Reflections 08/20/20



  Deaths this week: Ada M. Smith, James Abner, Velma Waller, Pat Adams.

  The annual Indy International Wine Competition recently wrapped up, and Switzerland County’s Tom Demaree and The Ridge Winery again brought home a medal.

  The 39th Swiss Wine Festival gets started next Thursday night int he Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay; and Festival President Kirk Works says that his committee of volunteers has worked hard all year long to make sure that the 2010 Swiss Wine Festival is paced with thrills and excitement.

  The Little Swiss Polka Dancers will be performing at the Cincinnati Reds baseball game on September 10th.

  Center Square Baptist Church will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a Homecoming Celebration over Labor Day Weekend. 


  Russ Bragg will represent Jefferson Township on the Switzerland County School Board for the next two years. He will serve out the unexpired term of John Haskell, who resigned last month. Bragg was chosen from a group of five applicants for the job. Along with Bragg, applicants included: Kevin Craig, John Crawford, Jan Hazeldean and Cathy Hopper.

  When students arrive at Switzerland County high School to begin classes tomorrow they will be greeted by a familiar face as their new principal— Darrell Hansel; but they will also be introduced to a new administrative assistant — John Maxwell. He will also serve as the high school athletic director. 


  Angela Boles of Vevay, our Switzerland County Fair Queen, was third runner-up in the State Fair Queen Contest held last Saturday. She is the daughter of Shafe and Judy Boles and is a 1990 Switzerland County High School graduate.

Mr. and Mrs. Fay Hart will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Ogle Haus in Vevay Sunday, August 26th.


  The Swiss Alpine Festival didn’t encounter rain this year, but the warm, humid weather may have kept the crowds down slightly. However, even though the numbers were down, festival committee members and booth operators are calling it a success.

  Edelweiss Princess Janet Hall received the official edelweiss from Annabelle Beckett shortly after she was crowned. The flower was brought to the Festival from Switzerland. In the competition, Rae Jean Johnson was first runner-up and Carol Slack was second runner-up.


  Swiss Consul Alfred Keller and his wife will be among honored guests in Vevay this weekend as the third annual Swiss Wine Festival opens tonight and continues through Sunday in the town laid out in 1813 by Swiss settlers. The festival will be highlighted by three days of grape stomps, Swiss music, a visit by the Belle of Louisville steamboat, a parade, carriage rides, wine and cheese gardens, and a National Farmers Organization rally.

  Anthony T. “Tony” Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Earl of Vevay, has joined the U.S. Army and is undergoing basic training toward being reassigned to a continental Army post for advanced individual training.

  Douglas C. Leatherbury of Vevay has been named Switzerland County finance chairman for Congressman Lee H. Hamilton’s reelection campaign as Indiana Ninth District’s U.S. Representative.


  A 46-year-old tenant farmer from the mountains of Kentucky is being held in Switzerland County jail after allegedly abducting a 15-year-old girl and holding her in a state of imprisonment for nearly two years. Ruby Murrell, 15, told local and federal authorities that Steve Riley took her from her home in Cow Creek, Kentucky, on October 1st, 1958, and kept her with him until last Saturday evening when she broke away. Miss Murrell said that Riley threatened to kill her and the couple’s one-year-old child if she told anyone of the situation.

  The proposed consolidation of Patriot-Posey schools with the Rising Sun-Ohio County school system will be submitted to the Switzerland County Reorganization committee for formal vote at the committee’s next meeting, if present plans are carried out.

  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Patterson of Florence announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Florence, to Robert Vernon Koons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Koons of Patriot.


  Miss Naomi O’Neal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins of Vevay, and Elmer Johnson, son of Mrs. Susie Johnson of Florence, were married Saturday evening at 6:30 o’clock at the home of Reverend Walter Peters, officiating minister.

  Floyd Wayne, 3 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bond of near Patriot, and Switzerland County’s first 1950 polio case, is recovering from the disease in Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, where he was taken last week for treatment. Dr. Harold Griffith and Dr. Noel Graves pronounced it poliomyelitis in a mild form and advised hospital care. Their diagnosis was confirmed at Children’s Hospital and the Sister Kennedy hot pack treatment was begun. The little fellow is now showing steady improvement.

  The first Korean War casualty came to Switzerland County on Tuesday when Welby Jester of Vevay, was notified by the War Department that his 18-year-old son, Pfc. William Robert Jester had been “Missing in Action” since July 11th.


  Mrs. Nannie W. Smith, aged 93, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richard Briggs near Pleasant, Tuesday having been in ill health for several years.

  Frank Turner, lifelong resident of Pleasant Ridge, passed away at his home there after years of invalidism.

  An 8 1/2 pound baby boy was born August 9th to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bond of Patriot.

  Mrs. Indiana Fulton of East Enterprise celebrated her 93rd birthday by attending the James family reunion.

  Emerson Williamson, Vevay star basketball and baseball player will be one of a group of young men who will be given try-outs with the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field August 30th.

  Paul Bakes killed a 2 1/2 foot spreading viper snake Monday in front of W. O. Protsman. Mr. Bakes was passing in his car and saw the reptile crossing the street.

  Louis Sterling, aged 79, died at the County Infirmary Tuesday after an illness of several days.

  Name plates at the various street intersections are being redecorate by Harry E. Kerth.


  The 17th annual reunion of the Roberts family was held in the Vevay courthouse yard Sunday with 233 relatives in attendance.

  The drought is a serious thing in this county now. Many farmers are selling off their livestock because of lack of both feed and water. The market is glutted and prices are low. One farmer sent four good milk cows to market last week and received less than $50 for the lot.

  Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Cox and son Emerson have moved from Carrollton, Kentucky to Vevay where they will make their home.

  Lester Skirvin, 12, was drowned in the Ohio River near Ghent Wednesday morning. A Harlow youngster who was with the boy when the tragedy occurred became panic stricken and did not tell anyone of the drowning until questioned by a searching party organized by the victim’s mother.

  Died near Florence August 12th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Wigal.

  Died in Patriot, Mrs. Annie Crawford Manford, 80. Six sons and daughters survive.

  Married at Grants Pass, Oregon, Miss Josephine Boesch, former resident, and Joseph Dominguez.

  Married in Madison, Miss Hazel House and Harry Washmuth.

  Born, a son, Lawrence Graham, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth K. Thompson (nee Bernice Archer) of Ichowfi, Shantung, China.

  The D. G. Manning property now owned by Ben Welch and family has been purchased by Mrs. Jane Gates who will take possession soon.

  The Little Helpers Mission Band, organized in 1884, with Mrs. Emily Brown McCulloch as leader, held a reunion on Åugust 10th at the Center Square Baptist Church.


  Andrew J. Tilley, formerly of this city, and Miss Fay Taylor of Chicago, were married in Chicago Monday. On the same day, Mr. Tilley’s sister, Miss Lura Tilley and Dr. High M. Thiebaud, both of Vevay, were married at the Palace Hotel in Cincinnati.

  Henry Myers, aged 77 years, died at his home at Allensville, August 10th.

  Low water is interfering seriously with river navigation.

  Alfred Henry Yates, little son of Nelson and Winnie Yates, colored, died Wednesday at the age of three years.

  Married, August 4th, at Bloomington, Illinois, Miss Susie Cole and Mr. Samuel Vance. They arrived in Vevay Sunday and expect to make their home here.

  The Ohio River Telephone Company has ordered a splendid new switchboard which will be installed in the office formerly occupied by G. S. Pleasant’s Law Office.

  Practically every livery rig in Vevay has been engaged for the Enterprise fair in session this week.

  Born to Prentice Konkle and wife August 14th, a boy.

  Miss Bertha Morrison and Thomas Ramseyer were married Sunday by Reverend E. W. Reinhart.


  Died in Florence August 9th Johauna Klein, aged 70 years, wife of Colonel Robert Klein.

  Died in Vevay August 9th John Peters, aged 64 years.

  Nettie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Pleasants, is seriously ill of scarlet fever.

  Eugene Sheftel has installed a barber shop in the Delancy House.

  Wilmer Kerth is pantry man on the steamer, City of Vevay, plying between Cincinnati and Pomeroy.

  Yesterday while Alex McKenzie and Daniel Tower were placing a log on a wagon near Moorefield, a rope broken allowing the log to roll on McKenzie, severely injuring his leg.

  O. M. Given has graduated at Danville College and returned to his home near Florence.


  Married August 5th by Reverend H. B. Banta, William Lanham and Mrs. Hannah Adams.

  Married on July 17th, Simeon Tague and Miss Tabitha Turner.

  Married in Bethlehem, Indiana on August 2nd, Morton Short and Miss Minerva Short.

  George Aushutz of Pleasant Township lost two good horses Saturday while returning from Vevay he was overtaken by a storm and drove under a tree for shelter. Lightning struck the tree killing the horses and shocking Mr. Aushutz.

  Sunday evening E. Shuff, living near Center Square lost his farm, hay and grain by lightning. At the same time Jonathan McMakin lost a stack of hay.

  The Decotah, a fine low water steamer, is now running in place of the Forrest Queen.