Reflections 11/26/20



  Deaths this week: Doris Haskell, Fred Morris, Sr., Judy Turner, Jim Koehler.

  Many important lessons learned by children are taught by characters other than adults; and for Terri Grove, Switzerland County EMS coordinator, putting this idea to use might just teach lessons that will save lives. Switzerland County EMS has begun a fundraising effort to purchase “Andy the Ambulance”, a small remote-controlled vehicle that can be used to teach lessons about safety and emergency response. Terri Grove said she intends to take ‘Andy’ anywhere where kids are, and she also sees ‘Andy’ make appearances at area daycare centers and group meetings.

  Cody Hankins of Vevay got his first deer on his first deer hunting experience eon Saturday, November 13th. His first buck was a seven-pointer, and he was hunting in Switzerland County.

  Two Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity cross country runners have been honored. Allie Mathews, has earned Honorable Mention as an Indiana Academic All State member; while Bre Hinman, earned Honorable Mention All State for her performance throughout the cross country season.

  The home of Lorin and Janet Johnson near Columbus, Indiana is built with the bricks from the old Vevay High School. Lorin Johnson was a bread man who worked in the county, and purchased the bricks when the old high school was torn down in 1971.


  Natasha Schroeder recently represented Switzerland County and the Swiss Wine Festival in the Indiana State Festivals Association Scholarship pageant. Natasha was the fourth runner up in the pageant. A student at the University of Jacksonville, where she is studying aviation, she is the daughter of Lisa and Jerry Fisher of Patriot and Harland and Cheri Schroeder of Evansville. The Indiana State Festival Queen for the coming year also has Switzerland County ties, Morgan Dusch, who represent the Paoli Indian Summer Festival, is the daughter of two former Switzerland County residents — Matthew Dusch and Lila Dusch Tucker, The pageant was held on November 11th in Fort Wayne.

  The Switzerland County School Board accepted the resignation of high school teacher John Thomas at Monday night’s meeting ending an uncertain five month period. John Thomas had served as the superintendent of schools here for nearly three years, but was reassigned to the high school assistant principal in the end of June. Chester Meisberger then assumed the superintendent’s duties on an interim basis. John Thomas  then voluntarily gave up the assistant principals’ position in favor of going back into the classroom and teaching English, which he did at the high school several years ago. He was still being paid the final year of his superintendent’s salary. He had also served as principal of the high school for many years prior to getting the superintendent’s job. John Thomas resigned in order to accept the position as superintendent of schools in Cannelton, Indiana. The small school system is located in Perry County right on the Ohio River near Tell City. He assumed the superintendent’s position at Cannelton on November 13th. 


  Tobacco markets in Carrollton and Madison opened on Monday and sales in both locations were reported as “brisk.” Everyone said they expected the tobacco companies to remain very active in buying the 1990 crop, and that not very much tobacco was expected to be sold to the tobacco cooperative. That is generally regarded to be a healthy sign within the industry.

  PFC Kevin Bosworth is now serving in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield. He is the son of John and Kathy Howdyshell of Vevay.

  Paul Humphrey, 13, of Florence, shot his first deer Sunday, November 11th, with a 50 caliber muzzle loader from approximately 200 feet. He is the son of John Humphrey of Florence and Debbie Humphrey of Florence.


  About 350 people turned out for the official dedication of the Switzerland County Elementary School Sunday afternoon. The ceremony took place in the school cafetorium with a stage full of dignitaries including Associate State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jan Regnier.

  A Vevay woman became the second traffic fatality of the year in Switzerland County Saturday night when the pickup truck she was driving apparently left the road and overturned three times. Jacqueline C. Jones, 51, of Vevay, was driving north on Bennington Pike at 10 p.m. when for some unknown reason the truck veered off the left side of the road and overturned, throwing her from the vehicle. Police say she was killed instantly.


  Clifford (Kippy) Hatton, Republican candidate for York Township trustee, has filed a petition for recount after losing a coin toss to break a tie vote with Democrat Doris J. Chase for the office.

  A decision bearing a sad nostalgia and sentiment for many graduates of Vevay High School was made Monday evening by trustees of Switzerland County School Corporation. After a study of the 101-year-old building’s condition and potential usefulness, the school board declared the old high school building surplus and of no more value as an educational facility. It was ordered torn down.

  A meeting concerning a possible sanitary landfill to serve Switzerland County will be held at 7 o’clock tonight at 4-H Community Building in Vevay. William R. Cole, county sanitarian, said William Uhl, engineer from Indiana State Board of Health, will meet with county commissioners, Vevay and Patriot town board members, and other interested parties.


  Until you see Mr. Donald King and his hobby, you probably will never realize the accomplished goals and the steps of success this great man has achieved. During the past 17 years he has been working as an artist, carpenter and a writer. Although born handicapped, Mr. King is self-educated and possesses talent for art and writing that many only dream about. A visit to his museum is well worth the time.

  One of the first steps of a project described as “a plan to meet our need” was realized Sunday at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. After about three months of planning and constructing, the members of the church and their pastor, Reverend Sonny Hays, were present to put the cornerstone in place on the almost completed structure. This new “plan to meet our need” is an Educational Unit which has been planned and supported by the people of the church and all other interested persons.

  Graham D. Griswold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griswold, Bennington, has won recognition with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation for building a “do-it-yourself” oxygen-intercom test stand for pilots. His recognition is not only from the Lockheed Corporation, but also with the Air Force.


  Mrs. Emma Turner, who for nearly 32 years has been manager of the Merchants’ Creamery Company cream station in Vevay has resigned her position because of failing health. Mr. and Mrs. John Banta assumed management of the station on Monday.

  Harry Birkemeyer has brought to this office a set of four small sweet potatoes shaped like a duck, a seal, a bird and a chick. The unusually life likeness of the duck and seal have caused much comment at this office where they are on display.

  Ernest Leep, 58, a well known resident of Vevay, passed away at his home on Pike Street about 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. He had spent all his life in this county where his parental ancestors had lived for more than 130 years. He had many friends who knew him as “Monk,” and held him in the highest esteem.


  William P. Briggs, farmer of Pleasant Township, died suddenly at his home Thursday from the effects of a stroke. He had been in ill health for several years and had recently undergone an operation.

  George W. A. Cole quietly celebrated his 97th birthday Saturday. Mr. Cole is the last surviving Civil War veteran in Switzerland County.

  Professor Herman A. Brown, for many years a well-known music teacher of East Enterprise, passed away in the Madison hospital Friday.

  Mrs. Anna Simmons, widow of Robert Simmons and a former resident of Vevay, died at her home in Aurora Tuesday. Her husband passed away on November 3rd and at that time she was too ill to attend his burial which was made in Vevay.

  Two farm homes on the hills north of Lamb were imperiled Tuesday by a forest fire that spread over a large area and was only brought under control by the heroic efforts of a large number of men of the community who toiled long hours to beat out the blazing line which was advancing northeast in the timber.

  Mr. and Mrs. Harve McClintock will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Wednesday with open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

  A son, R.D. was born Thursday of last week to Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Slawson.

  Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Cotton, formerly of Switzerland County, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary November 27th with open house at Trinity Church in Madison from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  Lora A. Leatherbury, young farmer of Pendleton Run, died in the Madison hospital Thursday morning. Death being due to an injury suffered two days previous when he was hit on the head by a falling tobacco scaffold.


  Archibald Fagg died at his home near Brooksburg Saturday having been in ill health only a few days. He was 78 years of age.

  John Bruce Scott, Lamb, and Miss Martha Jemison, Cincinnati, were married in Cincinnati by the bride’s father, Reverend H. Jemison, last week.

  Born, a daughter, Freda Maxine, to Mr. and Mrs. Julian Shadday of Long Run.

  Born November 12th, a son to Stanley Lock and wife of Five Points.

  Miss Charlotte Baatz of McCreary’s Ridge, and a student at Vevay High School, won 7th prize in the National Canning contest held in Shenandoah, Iowa recently. Miss Baatz took this prize on a can of Elberta peaches.


  According to figures released by the Census Department Switzerland County showed a loss in residents of 1926. The population in 1910 was 9,914 against 11,840 in 1900.

  Born, a son to Clyde Curry and wife of Park’s Ridge.

  Bill Pickett caught a fox and sold him to a crowd of boys around town. As soon as we get some rain they will turn the fox loose on Dupraz’s Hill and a big time is expected. The owners of about 30 hounds have promised to be on hand.

  Dr. H. S. Espey, who has practiced dentistry here the past five or six years has gone to Gary, Indiana where he will open an office.

  The rabbit market is quite dull this week being a slow go at 8 cents.

  Stephen Scranton died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. S. Humphrey in Mexico Bottom Sunday, November 20th.


  Robert Murphy will take possession of the toll gate at Mount Sterling November 24th.

  The store of Abner Gates was burned November 18th, with very little merchandise saved.

  Omer Curran, 18, of Patriot is in a critical condition as the result of an accidentally inflicted shotgun wound.

  Licensed to marry: Marion Cole and Eva Jackson; Alford M. Wade and Ida Moore; William Scudder and Ella Newton; John E. Gilbert and Katie Heath; Gordon Melick and Elizabeth Dickason; Nicholas McFarland and Clara Jackson; Edwin C. Downey and Grace E. Hyde; George F. Furnish and Bettie Miller.

  Died in Jefferson Township November 16th, Theodore L. Pickett, aged 72 years.

  An editor who had been pounding away at his delinquent subscribers for some time finally brought them to their sense of duty with the following poetical parody: “Lives of poor men often remind us, honest toil don’t stand a chance; more we work, we leave behind us bigger patches on our pants. On our pants, once new and glossy. Now are patches of different hue; all because subscribers linger, and won’t pay up what is due. Then let all be up and glossy. Now are patches of it so small, or when the snows of winter strike us, we shall have no pants at all.”


  Married November 23rd, by Reverend R. Baldwin, in the Methodist Church, Mr. J. W. Belding of Dennison, Iowa and Miss Venat Cotton of this place.

  Married on November 23rd, by Reverend T. W. Beagle, Miss Isador Gleason and Nathaniel Fallis.

  Mr. John D. Works of Versailles, John Charlton of Edinburgh and C. W. Gray (formerly employed in this office) of New Florence, Missouri are in town.

  The property value in Switzerland County as shown in the Auditor’s office is as follows: Lands and improvements, $2,356,465.00; Lots and improvements $281,260.00; Personal, $1,045,280.00. Total, $3,683,005.00.

  Last Sunday morning a house in Pleasant Township, owned by Reverend Harvey Harris, and occupied by his brother and family was destroyed by fire. Loss was $700.00.

  Mr. William D. Owens of this place recently shipped 25 bales of straw to Cincinnati which he had purchased from some farmer. The straw when opened was found to contain 500 pounds of rock of which he was unaware.


  The residence of Henry Clay, ‘Ashland’, has been traded for 200,000 acres of land in Texas.

  In the Vevay free public school system all children living south of Liberty Street are assigned to the lower school house and those living above the street are assigned to the upper school.