Reflections 12-26-13


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


What a year it was in Switzerland County. The year 2003 had something for everyone from no rain to too much, from record breaking achievements to the heart-breaking loss of loved ones; and high levels of patriotism that started early and never waned as we saw our sons and daughters head off to war. Switzerland County is a unique place to live.

From the building of a huge hotel expansion at Belterra to the installation of real stoplights in Vevay to the demolition of the historic City Roller Mills building, things happened in Switzerland County this year that many of us will never forget.

Myra McClurg, daughter of Kenny and Jenny McClurg of Switzerland County, won her Senior Division Showmanship class at the Indiana State Fair this year in horse and pony. She also earned a ninth place in horsemanship. She has competed successfully at the state level and other outside large competitions since 1993.

Stewart B. Hedger, 65, of Seymour, formerly of Vevay and former editor of Vevay Newspapers from 1961-1972 passed away Wednesday, December 24th, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.


The Vevay Deposit Bank will have a new name on its doors by the middle of this year. The bank, founded in 1892, will be merging into Madison Bank and Trust Company.

People usually don’t make a big deal out of Grace Aldred’s birthday. After all, it’s on December 29th – four days after Christmas and three days before New Year’s Day. But Grace’s 98th birthday was remembered this year.

Kentucky Wildcat fans Doris Dixon and Shelby Minch received pictures of University of Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino. They keep up with the games on television and radio. Some day they hope to get tickets to a UK game. Shelby and Doris both have new signs that say :Kentucky Wildcat Avenue,” and they will be put up when the weather gets warmer.

Sherry Rowlett, daughter of Gary and Margaret Rowlett of Moorefield, has completed the requirements for her law degree at Mississippi College in Jackson, Mississippi. Her juris doctorate will be officially awarded in May.

Sara Forthman will begin writing the Patriot news for the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat beginning with next week’s column.


Carol Seymour was sworn in Tuesday morning as the new Clerk of the Circuit Court of Switzerland County. She took over the duties Tuesday after she won the November election against incumbent Sandra Althoff. Seymour brought two assistants with her into the office: Sandy Bowling, deputy clerk, and Kim Robinson, part-time deputy clerk.

Gary Scott was hired as the new Highway Superintendent for Switzerland County as Paul Chase chose not to seek another term as superintendent due to personal health reasons. Gary Scott’s first duty as superintendent was to inform the 20 men working for him that there would be no layoffs this year.

Switzerland County will have to figure out where to find another auditor as Karen Kelleher resigned this past week to take a similar position with the State Board of Accounts.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McKenzie of Vevay have made plans to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at the Switzerland Baptist Church January 15th. The couple will be married, again, in a special ceremony scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Turner, route 2, Rising Sun, will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, January 7th. The Turners were married January 10th, 1934, in Lawrenceburg. They now make their home in Switzerland County where they own and run a farming business.


Clyde G. Shadday, 76, of near Aberdeen, passed away December 30th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for James W. Skirvin, 57, of route 1, Vevay, near Moorefield. He passed away December 30th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a two-year illness.

Leroy Brammer of Patriot announced Wednesday morning he plans to run for the Switzerland County School Board. Brammer will be a candidate for Posey Township’s seat on the School Board. Craig Bond is now Posey Township’s representative on the Boar and he has said he will not be a candidate for reelection.

Vernon E. Kent, 68, of route 1, Patriot, passed away Tuesday at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Dilver R. Clark, 80, of route 1, Bennington, near Fairview, passed away December 27th at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He suffered a heart attack Christmas Day while visiting his son, Ethol Clark and family.

James R. Landry, son of Mrs. Maurice F. Sullivan of Vevay has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Air Force.


Santa Claus was good to Switzerland Countians at Christmas, 1963, but he was particularly good to one Walter LaVelle and family of rural route 1, Patriot. Working through 45 merchants and businesses of Vevay, Santa presented LaVelle with a Vevay bank check for $500 crisp dollars. The $500 was top prize in the Vevay merchants’ giveaway for Christmas.

Milton S. Cole, 76, of near Mount Sterling died December 23rd at an Indianapolis nursing home. He has been in ill health for some time.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Edgar J. Graham, 83, of Norwood, Ohio. He was born near Bear Branch and spent most of his life in Switzerland and Ohio counties, living in Norwood since 1954. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Kirby Richards, 75, of Dupont. Reverend Alton Cutshall conducted the last rites and burial was made in the Vevay Cemetery.

George W. Leep, 74, a well known resident of the community, passed away at his home on Ferry Street Friday, December 27th, after a long period of ill health.


Mrs. Carrie Sturgus, 95, passed away New Year’s Day following a long illness. A paralytic stroke which she suffered on December 23rd was the immediate cause of her death. With her parents, Dr. Levin J. Woolen and May VanPelt Woolen, he moved to Washington, D.C., in 1886 when her father was given a government appointment under President Cleveland.

Wilbur Upp, 84, who for the past 11 years has made his home with his son, Joe Upp, north of Vevay, passed away Thursday in the Madison hospital.

James H. Pettit, a well known farmer of near Cross Plains, passed away at the home of his son, William, there on January 2nd following a long illness.

Betty Sue, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Lewis, of Plum Creek sustained painful burns on her right leg and ankle Sunday when she upset a kettle of boiling water on the member.

The Aberdeen Methodist Church was the scene of the marriage on January 1st at 7 o’clock p.m. of Miss Dottie Blodgett, daughter of Louis Blodgett of Fairview and Elijah Wiley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wiley of Aberdeen.


Mrs. Adam Hetzer, formerly Miss Bessie Gullion of Vevay, died at her home in Cincinnati on New Year’s Day following a long illness.

William Satchwill, resident of York Township, passed away at his home on Bethel Ridge the evening of December 29th, followig an illness that extended over a period of several months.

Mrs. Kenneth Johnson, formerly Miss Ivy Stoops, of this county, passed away at her home in Rockville, Indiana, on Sunday, December 26th, following an illness of pneumonia.

Nelson Emery, 80, a lifelong resident of this county, died at his home near Patriot Sunday, December 26th, after an illness of several weeks.

Andrew J. Peters, a long time resident of Pleasant Township, passed away at his home there early Wednesday morning.

Funeral rites were held New Year’s Day for Charles T. Bittle, prominent farmer of York Township, who died at home near Florence December 28th.

Mrs. Mary Janes Gray, wife of Vivian Gray, of Moorefield, passed away at her home there Decembe 29th, following an illness that extended over a period of many years.

John H. Means, internationally known civil engineer, died at the home of his brother-in-law, George Westrick, near Pleasant Sunday morning.

Mrs. Barbara Rogers died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Lock, in Pleasant Township on Christmas morning.

David Manford, lifelong resident of this county, passed away at his home in Pleasant Township early Monday mornoing. Death was due to a heart attack which followed a long period of ill health.

Mrs. Isabelle Todd Brown, widow of John F. Brown, died at her home in Vevay the evening of December 23rd, after a long illness.

Charles Wright, resident of this county for more than 40 years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Blodgett, near Bennington Tuesday morning.

Miss Isabel Brady of Florence and Emerson Williamson of Vevay, now with the U.S. Navy, were married Christmas morning at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Leland D. Courtney.

Mrs. Emma McNutt Powell, Switzerland County’s oldest citizen, celebrated her 100th birthday December 29th at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Bodey of Posey Township.

A son, Donald Neal, was born Christmas morning to Mr. and Mrs. James Sides of Vevay.


Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stoops of near Allensville quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve.

William Courtney, 69, for many years a resident of this county, passed away at Butlerville last week followig a long illness.

Mrs. Missouri Thompson died at her home on Grant’s Creek December 23rd.

William Morrison has resigned his position as county road supervisor and Harry O. Tapp has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

Miss Loretta Bebout of Madison and Forrest Brown of Vevay were married New Year’s Eve at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Madison by Reverend C. S. Powell.

Ralph N. Tirey, formerly superitendent of the Vevay schools, has been appointed president of the Indiana State Teachers College at Terre Haute, Indiana.

William G. Wiley, who resided in the Florence community, passed away at his home December 28th having been ill with heart trouble since last August.

Dick Lacey, notorious character of Carrollton, Kentucky, added another notch to his gun last week when he shot and killed James Claxton, a game warden, who was attempting to arrest him on charges of using a wing net in the Kentucky River. After having been shot and while lying on the floor Claxton fired three times, one shot going through Lacey’s hip and another hitting Bill Lacey, a son. The elder Lacey is in serious condition in a Louisville hospital.


Married in Indianapolis Christmas Eve, Miss Irene Babcock of that city and James H. Sieglitz of Vevay.

Reverend Paul Stewart of the Christian Church here has been called to a pastorate in Portland, Indiana.

J. P. Curry of Vevay won several ribbons on his Rhode Island chickens at the Cincinnati Poultry Show.

A mad hog was killed near Fairview after it had attacked several people.


Died in Louisville, December 30th, Jim Burns, formerly of Vevay.

Died on McCreary’s Ridge, Mrs. Dan Sprague, aged 76.

Died in Vevay, December 29th, Daniel Jaynes, 70, Civil War veteran.

Tobacco is averaging about 12 cents.

Died in Vevay, December 27th, Mrs. William Saberton.

Married in Fairview, December 24th, Miss Pearl Pavy and Dilver Clark.

County treasurer, John Cunningham and County Commissioner, Oscar Brindley, took office here on January 1st.


The home of Dean Adams on the Moorefield Pike was destroyed by fire.

Major John S. Grisard, formerly of Vevay, has retired from the army.

Died in Craig Township, Mrs. John Golay, aged 76 years.


Dr. D. N. Hayden and W. H. Henry are the Jury Commissioners.

Miss Belle Dupraz won the prize given for the most perfect costume at a grand costume ball in the Metropolitan Hall here.

Miss Zella Barnett is attending art school in Cincinati.

Died near Pleasant January 1st, John Hart, prominent citizen.


The streets and the hotel at Bennington were lit up by artificial gas during the holidays.

Married December 27th, Miss Emma Keith and George Scott.

The following are teaching in Jefferson Township, Oscar Williamson, Mary A. Jain, W. H. Gleason, Mary Cooper, Alice M. Smith, P. J. Riley, Anna Jain, Mary Brown and John Torrance.