Reflections 5-30-13


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


At a joint meeting of the Switzerland County Commissioners and Switzerland County Council last Thursday evening, the county endorsed a plan and backed a proposal to loan the Patriot Water Company $622,000 to help solve water problems.

Andrew Ross of Florence has earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from Indiana University. He plans to attend graduate school in North Carolina to pursue his masters degree in social work. He is the son of Steve and Barbara Fletcher.

Megan Meadors graduated from Northern Kentucky University Saturday, May 17th, at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in French with a minor in English. She is the daughter of Tom and Janice Meadors of Patriot.

Clara Jean Thurnall has earned a PhD in health administration from Kennedy-Western University. She is currently adjunct faculty for the RNBS program at Indiana Wesleyan University, and is an associate professor at Ivy Tech State College in Madison.

Eve Purnell of Vevay has been hired as the public relations director and events coordinator for the Switzerland County Welcome Center. She began her duties on May 19th, and works under he direction of executive director Rhonda Griffin.


The annual horse pull sponsored by the Switzerland County Fair Board will be held in Vevay this Saturday night. If you were out near Detour Road and S.R. 56 this week you probably saw Donnie Leap working “Dick” and “John” and Butch Konkle with “Duke” and “Mike” getting ready for the competition Saturday evening. Fuzz Hall was helping work the horses too.

Switzerland County has finally received its $110,000 check from the Build Indiana Fund, and now everything is proceeding toward the construction of a new bridge crossing Indian Creek at the bottom of Parks Ridge Road. The Build Indiana Fund is financed by revenues generated by the Hoosier Lottery.


Jeraldine Fisher, Switzerland County School Corporation Treasurer for the past nine years, officially retired last Friday after her office threw a party for her. She is retiring at age 60.

A team of pulling horses owned by Butch Konkle, and nine other teams, set a new weight record for the local pull. The record load was 4,000 pounds. The overall winner of the pull was Johnny Seals of Pontotoc, Mississippi. Konkle finished seventh.

The U.S. Achievement Academy announced this past week that Richard Wiley, Ludlow, Kentucky, has been named a 1983 United States National Award winner in art. He is the grandson of Lyda Wiley of Vevay and the late Benjamin H. Wiley.

Gary Wayne Keith of Bennington received his bachelor of arts degree Sunday, May 15th, from Wabash College. He is the son of Mrs. Louis R. Keith.


June 7th is the 95th birthday for Mrs. Etta Bennett, of Vevay, and the only accurate way to put it is – she’ll be 95 years young. Born Etta Sullivan on Tapps Ridge in 1878, Mrs. Bennett has spent all of her life in Switzerland County, where she has a host of friends and admirers.

Earl Edward Sullivan, 82, of Connersville, passed away Friday at his home. He was a native of Switzerland County.

Funeral services were held in Vevay Monday for Omer Purnell, 79, of 304 East Pike Street, Vevay, who passed away Saturday at King’s Daughters’ Hosptial in Madison.

Charles W. Haskell, Sr., 76, of route 2, Vevay, passed away suddenly at his home following a long period of ill health.


Miss Annette Danglade, 87, died suddenly Tuesday at 6 p.m. at her home in Vevay following a heart attack. The greater part of her life was spent on the family farm near Vevay and in the town. In recent years she had conducted an antique shop from her home and was widely known in this area. Previous to that she and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Abbie Danglade operated a dry goods store here for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. William Otis Stephenson of Marengo, Indiana, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Linda Lou, to Claude C. McCreery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar V. McCreery of Vevay.


Charles Haskell, Sr., prominent Switzerland County farmer residing near Vevay, lies at the point of death at his home following a cerebral hemorrhage which he suffered Monday evening.

About three years ago some one of our friends brought to this office a number of trilobites that looked like tiny petrified “frogs’ heads.” If you were the person who brought them in, will you please let us know?


Julius Schad, harness maker of Vevay, passed away at his home in Vevay Sunday evening at the age of 86 years. He had been in ill health for several years.

The Switzerland County Labor Committee has selected Charles Johnson to help the County Agent with labor problems in Switzerland County.

Mrs. Anna Washmuth died suddenly at her home near East Enterprise sometime Sunday evening. She had attended church earlier in the day and in the evening had been separating milk when she apparently left the work unfinished and went into the home where she lay down on a davenport. The lifeless body was found next morning.

Mrs. Jesse Lock of Bennington has been notified from Washington that her husband, a First Mate in the American Merchant Marine, is missing and presumably lost at sea.


The Danglade Store, one of Vevay’s oldest dry goods establishments, is advertising a going out of business sale.

Despite the hot, sultry weather and the absence of active workers more than a 50 percent normal vote was turned out at the wet-dry election in Switzeerland County yesterday, which resulted in an overwhelming victory for those who are opposed to the repeal of the 18th Amendment.

John W. Wright, Civil War veteran, celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday with a family dinner at his home in Vevay.


Miss Mary Miller of Vevay and Dr. Carl M. Clark of Oakland City, Indiana, were married Tuesday at the home of the bride’s parents by Reverend F. E. Hammel.

Ogle and Jones Monday sold the Market House grocery to Chester Gibbs of Fairview who took immediate possession.

Bayard A. Beagle, a former Vevay resident, died suddenly at his home in Covington Saturday, June 2nd.

David H. Bliss has sold his barber shop in Cincinnati and has returned to Vevay.

Duncan Haskell and wife have sold their restaurant in Vevay to Walter Schnaitter.

Miss Fair Mier of Bennington and Ivan Booker of Terre Haute, Indiana, were married May 15th.

Francis Peabody, aged 91, died Sunday at his home near Fairview.


Mr. James Paulley, aged 83 years, died at his home in Bennington Sunday evening after a long illness.

Robert Slate, Vevay blacksmith, was robbed of about $115 Thursday night in Indianapolis. Alva Shadday who was sharing a room with Mr. Slate, was relieved of $2.90.

Miss Louise Smith and Noah Geiger of Switzerland County, were married in the clerk’s office in Warsaw, Kentucky, Tuesday by Reverend W.D. Welburn.

M. Spencer Socwell, formerly of this county, died suddenly in the yard of his home in Indianapolis last week, as the result of a heart attack.

Married Sunday, June 1st, Charles Gribben of Center Ridge and Mrs. Anna Chaunce of Chesterville.

Stanley Martin and May Belle Howard, both of Carroll County, were married June 1st in Vevay by Reverend John Asher.


A “Vevay Trotting Associaiton” was organized here last week with plans to build a track under discussion.

Pleasant Township Presbyterian Church will be dedicated Sunday, June 18th. Dr. D.W. Fisher of Hanover will preach the dedicatory sermon.

Married in Vevay Tuesday evening, June 6th, Mr. Ulie G. Trafelet and Miss Anna Hilderbrand, by Reverend W.E. Morris.

Died in Vevay Tuesday, June 6th, Lewis F. Hatch in the 52nd year of his age.

Died in Vevay Sunday, May 28th, Doris, daughter of Alexander and Olive M. Anderson, aged 3 years.

Died near Home Church Sunday, June 4th, Mrs. Lettie Grace Hillicord, aged 19 years. She was the wife of James Hillicord and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Jaynes.


The residence of John Vanosdol in Pleasant Township was destroyed by fire on the evening of May 31st, the loss will be about $1,200, with no insurance.

Last Monday T. J. Waldo of Vevay purchased from Frank Gregory the Rising Sun Recorder. Although Mr. Waldo has not been engaged in the newspaper business for the past 10 years, he is an experienced newspaper man.

Members of the Working Men’s Friendly Society of Vevay are planning a celebration July 5th on the Court House square.

James Anderson of Craig Township has opened a store in the corner room of the Odd Fellows building.

The question of constructing a fruit evaporating establishment in Vevay will be presented to the Farmers Club on the 14th.


On last Sabbath the new Universalist Church was dedicated. The meetings on Saturday and Sunday were well attended. Reverend B.F. Foster of Indianapolis preached the sermon and was assisted by Reverend H.F. Miller of Madison. The church on Market Street took a year to build and cost $2,000

Civil War news: Governor Morton has dispatched surgeons, hospital stores, etc., to Vicksburg.

The gunboat Cincinnati was sunk attempting to pass the batteries at Vicksburg. Her pilot was killed and 15 of her crew were drowned. It is believed that she can be raised.

Dispatches on June 1st state that our assaults, three to date, on Vicksburg have been repulsed. the last assault was made by General Sherman with 20,000 men. We lost 600 killed and a large number wounded. Grant has taken 8,000 prisoners and 84 pieces of artillery. Prisoners captured are arriving at Indianapolis.

The persons arrested at Enterprise on suspicion of stealing government guns have been released on $300 bond each. No clue to the whereabouts of the guns has been found.