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8/8/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 8-8-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Democrats in the Town of Vevay held their caucus Tuesday night to elect three candidates for town council and one candidate for clerk-treasurer. Winning election in the caucus were Pete Furnish. Jamie Hayes and Keith Smith for town council and Donna Graham for clerk-treasurer. The Republican Party has two candidates for town council in Lary Jones and Floyd Whitham for the November ballot to decide who is elected.

Matt Drake, son of Gunther and Barbara Drake of McCreary's Ridge has been accepted and will be attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, this fall.

Somer Alford, daughter of Darrin and Vickie Alford of Fairview, placed fifth at the Indiana State Fair Junior Division Western Horsemanship 56" and under class.


There probably couldn't have been a better choice for grand marshal of the Swiss Wine Festival parade. After all, the festival is a celebration of Switzerland County's wine heritage, and Irene Dufour Cheever's family brought winemaking to Switzerland County. Irene Cheever has been named grand marshal of the Swiss Wine Festival parade. The Wine Festival begins Thursday with the Edelweiss Princess contest and continues through Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Cheever, who is 91, is the oldest living direct descendant of the Dufour family which came to Switzerland County in 1802.

The Little Swiss Polka Dancers will be performing each day during the Swiss Wine Festival this weekend. Traci Allen, the chairman of the dancers, said there are 65 children aged 2 to 10 performing as Little Swiss Polka Dancers.

Scott Weaver, son of Rodger and Phyllis Weaver of near East Enterprise participated in the Indiana Cooperative Education Youth and Young Farmers Program conducted July 25th through 29th.

Marlene Weaver, daughter of Rodger and Phyllis Weaver, of near East Enterprise, was named the winner of the 1993 Outstanding Dairy Exhibitor Award for Switzerland County.


The Board of Directors of the First National Bank, Vevay, Indiana announced the appointment Tuesday of John L. Sutton as President. He succeeds Jerry E. Boggs, who resigned to search for employment in their fields.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bushman of Bear Branch announced the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter, Lee Jaye, to Mark Alan Lohide. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lohide of East Enterprise. A wedding date of September 3rd has been set for the couple. Miss Bushman is a 1982 graduate of Rising Sun High School and Mr. Lohide graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1975. He is currently employed at Texas Gas Transmission Corporation at Dillsboro.


Switzerland County High School's new basketball coach, Bernie Burk, gets a welcome to town from his boss, SCHS principal William Roberts. Coach Burke has moved with his wife and three children into the former Warren Lundy home on Silver Street in Vevay.

Switzerland County's biggest hog barn burned to the ground Saturday morning, killing about $15,000 worth of hogs in the process. The hog house was owned by North Bend Farm, and located near the Ohio River about four miles south of Patriot, near the home occupied by Kelly Hufford, a North Bend Farm employee. Farm manager Leroy Brammer said 36 sows and about 600 pigs were lost in the fire. Brammer said it will cost about $40,000 to replace the building, pegging the total fire loss at $55,000. It was covered by insurance.

John W. Seaver, 48, was killed Saturday evening when the tractor he was operating overturned on his farm on Big Doe Run Road, two miles south of Moorefield.


Funeral services for Miss Evelyn Craig were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home by Reverend Sonny Hays of Madison. Miss Craig, 88, died Saturday morning in King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

John Brown, son of Mrs. Marie McKenzie of Vevay and Jimmy Brown of Craig Township, last week received his bachelor of science degree in industrial education from Purdue University.

A very impresive double ring ceremony was performed when Miss Evelyn Walcott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Walcott, became the bride of Mr. Kenneth Dick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Dick, all of Patriot. The ceremony was performed in the Patriot Baptist Church by Reverend James Hancock.


The Bryant auto part and accessory store which was located on Ferry and Pike streets has moved to Osgood. Work of moving stock in the store was completed last week.

Harold Ford, who resides on Bethel Ridge, sustained serious injury to his left hand and a ruptured ear drum on Thursday of last week when a 48 trip flare exploded prematurely in his hand as he was assembling its components for test firing at the Jefferson Proving Ground near Madison.

Hail and wind of near tornado velocity, which struck the northeast portion of Switzerland County Friday night, resulting in damage to tobacco, corn and property totaling several thousand dollars. Skipping over some farms, the storm visited others nearby.

Carl S. Miles, 74, well known farmer of Bennington, died near his farm there Tuesday afternoon from the apparent effect of a heart attack.

Mrs. Dorothty Mayo of Patriot will on September 1st begin her duties as public health nurse in Switzerland County. Mrs. Mayo this week completed a thorough course in public health nursing at Peabody Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, utilizing a scholarship which was awarded to her by the Indiana State Board of Health. She had previously received training as a registered nurse. Mrs. Mayo is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Martin of Patriot and is the mother of two small children.


The Swiss Inn, one of Vevay's oldest business establishments, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening of this week. Several resident tenants were forced to flee from their rooms and Mrs. Harry Waldron, who was occupying a room on the second floor, sustained severe burns and bruises when she jumped from the window. Mrs. Minnie Downey, owner of the hotel, stated she would not rebuild, and this week purchased the home of Mrs. Bertie Sullivan, from which she will continue to cater special dinners.

Reports indicate that the air raid alarm staged Tuesday night was a complete success. There were only a few alleged instances of noncooperation or neglect. A unique feature of the surprise alert in Vevay was the service of three feminine workers who took over the job of regular personnel. Mrs. Mary C. Henry, patrolled an area as warden during the blackout and Mrs. H. B. Riggs and Miss Helen Tilley served as bell ringers. These are probably the only women in the country filling these "man" jobs.

Milo Hanna, former Trustee of Posey Township, passed away in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Tuesday evening. He had been ill with pneumonia and had been a patient at the hosital for three weeks prior to his death.

Word has been received that Ray Walters, veteran of World War I and former resident of the Braytown commuity, died August 5th in the Veterans Hospital in San Diego, California.


Mrs. Mary Waldo, aged 99 years, died Tuesday at her home in Rising Sun after a three weeks' illness incident to her advanced age. Mrs. Waldo was a former resident of Vevay and her husband, Frederick J. Waldo, was editor of the Vevay Reveille during the Civil War, a name he gave to the paper as representative of the spirit of the times.

James Stevens, aged 56, Craig Township farmer, died at his home there Saturday afternoon from the effects of a stroke of paralysis suffered a week ago.

Mrs. Martha Bailey, wife of Harry Bailey of Center Square, died Wednesday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Elec Elston.

Calvin Peters, aged 62 years, died suddenly Sunday morning at the home of his son, Loren, near East Enterprise, from a heart attack.

Harvey Dibble, the last remaining Civil War vetran in Posey Township, passed away Thursday after a prplonged illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed Cook in Patriot.

Born a son, Bernard Leon, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bray of Spring Branch.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Benedict.


Henri Rubb, 52, former resident of Patriot, was killed at Lancaster, Ohio, Saturday when he fell while at work on the construction of a building and struck his head.

Mrs. Jenkins O'Neal, 36, died at her home in Vevay Sunday after an illness of several weeks of tuberculosis.

Mrs. Mollie Bliss, aged 79 years, and a former resident of this county, died Wednesday at her home in Illinois.

Mr. Eliza Sullivan, Switzerland County's oldest woman, died at her home in Indianapolis Saturday evening after an illness of several weeks. She was 96 years old last February 3rd.

The first official act transacted by President Calvin Coolidge had to do with Switzerland County. It was confirming the appointment of Clarence Lock as postmaster of Bennington, to succeed Howard Sample.

Angelo Griswold, 47, died Tuesday afternoon at his home near Bennington following a short illness of heart trouble.

One of the largest crowds that has ever been in attendance was present at the annual old settler's meeting in Griswold's Grove near Bennington Saturday. It is estimated 2,500 people were present.


Vevay's 100th birthday will be celebrated in fitting style in the Home Coming celebration in the week to come. The program is complete and the affair from every standpooint promises to be a success.

An abundance of pure ice water will be provided in barrels at the front of the Courthouse throughout Home Coming week. Seats will be provided along the street as well as rest rooms.

Lightning played havoc with thousands of dollars worth of property in Pleasant Township yesterday. A number of barns and houses were struck and quite a few head of livestock killed.

The steamer "Ciy of Louisville" went aground on Gun Powder Bar near Patriot Thursday. All efforts to get her off were useless and the passengers were compelled to remain on the boat until the next day when they completed their journey by means of another steamer or some by automobiles.

Miss Laura Schroeder of near Hartford and Roy Sheldon of Bryant's Creek were married at the home of the bride's parnts Wednesday evening by Reverend John W. Johnson.


Professor Columbus R. Melcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Melcher of Vevay, superintendent of the schools at Carrollton, Kentucky, was married in Madison Wednesday, August 9th, to Miss Mary Shannon Taylor. Ceremony by Reverend Doctor Barnard of the Presbyterian Church.

The soldiers reunion at Patriot last Thursday and Friday was well attended. The hospitable citizens of Patriot furnished free meals and free beds to the soldiers and did everything possible to make the stay of the visitors pleasant.

Licensed to marry: Robert M. Simmons and Annie B. Lanhan; Link McHale and Mary A. Froman, John A. Ruddell and Mary E. Myers, Richard King and Lucette Wright.

Laura Smith Mercer, wife of William Mercer and a resident of Switzerland County since infancy died July 1st at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 5 days.


Edward Duncan, a boy employed at the shoe factory in Vevay, fell from the second floor to the ground last Thursday, breaking one of his arms.

Richard B. Smock and Mrs. Helvetta Noble were married Sunday, August 10th, in Vevay.

Martin Wilson and Miss Abbie Tilley, were married August 13th in the residence of the bride's parents.

Robert, 10-month-old son of George and Elizabeth Redd, died August 8th in Vevay.

Miss Marcia Ann Etherington, daughter of Phillip Etherington and wife, died August 9th in Pleasant Township.


Civil War news: Quoting from a letter written by a soldier from the 3rd Indiana Cavalry at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, telling of the battle of Gettysburg.

"The relatives, friends and acquaintances of Sergeant Samuel Lamb, a brother of Dr. Lamb at Allensville, will be much rejoiced to learn that he is not dead, as reported. We have learned that he is in the U.S. Army Hospital at York, Pennsylvania, suffering from a desperate wound in the head.

"Captain Martin has been wounded in the early part of the engagement, the command of the company fell to him after Lieutenant Long was captured by the rebels while the regiment was in the vicinity of Aldie, Virginia. Sergeant Lamb was seen to fall from his horse, covered with blood; leading us to fear that he was killed. Although he is in a weakened condition hopes are entertained for his recovery."

Two of the young men from this county belonging to the 3rd Indiana Cavalry who were wounded at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania have since died from their wounds and are buried in Pennsylvania. Both were from Craig Township and enlisted about a year ago. They are Henry Clay Pavey, Company B, son of Captain Samuel H. Pavey, and J. Edward Weaver, Company A, son of John Weaver. Pavey's left arm was amputated and Weaver, who was wounded, was taken prisoner.

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