Reflections 08/25/2022



  Deaths this week: Debra Dixon, Norma Lee Leap, Mary Miller, Maxine Ravenscraft, Gayle McNeese, Larry Elliott, Emma Lou Hartley, Leon Perry, Barbara Renyer, Dick Morgan, Dessie Dozier.

  Thanks to record turnout on Friday night for the Aaron Tippen, Sammy Kershaw concert, the 2012 Swiss Wine Festival saw attendance over last year. According to Festival President Kirk Works, more than 22,031 people attended the four-day festival.

  The CashSaver Cost Plus Food Outlet will open Thursday, and will mark the return of a full service grocery store in Vevay in more six months.

  Stephanie Smith was crowned as the 2012 Edelweiss Teen Princess last Thursday night as the 41st Swiss Wine Festival opened. This year’s court includes, third runner up Erika Coy; second runner up Macy Barwick; first runner up and Miss Congeniality Shyla Prince; and fourth runner up Emily Evans. 


  The 31st Swiss Wine Festival gets underway tonight (Thursday) in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Highlighting the opening night’s festivities will be the Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant which will begin at 7 p.m.

  Diana Garland, daughter of Roger and Lisa Garland of near Vevay, is this year’s Indiana Jersey Princess. She recently competed in the Indiana Dairy Princess Contest which consisted of representatives of the different dairy associations.

  Switzerland County teacher Sharon Wright is congratulated by school board president Wayne Daugherty on being honored as the American Legion’s Secondary School Teacher of the Year for the state of Indiana.

  Tom Demaree’s “Black Jack” wine earned a bronze medal at the recent Indy International Wine Competition. There were more than 3,200 wines entered in the competition, which was held in conjunction with the Indiana State Fair. The Ridge Winery will be featured at this weekend’s Swiss Wine Festival.

  Switzerland County’s Leslie Green, daughter of Joey and Kaulene Green of Popcorn Ridge, traveled to New Zealand and Australia this summer as part of the “People to People Sports Ambassador Program.” While on the trip the group visited the Australian Wildlife Park, where they got to pet and feed kangaroos. She participated in basketball tournaments in both countries.


  The cutting of tobacco, the money crop for many Switzerland County farmers, has gotten underway with some early birds already having most of their crop hanging in the barn. According to John Keeton the crop looks good for the now underway harvest season.

  When the Houston Astros take on the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium September 24th-26th a lot of Switzerland County residents will be in the stands. That’s not too unusual, many locals make the one-hour drive to the park each weekend the Reds are home. But, the difference will be that about 60 county residents will be there in the hopes of seeing native son Larry Ray play in the majors. The 24-year-old Ray has been notified that he will be moved up to the Houston Astros as soon as the season ends on September 1st. That means that Larry may have a chance to play before many home towners in the weekend series with the Reds late next month.


  New teachers in the Switzerland County School Corporation this year are: Brian Ford, Steve Goddard, Darin Gullion and Tammy Beitzel.

  It didn’t take Lee Hamilton long to hear comments about the need for improvement on Vevay Hill. When he visited Vevay on Saturday afternoon, it was the first subject that Switzerland County residents talked about during the Congressman’s hour-long public meeting. Mr. Hamilton, who represents Indiana’s Ninth District, said he “strongly supports” improvements on Vevay Hill and has communicated that to Department of Transportation commissioner John Dillon.


  See Kwan. See Kwan swim. Kwan is 5 months old. Kwan can swim like a fish. Kwan takes swim lessons. Since he was 4 months old. Born March 12th in Madison, the son of Cabell and Judy Park McKee is taking his swim lessons from Mrs. Ann Carroll in Bloomington where father Cabell, son of Mr, and Mrs. Morris McKee of Main Street, Vevay, will attend optometry school at Indiana University this fall. Mrs. Carroll says classes for infants could be called “drown-proofing.” Even if an infant does not learn to swim, it can become “drown-proofed” so it will know what to do if it falls in the water.

  The Reverend and Mrs. Brainard Lee of route 2, Madison, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, being honored by their family at an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. 


  Wilford Buchanan, Raymond Barnes and Leland Wiley were winners in the annual Jaycee Tractor Pull held Friday and Saturday. Buchanan was heavy-weight champion pulling 27,000 pounds, Wiley was middleweight winner with a pull of 20,000 pounds, and Barnes won the lightweight class by pulling 17,000 pounds.

  Miss Joy Strausbaugh, who has been acting head of the music therapy department at Madison State Hospital, has resigned that position to accept a teaching appointment at Cornell Liberal Arts College at Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

  The official temperature in Switzerland County Monday was 100 degrees! That was the figure recorded on the United States weather bureau instruments now installed at the Vevay light and water plant. The minimum degree was 66. The day was one of the hottest on record.

  Reverend Denver Gregory of the Vevay Nazarene Church has completed his successful stay in Vevay and has moved to Freetown, Indiana, where he will begin new duties next Wednesday.


  Reverend and Mrs.  Harry E. Woods will leave Vevay next Wednesday for the Orient, where he will resume his duties as a Director of the Oriental Missionary Society.

  The 86th birthday of Mrs. Lilly Dow and the 14th birthday of Miss Shirley Smith was celebrated August 13th at the home of Mrs. Dow near Vevay. Guests were Nella Dow and Sharon Smith.

  Readers of this newspaper will be interested to know that Clyde R. Protsman has just received a framed “Award of Honor” for Excellence in Poetry from Olive Inez Downing, President of the Poets’ Corner, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.

  At a special meeting of the Vevay Town Board here on Monday evening, Fred Jennings, Jr., was appointed Town Marshal to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of his brother, Francis Jennings.

  Mrs. Sarah Janie Hickman, 87, a native and nearly lifelong resident of this county, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Flora Weaver in Indianapolis last Friday following an illness of several days.

  Mrs. Mary Heiderman, 93, a highly respected resident of Cross Plains, route 1, in Switzerland County, died at her home there last Thursday, August 14th, after an acute illness of a weeks’ duration.

  The 88th annual Moorefield celebration will be held at the Moorefield community park on Saturday, August 30th. Speaker for the occasion will be Reverend Russell E. Ford, widely known preacher and singer from Candle Tabernacle in Indianapolis.


  Envelopes for the new V-mail service are now available at the local post office.

  Upon seeing the item in last week’s issue concerning the large tomatoes brought to this office, Mrs. Louis Cole presented us with six tomatoes weighing seven pounds, and Mrs. Mort Bennett, one Windsor tomato weighing two pounds.

  Ernest Swango, lifelong resident of this county, passed away suddenly at his home in Mount Sterling, Friday evening from the effect of a heart attack.

  Mrs. W. E. Morris, a native of Vevay, died at her home in Mockville, North Carolina.


  Mrs. Anna Cotton, past 80 years of age, who resides alone on Indian Creek, had the misfortune to break her hip Wednesday morning when a cow knocked her over and stepped upon her while she was in the act of milking.

  Richard I. Henry, retired, died Sunday evening at his home in Vevay, as the result of injuries which he received Saturday when he fell while painting the roof of his residence.

  Dorothy, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Walston of near Long Run, died Friday after an illness of a complication of diseases.

  Earl W. Shaw, farmer living near Vevay, died Tuesday afternoon in the Milan hospital. Mr. Shaw had been undergoing treatment at the hospital and was thought to be responding favorably.


  Ralph N. Tirey, former superintendent of the Vevay schools, now head of the Washington, Indiana School, has been elected superintendent of the Bloomington, Indiana school system.

  While Floyd Koons was driving a horse and mule on a new pike in Posey Township last Friday, lightning struck the team, instantly killing the mule, injuring Mr. Koons and rendering the horse unconscious. The storm was not a severe one, and lightning did not strike any place else in the township.


  Beef went up to $10 per hundred in Chicago last week, the highest record since the cow jumped over the moon.

  Henry Pate, aged citizen of Patriot, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lon Rice, Sunday afternoon. The deceased was 84 years of age and had been in failing health for some time.

  Elisha James, aged 80 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mollie Carver, at Florence, August 16th.


  In a match trot at Owenton, Kentucky, last week between “Outline,” belonging to O. D. Cunningham, of Florence, and “Phallus,” belonging to Ed Marshall, of Warsaw, Outline won the race.

  John Tague, aged citizen of Sugar Branch, died at his home there Monday night.

  Married in Vevay Sunday afternoon, August 21st, by Reverend J. B. Morrison, Reverend Warren B. Perry and Miss Ella Moxley, both of this city.


  Francis W. Baxter, aged 62 years, died August 23rd in Vevay.

  James McKay of Craig Township has placed an exhibition in Vevay, some of the finest peaches seen this year. The largest one weighs 13 ounces.

  H. C. Pickett is probably the largest onion set grower in Switzerland County. His crop this year was 760 bushels and was purchased by James K. Pleasants.


  Captain Malin has sent a report to state authorities under the order for drafting. By township the report is as follows: Jefferson Township, 368 men under 45 and over 18 years of age; 225 in the army; York 198 men, 188 in the army; Posey, 350 and 110; Cotton 204 and 117; Pleasant 306 and 129; Craig 239 and 107. There were 161 certificates of disability.

  At a recruiting meeting at Fairview last week about a dozen men contributed $112 as bounty to be distributed among those who volunteered on that occasion.

  Drafting commences in Indiana on September 4th at 9 o’clock.

  Captain Tinker’s company is at Shepherdsville, Kentucky, guarding a bridge over Salt River. William Lewis, William Campbell, Marion Botroff, P. M. Pavey, and Mr. Edwards are in the hospital in Louisville.

  Morgan has again invaded Kentucky with a strong force.

  Reverend J. H. Cleveland of Milan, who has been preaching in Vevay one Sabbath each month has gone into the ranks of the army. At his last appointment here he announced to his congregation that “having no family or business affairs to keep him at home, he could not consistently remain and eat chicken and say ‘Go, boys,’ therefore he had shouldered the musket in defense of his country and now said, ‘Come, boys’.”

  Work on the Universalist Church in Vevay has commenced.

  Our friend, John W. Wright, has left our office a sample of timothy grown on his farm which is 7 feet, 1 inch high. If any of our hay growers can beat it, we should like to hear from them.