Reflections 4-5-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



  Deaths this week: Charlene May, James May Sr., Roy C. Elliott, Diana Craig, James Gerke.

  Lauren Hunt and Allison Steele are the 2008 recipients of the Lilly Endowment Scholarships.

  Switzerland County’s Natalie Daugherty and her teammates on the Franklin College Women’s Golf Team will be competing in the NCAA Division III National Golf Tournament next week.

  Eugene Smith, who lives at Turtle Creek Harbor near Florence, was honored on Saturday with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that a citizen can receive. A member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, Eugene Smith took some time to tell the overflow crowd at the Vevay American Legion Hall some of his experiences as an airmen. The medal was formally presented by Congressman Baron Hill.


  Harold and Eloise Thornton, formerly of Pleasant and now living in Madison, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Saturday, April 18th.

  Sergeant Rodney Hite of Vevay is currently serving in the U.S. Marines at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is the son of Loretta Mathews of Vevay and the grandson of Kenneth and Carol Hite of Vevay.

  Switzerland County High School will hold its annual Queen of Hearts pageant this Monday evening in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. There are 10 contestants in this year’s pageant, and all proceeds from the contest are contributed to the American Heart Association.


  Members of the Switzerland County High School Key Club were honored at the Indiana District Key Club Convention as the top club in the state. They received the coveted trophy as 1993 Key Club of the Year at the Key Club International Indiana District Convention last weekend in Indianapolis.

  In perhaps the biggest land transaction in Switzerland County’s history, the property known as the Perin Farm has been sold.  The sale is the first step in what could become the biggest real estate development in the county’s history. The Perin Farm property covers 2,680 acres.

  Charles Knox and Gretchen Carlton Knox will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, April 13th. No formal celebration is planned.

  Jennifer Brindley was the winner of the second annual Queen of Hearts pageant on Tuesday, March 30th, at Switzerland County High School.


  Candidates for the Switzerland County School Corporation Board of Trustees were guests of the Switzerland County Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Monday night. Following a brief meeting, candidates were asked to introduce themselves and the session was opened to questions from the audience.

  The Ogle Haus in Vevay was the site of the District 10 Farm Bureau Women’s Spring Workshop Tuesday, April 5th. Over 120 members and guests from the 12 county area were in attendance.

  A stolen car was recovered in Switzerland County Monday by an off-duty Rising Sun police officer, acting on a hunch. Officer Tommy McKay found the vehicle in a barn on Red Hog Pike in Switzerland County. The vehicle had been stolen from Aurora Saturday, April 2nd.


  Mrs. Lillian Houze was installed as worthy matron and Raymond Roberts was installed as worthy patron at Saturday night’s officers installation service of Switzerland Chapter No. 469 of Eastern Star.

  U.S. Air Force Major James R. Landry, son of Mrs. Leona Sullivan of Pike Street, Vevay is commander of Support Squadron stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam, where he is flying combat missions over the war-torn country. Major Landry was recently promoted to his present rank while serving his Vietnam tour, having been there about 2{fr1/2} years. A highly regarded pilot, he flies many types of aircraft in bombing and rescue missions.

  Kiwanis International has won a top award in annual competition of Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge for patriotic community service, according to Raymond Osborn, Jr., president, Vevay Kiwanis Club.


  A baby daughter was born March 27th in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swango of Vevay. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Brenda Sue.

  Two Vevay High School students won first places in the regional achievement contests held at the local school Saturday. Amy McKay, a freshman, placed first in the First Year Algebra contest, and Joy Ann Robinson, a sophomore, placed first in the locally scored section of the plane geometry contest. Local winners are now qualified for the state finals in scholastic achievement to be held at Indiana University April 26th.

  The 1958 Valley Choral Festival will bring 450 voices to Vevay April 22nd in a concert of eight high school choirs. Under the direction of guest conductor George F. Krueger of Indiana University, the Festival will feature music of the massed chorus, individual choir numbers, and boys and girls chorus selections.


  Bruner Foster, well-known farmer living in Mexico Bottom in Posey Township, sustained the loss of several head of valuable livestock by electrocution Saturday when two light poles fell on his farm.

  Mr. and Mrs. Claude Roland this week sold their grocery store on the corner of Ferry and Pike streets to Stacy Cole. Mr. Cole was a former owner of the business and he assumed immediate possession of the concern.

  Mrs. Will Gray of near Moorefield tells about the largest egg she has ever seen and it came from a hen in her flock of Red Hampshire pullets. The egg measured 7{1/4} inches by 8{1/4} inches, contained a double yolk and a full size egg in the center.

  Squire and Mrs. John Baird quietly celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home on lower Pike Street here on Easter Sunday and were guests of honor at a party given by their children.

  Vevay people were stunned Wednesday when it was learned that Reverend Leland Courtney of Vevay had died instantly of a heart attack in the office of Vevay Auto Company where he was employed.

  A baby son was born Tuesday, March 30th, to Mr. and Mrs. Burress of near Bennington at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. The baby passed away early Wednesday morning.


  Jesse Neal of Vevay was awarded $350 in the Jefferson Circuit Court on Wednesday in his suit against the W. L. Fisk estate here.

  Troop No. 2 of the Girl Scouts will present its second annual minstrel show at the high school auditorium Friday, April 8th.

  Vernon Boss and Ed Hudson, both of Vevay, were severely injured Sunday about midnight when their automobile struck a steel girder supporting a railroad bridge in Cincinnati.

  Mr. and Mrs. Wildolph Truitt have removed from Indianapolis to Vevay where Mr. Truitt will be associated with his father in the Truitt Flour Mill on Pike Street.

  The river is falling from Pittsburgh to Louisville. Rainfall from March 1st to 29th — 4.31 inches.


  Four Vevay school boys narrowly escaped drowning Friday afternoon when an automobile in which they were riding ran into the Ohio River stopping in water five feet deep. The car was owned by Clarence Wiley of near Vevay and was occupied by his son Gayle, Frances Graves, Robert Bakes, Ralph Oakley and William Kinnett. Graves, who was driving, was not familiar with the car and lost control of it. When the car stopped 20 feet from shore only the heads of the boys were out of water and they managed to open the doors and wade to shore.

  A team from Vevay High School instructed by Miss Ramona Norris won the district music memory contest at North Vernon Tuesday. The team was composed of Nell Jean Broadwell, Carl Scott Culbertson and Fredrick Thiebaud. Alternates were Mary Welch and Myers Burke. On Saturday the five will enter the state contest in Indianapolis.

  Mrs. Landon J. Brindley of Welch, West Virginia, wife of a former Vevay boy, had the thrill of taking a 40 minute ride in an airplane piloted by Charles Lindbergh during a recent visit to Washington. Mrs. Brindley was the guest of Congressman and Mrs. James A. Strother and was invited with them by Lindbergh to make the trip, a courtesy extended to Congressmen and their wives during a three-day trip to Washington.


  After many weary months of waiting Vevay has received six barges of coal, two each for the city, Culbertson Brothers and Brown and Cole. Every available wagon was used to haul the precious stuff from the river to the yards of the dealers. The city has resumed the old light schedule and in the future the current will be kept on all night.

  The Barret Line of St. Louis has purchased the boats and holdings of the Cincinnati and Louisville Packet Company. The steamers Corker, Kentucky, Vim and Indiana are about the only mail line company boats left after the heavy damage suffered by ice.

  For the first time in a century Indiana is “bone dry” after the Supreme Court ruled on the test case of the constitutionality of the prohibition law. Some 3,500 saloons have closed their doors and 30 breweries will probably do the same.

  Earl S. Brown and James S. Wright were at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, Sunday where the Red Men of Indiana and Kentucky presented an ambulance to the base hospital there.

  On Wednesday seven men were sent to Fort Hamilton, New York as follows: Carroll E. Butler, James B. Tilley, Ernest A. Bressert, Charlie Rodgers, Irvin Foutty, Charles Fletcher Gardner, John Hayes Williamson.


  A deal was closed on Monday whereby Emlin P. Danglade regains possession of the lower Main Street grocery. The store has been operated by Mr. Reed.

  Dr. W. H. Fuller who was elected mayor of North Vernon two years ago resigned his position last Friday to become a salesman for a well-known drug firm.

  Born to Charles Krall and wife of Center Square, a girl.

  Harry Kerth has opened a photography gallery in the room over the Kiesel grocery.

  James Manford left this week for Fulton, Kentucky, where he has employment.

  C. S. Tandy has purchased a new Franklin automobile. It is said there are a number of others who will buy in the spring.

  Detraz and Lock, the hustling Main Street grocers, during the week ending March 21st purchased 36 cases of eggs with 36 dozen to the case, or 15,552 eggs in all. Most of these commanded a price of 12 cents per dozen.

  Bern Jones left last Friday for Cincinnati where he has a position.

  The Blue Wing took a barge load of the Swain-Karmine lumber to Madison last week.

  John Baird has resigned his position with the Union Furniture Company to accept a place on the wharf boat.

  The packet Hanover passed up Monday on her first trip in the Madison=Monterey trade.

  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pate of Patriot celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Sunday with a big dinner.


  Vevay High School Commencement occurs April 29th. The class is composed of the following young men and women: Messrs. Harry Dupraz and Will Spivey; Miss Olive Dufour, Stowtown; Miss Ella Brindley, Moorefield; Misses Emma Kemp and Edith Golay, Vevay.

  The Odd Fellows of Vevay will celebrate their 50th anniversary April 26th.

  Editor George B. Chase, proprietor of the Ghent Herald was a visitor here Monday.

  Miss Jessie Thiebaud, a student at Cincinnati Music College, is home to spend Easter.

  The Vevay baseball team known as the Regulars has organized as follows: William Spivey, pitcher; Sam Adams, catcher; Ben Willis, shortstop; William Cole, first base; Harry Means, second base; William Bales, third base; Uly Brown, left field; Clarence Ricketts, center field; Fred Jennings, right field; Charles Jaynes, utility; Bert Elder, manager; William Spivey, secretary; Fred Jennings, captain.


  No county in the world produces better honey than this.

  John Melcher is building a new house on Silver Street and reconstructing another.

  Vevay United States Signal Service station last Monday greeted spring with a complete new set of weather signal flags.

  The railroad is not closed. Colonel J. C. Pawcett, president, is in New York City and will be in Vevay as soon as he completes his business in the East, probably in a few days.

  J. C. Downey, the popular organ agent of Allensville, has recently sold instruments to Henry H. Cole, W. N. Seymour and J. H. Murphy.

  The latest arrival at N. J. Adams’ is an 8 pound boy born March 22nd, 1888.


  Last Friday the home of Samuel Mullen on Bryants Creek was robbed of $17 during the absence of the family.

  Jacob Webber has permanently located in Vevay and opened a barber shop.

  A runaway horse created some excitement last Tuesday. It banged a dray to which it was attached, against a tree near the LeClerc House, bursted the harness, kicked up its heels and walked away., nobody hurt.

  Charlie Brit of Patriot left for Iowa Friday to grow up with the country.


  Edward Abbott has withdrawn as a Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace in Jefferson Township and James Brown has been placed in nomination.

  A temperance meeting was held at the Methodist Church in Mount Sterling March 12th. R. Cotton Esquire, presided and G. W. Nash was elected secretary.

  Reverend Baldwin was the speaker and the meeting was entertained by the president, Reverend W. Powell and Reverend W. H. Gleason.


  John G. Anderson, Esquire, has opened an office on Ferry Street, adjoining William Price’s tailor shop, and will be on hand to attend to business every Saturday.

  The members of the Moorefield chapter of Masons will celebrate the anniversary of St. John the Baptist by a dinner, procession, and oration.

  The Vevay “Utah war” company is defunct.


  A new term of Misses Wilder and Rice school in Vevay will open soon.

  Ralph C. Short is advertising the opening of a school for girls and boys in the U. P. Schenck school house on Main Cross Street.

  A son was born March 24th to F. J. and Martha E. Waldo of Vevay.

  A daughter was born March 18th in Carrollton to Edward and Sarah J. Barrett.