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9/13/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 9-13-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Switzerland County High School senior Adrienne Williams has been elected Division 10 lieutenant governor of Key Club, a high school group associated with Kiwanis International. As lieutenant governor, she is in charge of 10 surrounding schools, and also participates in state board activities.

The matter of whether or not Switzerland County will build a new jail is one that has been debated for years. With revenue sharing from Belterra Casino Resort now providing a way to pay for construction without burdening county taxpayers, several firms have made presentations to the county commissioners about such a project. No decision has been made at this time on a new Switzerland County jail.

Regan Scudder and Chase Kelso have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride to be is the daughter of Kevin and Jeni Scudder of near Markland. The prospective groom is the son of Cliff and Paula Kelso of near Florence. The wedding will take place Saturday, September 14th, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.

Officials from Dow Corning were in Switzerland County Wednesday morning to distribute NOAA Weather Alert radios. The event was jointly sponsored by Dow Corning, the National Weather Service, and the Local Emergency Management Planning Committee.


Stephanie Montgomery was among the practical nurse graduates receiving her cap and pin from Ivy Tech College Southeast in Madison on August 14th. She graduated with honors. She lives in East Enterprise with her son Nathan and is the daughter of Carol Ann Sublett of Vevay.

The American Legion each year honors volunteer firemen and law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond their call of duty. This year, the Ninth District of the American Legion, which composes 33 Legion posts in southern Indiana, nominated Paul Covington of the Moorefield Fire Department as their candidate.

Carrianne Adkins, daughter of Tom and Normalene Adkins, has been notified that her story, "Miracle on Tell Street," has been selected for publication in Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is eligible to apply for a scholarship through this organization. She is a 1992 graduate of Switzerland County High School and was recognized by the SCHS English department with an award for writing on Senior Awards Day in May.


Vevay's East End Market has changed hands once again. The new owner of the market, located at 406 East Main Street, is Floyd Wiltz. Wiltz, a former resident of the Vevay area, bought the grocery from Jerry and Beverly Heath Monday, August 30th.

A proud Dennis Covington took the checkered flag by capturing the overall championship of the Annual Fort Wayne 100 conducted this past Labor Day weekend. He completed his first season as a stock car driver and came away with second place in the Street Stocks Division for the year finishing behind veteran driver Frank Fyda. Covington also earned the honor as Rookie Driver of the Year.


Miss Judy Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Martin of route 1, Vevay, and Stephen J. Spurlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spurlock of route 1, Bennington, were married August 19th at Brushy Fork Baptist church near Pleasant.

Charles Pratt, son of Mrs. Charles D. Pratt of Vevay, has accepted an appointment as associate professor of educational administration at the University of Wyoming.

Switzerland County 4-H Club exhibitors returned from the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis this week with 49 exhibits representing the county having won ribbons. Twelve county 4-H'ers won blue ribbons with Betty Armstrong winning the most coveted ribbon in the state 4-H dress revue for her dress-up outfit.


Mrs. Charles Hardin of Florence and Mrs. Anita Hall of Indianapolis have returned to their homes after spending three weeks in Oakland, California, at the bedside of their grandson, Freddie Newton, in the Naval hospital there. The young man sustained a broken neck when he struck an object as he dived while swimming with Navy companions in a river at Oakland.

Mrs. Marie Riggs of Vevay just couldn't win on the highways this week and as a result of two automobile accidents in which she was a passenger will be unable to assume her position as school teacher in Bright for several days.

Miss Sandra Jo Stevens and Roy Edward Konkle were united in marriage Friday at New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Dale J. Stevens of near East Enterprise and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Konkle of near Spring Branch.

Miss Carolyn Danner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner of Market Street, Vevay, recently completed a two-month tour of 11 European countries. Included in her travels was a trip to Vevey, Switzerland.


For the first time since the nation has "worn a patch" to the farm of Alonzo Wooley near Cross Plains, in Ripley County, to view his unnaturally large Shorthorn cattle, he has agreed to exhibit them in public.

Anthony Scherzinger, superintendent of the Vevay plant of the U.S. Shoe Corporation, is a patient in Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, where he is undergoing treatment for a broken left ankle, a crushed heel and a broken cartilage in the knee. He sustained the injuries Friday evening while at the Fairview Fair where he was taking his turn as a "victim" in the "Dunk-A-Kiwanian" amusement concession.

Vevay and the Vevay Kiwanis Club were honored this week by the election of Jack Sullivan, Jr., as the Kiwanis Governor of Indiana at the 35th annual state convention of the organization which was held on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Mr. Sullivan defeated A. Jones of Knox by a vote of 136 to 75.

Mr. and Mrs. Loren Driver of Rising Sun, route 1, will quietly observe their 69th wedding anniversary on September 5th. The day will also mark the 91st birthday of Mr. Driver. Mrs. Driver was 90 years old on Tuesday.


The first "Purple Heart" medal awarded to a Switzerland County boy in World War II has come to Corporal Warren W. Turner, son of Lawrence Turner, of York Township. Turner was wounded when the transport "Royal T. Frank" was torpedoed and although severely injured himself, helped rescue many of his companions.

Mr. and Mrs. James Paulley, residents of the Pleasant community, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, August 30th, with a family dinner and open house.

Mrs. Laura Moran, died at the home of William Barnes, near Moorefield Saturday morning, having been in ill health for more than two years.

Born, Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Koons of Patriot.

Born, August 30th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Scott of Florence.


Mr. and Mrs. William H. Vautres of Patriot celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at Stow's Park on Sunday, September 4th, with a family picnic.

William W. Gary, farmer of Cotton Township, died suddenly at the home of his brother, Hayden Gary, near Fairview, Thursday about noon. He had been in ill health for some time.

Charles N. Scudder, citizen of Markland, died suddenly while sitting in the yard at his home Wednesday afternoon. Death, which came without warning, was due to heart trouble.

Daniel Tower passed away at his home near Cross Plains early Thursday morning. Mr. Tower who was 74 years of age had been bedfast for seven weeks with a complication of ailments.


Following are the names of the new teachers for the Vevay High School year: Mack Tucker, principal; Miss Laura McCrakin, domestic science and English; Clarabel Sipe, English and Latin; W. Gordon Clevenger, science; Gerald Scudder, manual training, history and athletics.

Miss Mayme Snipes of Indianapolis arrived last week to take charge of the Vevay Public Library.

The Vevay Orchestra composed of Kiesel Cole, Harold Benedict, John Danglade, Misses Thelma Benedict and Dorothy Campbell, with Leland Courtney as leader, played for the Old Settlers meeting at Lamb last Saturday.

During the month of April seven births and four deaths were reported in the county.


The Union Furniture Factory is now rushed with orders and many new workers have been placed on the payroll.

Mrs. Lida Griffith Sulzer, a native of Vevay, died Saturday morning at her home in Madison, after a brief illness. The deceased, who was the wife of Honorable Marcus Sulzer, was 47 years of age.

Miss Cecelia Dittgen of Vevay and George Kirch of Indianapolis were married in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday.

Amy Jamieson and Flora Stoops of York Township were married in Vevay Tuesday afternoon.


James C. Works, Jr., left Sunday night with his horses for the Charleston Fair.

Married by Reverend E. G. Seymour, at his residence near East Enterprise Sunday, September 34th, William Ford and Ada R. Knigga, both of Switzerland County.

Died in Vevay Saturday, September 3rd, Walter Armstrong Knox, in the 29th year of his age.

Edna, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Long of Sugar Branch, died August 31st, only three months of age.


Civil War news:

Yesterday Colonel Ormsby issued an order to the commanders of companies of home guards in Switzerland County to have their commands placed on a war footing immediately; also calling in all arms not in the hands of soldiers.

Telegraph dispatches received here September 3rd from Philadelphia give the latest war news as follows: Baton Rouge has been destroyed by our troops. Falls Church has been evacuated by our troops. Stonewall Jackson is on his way to Baltimore via Leesburg with 40,000 men. Latest from General Pope's headquarters says that his whole army was falling back on Washington.

Union citizens from Kentucky are crossing over at this point. Rebels are already in Owen County.

The muster roll of Captain William Patton's company, 3rd Indiana Cavalry has been sent to this newspaper. Seventy-four amen belong to the company, a partial list of which is printed.

Captain Ira Lindley leaves this week for General McCook's Division. He will carry letters to our company in the 6th Indiana, if relatives and friends desire.

On Saturday morning the steamer Prioress struck a log near Lawrenceburg and sank in eight feet of water. She was raised and is undergoing repairs.

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