Reflections 2-22-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



Deaths this week: Brett Graham, Jean M. Purnell, Carl Moll, William E. Lamkin, DVM, Ray Huckleberry, Ila June Keene.

Casie Campbell and Ryan Jesop have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple will be married on February 23rd at Switzerland Baptist Church.

An American Bald Eagle was struck by a car along the River Road between Brooksburg and Madison on Sunday afternoon and Indiana Conservation officer Steve Kinne was called to the scene to rescue the bird and take it for medical help. The eagle was taken to the Red Wolf Sanctuary near Farmer’s Retreat, where no broken bones or wings were discovered.


Vincent Valenzuela, a senior at Switzerland County High School, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. His achievement is a rare accomplishment. The last National Merit Scholarship finalist from SCHS was Kenny Roberts in 1984. Vincent is the son of Dr. Diego and Dr. Fiedlia Valenzuela of Vevay.

Lori Waller, daughter of Tim and Mary Waller of Florence, is on the Dean’s List at Ball State University. She made all A’s last semester and has been on the Dean’s List for three straight years.

Michael D. Evans recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. He is the son of Jane E. Smith of Pleasant Township.


A fire Tuesday gutted the inside of the home of Raymond and Connie Scudder on Beatty Ridge Road. No one was home at the time the fire broke out, and Mrs. Scudder discovered the kitchen blazing when she arrived at her home around 5:37 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Chief Robert Peelman said that the family lost nearly everything in the fire.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Valentine of route 1, Bennington will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary February 28th at the home of their son Barry Valentine near Fairview. The couple was married February 26th, 1948 in Cumberland, Maryland after May arrived in the United States from Manchester, England. The couple had met while Lloyd was in the Army Air Corps and had been corresponding for several years.


Jim Gridley, most honored player in Vevay High School basketball history, gains new distinction this week as the top vote-getter among all 50 nominees in Vevay Newspapers’ poll of Warrior fans to elect two VHS all-time all-star cage teams. The 1937 graduate drew 63 percent of the poll’s total vote at his position to gain election as center on the old-timers squad for players competing on the local hardwoods prior to 1945. Joining him on the old-time squad (in order of the vote totals) were guard Louis Teats, a 1917 graduate; forward Paul Sullivan (1931); forward Jim Banta (1932); and guard Joe Kiesel (1937). Harold C. “Red” Benedict, coach of the Warriors from 1925 through 1937, was elected coach of the dream team as he drew 87 percent of the total vote for that spot on the ballot.

Lowell Sullivan was the leading vote-getter in Vevay Newspapers’ poll of Warrior fans to select a modern-day all-star basketball team for Vevay High School. Sullivan is joined by forward Jim Stultz (1965), guards Denny Brown (1965) and Mickey Lamson (1955), and center Keith Brown (1958). John Collier (1951-56) received over 63 percent of the total vote for coach to win the honor as dream mentor for the imaginary team.

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Steven L. Robinson, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman D. Robinson of route 1, Patriot, was graduated from the aviation radar and navigation course at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Switzerland County No. 469, Order of the Eastern Star, elected Mrs. Lillian Houze as worthy matron and Raymond Roberts as worthy patron as new officers were named last Tuesday night.


The sudden death of Oran Harold McNary, 58, Switzerland County Agricultural Agent, on February 13th, greatly shocked the community where he was so well known.

Tuesday marked the 62nd wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Protsman but due to the illness of Mr. Protsman no formal observance was held.

Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, Sr., of Vevay will quietly observe their 63rd wedding anniversary February 27th. Due to the ill health of both Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie, no formal observance is planned.

The Sheriff’s Department of Switzerland County has received two 1958 cruisers purchased by the Commissioners for the official use of Sheriff Ora Scudder and his Deputy Cecil Peters. The cars are coppertone metallic, matching the uniform worn by Indiana sheriffs.


Vevay’s shoe factory continues to move along toward ultimate completion at the site down on Seminary Street near the Light and Water Plant with the expectation that it will be in operation within a few weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Furnish and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Furnish spent several days last week in Bedford where they went to purchase stock for a shoe store which they will open soon on Ferry Street.


Following a meeting here Monday night members of the Vevay school board have announced their intention to build a new $40,000 gymnasium, provided that financial help can be obtained from the government under a W.P.A. grant.

Switzerland County is one of six in the state having no traffic fatalities during the past year. An automobile safety campaign will be started soon in the county.


Road engineers have completed their survey of the new road from the John C. Heady farm west of Vevay to the lower end of Main Street. The new route will eliminate several curves and will improve Main Street. However it will eliminate one of the most beautiful drives along the river between Cincinnati and Louisville.

Edward Pollard, who has been employed at the Iddings Motor Company, has resigned his position and on Monday opened a garage in the Hubert Gullion building in Markland.

The Girls Athletic Club of Vevay gave their annual Valentine dance and card party at Metropolitan Hall Monday night. Nearly 200 persons attended and a nice sum was cleared for the school milk fund which the club sponsors.

Beta Omega Chapter of Tri Kappa at Madison entertained Gamma Chi Chapter of Vevay at a luncheon and bridge party at the Hillside hotel in Madison Saturday afternoon.


Out of 47 men examined by the Switzerland County draft board Tuesday only one man failed to pass.

Eggs reached another high record in Cincinnati Friday when they retailed for 75 cents per dozen.

Alex Brett had a narrow escape from drowning Monday night when the horse which he was driving became frightened while crossing the fill at the new Indian Creek bridge and jumped into the creek. Mr. Brett swam to shore and after removing heavy clothing swam back and cut the horse loose from the buggy, saving its life. The water was about 10 feet deep where the accident occurred.

The wholesale price of bread for the entire state has been set by Dr. Henry E. Barnard, Federal Food Administrator, at 7 1/2 cents per loaf. Retail price is 9 cents or two loaves for 17 cents.

Mr. Barnard has issued an order restricting the sale of flour to the basis of one pound per week per person and not more than five pounds in city, and 12 1/2 pounds in country.

The frame building on Pike Street for years occupied by Edward Martin as a carriage paint shop and the warehouse connected with the Danner Hardware store were torn down this week after having been condemned.

The welcome sound of a steamboat whistle was heard Friday, the first time for months, when the Eugene Dana Smith, Campbell Creek Coal Company towboat, passed up the river with a barge in tow. The boat had been caught in the Kentucky River ice gorge but was not seriously damaged.

At the Caledonia congregation meeting on Monday a plan for their new church was adopted. It will be of brick but some of the timber for the main frame will be cut soon and a sawmill will be moved to a convenient spot.

Graham Brothers have put their Eva Everett ferry back in use by towing it with a gasoline boat. Machinery from the boat is being installed in their new ferry at Madison.

A son was born February 16th to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen.


During the past week, contracts have been let by the Vevay Ice Company for the erection of a new 12-ton ice plant to replace the one burned some months ago. The structure will be a frame one and will be about 100 feet long and 50 feet wide.

Dr. Hooten of Sugar Branch has succeeded Dr. R.M. Copeland as physician at Bennington. Dr. and Mrs. Copeland have gone to be with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Lewis at Canaan.

Oscar Miller, the Patriot and Vevay mail carrier, has sold his route and will be a candidate for Township Assessor of Posey Township.

Easter will be observed this year on April 19th, the latest that it has come for a century or more.

The old folks of Independence will hold an old-fashioned spelling bee at the school house on February 21st.


The furniture for the new Hotel Vevay arrived this week. Simmons Brothers expect to be ready for business March 1st.

There are two ferryboats now plying between this city and Ghent. Captain Graham has the ferry privilege on this side of the river and Captain Tyson has it on the Ghent side. As neither gentleman can carry passengers but one way, those making the round trip have the pleasure of riding on each boat.

The factory working time of the Union Furniture Company was increased from eight to 10 hours last Saturday.

The new laundry and carriage house at the Phoenix Hotel is completed and is one of the finest in the city.

A fine boy was born February 19th to Charles Markland and wife at Markland.

Colonel W.D. Ward dropped dead at the courthouse door February 24th.


Last Thursday evening while Joseph Peelman was carrying in coal at his home he fell and broke his right leg.

A son was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Munce Graham.

Through the efforts of Clarence Stevens and Eugene McMakin and the cooperation of others who have become interested in the good works of the boys, the foundation has been laid for the Vevay Presbyterian library. The library in the Presbyterian Church will be open every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock.

Willie Baird has returned home after spending the winter with his grandparents, David Hedden and wife at New Albany.


A Baptist church was organized at Markland last Thursday.

John Bledsoe and family of near Mount Sterling left Wednesday morning for Topeka, Kansas, where they will make their home.

W. Harry Lyons, who is engaged in dealing in walnut logs, and has been in Warsaw, Kentucky, for several days, came home Saturday.

Last week the third gas well was bored at Lawrenceburg. It is 260 feet deep and is stronger than the other two wells combined.

L. L. Froman and family of Sugar Branch left Tuesday for Colorado where they will reside.

Mrs. N. Worrell of Mount Sterling is very sick with diphtheria.

A son was born to James Kern and wife of Craig Township last week.


Fire occurred at Florence on February 16th destroying two frame dwellings, one belonging to the heirs of Edward Krutz and the other to Mrs. Burton. Loss was $1500 with no insurance.

Last Monday 15 people from here took passage on the Dumont for Cincinnati.

Township Assessors are employed in assessing personal property.


A detachment of 500 troops passed through Seymour on the cars last Saturday for the Utah war.

The “scarlet petticoat” which is all the go in the East has made its appearance here.

A number of people put up ice during the recent cold spell. It was from two to three inches thick.

Captain J. Blair Summons, aged 65 years, died in Cincinnati last Sunday. He was one of the oldest captains on the Ohio River.


Many of our citizens crossed the river on the ice Sunday.

A large number attended services at the Ghent Baptist Church that morning.

The Working Men’s Institute will meet at the courthouse Monday night at early candlelight. The committee on books will meet Wednesday night at the Reveille office.

At the temperance meeting held Saturday at Mount Sterling the following delegates were elected to attend the state convention in Indianapolis on February 22nd: William Shaw, Sr., George McCulloch, Percy Rous of Jefferson Township, Ibzan Jackson and B. L. Robinson of York Township, Bela Herrick and Samuel Baxter of Posey Township, P. S. Sage and Samuel R. Walker of Cotton Township, Peter Vannire and Hugh Adkinson of Pleasant Township, Walter Scott and Percy Cotton of Craig Township.

After this week our Ghent subscribers will get their papers at the American House as it will be more convenient to some of our patrons in that place.