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10/4/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 10-4-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Switzerland County taxpayers may get some additional property tax relief this coming year if a plan proposed by the Switzerland County School Board to the Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation is approved next month. At Tuesday night's meeting of the endowment corporation, superintendent Tracy Caddell presented a proposal that would have the endowment corporation pick up the school's debt service for next year which would knock approximately 30 cents off the tax rate.

The Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation approved a gift of $25,000 at its meeting Tuesday evening top help construct a sidewalk along the north side of State Road 56 in front of the high school and down to the Switzerland County YMCA.

The Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department held its annual "Firemen's Family Supper" on Sunday, September 15th, and the dinner also marked the 30th year of service by the Posey fire department to the people of that area. The department officially started operations on September 27th, 1972.

Seniors Heather Wilson and Evan Owings will represent their Switzerland County High School classmates next Wednesday evening, October 2nd, at the Aurora Farmer's Fair King and Queen contest. Heather is the daughter of Barry Wilson of Madison and Jill Wilson of Vevay. Evan is the son of Bob and Kathy Owings of near Bennington.

Switzerland County High School seniors Kevin Gault and Elizabeth Jones represented their classmates last night (Wednesday) at the Versailles Pumpkin Show King and Queen contest. Kevin is the son of Larry and Sheila Gault of Vevay and Liz is the daughter of Lary and Itsy Jones of Vevay.


Dallas and Rachel Althoff of Fairview will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday with their family. Dallas Althoff married Rachel Rimstidt on October 3rd, 1927, at Vevay by Reverend Frank Reed.

Stephanie Montgomery of Vevay was named to the Dean's List for the 1992 summer session at Ivy Tech Southeast in Madison. A student must be full-time and carry a 3.5 or above grade point average to attain this honor.


Delmar and Mary Alice Scudder of Big vsweet potatoes in their garden on their 80-acre farm. The biggest one weighed 4.53 pounds and the others weighed 3.09 and 3.16 pounds. Mr. Scudder said there are several out in the garden as big or bigger than these. The Scudders planted approximately 500 plants this season.

For the Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds, their 1982 baseball season are for all intent and purpose, completed. The only thing left is the final season standings. But for Astros outfielder Larry Ray, a 24-year-old Vevay product, the remainder of the schedule is the beginning of "a new season" and possibly a "new" career. Ray, the son of William and Dorothy Ray, Route 3, Vevay, was called up to the Houston Major League team the first of September and has been with the club ever since.


Diane Konkle and David Judy will be Switzerland County High School's representatives in the king and queen contest October 55th during Aurora's Farmers Fair.

Jerry Eugene Griffin, 19, of route 1, Florence, died Tuesday from injuries received in a traffic accident near Smithfield, North Carolina. He entered the U.S. Army June 5th of this year and was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he was receiving his basic training.

East Enterprise volunteer firemen are offering area homeowners some advice on protecting their homes as part of the observance of Fire Prevention Week October 8th-14th.

Switzerland County Red Cross is requesting blood donors to be at Madison Presbyterian Church between noon and 5 p.m. October 5th. The need is for at least 25 donors to replace blood used by Mode Martin II during a May operation and a portion of the needed blood placing blood for Donley "Bud" Reeves, scheduled for open heart surgery at Cincinnati's Christ Hospital October 20th, according to Mrs. Isabelle Chittenden, county chapter executive secretary.


A team of lightweight pulling horses, co-owned by Bruce Hutcherson of Patriot, won the lightweight horse pulling world championship Sunday in Greenville, Ohio. The horses, Dick and Jim, trained and driven by Hutcherson, defeated 30 entries from throughout the United States to win the title.

Rote Hamby, 68, owner of a farm near Center Square, is in critical condition in Lawrenceburg's Dearborn County Hospital with injuries sustained Sunday when a tractor turned over and pinned Hamby under it for more than an hour.

Miss Donna Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robinson of Patriot has been chosen by the Patriot-Posey High School student body as the school's representative in the Aurora Farmer's Fair queen contest.

Joe Ricketts was named chairman and Irene Cheever was named vice chairman for Switzerland County's 1963 Sesquicentennial at a Monday night meeting. An opening meeting has been scheduled to begin concrete celebration plans.


The Bennington Methodist Church, perhaps one of the wealthiest groups in Switzerland County, will celebrate their 75th anniversary at the present church on next Sunday, October 5th. Dr. James DeWeerd, the noted pastor of the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis will make the anniversary address and hundreds are expected to attend.

Tommy Fothergill, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fothergill of Vevay, narrowly escaped death Sunday night about 10 o'clock when his bicycle was struck by an automobile as he was returning home from the Alps drive-in theatre, west of Vevay. A deep cut extending from behind the right ear across the boy's throat barely missed the jugular vein and he also suffered a slight concussion of the brain.

Elizabeth Pleasants, a member of one of our earliest county families, passed away in an Akron, Ohio hospital Monday morning following a long illness. She was a prominent retired school teacher at Akron having taught in that city many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jaynes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at their home here on Ferry Street.

Robert LeClerc has resigned his position with the Service Express and is now employed with the C.I.M. & L. Lines. Mr. LeClerc will handle the Madison-Vevay business to connect at Madison with Louisville.


Miss Helen Burton, County Health Nurse, was united in marriage to John W. Daugherty, of Dayton, Ohio, at Mitchell, Indiana, Sunday afternoon.

Reverend E. R. Clevenger, retired Baptist minister and a native of this county, died at his home in Lebanon, Oregon, September 17th following a long period of ill health.

Visits of the stork: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Noel, Vevay, Route 4, boy, Ronald Smith, September 26th; September 17th, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pavy, Indian Creek, boy, Robert Dennis; September 19th, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Aldred, Vevay, girl, Juanita Faye.

Mrs. Agnes Owen See, resident of Patriot, passed away at her home there Saturday following a three week illness that was attributed to heart trouble.

Mrs. Ceclia Green died suddenly at her home on Tapps Ridge Thursday evening at the age of 89 years.


James Edward Gary, citizen of Cotton Township passed away at his home near Allensville Friday evening following an illness of only a few days. Mr. Gary had been kicked by a colt on September 18th, and it is thought that pneumonia with other complications had developed from this injury.

Joseph P. Walker, former night policeman, has been promoted to city marshal by Mayor Pritchard to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Bowen.

Emmett O. Mead, world war veteran and native of Posey Township, died in the soldiers hospital at Dayton, Ohio last Saturday. He had been ill with heart trouble since June and was never able to see his twin children, born only a few days previous to his death.


Ex-judge Hiram Francisco, aged 74 years, died suddenly Monday morning at his home at Wirt, Indiana, of heart trouble. He had served two terms as Judge of the Jefferson and Switzerland counties circuit court.

On a small trotline last Friday, Mitchell Detraz of near Vevay caught a buffalo fish weighing 27 pounds and a 24-inch catfish, both at the same tracing.

A $75 plate glass window in the dry goods store of Mrs. F. E. Hammel was broken Tuesday by a stone thrown by a tire of an automobile.

Owing to the fact that a barge of coal has been assured of delivery, the city council has extended the period of time for operation of the light plant from noon until midnight to nine in the morning until midnight.


Dr. J. P. Ward of Vevay, accompanied by Mrs. Ward, and Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Stevens, drove his "E.M.F." car in the Commercial Tribune's Sociability run from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio, and won 14th place out of a field of 175 starters.

There are two towns in Indiana, Renesselaer and Vevay, where no deaths occurred in August, according to a report compiled at the office of the State Board of Health.

A new two-cent stamp in commemoration of the Panama-Pacific exposition in San Francisco in 1915, been approved by Postmaster General Hitchcock.


There is a proposition to establish a woolen mill in Vevay by two men who are practical workmen of long experience and skilled in the manufacture of woolen goods.

Professor Ernest Danglade, who has been assistant teacher of chemistry in Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio, has been employed as an assistant teacher in the Vevay High School.

Mrs. Mary See Vauter died Monday at her hoe near Wiley's landing, after a protracted illness of consumption at the age of about 25 years.

Born Sunday, September 18th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weales.


Jesse William Lindsay died last week at Ghent.

Miss Mary and Delia Humphrey have gone to Cincinnati to enter the Wesleyan College.

Last Tuesday evening while the towboat Fred Wilson was near the Vevay island, a steam pipe burst, scalding John Robinson. Vevay doctors were summoned but the burns were serious and the man died two hours later. The body was sent to his home in Pennsylvania.

William Baxter, dentist, has moved to Owenton, Kentucky where he will practice his profession.

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