Reflections 01/07/2021



  Deaths this week: Fadie Seaver, Bill Jackson, Gary Jester, Francis Rudolph, Bill Latscha, Jr., Elbert Grace, Jack Sutton, Lee Buchanan.

  Switzerland County held a swearing in ceremony for newly-elected county officials on Friday, December 31st, in Switzerland County Courtroom with Judge Greg Coy administering the oaths of office. Those sworn in were: Linda Andrew, Barbara Bowling, Pauline Johnson, Roy Leap, Tom Conroy, Robbie Smith, Trenton Ricketts, Stacey Mathews, Jeff Darling, Roberta Von Bargen, Lynda Spiller, Mike Jones, Joan Armstrong, Glenn Scott, Joey Rider, Gayle Rayles and Monica Hensley.

  Greg Curlin, agriculture educator at Switzerland County High School, has been elected as the 2010-2011 President of the National Association of Agriculture Educators.

  Samantha Anne Marie Gullion was born Friday, December 17th, 2010. She is the daughter of Michale Gullion and Amber Meisberger.

  Alyssa Sienna Jaide Turner was born November 22nd, 2010. She is the daughter of Andy Turner and Michelle O’Laughlin. 


  Rieman’s Store in East Enterprise, in business at that location for more than 50 years, burned early Sunday morning in a New Year’s Eve fire. Store owner Judy Jackson said that she’s not sure what caused the fire to start, and that officials from the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department are still going through what remains of the structure in an attempt to determine the cause of the blaze. More than 55 firefighters responded to the scene in a cooperative effort to try and save the building; along with many other volunteers who helped provide support for the firefighters.

  The family of Lewis and Lucille Konkle of Lamb will host a celebrations this Sunday, January 7th, in honor of the couple’s 65th wedding anniversary.

  Alicia Brogan, daughter of James and Rita Brogan of Florence, graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati  on Wednesday, December 13th. She earned a diploma in nursing. Upon completion of her state board exams, Alicia Brogan will be working as a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital  Medical Center in Cincinnati. She will be working on an adolescent medial/surgical unit. She is a 1997 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Joe Ricketts was recently presented with a certificate and pin marking his 50 years of membership in the Masons. He is a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge #27. Making the presentation were Art Adams and Richard Adams. 


  Newly elected county officials were sworn in during ceremonies held Tuesday, January 1st, at the temporary courthouse in Vevay. They include Bob Bovard, County Commissioner District 3; Charlotte May, Craig Township Trustee; Kim Robinson, Circuit Court Clerk; Joan Armstrong, County Assessor; Kenny Griffin, County Council District 1; Carolyn Griffin, Pleasant Township Trustee; and Chester James, County Council District 2; Ivan Green, Posey Township Trustee; Deborah Stewart, York Township Trustee; John Mitchell, Superior Court Judge; Mike Jones, County Council District 4; Guy Townsend, Prosecuting Attorney; Donald Covington, County Council District 3; and Lonny Harris, County Sheriff.

  Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lewis of route 2, Vevay, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a large family gathering at their home.


  Raymond McClellan was captured following a 10-hour seige where he held police at bay. All of the commotion and tense hours of waiting were caused by Raymond Turner McClellan, 49, who apparently had stormed into an apartment in Louisville and killed a man who was with his estranged wife. He then forced her into a car and drove to Vevay. Police were then held at bay for 10 hours as McClellan held up to three hostages at one time early in the ordeal, and then stormed the Switzerland County home, throwing tear gas into the windows.


  An intensive investigation is continuing in Sarasota, Florida, this week in an attempt to determine the cause of death in the mysterious December 29th death of John Michael Lamson (Mickey) of Vevay. The body of the 33-year-old Switzerland County High School guidance counselor was found last Thursday afternoon in a wooded area away from his automobile parked 56 miles from his parents’ Sarasota home.

  U.S. Navy Airman Apprentice Robert L. Leap, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon T. Leap of route 1, Vevay, has returned to Mayport, Florida from a Mediterranean deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.

Three Switzerland County High School band members have been named to Purdue University’s Indiana all-star high school band. They are James Shrode, sousaphone; Jeanne Pommerehn, clarinet; and Carol Robinson, clarinet.


  The New Year’s first baby is Mark Edwin Powers, born Monday afternoon at King’s Daughters’ Hospital to Jerrie and Albert Powers. Mark is the fourth child — and third boy — for the Powers family.

Switzerland County’s Board of Commissioners appointed county officials and workers for the coming year in a meeting last week. Robert Rogers was reappointed county highway superintendent, with new appointments going to Clair Detraz, as Pleasant Township highway foreman, and to Les McKenzie, as head garage mechanic.

  Switzerland County boasts 85 businesses, according to a recent mail survey taken by Dunn and Bradstreet, Inc. The survey taken for the purpose of listing United States businesses in the Dunn and Bradstreet Reference Book, indicated that Vevay has 65 places of business, excluding professional businesses. Patriot and East Enterprise both have 10 businesses, the report stated.


  Two of the older family businesses of Vevay were merged this week when G. L. Ricketts sold his coal business to the Benedict Coal Company.

  The Patriot Trojans took part in the invitational tourney at Madison last Saturday with Austin, Central and Vernon participating. Patriot lost their first game to Vernon 32 to 49, but won their second game from Austin in what proved to be the best game of the tourney by a score of 54 to 33. Central won the tourney by defeating Vernon in the last game by a score of 54 to 70.


  The following new county officials assumed their duties January 1st: Sheriff, Perry Phillips; Gayle Wiley, treasurer; Judge Harry E. Nichols, circuit court judge; Henry G. Ford, commissioner. Donald Bear of Madison will be prosecuting attorney for the judicial circuit.

  Work of remodeling the old county jail has been started and when completed it will be thoroughly modern.

  Harold C. Benedict, principal and coach of the Lawrenceburg schools, has been appointed acting superintendent for one year to fill the vacancy created by the calling of Harold C. Crater into military service.

  The 63rd wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gray of Moorefield was  Christmas Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Culbertson in connection with a family Christmas dinner.


  Aaron Scott, newly elected Sheriff, took over the new position January 1st. Charles Diekman is a new member of the county board of commissioners.

  Miss Jessa Maud Searcy of Patriot has been appointed to the U.S. Army school of nursing and left January 1st to take up her work in the army school which is connected with Johns Hopkins University.

  Governor Harry G. Leslie has appointed Mrs. Cogley Cole as Switzerland County chairman in the organization for child welfare work in Indiana.

  The Rain or Shine Indoor Golf Course of Vevay is sponsoring a match between Vevay and Madison players. The first game will be played January 6th at Vevay and players will be Arthur Rusk, Lloyd Neal, Fritz Coleman and Freddie Buck of Madison; Harold Kiesel, Byron Tilley, Edward Tilley and Robert Slawson of Vevay. Leon Buschmann last week purchased the half interest of Dawson Bakes in the Vevay Rain or Shine course and Paul Bakes is his partner.

  E. B. Clements of Moorefield has been appointed manager of the Vevay exchange of the Southern Indiana Telephone Company to succeed W. T. Black who has been transferred to New Washington.


  Tobacco markets in the burley growing area were closed this week when thousands of growers visited the warehouses in protest against prevailing prices and refused to permit them to hold sales. Warehousemen agreed with the growers that they should stand together for higher prices from the tobacco manufacturers and that the growers should perfect their own organization.

  The remains of Herbert Neal, Switzerland County veteran, who gave his life in France during the World War, arrived in Madison Saturday.

  The following new county officials took over their new duties New Year’s Day: W. E. Stewart, commissioner; George Stewart, sheriff; Howard Humphrey, recorder; J. W. Johnson, state representative.

  A tablet dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Pearl Hall Lake, foreign missionary, was unveiled at the Center Square Baptist Church last week. Surviving members of the Little Helpers Band of the church, of which Mrs. Lake was a member, conducted the program and Miss Edith Buak of Patriot, a missionary in Siam, gave the address.

  The First National Bank in Vevay has taken out a large burglar insurance policy to run for three years.


  The county commissioners had a very busy two days session on Monday and Tuesday. B. D. Scott is a new member of the board. James R. Humphrey is the new county assessor and D. B. Jaynes new coroner. William Bailey resigned as justice of the peace of Posey Township and Arthur Taylor was named to succeed him.

  Edward Tilley of Vevay and Aubrey Scott of near Florence were the winners of the ponies in the Reveille’s subscription contest.


  The 56th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Asabel Carpenter of Center Square was celebrated December 20th. Mr. Carpenter is 80 and his wife 74. Uncle Asabel received as a present from his grandchildren in Iowa a fine suit of GAR clothes.

  Colonel W. D. Ward has been very ill at his home here after he suffered an attack while shoveling snow. His illness has been complicated by a condition resulting from his stay as a prisoner in Libby prison during the war.


  The river is completely frozen over and communication with the outside world has nearly ceased. The furniture factory has been forced to close on account of the impossibility of getting materials and there are only two mails per week.

  Thieves entered the school house at Quercus Grove last week and stole many of the children’s books.

  George R. Stivers, 15, of Vevay, placed too much powder in a gun and discharged it to see if it would burst. He found out, he was painfully burned about the head and neck.


  The U.S. Government has 15 vessels which can be made ready for service in three weeks if necessary. These vessels carry 5,010 officers and men, 339 guns. The numerous vessels of the home squadron could also be added to the list.

  In this issue we printed an interesting letter from Oliver Ormsby who is visiting in Washington, D.C. He reported that South Carolina has just seceded from the union. Members of Congress are of the opinion that the government will be at an end in less than six months and the whole country will be plunged into Civil War.