Reflections 02/14/2019

Mark Steven Erler entered a Lake County courtroom last Thursday to hear charges against him in connection with the 1984 rape and murder of Switzerland County native Linda Bennitt.



  Deaths this week: Bonnie Lou Thomaston, Jerry Koons.

  Mark Steven Erler entered a Lake County courtroom last Thursday to hear charges against him in connection with the 1984 rape and murder of Switzerland County native Linda Bennitt. As members of Linda Bennitt’s family looked on, Mark Erler admitted his crime and pleaded guilty but mentally ill to all charges — without the aid of a plea agreement. The plea ends a struggle of nearly a quarter-century for Linda’s family, including her mother, Joan King; and sisters Jonnie Hankins and Bobbi Marksberry.

  Amanda and Mackenzie Hale are on the dean’s list. Amanda is a student at Manchester College and Mackenzie is a student at Northern Kentucky University. They are the daughters of Richard and Jennifer Hale of near Patriot.

  Lane Penick caught a 15-inch crappie in a ‘secret pond’ in Ohio County on Sunday, January 18th.

  The Ohio River Valley Conference has released its All Conference Team for girls basketball, and Lady Pacers Maggie Armstrong and Kristen Perry have earned a spot on the 12-player squad.


  Bonnie Kinman of Patriot was featured in Vevay Newspapers as she awaited a lung transplant. She talked about her struggles while awaiting the transplant, but was assured that “Angels were with her”.

  Switzerland County High School senior Nathan Christman became just the third player in Switzerland County history to score at least 1,000 points during his high school career. Averaging 22 points per game during the season, Nathan Christman scored 28 points in the game against Lawrenceburg to reach the milestone.

  The Switzerland County School Board heard a report on the school’s ISTEP test results at its regular monthly meeting. Corporation curriculum director Bev Hall-Houze outlined the test results from all four school buildings for the board.

  The Switzerland County Commissioners had a discussion as to whether or not the Switzerland County Courthouse should switch to Daylight Savings Time — “fast time”. Commissioner Jim Allison approved of the move; but Commissioners Charlie Haskell and K.C. Banta were opposed to the switch.


  John and Jason Boyken attended the Las Vegas Open Archery Contest held at the Tropicana Hotel. As a team the Boykens represented Purdue University on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th. They came in second place winning $400. Jason was named number one collegiate male for 1988 by the Indiana Archery Association in overall state championships, indoor and outdoor. He is currently leading the nation in the National Archery Association in the collegiate division with his brother John, 3 points behind him. Jason is a junior and John is a senior at Purdue University. They have been in the sport of archery for two years. John and Jason are the sons of John and Sara Jean Boyken, formerly of Switzerland County. They now reside in Cross Plains. They have a brother Jared at home.

  Jennifer Weales has been chosen for the Maurice and Rose Johnson Scholarship from Franklin College. This scholarship awards $1000 to entering freshmen who rank in the upper 10 percent of their senior classes. Jennifer is the daughter of Richard and Cheri Weales of Vevay. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lucille Weales, route 1 Canaan and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Taflinger of Madison.


  Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thomas, Sr., of route 1, Patriot, will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on February 23rd.

  Jack Reno, country and western singing star, who has popularized `Fourteen Miles from Vevay, Indiana’ will return to Vevay this Saturday to complete his concert engagement after the Rising Sun Shiner and Switzerland County Pacer basketball game. Jack’s first scheduled concert was snowed under when the Milan game was postponed January 27th due to bad weather.


  Private Kenneth W. Owings, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Owings, has completed reconnaissance training at the Army Armor Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  Michael Lynn Sheldon of Florence was among the more than 250 fraternity pledges presented in ceremonies held at Ball State University in Muncie. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Sheldon of Florence and is a graduate of Vevay High School.

  Rick Rieman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rieman of East Enterprise, was one of 126 Hanover College students making the dean’s list for the fall term.

  Switzerland County’s new highway department clerk is Miss Darlene Hankinson who succeeds Mrs. Margaret Stepleton at the appointive post. Highway offices are located on the second floor of the county courthouse.

  The Swiss Wine Festival committee is looking for a new chairman, or chairmen, this week to replace Kenny Clemons who resigned Sunday due to new employment commitments.


  Miss Lona White, who has served the past four years in the Women’s Air Force, was discharged from the service at McGuire Air Force Base in Trenton, New Jersey on February 3rd.

  The 30th anniversary of the founding of the Vevay Music Club was celebrated Tuesday night with a dinner party at the Swiss Inn. Eighteen members, including one charter member, Mrs. Fred Griffith, were seated at one long table arranged in the club colors of blue and gold.

  The annual Reveille and Democrat free throw trophies will again be awarded at Patriot and Vevay High Schools who compiles the highest average for the season, these newspapers hereby announce.

  The Ohio River leveled off its second heavy rise of the winter at 40.9 feet late Tuesday night as recorded at Dam 39 at Markland, about 7.1 feet below flood stage for this area.


  The resignation of Edward L. Bliss, Postmaster at Vevay for the past 11 years, became effective on Tuesday evening and Leslie A. Byram was appointed to be Acting Postmaster until his probable permanent Commission later in the year.

  The Julia L. Dumont Club met February 4th at the home of Mrs. Helen Danglade with Mrs. Vina Bakes and Mrs. Jean Benedict acting as hostesses in the absence of Mrs. Kate Benedict who was ill. Mrs. Danglade, in charge of the program for the evening, read an interesting article on the History of the Congressional Medal. After her reading she presented Major Samuel Woodfill who holds the Congressional Medal. Major Woodfill gave a very interesting talk on his army career dating back to the Insurrection in the Philippines in 1901, World War I where he was designated the “Outstanding Soldier” by General Pershing, and World War II during which time he, together with Sergeant York made tours of various army camps. Major Woodfill is very retiring about his honors but was persuaded to bring his various medals, of which he has many, with him.


  The skeleton of an old Indian squaw was unearthed by Gordon English and Russell Coy while working on the new highway above Florence Tuesday afternoon.

  The steel hull for the new ferry boat, Martha A. Graham, arrived at Vevay last Thursday and erection of the boat is to be completed here under the direction of the designer, Charles B. Tyson, of Ghent.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Chase of Pleasant Ridge a baby boy, Jerry Paul.

  Born February 8th to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Ballard of Florence, a daughter.


  The home of James Cole on Indian Creek was badly damaged by fire Tuesday which was caused by a defective flue. The loss was partly covered by insurance.

Culbertson Brothers dissolved partnership this week but each will continue business in the present location. Carl Culbertson will take over the building material business and Clyde Culbertson will take over the remainder of the farmers’ supply house.

  Welby Jester of near Vevay went to Indianapolis this week where he will have the stump of his right leg amputated. About four years ago his leg was crushed when he was run over by a train while employed by a railroad company in Oklahoma. A portion of his leg was amputated then but it never healed properly.

  Walter Bennett of Vevay was held up on his truck near Miamisburg, Ohio Sunday night by three bandits and was robbed of $63. He was returning from Detroit to Cincinnati with a load of freight when the robbery occurred.

  Miss Dorothy Blodgett of Fairview who has been attending Asbury College has employment in Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.


  During the services at the Christian Church Sunday evening a subscription of $300 was raised by the congregation which will enable the members of the church to pay the remainder of their debt for its purchase.

  Fred L. Haskell has ordered a very fine motor hearse and expects to receive it soon.

  Walter Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Green of Florence, is spending a 10-day furlough at his home. The young veteran has just returned from France where he was in the fighting at Verdun and Chateau-Thierry. In the battle at Verdun his gas mask was pierced and he was gassed. He also received machine gun wounds in his left arm and foot. He was in a hospital in France when the armistice was signed. Upon his return to Camp Sherman, Ohio, he will be sent South to recuperate.

  Several young men in Vevay have recently organized a social club which has been christened the “Lulu Club.” An attractive room has been fitted up over the Royal Theatre and charter members are Louis Teats, Myron Shirley, Harold E. Curry, Edwin W. Mead, Leland S. Adams, Harry D. Lamson, Dilver E. Benedict, and Edward W. Tilley.

  Rudolph Siebert was suddenly stricken blind last week. He was taken to Cincinnati to an eye specialist and his condition is improving.

  The F. L. Thiebaud farm near Lamb was sold last week to John Banta of that community for $10,000. It had been in the Thiebaud family for 102 years.

  The friends of Howard Burton, the wounded Marine who is still undergoing treatment at Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, D.C., tendered him a post card shower on February 12th in celebration of his 23rd birthday.


  Carl Culbertson returned home Friday from Cincinnati where he purchased a large quantity of buggies for spring selling.

  Mayor Cotton has instructed the marshal to give employment to all persons who ask for it on the rock pike in Market Square. Shortly after the announcement was made seven men who have been out of work for some time were given places on the stone pile and more men were started in on Monday morning.

  The steamer Blue Wing brought a barge of lumber from Madison Sunday night to Detraz Brothers.

  Born to George McClellan and wife of Markland on February 2nd, a daughter.

  Born to John Merkle and wife of East Enterprise January 29th, a son.

  Born, twin sons, January 28th, to Reverend and Mrs. Cross of Brooksburg.

  Born to Frank Smith and wife of Patriot Thursday, an 8-1/2 pound boy.

  Captain Roy D. Akin, pilot on the steamer Swan, holds the record for killing ducks in the Ohio Valley. On one of his trips to Aurora last week he killed 27 mallard ducks.


  Last Saturday night a barn near Florence belonging to the estate of Thomas Armstrong was consumed by fire. Lost with the building were 12,000 pounds of tobacco, two head of cattle, one horse and a quantity of hay.

  Last Thursday morning James Beck, colored, had his right foot partially cut off while working at the Shuff and Waldo saw mill.

  The enterprising businessmen of Florence and the farmers along the line have decided to build a turnpike from Florence to Log Lick Creek, a distance of three miles.

  Born January 27th to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Downey of Sugar Branch, a son.

  Dr. William Freeman, U.S. Examining Surgeon for Pensions, Vevay Board has tendered his resignation effective February 1st.

  The H. and P. Literary Society will give an operette “A Dress Rehearsal” in the Metropolitan Hall February 6th. Admission 15 cents, reserved seats 25 cents.

  Henry Krummel and family have removed to Madison.

  Patriot news: Winter arrived Sunday, January 27th, rain and snow. Protracted meeting at the M.E. Church next month. Several crops of tobacco sold here last week. Nobody come or gone for the past week. The sick are still improving. James   W. Love, Frank Espey and Thomas Gillis have renewed their subscriptions to the Reveille this week. That “Skip” was a grand affair last week. Lucas got left in the mud last Saturday. The mails come at all times of the night here lately. Green   Brothers have bought the store room of Viena Watts. A. Z. Taylor wants to sell his big match team. Friends give us the news.


  An effort is being made to have Pike Street macadamized.

  Linton Tuttle, formerly of Vevay, but now of Topeka, Kansas, is visiting friends here.

  Lawrenceburg claims to have the most extensive manufacturing of cigars in the state, that of H. W. Werneke, which last year manufactured and sold 1,028,400 cigars.


  An iron grating has been put up in the county jail to separate the men from the women inmates.

  We are publishing elsewhere this week four essays by high school pupils on the following subjects: “High Station Does Not Secure Happiness” by M. L. Shaw; “Early Rising” by Lizzie Shaw; “Kindness” by Mary J. Cotton; “Mercury and Venus” by Hellina Miller.