Reflections 12-27-12


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Looking back at the year in review:

Belterra Casino Resort presented the Switzerland County High School music department with a baby grand piano for use by the students. Alain Uboldi, vice president and general manager of Belterra, made the presentation.

Judy Lozier, nominated by Patty Chase, received the “Good for You” award this week for bringing boxes of toys to the Florence Church of Christ. They were divided out for the Switzerland County fire departments to distribute to needy children. A lot of kids had toys for Christmas thanks to Judy and her helpers.

The Hoosier Theater had many fine performances this year but one in particular stood out, “Charlotte’s Web” featuring a cast of locals including Hilary Lanman as “Wilbur” and Bear Bladen as “Uncle.”

Laura Pennington Hinton was honored at this year’s Switzerland County Relay for Life with the “Inspiration” award. She walked the survivors lap with fellow survivor Sarah Headen. This year’s event grossed more than $47,000.

Lowell Wayne Sullivan was sworn in as the Indiana State Commander of the American Legion during the organization’s state convention held in Indianapolis. He began a year of traveling the state and country representing more than 100,000 Indiana veterans.

Josh South and Elizabeth Jones were crowned Prince and Princess of the 31st Annual Swiss Wine Festival in a scholarship contest held at Belterra Casino and Resort. Both contestants were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Switzerland County junior Patience Meyer qualified for this year’s Terre Haute Semistate with an 11th place finish in the Regional. She is the two-time defending conference individual champion, and her placing at the Semistate was the highest of any Switzerland County runner in history.

Vevay’s Loren Lamson and his family told the miraculous story of his brain aneurysm and recovery that he has been going through for most of this year. He has been helped through the whole process by his family, including his wife, Marla.


A surprise party was held Saturday, January 2nd, for Elberta Archer, who resides at Swizer Square in Vevay, in celebration of her 80th birthday. The party was given by her children, Gayla, John and Kenny at Switzer Square. Approximately 100 friends and family members enjoyed a pitch-in meal and cake. Theo Ralston wrote and dedicated a poem to Elberta for many years of friendship. Everyone enjoyed a fun evening of playing cards and socializing with old friends.

Former Long Run Baptist Church pastor Reverend Bruce E. Cochran has returned to Indiana. Reverend Cochran was installed as pastor of Firs Baptist Church of Seymour on Sunday, January 3rd. He served as pastor of the Long Run Baptist church from 1982-84.

The classic book of local history, The Swiss Settlement o Switzerland County: Indiana by Perret Dufour, has been reprinted, after having been out of print for the past year.


Bruce Hutcherson of Patriot and a member of the Kendall Tractor Pulling Team, accepted the “Hooker of the Year Award from the 1981 winner John Heilman of Rockford, Ohio, who, like Hutcherson, is also a member of the Kendall Tractor Pulling Team. Hutcherson won the award for recording the most number of hooks with a single vehicle – 99 – to a weighted sled used in tractor pulling competition sanctioned by the National Tractor Pullers Association with his famous tractor “The Makin’ Bacon Special.”

Joseph Backer was officially sworn-in to office as President of the Vevay Town Board by Judge Mark Williams during a Monday night meeting at the Town Hall. Backer began his duties following the official retirement of Roy Branham. Branham announced his retirement last week during a special meeting of the Town Board. He said his reasons for retiring were largely due to his declining health in recent months. Branham was president of the board for seven years.


Brand new county commissioners Harold Riley and Webb Lucas, Jr., attended their first commissioners meeting Tuesday – and Wednesday – to launch the county’s business for the new year. With them was county highway superintendent J.D. Leap. The new assistant superintendents for the county highway department are Cecil “Pete” Mathews, Donald D. Leap, Wayne Bennett and Joe Brady.

Sheriff Thomas McKay has been released from the hospital – just about as suddenly as he entered it. McKay was ordered confined to the intensive care unit of Veterans Hospital in Louisville December 20th after he suffered what Madison physician Dr. Noel Graves termed a heart attack.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanley Konkle, route 1, Canaan, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, January 14th. Their children will host a reception in their honor at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.


Preliminary work toward planning a new county high school was continued this week by Switzerland County School Corporation’s interim board.

Vevay-Switzerland’s sesquicentennial year is underway. It began at the stroke of midnight Tuesday as 1963 was born. Six and one-half months remain until the July 14th-20th celebration of the community’s 150th birthday. Although half a year remains until celebration time, the community is becoming more and more conscious of what is ahead. The biggest sign of the consciousness is the growing number of beards beginning to sprout on chins of local males.


Mrs. Marie Brown and Thurmen Roberts, who have operated the B & R Restaurant on Ferry Street here for the past several years, will dissolve their partnership on New Year’s Day. Mrs. Brown will continue to operate the business as sole owner.

Dr. Theodore C. Person last week dissolved his partnership with Dr. Noel Graves in the operation of the Vevay Clinic.

Bruce Elsrod, a native and nearly a lifelong resident of this county, passed away at his home on Red Hog Pike near Quercus Grove, early on the morning of December 18th. He had been in failing health several months prior to his death.

A son, Dawson Wayne, weighing 7 pounds, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Hastings, Sunday morning at 5 o’clock at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mr. and Mrs. Morton VanOsdol, formerly of this county, now of Richmond, Indiana, observed their 60th wedding anniversary December 28th at the home of their daughter, Mrs. William Bokencamp. Mrs. VanOsdol is 84 and Mr. VanOsdol is 77.


One of Switzerland County’s most successful business houses changed hands January 1st when Floyd Graham took over the entire business of the Raymond Osborn Store in Fairview.

William J. Bray, aged 43 years and a resident of this county during most of his life, was fatally injured Tuesday at Seymour when a gravel truck he was driving was struck by a B & O train on the west edge of that city.

Miss Josephine Maple, former teacher in the Vevay High School, has joined the WACS and is subject to call any time.

Mrs. William H. Bodey, of near Patriot held open house Tuesday afternoon, honoring the 99th birthday of her mother, Mrs. Emma Powell.

Miss Mildred Koons of Patriot and Robert Brameier of Florence were married Sunday at the home of Reverend and Mrs. William H. Lowe in Patriot.


The Greene line has added another steamboat, the Kiwanis, to their Cincinnati-Louisville run. The boat will alternate with the steamer Tom Greene, which has been in the two cities every other day. The new schedule will now give daily service each way.

Professor Charle Noble of Plainville, Indiana, was elected as Switzerland County Superintendent of Schools by the township trustees. The election was made to fill the unexpired term of the late Ernest Danglade.

Cal Curran, whil driving down the Hanover hill, saw and killed a rare blue racer snake, which measured nearly five feet long. To bear out his story he brought the dead reptile home with him and it was viewed by many persons.

The hardware store of Clyde Culbertson of North Ferry Street was entered Friday night and many valuable articles, including money, pocket knives, shotguns, revolvers, tires, raincoats, etc., were taken. The lock on the office safe had been gouged off with cold chisels obtained from a rack in the store.

William F. Krutz, president of the Florence Deposit Bank, was critically injured December 21st when the automobile in which he was riding with his daughter, Mrs. Laura Langhorst, overturned down an embankment near Brooksburg.


Miss Valley Myers, 4 years old, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Gabe Robinson, in Vevay Saturday, having been in ill health for the past year.

Walter S. Cotton, aged 57 years, former resident, died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lydia Howard in Vincennes, Indiana. His home was in Fresno, California. The remains were returned to Vevay for burial.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Allen of Mexico Bottom.


The auto bus between Vevay and Rising Sun by way of Patriot is proving a great convenience to the public.

Mrs. Lovenia Cunningham Turner, wife of Francis Marion Turner, of Jefferson Township, died at her home Thursday, aged 68 years.

Bertha Hankins, wife of John A. Hankins, died at her home in Craig Township last week of tuberculosis at the age of 33 years.

Mrs. Isabelle Peak, wife of William Peak of Fairview, about 50 years of age, died at her home Saturday.

Born December 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Davis of Center Ridge.


The stable of John K. Lewis was consumed by fire last Friday night. Fortunately the fine horse of his daughter, Miss Nora Lewis, was not in the building at the time.

James S. Wright last week was appointed postmaster of Vevay to succeed Ernest Griffith, and will take charge of his duties in the next few days.

John F. Butters assumed his duties as sheriff of Switzerland County Monday morning. The retiring sheriff, George Stewart, has moved to the country.

William E. Ogle and Bert Gray have entered into partnership for the sale of Chevrolet automobiles.

Culbertson Brothers have reopened their flour mill on Pike Street under the management of Rollin Weaver.

The Edwin C. Danner Post of the American Legion last week purchased the old Reveille building on Pike Street. It is the plan of the members of the Post to remodel the building into a modern home for the Legionnaires.

With the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperatives Warehouse in Vevay running full time and employing 20 men, the work of receiving tobacco and shipping is going on rapidly.

F. M. Long of Sugar Branch killed 523 squirrels during the season just past.