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6/13/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 6-13-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


This year's Switzerland County 4-H Fair will kick off this Saturday evening with the Miss Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen pageant. The event will be held at the Jefferson-Craig gymnasium and will begin at 7 p.m. Candidates are Elizabeth Hon, Jennifer Deaton, Amanda Roberts, Kati Jester, Sarah Storm, Trisha Allen and Dru Morgan.

It appears that the historic City Roller Mill in Vevay will be torn down in the coming days. The Switzerland County Commissioners voted at their meeting on Monday to have the building torn down and approved a plan to proceed with the construction of a jail and an expansion of the courthouse. Those measures now move to the county council for funding consideration.

Chester and Maxine Meisberger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday, June 21st.

Alonzo and Mary Ann (McCreary) Bowling of near Rising Sun celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 6th.

Darin R. Scudder has graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Alabama, and has been appointed to the rank of warrant officer one. He is a rotary wing pilot (aircraft nonspecific) and is the son of Randy and Rita Scudder of Rising Sun.


The United States Shoe Corporation's Vevay plant - "the shoe factory," as everybody in Switzerland County calls it - celebrated 45 years in Vevay on Saturday with an open house, attended by over 300 people. Jim Adams has the most seniority of all of the employees currently working there with 44 years.

Harold C. "Red" Benedict has been a school and community leader in Vevay, Switzerland County and the state of Indiana all of his long and vigorous life. He'll be 90 years old Monday and his friends and admirers will honor him with an open house Sunday and a luncheon gathering on his birthday.

Angie Houze, granddaughter of Fred Houze, Sr., of Vevay, received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health on June 12th. She graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.97 out of a possible 4.0.


The Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home sprung a leak last Saturday night and by Sunday morning extensive water damage had forced the building to be closed down. According to Jerry Harlow, who is an employee at the funeral home, a gasket blew out of a commode holding tank located on the third floor of the building. The water apparently flooded the third floor and seeped all the way down to the basement causing severe ceiling, wall and floor damage in the process.

Gary W. Keith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Keith, route 1, Vevay, is on the Dean's List at Wabash College for the spring semester. He maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 point grading scale.

Chances are 18-year-old Rod Pickett will have many stories to tell his grandchildren when he prepares for the rocking chair. But few will compare to the tale of his 11-day journey from Patriot, Indiana, to Paducah, Kentucky, in a canoe on the Ohio River.


Twenty-five years ago today, the U.S. Shoe Company's Vevay plant cut its first shoe. Today, a quarter of a century later, the plant's still here, bigger than ever, and producing 4,000 pairs of shoes every day.

Bill Smith is resigning as assistant principal of the Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School. Smith will become principal of an elementary school in Union City, Indiana. His wife, Ann, is leaving her teaching position at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.

Sheila Deaton of Vevay was one of 148 students at Marion College in Indianapolis who qualified for the Dean's List at the end of the school's second semester. Miss Deaton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Deaton of Vevay, achieved a 3.7 grade average out of a possible perfect 4.0.

Deborah Rush, daughter of Mrs. Kenneth Hufford of Patriot was named to the Dean's List at Southern Ohio Junior College in Cincinnati for the recently completed Spring semester. Miss Rush attained a 3.23 grade average out of a possible 4.0.

Linda Scott Hamblen of Vevay was graduated recently at Madison from Indiana Vocational Technical Institute (Ivy Tech) with high honors in a program training her for a career as a medical assistant.


The Reverend Lynn Thayer and family will leave Vevay Methodist Church this week to assume an associate minister position at St. Luke's Methodist Church in Indianapolis where he will do special work with young people.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sigmon announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Wanda Lee, to Donald Wayne Scranton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Scranton of Fairview.

Jack Allen, 78, well known farmer of near Pleasant, died Monday morning at his home.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Charles C. Criswell, 72, of route 1, Vevay. He died June 13th at his farm home near Moorefield.

Marine Private Gordon G. Scudder, son of Mrs. Agnes K. Scudder of rural route 1, Patriot, was in one of the recruit platoons inspected by President John F. Kennedy on June 6th during his visit to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.


Mrs. Edna Bills Peters, a valued employee of this newspaper for the last 34 years, severed her connections here Saturday and has retired from active work for a well deserved vacation.

Howard Allen was painfully injured last Friday morning when he fell from a step ladder while packing cherries. Four toes on his right foot were broken and his foot is now in a cast and he is on crutches.

The automobile of Loomis Wilson was badly damaged last Saturday when it was rammed from the rear by a car driven by Claude Harmon of Bennington.

Clem Roger Ambrose, 77, County Commissioner and well known resident of this county, died at his home on West Pike Street here Sunday followiong a heart ailment with which he had suffered for several months.

Mrs. Grace Markland, widow of Phillip S. Markland, former auditor of Switzerland County, passed away Sunday at her home in Markland.

Forrest C. Teats, 74, well known retired businessman of Vevay, died suddenly at his home on Market Street last Thursday morning from the effect of a heart attack.

Mickey, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fothergill of Vevay, sustained a fracture of the small bone in his right arm Monday when he stuck it into the family washing machine.


Miss Marie Carlton of Vevay and Staff Sergeant Leslie Beard of Mount Sterling were united in marriage June 12th in Madison.

A son was born June 14th to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Keppier, nee Juanita Gaudin of Indianapolis.

August Brameier, retired farmer, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Scott, below Vevay last Saturday.

Elizabeth Marie Osborn, 15-year-old daughter of Chester Osborn, died Sunday at her home near Bennington. She had been in ill health for some time but death was unexpected.

Mrs. Grace Flinn of this county and Guy M. Walden, former resident of Mount Sterling and now a retired businessman of Berkeley, California, were married June 12th in Reno, Nevada. They will reside in California.

"Sally," the talking crow which belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Peters near Vevay, wa drowned last week when she fell into a barrel of water in the yard.


Arthur A. Lock, former citizen of the Bennington community, died at his home in Greensburg.

Miss Cora Elizabeth Kern, native of Switzerland County, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. William Turner at St. Paul, Indiana.

David Ralston, native of Markland, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lucian Koons in Cincinnati.

Charles W. Smith died suddenly at his home on Smith's Ridge. He was born in this county in 1856 and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hudson Smith.

James Stevenson of Indianapolis, Civil War veteran and former resident of Patriot, died at his home at the age of 97 years.

A new signal board was installed on the guide walls at Dam 39.

Frank McKay of Craig Township died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Lummer at Rising Sun. He was a son of Merrett and Susie Cotton McKay.


Injuries sustained in an automobile accident resulted in the death of Charles Conway, 39, of Vevay.

Plans are underway for the beautifying of Market Square in Vevay.

Wesley McHenry, 85, a former Vevay businessman, died in California. He is survived by two sons, Uly and Ben.

David H. Bliss last week purchased the Lamson confectionery and took possession last week.

John Neal, 63, died Sunday at his home in York Township.


A horse belonging to Harry Dupraz was killed by lighning.

A. J. Porter was elected treasurer of the Vevay Home Coming celebration.

Joseph Harper, well known farmer, died in Craig Township.

Mrs. James Paulley, formerly of Vevay, died at Bennington.

Clifford Thiebaud graduated from Purdue University.

James Humphrey purchased the W.J. Nave residencre in Patriot.

S.V. McHuron purchased the McNutt homestead in Patriot.


Benjamin F. Couch and Miss Belle Minor were married near Shelbyville, Indiana.

Georgia J. Waltz was injured when his team ran away, throwing him from the wagon.

John Golay is building a race track on his grandfather's farm.

Died near Lamb, June 13th, Mrs. Fluery Baxter, aged 64 years.

Spencer Couch has taken over the Patriot-Rising Sun mail route.

T.D. Oakley has resigned his position as compositor at the Reveille office.

Clarence Shaw and Miss Zella Barnet have arrived home from DePauw University.

Died near Sugar Branch, William, 22-year-old son of John and Olive Tibbets.

Dr. M. Fisher of Hanover will deliver the dedication sermon to the new Pleasant Township Presbyterian Church.


The commissioners ordered the county superintendent's office to be located in the sheriff's office.

Robert Chapman, Howard Stow, and Jim Meyers have completed the new steeple and belfry on the East Enterprise Church. G.W. Armstrong and son are roofing and painting it.

Matt Brown is removing his grocery to the room adjoining the Thomas Downey grocery on Ferry Street.


George Torrence sawed three fingers from one hand at the new furniture factory.

Abpout one-fourth of a mile of side walk will be made in Vevay this year.

Mrs. Noah Martin and little daughter was thrown from their wagon on Main Street, receiving severe bruises.

Joseph Moore of Moorefield was severely injured when thrown to the ground by a colt he was riding.

Mrs. Mary Anderson, 82, died at her home in Craig Township.


Civil War news: Reverend H.J. Clevenger, who formerly preached at the Universalist Church in Vevay, a private in the 83rd Indiana Regiment, was killed in one of the recent battles before Vicksburg.

A disturbance was raised at the school house on Parks Ridge when rebel sympathizers wore butternuts, to Sunday School. The tearing off of the butternuts caused a free-for-all, which resulted in a generous cleaning out of the rebels.

General Grant was fiercely bombarding Vicksburg at close range while his miners were tunneling under the fortifications.


Oliver Ormsby was appointed chairman and F.J. Waldo secretary for the Fourth of July celebration in Vevay.

A committee was appointed for a Fourth of July celebration in Patriot.

The steamer Major Anderson made her first trip past Vevay.

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