Reflections 3-22-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



  Deaths this week: Millie Noel, Frances L. Wigal, James Bolton, Jr., Normalea Dowdee, Lucille Geyman.

  Jessica Marlene Thomas and Garrett Scott Gibbs have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. Jessica is the daughter of Anthony and Venita Thomas of Patriot.

  Zach Adams, grandson of Richard and Leona Adams of Florence earned his third straight state wrestling title in Nebraska.

  Liz Phipps has been granted admission and a fellowship to the Indiana University School of Medicine.


  The Switzerland County Sportsman Club and Pleasant Township Conservation Club and Pleasant Township Conservation Club have received a grant from the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. The grant is one of eight that was announced by the Foundation during its second round of funding last week. The matching grant of $4,000 will be used to improve the land and buildings at the club site near Bennington.

  Switzerland County High School science teacher Bonnie Fancher has been teaching here since 1980. She teaches a variety of classes, ranging form physics to environmental science. She has been honored for her outstanding use of technology in the classroom by the Southwestern Ohio Instructional Technology Association. Only two teachers in the association are honored each year.

  Gina Simon has been elected as one of 10 new members of the Student Entertainment Board at Franklin College. She is graduate of Switzerland County High School and is the daughter of Dale and Mary Ann Simon of near Fairview.


  Michael Rose, seven-year-old son of Michael and Evelyn Rose, of East Enterprise, was a first place winner in the Indiana Farm Bureau children’s coloring contest.

  Greg L. Bosaw recently completed requirements for a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Tri-State University at Angola. A graduate of Switzerland County High School, he is the son of Melvin and Audrey Bosaw of Moorefield.

  Deb Woolums of Vevay recently completed nurses training at St. Luke West School of Practical Nursing and participated in graduation ceremonies at Northern Kentucky University. She is now employed at Swiss Villa Living Center and is planning to obtain her registered nurse degree in the near future.

  Galen Barnes, a native of Vevay, has been named president and chief operating officer of the Wausau property-casualty insurance companies, Nationwide Insurance affiliates based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Mr. Barnes, who will take over the position in May, is a Nationwide senior vice president.


  Stan Steury, of near Moorefield, has accepted the position of district conservationist for Jefferson County. Steury has served Switzerland County as district conservationist since February, 1984. He served as district conservationist in the county from 1975 to 1978.

  The American Legion was founded 69 years ago, 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.


  Sharon Mayo of Switzerland County was among 33 junior, senior, and graduate women students at Purdue University initiated Tuesday evening by Purdue’s chapter of Omicron Nu, national home economics honor society. A 1965 graduate of Patriot High School, Miss Mayo is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson W. Burley of route 1, Patriot.

  U.S. Army Private Galen W. Purnell, 19, son of Mrs. Charlotte L. Walker of route 1, Vevay, has been assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. His father, Stanley Purnell, lives in Vevay.

  There are a total of 98 businesses in Switzerland County according to statistics released by Donald Johnson, district manager of the Cincinnati office of Dunn & Bradstreet Inc.

  The first Gross Brothers phonograph record has been released and is now available at most record stores. The sides are “The Little Puppy (You Gave Me)” and “I Feel All Grown Up.” The sons of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gross of route 2, Vevay, recorded on the Rich-R-Tone label of Nashville, Tennessee.


  A baby daughter was born March 13th to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scott of Florence. The baby was born prematurely and weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Last year on March 17th a son was born to the couple under similar circumstances in the office of Dr. Graves.

  The Vevay High School chapter of FFA will sponsor a donkey basketball game on March 27th at the local gym to raise funds for purchase of shop equipment. An FFA team will play a team made up from members of the Vevay-Jaycees.

  The rare and complicated operation performed upon the heart of little 7-year-old Kathy Fay Niccum of near Aberdeen at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday was pronounced completely successful. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Niccum.

  Mrs. Kate Young, 70, widely known restaurant owner of Vevay, passed away Saturday afternoon in the Milan hospital following an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Young had resided in Vevay since 1948 and had operated the Vevay Grill here until her death.

  The Ohio River Telephone Company this week issued the first classified directory in the company’s history. Local subscribers will receive their directories within the next few days.


  Ulie Sigmon celebrated his 78th birthday at his home on Liberty Street March 14th.

  A surprise birthday dinner was given Sunday for Mrs. Rose Gullion at her home near Florence in honor of her 81st birthday.

  A son, Thomas Edward, was born Sunday, February 22nd, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Manuel (nee Nelda Flinn) of Greensburg.

  Vevay’s new shoe factory, the first multi-employee business to be operating here for several years, became a reality Monday when 18 stitching machines began operating with county personnel.

  Mildred C. Pohlkotte, a graduate of Patriot High School, who is now enrolled as a student at Purdue University, has received extra credits for excellence in English composition, according to an announcement made by the Department of English of the University.

  A daughter was born Friday, March 12th, to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swango of near Five Points. She weighed 9 pounds and has been named Patricia Anne.


  High winds accompanied by a heavy downpour swept over Switzerland County early Tuesday evening doing considerable damage to land by washing and causing buildings to tremble violently over a wide area.

  It has been announced that Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Pritchard will remove to Madison within the next few weeks where Mr. Pritchard plans to take over the management of the flour mill he recently established there.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Julian Scudder of Braytown, a girl named Nancy Lou.

  Miss Ruth Miller of Vevay and Mrs. Harry Monroe of Craig Township both had the misfortune to suffer broken arms while skating at the Carter Skating Rink last week.

  A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Teats in Cincinnati Tuesday evening.

  A nine pound son, Albert Benjamin, was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Otho Flinn of Cincinnati.

  Luther Scott and family of Florence moved last week to Burlington, Kentucky, where Mr. Scott is employed at Dam 37.

  A son was born on Friday evening, March 11th, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Knaus of Tapps Ridge.

  Mr. and Mrs. John A. Danglade returned home Tuesday from Daytona Beach, Florida, where they have been staying on account of Mr. Danglade’s illness. He is now much improved.


  Jacob Spicer, 54, was killed by lightning Tuesday afternoon while filling a grave in Vevay Cemetery. His body was not discovered until an hour later. Mr. Spicer was sexton of the cemetery.

  Everett Hastings of route 2, Vevay, was kicked in the head by a horse Friday and his scalp was split from the right eye to the edge of his hair. While plowing on a hillside the horse fell and as he tried to free it from harness, Mr. Hastings was struck by its feet.

  William Bennett of near Moorefield says he has a sure sign of Spring. On Monday he caught a swarm of honeybees which he says is the earliest he has ever known bees to swarm.

  The Red Men’s hall and lot at Markland were sold at auction Saturday to Walter Turner for $3400.


  At a meeting of the Vevay Public Library trustees this week a contract was signed with Mrs. A. P. Dufour for the purchase of a lot on Ferry Street for Vevay’s new Carnegie library.

  Clarence Croxton of near Lamb was badly burned Sunday when his clothing was ignited by gasoline from his automobile. The accident occurred on the Doe Run Road when his car stalled and he crawled under it to drain the gas pipe. Everett Webster, near whose home the car stopped, appeared with a lantern which set fire to the gasoline on the ground. Mr. Croxton started to run to a creek to put out the blaze but Mr. Webster smothered the flames with an automobile robe, which was in the car.

  Professor R. N. Tirey has resigned as superintendent of the Vevay schools to accept a similar position at Washington, Indiana. The new work carries added responsibilities and an increased salary.

  The Ohio River Telephone Company has asked to raise the rates on home phones from $1 to $1.25 per month.

  Ralph Scudder won the local high school debate this week and will represent Vevay at the district contest at Batesville on April 5th.


  Eugene Peelman of Cincinnati arrived here last Wednesday night to begin a search for the recovery of the body of his brother Charles who was drowned at the wharfboat on Tuesday night.

  It has been announced that the government will construct locks and dams at Madison, Markland and Rising Sun.

  Fred Trinkle who was appointed night policeman last August has tendered his resignation.

  Misses Eva and Clara Graham have opened up a millinery store on Main Street.

  Robert Scott is moving from Moorefield to Vevay.

  On Tuesday evening, St. Patrick’s Day, the lovers of dancing will give a ball at the Metropolitan Hall. Professor Harry Conner the celebrated harpist will furnish the music. Supper will be at the Williams Hotel.

  Born to William Pickett and wife last week, a boy.

  The City Council has instructed the marshal and night policeman to arrest all minors found in saloons.

  While on their way to school here Monday morning the team of horses driven by Chester Cotton and Miss Jeanette Thompson ran away. The young people were not hurt and the damage to the vehicle was slight.

  Misses Mayme Corns and Anna Havens, two young ladies of Lawrenceburg, will arrive here in a few days to reopen their millinery store on Main Street.

  A thief stole some harness and a few other articles from the barn of E. W. Protsman Saturday night.


  The banns of John Brockschlager and Miss Lizzie Rosenberger was published at the Catholic church Sunday morning.

  A son of Dr. Clark met with a painful accident at Detraz livery stable last Wednesday by which two of his fingers were badly lacerated.

  Charles Kincaid, the popular young druggist, has accepted a position with L. W. Golay.

  Lillian, small daughter of Charles Norisez, fell from a chair and broke her wrist last Friday evening.

  The steamer Ed Roberts met with a bad accident at Patriot Sunday night. She ran her tow on the head of Big Bone Island, wrecking two barges and damaging three so badly that they sank in front of town.

  William North, cashier of the Patriot Deposit Bank, who has been traveling in the south in order to regain his health, returned home Sunday. He brought home an alligator for his young son, William.

  The Patriot Marine Band gathered in Green Brothers store Friday night where the telephone office is. The lines were opened and the band played several pieces over the line. Their grand music was heard in all the towns connected by the line and was received with great applause.


  Rufus Dibble of Quercus Grove recently sold his personal effects and will leave for California at an early date to improve his health.

  The Indiana Farmer, Indianapolis, has organized a weather bureau, issuing daily bulletins. Mr. C. G. Boerner is the agent in Vevay. He also makes a weekly report of conditions of crops in Switzerland County. Mr. Boerner does this work gratuitously for the benefit of the public.

  Mr. G. A. Nash who recently suffered a very damaging fire is again ready for business in the corner room of Tandy’s new building. He has again employed the popular salesmen Walter Cotton and Lyman Woodfield.

  Dr. William Johnson, dentist, says the report that he intends to leave Vevay is untrue.

  Fred Shafer of Patriot has located in Madison.

  We learn that Eugene A. Loseuer will teach a select school at Aberdeen commencing the second Monday in April.

  Dempsey M. Scudder will leave in a short while for Kentucky where he has employment.


  Dr. Mefford was called on last Friday to set some broken limbs for a little son of James Lemmon. The child was run over by a saw log wagon and suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.

  The latest news from Washington indicates that the bankrupt law will be repealed. Those who want the benefit of it should hurry up.

  T. O. Bromwell of Patriot has the contract for making 500 knife pleaters for O. C. Mack of Madison. They know where to find a good workman.

  L. A. Clark started for Kansas last Thuesday where he will make his home.


  John P. Rous will open the second term of his select school in the upper School House next week.

  The ice gorge in the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri, broke last week and many boats were sunk or washed away. Included were the Louisville, Falls City, Altona, Great West and Forest Rose. There were 15,000 people who lined the levee to observe the exciting scene.

  A petition, signed by 130 Vevay women has been circulated protesting “the contemplation to set up in our midst an establishment for the vending of intoxicating liquors for purposes which we conceive to be highly inimical to the morals, the peace, and the prosperity of the community.”

  Messrs. Teats and Schenck are erecting a new sign over their store.

  Dr. William C. Sweezy of Cincinnati has located at Bennington to practice medicine.

  The 15th anniversary of the Switzerland County Bible Society will be observed at the Methodist Church in Vevay Thursday. An address will be delivered by Reverend Bonham of Allensville.

  We have heard several of our citizens speaking very favorably towards building a new school house in this place sufficiently commodious for all the citizens of Vevay. With many it is a mystery why we have no free schools here when a tax is collected for that purpose every year.

  Dr. Appleton and Company of New York will soon issue a book of 400 pages from the pen of Mrs. Julia L. Dumont of Vevay.

  The residence of E. B. L. Ford in Allensville was destroyed by fire last week.

  The Cincinnati, Louisville and Madison Packet companies are doing a heavy business. Produce is shipped South from here about every day.

  A terrible steamboat accident happened on the Ohio River below Troy, Indiana, between the steamers Henry Lewis, bound for New Orleans from Cincinnati with a full cargo, and the E. Howard. At least 15 lives were lost. The Lewis was hugging the Kentucky shore at the head of Anderson’s bar, when the Howard came out from behind the point and a collision occurred, sinking the Lewis in two minutes in 20 feet of water. It appears that the signals of the two boats were misunderstood.


  On last Friday night a meeting was held at the Courthouse for the purpose of taking steps to organize a company of soldiers for the Mormon war. We learn that some 30 or 40 names are enrolled. As there is not much probability of making up the company nor no call yet made for volunteers we think the affair will prove a fizzle.

  The Druid family of Ox Horn players are advertised to perform in this place Thursday night.

  Market report: wheat, per bushel 66 cents; lard, per pound, 9{1/2} cents; butter, per pound, 15 cents; chickens, per dozen, $1.50; eggs, per dozen 7 cents.