Reflections 4-17-14


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


It’s official: The county will build a new jail and add an addition to the courthouse.

Students honored from this month’s “Celebrating Success” at Monday night’s school board meeting were:Alexandre Uboldi, Becky Phipps, Alex Houser, Rachel Gurley, Tim McAlister and Stacy Hickman.

Ashley Chase earned Most Valuable Participant honors at the Milan Invitational track meet.

‘Chicago’ is the theme of this Tuesday’s ‘Soup, Salad, and Song’ at the high school.


All eyes were on Switzerland County at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati Monday night. It was Switzerland County night at the Reds game and everything was geared to Switzerland County and its people. The Switzerland County High School band played before the game. Paul Clark of Vevay sang the national anthem. Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce president John Crawford threw the game’s first pitch.

Anita Danner, former president of the Vevay Kiwanis Club, was elected lieutenant governor of Kiwanis International, Scenic Hills Division by representatives of the 10 division clubs at their annual election, April 21th. She will assume office in October.

Tiffany Queen and Amber Welch of SCES have had their poems published in the 1994 edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.


Ralph and Frances Pike of Vevay celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on April 22nd.

Switzerland County High School Band received a Division I rating for overall performance during the regional band competition at Floyd Central. “The kids really played well and looked good in their uniforms,” said band director Bill Kindle. The last time this honor was achieved by the band was in 1961 when the school was Vevay High School.

Switzerland County High School students were selected to attend both Hoosier Boys and Girls State. Those selected for Boys State were Greg Nixon, Brian Hayes and Roger Furnish, with Jay Bond and Mike Brown as alternates. Those selected for Girls State were Carla Althoff and Stephanie Sublett, with Lori Allison and Tricia Bruce as alternates.


Get set, Switzerland County. Here comes Hollywood! That’s big-time Hollywood, too-complete with an Oscar award-winning director, famous movie stars, a multi-million dollar budget, a major studio and a guaranteed national audience of many, many millions. The movie they’re going to film – titled “A Girl Named Sooner”- will be shot almost entirely in Switzerland County.

Airman Kenneth G. Devers, son of Mr. and Mrs Deward G. Devers, route 2, Rising Sun, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Dr. Roger D. Iddings has been appointed dean of the College of Education of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Iddings is a native of Vevay and a graduate of Vevay High School. His mother, Mrs Cleta Iddings, resides in Vevay in the Market Street home she has lived in for more than 50 years. His father, Forrest Iddings, is deceased.

Russell C. Smith, 70, of route 1, Canaan, passed away Monday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.


Over $12,000 has been spent by the American Red Cross in Switzerland County in the wake of the Ohio River’s March flood. With three cases still open, the final total is expected to be in the neighborhood of $14,000 to $15,000.

Fire gutted the Spring Branch Road home of the Arthur Holdcroft family Tuesday evening. Firemen felt the fire was caused by lightning entering the house on an electrical wire tracing to a clock, setting a fire ablaze.

Everett Burnett was awarded a trophy as “Chapter Star Farmer” of Vevay High School’s Future Farmers of America. At the chapter’s parent and son banquet Friday evening at Jefferson-Craig Consolidated Elementary School. Miss Jeanne Judy was elected the chapter’s “sweetheart” and was awarded a jacket.

Services were held Monday afternoon at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Howard C. Kinman, 59, who died April 18th at Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg.


Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Heberhart, Miss Evelyn Craig and Mrs. Grace Stevens spent Tuesday with Miss Drucilla Cravens at her home in Madison and assisted in the quiet observance of her 90th birthday.

Switzerland County relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs Walter Herndon of Moorefield regretted to learn of the death of their daughter, Mrs Althea Lois Hyde, of Moores Hill who passed away Sunday in the Milan hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Brown of Cross Plains received word of the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Lea to Mr. and Mrs Harold Orman of Boswell on April 13th.

A capacity crowd filled the gymnasium at Vevay Tuesday night to hear the Spring Concert presented by 450 high school music pupils of seven schools which comprise the Valley Choral Festival Association.

Wilbur and Lillie McKay, now residing in Dayton, Ohio, are in St. Francis Hospital in Cincinnati as the result of an automobile accident which occurred Saturday afternoon near Miamitown, Ohio.


Married on April 15th, Raymond Knigga of near Bennington and Miss Dorothy Steingruber of Friendship. The ceremony was performed at the Olean Lutheran Church by Reverend Ray.

Mrs. Edmonia Coleman Heady, wife of Lietenant P.T. Heady, died suddenly Thursday, April 20th, at her home in Vevay from a heart attack.

Staff Sergeant Ivan Lawrence Elsrod, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs Warren Elsrod of Cotton Township, has been reported missing in action on the Italian front by the War Department.

Guilford Humphrey, native of Posey Township, died at his home in Hannibal, Missouri, on April 18th, the result of a heart attack.

Cadet Private Charles D. Benedict, of Vevay, and Miss Carolyn Davis of Crawfordsville, Indiana were united in marriage by Reverend Paul E. Million, at the home of the bride’s mother. Mrs. Mabel Davis, in Crawfordsville Sunday, April 23rd.

Minor Bakes, theater owner of Vevay, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati early Friday morning following a short illness.

Born, April 22nd, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs Rupert Cole.

Born, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Davis of Bear Branch.

Born Sunday, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Hubbard of Bear Branch.

Miss Lorraine Peters and Ralph Pike of Florence were married Saturday by Reverend Wells.

Three cases of scarlet fever were reported in Vevay.

The Post Office in Patriot was moved the past week from the old meat market building on Main Street to the Rea building on upper Main.


Mrs. Johannah Chandler Seymour, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at Tallman, Michigan April 20th.

Eugene LeClerc Smith, well known in Vevay, died in Roseburg, Oregon.

The Civilian Conservation Camp located at Rising Sun has done more than 60 percent of its work in this county.

Mrs. Eliza Jane Mathews passed away at the home of her son in Cross Plains Monday morning. She was a native of Switzerland County, having been born in a log house near Pleasant 100 years and 3 days ago.

John Wesley Valentine, aged 76. died at his home in Cotton Township Friday evening.

Benjamin Moreillon, citizen of Vevay, passed away in an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday morning after an illness of about two weeks.

For the second time within the past few weeks the McKay Brothers Store in Brooksburg has been robbed, the thieves getting several dollars worth of merchandise.

John Waldenmaier, former resident of Vevay, died suddenly of a heart attach at his home in Washington, D.C., Monday night. The deceased was employed as a cabinet maker at the Union Furniture Factory in Vevay and had served for a time as superintendent of the City Power Plant here.

Miss Mary Joe Krummel of Vevay will be crowned Queen of the May at the annual May Day festivities to be held at Hanover College May 1st.


K.L. Hastings is the new authorized Ford dealer for Switzerland County. Temporarily his business will be located in the Gray and Brown rooms on Ferry Street.

Halden Adams, formerly of Vevay, was married last Wednesday to Miss Gladys Wysong, of Connersville, Indiana.

Miss Ruth Casey and Mr. Frank S. Reynolds were married Easter Sunday evening at the Schenck House, the ceremony being performed by the bride’s father, Reverend C.J. Casey.

The banking room of the First National Bank is being remodeled.

Revered C. J. Casey has taken charge of the Baptist Memorial Home in Vevay for the summer.

Born, a daughter, Emma Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Couch of Posey Township.


The steamer “Georgia Lee” ran onto the bank above Vevay. A fog was the cause of the accident and no one was injured.

Dean Adams, of Craig Township, suffered a broken hip when he fell from a barn tiering.

The annual horse show, held in Vevay under the management of J.A. Works, was a great success.

Died near Fairview, Mrs. Sarah Peabody, aged 78 years.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Chase, aged 75 years, died at her home in York Township.

A box containing several gold pieces was found in the ruins of the old McKay home in Craig Township after fire destroyed it.


The Odd Fellows League of the Ohio Valley met in Vevay with 2,000 members of the order present.

Stepleton Brothers are closing out their dry goods store on Ferry Street in Vevay,

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Fish of East Enterprise.

Born to Reverend and Mrs. Hargitt, April 19th, a boy.

John Paugh of the Jay community observed his 86th birthday.


Allen Carnine, aged 84 years, died Sunday, April 15th, at his home near Avonburg after a brief illness.

The Mandolin and Guitar Club has been engaged to play for the Vevay High School Commencement.

An inter-county school of Methodist for W.C.T.U. of the counties of Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Clark, Jefferson, and Floyd opened its session in Vevay,