Reflections 11-24-16



Deaths this week: Betty Luellen.

Tim Schoonover, Jr., graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on November 10th.

Switzerland County band members Aaron Deacon and D.J. Burrier earned spots on the prestigious All District Honor Band recently.

The Switzerland County School Board honored longtime employee Wilma Cole on the occasion of her retirement.

This months winners of the “Celebrating Success” award at the Switzerland County School Board meeting included: Jacqueline Hensley, Joey Hite, Laura Nay and Crystal Bevis.


The Sullivan’s Pharmacy-Phoenix Hotel building, a Vevay landmark at the corner of Main and Liberty streets for 150 years, has been purchased by local residents Tom and Judy Richardson, who hope to preserve its historic significance. The Richardsons purchased the building from Jack Sullivan. Sullivan’s Pharmacy, owned and operated by Jack Sullivan and his father Warren Sullivan before him since 1919, closed last month as Jack Sullivan announced his retirement. He said the building was for sale, and Tom and Judy Richardson agreed to buy it.

Vevay town mailman Lowell Wayne Sullivan has been honored for his 25 years of service to the local post office. Vevay postmaster Gerri Lynn Dickerson made the presentation Tuesday morning along with other post office employees.

Evon Ralston Gray and Reta Rea Gray will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday November 23rd.

A semi truck carrying concrete slabs overturned on Highway 129 early Tuesday morning, but luckily no one was injured in the accident, The incident is the fifth semi truck accident in Switzerland County since the State of Indiana restricted heavy truck access across the Madison-Milton bridge. In the other four accidents, semi trucks loaded with rolls of steel overturned, losing their cargo.


The tobacco market season opens Monday, November 25th. Many Switzerland County growers will be taking their burley to markets in Carrollton and Madison. Demand is high and supply is low, so the experts are predicting good prices – somewhere in the range of $1.83 a pound.

Wedding ceremonies will be held for Dora Thomas and Scott Henry, both of Hominy Ridge, near Florence, this Saturday, November 23rd, in the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.


U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar recently announced that two Switzerland County High School students have been selected to attend his Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis on December 6th. They are Angela Heath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Heath of Vevay; and Randy Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Cole of Route 1, Vevay.

Bonnie Fancher, Switzerland County High School’s nominee for the 1987 Indiana Teacher of the Year, has been selected as a finalist by a committee of representatives from major state educational organizations.

Navy Seaman Recruit Gabriel D. Umila, son of Pamala R. and Gabriel D. Umila Sr., Vevay, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.


“We may get $1.20 yet” was about all you could hear people say at the tobacco warehouses this week. After a weak start last week, with disappointing prices and sale so small it was thought for awhile they might be stopped, the tobacco market took a turn for the better – much better – this week.

Some say it’s a coyote, some say its a fox, but Chester James said its a wolf; and Vevay furrier Herb Peelman is sure it’s a wolf. There’s not supposed to be any wolves in Switzerland County, but this animal – he weighed about 75 or 80 pounds – resembled one. He was shot buy a deer-hunting friend of Mr. James in Switzerland County woods Sunday. The pelt was given to James.

Sherley Sample of Louisville, son of Mrs. Robert Sample of Bennington, received a master’s degree in business administration recently from the University of Louisville. Mr. Sample is a 1967 graduate of Vevay High School, and a 1971 graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute. He works for the Tube Turn Corporation of Louisville.

Margaret Ann Varble, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Varble, of near Moorefield, and Kenny Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Riley of Long Run will be married December 18th in a ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, Vevay.


Dick Moser, chairman of Indiana’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service state committee, presented a trophy to Switzerland County ASCS officials recognizing the local office as the most improved in the state during the past year. Accepting the award was Mrs. Vera McSwain, office manager and Wilford Buchanan, county committee chairman.

Marine Sergeant Randall C. Miller, son of Mrs. Mildred Miller of 309 Ohio Street, Vevay, was awarded the Air Medal while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 16 at the Marble Mountain Air Facility, Da Nang, Vietnam.

Robert John Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Robinson of Rural Route 3, Vevay, will sing bass with Bob Jones University Oratorio Society and Orchestra in Brahms “A German Requiem” at the university Saturday and Sunday. Robinson is a senior majoring in chemistry in the College of Arts and Science.


A 7 pound, 14 ounce boy, Thomas Kenneth, Jr., was born Saturday, October 24th, to Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Bolton of San Francisco, California. Petty Officer First Class T. K. Bolton and Mrs. Bolton (nee Nelgene Wentworth) are both former Switzerland County residents.

A daughter was born Sunday at the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Scott of Mount Sterling. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and has been named Christy Lee.

Mr. Emmett Danner, owner of Danner’s Hardware and Furniture store of Vevay, has received the Estwing Gold Hammer Award for his firm that has served the hardware industry for a half Century or more.


Miss Dorothy Martin of Patriot and Edward L. Mayo of Middlebury, Vermont were married in Covington, Kentucky Wednesday, November 27th, by Reverend Jesse L. Murrell of the First Methodist Church.

Born Friday, November 29th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Leatherbury of Five Points.

Private Charles Earls of Vevay and Miss Erma Dilts of Rising Sun were married Saturday, November 23rd, at the home of Reverend Charles Roe, pastor of the Christian Church in Carrollton, Kentucky.

The marriage of Miss Aldean Pavy and Leland R. Wiley was solemnized Saturday afternoon, November 30th, at the home of Reverend Walter Peters, the officiating minister.

Miss Mary K. Bladen of Vevay was united in marriage November 22nd to L.L. Dubuque of Lincoln, Nebraska in a ceremony performed in Jeffersonville, Indiana by Reverend P. E. Franz.

Miss Helen Uhlman, Route 1, Bennington and Donald Scott, Route 4 Vevay, were married at the home of Reverend Frank Reed Saturday afternoon, November 30th.

Mrs. Julia H. Poling of near Allensville and Wesley Rieman of near East Enterprise were married at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Frank M. Reed, Saturday afternoon.


Dr. L. H. Bear, County Health Officer, is this week issuing a notice to all dog owners to keep their dogs muzzled or on a leash for a further period of 90 days. Several potential cases of rabies are being treated in the county and the only way to insure public safety is a strict quarantine measure until the situation is cleared up.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Phillips west of Markland was burned to the ground Wednesday morning.

The Wakefield Junk Company has leased a vacant lot on Seminary Street and will maintain a yard there.

Born November 23rd, a daughter, Rose Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Couch of Posey Township.


The White Star Bus Line had made application to the Public Service Commission of Indiana for permission to temporarily discontinue its service between Vevay and Madison. The operators of the line allege the old bridge two miles west of Vevay is unsafe for travel and they ask to be permitted to discontinue the service until the new bridge is completed.

The state highway commission is asking for a 60 foot right of way from Vevay to Patriot on the river road in a step toward taking over the road to the Ohio County line. The right of way is now 40 to 50 feet wide.

A truck belonging to Slawson and Stout and driven by Robert Slawson slid into the Ohio River from the ferryboat at Lamb Friday. A line on the float broke as the front wheels of the truck touched out into the river and the truck slid off into 8 feet of water. It was raised several hours later.

Mrs. Verona Gockel and A. L. North of Patriot were married in New Castle November 25th.

Turner Olds has been made manager of the Switzerland County Farmers Union Cream Association.

Miss Anita Hitchens formerly of Switzerland County, a graduate nurse who has been residing in Wichita, Kansas, has accepted a position in the Madison hospital.

Misses Lela Trafelet, Pauline Detraz and Elizabeth Bondurant have returned to Oxford (Ohio) College after a visit with home folks.

Lewis Dupraz is attending a pharmaceutical college in Indianapolis.


Bernard Breeck of Lamb is ill with small pox.

The grocery store of E. P. Downey on Ferry Street was robbed of $15 Saturday night.

Married in Vevay by Reverend Hammel December 2nd, Miss Minnie Brindley to Otis Mathews.

A daughter was born December 4th to Mr. and Mrs. Avery Brooks.

An attempt to secure day electric current is being made by a number of Vevay citizens. A petition is being circulated asking city council to provide continuous electric current in the city.

Born Sunday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Heath of Florence.


John G. Sigmon of Parks Ridge has bought the Star Grocery.

The Vevay brass band favored the towns people with a concert on Thanksgiving.

A daughter was born on November 27th to Mr. and Mrs. Lon Bales.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Morrison.

Married last week at Versailles, Mrs. Alta Benham Lewis and Roy Hayes.

William Stepleton of Aaron, who has been in the regular army for nine years, is spending a three month’s furlough at home.

A son was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Chase of Carmel Ridge.

Married at Warsaw, Kentucky, November 28th, Miss Engie Gullion and Jesse Bennett.


Relatives have been notified of the birth of a daughter on November 18th to Reverend and Mrs. Worth Tippy of Terre Haute.

Married on November 25th, at the home of the bride’s parents in Craig Township, Miss Delta Malcomson and Arthur K. Smith.


Potatoes have advanced to 55 cents per bushel.

Married in Pleasant Township November 26th by Reverend Charles Lanham: Miss Mary Horton to John S. Kennet.

Married in Patriot November 28th by Reverend D. A. Robertson: Miss Delia Ford and James Love.

Married November 20th in Brooksburg: Miss Orpha E. Brooks and Albert McKay.

Married in Ohio County November 30th, Miss Callie Powell and James North.

W. H. Adkinson of Vevay has been elected on of the trustees of Moores Hill College.

Colonel W. D. Ward has been attending court in Versailles.

At the close of Sunday School at the Baptist Church Sunday, Amie Schenck and Ernie Beagle will declaim.

Ed Golay is engaged in the insurance business in Seymour.

In November $276.83 was collected at the toll gate near Vevay.

A horse and buggy were recently stolen from Dr. J. W. Stratford of Indianapolis. He formerly resided in Switzerland County.

Vevay wants to be a city and the town trustees have ordered the assessor W. P. Davies to see if he can find the required number of 2,000 residents.

The home of Solomon Washer in Pleasant Township was destroyed by fire Friday.

The steamer Bannock City, in the packet trade to Cincinnati, is doing a capacity business. Captain Kirby is her commander and John Long and Jems McFadden are clerks.

Shaw Turner and Company sent a bare load of straw to Pittsburgh last week. J.K. Pleasants sent a flatboat of potatoes south and Hiram Bakes is loading a flat boat with corn.

Miss Hannah Mead and Silas Vauter of Patriot were married November 29 at the bride’s home by Reverend Robertson.

There are 24,327 horses, mules, cattle, hogs and sheep in Switzerland County. Value of taxable property is $3,976.518.


Married by Reverend L. B. Booth on November 22nd, Miss Mary Hawthorne to Harvey S. Schroeder.

Married by Reverend J. K. Pey, Miss Louisa Henderson to John B. Danglade.

The suspension bridge at Cincinnati will be finished for foot passengers by December 1st.

The barge Hattie, belonging to Schenck and Sons, is on ground.


A 14-year old son of William Henderson was fatally wounded when a revolver he was loading accidentally discharged.

Hugh S. Montgomery was killed instantly when a big chain broke allowing the logs he was pulling to the sawmill to fall on him.


A. H. Buchanan, charged with burning the Bloomington College, has been bound over for his appearance in court in the sum of $2,000.

George H. Kyle, Alex Edgar and James H. Titus trustees of the Vevay public schools, are advertising a report which states that funds are insufficient to conduct a 12-week course, hence it will be cut to eight weeks. A 12-week course cost $500 and only $380 are in the treasury.