Reflections 3-27-14


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Sunday is the Grand Opening of “Life on the Ohio,” a new river history museum here in Vevay. The museum is the work of the Switzerland County Historical Society, and will feature the society’s vast collection of memorabilia from life along the Ohio River. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend and tour the new museum.

Nina M. Allen and David A. Campbell have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Toni Allen of near Vevay. The prospective groom is the son of Alan and Sherri Campbell of Commiskey. The couple will be wed on Saturday, July 31st, at the Madison Presbyterian Church on Broadway Street.

Philip Deaton of Vevay has earned inclusion on the dean’s list at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology for he winter quarter. He is a mechanical engineering major at Rose-Hulman.

Christel Sketch, a junior at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, will be featured in the semi-annual Northland College Student Art Show. The show highlights the original works of more than 50 students enrolled in art courses.


No one had any idea that there was something hidden behind the white paint on the walls of Ruter Chapel, the sanctuary of the Vevay United Methodist Church. And so it was, to say the least, a big surprise, when two big, impressive, artfully painted murals bearing decorated passages from the Bible were found on the walls of the chapel last week.

Christy C. Brindley of Vevay has been recognized as a Jefferson Proving Ground “Very Important Person.” She is an accountability clerk in the ammunition supply section.


It still brings tears, pensive looks and excited voices as victims recall the 1974 tornado that roared into Switzerland County, devastating 25 homes, twisting acres of woodland and propelling farm machinery and barn, tin into tree tops and distant fields. Bennington, Fairview and Bear Branch received the largest brunt, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials assessing the countywide damage at $847,400.

The students and staff of Jefferson Craig Elementary Switzerland County Elementary and the Switzerland County High School are becoming more and more familiar with computers in the classroom. Some students are also beginning to learn basic computer programming skills.

“A revolution is underway at the present time in the business of crop production and our present conservation tillage practices are just the tip of the iceberg. Better equipment, new chemicals, new crop varieties will make for big changes in the years ahead,” These were the words of Sherm Schmidt of Chevron Chemical Company, after he spoke to 47 interested farmers at Tinker Implement on Tuesday, March 27th. The subject for the evening was no-till farming.


It roared into Switzerland County just after 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon – a tornado, one of Mother Nature’s most fearful weapons. The storm had already decimated parts of Kentucky and Indiana, including neighboring Jefferson County, by the time it reached here. And in its brief stay – only a few scant minutes – in Switzerland County, the tornado blasted out unbelievable destruction and damage in Bennington, Fairview, and Bear Branch.

Elmer Browning, 80, passed away March 28th at his home at 411 Silver Street in Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Robinson of near Fairview were honored at a dinner gathering Friday at the Dark Horse restaurant in Madison. The celebration in honor of the Robinsons’ 25th wedding anniversary was staged by the couple’s five children who presented them a silver serving tray.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday for Helen Protsman Danglade, who died Tuesday after an extended battle with cancer. She devoted virtually all her near-67 years to helping edit and publish the newspapers of Vevay and Switzerland County.

Plans were announced this week for a concrete mixing plant to be located in the northwest outskirts of Vevay. Coo-Par, with similar operations in Carrollton and Owenton, Kentucky, and Madison, will conduct the operation.

Will H. Gray of Moorefield, who spent five weeks in the hospital this winter, is able to be out and around and celebrated his 95th birthday last Wednesday.

Employees of the Vevay Post Office and their guests met Saturday evening at the Swiss Inn for a dinner party honoring Mrs. Helen McNary, who has retired as a substitute clerk in the local office after 15 and one half years of service.

Funeral services were held Saturday for Clyde McKay, 83, retired Switzerland County farmer, of near Moorefield. Mr. McKay died Thursday in the Milan Health Center after a long illness.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Leslie L. McKenzie, 52, Vevay, who died suddenly March 27th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.


Don Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ball of Mount Sterling, was ordained as minister of the Christian Church Sunday by Reverend Harold Fogle. The services were held in the Florence Christian Church where he will serve full time. The congregation presented him with a fine leather briefcase.

The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stoops of Toppenish, Washington, formerly of Switzerland County, was celebrated with an open house March 22nd at the home of their son, Leland Stoops, and Mrs. Stoops in Toppenish.

Miss Carolyn Snyder, high school home economics instructor, has submitted her resignation, due to ill health. Her resignation becomes effective Friday, April 9th. The vacancy created by her resignation is to be filled by Mrs. Marcella Ellett of Ellettesville, Indiana.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hollcroft of near Vevay celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Sunday at their home.


Miss Clara Kiesel former resident of Vevay, passed away at her home in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning after an illness of long duration.

Mrs. Lucetta Dunning Gridley, wife of North Gridley, of Goose Creek, died in Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati Saturday following a brief illness.

Mrs. Gertrude Bondurant, wife of Captain Graham Bondurant, died at her home in Vevay Tuesday morning from the effects of a heart attack suffered the day before.

Sergeant Hubert Hamilton, 23, waist gunner on a Flying Fortress, has been awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal, according to an official release. The decoration was conferred for exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in five combat missions over enemy occupied continental Europe.

Word has been received by relatives here of the death of Walter Pleasant, a former resident, at his home in Mount Vernon, Indiana Wednesday noon.

William W. Vauter, resident of Posey Township, passed away at his home there last Friday after a period of ill health extending over a period of several years.

Sanford Hohimer, a resident of this county for several years, was fatally injured last Friday at Carrollton, Kentucky, when he stepped in the path of a bus on a public highway.


William Moore, living in the Manville neighborhood, passed away at his home there Tuesday morning following a long illness.

Mrs. Carrie Leatherbury Platt has resigned her position as teacher in the Vevay schools and has been succeeded by Raymond Cole.

John W. Houze who was born November 14th, 1877 in Switzerland County, died at his home in Urbana, Illinois, Monday afternoon as the result of a heart attack.

Floyd Campbell, husband of the former Miss Gladys Waltz of this county, passed away in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday after a several month’s illness of heart trouble and complications.

Morgan Copeland, resident of near Manville, died at his home there Saturday, March 31st, after a four week’s illness of pneumonia.

The local eliminations in the State Mathematics Contest resulted in the following students winning the right to represent the Vevay school at the district contest to be held at Hanover College Saturday, April 7th, Algebra winners, Minnie Romerill, Robert Noble, Geometry winners, J.T. Pritchard, Nellie J. Lee.

Harold Kolb, son of county agent and Mrs. H.G. Kolb, and a student in Vevay High School, won the district Latin contest, Division two, held at Greensburg, Indiana last week and will enter the state contest at Bloomington on April 13th.

J. K. Danglade has tendered his resignation as Captain of the National Guard Battery and will be succeeded in command by Lieutenant H.N. Humphrey.

Harry Schroeder, formerly with the firm of Scudder and Schroeder in Patriot, has opened a new hardware store in the Couch building in Patriot. Mr. Scudder will continue to operate at the original stand.

Alex H. Boss of Craig Township died suddenly at his home there Tuesday afternoon after a short illness.

Wilma, 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bosaw of Vevay, died at the home of her parents Monday night after an illness of pneumonia and measles.

A marriage license was issued in Madison Saturday to Myrtle M. Slack and Harold L. Whitham, both of this county.


Died in Shelby County, Mrs. Julia Marsh, aged 79, native of Craig Township.

Died near Fairview April 6th Lawson David Bruce, aged 67, native of Kentucky.

Reverend Morris McClure is the new Methodist minister in Vevay.

J.D. Green was fatally stricken at his home on Seminary Street just after moving there.


A horse show will be held in Vevay April 18th combining the April Jockey Show and the annual exhibition of breeding stock.

The engagement of Miss Gladys Richardson of Arlington, Massachusetts, to Fred V. Archer of Vevay has been announced.

Mrs. Jane Morerod, known to the people of the city as “Aunt Jane,” died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Julia Dupraz, on Saturday.

C. A. Vickery of Carrollton, Kentucky, has opened a grocery store on Main Street in Vevay.

Miss Adelaide Kiesel has accepted a position in the Post Office.

Mrs. George Bliss, aged 20 years, died at her home on Tapps Ridge Friday, April 3rd, after a brief illness of pneumonia.

Frank Riley was operated on in Cincinnati Monday for a growth behind one of his ears.


Married here by Reverend Tedford, April 3rd, Miss Mable C. Anderson and Fred Baxter, both of Lamb.

Married April 4th, at the residence of Dr. H.C. Rous, Miss Bessie Cullie Davis of Sugar Branch and Dr. William H. Fuller of North Vernon.


John McNutt of Davis Corner has killed three red foxes this winter.

Born, a son to Harvey Walker and wife of David Comer.

Oscar Williamson, ex=sheriff, has been appointed postmaster at Vevay to succeed Alfred Shaw, whose term of four years expires April 19th.

Joseph A. Dalmazzo, formerly of Vevay, and Miss Minnie R. Voight, of San Diego, California, were married in the latter city April 4th in the Unitarian Church.


William Hall, Esquire, is offering the wharfboat for sale.

The opening of Spring confirms our fears that peach tees in this section of the country are all killed.

Civil War news: General Forrest, at last accounts, was at Jackson, Tennessee, apparently preparing to move south.

Private advices from Little Rock say General Steele’s forces 15,000 strong, left that place for the south on the 23rd.