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11/21/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 11-21-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


A week after being blindsided by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, officials from Switzerland County High School are still working on getting the girls basketball sectional moved back. After all six schools that participate in the Class 2A Sectional unanimously agreed to Switzerland County hosting the 2004 girls sectional tournament; the board of directors of the IHSAA went against that recommendation and instead located the sectional at Milan.

The sculpture located near the Ohio River in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park became a sculpture in the Ohio River his week, as floodwaters rose into the park. The towers are he same height as the waters got during the 1937 flood, and although the water has a way to go to get to that level, it was still at 40-feet early this week.

Ten-year-old Tyler Rook bagged his first deer Saturday, bringing in an impressive eight-point buck. He is the son of Mat and Kathy Rook.

Courtney Cole, daughter of Duane and Tammy Cole of near Florence, has been selected as the Switzerland County winner of the Dick Lugar Youth Essay Contest. Her essay will now be judged in district competition.


David and Rebecca Reed of Bennington Pike are celebrating 50 years of marriage with a reception hosted by their children on Sunday, December 12th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church on State Road 56 north of Vevay. David Reed and Rebecca Wolf were married December 17th, 1947 in Canaan.

Some day, Millie Coy thought, she was going to win big in the lottery. On Saturday, Millie Coy's positive thinking paid off. She won BIG. In Saturday's Powerball drawing, Millie Coy won $100,000.

So far there has been just one company apply for a riverboat gambling license in Switzerland County, and that is the Pinnacle Gaming Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Casinos, of Denver, Colorado. But there probably will be more applications for gambling licenses in Switzerland County.


Mrs. Geneva Scotti, Vevay and Tony Scotti, Madison, announced the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter, Tonia Lee, to Roger Lee Smith. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Smith, route 1, Bennington. The wedding is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd, in the Vevay United Methodist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Peak, Florence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Sunday, December 11th, at their home, beginning at 1 p.m. The Peaks were married December 9th, 1933, at the home of Reverend M.E. Staley in Carrollton, Kentucky.

In the infamous war between Vevay's old-timers and Patriot's old-timers, the Vevay Warrior crew made up for their smaller numbers with quality play in routing Patriot 83-24 in the Annual Old-Timers Game played last Friday in the Vevay Old Gym.


Tobacco prices opened high Monday and rose even higher Tuesday for burley growers in Switzerland County and the entire eight-state Burley Belt. After Monday's opening day sales set new price records, Tuesday's prices soared much higher - to a lofty $88.04 average for Carrollton's warehouses and $87.27 for the ones in Madison.

Marion (Punk) Brindley of Vevay went fishing in the Bahamas recently - his first venture into deep-sea fishing - and he came back with a huge dolphin.

Jerry Haarlow was sworn in as Swizerland County Coroner Tuesday - an act that while official, was really only a formality, since Harlow's appointment was confirmed November 5th by the County Commissioners and he took office that day. County Clerk Wilbur Allen administered the oath of office as Republican County Chairman Louis Teats looked on. Harlow succeeds Harold Brown, who resigned as coroner, and his appointment brings to four the number of GOP office-holders in Switzerland County - the most in many years for the Republicans.

James M. Laxton, 29, a former Switzerland County resident, died November 17th in an apartment house fire in Ecorse, Michigan.


Mrs. Laura C. Potter, 85, formerly of Vevay, who resided with her daughter, Mrs. Marion Scott, and Mr. Scott in Fort Wayne, died Monday after a long illness.

The Madison loose leaf tobacco market yesterday on opening day sold 477,028 pounds of leaf for $278,576.94, a general average of$58.39 per hundred pounds. The average was under that attained during the initial auctions one year ago, but the volume of leaf sold and total money realized by growers and warehouse men was higher.

Clarence Holcroft, 92, of Vevay, died Saturday at the Madison nursing home.


Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Rose have sold their farm near East Enterprise to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbut Markland of that community.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Marlman of Charlestown, formerly of Vevay, are parents of a daughter, who was born in the Madison hospital Sunday morning. The little girl has been named Deborah Jo.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Roeder of Patriot are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby son, John Gilbert, Jr., who was born Monday evening in the Madison hospital. Mrs. Lou Haskell of Vevay is a great-grandmother to the infant.

Burial services were held Wednesday aftenoon in the Patriot cemetery for Miss Minnie Schroeder of Dayton, Ohio, who passed away Monday morning after a prolonged illness.

R. H. Middleton, realtor, repors that Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bladen have sold their farm near Florence to Mr. and Mrs. George Brandlet of Shelby County, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Bear Branch Lutheran Church for Fred Cleeter, 86, who passed away Sunday at his home at Bear Branch.

Forrest Iddings has submitted his resignation as a teacher in the Vevay High School because of ill health. His resignation will become effective on November 30th.


Elmer E. James, a native of the Florence community, passed away at his home in Chattahoochee, Florida November 26th.

Identical twin sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Dixon of Brooksburg route 1, November 21st. They have been named Dale Andrew and Gale William.

Lee Wright, retired businessman of Vevay, died suddenly at his home in Vevay Wednesday from the effect of a heart atack. He had been in ill health for some time past.

Mr. and Mrs. John Madison celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary November 28th at their home near East Enterprise.

Born, November 26th, a daughter, Judith Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lock of Bennington.

Mrs. Hulda Abbott Gillis, a native of Posey Township, passed away November 21st at her home in Troy, Ohio, at the age of 87 years.

Born, November 24th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Cheser James of Florence.

Born, November 4th, a son, William David, to Mr. and Mrs. Willliam S. Hankins of Spring Branch.


Oliver Land, farmer living north of Florence, passed away at the Madison hospital Sunday evening. He had been taken to the hospital last Wednesday for an operation.

Mrs. Julia A. Wadsworth died at her home in Canaan Friday morning following a short illness.

David B. Lee, former clerk of the Switzerland circuit court, died at the home of a son-in-law, H. O. Brown in Sacramento, California on November 17th.

Miss Mary Ellen Cole and Elmer White were married last Thursday.

Miss Beulah Graham of Vevay and Claude Byrd of Detroit, Michigan were married in Madison Friday noon by Reverend Sando, pastor of the Christian Church.

Born, November 21st, a son, Eugene Henry, to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Elsrod of Red Hog Pike.

Born, November 26th, a son to Hubert Wiley and wife of Florence.


Richard Robinson, aged about 75 years, well known Vevay colored man, died at his home Wednesday night after a brief illness. He was born in slavery in Missouri and was later owned by a family near Ghent. After the Civil War he came to Vevay where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Robinson was known to young and old as "Uncle Dick Whitehead," a name applied to him many years ago and a name which was in keeping with his snow-white hair.

Following a brief illness with which he was stricken only the Tuesday before, Thomas Land prominent ciizen of Florence, died at his home Sunday morning at the age of 73 years. Until two years ago Mr. Land had served as president of the Florence Deposit Bank.

Thomas D. Krutz, 73, former resident of Florence, died in Los Angeles, California November 18th. His death occurred suddenly after an illness of only a few days.

John W. Otter, 82, former Vevay citizen, died Wednesday morning at his home in Madison following a long illness. He was born in February, 1841, and during the Civil War was a member of Company B, 49th Indiana Infantry.

Phillip Lock of Bennington and Miss Catherine Carr of Gary, Indiana, were married in that city November 3rd.

Word has been received of the death of Uncle Sammy Mellen at the home of his daughter in Illinois. He was a native of Posey Township and had he lived until March would have reached his 100th milestone.

Vevay Lodge K. of P. Monday purchased new costumes and some new paraphernalia costing $655.


Everett Hastings of Tapps Ridge has established a new record for production from Switzerland County soil. He had two and one-half acres of tobacco this year and raised 4,480 pounds. He deliveed this last Friday to Sam Vance for 17 cents per pound and received a check for $761.60. Can anyone beat this showing?

Hiram Corns, aged 75 years and a resident of this county until a short time ago, died at his home in Kentucky near Ghent, Tuesday morning following an illness of but six days of pneumonia.

The seamer Hattie Brown, plying between Warsaw and Madison, on her trip down Tuesday morning cracked a cylinder, but managed to make port at Madison. I will require a day or two to make necessary repairs.

Miss Nell Brown of Vevay and Herbert McBurney of Carrollton were married at Warsaw Sunday afternoon.

Born, a son, Stanley Craig, to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Andrew of Allensville.

Born, November 20th, a son, Harold Lee to Mr. and Mrs. James Hankins of Parks Ridge.

Born, November 12th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jake Peelman of East Enterprise.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Van Tyle of East Enterprise.

Mrs. Margaret Cooper, widow of Eli Cooper, died Sunday at her home near Fairview.

Born, November 17th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chandler of Bascom.

Born, a son, Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Breeck of Santa Fe Bottom.

Jerry Mountz died at his home near Quercus Grove Sunday following an illness of pneumonia.


Miss Duncan of Ghent was in town last Saturday organizing a class of guitar pupils.

Died in Vevay Monday, November 27th, Thomas Delaney in the 60th year of his age. Mr. Delaney was born in the county of Tipperary, Ireland, coming to America in 1850 and to Vevay a few years later. He commenced business as a saloon keeper, later building the Delaney Hotel building and several other business houses.

Licensed to marry: Samuel H. Lamb and Margaret E. Anderson; John G. Madison and Lauretta Works; Harry Bishop and Birda Lou Mitchell.


John L. Pavy and Miss Roseta Adams, both of Switzerland County, were married last week.

Andrw Carl, two-year-old son of Albert and Rose Golay, died in Indianapolis on November 20th. The remains were brought to Vevay for burial.

William B. Mofford and Miss Sallie West were married November 13th, Reverend J. B. Morrison officiating.

William R. Johnston and J.D. Works are in Indianapolis transacting business in the supreme court.

During this week hay has sold as high as $16 per ton at Florence. It was purchased for the Memphis market.

The schools of Patriot now have 197 pupils enrolled.

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