Reflections 3-29-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



  Deaths this week: Ryan Rayles, Jack Sumner, Bernice F. Hewitt, Madonna J. Roberts, James and Charlene May.

  A high speed chase that began in Madison and traveled along State Road 56 into Vevay on Saturday led to a suspect fleeing into the woods west of Vevay — and the suspect is still at large.

  A two vehicle accident on State Road 250 near East Enterprise on Wednesday morning claimed the lives of two well known county residents. James May ,65 and his wife Charlene May, 62 where both killed when their vehicle collided with a garbage truck near Phillips Road Wednesday morning.

  Eugene Smith was presented with the Tuskagee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal  by U.S. Congressman Baron Hill during a ceremony on April 5th at the Vevay American Legion.

  The Switzerland County High School chapter of Business Professionals of America sent 13 students to the State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. Six of those students earned a spot in the national competition.

  Lillian Kay Dickson was born on February 24th at King’s Daughters Hospital. She is the daughter of Crystal Rosenberger of Vevay and the granddaughter of Lisa Rosenberger and the great granddaughter of Lois Rosenberger.

  Rebecca Renee Romans of Pendleton Run Road has earned inclusion on the dean’s list at Ivy Tech Community College for the fall semester. She is the daughter of Billy and Nancy Romans.

  Craig Bond of Patriot donated services to transport the Veterans Tribute Tower to Rising Sun this past Saturday. The transportation was provided in honor of his brother, Captain Floyd Wayne Bond, a Marine pilot who died in service in 1971. The mounting of the tower was donated by McAlister Excavating of Patriot.


  Melvin and Virginia Iceburg of Cross Plains will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Saturday, April 11th. The celebration will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dewberry, and will be held from 2-4 p.m.

  A little piece of Switzerland County will soon be hanging in every toy store in the world. Tom and Judy Richardson, owners of Vevay’s Richardson Industries, have contracted with Flambeau Products Corporation of Columbus, Indiana  to assemble Duncan Yo-Yos — the most recognized  name in yo-yos. They are currently assembling 120,000 per week and will be assembling 240,000 when they get up to full speed.

  Barbara Dickerson of Biggs, California, was chosen as this year’s Valentine Queen for the Preceptor Iota Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She is the daughter of Libby Cole of Vevay and the late Dib Cole.

  Melinda Jo Miller and Douglas Allen Hunt have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. the couple will be married Saturday, May 9th, at the East Enterprise United Methodist Church.


  This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913, when the Ohio River rose higher than it ever had before, except once — in 1884. The 1913 flood still stands as one of the three biggest floods in Ohio River history, the biggest, of course, being the Great Flood of 1937.

  The Swiss Wine Festival should have more of a Swiss feeling this year. Festival chairman Randy Ricketts said the Festival Committee is working to bring more Swiss-related activities to the Festival, which will be held August 19th through 22nd.

  Pam Lucas of near Moorefield is headed to Nashville, Tennessee to make a demo record. She’s hoping for a career as a country and western music singer. Pam is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Watkins of near Fairview.


  Students at Ivy Tech Southeast who have achieved dean’s list status for the winter quarter are Jay Baker, Mary Franklin, Lisa Johns, and Julie Leap. Students must attend Ivy Tech on a full-time basis and have at least a 3.5 grade point average to attain this honor.


  John Kinman was presented the Vevay Newspapers Free Throw Trophy March 20th at the annual VHS basketball banquet. Kinman, a Vevay High School junior, hit 147 of 184 free throw attempts during the 1967-68 season to top his team with a 79.9 percentage.

  Miss Pat Higgins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Higgins of route 3, Madison, was capped recently in a nurse’s cap presentation at Ransburg Auditorium at Indiana Central College. She was one of 37 young ladies honored during the ceremony.

  Mr. and Mrs. David Means observed their 50th wedding anniversary with open house held at the home of Margaret Dickason in Vevay March 23rd.


  Mavis McAllister, wife of Chester McAllister of Vevay, this week bought the equipment of the Vevay Grill on Main Street owned by the late Mrs. Kate Youngs and took immediate possession. Mrs. McAllister expects to open the restaurant on Monday, March 31st, and will continue to serve home cooked meals.

  The 83rd birthday of P. N. Snyder of East Enterprise was celebrated Monday evening with a pitch-in dinner at his home.

  Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Holdcroft of near Vevay will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 4th.

  Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wiseman of Vevay will quietly observe their 62nd wedding anniversary on Saturday.

  One of the most popular personalities at WLW radio and television, Bonnie Lou, will act as mistress of ceremonies at the annual Vevay Kiwanis Club Youth Talent Show April 25th at the Vevay High gym.

  Keith Brown, star center for the Vevay High Warriors basketball team, was named outstanding senior of the team at the annual Jaycee-Kiwanis Athletic banquet March 19th at Caledonia Church. Brown was presented with a trophy from the Jaycees.


  County Agent and Mrs. O. H. McNary celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a family get together Sunday at their home here.

  John McKenzie of Vevay quietly celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary at his home on Tell Street last Wednesday, March 17th.

  Jeff Webb, well known retired ferryboat owner and operator of Warsaw, Kentucky, passed away at his home there Saturday, March 20th, after a brief illness.


  Some 288 young quail were received by the Switzerland County Fish and Game Club Tuesday morning and were released in different parts of the county.

  Dr. George Ellerbrook was slightly injured Wednesday evening at Steel’s Corner when his car collided with an auto driven by Mr. Martin of Ohio County.

  Jacob Skirvin, farmer residing near Vevay, was taken to the Robert Long Hospital, Indianapolis, Tuesday suffering with a serious eye injury. While preparing tobacco beds for burning Mr. Skirvin had his eyeball pierced by a piece of thorn tree.

  Mrs. Russell Pickett opened her kindergarten for the Spring term with the following children enrolled: Janet Ricketts, Evelyn Berkemeier, Dickie Henry, Junior Humphrey, Johnny Danglade, Harold Dickason, Joan Whitesell and Jimmy McNary.

  Joe Kiesel has gone to Anderson where he has employment.


  Following two weeks of spring-like weather three inches of snow fell in the county over the weekend.

  J. B. Park of near Vevay was rendered unconscious when he was struck by an automobile on Main Street Thursday.

  Tri Kappa sorority has pledged eight new members: Norma Callis, Evalena Carnie, Ester Culbertson, Mary Charlotte Protsman, Alice Shook, Ramona Norris, Emily Ford, and Jeanette Copeland. Pledge services were held at the home of Lucille Lamson.


  The President has signed the Daylight Saving bill, and it will take effect at Midnight on March 30th.

  Mayor R. M. Campbell attended the Ohio River Terminal conference in Cincinnati Wednesday and Thursday. The question of the redemption and improvement of the Ohio River and of providing suitable terminals along the city fronts, confronted the conference.

   John P. Rous, 86, a native of an former resident of Switzerland County died March 16th at his home in Buffalo, New York, following a stroke of paralysis. He graduated from Asbury College, now DePauw, and was professor of languages at Brookville College. He served for one year as city superintendent of schools here and was also county superintendent of schools. Later he was principal of Cincinnati Business College and the Mallalien Seminary in Alabama. He ranched in New Mexico and was a writer of note, producing “Reminiscences of Vevay”, published in this newspaper.

  The following men will leave April 1st in the next draft quota: John W. Colen, K. Shadday, Herman Meier, Carl J. Campbell, Wesley Philip Stegemiller, Cliva E. Schroeder, Martin J. Benning, John E. Pickett, Crawford Hamilton, Peter L. Moll, Ray Morrison. Alternates are Claude H. Barton, Warren Peters, Allen Day and Jeff Rayl.

  Leon Buschmann won second honors in competition with 1,400 men at an army rifle range contest. He came within one point of being the champion shot of the 139th Field Artillery at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


  At a meeting of the City Council Monday night an ordinance was passed providing that each member of the fire department be allowed 50 cents for answering to the alarm of fire and 25 cents per hour for fighting same, in addition to his $5 per year which is paid semi-annually.

  Dr. and Mrs. Fred C. Bakes left Sunday for Philadelphia where he will take a post-graduate course extending over a period of six months.

  Born to Cogley Cole and wife of Mount Sterling Saturday night, a 12-pound boy.

  Roy Hastings and Kibbe Bliss of Tapps Ridge left Monday for Illinois to seek employment.

  Bert Weales left last night for New York City where he will work at the painter’s trade with his brother Cliff.

  Culbertson Brothers made a deal with J. C. Sanders of Ghent last week in which they procured the Ghent Flour Mill. It is their intention to operate it in conjunction with the City Roller Mills of this city.

  The house-boat owned by Mrs. Thompson was burned last Saturday night.

  Lee Wright is having his gasoline boat “Vevay” repaired.

  Born to Jim Scott and wife on Monday night, an 11-1/2 pound boy.

  Dr. L. J. Wollen and wife have returned home after spending the winter in Washington, D.C.

  On the evening of Monday, March 30th, the members of the Vevay K. of P. Lodge will entertain their friends in the Castle Hall.


  There are nine boys and four girls at the orphans home.

  Miss Clemie Krall was thrown from a horse and slightly injured last Sunday evening while horseback riding.

  A daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Cole.

  L. W. Golay is having electric lights put in his residence on Main Street.


  Captain William B. Rich, wife and nine children from near Syracuse, New York arrived in Vevay last Saturday and will make their home here.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Sieglitz, a son.

  The Madison Courier says that the wharf privileges belonging to the city of Madison have been awarded to J. R. Williams and Company at their bid of $75 per year.


  Last Monday a daughter of Martin Shadday of Pleasant Township was burned so severely that she died Tuesday.

  A son was born last week to Robert Clements and wife of Shiloh.

  Charles Clark will occupy the corner building formerly occupied by J. E. Richmond’s wagon shop at East Enterprise as a store room.

  I. W. Richards will open a private school in Mount Sterling April 15th.

  E. A. Allen of Parks Ridge has gone to Hartsville where he will complete his studies.


  The old and reliable firm of Joseph K. Pleasants and Company is going out of business.

  Johnson Brown of Jefferson County, formerly of Craig Township, is 106 years old. He came here from Kentucky about 1898 with Judge Cotton, serving as Justice of the Peace of Switzerland County.

  A temperance meeting was held in the M. E. Church at Mount Sterling March 12th.


  Union prayer meetings are being held every morning at the M. E. Church and are largely attended.

  We learn that strenuous efforts are being made to raise a sufficient fund by subscription of stock to build the turnpike road from Vevay to Moorefield.


  At a recent term of the Switzerland County Commissioners Lemuel Wiley was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles A. Gray.

  “The breaking up of the ice in the upper river has been so long deferred that the prospects are very favorable for a destructive spring freshet. There is more snow on the mountains and all along the Ohio valley than ever was known before within the recollection of the oldest citizens. From Cincinnati to the East it is packed solid from two feet to 20 feet deep. The snow is still to be seen on the Kentucky hills, opposite Vevay, where it has been for three months.”

  Hopes are entertained that the steamer Henry Lewis, which sank last week, may be raised. The river has fallen to about nine feet leaving the forecastle of the boat above water.

  A daughter was born March 13th to Randolph F. and Isabelle R. Grisard.