Reflections of the Past 3/2/06


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of Switzerland County newspapers


When Switzerland County High School senior Shasta May of Vevay walked onto the Market Square Arena floor in Indianapolis last Saturday morning, she knew that she was about to compete with the best three-point shooters in the state. She soon proved that she too was one of Indiana’s best shooters. She beat out 63 competitors to advance to the final four. She came in fourth place in the final four competition by making five shots.

Plans for the straightening of Highway 129 between the River Road and Highway 250 in Pleasant may have to be put on hold if the money to fund such a project can’t be appropriated by the state.

The deadline for filing for the upcoming election here in Switzerland County and around the state came and went last Friday. Switzerland County Clerk of Courts Darlene Haskell said that the large group of candidates means that May’s primary will be one of the most spirited in years.

Kristen Walston, daughter of Stephen and Mary Beth Auxier of East Enterprise and Jeffery Walston of Lawrenceburg, will be leaving for Navy basic training on October 1st. She will graduate with the SCHS Class of 1996 in June.


Renee See, daughter of Harold and Nancy See of Rising Sun, has been selected as a finalist for Indiana’s Eleventh Annual Homecoming Queen Selection. The competition will be March 16th and 17th at the Holiday Inn and convention center in Columbus. She was this year’s Switzerland County Homecoming Queen.

Mr. and Mrs. O.O. “Buck” Judy of Hampton, Florida, formerly of Bennington, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 10th. Buck and the former Melba Green were married in 1941 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner of Vevay will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Ogle Haus. Emmett and the former Helen Cripe were married March 15th, 1931, at the home of the bride in Hanover.

Ralph and Edith Lock of route 3, Vevay, will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Monday, March 4th. Mrs. Lock is the former Edith Hart.


Louis Teats, chairman of the Switzerland County Republican Party for the past four years, stepped down Tuesday and appointed Bill Olds to serve as acting GOP chairman through the May 4th primary election. A new permanent chairman will be selected when the Republicans reorganize in May following the primary.

Larry Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Miller of Tapps Ridge, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Mexico. He is enrolled in the School of Pharmacy there.


An option on the Paul Ogle property has been granted to Switzerland County School Corporation by Affiliated Realty Corporation, owner of the proposed site for a new county high school, school officials have announced. The agreement calls for the school corporation to pay $18,000 for the 18.124 acres involved.

Construction of Public Service Indiana’s $20 million Markland hydroelectric station on the Ohio River at Markland Dam and Locks is moving ahead. The first of three units is scheduled for service in September. Markland station will be the largest hydro power plant in Indiana. Its water wheels and generators will be among the largest low-head hydro-electric equipment in operation in the United States. Mammoth 270-inch low-speed turbines are required to harness the relatively low head of water at the dam.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hon of rural route 1, Florence, off Turtle Creek Road, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary March 20th with an open house at their home starting at 1 p.m. and continuing through the evening.


Noel Houze, record-breaking center of the Vevay High School Warriors, was awarded the Jaycee Outstanding Senior trophy at a joint Kiwanis-Jaycee banquet Wednesday night, honoring the two time sectional champions. Harold Neal was picked as Outstanding Underclassman, Tom Fothergill as Most Improved Player and Houze was also given the Scholarship trophy.

Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Cole are the proud parents of a son born Saturday morning, February 25th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. The little boy has been named Emerson Clayton Junior and weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

Coach John Collier of Vevay High School has resigned his position there, it was learned Wednesday evening. Coach Collier gave as his reasons for leaving a desire to become affiliated with a larger school system and the possibility of obtaining a teaching position nearer a college or university where he might continue his graduate work.

John Collier’s Warrior basketeers bowed in defeat in their first game of the Regional tourney at Rushville last Saturday, going under to Milan High School, 64-57, after dropping a 14-11 first quarter lead.


Captain Ellison McGuire, 86-year-old native of Switzerland County, died at his home in Lewisburg, Ohio, Wednesday morning, following a long period of ill health. Captain McGuire was a veteran river pilot in the Cincinnati-New Orleans trade for many years.

Miss Colleen Rayles of Madison and Robert B. Lamson of Vevay Route 4, were married Sunday, March 3rd, at the Madison Baptist Church by Reverend Ralph E. Gronseth.

The marriage of Miss Hazel Jean Barnes and Graham D. Heath was solemnized Sunday afternoon at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Edward Watson in Brooksburg.

Alfred Cole has sold his general store at Center Square to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford McDonald of Hanover and will give possession this week.

Lieutenant Commander Harold E. Benedict, who expects to receive his discharge from the Navy soon, has accepted the position as Superintendent of the Vevay Public Schools. Harold Wakefield, now a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy will become a teacher and basketball coach.

Miss Violet Rider and Ivan Ravencraft, both of Posey Township, were united in marriage Saturday at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Robert McNeeley at Patriot.

Born, a son, James Edwin, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Davis of Long Run.

Miss Amy Johnson, Vevay librarian for the past 15 years, left Friday to take charge of the library at Fowler, Indiana. Mrs. Flora Humphrey, assistant librarian and Miss Frances Shadday, are in charge of the Vevay library for the present.


Miss Lorraine Dibble of Vevay and Clarence Gilb of Lawrenceburg, were married Saturday afternoon in Rising Sun at the home of the officiating minister, Reverent J. T. Redmon.

Vevay relatives have been notified of the death of Mrs. Eugenia Schenck Eddy, a native of Vevay, which occurred Monday at the home of her daughter, Miss Josephine Eddy, in Montevallo, Alabama.

the diesel towboat “Lelia” — which was driven on the upper wing wall at Dam 39 last week by a heavy wind, was pulled off last Friday by the U.S. snag boat “Kentucky” and turned over to the owners who had it towed to Madison for repairs.

George Hall has gone to Rising Sun to take charge of the new law office which Hall and Cole have opened there.

Born, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Brown.

Russell Pickett of Vevay will be one of the referees in the district tourney at Franklin this week and will also get a regional assignment.

Attorney James K. Danglade last week was appointed to handle all law cases in Switzerland County for the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association.


Patriot High School was the sensation of the sectional basketball tournament at Madison by defeating Deputy in the final game 32-14. They earned the right to play in the finals by defeating Hanover and Scottsburg.

Vevay defeated North Madison but lost to Deputy 24-21 in their second game. Patriot’s line up was Lamkin, Henry Sr., Henry Jr., North and Kent.

Vevay’s team was Pangburn, J. Scott, Dunn, Fuller, Danner. Vevay was solidly behind the Patriot team and Pangburn went on the floor to lead cheers for them.

Miss Mary Ellen Haskell and Richard Roeder were married in Madison February 27th by Reverend W. C. Marshall.


George Washmuth of near Brooksburg and Miss Nettie Baldridge of Switzerland County were married last week in Madison by Reverend J. W. Turner. Shortly after the ceremony they left for Oakland, California where they will reside.

When his horses became frightened at an auto truck one day last week, the mail wagon driven by Joe Danner, rural carrier on route 1, was backed over the bank on the Mount Sterling hill. Mr. Danner succeeded in getting the wagon back on the road without any damage.

Carl Reed and Effie Harsin, both of Lamb, were married Monday, February 28th, in Madison.

Born Friday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Campbell.

Born Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Avery Graham of Vevay.

Everett Buddenburg of Mexico Bottom was married Saturday, February 26th, to Miss Laura Ritter at the home of the bride in Dillsboro, Indiana.

John C. Cline, former Switzerland County resident and Civil War veteran, died in the soldier’s home in Dayton, Ohio, last week.

The machinery for the new Vevay bakery which is being started by Riley Land, arrived in Vevay this week. I. E. Carpenter, who will have charge of the bakery, came to Vevay Sunday.


Last Thursday evening for the first time electric lights shown on the streets of Vevay. The work of adding incandescent electric lighting for houses is in progress.

Grover, the 12-year-old son of Mrs. Mary C. Hastings, residing on Tapps Ridge, while visiting his aunt, Mrs. Taylor Lee, near Sugar Branch, went out hunting Monday afternoon and accidentally shot and killed himself.

It has been announced that Messrs. Schenck and Mills will dispose of their very large stock of goods and go out of business.

Licensed to marry: James H. Starker and Ellen Buchanan; George M. Stockdale and Christie T. Spillman; Andres Seavers and Minnie Loyed.


Jonathan McMaken, residing near Mount Sterling, had a fine black mare stolen from him one night last week.

Married at the Methodist Parsonage at Fairview, March 2nd, 1876, by Reverend Isaac Turner, Mr. Ethan Cole to Miss Julia Phillips, all of this county.

Wanted: 100 customers to try Drake’s 25 cent coffee.

The steamer “Bannock” is now plying between Vevay and Cincinnati leaving Vevay at 10 o’clock a.m. each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and returning from Cincinnati on alternate days.

John Chatelen is sick.

A fine, large, white mule belonging to Joseph Peelman of Vevay died Wednesday night. It was worth about $200.

Captain Charles Dufour and Miss Nora O’Neal of Ghent, Kentucky were married recently.

The board of trustees of Vevay met in regular session Monday night and allowed the following bills. Six globes for street lamps, $1.75, William Smith, one month, Superintendent of Cemetery $10.45, J. M. Holdcroft, one month Marshal and lamplighter, $28.356, writing paper 50 cents.


The Carrollton Democrat says that Fred Stucy and John Montgomery will soon build a mammoth warehouse near Ghent, Kentucky.


D. Appleton and Company of New York will in a few weeks issue a book of about 400 pages from the pen of Mrs. Julia L. Dumont of this place.

The home of E.B.L. Ford of Allensville was destroyed by fire one day last week.

Dr. William C. Sweazey of Cincinnati has begun the practice of his profession in Bennington.

A select school for girls and boys will be opened shortly in U.P. Schenck’s school house by Ralph C. Short.


Married February 12th by Reverend Jacob Schull, Lorenzo H. Hinman and Mrs. Malinda Cole.

On February 16th by Reverend J. Brockway, David Culbertson and Sarah A. Farrell. On March 2nd by Reverend H. Wason, Daniel Detraz and Miss Mary McCormick. At the residence of L. Montanye by Reverend John C. Bonham, Ebenezer Phillips and Miss Angeline Montanye.