Reflections 04/01/2021



  Deaths this week: David McDole, Charles Scott, Daniel Yoder, Woodrow Bell, Marion Harlow, Vernon Washnock.

  After delays caused by winer weather, residents and officials from the town of Vevay met last Thursday to discuss the possibility of the town’s historic district applying for inclusion on the “National Register of Historic Places.”

  Mike Vrabel, a member of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL Football team, was arrested early Monday morning at Belterra Casino and Resort and Spa and charged with theft.

  The Switzerland County High School French Club and the Drama Club hosted the annual “Student Idol” competition for students last week in the high school cafeteria. Winners included: Jennifer Johnson, first place; Hilary Lanman, second place; and Dorothy Lamson, third place.


  An open house in celebration of the 90th birthday of Nellie (Scott) Kelley will be held this Saturday, April 7th, at the Jack Sullivan Building of the Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center. She will be remembered as having worked at Danner’s Hardware in Vevay and then moved to Sellersburg where she retired from the Charlestown Powder Plant.

  Raymond  Walcott of near Patriot has been honored by the State of Indiana for his years of service to disabled American Veterans. He has  been active in lobbying for several other causes for the benefit of Switzerland County residents, including working with State Senator Johnny Nugent on the installation of guardrails along state Road 156 on the river side.


  Tim Wilks of Critter Control in Indianapolis has worked several days the past couple of weeks to rid the Switzerland Baptist Church of bats. Pastor Charles Seal noted this is the first step in a $250,000 renovation plan for the church building. The church has been sealed except for check valves, which will allow the remaining bats to escape, but not let them back inside. Up until now, the church had one of the largest wintering colonies in Indiana for bats. Wilks plans to finish the job next week, weather permitting.

  Russell Weaver of Vevay was elected vice president of the Board for Milk Promotional Services of Indiana, Inc. (MPSI) at their annual meeting in Indianapolis. He has served on the board since it was chartered in 1985.


  About 1,000 acres of underbrush is blackened this week after what is being called the largest fire in the history of Switzerland County last Wednesday. Smoke was visible for more than six miles as the fire reached its peak at about 2 p.m. The blaze was first reported at about 10 a.m. According to officials, a field fire got out of control near the Johnny Moore residence on Indiana 156 where Moore was burning brush.

  Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Stringfield, Pike Street, Vevay, will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary Thursday, April 16th.

  Paul L. Carr, formerly associated with Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, has been named resident manager of the Reed and Jewell Funeral Home, Columbus, Indiana.


  Vevay’s doggy population boom is the target of a directive issued by Vevay Town Board as it launches a campaign to rid the town of the dog nuisance, particularly untagged strays and unharbored females. The directive issued Monday evening requires dogs to wear collars and tags, and establishes a town pound plus fines against unharbored female dogs. The directive is in accordance with existing state laws, town attorney Chester Callis said.

  John McKay, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert McKay of Vevay has earned academic distinction on the dean’s list at DePauw University in Greencastle where he is a sophomore.

  Judith Craigmyle, a student at Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Lexington, Kentucky, has made the honor roll for the past school term. A 1968 graduate of Vevay High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Craigmyle of route 2, Vevay.


  Second Lieutenant Jerry L. McKenzie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McKenzie of Vevay, has been selected to an all-star basketball team which will participate in a world-wide U.S. Air Force tournament.

  Educator, soldier, bank director, tobacco man, and highway commissioner are just a few of the titles arrested by Switzerland County’s Edward S. Furnish during his 65-year life history. Furnish amplified his already, lengthy record of public service accomplishments last week when he was appointed to the reorganized Indiana Highway Commission.

  A youth center will be opened to Switzerland County young people this summer, according to the Reverend Lynn Thayer. Verification of the center came Monday as the county commissioners approved use of the old county infirmary building on Vineyard Street for the purpose.

  Second Lieutenant Keith G. Hirst, formerly of Vevay Newspapers, reported for active Army duty at the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey Signal School on March 20th. He will remain there for eight weeks of signal officer training.

  Mr. and Mrs. Churchill Scudder of route 1, Bennington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Daisy, to Carroll Swanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Swanson of route 1, Patriot.

  Patriot-Posey High School was broken into early Tuesday morning and looted of some $30 from vending machines plus $3 and various foodstuffs from the school kitchen.


  Announcement is expected soon of a selection date for the Town convention for both the Democrat and Republican Parties. The law states he date for town conventions shall be on or before the last Saturday in August.

  George Edward Ellerbrook, Jr., is a patient in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where on Sunday he underwent an emergency appendectomy. The youngster is now reported to be on the road to recovery which is gratifying to his many friends.

  Mrs. Mary Cordelia Hickman, descendant of one of Posey Township’s oldest families, passed away at the Masonic Home in Franklin, Indiana, about 5 o’clock last Friday morning. She had been ill for several months.

  George Harry Sullivan, a respected resident of the Bryants Creek neighborhood for many years, passed away at his home there early last Saturday morning. He had been ill with heart trouble for some time past.

  William LaVelle has assumed the management of a new LaVelle dry cleaning plant at Warsaw, Kentucky, which was recently completed there. The Vevay plant which Mr. LaVelle owns will be managed by Charles Robert Leap who has been an employee of the company for some time.

  Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wiseman of Vevay quietly celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 29th. Mrs. Wiseman was before her marriage Miss Cordia Ellis.

  Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hollcroft, a respected couple of this county, quietly observed their 56th wedding anniversary home in Craig Township Wednesday. Mr. Hollcroft, a retired carpenter, is 80 years old and Mrs. Hollcroft is 79.

  John Truitt of Vevay bought the home of Mrs. Flora Shull on Liberty Street which was sold at auction Saturday for a price of $4,000. Mr. Truitt will build storage quarters on a lot at the rear of the property which is adjacent to his roller mill and brick manufacturing plant.

  Mr. and Mrs. Chriss Adams quietly celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary Sunday at their home on Tell Street in Vevay.

  Corporal Billy J. Sullivan, son of Mrs. Eva Lee Sullivan and the late Frank Sullivan of Madison, is now serving with the Air Corps in the Philippine Islands. In 1944 he spent some time in Vevay where his father was in business with Ernest Courtney.


  Reverend Stanley Whitesell, pastor of the Switzerland Baptist Church, died suddenly at his home Saturday evening from the effect of a heart attack.

  A number of friends and relatives of this county attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Saberton at Sharpsville, Indiana, last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Saberton are former residents of this county.

  Amie Rouse, one of Switzerland County’s oldest citizens quietly celebrated his 94th birthday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Uly Gray, near Moorefield on April 2nd.

  About 435 tulip trees have been ordered by the Home Economics Club members of Switzerland County.


  For the first time in the history of the Vevay Methodist Church a district conference of the Seymour district will be held here. Reverend Ezra L. Hutchens, district superintendent will preside.

  Mr. and Mrs. Leland Moreillon are planning to erect a modern bungalow on the eastern outskirts of town.

  W. L. Mennett, prominent farmer of Craig Township, was found dead in the orchard at his farm home on State Road 56. His death was attributed to a heart attack. He is survived by the widow, two brothers and two sisters.

  A new dry cleaning establishment owned by Connelly Brothers of Elliston, Kentucky, has been opened here in the room adjoining the Carnine and Merrill barber shop.

  The United States Post Office at Fairview which is housed in the Farmer’s Store, was robbed of $32.52 Friday night.


  The remains of Charles Griswold, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Griswold of near Bennington, who lost his life in France, arrived Saturday. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Reverend Spillman from the Bennington Methodist Church and interment was made in the Slawson Cemetery.

  The first lady to run for public office in Switzerland County since the enfranchisement of women will be Miss Nella Reser, who filed Saturday as a candidate for clerk-treasurer on the Republican ticket.

  The alumni of the Vevay High School will be glad to learn that a reunion will be held this year for the first time since 1916.

  Joe, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Opp Sieglitz, was painfully injured Saturday night when he was knocked down and run over by a buggy, driven by a young man thought to be from Park’s Ridge.

  Installation of the women’s organization of the G.A.R. to be known as Major Patton Circle No. 52, was held at the Courthouse Saturday. Twenty-six charter members were obligated and the following officers installed: President, Miss   Annette Danglade; Sr. vice president, Mrs. Charles Holdcroft; Jr. vice president, Mrs. George W. W. Cole; Secretary, Mrs. Irvin Tilley; Treasurer, Mrs. Joseph Ramseyer; Chaplain, Mrs. George Haskell; Conductor, Mrs. A. J. Siebenthal. One member, Mrs. Mary A. Mennett, is 99 years of age.


  Dilver, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Phillips, had his left hand badly crushed in a cutting box. It was necessary to amputate his thumb.

  The Boy Scouts have organized in Vevay under the leadership of W. J. Cotton.

  James Aldred is erecting a new house and barn on his farm near Vevay.

  While hunting ducks Thursday afternoon Schenck Mills, 14-year-old son of Mrs. Isolene K. Mills, bookkeeper at the National Bank, was accidentally shot in the back of his foot. The boy was in company with Charles Kiesel and Willis Jackson and the accident occurred when a 10 gauge gun Mr. Kiesel was carrying was discharged as he was leaving their boat. His foot slipped and he fell striking the hammer of the gun. Mills and Mr. Jackson were standing only a few feet from the boat and the full load struck the boy’s foot. The accident occurred near the mouth of Indian Creek and a passing buggy was stopped to bring him to Vevay for medical attention.

  John B. Rochat of Bennington, clerk elect, has named Austin Lock as his deputy.

  The smokehouse of George Doublas, on Goose Creek, was destroyed by fire Tuesday and all of the meat was lost.

  Mrs. Alfred Rouse, Miss Nora Lewis of Vevay and Miss Culbertson of Moorefield attended the wedding of Miss Ida Scott and George Patton at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, on March 25th.

  At a meeting of stockholders of the Union Furniture Company last Monday, the following directors were elected, John Melcher, C. S. Tandy, A. J. Schenck, Wesley McHenry, U. P. Craig, O. S. Waldo and James C. Kincaid.

  Frank Easton of Patriot was painfully injured Monday in his school room when a window, which he was trying to adjust, fell over his head. Broken glass severed an artery over the left eye and temple.

  The new steamer, ‘Belle Air’, that is to run between Vevay and Lawrenceburg, started Monday.


  The young ladies of Quercus Grove have organized a literary society called the “Philomathean Society” with the following officers, Carrie Cunningham, Angie Stewart, Zora Scott, Lou Cheever.

  Adkinson and Livings have moved their law office to the second story of Hall and Pleasants new building on Ferry Street.

  In the suit of Charles Alling, administrator of the estate of Otis B. Sappington versus Cincinnati and Louisville Lind Company, for $5,000 damages, the jury found judgment for the plaintiff. The trial has lasted for three weeks and was known as the “steam boat” case having arisen over the death of Mr. Sappington who lost his life when the steamer American and the United States collided. The defendants have appealed their case to the Indiana Supreme Court.

  The barn of Mr. Alanson R. Wells near Enterprise and its contents were burned Sunday morning.

  Captain F. L. Grisard, Dr. M. Danglade and Alfred Shaw have been elected by the city council to serve on the school board for the next year.


  A man named Lientz was severely injured about the head Saturday when a barn raising was held at the home of Jacob Leatherbury in Cotton Township. He was struck on the head by a falling timber.

  James W. Boyd, an old and respected citizen of Vevay, who for the past year has been residing in Ghent, died Sunday when he was stricken suddenly on the river while returning to Ghent from Vevay. He attended the Baptist Church here, of which he was a member, ate dinner with a relative and was returning with a friend. He died before they reached the Kentucky shore.

  Eliphalet Case of Patriot, grape growing expert, is advertising 20,000 catawha grape slips for sale and several thousand one year old roots. He is also advertising catawha wine at retail for 60 cents per bottle, 2 years old — 6 or 10 gallons, in kegs, or by the barrel, $1.50 per gallon; bottled, $5 per dozen.

  “Secession news is devoid of interest. Fort Sumter has not yet been evacuated. Fort Jefferson is well supplied with provisions and munitions of war. Troops are congregated in great numbers at Pensacola. In Texas the Secessionists and Houston are quarreling. Mexico is laughing at the fun, and the Indians are assuming a threatening.