Reflections 05/14/20



  Deaths the week: Frank McKay, Richard Shotts, Howard White, Jesse Gardner.

  Ryan Lozier, 30 years old son of Phil Lozier of Switzerland County, was killed last week when an improvised explosive device — IED — exploded near him while he was working in Afghanistan. At the time of his death, Ryan Lozier was working for Global Security Systems, a private security company, but his service to his country is a long and decorated one. He was a true American hero. 

  Jason Craft has graduated form Oakland City University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education.

  Danelle K. Pattison Cord, wife of former resident Adam Cord, earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree recently from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. 

  Hannah Chapman won the 2010 Teen Idol. First runner up was Lindsey Turner and second runner up was Brooke Williams.

  Quinn Meyer of Switzerland County Boy Scout Troop #741 has attained the rank of Eagle Scout — a prestigious accomplishment requiring hard work and dedication for over five years.


  Ground was broken for the new Switzerland County Medical Clinic during ceremonies held Monday morning. The medical center is expected to be open after the first of the year, and will house doctors from he King’s Daughters’ Hospital, the Switzerland County Health Department, Dr. Robert Findley, and the Nurse-Managed Clinic. The construction of the clinic is being made possible by a $1.2 million gift forms he Belterra Resort and Casino through its development agreement with Switzerland County.

  Shane Chase and Crystal Chase were crowned as the King and Queen of the 2000 Switzerland County High School Prom during the dance Saturday night at the high school cafeteria. The royal couple was elected by a majority of those attending the prom.

  Jason Wiesmann, a graduate of Switzerland County High School and a senior at Franklin College, recently earn All-Conference honors in the Heartland Conference NCAA meet. He currently holds the third best time at Franklin College in both the high hurdles and low hurdles. He is the son of Ron and Eileen Wiesmann of East Enterprise.

  Raymond and Ann Louise Lee of Madison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 21st, with an open house. They were married at Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Switzerland County by Reverend Brainard Lee. 


  Eric Ray, 17, son of Doug and Barbara Ray of route 2, Vevay, has joined the ranks of skilled turkey hunters. He shot his turkey which weighed 30 pounds on May 2nd.

  Lannie Canada has been appointed assistant foreman in the maintenance department at Grote Manufacturing Company in Madison.

  An unmistakably majestic national symbol has returned to Switzerland County. Sighted in an old Sycamore tree at mile 518 of the Ohio River by Nelson Burley on May 2nd, a mature Bald Eagle stayed just long enough to be caught by the camera of Chuck Klein. After snapping only a few shots at a distance of over 200 yards, the exalted bird was spooked by an upbound tow hugging the Indiana shore, and soared gracefully down river. The snow white tail feathers, contrasted against the dark foliage of the Kentucky hills, could be seen for at least a mile. The giant bird, with an estimated wing span of seven feet, was last seen gliding over the Steele’s Bottom just across the river from Patriot. The last known recorded sighting of a Bald Eagle in the area was in 1981 on Goose Creek, approximately a mile from the current sighting.


  Harold C. “Red” Benedict of Vevay was among three outstanding alumni of Hanover College honored by the presentation of 1980 Alumni Achievement Awards at the College’s Alumni Day Banquet held recently.

  Marian College basketball coach John Grimes has announced that Todd Deaton of Switzerland County High School will attend the liberal arts college in Indianapolis next year. The 6’7” Deaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Deaton, of Vevay, will receive an academic scholarship to Marian. He has a 4.0 grade average in high school. A center, he was named to the South Dearborn All-Sectional team.

  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Goffe of Monticello, Indiana, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Debra, to Joe Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Seaver of Vevay. The nuptial mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello May 31st at 1:30 p.m.


  William Roeschlein, Switzerland County High School principal, submitted his resignation which was accepted by the county school board last Monday night. The departing 46-year-old Roeschlein has been principal at Swiss High throughout its two-year existence, having moved there after four years as principal at the former Patriot High School.

  The ranks of the U.S. Army increased last week with the enlistment of three Switzerland County young men, Terry Lee Barrows, John Steven Rhea, and Robert Allen Whitham.

  Vaccinations for rubella, or German measles, will be given in Switzerland County’s five elementary schools, beginning today with subsequent vaccine distribution May 13th and May 21st. At present one shot of rubella vaccine appears to give lifelong protection against the disease. The rubella vaccine is not the same as the measles vaccine.


  Hazel Byram of Vevay was elected vice chairman of the Democratic party in the Ninth District at a party meeting yesterday afternoon.

  The annual commencement dance, sponsored by the Vevay Athletic Club, will be staged almost a week earlier this year, it was announced during a Monday night meeting of the club at the Swiss Inn. Mrs. Robert Furnish, president of the women’s organization, said that the dance is scheduled for May 20th this year, whereas the traditional date has been around May 26th in past years. The popular Cliff Lash Orchestra will provide music for the dance, one of the county’s biggest social events.

  Sandra Stevens, a junior at Vevay High School, was the winner of a recent vocal contest at Hanover College, sponsored by Indiana Federated Clubs. Sandra is now entitled to a week’s training at Indiana University’s music clinic.


  A departure in barn building, the Michigan “pole type” dairy barn, which has just been completed on the Orchard Hills Farm No. 2, near Center Square, owned and operated by W. O. Protsman of Vevay, is attracting considerable attention in Switzerland County and neighboring communities where it is the only one of its kind.

  George and C. L. Boulton, sons of Joe Boulton, of Posey Township, were honored last week by their employers, the Newson Trucking Company of Columbus, Indiana for outstanding achievement in safety driving of the big semi-trailer freight trucks they operate out of Columbus. Both brothers were given the coveted “Two year pin” awarded to their best drivers.


  William E. Curry killed a copper head snake in front of his residence on Tell Street Monday afternoon.

  The motion picture “Gone With the Wind” is being shown at the Hoosier Theatre.

  Mrs. Mollie M. Hart, widow of Joseph E. Hart, former County Auditor, died at her home in Logansport, Indiana May 2nd.

  Robert Jackson, former partner in the Osborne’s Barber Shop left Wednesday to take a job at the James Barber Shop in Madison.

  The United States Civil Service Commission has announced that an examination will be held in the near future to fill the vacancy of the position of fourth class postmaster at Bennington.


  Mrs. Rebecca Gockel, a native of Posey Township, died at the home of her son Thomas Gockel in Indianapolis Tuesday at the age of 87 years.

  James H. Gibson, farmer of Posey Township, died at his home Thursday.

  William Saberton, aged 82 years, committed suicide by hanging Tuesday at the home of his nephew, Henry Martin, in Vevay.

  Perry E. Bear of Madison, ex-judge of Switzerland Circuit Court, died at his home Wednesday after an illness of only a few hours.

  Reece Rutherford, farmer of near Moorefield, died at his home Thursday after an illness of about a year.

  Mrs. Annette Lock Weaver, died Thursday at her home near Moorefield, having been in ill health for several years.

  Hugh M. Dibble, farmer of Posey Township, died at his home Thursday at the age of 80 years.

  Miss Bess Lanham has tendered her resignation as librarian and accepted an offer to organize a county library in Newport, Indiana.


  Died near Moorefield May 10th, Mrs. Anna Dalehow, 25, widow of Charles Dalehow. One daughter, four sisters, the parents and six brothers survive.

  Married in Madison May 8th by Reverend J. C. Black, Miss Mabel Day and Stanley Orem.

  Died in Ohio County May 7th, John Scott. He is survived by the widow, two sons and five daughters.

  A catfish weighing 33 pounds was caught recently by Fred Jennings. It was cut into steaks and sold.

  Died near Bennington May 5th, after a long illness, Carl Stoput, aged 31 years. The widow, two small sons, the mother and three sisters survive.

  The color scheme of the 1941 automobile plate will be black numerals on a salmon background.

  Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weaver of near Allensville.

  Married in Madison by Reverend W. C. Marshall, Miss Marie Vaughn and James Evans, both of Craig Township.

  Harry Towers, a former Vevay boy, is a member of the Shelbyville baseball team which played here Sunday. Vevay was victorious 19-4.


  Oscar Williamson died at his home in Vevay Monday after a prolonged illness. Mr. Williamson, who was 66 years of age, had served two terms as Sheriff of Switzerland County, as assessor of Jefferson Township for eight years and one term as postmaster of Vevay, and for the past two years as Truant officer of this county.

  The remains of W. H. White of Muncie, a former resident of Vevay, were brought to Vevay Wednesday and funeral services were held here Thursday.

  The Lyric Theatre which has been conducted by W. A. Williams for several years, was sold this week to Wallace J. Cotton and Frank Neal.


  The paper has eight pages and 48 broad long columns. Proportioned with size of the city and county it is the largest paper in the state.

  William H. Voris of Bennington has been appointed Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue and since May 1st has been on duty at Indianapolis.

  Died at Pleasant at the home of his son, Henry Kehlenbeek, aged 68 years.

  Mrs. Jenny Van Pelt of the firm of Manning and Van Pelt offers her interest (one-half) in the well known old stand Bazaron Main Street, Vevay.


  Married April 26th, by Dr. J. W. Murphy, John S. Humphrey and Miss Margaret Aldrich, both of this county.

  The Circuit Court has deferred adjournment for two weeks.

  Switzerland County has 4,810 children eligible to go to school in 1860.

  A new courthouse is being strongly advocated.