Reflections 1-4-18



Deaths this week: Neida J. Roger, Barbara Moore, Helen O’Connor, Ivan D. Allen, William Jo Popp, Harold E. Copeland, Sarah E. Lowery.

Sara Lyn Allen and Paul Douglas Reagan III were married on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Switzerland Baptist Church.

Kiera Rain Otter was born on Thursday, April 19th, 2007. She is the daughter of Kyle Otter and Lindsey Probst of Vevay.


It hit quickly Monday afternoon and caused many county resident to suffer some minor collisions with their automobiles while driving home from work. The county received its first snowfall of the winter season.

Robert Slover and Vickie James were sworn in Monday morning by Superior Court judge John Mitchell as Switzerland County’s new auditor and treasurer.

Emily Mahorney of near Vevay will travel to Kenya from January 1st-18th as a part of a ministry project sponsored by Taylor University. Emily Mahorney is a student at the Fort Wayne Campus of Taylor University and will travel with a group of fellow students who will participate in the Kenya Ministry Project, which is hosted by Empowering Lives International. She is the daughter of Richard and Darlene Mahorney.


Marine Corporal Scott D. Sublett, son of Carol Ann Sublett of route 2, Vevay, recently returned with the 26th Marine Expenditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean.

The year ended for the Switzerland County Commissioners with a short meeting Monday morning. It was a meeting at which the Commissioners gave special honor to Raymond Clifton, the County Commissioners who died Wednesday, December 23rd, at the age of 86.

The Switzerland County Area Planning Commission will need a new executive secretary – the chief administrator of the county zoning code – after the first of the year. Leon Johnson who has held that position for the past 10 years has resigned effective at the end of the year due to the fact he has been elected County Commissioner.


Wilbur Allen was officially appointed as Switzerland County’s new Clerk of Courts by Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb. Allen’s official commission will be signed by the Governor in Indianapolis and his oath of office will be administered in Vevay. Allen succeeds J.C. Ramsey, who resigned the clerk’s job to accept a position as field examiner with the State Board of Accounts.

Mrs. Katie P. Andrew, 80, of Vevay passed away Tuesday night at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

George M. Bliss, 89, of near Markland, passed away Monday at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.

Mrs. Marie Willie, 62, of Vevay passed away December 20th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mrs. Ella P. Duvall, 90, of Vevay, passed away December 20th at Dearborn County Hospital.

Roy Sheldon, 81, of Florence, died at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison Saturday evening.


An open house was held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Hankins of near Moorefield in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Bertha M. Coy, 71, a well-known resident of Vevay, passed away at Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis, after an illness of about three months. She had been in frail health for nearly a year.

Plans for a June 9th wedding at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay are being made by Miss Carolyn Jean Danner and Lieutenant Lanny Jay Beach.

Miss Eva Graham has received word of the death of a cousin, John O. Graham, in St. Starke, Florida. He was the youngest son of William and Mollie Graham and was born in Mount Sterling.


Many rumors have been circulated about the three county boys who were wounded in action and all have proved false. Letters have been received by the families of Nathan Osborn and Louis Patterson stating that they were well and safe. No further information has been received from Raymond McFarland.

The County Salvage Committee announces a campaign now underway for the collection of tin cans.

Once again residents of the lower bottoms in Vevay and Switzerland County are in danger of being run out by high water that extends up the entire valley.

Mrs. Dora Protsman, widow of Reverend Louis Protsman of this county, died at her home in Chicago on Christmas morning, having been ill for several months.

Jerry Whitton passed away at his home on the Fairview-Bennington Road December 27th at the age of 78 years.

Jack Warren Fox of Vevay and Miss Mary Susan Schmaltz of Bloomington were united in marriage December 19th in Bloomington.

Sergeant Charles T. Smith of near Quercus Grove and Miss Rose Mary Quatty of Florida were married December 12th at Bainbridge, Georgia.

A daughter, Linda Lou, was born Christmas Day to Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Tyler of near Fairview.


Mrs. Clara Neal of Bennington and John W. Colden of Wilcox, Missouri, were married at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Leep December 17th by Reverend D. J. Cole of Pratt, Kansas.

Henry Waltz, living on lower Parks Ridge, died of heart trouble Tuesday morning at the age of 78 years.

Mrs. Viola Dufour died at her home near Vevay. Mrs. Dufour, who was 71 years of age had been ill with pneumonia only a few days.

Born December 26th, a daughter to Professor and Mrs. R. N. Tirey.

Miss Antha Burnham and James Hankins of Parks Ridge were married Sunday, December 22nd.

Miss Ida Griswold of Morton Buchanan of Avonsburg were married in Vevay December 21st.

Miss Opha Wright and Josh Poore of Santa Fe Bottom were married Christmas Eve.


James A. Works died at his home in Vevay Saturday, aged 72 years, 3 months, and 16 days.

Married on Christmas morning at Florence, Indiana, by M. Long DuPlan, J.P. – Mr. John E. Morris and Miss Vivian V. Wright, both of Switzerland County.

Married at the residence of the bride’s father December 25th by Reverend W. B. Seymour – Mr. William Rayls and Miss Emma Rayls.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Campbell of Sugar Branch.

Word has been received of the death of Miss Alice Simpson, formerly of Lamb, now of Fresno, California on Sunday, December 25th.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Charlton of Pleasant.

Henry Schroeder of Patriot probably handles more turnkeys during the holidays than any other man in the county – fully 1,000, most of which went East.

Licensed to marry – Arthur Bruce and Annie M. Swango; Prior Scott and Sada James; Alfred Falkner and Ada Dietz; Oliver P.M. Vanosdol and Lillie B. Lewis.


The President has acknowledged the receipt of the resignation of the Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, and the Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Chase, and has informed them that after due deliberation he has come tot he conclusion that the acceptance of their resignation would be incompatible with the public welfare. The President has hitherto requested both to resume their respective function. They have resumed their places as heads of their respective departments.

The hay market is very brisk in Vevay. Buyers pay $13.50 per ton.

The Richmond Examiner of December 12th says $70 per pair is charged for army boots in that city.

Money is worth less now than it has been for a year.

Died on December 19th in Vevay of Diphtheria, Sallie Belle, two-year-old daughter of Otis S. and hattie A. Waldo.

We print excerpts from an interesting letter from Colonel M.C. Garber, with the Union army at Memphis, Tennessee, to his paper, The Madison Courier, in this edition.