Reflections 5-11-17



Deaths this week: Thelma Trinkle, James E. Smith, Elmer Oder, Jr., Martin Michael Norman, Edward U. Ball, Donna Althoff, Velma Juilfs.

Julie Christine See and Jacob Louis Parker have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. Julie is the daughter of Randy and Laurice See of near East Enterprise. Jacob is the son of Teresa Parker of Patriot and Bobby Joe Parker of Covington.

For the second time in 10 years, Switzerland County Elementary School music teacher Steve Ward has been awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship by the Lilly Endowment. He will use the fellowship this summer to explore different aspects of jazz music, along with learning to play the string bass and becoming more accomplished on the piano in the jazz genre.


Switzerland County High School held its annual Junior-Senior Prom last Saturday night. Crowned as the King and Queen of the evening were Corey Smith and Christy Jester. Corey is the son of Rocky and Beverly Smith of near East Enterprise. Christy is the daughter of Bobby Taylor of near Moorefield and Charles Wayne Jester of Madison. Over 100 prom-goers also attended the after prom lock-in that was sponsored by parents.

The ongoing effort to have a new road in Switzerland County built north from the Markland Dam got a shot in the arm recently when the Indiana General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution supporting the idea. The situation was also a topic at Monday’s meeting of the Switzerland County Commissioners.

An agreement has been reached on the national level that will affect the tobacco industry for years to come. While some burley agencies are saying that the compromise might actually help tobacco growers in the future, some Switzerland County farmers are deciding to wait and see what happens. Under the new agreement, the tobacco industry will greatly reduce its advertising in all media, and will then set up a $300 billion fund to help pay the cost of smoking-related illnesses.

The Switzerland County Lady Pacer track team captured this year’s Lions Club Invitational championship last Thursday night.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Higgins, former Vevay residents now living in Madison, wish to announce the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of their parents on Sunday, May 18th, at The Pines in Madison.


Molli Bovard of Vevay was honored as the second runner-up in the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant, held last weekend in Indianapolis. She was presented with the pageant’s Photogenic Award, judged by a panel of video photographers and pageant professionals.

Randall Eric Cole of Switzerland County will graduate May 17th from Wabash College where he was honored last Thursday with an Award of Distinction for his outstanding achievement on the college’s comprehensive examinations. He majored in French and is the son of Emerson and Marcella Cole.

Carl Hutchinson of Vevay has completed training at the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He is the son of Carl and Betty Hutchinson of Vevay.


The steeple of the Switzerland Baptist Church has long been a favorite landmark in the community. It can be seen for miles up and down the river valley and now can be seen at night, due to a lighting system recently added. Bob Osborn and Howard Lyon, both of Vevay, did most of the actual work of installing the lighting system. The church was formed in 1832 by a group of 11 people. The first church was built in 1834 and still stands at the corner of Pike and Union streets. In 1873, the present building was completed at a cost of $20,000. The steeple was also taken down in 1948 because of structural damage caused by a storm. The steeple was repaired and again in 1971 had to be strengthened and restored.

David R. Lamson, a former resident of Switzerland County, recently received the 1986 Outstanding Woodyard Award. David operated the Cheraw Woodyard, Cheraw, South Carolina which is owned by Stone Container. David has been with the company for seven years.

Derek Allen, Renee Copeland and Scott Kincaid took the top three awards in the Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors essay contest. This is the third year that a student from Switzerland County has placed first. Derek was first, Renee was second, and Scott was third.


The Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard won first place in parade competition at a VFW district meeting in Columbus Sunday. Members of the color guard squad are: Paul Hayes, Joe Leap, Vernon Ray, Danny Starker and Loren Graham.

Joe Leap was elected Commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars’ organization last week. Maurice F. Sullivan was elected senior vice commander and Edward Atkins was named junior vice commander.

Pamela Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Reed, Bennington Pike, will graduate Sunday from Indiana University with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology. Miss Reed plans to enter graduate school at he University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale this fall.

Norman Lee Wallick of Mexico Bottom will graduate May 15th from Purdue University. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Wallick.

Mike Archer of near Pleasant has been named to the Dean’s List at Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne. He is the son of John and Mary Archer.


The Switzerland County School Board accepted teacher resignations form Claude Rose, Vevay High School mathematics teacher; Mrs. Vivien Gregerson, Vevay and Patriot High School guidance counselor; and A. T. Pierson, VHS Spanish instructor. Also accepted was the resignation of Wayne Daugherty, Patriot head coach and teacher the past two years. In addition to directing the school’s varsity basketball program, he taught driver’s education, physical education, and Spanish class.

Mrs. Louisa D. Fox, 68, of Vevay, beautician and descendant of the Dufour family, was buried in Vevay Cemetery Wednesday following her death Saturday at Holmes Hospital in Cincinnati. Until the past 2 1/2 months, Mrs. Fox operated a beauty shop in Vevay for some 30 years and was choir director at Vevay Methodist Church the past 15 years, directing numerous special programs.

Army Private Gale W. Dixon, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby V. Dixon, of route 1, Vevay, completed advanced combat training at Fort Carson, Colorado April 22nd.

Donald Bevis, Patriot High School graduate and son of the Reverend and Mrs. Irvin Bevis of Patriot, is among 180 students at Indiana University who will ride Saturday in the 17th annual Little 500 bicycle race, the 50-mile campus event which raises money for student scholarships.


Raymond A. Cole, principal of Vevay High School, will become Switzerland County’s new Superintendent of Schools, succeeding veteran educator Charles B. Noble. In announcing his retirement, Mr. Noble ends a career of 46 years of educational work, including 25 years as Switzerland County Superintendent of Schools.

Switzerland County’s oldest resident, Sherman Chowning – who was 105 years old – passed away Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Henderson near Patriot.

Vevay friends of Reverend and Mrs. Ben Winter, Bloomington, formerly of this town, where Reverend Winter was pastor of the Methodist Church, will be interested to learn that their youngest child, Doyle, now a junior at Indiana University was recently nominated for highest office on the campus – that of President of the I.U. Student body.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Patterson of Florence announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Janet to Mr. Paul Vernon Brown. The wedding will be officiated Sunday, May 19th, at 2 o’clock at the Florence Christian Church with reception immediately following the ceremony.


An eight pound daughter, Geraldine Leola, was born April 25th at the Milan Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Estol Kamman (nee Wilma Warner) of Dillsboro.

Herman Jahnigen of near Versailles and Thelma Scholle of Lawrenceburg were united in marriage at the home of the officiating minister the Reverend L. S. Courtney Saturday afternoon, May 3rd.

Mrs. John Emery of Posey Township was called to Lawrenceburg Sunday by the tragic death of her father, Jack Acra, 70, and his wife, Mrs. Lucricia, 76, who perished in a fire which destroyed their home there Saturday night.

Fire originating from an overheated oil water heater in the basement resulted in only slight damage at the residence of Mrs. Julia Gaudin and family on Pearl Street shortly after noon Saturday.

Miss Lucille Brandon and Raymond R. Boldrey, both of Cross Plains, were united in marriage Saturday, May 3rd, at the Baptist parsonage by the Reverend R. C. Briggs.

Leonard Baker and Ruth Marie Trester, both of Aurora, were married Saturday, May 3rd, by the Reverend Walter L. Peters.


Mrs. Henry Hunter, 40, shot and killed her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charles Hunter, 20; fired a charge at her son – which missed him – and then turned the weapon on herself and committed suicide.

L.L. Lostutter, a native of Grant’s Creek and a cousin of the late Will lost utter of Posey Township, was killed in an automobile accident in Texas recently according to information received here by Mrs. H.C. Collins.

Several cases of hydrophobia in cattle have been reported form Ryker’s Ridge in Jefferson County. Most of the animals contracting the disease are owned by Karl Schnabel, a farmer.


Woodrow Scudder, Markland youth, was severely shocked, and the engineering plant at U.S. Dam 39 was damaged $1,500 last week by lightning.

Miss Bertha M. Hall of East Enterprise and Orville Heady of Hodgenville, Kentucky, were married in Rising Sun recently by Mayor R. S. Thompson.

William F. Selmeyer, well know citizen of Bear Branch, died at his home last Thursday after an illness of two years duration. He was a native of Indiana and had been a blacksmith at bear Branch for many years. He was 51 years old.

While Roy Hastings and wife were attending the picture show in Vevay Saturday night their automobile parked on Ferry Street was robbed of a flashlight and several parcels congaing hosiery and other merchandise.


Jerry G. Seavers, 58 years old, and living northeast of Florence in York Township, committed suicide early Tuesday morning by shooting himself with a shotgun.

Dr. J. P. Ward received notice on Tuesday of his appointment las a delegate from Indiana to the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis.


Miss Hallie Haskell of Indianapolis and Dennis Man of Fairmont, Illinois, were married at Decatur, Illinois, on Wednesday of last week. Miss Haskell is a daughter of Oliver Haskell and wife who formerly resided here. They will make their home in Fairmont.

One night last week a tobacco barn at Sanders, Kentucky, belonging to Shirley Brothers, burned to the ground, the loss exceeding $30,000. The fire was the work of an incendiary.

Miss Jeanette Tandy has returned to her studies in the Bartholomew-Clifton School.


Jesse. A. Fugitt of New Albany and Miss Miranda Buchanan of Rising Sun were married last week.

The marriage of Miss Katie Casey and Joseph Thanmann was solemnized at the Catholic Church in Carrollton last Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock.

The contract for building a race track on the fair grounds at East Enterprise has been awarded to John Love of North’s landing for $480.

James W. Cunningham, formerly of Posey Township, is engaged in the drug business of Rockport.

A daughter was born last week to Ed Cheever and wife of Quercus Grove.

Carl Boomer has gone to Birmingham, Alabama, where he is a salesman in a book and music store.

Burglars entered the Rising Sun post office Monday night and stole $5 in money and a few stamps.


A barn belonging to Robert B. Bovard, Jr., near Aberdeen was destroyed by fire last Monday afternoon about 1 o’clock. The loss was about $2,000.

Albert Morrison and Miss Luella Smith were married May 6th at Pleasant Grove Church by Professor John of Moores Hill College.

William Scharman and Z. Taylor of Patriot have formed a partnership and will carry on the butchering business.

Joseph Orr and Miss Isabelle Adams were married in Vevay May 16th.


John Chatline has a flatboat loaded with hay and will start South within a few days.

The first meeting of the Corporation Officers of Vevay will be held at the courthouse Friday night at which time they will be “Cussed” into office and lay out a year’s campaign and fix their salaries.

Mayor William Patton is announced as a candidate for Auditor of Switzerland County.


The Louisville Courier reports the wrecking of 10 flatboats near Newburgh during a gale Tuesday evening. Five of the number were from Aurora and were loaded with hay and other produce.

Edwin May, Esquire, has been appointed superintendent of construction for the new courthouse and post office to be erected in Indianapolis.

The highest price ever paid for hay was received on the Louisville market yesterday at $28 and $29 per ton. Some very superior timothy sold at $30.

There will be a meeting of the Switzerland and Ohio County Agriculture Society to decide whether they will divide and each county have its own fair or whether they will dividend each county have its own fair or whether they will continue together for another season.