Reflections 04/08/2021



  Deaths this week: John Jewell, Jimmy Wainscott, Russell Meek, Barbara Hopper.

  Switzerland County High School held its Junior-Senior Prom and After Prom on Saturday; and prior to the beginning of the dance this year’s Queen and King were crowned. Jessie Ray was crowned as Prom Queen; while Jesse Bailey was honored as this year’s King. 

  U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly of South Bend, who represents Indiana’s Second Congressional District, was in Vevay on Saturday at the Java Bean Cafe’.


  Bonnie Kinman of Patriot is living proof that organ donation can save lives. A year ago, she received a new lung from an organ donor; and is now getting to know the family of the woman who chose to participate in organ donation. Her name is Angela Hamilton. Living in Lafayette, Indiana, the 28-year-old had many interests. She and her husband had been married for 10 years, and family was very important to her. But then one day Angela Hamilton’s world began to change when severe headaches brought the diagnosis that she had a brain aneurysm. The surgery would be very risky, but not having the surgery would be just as dangerous. On March 9th, 2000 — just six days before her 29th birthday — Angela Hamilton’s doctors began the surgery, only to find two more aneurysms on her brain. One of those burst during surgery, causing a stroke that claimed her young life. That’s when Angela Hamilton became Bonnie Kinman’s angel.

  Anna Mary Earls of Vevay got quite a surprise earlier this week when she was awarded the WAVE 3 Papa John’s Leadership Scholarship for this year. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000, and will be used by Anna Mary Earls to attend Hanover College in the fall. She was selected for the scholarship from more than 1,700 applicants throughout 29 Kentuckiana counties. She is the daughter of Sharon Earls of Vevay and the late David “Butch” Earls.

  There are only 50 high school athletes in the state of Indiana — 25 boys and 25 girls — who earn the honor of being named Academic All State each year by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. This year, Switzerland county has been honored by having two seniors earn spots on the squads. Carrie Wiley and Clint May were both honored with inclusion on the list. They are the only two players from all of Southeastern Indiana to make the list, and are both valedictorians of this year’s senior class.


  Those at Tuesday night’s Switzerland County School Board of Trustees meeting sat stunned as Superintendent Bill Rentschler read his letter of resignation. Many had expected his resignation in the near future, but had not expected it so soon.

  Patriot Fire Chief George Miller accepted a $5,000 grant on behalf of the fire department from Indianapolis Power and Light Company representative Bob Golobish last week. The money will be used to purchase a unit that stores and pumps chemical foam into the water hoses during fire fighting procedures at a ratio of 10 parts water to one part foam, significantly reducing both the amount of water and the time it takes to extinguish a fire.


  Mr. and Mrs. Garvey Robinson celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 29th, with a family dinner given by their son, Vernon and daughter-in-law, Lorraine. There were also 30 guests present.

  Beth Sandlin, 16, daughter of John and Arminia Sandlin of Vevay, has been selected as a finalist in the 1981 Indiana Miss T.E.E.N. Pageant, to be held at the Sheraton-West Inn, in Indianapolis, July 10th-12th.

  The Switzerland County Board of Education accepted the resignation of High School Athletic Director Jim Allison Monday night.

  Brian McSwain and Vince Roberts have been chosen as delegates to Boys State from Switzerland County High School. Alternates are Steve Konkle and Kirk Works.


  Switzerland County clocks and other timepieces will remain unchanged when Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in areas throughout the United States, including bordering Kentucky and Ohio, at 2 o’clock Sunday morning.

  It’s spring cleaning time and Vevay town officials have designated the coming weeks as “clean-up, paint-up, fix-up time” in Vevay and have announced a program for hauling away individual citizens’ rubbish and refuse.


  Plans were announced this week for a 12-lane bowling alley to be built in Vevay by R. D. Slawson, local farm owner, farm implement distributor and businessman. Slawson said plans call for work on the structure to begin as soon as weather permits. If possible, weather and construction conditions permitting, it is hoped the lanes will be opened to the public in August.

  The 32nd birthday of Reverend Sonny Hays was honored with a surprise basket dinner Sunday at noon, following morning services.

  Jeffery, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jewell of Florence, sustained first and second degree burns Saturday when he pulled a pot of scalding coffee over upon himself from a table.

  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamson celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Wednesday at their home in Vevay. They were married at their furnished home in Craig Township by Reverend W. E. Morris, Baptist minister at Vevay.

  A total of 622 Switzerland County citizens took advantage of last week’s visit of the tuberculosis x-ray mobile unit to this area. The figure represented approximately 8 percent of the county’s population.


  Mr. and Mrs. John Swango quietly observed Mr. Swango’s birthday at his home in Vevay last Thursday.

  Mrs. Ella Phillips this week sold her house on the corner of Union and Seminary streets to Mrs. Emma Grimes.

  The fire company was called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Markland on West Main Street Monday to extinguish a small blaze caused by a leaky oil heater.

  A year-round open season for Bluegill, Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Red-eared Sunfish has been declared by the Division of Fish and Game, Indiana Department of Conservation, as a result of the issuance of a Discretionary order by Kenneth M. Kunkel, Director of the Department, following a A family pitch-in birthday dinner was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Marshall near Mount Sterling Sunday in honor of Mrs. Nora Brown of Vevay who was 81 years old April 10th.

  Mr. and Mrs. Millard Peters of Bear Branch in Ohio County have received word from the War Department that their son, Pfc. Leonard L. Peters, died March 31st in a hospital in Tokyo, Japan from wounds which he received during February in Korea.


  Walter S. Wilson, retired school teacher and well known citizen of Posey Township, died at his home in Quercus Grove Saturday from the effect of a heart attack.

  About 30 farmers of this county have secured locust trees from Henryville nursery through a plan sponsored by the Triple A.

  Another drowned body, this time a white man, was found in the Ohio River below North’s Landing on April 10th. The body was identified as that of Mart Sheehan of Covington, Kentucky.

  Twenty-three Switzerland County boys answered the sixth draft call for military service here Monday and all but four were accepted at Louisville and are now inducted into the army.

  Frank Stewart of Hominy Ridge was seriously injured Saturday when he was kicked by a horse. He is a patient in Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.


  A wild animal, thought to be either a wolf or coyote was killed by Ray McKay at his farm near Lamb.

  Mrs. Gretchen H. Cole, prominent attorney and club woman has been notified of her appointment as postmaster of the Vevay post office.

  The Vevay High School Glee Club will present “Jerry of Jericho Road”, an operetta, on the evening of April 18th.

  The telephone office at Patriot is spic and span after a complete overhauling.

  Dale Hasting is critically ill with typhoid fever at his home on East Main Street.

  The sudden death of Clifford Waller of Pleasant Ridge was a shock to the community. He is survived by his parents.

  The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Detraz near Five Points is seriously ill with pneumonia.


  Mrs. Mary Baldwin, nee Zora May Barton, about 30 years old, and formerly of Vevay, was murdered at her home in Cincinnati Friday afternoon according to Cincinnati papers.

  The members of the Vevay Concert Band have made arrangements to hold a street carnival in Vevay.

  Miss Marie Tilley of Vevay and Dr. Louis Rabold of Indianapolis were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Tilley, by Reverend John Asher, Monday.

  The first issue of the “Jennings County Review” was published at Vernon, Indiana, last week. Mr. C. C. Cadby is editor and publisher of the new sheet.

  Mr. Paul Ewald, Switzerland County’s new agricultural agent, will move his family here this week where he has taken rooms at the home of Frank Dupraz.

  The Chamber of Commerce of Rising Sun has completed negotiations for the purchase of the ferry at that place.

  An unsuccessful attempt was made Thursday night to rob the Warsaw Deposit Bank. The vault had been blown off by nitroglycerine and preparations had been made to blow the inner doors when the yeggs were evidently frightened away.

  A band of eight walkers consisting of three men, two women, and three children passed through Bennington last Wednesday headed for Kentucky, claiming to have come from Illinois. Their camping outfit consisted of a lantern, a hatchet and a gun, and their food supply was walnuts gathered by the road side.

  Mrs. Durben Miller is in receipt of a silk American flag, 11×15 inches from Mrs. Julia McCorkle, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, which is to be presented to Mrs. Mary Mennett in honor of the fact that she is the oldest member of the G.A.R. Circle in the State of Indiana. Mrs. Mennett is 99 years of age.


  T.E. Hall of Mount Sterling left this week to make his home in Florida.

  Ed Anderson and family of Craig Township left Saturday for Warsaw, Indiana, to make their home.

  The junk boat, ‘Ivorywood’, owned by L. W. Moore, is making a trip to county communities.

  Mrs. Sarah Rice of Patriot fell Friday and broke her hip in two places. She fell several years ago and broke the hip in the same place.

  Professor A. A. Clement, who was superintendent of Patriot schools the past year, left Monday to resume his studies at Valparaiso College. G. A. Barringer, who was superintendent the previous two years, is attending Indiana University.

  The Alumni Association of Patriot High School held its annual banquet Monday evening. The members had the pleasure of receiving their first granddaughter into their ranks, Miss Hazel Lowe, daughter of Reverend W. S. Lowe, one of the first members of the association.


  The city treasurer’s report of March 30th shows a balance of $48.89.

  C. W. Gray has purchased a half interest in the Osgood Journal.

  Riley Land of Florence has contracted with John Pattie to erect a house on Liberty Street.

  On April 6th, members of the GAR, ladies of W.R.C. and their guests, met in GAR Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GAR. There were short speeches, music and refreshments.

  The family of Captain T. Livings has moved to Washington where Mr. Livings is employed as a clerk in the pension department.


  Fire partially destroyed the home of Mrs. Welcox on Liberty Street on Thursday.

  Professor R. F. Brewington is in a critical condition, suffering from hemorrhages.

  The fifth annual commencement exercises of the Vevay High School will be held at the courthouse April 21st. The class is composed of the following people: George Pleasants, Fannie G. Northcott, Marie P. Torrence, Mary Weales, Anna B. Knox, Mary E. Bonnie, Cullie Rous, Fred C. Boerner, Sophia E. Dickason, Anna Jain, R. S. Northcott and Dell J. Courvoisier.


  “New York, April 9th. The government is determined to keep Anderson in Sumter and supply him with provisions forthwith. A portion of the fleet will reach Charleston today for that purpose. There is no desire to put additional men in the fort unless resistance is offered. The fleet will not approach Charleston with a hostile interest but the supply vessels will go prepared to reply promptly to any resistance of a warlike character offered. Captain Talbot carried instructions to this effect to Anderson, with orders to open his batteries if the vessels are fired on.”

  “Recruiting is fast going on and at least 50,000 volunteers will be offered by the Free states in a few days.”

  “Charleston, April 8th, Anderson’s mail has not been stopped, only his supplies. Vessels have been ordered out of the range of Sumter and Sullivan Islands. General Beauregard issued an order and sent a special messenger to Major Anderson, giving him an official notification that all contact between the city and Fort Sumter would be prohibited from that date. Business is suspended. Excitement fearful.”

  The total indebtedness of the United States government is $74,985,299, including the various issues of treasury notes and the new loan in February. The new loan will increase this amount to $83 million.