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12/6/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 12-6-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


A two-vehicle accident on State Road 156 on Sunday afternoon claimed the life of Debbie Minch, 45, of Green Valley. The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon near Plum Creek Road.

The odor of natural gas inside Switzerland County High School forced the evacuation of 440 student and about 50 school personnel on Tuesday morning. School superintendent Tracy Caddell said that he received a telephone call from high school principal Vern Waltz informing him that there was a smell of natural gas in the building. The superintendent then went to the high school, where he also smelled the odor. Everyone was taken to Jefferson-Craig's gymnasium while workers for Switzerland County Natural Gas were called in. A mechanical problem was forcing the gas odor down from the roof into the building. There was no gas leak and as soon as officials corrected the problem the gas dissipated and everyone was able to return to the building.

Vevay Newspapers was honored with three awards for writing and photography during Saturday's Newsroom Seminar and Award Banquet sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association. The awards were two first place and one third place.

Carrie Wiley, a graduate of Switzerland County High School, is a sophomore on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's women's basketball team. She is one of the team's starting guards. She is the daughter of Alvin Wiley of Vevay. She is a civil engineering major at Rose-Hulman.


The power plant project being considered by the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company for the Egypt Bottom area of Switzerland County has been indefinitely postponed. CG&E announced Monday it is merging with PSI Resources, the Indiana power utility. The combining of these two companies makes a new power plant unnecessary, CG&E officials said.

Two celebrities, Orville Redenbacher of television and popcorn fame, and Vevay's Jack Sullivan, whose fame is local, posed for a picture to commemorate their sharing of a signal honor - both are former member of Purdue University All-American Marching Bands, Mr. Redenbacher in 1928 (he played tuba) and Mr. Sullivan in 1940 (he played trumpet). They met at a Kiwanis International gathering earlier this year in Indianapolis.


The erosion of top soil on many fields in Switzerland County over the past few years has forced several farmers to reevaluate their "farming practices" and implement new methods of preserving the land, which County Soil and Water Conservation Officer Leonard Jordan support totally. Mike Thieman has implemented the "No-Till" method on an area of his field which was badly eroded a couple of years a go. He said his field has little or no erosion now. Nelson Burley has also applied the "No-Till" method on his farm and is pleased with the results.

The little ones had an opportunity to tell Santa Claus just exactly what they wanted for Christmas this year during the Annual Switzerland County Elementary PTO Volunteer Fire Department sponsored Christmas show at the new elementary school at East Enterprise last Saturday afternoon.


Bob Eddleman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) estimated that as much as $25,000 worth o soybeans were completely ruined by the recent flooding of bottomlands. The flooding only continued the weather damage to crops - corn and tobacco, as well as soybeans - in the county. Wet weather has delayed tobacco curing and has kept corn and soybean farmers from harvesting their crops. The adverse weather conditions here and throughout the state have raised the possibility of a farm emergency being declared, setting into motion several government programs for farm assistance.

Switzerland County has received its chunk of money under the new revenue-sharing plan, and it sounds at first like a mighty nice Christmas present - $49,417 worth. But local officials warn that there's less to it than meets the eye. For instance, if they use the money for property tax relief the government units using the funds for this purpose will actually be penalized in the long run.

Several persons interested in the future of Switzerland County's elementary school system met with the county school board in its regular monthly meeting Monday night.


Mr. and Mrs. Don Allen of Vevay this week purchased the East End Grocery on Main Street from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wiley, taking possession Monday.

The home of Mr. an Mrs. Robert C. Coates of Parks Ridge was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning in a blaze believed to have been caused by defective wiring.

Mr. and Mrs. James Tague, proprietors of the Vevay Variety Store, entertained at dinner December 5th at their home near Mount Sterling in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hankins will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, December 22nd.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roberts of Vevay announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lois Ann, to Charles L. Blodgett, son of Louis Blodgett of route 1, Bennington.

Mr. and Mr. Morton Vanosdol, former residents of Switzerland County, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary December 29th at he home of their youngest daughter, Mr. William Bokenkamp in Richmond with whom they reside.


Two school girl friends who were born and reared in the Braytown community will observe their 90th birthdays on Saturday. They are Mrs. Ella Chittenden of Vevay and Mrs. Mollie Haskell who resides west of town.

Harold Darbro of route 3, Vevay, suffered painful injuries Tuesday morning when he was kicked in the face by a beef which he was preparing to help butcher at the slaughter house of Turner Olds in Vevay.

William Keith, son of Mrs. Davena Keith of Vevay, will be ordained as a Baptist minister in ceremonies which will be conducted at the Butlerville Baptist Church of which he is pastor on Sunday afternoon.

A beef calf which was sold in Rising Sun last week for the benefit of the American Cancer Society brought $1 per pound. The purchaser was the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company which paid $725 for the animal. The transaction came about as the result of the dying wish of 16-year-old Philip Raisor of near Bear Branch who was a victim of cancer.

Ulysses S. Stoops, 83, a well-known retired farmer of York Township, died at his home there Tuesday following a long period of ill health.

Mrs. Fanny Faunce, widow of the late Bert Faunce of Patriot, and a resident of that community for many years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith Simpson, in Covington, Kentucky early Monday morning.


James Tandy Ellis, probably the best known poet and columnist in Kentucky, died suddenly at his home in Ghent on Wednesday morning as the result of a heart attack.

Warren A. Benedict, Vevay businessman, died at his home here Sunday morning following an illness of several years duration.

William Waltz died suddenly at his home in Indianapolis Tuesday, December 8th. Mr. Waltz was a resident of this county and a t one time owned and operated a greenhouse in Vevay.

Roy Donahue, operator for the American Aggregates Corporation which has been dredging the channel at he Vevay bar, was drowned in the Ohio River Tuesday. Mr. Donahue was thrown from a skiff and swept under a barge he was helping pull into the river.

Tobacco prices made an encouraging raise throughout the burley district during the past few days, prices ranging from $13.86 per hundred to $17.15.

Chester Gibbs, Vevay grocer, was found dead in a smoke filled room at his home in Vevay Monday evening. Mr. Gibbs, who was ill of influenza, had an oil stove burning in his room which had probably ignited the bed clothing. Death was apparently due to asphyxiation from the resulting smoke.


Work on the Vevay warehouse of the Burley Tobacco Growers Association was completed last week and the local branch began receiving tobacco Tueday morning of this week.

Harvey Buchanan, aged resident of York Township, died last Friday of paralysis with which he has been afflicted for two years. He was past 76 years of age.

Miss Drucie Henry died Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Roberts in Vevay, after having been in failing health for several years.

Mrs. Eliza J. Coghill died at her home in Vevay Thursday morning. The deceased, who had been in failing health for some time, was past 80 years of age.


Captain Jack Graham, whom thousands of people who cross the river on the Vevay ferry know so well has had the double Gordian knot tied and will sail a bon voyage through life, with the mate of his heart by his side.

Captain Graham's bride was Miss Florence Tyson, of Ghent, and the knot that spliced them together was tied by Sky Pilot William Dart at the clerk's office Saturday evening at about five bells.

The Captain and his bride shipped aboard a train at Sanders bound for the port of Cincinnati where they will spend a week's honeymoon. It is hoped the weather will be fair skies for the Skipper and his bride.

The bride and groom will for the present make their home with Mrs. Mattie Graham, the groom's mother, and will probably go to housekeeping later.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham have the sincere wishes for a safe and happy journey and congratulations from their host of friends on both sides of the river.


Mrs. Alice McNutt, passed away at her home near Zoar, Posey Township, Friday after an illness of short duration of pneumonia. She was 57 years of age.

Born December 4th, a daughter to Thomas Violet and wife of Tapps ridge.

Born November 6th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wiley of Tapps Ridge.

Born November 29th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cole of Aaron.


The Vevay Board of U.S. Examining Surgeons, composed of Dr. H. T. Dalgleish, Vevay. Dr. R. A. Jamieson, Patriot, and Dr. R. G. Simpson, East Enterprise, was in session yesterday and examined five soldiers.

Dr. Edgar Montgomery Cheever died December 11th, aged 67 years, 8 months, and 10 days. He practiced medicine and around Quercus Grove for 42 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday at the M.E. Church in Bennington for Mrs. Joanna Pearce who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lottie Fish, in Cloud, Kansas recently.


Two million and a half in certificates of indebtedness were solen last week from the Treasury Department at Washington. No clue haas been discovered that would lead to the detection of the robber.

Civil War news: We have full confirmation of the evacuation of Grenada, Mississippi, by the rebels. A dispatch states that General Grant's army has concntrated at that place.

General Banks' great expedition has sailed from Fortress Monroe. Its destination has been kept secret. It is our impression that the week we have entered upon is likely to be an important one with reference to army operations both in Virginia and Mississippi.

The national House of Representatives in the 39th Congress will stand probably Republicans 96, Union men 16, Democrats 78 of whom eight are War Democrats supporting the Administration - so that there will be in the new Congress men pledged to sustain the government in all its war measures 132, opposed to the government in all its measures under the Administration 70, majority for the Union, 62.

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