Reflections 2-15-18



Deaths this week: Patsey Ann Scudder, Donald C. Brown, Betty Larimore, Genevieve Irons.

Nearly 1,000 personal items belonging to former Switzerland County School Corporation treasurer Ann Geyman went not he auction block this past Saturday in Madison – and after the final time was sold, nearly $57,000 was erased from the more than $1 million debt that Geyman owes the school corporation.

Lane Siekman of Rising Sun has filed for the Democratic nomination for Judge of the Superior Court of Switzerland and Ohio counties.

Northern Kentucky University has announced that Sydney Pike of near Bennington has earned a perfect 4.0 grad point average of the fall semester.

Carrie Miller and Tim Ficklin were united in marriage on Saturday, February 2nd, at the East Enterprise United Methodist Church.


A new computer system will be installed in the County Assessor’s office later this year, the County Commissioners decided at their meeting Tuesday morning.

A group of 10 students from Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School will spend nine days on an educational tour of France and Spain during spring break.

Switzerland County residents Casey Jones and Roy Otter have been accepted by the Nashville Auto-Diesel College into its auto and diesel technician program beginning July 14th. Casey is the son of Michael and Carolyn Jones. Roy is the son of Charles and Janet Otter.


Michael L. Voris, route 2, Vevay, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on August 7th, 1987. He is the son of Donald and Gertrude Voris, route 2, Vevay.

Army Private 1st Class Janet K. Phillips has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Lucille and Cherry S. Phillips, route 3, Vevay.

Wesley Callahan has recently graduated from the Pinellas Police Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Callahan, route 3, Vevay.

Myron Gail Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dennis of route 2, Dillsboro has been named to the dean’s list at Cincinnati Technical College. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dennis of route 2, Dillsboro. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Peak of Florence and Mrs. Esther Dennis, Switzer Square in Vevay.


John A. Danglade, 75, of route 3, Vevay, died last Wednesday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He taught school for 31 years having taught in Vevay schools for 20 years where he was Principal 16 years. He also taught in Madison and Milan, was Principal at North Madison two years, and was Principal in the Saluda school system for five years.

A military funeral service for U.S. Army Sergeant Robert J. “Bobby Joe” Williamson, 22, of Vevay, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay with burial in Vevay Cemetery. He was killed by gunshot wounds January 31st at an Army base eight miles north of Saigon in the Vietnam War zone where he had served with high military honors the past year.

Mrs. Emma Owings, widow of Josiah Owings, will reach the century mark on her birthday Saturday. Mrs. Owings has made her home with her niece, Ruth Richter, of route 2, Milan since 1951.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Scudder, Sr., of route 1, Vevay, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 25th, at their home.

“Support Our Servicemen” is the American Red Cross slogan for its 1968 fund drive in March with Switzerland County being asked for $1,692 as its share of the $121 million goal of the national drive.


A/1c George and Vella Jean Hufford are announcing the arrival of a 9 pound son born February 8th in Michigan. The young man has been named Walter Ray. Colonel and Mrs. Fletcher N. Hufford and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Turner of Posey Township are grandparents. Airman Hufford is stationed at an air base in Gwinn, Michigan.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schnaitter of Vevay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday, February 5th. They were guests of honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Gray at Pleasant.

CS/3 J. C. Warner, U.S. Navy, is spending a 30-day leave visiting relatives and friends in Vevay, before reporting to his new assignment at the Naval Air Auxiliary Station in Nevada. Warner recently returned to the United States after a 10-month tour of duty in Japan, aboard an LST.

The 93rd birthday of Mrs. Lucy McNutt of Meads Ridge, near Patriot, was observed February 7th, when neighbors gathered at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fay Hewitt for a covered dish dinner.

A 6 pound, 8 ounce son was born February 6th to Mr. and Mrs. Eslie Alford (nee Gladys Dennis) of Madison at the hospital there. He has been named Dennis Keith. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Abe Alford of near Fairview and Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Dennis of Ohio County.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green (Jo Orem) of Anderson are happy to announce the arrival of their first child, a daughter, born Friday, January 31st, at St. John Hospital in Anderson. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and has been named Jennifer Denise. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Sadie Green, Vevay; great-grandmother, Mrs. Julie Peters, Florence; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lucian Orem of Aurora and great-grandfather, E. G. Orem of near Vevay.


A 6 pound, 9 ounce son was born early Tuesday morning at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Briggs (nee Virginia Rose) of near Bennington. He has been named Robert Gregory.

A baby was born Saturday morning to Mr. and Mrs. William Earl Scott of near Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.


Town officials have announced that 110 volt alternating current will be available to local users in June when the new power plant is expected to be completed.

Mrs. Galin Armstrong, who was severely injured recently in an automobile accident in Indianapolis, continues to improve in an Indianapolis hospital. Miss Mary K. Massey, driver of the car, expects to resume her duties of county home economics agent within a few weeks. Mrs. Agnes Schmunk, third person injured in the accident, has returned to her home near Pleasant from the hospital.

The 71st birthday of Mrs. Merritt Scruggs was celebrated February 6th with a family dinner.

Miss Jeanette Orem, former Switzerland County girl, has resigned her position as home economics teacher at Tipton High School to accept a position on the staff of Purdue University.


In the December number of ‘The Antiquarian’, published in New York, is an article connecting Vevay with the early 1800’s. “The unknown maker of the flower and fruit border plates, whose American views, including Vevay, number but five, made the town the subject for one of his plates. Evidently but few were ever made. The word Vevay is printed in blue on the back of the plate.”

The river road from Vevay to Rising Sun has been officially taken over by the state highway commission.

Miss Pauline Broadwell was painfully burned when a kettle of scalding water she was carrying slipped from her hands and splashed her legs.

Gus Bladen of Florence recently killed a white muskrat which is quite rare.

Switzerland County relatives have received word of the tragic death of Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Weaver of Franklin who were burned to death. It is believed that a can of lacquer placed in front of a grate exploded throwing the burning liquid over their bodies.


The immense ice gorge which formed at Sugar Branch last week broke loose and moved down the river Tuesday. Caught in this greatest of all river jams were barges, boats, trees and harbor apparatus. Included was the wreck of the famous old Hattie Brown. At Vevay a barge belonging to John Brown and Son was ground to bits. The wharfboat and John Heady’s gasoline boat were saved. Many large trees along the shore were uprooted and swept away. Dam 39 suffered a loss of about $15,000. Four barges and a derrick boat were swept away and a pump boat was sunk. After the ice passed the river started to rise and by Wednesday had reached a stage of 53 feet. The bottoms were flooded and all the houses in that vicinity were surrounded. Families had already moved out and the water is now slowly falling.

No ferries are operating now. The new Vevay-Ghent ferry is being built at Madison and the machinery from the old Eva Everett is being installed in the new boat. The Lamb ferry was damaged in the ice and the Madison ferry was a total loss.

A group of Vevay women recently sent 37 sweaters and 20 helmets to the U.S. Navy League at Washington for distribution to the sailors and marines. The women knit the sweaters from yarn furnished by Mrs. C.S. Tandy.


Fire companies were called out Monday afternoon to extinguish a blaze on the roof of the residence of Dick Ridgeway.

Bryon Tilley, 13, fell while skating on the ice Tuesday evening and broke his left leg.

A daughter was born January 26th to Mr. and Mrs. Abijah Brindley of Sugar Branch.

Janet Harris of Patriot is ill with diphtheria.

John Mead, youngest son of Charles W. Mead of Vevay, won first prize in a 32 yard swimming contest at a YMCA branch in New York City last week.


A. B. Shaw, who is in very poor health, has gone to Dansville, New York.

Last Wednesday morning Henry Harper’s barn near Moorefield was destroyed by fire caused by the explosion of a lantern.

Mat Ralston of Moorefield was painfully injured last week when he fell from a wood shed, breaking his shoulder and cutting his head.

Judge A. C. Downey is suffering from a stroke of paralysis.

Cotton Township will have 100 days of school this winter.

A son was born last week to Joe Reed and wife of Moorefield.


L. E. Smith and mother, Mrs. Martha J. Smith have moved from Moorefield to Vevay.

M. D. Thiebaud has returned from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a frozen car.

Mrs. Margaret Gilbert and family of Sugar Branch have gone to Wild, Colorado, where Mr. Gilbert has taken a claim, built a blacksmith shop and has a house ready for them.

A son was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leap of Vevay.

Mrs. Jacob Richter of near Moorefield has been gathering a valuable crop of walnut timber from her farm which she sold to the Union Furniture Company for $1,500.

A son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. James Cole of Mount Sterling.

Mrs. McHenry of Sugar Branch has sold her lot there to Jeffrey Miles of Aaron who will open a blacksmith shop. Mrs. McHenry will go to McKenzie, Tennessee, to visit her daughter, Mrs. Stella Morrison.


Mort Manford has started a blacksmith shop in Vevay.

A street lamp has been placed on the north corner of Pike and Union streets.

The steamer U. P. Schenck left here Sunday for New Orleans with a large amount of hay.

“It required one marshal all the time and two policemen a part of the time, to govern Vevay. Down at Madison where they have about 12,000 people, only a marshal and one policeman are employed to take care of the city. But Madison don’t amount to much compared with Vevay.”

Lou Jackson has sold his grocery, has packed his traps, and is going to Texas.


A fire occurred at Florence February 16th destroying two frame dwelling houses, one belonging to the heir of Edward Krutz and the other belonging to Mrs. Burton. Loss $1,500 with no insurance.

Last Monday 15 persons took passage on the ‘Dumont’ from this place to Cincinnati.

Township Assessors are engaged in assessing personal property.


At a meeting held at Siebenthal’s mill on Long Run February 16th, it was decided to build a turnpike road from Moorefield to Vevay.

Elder William Johnson of Ghent will deliver an address at the Baptist church Thursday evening.


A few weeks ago as David Dyer prepared to return home from a debating school at Fredonia meeting house on Tapps Ridge he found that his saddle had been cut to pieces. Such conduct is outrageous and the scamps who did it might find better men in the penitentiary.

Owing to the ice embargo on the river, the stock of New Orleans sugar, including old stock and new crop, is entirely exhausted. The steamer David White, from New Orleans, that is laying in the Ohio River at Hawsville, 12 miles from Louisville has nearly 300 tons of sugar for the Louisville market. It is retailing in small lots at 9{1/2} cents.

It has been five weeks since steamboats ceased running. The river is frozen over and pedestrians are crossing on the ice. The present is the coldest week yet and even the poor rabbits are freezing and starving.

The papers state that there is so much snow at Newport, Virginia, that the people have to walk out of the second story windows.

A daughter was born January 13th to Joseph and Margaret Rutherford.