Reflections 5-3-18

News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.


News compiled from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.



  Deaths this week: Geneva E. Breeck, John M. Turner, Norman C. Gross.

  Voting precincts all over the county saw steady turnout during Tuesday’s primary election, even though there were no contested races in the republican primary.

  W.J. and Dessie (Feltner) Turner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 23rd.

  Cale Michael Collier was born on December 19th, 2007. He is the son of Lance and Katie Collier of Pleasant and joins big sister Macy, at home.

  Liza Rimola, daughter of Paul and Gilda Rimola of near Vevay, graduated on Saturday, May 3rd, from Indiana University with a degree in elementary education.

  Mahlon Sittloh, a student at Switzerland County High School, was among 41 student in the Health Careers program at the Southeastern Career Center who recently obtained their Certified Nursing Assistant Certification.

  Dr. Elizabeth Jones will begin her duties as the new superintendent of the Switzerland County School Corporation on July 1st.


  Myrtle Pesce and her friend Marge Beeson went together to the Community building to vote on Tuesday. For many Americans, voting has become more of a duty than a privilege — but for Myrtle Pesce, it was a duty she has waited 50 years for. Myrtle Pesce, a native of England who has lived in Vevay for 43 years, became a naturalized American Citizen in a ceremony held in Indianapolis on January 13th. She had applied for American citizenship nearly a year earlier, but the process of granting citizenship is a slow one. With her new citizen status in this country, Tuesday’s primary election here in Switzerland County was the first time that she could vote in an American election.

  A surprise 50th anniversary celebration was held on Sunday, May 3rd, for Fred and Rudy Russell. The party was given for the couple by their four daughters. The Russells were married May 8th, 1948.

  Cassandra Chase and P.J. Jackson were crowned as the Queen and King of this year’s Junior-Senior Prom. The prom was held Saturday night in the SCHS cafeteria.


  Harvey and Pauline (Berkemeier) Black, of Mount Sterling will celebrate their 30th anniversary next week. They were married May 11th, 1963.

  Molli Bovard of Vevay will participate in the “Calendar Girl Dream Challenge” next week at the Lucayan Resort Casino in Freeport, the Bahamas. The winner of this pageant will advance to world competition at Trump Palace Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


  Bob Lock, route 1, Florence, has been with the postal service in Switzerland County for 23 years.

  Work continues at the new Markland Dam Park. What started out as just an idea and some plans roughed out in the minds of a few county residents several years ago has become a reality. Ground was broken for the park on the banks of the Ohio in December of 1986.

  The Queen and King of the 1988 Switzerland County Junior-Senior High Prom were crowned Saturday evening at the Ogle Haus in Vevay. King Robbie Judy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Judy, route 1, Bennington, and Queen Edie Hornsby is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lomon Hornsby, route 2, Rising Sun.


  Pfc. Timothy Auxier, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Auxier of East Enterprise has been awarded the Purple Heart after sustaining injuries during combat in Vietnam. It was his second injury in two months as he was injured March 15th and was out of action two weeks, receiving the Purple Heart for that incident, also.

  The body of a 30-year-old Hamilton, Ohio fisherman who drowned below the Markland Dam was found Monday evening near the mouth of Whiskey Hollow creek, some eight miles below the Ohio River location where he drowned April 19th.


  Army sergeant first class William F. Gulley, 26, whose wife, Mae, lives on Route 3, Vevay, recently was assigned to Company D of the 6th Infantry at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as squad leader.

  Army Pvt. Edgar V. McCreery, Jr., 21, whose parents live on Route 1, Vevay, recently completed eight weeks of basic combat training with the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

  A baby daughter was born in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Tuesday afternoon to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Osborn, Jr. The little girl weighed six pounds, two ounces, and has been named Denise. The Osborns are parents of two other daughters, Sharon and Diane.

  Albert Parks was ordained a deacon at Patriot Baptist Church at services last Sunday. Reverend Brainard Lee, pastor of the Brooksburg Baptist Church, gave the charge to the new deacon before the assembled men of the Long Run Baptist Association. The charge to the church was given by Reverend Forrest Taylor of Rising Sun Baptist Church.


  A large barn on the farm near Quercus Grove which is owned by Guy Ricketts of Vevay was totally destroyed by fire after it was struck by lightning early Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. James Koons, who reside on the farm, were in the barn attending to the milking when the bolt struck, killing a cow which Mrs. Koons had just finished milking. She was stunned by the bolt and was carried out of the barn by her husband, who then returned to the burning structure and got all of the cattle safely outside. Mr. Ricketts estimates his loss at about $8,000 which is partially covered by insurance.

  A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sullender (nee Hazel Blodgett) of Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison on Thursday, April 29th.

  Old Bethel Methodist Church, located just south of East Enterprise on Bethel Ridge Road, will celebrate its centennial anniversary on May 16th. Bethel is one of the oldest churches in Switzerland County and has been in steady service during these 100 years.

  After having been in operation for only a few weeks the quality of work being turned out in Vevay’s new shoe factory has convinced owners of the concern that the building of a large permanent factory here is justified. The United States Shoe Corporation, which manufactures a nationally-known brand of shoes labeled “Gold Cross” and owns six other large factories, proposed to establish another such unit here provided the necessary requirements are met by the community.


  James Dumont Wright of Vevay has been announced on the new all-university scholastic honor roll at Indiana University.

  Mrs. Amy Detraz has purchased the interest in the barber shop on Main Street owned by Raymond Carnine. Dean Merrill who has been associated in the barber shop will continue to serve its patrons.

  A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hysell of Quercus Grove on Wednesday.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brown of Florence, a daughter named Mary Lou.

  A baby girl, Bonnie Laverne, was born April 26th to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tyler of Plum Creek.

  A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson of near Moorefield.

  Born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Peters of Hominy Ridge, a daughter.

  A son was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith of near Moorefield.


  Frederick, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Netherland sustained a broken shoulder last Thursday when he fell in the cellar of the Williams Store at Lamb.

  The two-story residence of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Smith of near Bennington was destroyed by fire Saturday morning.

  Mary Opal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Morton of Pleasant, died last Thursday of burns sustained when her clothing caught fire in her father’s store on the morning of April 16th.

  The 15-month old daughter of Nolan Grimes and wife of near Bennington was painfully burned last week when she pulled a pan of boiling starch off of the stove, spilling the hot liquid over her chest and stomach.

  A daughter was born last Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trinkle.


  Miss Rebecca Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cole, was painfully burned Monday when gasoline with which she was filling a gasoline iron exploded.

  Professor Ernest Gray has resigned his position as teacher in the schools in Washington, Indiana, and with his family has arrived here to accept work as storekeeper at Dam 39.

  Forrest Griffith attended a silo meeting in Indianapolis last week as a delegate from Switzerland County. The farmers of this county are expected to build 35 silos as a patriotic war measure and thus pursue one more plan to preserve foodstuffs.

  Good old loyal Switzerland County is showing her patriotism by purchasing Liberty Bonds that bids fair to double her quota of $100,050. To date the total has reached $178,000

  Miss Edith Buck of Egypt Bottom, who has been ill for some time, has entered a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan for treatment.

  A son, William Frederick, was born April 17th to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Langhorst of Florence.

  The following men left Monday for Camp Taylor in the most recent draft call: Walter Benning, Edward Land, Clifford Miller, Carroll McKay, Harry F. Shadday, Robert Knox, Loren Stoops, David Heath, Gerald H. Hoffmeier, Ben Seal, Loomis Peak, Buford Humphrey, Claude H. Barton, Fredrick G. Adams, John C. Uhlmann, Eugene Grimes, William R. White, William R. McKay, John H, Shanahan, Howard E. Ryan, John W. Heath.

  On Saturday, James Mix and Allen Day will go to Fort Thomas, Kentucky to enter the service. Switzerland County will be given credit for her enlistments and inductions, which total nearly 100 men, and it is believed that no more men will be called for some time.

  Hobart M. Smith of Fort Oglethorp, Harold Curry of Camp Taylor, and Fred C. Todd of Camp Sherman have completed officers training school and have been recommended for commissions as second lieutenants.


  John M. Grammer, one of Vevay’s well known businessmen, died at his home in Vevay Monday after a few days of illness with pneumonia.

  A number of farmers in this county have received anonymous letters threatening them if they raise a crop of tobacco in 1908.

  Sheriff Pickett has been ordered to organize at once a posse of deputy sheriffs and hold them in readiness against an attack of night riders.

  Reverend Posey and Landram Brett had a narrow escape from drowning Sunday night. The men were returning from church when the Long Run Creek caught their buggy in the heavy current and swept it downstream.

  One of the heaviest rains ever known in this section of the country was visited on Vevay and vicinity on Tuesday morning between 3-6 a.m. at which time 2{fr1/2} inches of water fell.

  Miss Lura Tilley of Indianapolis has purchased the property occupied by Mrs. Anna Diermiller on Liberty Street from Mrs. Lillie Todd of Chicago, paying $1,900 for same.

  Howard Allen fell while playing ball on the saw mill grounds last Sunday and threw one of the bones in his leg out of place.

  The city council at its meeting Monday night granted the Vevay baseball club the privilege of playing ball of evenings on the Market Square.

  Born to Charles Cole and wife on April 29th, a boy.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Siebenthal of Florence on Saturday morning, a girl.

  Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Roberts are entertaining a new baby girl which they have christened Aldine.

  Born to Dean Adams and wife on May 3rd, a fine girl.

  Born to Ed Truitt and wife, a boy on April 26th.


  The 32nd commencement exercises of the Vevay High School was held April 29th. The following students received diplomas: Edith Golay, Luella Brindley, Harry Dupraz, Olive Marie Dufour, William Henry Spivey, and Emma Frances Kemp.

  Lum Melcher and wife arrived in Vevay Sunday from Washington, where he has been private secretary to Congressman Griffith.


  Both the successful and unsuccessful candidates for councilman were serenaded by some of the Vevay Band last night.

  An immense brick factory in Vevay is now an assured fact.

  Captain John Chateline has a planing mill in Emerson, Georgia.

  Last Sunday morning fire was discovered on the ferry boat Robert T. Graham by Captain J.E. Williams. With the help of Dr. P.C. Holland, the flames were extinguished before much damage was done.

  Some thieves managed to carry off Joseph Edrington’s and William Carrier’s fish nets last Sunday night.


  Patriot has a fertilizer factory which works seven employees.

  Edward Detraz has gone out West to take a peek at the country. When last heard from, he was in Kansas City, Missouri.

  A daughter was born last week to Frank Luther and wife of Allensville.

  April 25th was the 59th anniversary of Odd Fellowship in America.


  George W. Dickason and Henry Charlton of this county have filed their petition of bankruptcy.

  The Vevay Woolen Factory has recently added about $5,000 worth of new machinery to their establishment.

  Last Thursday night about 10 p.m. the large warehouse about three miles above Vevay belonging to Pleasants and Singer was struck by lightning. The building and all its contents were consumed. It contained about 140 tons of hay. The warehouse was valued at $4,500, and only $1,000 insurance was carried.


  We learn that the Roman Catholics are making preparations to erect a church building in this place.


  There was a severe wind storm below the Louisville Falls Saturday, and boats that were in it  had a rough time. The Paul Jones had her pilot house blown overboard and the Northerner was blown downstream despite her efforts to keep her head upstream.

  Captain J. P. Schenck, we learn from Cincinnati papers, is the sole owner of the steamer Switzerland, having recently purchased the interests of U. P. Schenck and Jesse Teats.

  On Saturday afternoon a large brick house on Market Street owned by I. R. Whitehead was destroyed by fire. It was occupied by Ale Detraz and Sylvester Noble who saved their household goods.