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10/25/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 10-25-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Three graduates of Switzerland County High School have been honored with scholarships from the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation. Brandi Hon of Florence has received the Noshir R. Toddywalla, M.D. Memorial Scholarship. She is studying radiologic technology at Northern Kentucky University. Receiving Dearborn County Hospital Foundation Scholarships were Jessica Archer and Kristi Asbury. Jessica Archer is currently studying nursing at the University of Indianapolis. Kristi Asbury is currently a sports-medicine major at Indiana State University.

Switzerland County Lady Pacer Patience Meyer has already established herself as one of the best runners in the area, and she continued to stake that claim on Saturday, with an 11th place finish in the Crawford County Regional. That placing earns her the opportunity to participate in the Terre Haute Semistate, which will be held this Saturday. She is the only runner from this area to advance out of the Regional.


Historic Vevay, Inc., is celebrating 10 years since its organization. The group was organized to save the Hoosier Theater before it physically collapsed. The organization now hosts a variety of activities.

The long, tough ordeal ended for Alex Reynolds last weekend. Alex, who was struck by lightning in Switzerland County 15 months ago, died Saturday, October 124th. He was five years old. On Tuesday, July 2nd, 1991, Alex and his eight-year-old sister Anna, were walking across a field after picking blackberries on a farm near Five Points in Craig Township. A storm suddenly blew in shortly before 6 p.m. As the children ran for the house there was a loud clap of thunder and a lightning bolt came down, and it hit Alex.

A surprise birthday party was held September 19th at the Ogle Haus for Lorraine Weales of Vevay to celebrate her 80th birthday.

The Bennington United Methodist Church will celebrate its 115th birthday on November 1st. The church officially opened October 28th, 1877.


Russell Weaver of Switzerland County received a "Friends of Extension" award Tuesday evening in recognition of his contributions to Indiana Cooperative Extension Service Programs and his leadership in various community activities.

Dennis L. Jaynes of Vevay has been awarded the Ayla Conlan Memorial Scholarship for the Two/Ten National Foundation Scholarship Program. Dennis, son of Emmett Jaynes, who is employed by U.S. Shoe Corporation, plans to attend I.T.T. Technical Institute this fall.

The modern tobacco "pool" known as the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association is an achievement of many years of efforts to raise local prices and improve the marketing position of farmers.


A group of parents and teachers added students and came up with a Parent-Teacher-Student Association for Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School. Mrs. Carolyn Griffin, Betty League and Joanne Scudder were among the leaders of the effort to organize the Association.

Charles and Gretchen Knox are sharing their farm home on Parks Ridge with a pair of very tame deer, "Foster" and "Faun." They live in the woods but hang around the Knox farm, sometimes sleeping in the barn. They play with the Knox family dog, and Gretchen feeds them milk from a warm bottle. The Knoxes adopted the deer or the deer adopted the Knoxes after their mother was shot by hunters.

John Ray's three-legged bull, born on his farm a year and a half ago, is doing just fine. He weighs 700 pounds and, says Mr. Ray, "He's just as good a bull as any of the [four-legged] others. He can do anything a bull is supposed to do."


The Walker-type dogs of George Bliss of Markland and Marshall Cook of Cook's Ridge in Posey Township won top honors at the October hunt of the Southeastern Indiana Fox Hunters Association in East Enterprise. Bliss's "Goldie" won first place in the derby for dogs under two years old, Cook's "Bill" won first in the all-age dog field trial for dogs under two years old.

An until recently relatively unknown as American breed of beef livestock is rapidly gaining popularity in this country and has found one home in Switzerland County, on the farm of Lloyd Moreillon. He now has 26 animals of Charolais and Charbray breed.

David Minks, a senior at Patriot-Posey High School, was the only FFA member from Indiana selected to play in the National Future Farmers of America Band. He recently returned from the band's concert in Kansas City, Missouri.


Juanita McClellan and Jack Brown were married in an impressive ceremony October 25th.

Tom Partain brought a huge turnip - it lacked a quarter pound at weighing three pounds - to the Reveille office.

J. W. Fothergill has accepted the position of driver for the Service Express Company, which operated a truck freight line from Vevay to Cincinnati. Charles Pratt is the owner.


Richard Austin of near Bennington and Anita Gresk of Chicago were married in Chicago.

Thomas J. Hageman, lifelong resident of this county, died at his home near East Enterprise.

Mrs. Edward Forwood who resided near Moorefield died in a Louisville hospital.

Mrs. Isabelle Cook, wife of Harrison Cook, passed away at her home on Long Run.

Born, a daughter, Sadie Odessa, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Riley.


Taps sounded for another Civil War veteran when William M. Dickason passed away at the home of his son, Howard, near Allensville.

Mrs. Abbie Kinman, wife of Dan Kinman, of Posey Township, died at her home near Patriot following an acute attack of uremic poisoning.

Frank Kirkpatrick, resident of near Center Square, died following a short illness of pneumonia.


D. A. Davis, who operated a shoe store in Vevay for 22 years, died at his home following a short illness at the age of 66.

E. M. Stevens, a prominent Vevay druggist, died at his Vevay home at the age of 77.

The Klein Store, which has operated in Vevay for more than 20 years, was discontinued last week and the owners, W. G. Klein and son, have taken up residence in Indianapolis.

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Reed of Lamb celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.


John Tilley and wife left for Kansas City, Missouri where they expect to make their home.

John Lee's colt and mule show at Fairview was quite a success. Oliver Alfred received first premium on colts and Clarence Smith second premium. W. H. Lee received first premium on mules with Frank Schirmer second premium.

A report was circulated that a minister had been appointed to the church at Allensville. The congregation assembled Sunday, but no preacher came.

The Vevay and Rising Sun motor bus line, owned and operated by R. W. Galbreath and son, began operation.


The telegraph and telephone brought the sad news to Vevay that Mrs. Carrie Scott Harrison, wife of President Harrison, had died Tuesday morning. Flags were placed at half mast and the post office was draped in mourning as expressions of the sorrow of our citizens.

Licensed to marry: Charles Smith and Carrie Jacobs; Frank Alexander and Minnie Williams.

Died, near Aaron, Pleasant Township, Moses Osborn.


The new furniture factory is nearing completion, four stories already being finished.

The cash drawer of Joseph Jockell on Main Street was robbed of about $8. A youth was suspected and followed across the river to Ghent where he was forced to return over the money. Being in another state the arrest could be made.

One night last week the saloon of Worstell and Roberts on Main Street was entered and robbed of all the liquors, probably worth about $400.

Worstell and Eblin have completed their corporation cistern. It is the largest cistern in town and will hold over 600 gallons of water.


Civil War news: There were 32 Indiana regiments in McCook's and Buell's corps, all of which are supposed to have been in last week's fighting. . . . Brigadier General T. T. Crittenden, who was captured at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been exchanged and has arrived at home in Madison, Indiana.. . . Now that the time has come to try men's souls, let not our people show that they have got none.

The Louisville and Cincinnati Mail Company has put a third light-draught boat into service. It is used to transport freight across the Warsaw bar, the shallowest point in the river hence to Cincinnati. By this arrangement the company is enabled to avert detentions on the route during the extreme low-water season, the boats leaving each terminus on tie.

Potatoes in Vevay are worth 50 cents a bushel by the wagon-load.

We have had no rain in Vevay for four months.

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