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10/3/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 10-3-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


"Small Stacks" will come to the banks of the Ohio River in Vevay this Sunday, October 12th, and as the event nears, more and more boats are committing to attend.

Russell "Andy" Turner has graduated from Nashville Auto and Diesel College in Nashville, Tennessee. The graduation ceremonies took place on Friday, August 29th. He is the son of Dennis and Pam Rook of Vevay and Rusty and Sue Turner of Rising Sun.

Mickie Hughes and Michael Furnish were united in marriage on Tuesday, August 26th on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii, in a sunset ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mickey and Direnda Ray of near East Enterprise. The groom is the son of William Furnish of Markland and Linda Furnish of Vevay.


The 20th annual Bennington Homecoming was enjoyed Saturday. George Hankins was named Mayor of Bennington and Mollie McCreery was honored as Miss Bennington.

Judy Alford of Fairview graduated from Cincinnati Technical College last month with an associate degree in medical records technology.

Switzerland County High School graduates are eligible for a newly established $20,000 college scholarship, to be awarded annually. The first scholarship award will be made at the end of the current school year. The scholarship was established by a $2 million endowment from the Paul W. Ogle Foundation, based in Jeffersonville.


Joseph M. Cooper, 92, of Madison, died Tuesday morning at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison following a short illness. He was well known in Switzerland County as an attorney. He was instrumental in obtaining the financing of the Jefferson-Craig School and is credited with designing the system for circumventing the State of Indiana limit on school debt. He and the late Vevay attorney Chester Callis worked together on many court cases.

Vevay Kiwanis Club members celebrated their 48th anniversary Wednesday, October 6th, as they entertained their wives, state Kiwanis officials and guests at a dinner held at the Switzerland County Junior Senior High School in Vevay. Harold C. "Red" Benedict, Edward S. Furnish, and Robert D. Slawson were presented lifetime memberships in Kiwanis International by District Governor Charles J. Ridenour of the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club. Benedict, Furnish, and Slawson were members when the Vevay Kiwanis Club was chartered September 10th, 1935.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonas H. Keith of Florence announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Sondra Kay, to Stanley Ray Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Turner, also of Florence, on October 15th, at the Florence Christian Church, with a reception immediately following the ceremony at the Community Building in Vevay.


The garden at the Vevay home of Ruth and Susan Orem is a fertile one. Last year, some giant squashes were produced and this fall some monster sweet potatoes grew. Biggest of the potatoes weighed in at about 3 and a half pounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bovard of route 2, Rising Sun announce the marriage of their daughter, Direnda, to Mickey Douglas Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ray of Moorefield. The ceremony was performed Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Althoff of near Fairview celebrated their 46th anniversary October 3rd at the Steer restaurant in Madison with a family dinner.

Common in the south, but unusual in these parts, is a turpentine gum tree. There's a nice big one on the lawn in front of Bryan Coleman's house on Greenbriar Ridge west of Moorefield.

Frank Bittle and Wayne Scudder were presented their 50-year Masonic pins by Stanley Turner, master of Florence Lodge No. 27, F&AM, in a recent ceremony.


Two Switzerland County students were among 1,498 completing requirements for degrees this summer at Indiana University - Mrs. Naomi Plaskett of Florence, master of science in education, and Mrs. Hazel Sigmon Boggs of Vevay, master of science in education.

Harold "Pete" Stephenson, 47, a former resident of the Patriot neighborhood, died Friday morning at his home in Aurora. Mr. Stephenson, chief of Aurora Fire Company No.1, became ill of smoke inhalation while fighting fire Thursday night and was taken to his home. Later he apparently suffered a heart attack and death resulted.

Death came Saturday morning to Vernon E. Swango at his home near Quercus Grove, followng an illness of about a month's duration.

John W. Ralston, 61, died at 7 o'clock this morning in King's Daughters' Hospital following a heart attack suffered about 3 a.m. at his home in the Manville neighborhood.

Mrs. Nora Brown, a lifelong resident of Vevay, died Sunday, October 3rd, at the Milan Health and Hospital Center where she had suffered an illness that extended over a period of 12 years.


A large pear tree at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Eichler on the Dr. Collins farm is in full bloom for the second time. The tree also has many big pears one of which with some blossoms are on display at this office.

Leonard Rayles has brought to this office a freak tomato of the Ston variety. Five separate vegetables are formed in one cluster. This office is also indebted to Mr. Rayles for a box of fine tomatoes grown in his garden in the river bottoms.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin James, a well known and respected couple of York Township, quietly observed their 57th wedding anniversary at their home on Wednesday, September 30th.

Mrs. Joy Gregory and Mrs. Mildred Miller entertained with a miscellaneous shower at the home of their mother, Mrs. Earl Rayles, Friday evening, October 2nd, honoring Mr. and Mrs. James Scudder who recently married.

The safe belonging to Ross Hatch of Shelbyville, who was robbed a few weeks ago, was found in a corn field about 12 miles from Shelbyville. About $3,000 in cash was taken but his insurance papers, canceled checks and other valuable papers were intact. The safe was practically demolished.


Mrs. Emma McKay-Oliver, a former resident of this county, died at her home in Pasadena, California October 5th.

Born, a son, Maurice Wayne, Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice McCloskey (nee Doris Pangburn).

Born, October 10th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil King of Florence.

Mrs. Rollin Buschmann and daugher Alma left Sunday for Indianapolis where they will take up residence.

Mrs. Irma Peak and H. W. Cochran were married Ocober 6th at Covington, Kentucky by Reverend Arthur Tipton.


Alexander Protsman, a naive of Switzerland County, died at his home in California on Tuesday at the age of 92 years.

Miss Mary Ellen Davis of near Fairview and Mr. Ray Phillips of Anderson, Indiana, were married Saturday.

A fish and game club was organized here Tuesday night and the following officers were elected: president, Milo Gaudin; vice president, Robert Banta; secretary-treasurer, Dean Merrill; county representative, Bert Gray.

John D. Marsh, Jr., a native of Markland, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 5th. He was 47 years of age.

The marriage of Wayne Wakefield and Elizabeth Hamblen was solemnized at the home of Reverend F. E. Hammel in Vevay Saturday evening.

Mrs. Mary L. Tardy, aged 85 years, died at her home in Vevay Monday morning following a long illness. Her husband, Medney Tardy, Civil War veteran, passed away just six months ago on April 9th of this year.

The Patriot High School band made its first away from home appearance Saturday at the Aurora Fair and did itself proud at two performances.

Born, a son, Jack Edgar, to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Frances of Posey Township.


Miss Edna Cole of Switzrland County, now a teacher in the schools at Savage, Montana, was sponsor for the new steamer, "Mary Etta" of Savage, which is to unite the two sides of the Yellowstone in both friendship and commerce.

Kenneth North of Quercus Grove suffered a broken arm Wednesday when a team of colts he was driving ran away.

Friends here have received announcements of the marriage of Miss Florence Egerton Stucy and Bryant Manning Parrott on Saturday, October 6th, in Chicago.

A pageant will be presented in the school auditorium November 4th by the combined Sunday schools of Vevay.

Miss Mary Siebenthal, formerly of Vevay, was united in marriage to Mr. Joe Davis in Indianapolis on Monday.


The service held at the new high school auditorium last Friday afternoon for the purpose of formal dedication of that edifice and the improvements made upon the two old buildings were most impressive and uplifting. The audience numbered nearly 400. All the school buildings were open for inspection during the afternoon and throngs of the parents of the pupils and their friends took advantage of the opportunity to visit them. Visiting speakers were president W. A. Mills of Hanover, deputy superintendent Adelaide Baylor of Indianapolis and Mr. E. V. Hawkins of Connersville.

John W. Moxley, painter and veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Vevay Sunday after an illness of several weeks. He was 58 years of age.

Mr. Marion Long of Fairview killed, during the month of September just past, 85 squirrels. Mr. Long is already past 75 years of age.

Mrs. Samuel Stewart passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Jackson, of Goose Creek, Sunday evening after a long period of ill health.

Mrs. Minnie Detraz and E.P. Downey, both of Vevay, were married in Cincinnati September 29th by Reverend Roston of the Methodist Church.

Farmers all over the county are reporting great numbers of rabbits, squirrels, and quail. In fact they say their farms are overrun wih the game.


John Patton of Vevay is meeting with remarkable success on the stage. He was recently in Indianapolis takng a prominent part in the troupe with wihch he is traveling.

Died September 29th at her home near Mount Sterling, Miss Lida Cotton, aged 19 years.

A new bell had been purchased for each school house in Posey Township.

Married by the Reverend E. G. Seymour at his residence near East Enterprise Tuesday, October 3rd, Loren E. Ricketts and Celia Melick, both of Switzerland County.

Licensed to marry: Charles Dunwoody and Mary Breedon; John R. Espey and Gertrude Harris; Thompson P. Smith and Annie W. Dawson; John F. Spenneberg and Victoria Sours.


Last week Durbin Phillips, employed at the chair factory, had one of his hands severely mangled by a saw.

Walter Morris of Rising Sun and Miss Jennie Shepherd of Patriot were married Sunday evening.

Last Thursday L. F. Hatch, while working with a saw in the Vevay Furniture Factory, had two fingers so badly mangled that it was necessary to amputate them.

J. K. Pleasants' new warehouse is bout completed. It is 150 by 65 feet and will hold 17,000 bales of hay.


Hay is worth $25 per ton in Vevay and farmers are unwilling to sell at that price. Stove coal retails at 33 and 35 cents a bushel.

Married October 1st by Reverend Asa Drury, Mr. E. W. Martin of Florence, Indiana, and Miss Sarah B. Herbert of Pendleton County, Kentucky.

Colonel Edwin M. McCook, with the 1st Wisconsin and 2nd Indiana Cavalry, attacked Wheeler's force of 4,000 at Anderson's Cross Roads yesterday and whipped them badly, killing and wounding 120 and taking 82 prisoners, recapturing all the government property including 809 mules and the provisions taken from our trains.

There are no new arrangements for the exchange of prisoners. All civilians paroled before May 6th and military paroled before September 12th are exchanged. The demands of the government for information as to the treatment of Negro troops still remain unanswered.

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