Reflections 8-22-13


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Members of the Swiss delegation from Vevey, Switzerland participated in a special ceremony on the Main Stage of the Swiss Wine Festival on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from local and state government made presentations of gifts to the delegation during the ceremony; and the Swiss officials presented the town of Vevay with the official flag of the city of Vevey. The delegation officially gave the town the right to fly the “double V” flag and to use it as its own for promotion and beauty.

The Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant opened the Swiss Wine Festival last Thursday night. Miss Congeniality is Holly Jackson; Brianne Martin is Teen Princess, Sydney Pike is first runner up, Emily Hehe is second runner up, Dru Morgan is third runner up and Holly Jackson is fourth runner up.

Yvon Bordet of Vevey, Switzerland was one of the members of the Swiss delegation who traveled to Vevay for the Swiss Wine Festival. He has co-published a new version of John James Dufour’s “The American Vine-Dresser’s Guide” with Purdue University.


A closed door hearing was held in the Courthouse Thursday as the Switzerland County Commissioners listened to statements from attorneys representing three former county employees who were dismissed January 1st. Dismissed were John T. Jester, Gary W. Scott and Manford “Buck” Smith. John Jester and Gary Scott worked for the county highway department. Manford “Buck” Smith was the Courthouse custodian. The three former county employees claim they were fired for political reasons.

Mary Jones has been named to the Patriot Town Council. She will be completing the term of Teresa Parker who had to resign because she has moved outside of the town limits. The other two council members are Darlene Carter and Terry Mayfield.

There has been a lot of time and effort spent working to get a sewer system for East Enterprise, and it’s just about to become a reality. There should be approximately 125 customers, with the sewer system having capacity to double that.


James Baker, Vevay, graduated first summer term from Ball State University. He received a master of business administration. He resides at 410 East Main Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowry R. Bear of route 3, Vevay, recently announced the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter, Kathy, to John Perkins. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Perkins, New Albany. The ceremony will be performed at the Switzerland Baptist Church of Vevay at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 10th.

Kimberly Rose Works, a age 11, has already seen more worldly historic sites than most adults could ever dream of, and has learned more about certain historical happenings than any textbook could ever hope to instill. For 17 days this past month, she traveled through Europe with her father, Raymond Works, Madison, and her brother, Tim, who lives in Pirmasen, Germany, taking in the sites and learning about the history of the people who lived there during World War II.


Hubert H. Hambrick, 66, of 306 Walnut Street, Vevay, passed away August 23rd at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Miss Sherry Scudder, daughter of Jack Scudder, of rising Sun, and Richard Wainscott, son of Mrs. Phyllis Coker, route 1, Vevay, were married August 11th in a double-ring ceremony in the home of the Reverend Mrs. Velma Manuel at Versailles.

The wedding of Louise Webb Nash and Douglass Charles Farnsley was performed August 11th at Saint Francis in the Fields Church in Harrods Creek, Kentucky. Mr. Farnsley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peaslee Farnsley of Louisville and Vevay. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McLean Nash, of Prospect, Kentucky.

Miss Nancy Mayo of Patriot and David Miller of South Bend were united in marriage in a simple, single ring ceremony by the Reverend Ronald Sandidge of the Mount Sterling Baptist Church. The bride is the popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Burley of Patriot. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Miller of South Bend.

Cabell McKee of Bloomington has been awarded a U.S. Army $20,000 Health Profession Scholarship by the Surgeon General of the United States. The scholarship will help defray costs of his education at Indiana University, where he is studying optometry in the I.U. graduate school.


Harold C. Benedict will teach in Warsaw during the 1963-64 school year. Benedict told Vevay Newspapers Tuesday evening he had signed a contract to instruct mathematics at the Gallatin County, Kentucky school 20 miles up the Ohio River from his Vevay home.

Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Andrew celebrated their 50th wedding anniverary Sunday, August 18th, at the hme of Mr. and Mr. Raymond Burnett and family.

Vernon E. Washnock, fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Washnock of route 1, Patriot, is serving aboard the icebreaker USS Staten Island which recently spent five days at Kodiak, Alaska before beginning a month’s patrol to Point Barrow, Alaska.

Congressman Earl Wilson has entered a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives seeking payment for damages incurred by Blanton Darbro as a result of a 1957 airplane crash on Darbro’s Tapps Ridge Farm. A Wilson letter to Eugene Spencer, Darbro’s representaive in the matter, stated the bill was entered August 20th during the 88th Congress’ first session.


A wedding anniversary observance which is believed to set a record in Indiana if not in the United States, was held Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Miller near Pleasant when the 76th year of their married life was quietly celebrated by members of the family. Mr. Miller will be 102 year old on October 19th and Mrs. Miller attained her 97th birthday on April 19th.

Newell Fox was a patient in Christ Hospital in Cincinnati from Tuesday until Thursday where he underwent an operation upon his nose to correct injuries which he received nine years ago. At that time the young man’s bicycle struck a stone while riding near the Old Nainal Hotel and he fell, striking his face on he pavement.

Dr. Emerson A. North, 73, widely known retired Cincinnati psychiatrict, was laid to rest in Spring Grove Cemetry following services at the Baiter Funeral Home. He was one of Switzerland County’s most distinguished native sons and former residents.


Mrs. Julia Ann Holdcroft passed away at her home in Craig Towship August 23rd. She wa 89 years of age and leaves 89 descendants, six children, 24 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Katherine Jackson, who has practiced medicine in Patriot the last four years, left last week to begin her new duies at General Hospital in Cincinnati where she has been appointed s House Doctor.

William D. Platz, Ghent, Kentucky, businessman and a native of Switzerland County, died at his home Sunday, August 22nd, after a long illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Loren Driver of Rising Sun will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of their grandson, Herbert Driver, on September 5th with immediate relatives being present.

The Southern Indiana Light and Power Company, which has been in operation here for more than nine years past, was sold last week to the Rural Electric Membrship Corporation.

Word has been received by Mrs. Kenneth Sauer that her husband Staff Sergeant Sauer, tail gunner on a Flying Fortress, has been missing in action since August 19th. He is believed to have been lost in battle over Germany.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Washer of Avonburg.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Warren McCreary of Moorefield.


Eugene Detraz, well known architect and builder, died at his home in Vevay Thursday evening having been in ill health the past few years.

John Bruner passed away at his home near Mount Carmel Sunday, August 27th, at the age of 67 years.

A double wedding ceremony uniting George Thomas Smith of near Vevay and Eloise Garnett of Owenton, Kentucky, and Truman Rayles andEvelyn Smith of near Vevay, was performed Saturday night by Reverend B. T. Vincent at his home there.

Mrs. Luella Belle Cole died at the home of her son, Maurice Cole, near Jacksonville Wednesday evening following a lengthy illness of complications.

Born, August 15th, a daughter, Sarah Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Peelman.

Reverend J. W. Clevenger of Muncie, Indiana, a former Switzerland County boy who is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the ministry, is scheduled to occupy a pulpit in his native county next Sunday, September 3rd. At the morning services he will deliver a sermon at the Center Square Baptist Church.


Samuel Stewart, 84, died Sunday morniong at the home of his son-in-law, Earl Jackson on Tapps Ridge, having been in ill health for about three years and bedfast for the past six months.

Isiah Smith, 70, farmer residing on Tapps Ridge, died Friday night of paralysis after a period of ill health of seven months.

Mrs. Edgar Miles, 67, died Thursday at her home in Avonburg, having been in failing health more than a year.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Will Carpenter of Quercus Grove.

Anonymous letters have been received by several Vevay citizens, including the editor of this paper, pertaining to the death of Winnie Yates Smith. The letters contained threats and were mailed at the Vevay Post Office.


Vevay’s Centennial is history. Some 650 Home Comers and guests registered. The attendance and general spirit of the week, was far above expectations. Home Comers and stay-at-homes both pronounced the week a grand success from start to finish.

Miss Sallie Ferguson and Roy Thomas, both of Kentucky, were married in Vevay August 10th.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Minor Hudson.

Miss Golda Chamberlain of near Fairview was attacked and bitten by a dog while walking near the home of John Baird in Vevay. She courageously grabbed the animal by the ears and held it until Charles Norisez came with an ax and killed it. The dog’s head was sent to Indianapolis and a report stated a positive test of rabies. Miss Chamberlain leaves today for Indianapolis to take treatments.

Born August 13th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Littlefield of Tapps Ridge.

Born August 18th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Baker of Bascom. This date is the 10th birthday oftheir daughter Miss Elberta.

Miss Kate Gordon died Monday morning at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Amanda Gordon, after a long illness of heart trouble. She was 78 years of age.


Further plans have been completed by the five G.A.R. Posts of the grand encampment at Indianapolis next week. Colonel W.C. Ward, commander, has secured half-fare rates on the steamer Hattie Brown. The rate to Madison and return will be from Patriot $5; from Warsaw 75 cents, from Vevay 50 cents, and from Carrollton 25 cents. The train fare, roundtrip, from Madison to Indianapolis will be $1.70.

Willie Voises of Ghent last Friday found on the Vevay bar two six-pound cannon balls. It is supposed they were shot there by Vevay artillery while engaged in target practice during the war.

Mrs. Mary Todd Voorhees, formerly a resident of Switzerland County, died August 13th at her home in Hamilton, Kansas, aged 82 years.

John Taylor and Millie Swango, and James McClanahan and Tillie Hotchkiss, both young couples of near Moorefield, were recently married.


Civil War news: Our readers have no doubt read full details ofthe capture of Lawrence, Kansas, by rebel guerrillas under Quantrill, the murder of near 200 unoffending citizens, and the burning of the city. The loss of property is said to be over $2 million. The citizens were shot dead as they opened their doors to see what was going on.

Some friend has sent us a copy of the Monroe (Wisconsin) Sentinel, containing a lengthy account of the operations of the gunboat Silver Lake No. 2, together with an account of the review of the troops and gunboats at Nashville by General Rosecrans. The following excerpt will be of interest to local readers:

“To our commander, Lieutenant J. S. Roberts of Vevay, Indiana, was awarded the high compliment by his excellency, Major General Rosecrans of having thus far, this season, performed th best services of any gunboat on the river.”

The steamer “City of Madison” was blown to pieces at the Vicksburg, Mississippi wharf last week while receiving a cargo of shells and powder.

Company D, 93rd Indiana Regiment has sent another installment of money home. Families may get it by calling at Grisard’s Store in Vevay.

Died in Vevay August 25th, James E., year old son of Oliver H. and Emma Noble.