Reflections 05/07/20



  Deaths this week: Ruby Graham, Catherine Deckard, Clara Farrenkopf, Howard White, Larry Jackson, Helena Hastings, Lorraine Barker, Linda Davis.

  One of the most successful basketball coaches in Switzerland County has announced that he is leaving. Brian Bowen, who has won 70-percent of his games during his four-year stint as the Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team, has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Rushville High School. 

  Switzerland County senior basketball player Brennan Bragg has agreed to play collegiately next year at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. 

  Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center honored Switzerland County veteran Troy Stafford, at a reception held recently in Bedford, Indiana. Troy Stafford was honored for his community service. He was presented a plaque in honor of his altruism, community service, and volunteer-ism. 

  Barb Dowdy was recognized by the Switzerland County Tourism board. She was recognized for her years of leadership to both the board and the county.

  Nathan Littrell, an 84-year old former Vevay man, was surprised when he was presented with his high school diploma from Termasch High School. He has read to the young children in the school where his great-grandchildren attend for the past several years. Nathan quit school and joined the Navy in 1943. He was discharged in 1946 and then recalled in 1950 to Korea. He was there for a year and was awarded three Bronze Stars besides his other metals.


  Christina Lynn Wiesmann will graduate from he University of Evansville this Saturday, May 6th. She will earn a bachelor of science degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing, management, and business law. She is the daughter of Eugene and Sherrie Wiesmann of Vevay.

  Incoming president of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County Roger Nay presented outgoing president John Keeton with a clock in appreciation of his work as president. The award was presented at the foundation’s annual “Report to the Community” held recently at the Senior Center.

  Olesha Otter, senior at Switzerland County High School, was surprised recently when a pizza delivery man knocked on the door of her class that she was in. Inside the pizza box was a letter informing her that she was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Papa John’s Pizza and Wave 3 television in Louisville. She is the daughter of Donald and Rhonda Otter of Smith Ridge. 

  Primary Election Day in Switzerland County was a warm and sunny one for voters heading to the polls, and as results came in Tuesday night, the owners were a mixture of the old and the new. This is the first time that the county has used new voting machines that were purchased last year and 35 percent of the county voters turned out for the election. 


  Jean Pierre and Chris Giardi of France are on a bicycle trip across the continental United States. Jean Pierre, 35, is a Spanish teacher and Chris, 34, is an elementary school teacher.

  In honor of Gladys Millers 80th birthday the family will be having an open house at the home of Dean and Carolyn Griffin in Pleasant on May 6th.

  On Saturday, April 14th, friends and relatives of Mary Christman gathered at the former Pleasant Township school to help celebrate her 90th birthday.

  Steven Sublett, son of Carol Sublett of near East Enterprise, left April 8th for six weeks of schooling with American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. He is training to become a flight attendant, helping stewardesses and waiting on pilots.


  In early August Esther Schneider, 18, from Bucks, Switzerland, will be enrolled in Switzerland County High School through the Youth for Understanding year program. Esther’s host family will be School Superintendent Harold DeNoon and wife Barbara, and daughter Eileen.

  Switzerland County Clerk James E. Pommerehn, 66, route 1, Vevay, died Thursday, April 24th, of self-inflicted gunshot wounds near the Pleasant Grove Church near Pleasant.


  U.S. Army Private Charles R. Peters of Vevay has been assigned to Company C, 18th Battalion, 5th Brigade at the Army’s armor training center at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Peters of Vevay and graduated from Vevay High School in 1968.

  U.S. Navy Seaman Gary D. Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Earl of Vevay has returned to Long Beach, California, aboard the nuclear-powered guided missile frigate USS Truxton after six months in the Western Pacific.

  Juanita Ann Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown of Vevay, was among 19 students at Modesta (Georgia) Area Vocational Technical School receiving honor roll ranking for the winter quarter.

  Wilbur G. Allen, Switzerland County Auditor, was awarded a certificate this week naming him an honorary state auditor. The award was signed and awarded by Trudy Etherton, Indiana State Auditor.


  The Vevay Town Board took a giant step in the direction of more efficient town government in their regular meeting at town hall Monday night. The three-man council voted unanimously to hire an Indianapolis utilities expert as special consultant to aid them in their attempts to lower the local existing electric rates.

  Nathan Stix, former executive vice president and general manager of the United States Shoe Corporation, has been elected president of the Cincinnati company to succeed A. B. Cohen, who died last week. Mr. Stix is well known in Vevay where he was active in establishing a branch factory of the shoe company some years ago.


  Ninety students will graduate at the County Commencement exercises to be held in the new gymnasium here on Friday night, May 12th, according to Professor Charles B. Noble, county superintendent. This will include eighth grade students from the following schools: Cotton Township, Jefferson-Craig, Pleasant Township, and Patriot-Posey-York.

  Superintendent Harold C. Benedict announced Monday that Fred Beretta, coach and athletic director at Vevay High School has tendered his resignation to take effect at the close of the current school year.

  Thirty-eight seniors will receive diplomas of graduation from Vevay High School in commencement exercises which will be held at the new gym on Friday night, May 26th.


  Latest census figures indicate that Vevay now has 1,192 souls existing in some manner within corporation limits.

  Miss Marie Wilson of Quercus Grove left Friday for Texarkana, Texas where she was married Saturday to Guy Fulton, Jr.

  A son, William Neal, was born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chaille.


  Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Mary Charlotte Protsman and Richard Henry which was solemnized at the home of the groom’s brother, John Henry in New Castle, Indiana April 13th.

  In the tack meet held in Aurora Saturday Marion Roberts again led the field in total number of points scored by one individual, having 16 to his credit.

  Heavy frost in this county nearly put an end to the fruit crop.

  Sam Huff caught a 2 1/2 pound gold fish in a net Wednesday. It has been placed in a pool at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Buschmann.

  James Thomas Marsh, aged 41 years, a farmer of McCreary’s Ridge died at his home Tuesday having been ill for several months.

  Wendell Vivian, nine-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawton of near Bennington died Tuesday of bronchial pneumonia.


  Commencement exercises of Vevay High School were held Friday night and Dr. Roscoe Gilmore Stott of Franklin was the speaker.

  Mrs. Lillie Burke and Miss Valley Meyers have leased the Jones Hotel and they took possession Monday.

  While attempting to get into a skiff at the wharfboat Saturday, Falba Brindley fell into the river when the boat swung away. She was pulled to safety by Helen Babcock and Kathleen Bevis, two girls who were with her.

  Mr. Archibald Shaw died Monday at his home in Jefferson County in the house where he was born and all of his long life was spent. His ancestors were pioneer settlers of Braytown.

  Miss Myra Brown and Warren Elsrod, both of near East Enterprise, were married in Rising Sun.

  Miss Dorothy Campbell will leave Saturday for Indianapolis where she will be an art instructor in the Teachers College in that city.


  William Brummel who was shot by Dick Lacey April 10th died at his home in Carrollton Tuesday night at the age of 29 years. Lacey and his brother Jim who was also involved have been placed under arrest and are being held for the May grand jury.

  At a meeting of the County Board of Education held Monday Ben F. Bennett of York Township was elected Truant Officer of Switzerland County.

  The mail boats made the first transfer Sunday and quite a crowd enjoyed the trip.

  The postmaster at Vevay was informed Monday that the order discontinuing the post office at Moorefield effective May 31st has been rescinded. It is now almost certain that the service will be reinstated exactly as it was before the agitation for the change was begun.

  Eugene Broadwell of Patriot was one of the four pitchers retained out of nine who were tried out by the Keokuk ball club. He has been pitching sensational ball and the Keokuk papers state that he is the best young pitcher in the Central Association.


  Edward Detraz, having disposed of his interest in the Shaw and Detraz grocery store will leave Monday for Harriman, Tennessee, where he will engage in the grocery business.

  Charles C. Shaw and Lewis F. Hatch have formed a partnership and will continue the grocery business at the old stand of Shaw and Detraz.

  B. F. Smith has taken into partnership his son Mervin in the boot and shoe business.


  The Odd Fellows Lodge of Vevay celebrated their 51st anniversary Tuesday.

  The Negro citizens of Switzerland County will give a picnic at Florence on May 14th to celebrate their freedom.

  Died April 6th near East Enterprise, Nicholas Sedam.