Reflections 7/27/2023



  Deaths this week: Ruth Butler, Judy Rieman, Amanda Vest, Ronald Swanson, Anna Carlton.

  Clay Althoff had the Grand Champion Steer at the Switzerland County 4-H Fair. 

  Gayle Rayles was honored for her years of service to the Switzerland County Salvation Army.

  Vickie Abbott is the 2013 Round Robin Showmanship winner.

  Since the year 2000 the Romans family has had either the grand champion or grand champion reserve poultry in the meat category for every year except one, and 11 of those years they’ve had grand champions. This year the tradition continued as Andrew Romans won both the Grand Champion Poultry and Grand Champion Poultry Reserve awards.


  The Swiss Wine Festival Princess contest will be held his Sunday evening, August 3rd, in the showroom at Belterra Casino Resort. Candidates for the title of Princess include: Kayla Rayls, Lindsay Hankins, Casie Campbell, Trisha Allen, Carrie Wiley, Sarah Hickman, Angelique Maples, Leslie Green, Brittany Waddle, and Amanda Roberts.

  James “J.D.” and Reva Johnson of Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception this Sunday, August 3rd, from 1-5 p.m. (slow time) at the Switzerland County YMCA.

  The Vevay American Legion baseball team won the sectional over the weekend to advance to the regional of the Indiana Legion State Tournament. The regional games will be played in Anderson, Indiana this weekend. Vevay will play the St. Leon Legion team in the first game of the regional. Other teams advancing to this regional are the Madison and Anderson Legion teams.

  Candidates for the title of Prince of the Swiss Wine Festival are: Mitchell Williams, Nathan Wegman, Jeff Theetge, Jason Craft, Corey Dunaway, Shane Griffin, Philip Deaton, Matt Earl, Matt Prarat, and  Zach Brogan. The contest will be held this Sunday at Belterra Casino Resort.

  “Sarah, Plain and Tall” will be presented this weekend at the Hoosier Theater in Vevay. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights and a matinee on Sunday afternoon. Greta Atwood will portray Sarah and Beth Abbot will play Anna.


  Residents of Switzerland County are once again encouraged to sell their fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market in Vevay. A sign was erected Thursday on Main Cross Street alongside the Switzerland County Courthouse. Everyone who wants may set up there and market their wares — anytime. There’s no fee. Years ago the Farmers Market on Market Square (Cheapside) was popular with buyers and sellers alike. Now it’s hoped that tradition will be revived.

  Molli Bovard of Vevay was the winner and American finalist in the recent American Dream Calendar Girl Model Challenge, held a the Lucayan Casino and Resort in the Bahamas. She is the daughter of Earl and Jerilyn Van Winkle of Vevay. She has a daughter, Logann, 3. She will now advance to the world finals which will take place at the Four-Star Trump Castle Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The finals will be hosted by Donald Trump. The winner of the contest will appear on the International English Leather Girl Calendar.

  Joanne Laja of Switzerland County was crowned the 1993 Miss Luzon during the recent Fiesta celebration in Louisville, Kentucky, sponsored by the Fil-Am Society, a Philippine Islands organization. Her friends, Alice Wood and Leah Wood, joined Joanne at the Fiesta. They are students of Switzerland County High School.


  In what started out as an “off-the-cuff” idea for two young entrepreneurs, from Vevay, has culminated with the publishing of a historical cookbook about the local community. The two youths, Samantha Steelman and Laura Ann Coffman, both 11 years old, have been working on the cookbook since the middle of June and have completed the major portion of it. The girls, will be selling the cookbooks at the Swiss Alpine Festival.

  The Bennington Homecoming will be Saturday, August 27th. This will be the 10th year for the town to host hundreds of persons for a one day celebration.

  Deaths this week: Earl S. Green, 77; William F. Martin, 86; Pearl Elizabeth Seymour, 67; Alfred Sigmon, 64; Glenn D. Wells, 80.


  Nine lovely young ladies are in this year’s Edelweiss Princess competition when Swiss Wine Festival time rolls around August 17th, 18th, 19th, with the Edelweiss Princess Contest kicking things off August 16th. Contestants are: Julie Lee Janes, Rita Ray, Julia Noel, Kathy May, Vicki Thieman, Debbie Morton, Jeni Ricketts, Mary Jane Smith, and Rebby McEndree.

  James H. Sieglitz, well-known Vevay jeweler, died Monday morning at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was 72.

  Indiana State Highway Commission officials left Vevay last Thursday “very impressed” that “nearly everyone in this area favors the planned construction of the Markland bridge.” Total cost of the bridge is estimated at $4.5 million, with Indiana’s  share $825,000. Indiana will share the cost of the approaches to the bridge on the Indiana side with the Federal Highway Administration, which will pay all the cost of the bridge structure itself.


  Miss Wanda Lee Sigmon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sigmon of route 2, Rising Sun, and Donald Wayne Scranton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Scranton of route 1, Bennington, were married June 29th at Grants Creek Baptist Church.

  Gordon G. Scudder, son of Mrs. Agnes Scudder, route 1, Patriot, completed recruit training as a Marine private June 20th in San Diego, California.

  A-3C John E. Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks of near Mount Sterling, has recently been transferred to Everts, France from Saudi Arabia.

  Mr. and Mrs. Will H. Gray quietly celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary July 23rd at their home near Moorefield. Visitor for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Barnes and two daughters and Mrs. Mayme VanOsdol.


  Mrs. Lulu Rochat Johnson, 71, a resident of Switzerland County practically all of her life, died suddenly Tuesday morning about 6 o’clock at her home in Rising Sun.

  Private William D. Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Turner of Patriot, was sworn in by Major General Ridgely Gaither, commanding general of the 40th Division, after enlisting for six years. The division lead all others in the Eighth Army in reenlistments.

  Dale Works of Vevay, route 2, left Thursday morning for Indianapolis where he was inducted into military service. The young man supplied the Switzerland County quota of one man for July.


  Thomas B. Bray, lifelong resident and farmer of Craig Township, passed away at his home near Spring Branch Sunday afternoon following a long illness.

  Harlan Byram, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Griffie Byram, died at his home in Dillsboro last week after a long illness.

  William Slayback, former resident of Posey Township, died at his home in Cincinnati Friday morning following a heart attack.


  Mrs. Ada Ann Bennett, wife of Callie Bennett of near Markland, passed away at her home there Friday evening after an illness of several weeks of chronic nephritis.

  Henry E. Kinsey has been appointed Postmaster of Fairview, relieving Henry Moreillon.

  Jacob J. Banta, aged 75 years and a resident of the Lamb community, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Breeck, Sunday after an extended illness.

  Born, a daughter, Geraldine, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Lock of Craig Township.

  Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Omer VanTyle, Popcorn Ridge.


  The Ku Klux Klan is advertising a rally for Friday night of this week. A state speaker will deliver an address in the courthouse yard and this will be followed at 9:30 by a public parade of Klansmen in uniform. Following the parade a public initiation will take place on the river front at the foot of Ferry Street.

  Samuel Leap, aged 64 years, a farmer, died at his home on Parks Ridge Sunday from an illness of paralysis.

  Born, a son, Jack Lamkin, to Mr. and Mrs. George Teasley of Cincinnati, formerly of Posey Township.

  Born, a daughter, Marjorie Esther, to Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Webb.

  Amie Slawson, formerly of the Bennington community, was married July 22nd to Miss Elfreda Viesteuz at Los Angeles, California, where they will make their home.


  There will be a reunion of the old “Persimmon Brigade”, Company I, 117th Indiana, during Home Coming week.

  The big steamer City of Louisville suffered an accident near Patriot Sunday afternoon when she was caught by the wind and crashed against the shore. The tow Hercules Carrel towed the crippled boat into Cincinnati Monday morning.

  Born, July 25th, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rayls of Vevay.

  Miss Mamie Brooks of Switzerland County and Otto Brittenback of Jefferson County were married July 19th in Carrollton.

  William Starkey and Miss Esther Bovard both of near Aberdeen, were married in Aurora Saturday by Reverend W.S. Rader.


  The Mail Line Company is building a very fine boat at Jeffersonville to take the place of the Fleetwood. It will be named the City of Louisville, will be 300 feet long, 42 foot beam and 7 feet depth of hold, will contain 150 staterooms and have machinery that will make her a flyer.

  The steamer Fleetwood is being dismantled at Jeffersonville. It was built in 1880 and has been a beautiful, swift and popular boat.

  Richard Wickman of Cincinnati has brought the wharfboat at Patriot from Jean and Art Abbott for the sum of $500.

  Died July 25th, Mrs. Susanah Hotchkiss at her home near Avonburg in the 82nd year of her age.


  Last Saturday Marcellus Dolby, a young apprentice in the chair factory, had his right hand cut while operating a planing machine.

  Marriage licenses have been issued to John W. Manford and Catherine Konkle, Elwood Bovard and Phoebe Ann Ricketts, Henry Hechering and Margaret Hemsath, Henry Fallis and Annie Peelman, Charles Tapp and Celia Cusch, and James Dodd and Elizabeth Miller.

  A woman died in Vevay last Saturday after an illness of only 12 hours. A physician pronounced the disease as cholera.


  Civil War news: We notice the names of those wounded and killed recently belonging to Companies A and C, 3rd Indiana Cavalry as follows: Company A — John Farrell, killed; J.E. Weaver, left knee fractured by shell and a prisoner; Eli Brooks, left arm amputate, missing; William Land, killed; Company C — Captain E.H. Martin, wounded in left shoulder; Sergeant S. Lamb, killed; J. Porter, missing; H.C. Pavy, Company B — flesh wound in left arm; Major Charles Lemmon fell in the early part of the action, pierced through the heart by a minnie ball.

  The six companies of the 3rd Cavalry, under cover at a stone wall and armed with carbines, held their position against a brigade of rebel infantry until sundown in the fighting with the Army of the Potomac.

  Rebel General John Hunt Morgan was captured July 26th near New Liston, Ohio, by the forces of Brigadier General J.H. Schakelford, 400 prisoners wee taken.

  The President has proclaimed Thursday, August 6th, as a day of prayer, thanksgiving, and praise for recent victories. There will be religious services at 10:30 a.m. at the Universalist Church in Vevay with Reverend A.A. Leighton officiating.

  The Secretary of War has issued an order that John Hunt Morgan and his commissioned officers shall be confined in the Ohio penitentiary until all our officers are released or exchanged by the rebels.