Reflections 4-26-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



  Deaths this week: Ruth Starker, Rick Smith, Bill Bennett, Sr., Nellie Case, Clyde Burgess, Donald Stanley, III, Omer W. Miller, Irelyn McCracken.

  Tara Conroy and Corporal Tanner Briggs have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. Tanner is the son of Dennis and Sue Briggs of near Pleasant.

  Steve Kinne, Indiana Conservation Officer assigned to Switzerland County, has been promoted to the rank of Corporal. He has been a conservation officer for 22 years.


  A record number of Switzerland County voters are expected to go to the polls this Tuesday, May 5th, as the primary election is held here. A total of 5,354 voters registered for the upcoming election.

  Marine Staff Sergeant Scott Sublett recently returned from an assignment with the Presidential helicopter squadron that provide transportation for President Bill Clinton while he visited Cape Town, South Africa. Scott Sublett’s squadron was responsible to accompany and safely transport the President from site to site during his tour of the country. He is normally stained  with HMT 302 Squadron at New River Air Force Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is the son of Carol Ann Sublett of Vevay and has been a Marine since 1989.

  The high school science team earned the right to participate in the state competition this Saturday at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Last week they competed in the area competition of the Academic Super Bowl This year’s theme was the Industrial Revolution.


  Jenny Geiser, daughter of Judith Branam of Florence, is graduating from Wilmington College with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing. She is employed by Deloitte and Touche in Cincinnati.

  The fourth annual Jim Holdcroft Memorial Rodeo will take place Friday, May 7th, and Saturday, May 8th, at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds in Vevay.

  Pauline McKay is very proud of her huge amaryllis plant. She lives just off Big Doe Run and has had the plant for 15 years. The plant has several colors in it including red, pink, orange and white. She counted as many as 22 buds and blooms.


  Carol Coates and Tina McClellan received athletic scholarships to college. Carol will be playing basketball for Vincennes University and Tina will be running on Georgetown College’s cross country team.

  Lynn Gray, a sixth grader at Switzerland County Elementary School, will be advancing to the state History Day competition in Bloomington on May 14th.

  The 150-year-old Hoosier Theater in Vevay opened last June after a 30-year vacancy. “Twain by the Tale” was one of the most popular shows of the season, featuring local talents Mark Facemire, Rick McKay, and Jamie Stevenson.


  Pfc. Donald Wayne Tinker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker of route 1, Bennington, has arrived in South Vietnam and is stationed within 16 to 18 miles of the Demilitarized Zone.

  Patriot High School basketball stars were presented trophies at the Trojans’ annual basketball banquet Friday night at Patriot gym. Those honored were Gary Stogsdill, sportsmanship trophy; Rick Kelly, most valuable player and free throw trophy; Kerry Peters, most improved player; and Steve McAlister, rebound trophy.

  Mary Covington was crowned queen of a seventh and eighth grade party and dance of Vevay Junior High School last Thursday night at Vevay gym. Rhonda Lucas was first attendant to Miss Covington, while Diane Gridley, Jeannie Ricketts, and Donna Flinn completed the queen’s court as junior high coach Frank Bush presented trophies to junior high basketball stars.


  Relatives here have received word of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tilley of Rockford, Illinois. The baby was born Tuesday, April 22nd, and weighed 8 pounds and 11 ounces.

  Mrs. Flora McClintock celebrated her 103rd birthday Sunday, April 20th, at the Madison Nursing Home in Madison.

  Pvt. John B. Weatherly, 22, whose wife Marie lives in Vevay, recently completed the general supply course at the Army’s Training Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  Chester Leatherbury of route 1, Bennington was declared to be the champion driver in the Jaycee Road E-O held here Saturday afternoon, making 46 points out of a possible 500. Donald Leap of Vevay placed second with 413 points and Lloyd Christman of route 1, Canaan, was third with 392 points. Eight teenagers, including one girl, entered the contest.

  Sergeant Ulia J. Cole of Vevay recently was graduated from the Seventh Army’s Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Munich, Germany. Sergeant Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Cole, route 4, is a section chief in the V Corps Artillery Headquarters in Germany.


  Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Griswold, one of Pleasant Township’s finest couples, will quietly observe their 56th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 2nd, at their home north of Pleasant.

  A baby son was born Sunday night, April 25th, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bennett of near Markland at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Clyde Protsman of Vevay spent the weekend in Indianapolis where he attended the annual spring festival of the Poets’ Corner, Inc., which was held Saturday afternoon in the Athenaeum.

  An appreciative and representative audience filled the auditorium of the Vevay Methodist Church Sunday afternoon when the chimes for the Courthouse which were given to the city by Gilbert Wright of Los Angeles, California, were formally presented and dedicated. The brief ceremony was held under the auspices of the Vevay Kiwanis Club and music for the occasion was furnished by Mrs. Fred Griffith, Mrs. Betty Swango and Mrs. Thelma Ogle.

  Mrs. Edna Mead of Vevay was guest of honor at a pitch-in supper held at the telephone exchange last Thursday evening in recognition of her retirement after 29 years of employment as night operator at the exchange.


  Mrs. Mayme Adams suffered a broken hip in a fall at her home in Craig Township.

  Interest in the 4-H potato club indicates an increase in the number of club members who will have a potato patch in 1938.

  Scott Furnish, farmer of Tapps Ridge, suffered multiple cuts and bruises about his head and face when a fence he was stretching broke and the wire flew back striking him full force in the face.

  Ronald, age about three years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Anderson of near Five Points, was seriously injured last Thursday when he was kicked in the head by a horse.

  A total of 5,949 Switzerland County citizens are eligible to vote at the primary election to be held Tuesday, May 3rd.

  Mr. and Mrs. Worth Sieglitz have purchased the farm of Mrs. Anna Kirkpatrick which is located about three miles below Vevay.

  The automobile of Lawrence Turner, which was stolen in Vevay on the evening of April 13th, was later found parked on South Walnut Street, near Market Street. No clue has been discovered as to who perpetrated the theft.

  Fire of undetermined origin totally destroyed a large barn on the Edwin Scudder farm on Bethel Ridge Monday.

  John Lee of the Vevay High School received honorable mention in the second division of the finals of the annual state high school Latin contest at Indiana University Friday, April 22nd.


  A week of cold weather in Switzerland County has killed all early peaches and some other fruit. The thermometer registered 24 degrees Saturday and Sunday nights.

  Henry Dittgen is remodeling the Masonic building he recently purchased.

  Earl D. Brown, proprietor of the Reveille-Enterprise has purchased a lot on Ferry Street adjoining the Masonic building and will erect a modern building to house his newspaper business. Detraz Brothers have been awarded the contract.

  On May 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shaw will open their beautiful country home west of Vevay to the public for the serving of dinners, for parties, clubs and individuals.

  Mary Opal Morton, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Morton of Pleasant, was seriously burned about the face, chest, arm and hands when her clothing ignited from a burning piece of kindling she pulled from a newly kindled fire in a stove.

  The pulpit of the Vevay Baptist Church was filled last Sunday morning by Reverend Leland Courtney who was recently ordained.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wainscott of Pleasant Ridge, a daughter.

  Jessie A. Lock of Bennington has secured the mail route from Sanders to Vevay.


  Switzerland County’s Liberty Bond drive is far “over the top” and going strong. To date bonds to the value of $120,000 have been sold.

  Forrest Iddings, instructor in the Vevay High School, has been called in the draft and will leave Saturday for Purdue University to take a mechanical course under supervision of the government.

  Under present government food regulations each person is allowed 3/4 pound of sugar per week and 1{fr1/2} pounds of flour. An equal amount of flour substitutes must be taken.

  Women in Switzerland County are asked to register for any type of war work which they can do.

  Mrs. Harry Weales broke her hip Saturday when she fell from a small table on which she was standing to reach a shelf in a closet.

  The Florence company of Liberty Guards now numbers 75. The Allensville company is making progress. Wallace Rochat is organizing a company at Quercus Grove and Everett English will captain one at Markland.

  Dennis Anderson, 37, of Indianapolis, formerly of this county, was crushed to death there Monday while employed in an automobile machine shop. A huge milling machine slipped off rollers while being moved and pinned him against a drill press.


  John Towers, motorman on a Greensburg–Martinsville interurban, was involved in a wreck Thursday when the brakes on his car failed to hold on a curve near Indianapolis. The car jumped the tracks and turned turtle. Four of the thirty passengers aboard were injured but none seriously.

  Honorable H. M. Froman of Ghent was a business visitor here the first of the week. While in Vevay he purchased of James Aldred a fine team of black horses for $500.

  Jesse Teats left Monday night for Louisville and is playing solo clarinet in the Coliseum there this week. He will join the Hagenbeck Wallace shows next week.

  Enoch Adams has purchased the house next to the Knox livery stable and is having it torn down at once. The house is one of the oldest ones in Vevay and has been in a dilapidated condition for years past.


  A letter with the following address recently passed through the Vevay Post Office:

  Here I go at a rapid rate,

  To Harper County, Kansas State,

  In Danville Post Office let me be

  Until Mr. — — calls for me.

  Commencement exercises tomorrow night at Metropolitan Hall. Four young ladies and two young gentlemen will receive their diplomas.

  A son was born April 22nd to Harry Tinker and wife of Sugar Branch.

  Clifford Mottier returned Monday from Miami Medical College.


  The brick block to be erected by Thomas Delaney on the ground where the Odd Fellows hall stood, will be a magnificent structure, three stories high, iron front, galvanized iron cornices and projecting caps above windows. John Pattie is the architect.

  The society of Orphan’s Friends is now fully organized and has received a charter from the state granting permission to establish an Orphan’s Home in Switzerland County. On April 26th, James Whitcomb Riley, Indiana’s Humorist and Poet, will deliver the first of a series of lectures, the proceeds of which will be used to defray the expenses of establishing such an institution.

  Harry Weales has bought two lots on Greeley Avenue from David Armstrong and will probably build a residence.

  At a meeting of the City Council Monday night the following bills were allowed: William H. Demann, watching goods after fire $1.00; G. Robinson, same; W. H. Brown, lamp lighter, one month $27.50; Daniel Jaynes, drayage $1.00.


  John Weales who has been attending normal school at Valparaiso has returned home.

  John C. Born of Madison is working in the tin shop of S. B. Miller. He will remove his family to Vevay soon.


  Captain David and clerk Wash Bercaw have been transferred from the Dumont to the Anderson.

  The Adams Express Company has established an office at this place and appointed Owens and Davies as agents.

  Professor R. F. Brewington will commence a term of school in Vevay on May 4th.

  Coal in abundance in Vevay at 17{fr1/2} cents per bushel.

  The building used by the Free Masonic and Odd Fellows in Patriot was consumed by fire Saturday morning. The fire spread to two other buildings and one residence and all were burned to the ground. Total loss $10,000.

  The following people are in attendance at Franklin College for the summer term: A. M. Works, John H. Cunningham, D. E. Gibbs, J. W. Gibbs, U. P. Schenck, Jr., and F. B. O’Neal. Professor William Hill, formerly of Vevay, is the principal.

  The Adams Express Company has opened local offices at Rising Sun, Patriot, Warsaw, Florence, Carrollton and Vevay. Matter for Ghent will be sent to Vevay.


  In Madison on the 19th of April, Morton C. Phillips got into a difficulty during which Phillips was shot and died a few days later. His remains were brought here Tuesday and burial was made Wednesday in Craig Township.

  Harrison Banta is mate and William H. Kelso is clerk on the steamer “Kate French” now.