Reflections 08/04/2022



  Deaths this week: Melvin Flood, Paul Nixon, Conrad Greedn, William E. Lloyd.

  The 2012 Princess of the Swiss Wine Festival is Jessie Ray. She was sponsored by the Ridge Winery Tasting Room; and is the daughter of Troy Ray and Billie and Shane Jackson.

  Alice Emery retired from the US Postal Service as Postmaster of the Patriot Post Office, having worked at Patriot for 32 years.

  For county farmers, the 2012 drought is ‘worst year they’ve seen’.


  The 2002 Swiss Wine Festival will hold its first event this Sunday with the Prince and Princess Scholarship Program. This year’s program will be held in the showroom at Belterra, and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  Emy Jo Ray graduated cum laude from the registered nursing program at Ivy Tech State College on May 19th. The graduation took place at Hanover College, with a pinning ceremony immediately following.

  Last year the Switzerland County Historical Society saved a priceless piece of county history when it purchased a barn in the county that held one of the last remaining hay presses. The problem that the society faced a year ago was that the seller asked that the barn be moved off of his property but was very cooperative in terms of a time line for doing so. Now, that situation has been solved. The Dow Corning Corporation has gifted 165 acres of land that is known locally as the Bear Farm on State Road 56 west of Vevay. The historical society will use this land to relocate the barn with the historic hay press on it.


  ‘George’, Vevay’s celebrated town dog, has been selected Grand Marshal of the 1992 Swiss Wine Festival parade. George will lead the parade through Vevay starting at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, and his many friends are expected to line the streets to honor him. The Wine Festival committee decided to recognize George for his valued community service — and, perhaps, to console him following his recent arrest for being a stray dog. That trouble kept George, the much-loved mascot of the town, off the streets of Vevay, where he once roamed free. Now he’ll return, in style. Town mailman Lowell Wayne Sullivan,  who says that of all the dogs on his daily rounds George is the only one who has never hassled him, had the idea to proclaim George the Festival’s Grand Marshal. Plans are to have George ride at the head of the parade — possibly with Lowell Wayne. It’s not yet decided whether George will wear a leash.

  Marine Corporal Scott D. Sublett, son of Carol Ann Sublett of Vevay, recently earned the Good Conduct Medal. He is currently assigned with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is a 1989 graduate of Switzerland County High School.


  A new school board member was sworn into office Thursday as the Switzerland County school board approved a new handicapped and disadvantaged counselor position. Kenneth Griffin, 46, was named to fill the vacancy on the board created following the recent death of Paul Wiley.

  Duane Cole, son of Hilbert and Delores Cole of Bennington has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, according to SSGT Jack Dufour, Air Force recruiter in Lawrenceburg.

  In a candlelight double ring ceremony read by Reverend Bledsoe at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay on June 26th, Marsha Hughes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hughes of Florence, became the bride of Lawrence Chase of Vevay.

  Karen Reed and Terry Hall, both of Switzerland County, exchanged wedding vows Saturday evening, July 31st, in a ceremony performed at the home of Dennis Hall, uncle of the groom. The bride is the daughter of Leon and Jean Morton of Pleasant and the groom’s parents are Jo Ann Hall of Moorefield and Leon Hall of Vevay.


  Linda Wolf, 22, a Fort Wayne native, will assume the duties formerly managed by Ethelynn James on Monday, August 7th. She will be the Home Economist for Switzerland and Jefferson counties. According to County Agent Ray Schanding, Ethelynn James is enjoying retirement in her native town of Hamilton, Ohio.

  Thomas Leslie Byram, son of Les Byram, former Vevay postmaster, has been promoted to the position of Administrator of Samaritan Hospital of Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York.

  Lloyd Farrar, publicity chairman for the upcoming Swiss Wine Festival, has announced that the Edelweiss Princess who will be chosen August 5th will be featured on the Bob Braun television show August 7th. The show will be seen at noon on WLW-TV.

  Lloyd Farrar, route 3, has accepted a position to teach educationally handicapped children, ages 13 through 18, in the Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School for the coming year. Farrar is a well-known community spirited citizen who arrived in Vevay in 1951 to start a grocery store on the southwest corner of Main and Liberty streets.


  A Switzerland County mother and 4-year-old daughter are reported in satisfactory condition following an automobile accident near Florence last Wednesday. Expected to be returned home this weekend are Jessie Mae Baatz, 37, of rural route 1, Florence, and her daughter, Diane Baatz.

  Members of the Vevay High School Band will be guests of honor this Saturday at the annual Band Boosters’ Summer Festival on the courtyard of the County Courthouse. Proceeds from the festival go toward the purchase of equipment, uniforms, and instruments for the band.

  The City Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce members were guests in Vevay and at Markland Dam Thursday as they sought information concerning the dam project and its effects on the economic and social aspects of a community.

  A gala grand opening is scheduled this shopping weekend at Vevay’s newest business, Farrar’s Supermarket, on state road 156 just east of town. The new market, owned and operated by Lloyd and Norma Farrar, opened for business two weeks ago and is celebrating the opening this weekend.


  Work of resurfacing and repairing state highways 56 and 129 leading to Vevay is almost completed.

  Switzerland County was deeply shocked last Thursday, July 24th, to learn that Irvin Lock, 83, former County Commissioner and a respected retired farmer of York Township, had lost his life by drowning in a pool in Log Lick Creek near his farm home.

  Elbert Lock of Vevay, route 4, who recently completed a watch repair course, is now employed as an apprentice at the Ricketts Jewelry store on Main Street. Mr. Lock is a veteran of World War II.

  Mrs. Edyth Adams has brought to this office a giant tomato weighing one pound and one ounce. The big vegetable, of hybrid variety, is not on display in the office. It has been eaten long ago.

  Mrs. John Truitt has received word that Artemus Scudder, 64, member of a pioneer family of this county, passed away at a hospital in La Porte, Indiana, July 22nd. “Artie,” as he was known to most people, taught in the Switzerland County schools for 13 years then moved to the northern part of the state.


  Guy S. Harris has accepted the position of Town Director of Civilian Defense for Patriot, his appointment filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Merle Allen, former director.

  An airplane trip started early Sunday morning by Minor Bakes and Charles Scott was terminated when the airports, because of the present emergency, refused them permission to land, and they were forced to return.

  Mrs. Louise H. Weaver, 98, who was until the death of her sister in September, one of the nation’s oldest twins, died July 15th, at Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Weaver was born in Vevay, but had made her home in the West for many years.


  Miss Juanita Tyler, bookkeeper at the East Enterprise State Bank, has been elected cashier of that institution to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harry D. Stow, who passed away last week.

  Raymond Marsh, of the East Enterprise community, died at the home of his mother in Rising Sun Friday, after having been in ill health for several years.

  A barn and a crib on the farm of Mrs. Mattie Ford near Patriot were destroyed by fire Friday morning when struck by lightning. Two horses in the barn were killed by the bolt of lightning.

  Miss Effie Warner, aged 55, resident of Posey Township, passed away at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati on Saturday evening. The deceased had been an invalid nearly all her life.


  A nine month school for Vevay — a dream of school officials for years — is to be realized at last. School will open September 5th and continue until the latter part of May.

  Charles Jaynes, proprietor of the New Midway Hotel in Vevay, has leased his kitchen and dining room to James Scott and wife, who took possession Sunday morning.

  Mrs. Caroline Heady and Chester Gibbs were married in Covington, Kentucky, July 15th, by Reverend Llewellyn L. Henson.


  The Lewis Dry Goods Store is carrying an advertisement in this issue of the Reveille, which will mark the beginning of its large closing out sale.

  Patriot is getting so popular with motor boats and auto parties that there is some talk of building a summer hotel there, especially to accommodate such parties and summer boarders from the city. The scenic view from Patriot is unsurpassed by any point along the Ohio.

  From Chicago comes a report that there is to be a general advance of about 20 percent in the price of shoes. Help!

  Lewis Romerill, one of our hustling gardeners, gathered 32 quarts of butter beans at one picking one day last week. Not so bad for a home garden.

  Patriot is soon to have some fine new gasoline lamps which will be a great improvement to the town and what the burg has needed for some time.

  Dr. Lucian Bailey has procured an office in Fairview and will be located there in a few days.


  The male quartet of the Presbyterian Church were out serenading some of their lady friends Monday night.

  Vevay is hungry for a circus.

  Died in Vevay, July 29th, Mrs. Maria D. Snyder, aged 75 years, 1 month, and 1 day.


  Licensed to marry — Samuel Bills to Emma Moody.

  Died at her home near Markland Tuesday morning, Mrs. Fannie Ricketts.


  On July 26th, while Robert Torrance was driving a horse hitched to a hay rake, it became frightened and ran away. Mr. Torrance was kicked and thrown from the rake. His right leg was broken below the knee and his body was badly bruised. Although seriously injured he will probably recover.

  The school trustees of Vevay have contracted for the building of a new school house on the east corner of the lot now occupied by the school house. The building will be two stories high, made of brick with a slate roof.

  James Owen Gill, son of John Gill, of Vevay, was drowned in the Ohio River at Louisville, Sunday afternoon. He was employed on the steamer Ben Franklin. He jumped from the boat into the river to bathe and failed to come up. The body was found Tuesday and brought to Vevay for burial.


  [Civil War news:]

  The 22nd Indiana Regiment at last accounts is in camp near San Jacinto, Mississippi. It has seen much active service in its year of duty and its aggregate strength is now — rank and file, 844; absent, sick, 30; absent on furlough, 25; absent with leave, 5; absent without leave, 15; leaving in camp on duty, 769. This regiment has been constantly on the move, having traveled 2,764 miles, of which only 889 miles were by rail and steamboat.

  Governor Morton has received authority from Secretary Stanton to raise the regiment of cavalry.

  A letter from the Adjutant General informs us that Governor Morton has ordered Colonel Ormsby to place the militia of Switzerland County under the most efficient organization. The state will furnish arms and ammunition.

  Among the 13 members of Company F 3rd Indiana Cavalry captured on July 21st near Fredericksburg, Virginia, was Edward Shievelbein. He lives near Plum Creek.

  Bills of the bogus Manufacturers Bank, at Hartford, in Ohio County, are again in circulation. Like the Agricultural Bank at Mount Sterling in this county it never had any existence.

  A. C. Voris of Bedford, formerly of Switzerland County, has been appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, as Commissary of Subsistence with the rank of Captain. Pay, $138.50 per month.