Reflections 8-10-17



Deaths this week: Leslie Lee Scudder, Betty Cheek, Alice F. Lasiter, Leroy Williams, Justin Geyman, Paul Bay.

Dru Morgan and Daniel Welch will reign over the 2007 Swiss Wine Festival.

Zayne Alan Smith was born December 31st, 2006. He is the son of Keith and Carol Smith of Vevay.

Sara Allen and Paul Reagan of Greenwood, Indiana, have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

Switzerland County teachers Bonnie Fancher, and Cynthia Griffith were honored recently at the state convention of the American Legion. Both were the Ninth District Educators of the Year.


On Wednesday, August 13th, Irene Curry of Switzer Square in Vevay will celebrate her 100th birthday. At the age of 77 years old she was an extra in the movie “A Girl Named Sooner” which was filmed in Switzerland County. She has led an extraordinary life and has voted in 20 presidential elections.

The 1997 Swiss Wine Festival will officially begin this Saturday night when the Edelweiss Princess contest opens the festival’s festivities on the Main Stage along the riverfront.

Candice Truax is the new Switzerland County Elementary School principal. She replaces Jim Allison, who retired.


Dalbert “Dabby” Whitham has dozens of antique gas engines he has restored. He’ll have some of them on display at the Swiss Wine Festival next week. He will hook up one of the engines to an old John Deere corn sheller and shell some corn for the Festival crowd.

George, Vevay’s celebrated town dog, has been selected Grand Marshal of the 1992 Swiss Wine Festival parade. George will lead the parade throughout Vevay starting at 11 o’clock Saturday morning and his many, many friends are expected to line the streets to honor him. The Wine Festival committee decided to recognize George for his value community service and perhaps, to console him following his recent arrest for being a stray dog. It’s not yet decided whether George will wear a leash.

Marine Corporal Scott D. Sublett, son of Carol Ann Sublett of Vevay, recently received the Good Conduct Medal.


Keith A. Aldred, son of Dr. and Mrs. Allen W. Aldred of Fort Wayne, recently graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree.

Angela Mishler of near Patriot won the Miss Teen Indiana pageant.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wallick of Rising Sun announce the engagement of their daughter Ginger Lea to Steven Wayne Bailey. Steven is the son of Joyce Bailey of Patriot.

Susan Marie Davis of Vevay is one of approximately 170 recipients of a new $10,000 University of Evansville United Methodist Scholarship to be awarded in $2,500 increments over four years.


Switzer Square will be officially opened and dedicated this Sunday at 3 p.m. The new facility will house county senior citizens.

Noticed how the Patriot Cemetery has taken on a neat new appearance? Perhaps the litter-free fairgrounds during the Switzerland County Fair caught your attention. Or maybe you’ve observed those diligent young workers at the Switzerland County Public Library or in the stables at Camp Livingston. This is not the work of little elves or brownies or highly-paid professionals. The individuals responsible for the good works occurring around Switzerland County are local young people that are part of a federally-funded program called SPEDY.


At a meeting of the school board Monday night, contracts were signed with two teachers for services in the guidance area. They are Mrs. Marilyn Smith and Richard (Dickie) Cole. Mrs. Smith, a Madison resident, was employed as a full-time guidance counselor working in both Patriot and Vevay school. Cole, a 1961 graduate of Vevay High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cogley Cole, Jr., of near Vevay, completed his graduated work this summer at Indiana University.

Army Pfc. David L. McFadden, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McFadden of route 1, Florence, was assigned to the 1st Signal Brigade’s U.S. Army Signal Security Florence near Saigon, Vietnam, July 19th. Private McFadden, a security guard in the brigade, entered the Army in February, 1967.

Lee H. Hamilton, Congressman of Indiana’s Ninth District, will speak at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay on Sunday, August 20th, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship sevice. Hamilton will speak on “My Responsibility As a Christian Layman,” it was announced by the Reverend Carroll Buchanan, church pastor.

Katherine Jean Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Smith of route 1, Vevay, was married Saturday night to Larry Wilson Ellegood, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellegood, also of route 1. The wedding took place in Brushy Fork Baptist Church.

Miss Linda Sue Colen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Colen of East Enterprise, became the bride of William Thomas Scott, son of Mrs. Louise Scott of Moorefield July 28th, in a double-ring ceremony performed by the Reverend Harold Colen in Fairview Methodist Church.


Detective Sergeant James Albert Partain, 52, of Indianapolis, brother of John Partain of Vevay and Tom Partain of near Pleasant, is recovering in General Hospital there from wounds which he received in a gun battle in the Lincoln Hotel in Indianapolis Friday morning.

The Board of Trustees of the Vevay Town Schools met in special session August 5th for organizational purposes. Mr. Chester Kiesel, president of the First National Bank of Vevay was re-elected president, with Harry Truitt treasurer, and Mrs. Helen Danner secretary. Mrs. Danner was recently appointed to the school board for three-year term.

Lloyd Turner of Patriot has been elected to serve on the Patriot-Posey Consolidated School board of trustees for a two-year term.

Two students from Switzerland County are entering Purdue University as freshmen this fall. They are James H. Ford, route 2, Vevay, freshman in engineering, and Charles J. Scott, Market Street, Vevay, freshman in engineering.

A large hay barn on the farm of Fletcher Hufford in Mexico Bottom, Posey Township, was struck by lightning about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning and was completely destroyed by fire.

The fifth annual Vevay Regatta, featuring a full afternoon of exciting outboard class racing, has been set for Sunday, August 25th, at the local waterfront. The Vevay Lions Club sponsors the event, predict an even larger race this year with more boats competing.


Miss Norman Jean Burnett and Albert Bennie Knox were united in marriage by the Reverend S.E. Wells at his home in Vevay Saturday evening.

A marriage license was issued Saturday, August 2nd, by Clerk Melchoir DuPlan to Lloyd Stephenson and Naomi Chase, both of this county.

Twin heifer calves were born last week to a cow owned by Hilbert Littlefield at his farm near East Enterprise.

The O.P. Morton store, probably the largest operating business in Pleasant Township, was robbed last Saturday evening or early Sunday morning by thieves who pried off the lock of the front door and used some mechanical means to pull the lock out of the store safe.

Miss Elsie Beach and Curtis Mount, both of near Patriot, were united in marriage by Justice of the Peace, John Baird, at his home here Monday, August 4th.

Two automobiles, one driven by Elmer Brown of near Vevay and the other by John Scudder of Vevay, collided on Parks Ridge Thursday evening.

The Fancher Variety and Dry Goods Store, on of the old business places of Vevay, was sold last week to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Otter, who for the past several years have been operating a modern farm on Popcorn Ridge in Jefferson Township.

A baby daughter was born to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Stout July 24th at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. She has been named Mary Kathleen.

Robert Kelley of route 1, Florence, returned home from the Navy Saturday night accompanied by his little wire haired terrier dog, which is a mascot on the USS Harkness. The little dog’s name is Harky.

The marriage of Miss Jen Champion and James M. Stoops of Madison were solemnized at North Madison Baptist Church Saturday, August 2nd.

Mrs. Earl Bray of near Braytown received a badly burned right arm last Wednesday at her home while engaged in canning fruit.

The marriage of John Whitnack and Miss Betty Lyon was solemnized in the Methodist Church in Patriot Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Carrie Netherland and Euford W. Smith, both of this county, are united in marriage Sunday, August 3rd, by the Reverend Walter Mosely of Crothersville.

A baby boy was born Monday, August 4th, to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Purnell at their home near Spring Branch. He has been named Eddie Carl.


Emien P. Danglade, a well known, retired merchant of Vevay, passed away at his home on lower Main Street here Saturday afternoon.

Professor Charles B. Noble was re-elected superintendent of county schools at a meeting of the township trustees held here last week.

Funeral services were held here Sunday for John Montanye, aged 89, one of Vevay’s finest citizens, and one of two surviving Civil War veterans in Switzerland County. He died at his home on Tell Street last Thursday.

Duward Anderson, 61, of Craig Township is in a serious condition at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison suffering a possible skull factor, brain injury, and broken jaw, received when the car in which he was a passenger struck the rear end of a transfer truck in Madison Saturday evening.


A large barn on the William O. Protsman farm near Center Square was destroyed by fire last Wednesday evening.

Clarence Lester, well known Switzerland County farmer, is the owner of violin that is believed to be worth several thousand dollars. While is was being repaired some time ago inside the case was discovered the mark, “Stradivarius, 1721.”

Lieutenant Commander George N. Reeves of Markland, who is an instructor in the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, last week successfully passed an examination for Commander and received a promotion which carries with it an increase in pay of $1,500 per year.

W.W. Jones and his sister, Miss Emma, enroute to Patriot to visit friends, were killed at Greenville, Ohio, last Thursday when their automobile was struck by a traction car.

Through the efforts of John Howard and Milo Gaudin, several thousand fish were obtained form the state fisheries last week and they were placed in Indian Creek near the Protsman and Howard homes.


John W. Neal, aged 23, was drowned at Florence Saturday while bathing in the Ohio River.

“Bill” Johnson, who is employed at the ice plant suffered a very painful injury Saturday when he attempted to fill a test rube with ammonia from a valve. The pressure was so great that the liquid struck him in the face, burning one eye badly.

Leona Viola Madison, one-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Madison of East Enterprise, died last week of cholera infant rum after a brief illness.


A car load of Bedford stone for the new Deposit Bank building arrived last week and is now on the premises.

The towboat ‘Douglas Hall’ blew out a cylinder head at Rising Sun one day last week and the engineer on watch was scalded so badly that he will probably die.

A daughter was born last week to Harry Sullivan and wife.

Ernest Downey of Sugar Branch and Miss Delia Scudder of Madison were married in Carrollton last Thursday.

Clarence Rea, 16-year-old son of William Rae of Patriot, narrowly escaped drowning Sunday.


Sunday morning the Schenck home on the hill back of Vevay was entered by two men. Miss Mary Henry and Miss Tena McCallum, staying in the house, were awakened by the entrance of the burglars and succeeded in routing them.

Tuesday evening as Mrs. Antoinette Russell, an aged lady, was passing along the sidewalk on Liberty Street near the Sheriff’s residence, she was hooked by a cow with such force as to hurl her against the iron fence enclosing the court yard.

About 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, lightning struck the barn of Mrs. Caroline Henry of Pleasant, and it was burned to the ground.

Joseph Waldenmaier, while working in the furniture factory, cut himself on the left arm with a chisel.

Richard Gordon of Craig Township and Miss May M. Johnson of Middletown, Ohio, were married Thursday evening in Vevay.


A barn belonging to Emerson Morrison near Fairview was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon and burned to the ground.

A man named Peter Holdbecker was drowned in the river below town last Thursday afternoon. The body was recovered and buried in Vevay cemetery.

Monday evening while Michael Sedam, aged 17 years, was walking along the road between Allensville and East Enterprise, a man stepped from behind a tree at the side of the road and pointing a revolver at him demanded his money. The young man replied that he had no money. The highwayman then struck him, knocking him down, and then he ran away. The neighborhood was searched but no trace of him was found.


Married July 14th at the residence of the bride’s parents in Cotton Township by John H. McKay, Esquire, William Ruble to Miss Phoebe S. Richards. At the same time and by the same official Robert N. Johnson to Miss Elizabeth Richards, both of this county.

John Banta has commenced the erection of a two-story frame house on Tell Street.

Professor H. S. McRea has been employed to superintendent for the Muncie High School and left for that city last Tuesday.


There will be a total eclipse of the sun September 6th.

Married August 5th by the Reverend H.D. Banta, William Lanham and Mrs. Hannah Adams. On July 19th, Simeon Tague and Miss Tabitha Turner. In Craig Township on the 5th, by the Reverend J.D. Griffith, Joshua J. Porter and Miss Frances Stucy, In Bethlehem, Indiana, on the 2nd, Morton Short and Miss Minerva Short.

Sunday evening E. Shuff of near Center Square lost his barn, hay, and grain by lightning. His loss is from $800 to $1,000.