Reflections 04/29/2021



  Deaths this week: Laura Chandler, Wanda Washnock, Clair Cornett, Mark Southard, Lois Klopp.

  The Switzerland County High School Academic Super Bowl science team will be competing in the State Competition. The squad of Julie Furnish, Emma Johnson and Dylan Griffith had the second highest score in the state during the regional competition. The teams coach is Bonnie Fancher.

  The first data released from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Switzerland County was the sixth fastest growing county in the State of Indiana.

  The middle school and high schools girls track teams win the Vevay Newspaper Invitational.


  A group of four horse-drawn wagons made their way through Switzerland County on Tuesday. The men driving the covered wagons are part of a group known as the “Kentucky Trail Blazers,” and were making a six-day, 150-mile loop that began and will end in their hometown of Stamping Ground, Kentucky. They were Ronald Riddle, Wayne Beckley, Joe Beckley and Charlie Brown each drove a covered wagon pulled by two horses.

  Tye Sullivan, a 1997 graduate of Switzerland County High School, will graduate from Indiana State University this Saturday, May 5th, with a bachelor of science degree in Radio/Television/Film and journalism. He is the son of Lowell Wayne and Rita Sullivan of Vevay.

  Melissa S. Pack, a 1996 graduate of Switzerland County High School, was honored on Tuesday, May 1st, as the “Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year” at Morehead State University. She is the daughter of Susan A. Shackleford of Vevay and Timothy W. Shackleford of Florence, Kentucky.


  Bryan O’Connor, grandson of Gladys Moreillon of Switzer Square in Vevay, is scheduled to head into space again May 22nd, this time on the Space Shuttle Columbia. O’Connor will be the Mission Commander on the life science research mission named STS-40. The nine-day mission will involve five scientists doing physiological research on the heart, lungs, and muscles, and the effects of weightlessness and the human body in space. The research is in preparation for the space station era.

  Barbara Firth, daughter of Charles and Judy Firth of route 2, Vevay, graduated May 11th from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.


  Mildred Cochran was named the 1981 Senior Citizens Queen at the Vevay Senior Citizens Center Tuesday. First runner-up was Mary Olive Cochran. Last year’s Queen is Clara Burroughs.

  Esther Schneider of Zurich, Switzerland has been an exchange student this year at Switzerland County High School. She says some areas of the county do resemble her native country but the temperature here is much milder.

  Wade Callahan answered an air mail letter he received. Not so strange you say. However, the letter was attached to a balloon found on Patton Hollow Road, and had traveled from Marshall, Illinois. Wade is an 8th grader at Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School. The letter was part of a Weekly Reader program where students sent up balloons with notes attached in hopes of having the finder return a letter. Wade figured the balloon traveled 150 miles before coming to rest in the pasture.


  Mrs. Ellogene Weales struggled to hold back tears as she opened a gift box containing a new wrist watch presented to her Friday night as members of her kindergarten classes and their parents honored her at Switzerland County High School cafetorium. Nearly half of the 156 students Mrs. Weales taught in 13 years of operating the Vevay kindergarten returned to honor their former teacher.

  Wading through the morass of confusion in scheduling since many neighboring communities switched to fast time April 25th, Vevay merchants elected this week to operate on Eastern Daylight Savings Time (fast time) for the remainder of the summer. Operating on Eastern Standard Time (slow time) the past two weeks since the official April 25th switch in time, a majority of Vevay businessmen, acting through Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce, moved to go to fast time.

  A new salary schedule for teachers in Switzerland County School Corporation was adopted last Wednesday night during a special meeting of the corporation’s board of trustees. The board adopted a $6,900 starting salary for a beginning teacher with a bachelor degree. The bachelor degree schedule graduates to $8,900 after 10 years experience. The $100 increase was followed across the board in establishing new salary figures for teachers of varying degrees of training. Delbert Wright, superintendent of schools, said the schedule will go into effect July 1st.


  Mrs. Roberta Cord, route 4, Vevay, has accepted a contract to fill a teacher’s vacancy at Jefferson-Craig Consolidated School created by the resignation of Ray Welty.

  Luck was riding with Earl Wayne Furnish Jr., 210 East Pike Street, Vevay, Friday night as he narrowly escaped death when his westbound auto went off state road 156, struck a tree stump, and landed in a ravine. Although the auto was twisted almost beyond recognition, Furnish escaped with only a minor laceration below his left knee and a few cuts and bruises.

  John and May Bray of Vevay have purchased the Vevay Frozen Food Lockers from Paul and Carlene Merz of Vevay. Merz, who operated the lockers for nine years, stated that he sold the business due to having most of his time devoted to his position at the U.S. Shoe factory in Vevay.

  For the first time in recent memory, Switzerland County has gone an entire month without the county clerk’s office issuing a marriage license.

   Constance A. Brown, Switzerland County resident, was honored for scholastic achievement at Indiana University’s annual Founders’ Day Convocation yesterday.

  Amy Delores McKay of Vevay High School, won a bronze medal in the finals of the 47th annual state high school contests in Latin, mathematics, Spanish and English held Saturday (April 29th) at Indiana University. Miss McKay competed in the English contest.

  Mrs. L. A. Byram, Vevay, vice-chairman of the Ninth District Democratic Organization, submitted her resignation Sunday at a meeting held near Batesville, with John A. Hillenbrand as host. Mrs. Byram has been in ill health for some time and was no longer able to perform her duties.


  Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Rochat, who reside on Seminary Street in Vevay, quietly observed their 61st wedding anniversary at their home Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Rochat lived for many years in Bennington but more recently removed to Vevay.

  Mrs. Zula Madison has purchased the stock of groceries owned by Mr. and Mrs. Denver Markland and will continue to conduct the business at the northeast corner of Main and Tell streets here. Mrs. Madison, who has had a wide experience in grocery work, will take possession Monday.

  Alan Young and James Hart, who operate the ferry boat at Warsaw, Kentucky, have purchased a new boat to be used in the service between that place and the Florence landing. The craft was purchased at Burksville, Kentucky, and has been in operation over the Cumberland River while the dam at Wolf Creek was being built.

  Mrs. Harvey McClintock, Vevay’s oldest citizen, quietly celebrated her 96th birthday Friday at her home on Market Street.

  Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Thomas of Posey Township received a telegram Tuesday afternoon from the War Department notifying them that their son, Harvey E. Thomas, has been killed in Korea on April 13th. Had he lived until July 8th he would have been 21 years old.


  The beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Leatherbury, near Pendleton Run, in Craig Township, was totally destroyed by fire about 11 o’clock Monday morning.

  Sylvanus Atkinson, member of a pioneer Switzerland County family, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Scudder on North Log Lick Creek Sunday morning.

  Construction contracts for bridges to be built for Hog Run, Plum Creek and Hunt’s Creek will be let by the State Highway Commission May 27th.

  Twenty-eight pupils of the Vevay High School and five from Patriot Schools reacted “positive” to the tuberculosis tests given last week by the District Health Bureau and the local TB Association.

  Word has been received by relatives here that Oliver M. Pleasants, a native and for many years a prominent businessman of Vevay, died at his home in Los Angeles, California, last Friday.


  Mrs. P. T. Heady underwent a delicate operation last week, at the Cleveland, Ohio clinic. She is slowly recovering and will undergo a second operation in about 10 days, if her condition is satisfactory at that time.

  The Vevay baseball team will play Patriot at the Patriot park Sunday.

  John Montanye, one of the few remaining surviving veterans of the Civil War, celebrated his 83rd birthday at his home here yesterday.

  Reverend Robert Kelsey, pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church, and a student of Hanover College was one of three district winners in the state radio contest held recently.

  In a notice published in the Carrollton News-Democrat by the Kentucky game and fish commission, all persons are warned that the Ohio River has been closed for mussel fishing from April 15th until further notice.

  Will Rogers will be the attraction at the Hoosier Theatre Sunday and Monday nights in Mark Twain’s famous story, “A Connecticut Yankee.”


  The boat ‘Minnesota’, owned by the Mayo Brothers, famous doctors of Rochester, Minnesota, passed up the Kentucky River Tuesday en route to the head waters of the river. The Minnesota is a handsome yacht with accommodations for 25 passengers.

  Mr. Lawrence Lyons, widely known in Indiana as a politician and businessman has been appointed director of the State Highway Commission to succeed L. H. Wright.

Messers. O’Neal and McKay have been appointed deputies to carry out the provisions of the automobile certificate of ownership which resembles a deed to real estate. This must be displayed in a certain kind of container in a conspicuous place in the y derived will go into a fund which will be used for the recovery of stolen cars and the capture of automobile thieves.

  Edwar Smashey, Lawrenceburg, for many years connected with the “Press” and at one time its owner and editor, died at his home in that city last week. Mrs. Smashey was Mill Nellie Ruser of Patriot.

  The street carnival held by the Vevay concert band last week was a big success. The Ford automobile given away was won by Frank Allen, Warsaw, Kentucky.

  Frank Weaver has opened a shop for welding and repair work in the Market Square.


  Heady and Myers, proprietors of the old Peters livery stable on Liberty Street, and William Heady have purchased the stable of Clarence Knox on Main Street.

  Irvin W. Tilley returned Saturday from Pollasky, California, where he has been spending the winter.

  Little Fay Knox entertained with a party Friday afternoon in honor of Mary Jane Lanham who left for her new home that night.

  Dr. Harold Heath, professor of Zoology in Leland Stanford University, has completed his investigations as United States Naturalist of the fur seal herd in Bering Sea, Alaska and will leave to explore the Northern Coast of South America.    Dr. Heath is a nephew of E. W. Heath of East Enterprise and was born in Vevay in 1868.

  Mrs. Thomas Lanham and daughter, Mary Jane, left Friday to join Mr. Lanham at their new home in Piqua, Ohio.


  J. N. Huston of Connersville, Indiana, has resigned as treasurer of the United States and C. H. Neleeker of Covington, Indiana has taken his place.

  The barn and residence of Mr. Elwood Mead of Mexico Bottom are nearly completed.

  Shredding corn stalks to half-inch lengths will kill about 99 1/2 percent of the corn borers in the stalk.

  The Vevay band, which is among the best in the state, made music for the Odd Fellows celebration at New Liberty, Kentucky, Saturday and at Carrollton, Monday.

  There will be but one ticket to be voted upon at the corporation election of Patriot Monday. It is headed “Citizens Ticket” and the candidates are: trustee, 1st ward, Benjamin F. Addis; 2nd ward, John W. Shirey; treasurer, Calvin R. Green; clerk, Andrew Shafer; marshal, Ephriam Williamson.


  The graduating exercises of the Vevay High School took place April 21st, in the Courthouse. On account of the illness of Professor Brewington, Miss Maggie Shaw had charge of the exercise. The graduates were: Fannie G. Northcutt, Marie P. Torrance, Mary Weales, Anna Knox, Mary Bonner, Cullie Rouse, Sophie Dickason, Anna Jain, Della Weales, Della Courvoisier, George S. Pleasants, R. S. Northcutt and Fred Boerner.

  The fruit here has all been killed by the cold weather.


  “Noble Little Rhode Island has already offered 1,000 troops headed by her gallant Governor Sprague — and the government has accepted them.”

  The governor of Pennsylvania has telegraphed the president that he could furnish 100,000  troops in 48 hours, if needed.

  Ohio’s quote for troops is 13 regiments.