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11/28/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 11-28-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Dax Penick of East Enterprise has released his firs full length album, which is ow available around the county. The album features all original music composed, performed, and recorded by Dax Penick. When presented with the high cost of renting professional studio space to record his music, Dax Penick and his father, Keith Penick, designed and constructed a studio upstairs in the family home. Dax does all of the engineering on his projects, and recorded most of the album in the studio.

The Switzerland County Commissioners announce the retirement of long-time county employee Betty West-Smith. Betty West served as the county's 911 director for over 10 years. The 911 director's position is being merged with he communications director's position. This move will save the county nearly $20,000 per year in tax money. The current communications director is Deric Brown.

The Ohio River Valley Conference has announced its honors for the week of November 17th-29th, and Lady Pacer Patience Meyer has been named as the conference's "Player of the Week." She earned the honor with 65 points and 36 rebounds in t he ORVC Tourney, and followed that up with 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over South Decatur. She was joined by teammates Becky Phipps and Ashley Chase, who were both named "Top Performers." Becky Phipps was honored for her 10 points and six rebounds against South Decatur, while Ashley Chase was honored for her 41 points and 24 rebounds in the ORVC Tourney.


There were over 100 Switzerland Countians in attendance last Thursday night as the county's Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas dinner meeting at the Ogle Haus. Jack Sullivan of Vevay was honored as the 1993 recipient of the Paul Ogle Community Service Award. Mr. Sullivan, longtime owner of Sullivan's Pharmacy in Vevay, has been active in a wide range of community activities in Vevay and Switzerland County for more than five decades.

Judy and Dr. Cabell McKee of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Switzerland County, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married in Marshall, Illinois on December 30th, 1968, and had a second ceremony on January 1st, 1969, at the home of the bride in Lamb. Judy's parents and grandparents were also married in the family home.

Dilver and Helen Curlin of Tapps Ridge Road are celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary. Dilver Curlin and Helen Webber were married December 13th, 1947 by Reverend E. E. McConnell at his home in Rising Sun.

Talk about "carrying the mail!" Doug Ray has carried it for more than 700,000 miles on the country roads of Switzerland County. He was honored for his work with the Vevay Post Office recently as the U.S. Postal Service presented him with a 30-year service pin and an award for accumulating 2,500 hours of leave time.


Harold C. "Red" Benedict, of Vevay, was honored this past weekend with an endearing plaque commemorating his achievements in the field of education during a statewide school superintendent association banquet at Indianapolis. Benedict's teaching and education career dates back to before 1942 and he earned the award for his past work either as a teacher or as school superintendent for Switzerland County, Vevay and the Lawrenceburg school district from the last 20 years.

The section of road situated approximately three miles east of Madison on State Road 56 has worsened in the last week to the point where state highway department officials have closed the highway between Vevay and Madison until repairs can be made.


Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Dennis will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, December 16th, in the Olive Branch Baptist Church at Bear Branch.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Dick of Patriot observed their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house November 25th.

Sam Mellon, 86, a Switzerland County native and former resident, died Monday at Garret Nursing Home in Covington, Kentucky.

Dennis Harmon, 21, of Florence, was injured early Sunday when the car he was driving went off state road 156 about eight miles east of Vevay.

Mrs. Marney E. Gossom of Rising Sun has been named officer in charge of the Vevay Post Office while postmistress Emma Elder is on an extended leave of absence. Mrs. Elder will return to the position at a later date. The change was effective Monday.


Two years older, but still maintaining their talent and audience appeal, the Gross twins, Jerry and Larry, won another talent trophy Saturday night, winning first prize in the Vevay Band Boosters' Hootenanny.

Voters of Patriot will march to the polls Tuesday to decide whether or not to float a $700,000 bond issue for a proposed water line system to serve 90 percent of rural Switzerland County. Patriot officials feel in every probability the issue will be approved to couple with a $329,500 federal grant to proceed with the $1.3 million project.


Columbus C. Raisor died at his home near Vevay Thursday evening, December 2nd, having been in ill health the past three years.

A Liberty Ship, built at a marine construction base in Berkeley, California, has been named for Julia L. Dumont, Vevay's most distinguished pioneer woman in education.

On Thursday evening fire destroyed two large barns and a corn crib on the farm of Oliver Furnish, Jr. Several head of cattle and hogs as well as farming tools and equipment were also consumed by the flames.

Word has been received here by relatives that Mrs. Louise Brown, widow of Uly Brown, formerly of Vevay, died at her home in Cincinnati.

Born, December 7th, a daughter, Beverly Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. John William Lewis of near Vevay.

Many residents of Patriot have watched the L.S.T. boats of our Navy pass down the Ohio River for the past year or more, but today when one went by it brought the war more forcibly home to them. Ensign Glenn Searcy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Searcy, was on board and appeared to wave to his parents and hometown friends. He left Pittsburgh last Wednesday for New Orleans and parts unknown.


Ernest Means, aged 44 years and a native of Craig Township, died at his home Friday in Jackson, Tennessee. Mr. Means had been bedfast for the past two years and lately developed pneumonia which caused his death.

James G. Hawkins and Susie Maye Rogers, both of Kentucky, were married by Reverend A. W. Jarboe on December 1st.

William Bowen, well known Vevay carpenter, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. India Spicer, in Vevay Sunday evening having been in ill health for many months.

Mrs. Bertha Adams, wife of Henry Adams formerly of Fairview, died at her home in Cincinnati several days ago.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fox of Hopewell.

Miss Dorothy Courtney of Vevay route 2 and Luther O'Neal of near Rising Sun were married December 1st by Reverend F. E. Hammel at his home in Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. John Pettit have returned from Portsmouth, Ohio, to Vevay to reside.

In the neighborhood of $1,300 was paid Saturday to the men who have been put to work by the Switzerland County Civil Works Committee. The sum represents the first week's wages on the various roads and projects and nearly all of the money was spent with county merchants who report an extremely good business for the day. On Monday morning an additional 50 men were put to work and by Saturday it is expected that the entire county quota of 150 will be employed.


Following the efforts of J. K. Danglade of Vevay and Mayor H. O. Woolford of Madison, which have extended over a period of three years, announcement was made Monday that a unit of the 150 U. S. Field Artillery will be established in Vevay in the near future.

Burial services were held at Patriot for Samuel Mellon who died Sunday morning at Butler, Missouri. Mr. Mellon was 100 years old and leaves as his survivors five generations, comprising 66 direct relatives.

Mrs. Betty Roberts and Henry Darver of Sparta, Kentucky, were married at the clerk's office in Vevay Saturday by Reverend F.E. Hammel.

Otto Hunter, river showman, is building a new floating theater which will be named "Cotton Blossom" and will be the largest and most modern showboat in operation.


Miss Jennie Schoonover of Vevay and Mr. Hendricks of Carrollton, Kentucky were married at the home of the bride's parents Thanksgiving evening with Reverend Cox officiating.

James H. Hitchens, former county recorder of Switzerland County and merchant at Mount Sterling, died of heart trouble at his home there November 26th. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Roberts celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home here on Saturday, November 29th.

Miss Fay Land and Charles Kurtz, both of Florence, were married at the bride's home Thursday evening by Reverend W. D. Lowe of Patriot.

The steamer "City of Louisville" is back in the trade this week after being out for several weeks for repairs.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Haskell of Craig Township.


Mort Gordon, formerly of Vevay, died of painter's colic at Chicago last Sunday.

A protracted meeting is being held at the church in Avonburg. Reverend Robinson, a colored preacher, is conducting the meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Carnine of Pleasant entertained at their dinner table Thanksgiving Day, three of the oldest men in this vicinity: Allen Carnine, Henry Charlton and Luther Hotchkiss, their combined ages being 235 years.

Died November 23rd at her home near Davis Corner, Mrs. Gustia McAllister, wife of Edward McAllister, following a long illness of consumption.

Licensed to marry: Tandy Craig Howard and Maggie Rogers Stevenson; Vast Keith and Dora McDonald; William E. Curry and Rhoda Banta; Robert C. Adams and Cora Jester.

On the night of the supper given by the Epworth League at Moorefield, roughs from all over the surrounding country collected in the center of town shooting, throwing stones and making such a terrible noise that the people of the town were afraid to leave the building and go to their homes. While all this noise was going on, the Marshal and Constable of the town are reported to have been at their homes asleep and the Justice of the Peace, who had been employed by the committee of the supper to keep order, positively refused to write out a warrant for the arrest of some of the parties when requested by two of the leading citizens.


The severe windstorm last Wednesday night carried the Vevay wharfboat across the river where it struck the shore and sprung a leak. In about an hour after striking, it went to the bottom in five feet of water. Most of the freight was removed but some of it was damaged.

Joshua Scranton's saloon in Patriot was entered last Sunday night by unknown parties and relieved of some fine brandy and a small amount of change.

Edward B. Marshall and Nancy L. Fanar were married November 30th at the home of the bride's parents in Florence.

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