Reflections 3-20-14


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Switzerland County resident Harold DeNoon recently retired as a member of the LifeTime Resources Advisory Council. He had been a member of the council since 1994. Executive director Sally Beckley presented DeNoon with gifts for his 10 years of dedicated service to the advisory council.

Switzerland County Brownie Troop #6533 recently presented Tammy Gregory with its Outstanding Leadership Award. The award is for outstanding leadership and service over and above specified duties. Tammy Gregory has helped the troop with many different projects; and has also participated in programs in the River Valley service unit.

The time is finally here for 4-H enrollment in Switzerland County. Indiana is celebrating 100 years of 4-H this year. Today, 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States, both in rural and urban areas.

The “Life on the Ohio” River History Museum is slated for a grand opening on Saturday, April 3rd, in Vevay. The new museum, which has been developed by the Switzerland County Historical Society, is located in the building just south of the Switzerland County Historical Museum, in the building previously occupied by Dr. Robert Findley’s dental office.


Denise McElfresh and Timothy Osborn were wed March 10th at the Wilmington United Methodist Church by the bride’s uncle, Charlie Hill. Denise is the daughter of James and Linda McElfresh of Aurora. Timothy is the son of Robert and Frances Osborn of Vevay.

Paul Reagan was the winner and Chris Redmon was the runner-up in the Jefferson-Craig Elementary School spelling bee.

Mike Scudder made a very good showing at the Indiana High School Athletic Association slam dunk finals last Friday. He placed second among the competitors from the Indianapolis semi state. He ended up losing to Benji Gibbs of Anderson’s Madison Heights High School, who went on to win the dunking state championship.


Brian McSwain, a chemical engineering major at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, has been named to the President’s List for the winter quarter. To be named to the President’s List, a student must have achieved a 3.75-4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Brian is the son of Russell and Vera McSwain of Vevay.

The American Legion was founded March 15th-17th, 1919, during a caucus in Paris, France, attended by representatives of the various outfits of the American Expeditionary Force of World War I. The organization has since opened its membership ranks to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Vevay American Legion Post 185 will use this special time of year not only to honor their Club, but also to pay special honor to individuals within their own Post.


Plans for another park in Vevay, the second one proposed in the last few weeks, have been given preliminary approval, and the project should get underway in “about a week,” says the park idea’s sponsors. Those sponsors are members of the Vevay-Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce. And the park will be located on Ferry Street, just south of the Western Auto store, and north of Dave’s Dollar Store, where now a vacant lot exists.

Mrs. Ethol Miles celebrated her 84th birthday March 16th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Neva Simmons.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Koselke, Jr., of DeMotte, Indiana, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sherri Theresa, to James Douglas Farrar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farrar, of route 3, Vevay.


Private Larry G. Turner, son of Mrs. Lillian B. Turner of Florence, has completed eight weeks of advanced training as a cannoneer at the Army Artillery and Missile Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Vevay High School students John Garrett and Cynthia Sieglitz won top honors in Milan Monday night in a district public speaking and essay writing contest sponsored by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and its sister organization, the Rebekahs.

Services were held Monday afternoon at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Charles A. Gibbens, 76, who died March 19th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Constance A. Brown, 406 West Pike Street, Vevay, is among 14 Indiana University seniors who have been awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowships for graduate study next fall.


The young female setter “Mary” owned by Carroll Hollcroft was awarded first prize at the Central Kentucky Field Trials held at the Versailles, Indiana State Park last Saturday.

Mr. Adrian Deming quietly observed his 78th birthday Wednesday at his home on Market Street. Mr. Deming, who was manager of the Deming Variety Store for a number of years, retired from active work recently because of ill health.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Holdcroft will quietly observe their 59th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 4th.

Tuesday, April 16th, will mark the 58th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wiseman of Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baxter, formerly of Switzerland County, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, April 3rd.


Born, March 21st, a daughter, Lois Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roberts.

Miss Jean O’Day of near Vevay was united in marriage to Petty Officer Aldred C. Adams of the Navy at Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sunday, March 19th.

Clem Walton, 65, formerly of this community, died at his home in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, March 26th, after a long period of ill health.

A frozen food locker plant may be set up in Vevay, according to plans now in progress.

Born, March 23rd, a son to Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Carroll Sheldon.

Switzerland County has all but obtained its Red Cross War Fund quota with a total of $5,537.73 reported to E. W. Tilley, chapter treasurer, as against an assigned quota of $5,700.00.

Born, a son, Larry James, to Sergeant and Mrs. Dale Blodget of Bennington.


The first consignment of the 500,000 black locust seedlings which will be planted on gullied lands in Ohio, Switzerland and Dearborn counties by the CCC wokers at the Rising Sun Soil Erosion Camp arrived via truck from the Salem nursery Monday.

The Vevay schools closed last Friday for a probable period of two weeks in an effort to combat an epidemic of measles.

Died, March 18th, at her home in Tucson, Arizona, Mrs. Edna Miller Snyder.

The five-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Furnish is critically ill with bronchial pneumonia.

Captain Clarence Carter left Monday to pilot a consignment of steel to the South.

Miss Edith Shaw is suffering with a severe case of tonsilitis.

Roy W. Gray was taken to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati last Wednesday where he underwent an operation following pneumonia.


The annual Vevay High School Carnival last Friday night was accompanied by the usual downpour of rain which kept many away but the affair netted the school $155.00.

A severe wind and rain storm swept Switzerland County last Friday night and did considerable damage. A barn belonging to Mrs. Mary Rudd was completely demolished, scores of telephone poles were blown over and roofs of barns and outbuildings were torn loose.

Born, March 6th, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kinman (nee Mable Babcock) a son, Harold David.

Isaac Harlow was painfully injured Tuesday near Vevay when a team of horses ran away.

Heavy rains of last week caused a flood in the Ohio River head waters. It is believed the river here will just about reach flood stage.


The body of Scott McKenzie who was drowned February 18th in Little Brushy Ford Creek was found March 24th, four and one-half miles below the scene of the accident.

The home of Thomas Day in Vevay was destroyed by fire.

Died in Cincinnati, Jack Lukens, husband of the late Pearl Danglade.

Died below Vevay, March 24th, Elmer McCreary.

Died in Allensville, March 8th, Charles W. Harris, aged 67 years.

Mrs. Luther Buck of Egypt Bottom was painfully injured when she fell down a flight of stairs.

Miss Maude Shutts has resigned her position as telephone operator in Patriot and has removed to Aurora with her parents.

Married near Patriot by Reverend Johnson, Miss Dora Lee and Mr. Roy Buddenburg.

Harold Cotton of Craig Township was painfully injured when his hand became fast in a corn shredder.


The big Swain Karmire and Company’s new sawmill is in operation in the east end of Vevay. Fifteen men will be employed.

Married near Hanover at the home of Captain and Mrs. H.D. Banta, March 23rd, Miss Sada May and William Southerland.

Died in Vevay March 24th, John T. Schroeder, 63, well known Civil War veteran.

They are calling the big towboat Sprague, the “White Elephant.”

Perry James, well known resident of Vevay, is very ill.

The post office at Antioch is about to be discontinued.

Died near Bennington, March 29th, John Brown, aged 80 years.

There are 22 secret lodges in Switzerland County.

Died near East Enterprise March 30th, Mrs. Elwood Houze, her death a week behind that of her husband.


Court commenced Monday, A. C. Downey, Judge and R. L. Davis, prosecuting attorney.

The “Litle Red Front Grocery” greets Spring with a beautiful coat of bright red paint.

Mr. Neal Elder and Miss Eva Jones were married last Thursday by W.S. Kincaid, J.P.

An old-fashioned Candy Pull will be held at Willard Hall April 6th, at 6:30 p.m. by the Sunday School of the Christian Church. Come in plain attire so as to pull.

James B. Fisher, formerly of Allensville, died February 28th at Anthony, Kansas, in the 76th year of his age.

The mercury dropped to 16 degrees Sunday night. We are fearful for fruit and wheat.

One day last week one of our citizens bought a pound of butter from a merchant who does not advertise. When he cut into the center of the roll he found therein a small ti box which contained a piece of paper upon which the following was written in a neat feminine hand: “I am a girl 19 years old, good looking, an excellent housekeeper and have $200 in the bank. Should this fall into the hands of some unmarried Christian gentleman, will he please write to the following address,” etc. The finder being a bachelor decided to seek the young lady. He unraveled the mystery but destroyed the romance. The girl who had written the note had died several years ago, leaving a husband and eight children.


The new Court House bell has been received and put up. It weighs 1500 pounds and has a splendid tone. It can be heard about six miles. The first time it was rung it :”woke up the natives,” many not knowing what it was or what it meant.

A number of fires broke out in Vevay last week, none of them serious. When you start to a fire always take a bucket, an ax, or a ladder with you. To go to a fire without anything to work with is silly, as you will be of no use until you go and get something to work with, and that will require time – and there is no mistake that “time is money” at a fire.

Now that spring time has come and people have commenced cleaning the rubbish out of their yards, preparatory to making gardens, would it not be well for these persons to have their trash put some place else besides in the streets? It looks very bad to see our streets filled with old shoes, bones, trimmings of grapevines, etc.

Mrs. W.M. Watt has opened a book and stationery store in Vevay. This is a branch of business much needed in this place.

U.P. Schenck and Son are erecting a very large warehouse. It’s 150 feet long and 100 feet wide.

The Peasta and Paw Paw, tinclads, were the gunboats that participated in the late battle at Paducah.