Reflections 12/10/2020



  Deaths this week: Manford Smith, Donald Springer, Harriet Koons, Ervin Walton, Jewell Stopher, Mary C. Ramsey, Elmer Oder, Sr.

  For most members of the Catholic Church, the chance to go to Rome and visit the Vatican and other iconic places of church history is a dream. For 10-year old Sami Legeza, a fourth grader at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, it recently became a reality. Sami accompanied her mother, Mary Sue Legeza, and her maternal grandparents on an official pilgrimage to Rome to witness His eminence Raymond Leo Burke be elevated to the college Cardinals. 

  Wyatt James Browning was born on September 19th, 2010. He is the son of Zachary and Carla (Seal) Browning of Bennington.


  It was 6:30 a.m. and Bill Wiley and another soldier had just returned some prisoners back to the army garrison after escorting them to breakfast. Just 22 years old and in the Army for five months, Bill Wiley was looking forward to his tour of duty in beautiful Hawaii. He was hanging around the guard house after turning the prisoners back over to authorities, and pondered what the remainder of the day might bring him. It was Sunday, after all, and there wasn’t much happening on Sunday. It was December 7th, 1941, and in less than 30 minutes from that point in time, the life of Bill Wiley and the lives of thousands of others would be changed forever.

  Bill Wiley is the only Switzerland County resident who was at Pearl Harbor on that day, and today — nearly 60 years after the event that brought the United State into World War II — he still recalls the vivid details of a quiet morning that turned into a living nightmare. “It was a doozy,” Bill Wiley said. “Wave after wave of planes kept coming in. Maybe 75 or 100 at a time. The planes were coming in so low. One of the Zeros came down on guys, but he pulled up for some reason. If he’d hit us, we’d have been gone.”  Bill Wiley said that the Japanese planes were so low that you could see the eyes of the pilots. “It was like they could shake hands with us,” he remembers. The bombing kept coming for more than an hour. The attack on Pearl Harbor, officially brought he United States into the war, and Bill Wiley remained in Hawaii until mid-1942, when he was transferred to Canton Island south of the equator.

  Bill Wiley was raised in Switzerland County in the Markland Pike area, and attended Patriot High School. He and his wife Mary were sweethearts prior to him entering the service, but because he wasn’t allowed to come home for the entire 52 month period of his enlistment; the couple wasn’t married until March 17th, 1945. The couple lives near Mount Sterling and has two sons, James Steven and Randy.

  Jacob Bunker earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University in May of 1999; and finished his master’s degree is studies in the same area at ISU in Terre Haute in August of 2000. He is the son of Greg and Rebecca Bunker of Bennington and is a 1995 graduate of SCHS.

  Army National Guard Airman First Class Adam C. Helmers has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of David and Elizabeth Helmers of Searcy Ridge.

  Vevay Newspapers, Inc., was honored with five awards for excellence at Saturday’s  annual meeting of the Hoosier Sate Press Association held in Indianapolis. Each year the Hoosier State Press Association — which consists of weekly and daily newspaper in the state — presents awards for writing, photography, newspaper design, and special projects. Vevay Newspapers was awarded two first place awards; two second place awards; and a third place award for small weekly newspapers. 


  The Randall-Textron work force is down 32 percent according to Woody Reeves, Plant Manager. Layoffs, he explained are due to the company’s schedule and sales being down 45 percent.

  Tobacco prices are holding steady this week at warehouses in Carrollton, Kentucky, with a steady supply of tobacco going to market as the last two rains have enabled farmers to keep the buyers busy.

  An open house will be held in honor of Bruce and Lucille Hutcherson December 16th from 2-4 p.m. The reception will be given by their children, Bruce and Jill Hutcherson and Carol Ann and Basil Armstrong, at the home of Bruce and Jill on State Road 156 near Patriot.


  More than 650 people turned out for the Vevay Athletic Club’s first annual Old Timer’s Basketball Game Friday night and the Club raised more than $900 for its Christmas Party for needy county children.

  The Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus will perform this Sunday at the Madison Presbyterian Church and several Switzerland County residents will take part. They are Marylou Hocker, Lisa Rosenberger, Barbara DeNoon, Sundra Penick, and Karen Beck.


  Switzerland County officials held a meeting recently at the 4-H Community Building about the prospect of locating a sanitary landfill on farmland owned by Mrs. Sadie Griffith and situated two miles north of Mount Sterling just off “Dead Man’s Curve” on State Road 56. William Cole, county sanitarian, said after January 1st it will be unlawful to have open dumps and to burn refuse so the county will have to turn to legal means to get rid of its junk.

  Josiah Mark Leatherbury left Switzerland County November 4th to be inducted into the U.S. Army in Louisville while Robert Lee Tinker was there for a physical examination only, it was announced by Mrs. Lucille Pommerehn, Selective Service office manager.


  Tobacco — Switzerland County’s chief farm product — currently is running the show all over this area. The one big job is to get tobacco “off to the markets.” Farmers are working hard and tobacco market employees are doing the same in their efforts to make new highs in tobacco sales.

  The 64th year tomorrow will mark another wedding anniversary for a Switzerland County couple. Mr. and Mrs. J. Sherman Whitaker, route 1, Vevay, will observe their 64th wedding anniversary Friday, December 9th, at their home located about three miles northwest of Vevay on State Road 129.


  At a meeting of the Town Board on Monday evening, Francis Jennings was given the permanent appointment as Marshal to succeed his brother, Fred, Jr., who resigned several days ago to take a river position with an oil company.

  John Collier, of Guilford, formerly of Vevay, recently returned from New York City where he was a delegate from the Hanover College intra-fraternity council to the national convention of the organization. The Hanover council was awarded a 50 pound bronze trophy for submitting the best written report on relations with the college, community and student body and college activities. Hanover was the first small college ever to win the trophy and for the first time the decision of the judges was unanimous.

  The burley tobacco market has fluctuated this week and the averages have varied daily from $1 to $2 per hundred pounds. Monday’s prices rose to the $50 per hundred pounds average only to drop back Tuesday to the $48 price in some communities in the burley area.


  Perry Facemire, senior owner of the Ohio County News, and one of the last of Indiana’s old time printers, died suddenly in Rising Sun last week from the effect of a heart attack.

  The dairy owned and operated for the past several months by Elmer and Harry Brown near Vevay was sold this week to the Glass Dairy Company of Madison.

  Mrs. Onisca Wenonah Siebenthal passed away at her home in Vevay Saturday evening having been in ill health for some time.

  The Rising Sun Recorder, formerly published by C. A. Livingston, at that city has been purchased by J. M. Glatz, former city editor of the Wilmington, Ohio News-Journal.

  Mrs. Catherine E. Hall, widow of George B. Hall, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gretchen H. Cole, near Vevay Tuesday. She had been ill with a heart condition.


  Lloyd Houston, 18, son of Harvey Houston of near Markland suffered severe injuries Saturday when a shotgun he was resting on the running board of an automobile was accidentally discharged, the shot striking him in the shoulder.

  Mrs. Amanda Gullion, aged 74 years, died at her home near Markland Wednesday after an illness of almost two years.

  Miss Catherine Peelman, aged 84 years, died at the Drusilla Home for aged women in Madison last week.

  Mrs. Guzelle Oak, widow of Benjamin Oak, died at Drusilla Home in Madison Thursday morning.

  Mrs. Cynthia Ann Montayne, aged 84 years, resident of Vevay died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Taylor, near Madison November 26th.


  Married in Vevay by Reverend H. B. Farrell on November 27th, Miss Artie Atkins and Omer Justice, both of Kentucky.

  Born, a son, James Edwin, to Mr. and Mrs. John Butters.

  Died near Fairview November 28th, Benjamin N. Davis, 79. The widow, brother, son and three daughters survive.

  O. P. Courtney has purchased the controlling stock of the Switzerland Democrat and has taken possession of same.

  Died on Park’s Ridge November 27th, Mrs. Mary E. Smith, 68, widow of Lawrence Smith. She is survived by two brothers, three half brothers, a half sister, three sons and two daughters.

  Married in Evansville, Indiana, Miss Flora White of that city and Howard Humphrey of Patriot.

  Married near Markland November 26th by Reverend C. B. Adkinson, Miss Margaret Mae Whitehead and Edwin H. Westerfield, both of Indianapolis.


  A daughter, Miriam Margaret, was born November 30, to Dr. and Mrs. B. N. Searcy of Patriot.

  Mrs. William Harding died at her home near Markland Friday, December 2nd, aged 74 years.

  From the Mount Sterling column: “Some one visited Ed Ramseyer’s chicken roost last week and he says they are welcome to the roost too if they want it as he has no more use for it.

  Born November 6th to P. M. Scudder and wife of Markland, a daughter.

  Elizabeth Craig, aged 78, died at the Madison State Hospital yesterday.

  While hunting Friday, Clifford Leatherbury fell over an embankment, discharging his gun, a small portion of the load of shot striking him in the leg.


  The steamer ‘City of Vevay’, which has been in the Madison shipyards for repairs, is in the trade again.

  Mr. and Mrs. Malot have removed to Indianapolis for future residence.

  Licensed to marry: Hugh E. Wycoff and Hannah E. Brown, Abbie Rogers and Mollie Toon; Ben Laise and Sarah M. Lee.

  Died in Kokomo December 2nd, Clarence, 22, son of John W. and Louisa Orem. Burial in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Married on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, Miss Ollie Clements and Clarence Cotton.

  Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Gibson.

  Died November 29th in Pleasant Township David Shull, aged 82 years.