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

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

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Switzerland County newspapers


The 'Belle of Louisville' was one of the riverboats that participated in the "Small stacks" celebration on the riverfront in Vevay on Sunday. There were tours of the boats, along with some cruises. The boats now head to Cincinnati for the "Tall Stacks" celebration.

George and Ethel Johns of Vevay will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Saturday, October 18th.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Christopher S. See has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Randy and Laurice See of near Patriot.


Raymond and Marjorie Whitham of East Enterprise are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, October 24th, at Switzerland County Elementary School with an open house and lunch from 1 to 4 p.m.

Joey D. Markland has received his Associate of Applied Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science on Saturday, September 25th. He graduated magna cum laude and received the Nunnamaker Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding scholar in the class.

Corrine Mahorney of Vevay is a member of the Taylor University, Fort Wayne campus, volleyball team. A sophomore majoring in business, she is the daughter of Richard and Darlene Mahorney and is a graduate of Versailles Christian School.

Glenn Bovard of Benningon and Gary Detmer of Harrison, Ohio, purchased the apple strudel made by Susan Henry as a fundraiser for the Bennington United Methodist Church during the Bennington Homecoming held October 9th.


Buddy Emery caught a Mississippi White Catfish in the Ohio River Monday night that weighed 17 1/2 pounds and was 34 inches long. Testifying to the catch were fishing buddies Chester James and John Lamson, both of Switzerland County.

Winners of the Wilma P. Benedict Scholarship received checks for $600 last Monday during a presentation at Switzerland County High School. Carol Penick, 20, a student attending Indianaa University Southest at New Albany and Steven Konkle, 19, a sophomore at Vincennes University, were the scholarship recipients.

The 1983 Annual "Harem-Scarem" Halloween Festival and Parade is just around the corner and the local sponsors are asking everyone in Vevay and the county to come on down and enjoy another exciting time on October 28th.


A Switzerland County landmark home that had stood for 160 years burned to the ground Wednesday night, victim of what several local authorities believe was a deliberately set fire. The home was known as the John David Dufour place, built in 1813 by one of the earliest settlers of the area. It was owned by Paul Andrew of Vevay and located about a mile east of Vevay on the River Road.

Lowe's Feed Mill at East Enterprise was destroyed by fire Thursday, the second major blaze in Switzerland County in a little over 12 hours. The mill, owned by Lowe's Pellet and Grain, Inc., caught fire around noon. Mill manager Jesse Dale Edwards and employee Albert Sebree said they were shelling corn inside the mill and one of them happened to turn around and saw the cob bin in flames.

Evelyn Marie, Robin Lynn and Mary Vernon Robbins announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their mother, Mrs. James Robbins, of route 1, Benningon, to Mr. Chester Middleton of Vevay. The wedding ceremony, will be performed Friday, November 2nd, at 7 p.m. in the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.


With the Markland Dam and Locks officially dedicated and construction complete, the Ohio River valley now turns to a $26 million hydroelectric plant at the site to further develop this area.

Friends here have been advised of the dearh of Dr. Robert Williams, 57, whih occurred at his home in Cincinnati October 4th.

Sixty-two friends and relatives gathered Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Johnson in Vevay to celebrate the 101st birthday of Mrs. Jeanette Furnish.

Upon their return from church Sunday morning Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks of Mount Sterling were surprised to find friends and relative gathered to celebrate Mrs. Brooks' birthday.

Mrs. Nora Tapp, 83, a resident of the Tapps Ridge community, died Monday at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.


Francis L. Miller of near Pleasant, who with his wife celebrated his 76th wedding anniversary on August 25th, will quietly observe his 102nd birthday on October 19th, with members of his family about him.

Welby Jester of Tapps Ridge has received unofficial information that his son, Corporal William R. Jester, who was reported missing in action in Korea on July 11th, 1950, died in a prison camp in North Korea on March 13th, 1951, after an illness of double pneumonia. To date the boy's death has not been confirmed by the War Department.

Raymond Hatton, 36, of near Florence, sustained the loss of his righ hand and wrist Wednesday morning when his arm became caught in a corn picker and was so badly mangled that amputation was necessary.

Corporal Raymond Rook, son of Mrs. Bessie Rook of Vevay and a member of the Combat Marine troops in Korea, has been hospitalized from the effect of an injured eye, received from a shell fragment while working with the demolition detachment, clearing away the fortifications along the truck lines.


Louis Macrander, resident of Posey Township, died at his home Wednesday, October 13th, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Esther May Oakley, aged 62 years and a resident of this county, died in the Madison hospital October 13th after a long illness.

Eugene Peelman, native and former resident of Vevay, died October 8th at the I.O.O.F. Home in Greensburg, Indiana.

James Slack, aged resident of Vevay, died Saturday, October 16th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Curry after an illnes of several months.

Born, Ocober 15th, a son, Stephen Lucian, to Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Koons of Markland.

Miss Vernal Wilson and Clyde Moreillon of East Enterprie were married in Rising Sun Saturday by Reverend Herschel Hughes.

Anna Mable Marsh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Marsh, and Grover Furnish, son of Omer Furnish, were married in Versailles, Indiana, October 9th.


Judge Lewis R. Works, who was born in Vevay December 29th, 1869, died at his home in Los Angeles, California, October 10th. Death came suddenly as the result of a heart attack.

The new Baptist Church at Mount Sterling was dedicated in an all day service last Sunday.

Edward Brindley, farmer of near Long Run, committed suicide Wednesdaty evening by shooting himself with a shotgun.

One hundred eighty relatives and friends met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hickman on Smiths Ridge Sunday to help celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.


Charles B. Lamson, who left several weeks ago on a prospecting trip to California, has decided to locate there and accordingly tendered his resignation as Mayor of Vevay. His successor will be elected by city council at a called meeting on Monday, October 29th.

John Buchanan, well known farmer of York Township, died at his home near Florence Saturday after a lingering illnes that baffled physicians. He was 67 years of age.

Miss Ida Bennett and Julius Brameier, both of near Florence, were married Saurday eveing in Florence by Reverend L. C. Minstermann.

Amie Leep killed a gray eagle on top of the hill back of Vevay last Thursday. The bird measured five feet and four inches from tip to tip.

A circle of fire visible on top of a hill north of Vevay Thursday night was a symbol of the organization of a new secret order in Vevay. Some people say the circle is the symbol of the "Knighs of the Mystic Circle," others contend it is the symbol of the "Knighs of the Tiger's Eye." Whatever the name of the organizaion its chief purpose, it is said, is to fight the Ku Klux Klan.

Miss Elva DeWitt and Harold Koons, both of Posey Township, were married Sunday by Reverend R. C. McNeeley at his home in Patriot.

Albert Beckman and wife of Quercus Grove celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday.


Mrs. Sallie Jones, wife of George Jones, died at her home in Vevay Thursday morning after an illness of only a few weeks. Mrs. Jones was but 34 years of age.

The Patriot Canning Factory has been repaired and cleaned and will be offered for sale.

Miss Estella Detraz and Melvin Brown were married at the home of Mr. Olive Brown at Braytown last night.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Furnish of Vevay.

The walnut crop is abundant this year but the nuts are small. Hickory nuts, as is usually the case, are rare, owing to the scarcity of trees and a lower productiveness than the walnut tree.

Charles William, infant son of Mrs. Stella Tague of Mount Sterling, died here Thursday after a week's illness.

Born, October 6th, a daughter o Mr. and Mrs. Ben Welch of Center Ridge.


Married in Craig Township Thursday, October 3rd, by John D. Pavey, J. P. Mr. James R. Cole and Miss Mae Skeene, both of Vevay.

Died in East Enterprise Tuesday morning, October 17th, Mrs. Mary Ann Stow, wife of Shelmoth Stow, in the 73rd year of her age.

J.L. O'Neal has been removed as postmaster at Markland and George N. Reeves appointed to succeed.

The largest fish caugh in the river near Vevay this year was by Charles Peelman, a Mississippi blue cat weighing 120 pounds. It was caught on a trot line.

Willliam H. Oatman of Bear Branch has purchased the store of Henry Kellerbeck at Pleasant and took charge Monday.

Last Saturday night a horse belonging to J. T. Justice on the farm of F. L. Thiebaud in Craig Township was stolen.


George E. Newbold and Miss Hattie M. Bradley were married October 15th at the residence of the bride's parents in Posey Township.

Captain F. L. Grisard had commenced the erection of two new business houses on Main Street.


Died Saturday evening, October 10th, at half past 10 o'clock, after an illness of two and one half days, in the 21st year of her age, Johanna Illenden, daughter of John and Johanna C.I. Henry.

Hickory nuts, walnuts, beech nuts and acorns are abundant this year in the woods.

The annual meeting of the Switzerland-Ohio County Agricultural Society will be held at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 20th, to elect officers for the coming year.

Civil War news: The election in Switzerland County passed off quietly and to all loyal men satisfactorily. A Union majority of over 400 at a county election, with hundreds of Union voters in the army, is not to be sneezed at.

The enemy some days ago made a movement apparently to turn General Meade's right; this led to a maneuvering of the two armies and a pretty heavy skirmishing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, late.

The following is a list of casualties in Company H, 6th Indiana at Chicamauga: killed, Jacob Lucas; wounded, Captain F.P. Strader, Corporal O.H. Palmer, D. Higgins, J. Chandee, W. Johnson and J.D. Griffith; missing, George W. Smith and Charles Bosaw.

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