty Lusby, Mary Christiani, June Lack, Dottie Keeton, Jan Bixler, Claudia Dawson, Eileen Wiesmann, and Kay Cook attended and it was a memorial to Toni Kniola.

Glenda Sullivan and Patty Chase went to Milan on business Friday and came back to Frisch’s for lunch. They had a nice visit there with Darrell and Betty Jean Chase. Betty is doing very well after her fall some time ago.

Margaret Lee Weidmann’s company was Donna Miller, Kay O’Neal, Floyd Wilks, Randy and Lorraine Brown, and Earl and Jerilyn Van Winkle. Randy and Margaret Lee visited Dutchie Scholl. The Messmore family went to the football game that Garren Messmore played in. Randy and Lorraine and Margaret Lee watched the game on TV. It was really exciting. Margaret Lee said she would try to let us know when he will play again on Channel 64.

Eighty-seven members of the Stutzman family met at the home of Richard and Leona Adams for their reunion. They had a wonderful time, especially the kids playing with big empty boxes.

The Methodist Church’s picnic was held at the Markland Park. Leona said they had a wonderful time and they sang every old song they knew.

Twenty-two members of the Vevay Music Club enjoyed a picnic at Leona Adams’ home.

Ed and Joe Johnson had their annual fish fry party at their park in Florence. Kallen and Angie, Ernie and Brenda from Aurora, Dustin and Dylan of Lawrenceburg, Andy Green of Patriot, Pam Acton, Barry Knaus and Galen Green of Vevay, Estal Lozier and Phil Lozier, Lewis Fritter, Jim and Rita Brogan of Florence, Steve and Glenda Fritter of Jefferson County, Bill Hurd of Greensburg and Brad McCain of Ohio all enjoyed the delicious fish and fellowship.

Leona Adams said there were 200 people at the food pantry Sunday. It was the last one they will be in charge of. It started 16 years ago at the Quercus Grove Methodist Church and had 14 people the first day. It is such a good thing, I hope it continues.

Our prayer list includes Barbara Banta, Pete Furnish, Gary Lee Hambrick, Shona Yazell, Lulu Belle Thomas, Freda Walker, Linda Mae Jones taking radiation, Ruth Beatty, Debby Hunter, Janet Brown, Shirley Hewitt, Wayne Daugherty, Bill Wiseman, Mary Katherine Dickerson, Jonas Keith, Betty Chase, Patty Chase, Jerry Chase, Reta Gray and others.

Sympathy to the Paul Banta family. Paul was well known in our county and Ohio County. He will be missed.

The Cole family held its reunion at the Bear Branch Firehouse Sunday, September 14th. The oldest living sibling, Alvin Cole, attended. He is in his late 90s. Family members of each of the 13 children were present to represent each family. Kay Cole Hyde gave an interesting talk on genealogy of the Cole family. At last Frank Kappes fixed his amazing chicken and each brought a covered dish. Bob Rice recorded spiritual music which we all sang along with. It was a very nice day.