Reflections 03/20/2020



  Deaths this week: Lela M. Gault, Eddie B. Purnell, Erma Dick, Warren Thatcher.

  With a full house in the Switzerland County Middle School cafeteria on Monday night, the Switzerland County School Board opted to table a decision on the possible relocation of sixth graders to Jefferson-Craig Elementary beginning this fall. 

  Ian McCarty of Switzerland County placed 11th in The Queen City Classic Chess Tournament — the largest scholastic chess tournament in the Midwest for grades kindergarten through collegiate — was held on Saturday, March 13th at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. 


  The Ohio Valley Choral Festival — the longest running choral festival in the country — came to Switzerland County Thursday night, providing wonderful entertainment to a packed gymnasium. Martha Banister Davis, choir director at Vevay High School during the first year of the Ohio Valley Choral Festival, 1937-38, and one of the founders of the festival, was the special guest of honor at this year’s event. The Ohio Valley Choral  Festival is the oldest running choral festival in the country. School choirs from Charlestown, Madison, Southwester, lawrenceburg, Clarksville, Jennings County, South Dearborn, New Albany, Jeffersonville and Switzerland County all took part. Festival alumni were invited to take part in the traditional closing son, “ The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

  Franklin College has released its list of student who have earned a spot on the dean’s list for the fall semester, and a Switzerland County student is on that list. Kristin Ranz was among those students who earned inclusion on the dean’s list. She  is the daughter of Jack and Deborah Ranz of near Vevay.

  A Switzerland County High School graduate is among those who have earned a spot on the dean’s list at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Elyssa L. Swango is a freshman at Valparaiso, and is enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences with an exploratory major. She is the daughter of Tim and Wilma Swango.

  The Ohio River Valley Conference has announced its All-Conference team in boys basketball fro the 1999-2000 season, and the Switzerland County Pacers are well represented. Senior Matt Bowling and junior B.J. McAlister were both named to the 13-player team. The squad is voted on by the conference coaches and each coach is not allowed to vote for his own players. 


  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. King, Sr., of Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, March 20th. They were married in Georgetown, Kentucky March 20th, 1940.

  Well known in the community, Minnie Pearl VanOsdol Burden will soon be celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born March 24th, 1890, in Switzerland County.

  Ivy Tech College Southeast has announced its graduates for the National Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The NCLEX allows those who pass the exam to become licensed by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Those who passed from Switzerland County this year are: Linda Getz, Anita Hamilton, Kathy Keedle, Linda McDole, and Lauren Murray.


  The Brian Varble home located behind Leland Wiley’s dairy farm off Indiana 56 north of Vevay was completed gutted by fire Tuesday night. Vevay Volunteer Fire Department officers fought valiantly to save the house but were hampered by the location of the home. There were no injuries and it was n as of press time just what the cause of the fire was. The house burned completely to the ground but the damage costs were not determined yet.

  Action taken by the Switzerland County Commissioners recently to approve an additional appropriation of $10,000 helped to bail out the Switzerland County Emergency Unit, which was nearly $8,000 in the hole at the end of last year.


  Mrs. Harriet Tharp, 52, prominent Vevay housewife and social leader, was killed Tuesday afternoon in an automobile accident at the east entrance to Switzerland County High School immediately west of Vevay on state road 56.

  A fire which resulted in an estimated a $2,500 to $3,000 fire and smoke damage at Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge last Thursday night has been ruled as arson.

  An eight-year extension of Switzerland County’s 50-cent cumulative building fund tax levy was approved by the county school board Monday night as four citizens appeared to ask questions at a public hearing.

  Planners are beginning to bring all the loose ends together for this August’s third annual Swiss Wine Festival and the biggest committee meeting to date has been scheduled April 6th. Don Flinn is the general chairman for this year’s festival.

  Noel Houze, 31, Indiana State Police trooper and former Switzerland County resident, has been chosen by a committee as the Versailles District, Indiana State Police, “Officer of the Month” for February.


  Three former champions and East Chicago Washington will joust for the golden anniversary Indiana high school basketball championship Saturday at Butler Fieldhouse — and some coach will score his first personal triumph in the Hoosier prep classic. Madison, rated number two in the state, is the only local team to vie for the IHSAA title.

  Bonnie Cook, eight, and Terry Cook, five, children of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Cook of Sellersburg, formerly of Switzerland County, celebrated their birthdays on Louisville’s WHAS T-Bar-V Ranch program March 7th.

  Lt. Harold Dickason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickason of Vevay, has been discharged from a 3 1/2 year period of service in the U.S. Navy and he returned home Monday. Lt. Dickason served in the 5th Fleet aboard the U.S.S. Wilkinson and his sea duty took him to Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii and Alaska.


  The Most Reverend Paul C. Schulte, Archbishop of Indianapolis, will come to Vevay on Wednesday, March 22nd, to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 11 members of the Mother of God Church here. The regular ritual for the Catholic Church is for the Confirmation to be given only by the Bishop of the Diocese and heretofore the congregation here has gone to one of the Madison churches for the rite. This is the first time known for it to be observed here and Archbishop Schulte is the highest ranking Catholic dignitary ever to visit here.

  Harold Ogden, of Greensburg, Indiana, Lt. Governor of the 12th Division of Kiwanis, visited the Vevay Kiwanis Club on Wednesday evening, March 8th, and gave a very interesting and timely address on “Kiwanis Education.”

  Sylvester Hageman of near Center Square had a narrow escape from death or serious injury last Thursday when he fell under a manure spreader at his farm and the machine passed entirely over his body.


  Joseph Marshael, aged 81 years, lifelong resident of this county, died at the infirmary Wednesday morning.

  Word has been received of the death of Willis Told, formerly a resident of Florence, which occurred at his home in Florida.

  A son, Franklin Thomas, was born March 7th to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Weaver of Aberdeen.

  A six-pound daughter was born March 6th to Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Ketenbrink of near Enterprise.

  A 10-pound son was born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reed of Popcorn Ridge.


  The body of a “drowned” woman caught in the river by Francis Jennings Tuesday morning caused great excitement around town until her remains were found to be made of wax. The form was so life-like that  several people who saw it were completely fooled.

  Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Maynard of Columbus, parents of Ken Maynard, noted cowboy film star, were in Vevay Thursday and called at this newspaper office. They stated that their son was born in Vevay in 1895 in the house now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Leap on Liberty Street. When he was three the family moved to Columbus and Ken, at the age of 14, ran away and joined a circus. He was brought home by his father but later joined Ringling Brothers. He was in World War I and got into pictures. During his residency in Vevay the father was a carpenter employed by John Pattie who built some of the finest homes here.

  Robert Connor of Vevay was taken to the Madison hospital Sunday for treatment of blood poisoning resulting from getting a splinter in his hand.

  The body of William Howard Taft, ex-president and Chief Justice, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Thursday..


  Beginning April 1st the road from Madison to Vevay will be taken over as a state highway.

  Commencement of Vevay High School will be held on April 30th with Dr. Roscoe Gilmore Stott the speaker. Twenty-seven boys and girls will graduate as follows: Mary Bear, Margaret Shaw, Beulah Bevis, Eva Lena Cole, Fairy Meir, Margery Orem, Edna Cole, Mabel Babcock, Helen Welch, Mary Cheever, Hazel Moreillon, Lyman Scudder, Dawson Bakes, Dwight Bakes, Perle Thomas Heady, Robert Slawson, Paul Cole, Estel Long, Morton Haskell, Donald Shaw, Marcus Weaver, Robert Blodgett, Edwin Mead, Wilfred Bennett, Walter Bennett, Arnold Anderson, John Bales.

  A bridge over Mennett’s Hollow was found to be dangerous for travel this week and it has been closed for repairs.

  Practically every tree in the square around the courthouse is a sugar maple and for some time each one has been furnishing hare of the thin clear, maple liquid which drips into a waiting bucket. It is then boiled down in the kitchen of the sheriff for table use.

  A cablegram to the U.S. State Department from the American Legation at Peking, China contained the information that Reverend Albert L. Shelton, foreign missionary, has been released after being held by Chinese robbers in Western China since January 3rd. Dr. Shelton has relatives in Switzerland County and his wife was formerly Miss Flora Beal, eldest daughter of the late David L. Beal, formerly of Center Square and Angie Bellamy Beal of Craig Township now living in Oregon.


  A large flock of wild geese and ducks together passed over southward last Sunday morning. Were the geese lost or shall we expect another winter now?

  Minerva Gaudin, aged 72 years, died March 11th, death being due to a complication of diseases.

  Peter House, well known farmer residing near Center Square died Saturday morning after an illness of eight weeks.

  Mort Acres and Lula Pyle of Bascom were married by Reverend Gardner last Wednesday.

  Mrs. Dalgleish, aged 94 years, died at her home near Avonburg Saturday.

  Frieda, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Netherland of Lamb died Saturday after a seven week’s illness.


  Haydin Hall, son of D. B. Hall, editor of the Rising Sun Local, came to Vevay Sunday to accept employment at the Reveille office.

  An immense amount of tobacco is being brought to Vevay. One day last week at 10 o’clock we counted 12 wagons in front of Stucy Brothers Warehouse waiting to be unloaded.

  Married at the residence of the bride’s parents in Florence Thursday, February 27th, by Reverend F. D. Stafford, Mr. Charles Markland, Jr., and Miss Clarissa Bonnell.

  Thomas Banta of New Richmond, Indiana, and Miss Florence Baxter of near Lamb were married Tuesday.


  A man fell off a steamboat opposite this place Sunday and was drowned.

  Sidney Bledsoe died March 11th at his home in Florence after a long illness. He was buried at Ghent.


  F. R. Detraz is making preparations to establish an extensive chair factory in Vevay.

  Hall and Pleasants will soon commence work on a two story brick building on Ferry Street.

  Theodore Livings has employed Edward Golay as his traveling agent for the various insurance companies that he is agent for.

  Joseph Schofield of Madison has bought the interest of F. W. Cochran in the Vevay Woolen Factory.

  William L. Campbell of Vevay and George Paul of Bennington have formed a partnership for the purpose of practicing law.

  As soon as the weather will permit a turnpike will be built from Patriot to Quercus Grove.

  The Vevay Furniture Company will build an addition to their factory in the spring.

  On Monday, May 2nd, the people of Vevay will elect city officers.