Reflections 12/17/2020



  Deaths this week: Mary Ramsey, Jewell Stopher, Denver House, Elmer Oder, Sr., Les Butters, Fred Ross, Sr.

  The search continues for a 20- year old Kentucky man who was lost in the Ohio River on Monday after the boat he was duck hunting in capsized and sank. The Indiana Conservation Officers said that Justin Hearn 20, of Worthville, Kentucky, was hunting with two friends on Monday morning about 2 1/2 miles upstream from Florence near the Bryants Creek boat ramp.

  Air Force Airman Kevin A. Parr has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of James Parr of Bear Branch Road, Fairview. He is a 2010 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  After months of no precipitation that led to official calls for water conservation, Switzerland County got plenty of it during the past weekend — and in the form of snow. 


  The Switzerland County School Corporation has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it has been awarded a $5million CAPE grant to assist with technological improvements in the schools. That’s right — $5 million. CAPE stands for “Community Alliances to Promote Education,” and will mean major renovations to the science and business labs at the high school. Playing a huge role in  awarding of the grant were corporation grant writer Bev House; Jeff-Craig Elementary principal and corporation technology coordinator Darin Gullion; and Pam Acton, executive director of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. 


  Robert Findley, DDS, presented Joe Ricketts of route 3, Vevay with the Paul Ogle Community Service Award for 1990 during the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Party last Thursday night. Art Caster received the award last year.

  The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) this week released results of a highway study conducted on the feasibility of extending State Road 101 north from Markland Dam to connect with U.S. 50. But, according to INDOT Commissioner Christine W. Letts, the construction of the new highway does not seem likely due to its price tag. Estimated costs for the construction have been set between $42-$50 million dollars.


  JoAnn Brogan, local country singer, will highlight the Switzerland County Elementary School P.T.O. Christmas concert this Saturday starting at 6 p.m. She will perform her latest song “Farewell to Allensville” as well as many country classics.

  A barn fire next to the county highway garage in Vevay completely destroyed a building owned by Switzerland County Sheriff Garry Forwood. A tractor and other farm machinery were destroyed and officials say the investigation is continuing.


  It will be to the discretion of special Judge Paul Tegart of Floyd Circuit Court to rule on a motion for dismissal in the Clifford (Kippy) Hatton petition for a recount in the York Township trustee race. Tegart was appointed judge in the Switzerland County election recount case when recount petitioner Hatton, loser to Doris J. Chase by virtue of a coin toss to break a tie, requested a change of venue from regular Judge Paul Schnaitter.

  Miss Judith Craigmyle, a student at Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Lexington, Kentucky, has made the honor roll for the past school term. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Craigmyle of route 2, Vevay, and is a 1968 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Switzerland County’s October sales of U.S. Savings Bonds totaled $4,405, a decrease of $151 from the $4,556 sold in the county during the corresponding month of 1969, Jack Sullivan, chairman of the county bonds committee, received the figures in a report from the bonds division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Of Indiana’s 92 counties, 45 reported October sales gains.


  Switzerland County’s new Department of Welfare Director is Mr. Walter Rieman, owner of Rieman’s General Store in East Enterprise. The new Welfare Director will officially take over his duties Wednesday, December 21st.

  “Can you be this season’s winner of the Christmas decoration contest?” That’s a good question — and if you’ll put some work into it — you might be able to answer it come Friday evening, December 23rd. Vevay’s Jaycees again are going to sponsor the Christmas Decoration Contest this year. And by the looks of some of the houses in town, the occupants must have heard about it ahead of time.


  Mrs. Hazel Ellison, former manager of the County Auto License branch, will again be appointed to that position under the incoming Republican State Administration, if political signs can be relied upon. Mrs. Ellison has been recommended by both Dallas Althoff, Republicans County Chairman and Ivan Morgan, District Chairman and these endorsements are expected to guarantee her appointment.

  Harold Schroeder of Egypt Bottom won the 1950 Switzerland County five acre corn contest sponsored by the Indiana Corn Growers Association. The official yield for the five acres was 116.2 bushels per acre.

  The beautiful embroidered tapestries designed and made by Miss Jeanette Tandy of Vevay are on exhibition this week at the Switzerland County Public Library.


  Charles Richards, farmer of Cotton Township, passed away at his home near Aaron Sunday morning. His illness had extended over a period of several weeks.

  Mrs. Beryl Ash of Vevay and Paul Sigmon of Craig Township were married November 30th in Madison by Reverend B. T. Vincent.

  John Elsrod, formerly of McCreary’s Ridge and for the past several years a resident of Rising Sun, died in a Cincinnati hospital December 3rd, at the age of 78.

  Thomas Bennett, tender at Dam 39 near Markland, has been promoted to lockmaster to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Captain Graham Bondurant.

  The recount of votes cast in Switzerland and Jefferson counties on November 5th for the office of Circuit Judge was started yesterday in Madison with Judge William D. Ricketts of Rising Sun presiding.

  Born December 4th, a daughter Ethel Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Leon VanTyle of Patriot.

  Born December 6th, a son, Edward Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hussong of Patriot.

  The LaNola stock farms in Posey Township, owned by George Moredock, are attracting nationwide attention with their registered Jersey calf triplets that were born a few weeks ago. Mr. Moredock is offering an award of $25 to the person sending in three most suitable names for the triplets.

  Mrs. Catherine VanDever, native of Pleasant Township, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Gardner in Chicago last Sunday.


  Announcement has been made by the Idding’s Motor Company of Vevay that Forrest A. Griffith has purchased an interest in the firm and will be actively connected with the company in the future.

  A daughter, Irma Rosaline, was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lester.

  The Switzerland County Utilities Corporation announce the opening of their power lines at Markland and Florence last Tuesday and the commencement of service at Patriot next week.

  Born, December 4th to James Riley and wife, a daughter.


  The second number of the Lyceum Course, the Freeman Hammond Company, was given at the auditorium before a large and appreciative audience.

  Married last week, Miss Margaret Howard of Ghent, Kentucky, and J.W. Galbraith of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Ghent.

  Well informed tobacco men predict that the floor averages on the loose leaf markets at Madison and Carrollton will be the highest in the burley belt.

  Died in North Tonowanda, New York, December 2nd, Albert Hird, 65. He is survived by his widow, son and daughter.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McKenzie of Craig Township November 27th, a son, William Marshall.

  Died in Craig Township December 2nd, Dewey Coleman, 22, after a prolonged illness. The parents, several brothers and sisters survive.

  Married in Lawrenceburg October 30th, Miss Vesta Bowie of Ghent and Grant Johnson of this place.

  Vevay defeated Rising Sun Friday night by a score of 85 to 4.

  Married November 27th in Carrollton, Kentucky, Miss Gertrude G. Rayles and Calvin Warner.

  Little Mary Elizabeth Webster, 3 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Webster of Mount Sterling, is recovering from an operation performed on her eye in a Madison hospital last week. The child was struck in the eye with a piece of wire by a younger sister.

  Mrs. Marshall Alford is slowly recovering from injuries suffered last week when her clothing caught fire.


  On Monday of this week Wallace J. Cotton became sold proprietor of the Lyric Theatre having bought out his partner, Frank C. Neal.

  Miss Mable Curry and Mr. Joseph Roberts were married at the bride’s home on Park’s Ridge by Reverend Crass, December 7th.

  James Francis Fish, a native of this county, died at his home in Cloud County, Kansas November 20th, aged 72 years.

  Born to William Bales and wife of Markland December 8th, a son.

  Miss Nellie Moore of Florence and William Gregory of Patriot were married Saturday in Warsaw, Kentucky.


  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Banta of Craig Township, a son.

  Licensed to marry James F. Riley and Belle Taylor; Robert T. McClellan and Clara B. Hinman; Andrew Meeks and Katie Thornton.

  The Markland Baptist Church will be dedicated December 17th.

  David Tibbetts suffered the loss of his right hand and left thumb while working in the D. B. Lee sawmill at Sugar Branch.

  Died in Danville, Kansas, Henry H. Gibbs, 24, son of James H. Gibbs of Sugar Branch.


  Amount of toll received at Vevay toll gate in November was $393.38.

  Frank Bristow has nearly completed the foundation of the new Baptist Church.

  Horace Riggs of near Moorefield died recently.

  The tax duplicate for the year shows there are 1,234 dogs in the county.

  The Switzerland County Bible Society has been presenting each of the public schools in the county with a copy of the scriptures.

  The county commissioners have appointed Rodolph McMakin as a constable for Jefferson Township.

  On Monday, Harvey Littlefield was qualified as one of the commissioners of Switzerland County and immediately entered upon his duties, succeeding Luther M. Hotchkiss.

  Taylor Pate of Patriot recently came in possession of a $20 bill which he spent in Cincinnati. The firm where he spent it caused his arrest, believing that it was counterfeit. When his identity was established he was released and later the note was found to be genuine.


  On Friday morning the beautiful residence of Dr. W. M. Watt, formerly known as Jackson’s Collegiate Institute, just below Patriot, caught fire from a defective flue and was consumed at a loss of $8,000.

  On Tuesday night two horses were stolen from Simon Dehart in Posey Township, two bridles from Constant Golay, a saddle from Irta Lindley and a saddle from Samuel Butler. The thieves and their booty were found in Bethlehem and returned here.

  Married December 6th, John T. Ray, 62, and Miss Lovina Graham, 60.


  Married at the home of the bride’s father, S. Protsman near Vevay by Reverend L. Curtiss, Mrs. Caroline Protsman and William Smith of Cincinnati.

  Married November 25th by David Lee, Esquire, Miss Evalyn A. Adams and Allen E. Wiley.

  A new Free-Will Baptist Church is being erected at Moorefield. When completed it will compare favorably with the best churches in this county.

  It is formally and authoritatively stated by the Franch Modistes that the hoops are now at last to be laid aside, robes will be of flowing stuffs without crinolines.