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Reflections 9-12-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


A total of 25 Switzerland County men - with good senses of humor - donated their time this past weekend to perform in the play, "A Womanless Wedding" at the Hoosier Theater. Benefit performances were set for Friday and Saturday nights, but high ticket demand led to a third show later Saturday night, which also played to a packed house. The performances benefited the United Fund of Switzerland County and the Switzerland County Relay for Life.

After moths of uncertainty, the U.S. Postal Service ceased operations at the Bennington Post Office last Friday. The future of the post office has been in doubt for several months, as postal officials worked with the owners of the building in Bennington where the post office is located.

Paul and Wilma Leive will celebrate their 60th anniversary this Sunday, September 21st, at the Masonic Hall in Rising Sun.

Governor Frank O'Bannon died Saturday, September 13th, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, five days after suffering a stroke. The two-term governor, who was born January 30th, 1930, was 73.


Lucinda Grace "Cindy" Seebauer of Greenbriar Ridge near Moorefield was among 74 practical nursing graduates honored at Ivy Tech College Southeast in Madison. The school held a capping and pinning ceremony last month.

Vevay golfers Kent Deaton, Jerry Jewell, Rich Woolum and Teresa Bovard Link won the first Vevay Kiwanis Club Golf Scramble t Sugar Bay Golf Course in Warsaw, Kentucky on Sunday.

Tom McKay, former resident of the Patriot area, was named Chief of Police for the Rising Sun police department last week. His father, Thomas McKay was Switzerland Sheriff from 1970 to 1974.


There is a battle being waged between the Town of Vevay and the Randall Textron Company over problems with the sewer system and the Sewage Treatment Plant. The Town claims that Randall Textron is the culprit while Randall officials are saying "no way." Meanwhile, the citizens of Vevay's westside are stuck in the smelly middle. Everyone is hopeful the problem will be resolved soon.

The Little Swiss Polka Dancers and the Edelweiss Singers have been invited to sing and dance during the German-American Festival at Lawrenceburg on October 8th, according to Betty Swango.

Jeremy Sams, age 5,, smiled as he held a 15-inch long bass, the first fish he has caught by himself. He said he caught the bass in his favorite fishing hole which will remain a secret. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lenny Sams, Route 1, Vevay.


The lawyer population of Switzerland County will soon increase by 33 percent, when a young Indianapolis attorney hangs out his shingle here. Actually, he's not an attorney quite yet. But when Danny May, 26, receives word he's passed the Indiana Bar Examination, he will be. "The very next day I'll be in Vevay ready to go to work," he says. That should be around the first week of October. May will join Switzerland County's present attorney population of two - Chester Callis and Doug Leatherbury. There is, in fact, a fourth lawyer coming to Vevay, but he will not practice here, at least not immediately. He is Ron Hocker, also of Indianapolis.

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 summer quarter. Miss Rush is enrolled in a 12-month course that will train her to become an executive secretary.

Dan King, 79, of near Lamb, passed away last Saturday at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

Miss Eva Mae Graham, 92, former Vevay resident, passed away Monday at Atwell Rest Home in Williamsburg, Ohio.


On October 30th, 1957, a U.S. Air Force Sabre jet piloted by a Kentucky Air National Guardsman crashed to a violent, flaming death on the Tapps Ridge farm of Blanton T. Darbro. The pilot's body disintegrated and the farm and its buildings were damaged extensively. Darbro was promised quick payment for the property damage. Blanton Darbro died late last Wednesday night without receiving a penny in settlement. His wife preceded him in death last October 19th. He was 86.

Mrs. Hattie A. Griswold, 97, one of Switzerland County's oldest citizens, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Archer, and Mr. Archer in Bennington where she resided.


Miss Gladys Ann Ramsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Ramsey and Corporal Webb Lucas, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Webb Lucas, all of Center Square, were married Saturday afternoon by Reverend H. G. Ramsey at the Methodist parsonage. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Cole were their attendants.

Mrs. Ellogene Weales, who recently resigned as a teacher in the Vevay Schools, has acceptedd a similar position in the Brooksburg schools.

Mrs. Willis Jackson has brought to this office five big Ponderosa tomatoes. The five weigh slightly more than five pounds. George Furnish has presented us with a sweet potato which is 14 and one-half inches long and which weighs two pounds, 10 ounces.

One of Vevay's oldest business concerns passed into new hands this week when the Johnson Dry Goods Store was sold by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson, owners, to Keith Hand of Madison, who will assume ownership on the first of October.

The bonds, debentures and all other paper liabileities for the new Jefferson-Craig school building were sold last week to three Indianapolis companies and a small part (all debentures) to local people - all totaling the sum of $250,000. Construction of the building has already begun under direction of Floyd Roland of Vevay who is the general contractor.


Mrs. Chloe Miller, aged 90, resident of York Township, died Monday, September 20th, at the home of her son-in-law, Harry Gilbert, on Bethel Ridge near Markland.

The many friends of Mrs. Floyd Whittenburg, nee Edna Shadday, will be glad to know that she has received a communication from her husband, Captain F. W. Whittenburg, stating he is a prisoner of the Japanese, interned in a Philippine prison camp.

Mrs. Ida Grace Adams, wife of Dean Adams, died at her home near Moorefield Monday from the effects of a paralytic stroke suffered the previous Saturday.

Mrs. Rachel Montayne celebrated her 94th birthday Sunday with a pitch-in dinner at her home in Vevay.

James S. Scott, aged 80, farmer, died at his home near Moorefield Friday, September 17th, after an illness of several months.

Born, a daughter, Sadie Ann, September 7th, to Private and Mrs. George E. Northcutt of Posey Township.


Clifford Scott Thompson, aged 44, World War veteran of this county, died September 12th.

James S. Kendall, aged 84 years, former resident of Jefferson Township, passed away at the home of his son, J. L. Kendall in Jeffersonville, Indiana Monday morning. Robert Higbee, having sold his dry cleaning establishment to William Louis Buschmann, will remove with his family to Anderson in the near future.

Ray E. Humphrey, citizen of Allensville, died suddenly in an automobile near Center Square Wednesday evening while being taken to a physician for medical treatment. Mr. Humphrey had suffered a heart attack the previous evening.


Miss Beatrice Hillicord of near Vevay and Vernon Mouzer of Madison were married Saturday evening in the Vevay Christian Church by Reverend Paul Stewart.

Mrs. Uly Bray died Wednesday in her home on Vevay route four after a short illness. The deceased was 43 years of age.

Tuesday night robbers entered the store of George Gaudin in Vevay and stole several revolvers, a number of pocket knives and about $20 in cash from the cash register. An attempt had also been made to open a safe.

Walter E. Bennett last week purchased the Eureka Sweet Shop from W. S. Graves and took immediate possession.


"Aunt" Lydia Gibbs, as she was affectionately known, died Monday, September 8th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nettie Adams in Cincinnati. She had reached the ripe old age of 90 years, 5 months and 21 days.

Miss Josephine Trafelet of this county and Wesley M. Walden, a native son now of Salt Lake City, Utah, were united in marriage Tuesday evening at the home of Walter A. Trafelet near Vevay by Reverend L. E. Smith.

Mrs. Lucille Henderson died suddenly at her home in Vevay Sunday afternoon after an illness of only a few days.

Born, September 12th, a son to Myrna Griffith and wife.

Born, September 6th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Banta of the Bennington neighborhood.

William Furnish died at his home on Drakes Ridge Friday after an illness of more than a year.

A campaign for pure drinking water on Ohio River steamboats operating between Cincinnati, Cairo and Louisville has been inaugurated by the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Service.

Bruce Scott and Samuel Lamb, residing near Lamb, shipped 350 watrmelons to Frankfort. Kentucky, this week for which they received 12 and one-half cents each.

Miss Lily Hysell, daughter of George Hysell, died at her home near Markland Tuesday morning after a two week's illness of typhoid fever. She was but 19 years of age.

Born, a son, William Herman, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fox of Fairview.

George Bowman and Miss Palace Mix of East Enterprise were married Saturday.

Mrs. Henry Nave passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Goff, early Thursday morning after a lingering illness.


Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stewart of near Pleasant.

Perry W. Gard, a native of Switzrland County, died in Frankfort, Indiana, August 14th, aged 60 years.

Born, September 1st, a daughtr to Frank and Paulina Moll of Upper Grants Creek.

Born, a son to Will and Dollie McHenry of Upper Grants Creek.

Captain William Culbertson enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continuous resident of Moorefield, having settled there in 1849.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. D. Rudd.

Licensed to marry: Thomas McDonald and Mariam Anderson; Frank Rex and Belle Stafford; John W. Lloyd and Blanche E. Sanford.


William P. Lock and Miss Sallie Bristow were married in Vevay September 11th, Reverend F. Warn Beagle, officiating.

Last Saturday a Mr. Diermiller indulged in a fall to the bottom of a 30 foot well on Ferry Street. Strange to say he was but slightly injured.

The steamer George Spangler has been placed in the Vevay and Cincinnati trade. H. B. Willliams is the captain and W. H. Kirby is the clerk. The Spangler is a new boat and the officers are competent steamboat men.

O. S. Waldo is building a new sidewalk in front of his business house on Ferry Street.

For the first time last Thursday night Vevay was illuminated with gasoline. Workmen are still busily engaged in errecting street lamps.

R. I. White and Miss Margaret Humphrey, both of Patriot, were married September 10th.


Civil War news: General Rosecrans enteredthe city of Chattanooga, Tennessee September 10th. The rebels left but few stores and all citizens left the city three weeks ago taking their furniture. General Wood and General Wagner occupied the city simultaneously. We have taken two steamboats, one horse boat, 30 pontoon boats, but few stores, no artillery and no prisoners.

There will be a meeting at Odd Fellows Hall Saturday night for the purpose of forming a Union League. The ladies are especially invited.

Died September 14th, Melvina, daughter of Henry C. and Susan Pickett, aged 6 years.

Died at his home in Craig Township on September 1st, Andrew Sample, 79. He was born in Maryland in 1784 and emigrated to the Territory of Indiana 52 years ago. He had lived on the farm where he died during all that time.

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