Reflections of the Past for 1/19/2006


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


Tony Gregory and Rod Dickerson have finalized the purchase of the Randall building. The two are unsure at this time about what they will do with the building,, but are in negotiations to try and bring in a company that will provide jobs for the county.

Lillian and Willard Bosaw have left a trust that will be used for the establishment of a scholarship fund for Switzerland County students. Although the exact amount of the trust has not yet been determined, it is acknowledged that it will be one of the largest scholarships ever established here.

Amanda Althoff, daughter of Carl and Sandy Althoff of near Fairview, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list at Hanover College for the fall semester.

Adam Cole, son of Dennis and Donita Cole of near East Enterprise, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wabash College.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Seaver proudly announce the birth of a daughter, Christina Faith, born on Friday, December 22nd, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Christina Faith weighed five pounds, nine ounces at birth. Grandparents are Norman and Fadie Seaver of Vevay and Christine Hounshell of Lexington and the late Dan Hounshell.


Clyde and Joyce Darlene Carter of Patriot wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Melinda Ruth Carter, to William Edward Baxter, Jr., of Rockford, Illinois. He is the son of William and Jennie Baxter also of Rockford. The couple will wed April 19th in the Second Congregational Church in Rockford.

Champion tractor puller Bruce Hutcherson of Patriot has been inducted into the National Tractor Pullers Association’s (NTPA) Hall of Fame in recognition of his longstanding reputation as one of the top pullers in the country.

Rhonda Cutter was appointed Auditor at a special meeting of the county’s Democratic Central Committee on Monday, January 14th. Cutter, who has been serving as acting auditor since January 1st, won her appointment during the first round of voting by precinct committee workers. Serving with Cutter will be Deputy Auditor Tammy Cole and Kathy Kelly, who has been named Auditor’s Secretary.


Speaking for the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Meeting this year will be Pat Leimbach, farm wife from Vermillion, Ohio. The meeting will be held on January 30th, at the Switzerland County High School cafetorium.

Luana Eggers Trump celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday, January 11th, at the Heritage House Convalescent Center in Greencastle, Indiana. She is the mother of Mary Alice Smith of Vevay who attended the party.

Kirk A. Works, a University of Evansville student from Vevay, was among students listed in the 1985-86 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommie D. Works of route 2, Vevay.


Miss Jenny Herndon of Shelbyville, Indiana and Kenneth Claypoole of Shelbyville were married December 14th in Riverview Baptist Chapel near Vevay by Reverend Garrett Bledsoe. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Claypoole of Switzerland County.

W. R. Houze was elected chairman of the board of directors of the East Enterprise State Bank last Thursday at the bank’s annual stockholders and directors meeting. Mr. Houze was named chairman after serving for 30 years as president of the bank. Roy Manuel was named president, and other officers are James F. Detmer, vice president; Dilver Oak, executive vice president; Patricia Works, cashier; Mary Archer, assistant cashier; Carolyn Lohide, bookkeeper-teller; and directors, W. R. Houze, Roy Manuel, Dilver Oak, James Detmer and A. W. Truitt.

The Switzerland county Soil & Water Conservation District annual banquet will be held next Thursday, January 29th, with Cincinnati radio personality Bob Miller as featured speaker.


Myers Burke of 115 West Main Street, Vevay, has been appointed and commissioned by Indiana Governor Roger D. Branigan as a member of the advisory committee of Madison State Hospital.

Private Herbert W. Whitham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whitham of route 2, rising Sun, has completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Houze of East Enterprise have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Janet Louise Kidwell, to Tony C. Stamper of Norwood, Ohio, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stamper of Center Square.


At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14th, Miss Patricia Ann Romans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Romans of Patriot and Mr. Eugene Hunefeld, son of Mrs. Luvenia Hunefeld of Quercus Grove and Mr. Bernard Hunefeld of Cincinnati were united in marriage at Patriot Methodist Parsonage.

Miss Agnes Hart has accepted a position in the school at Cross Plains, Indiana, and started on her new duties Monday. Miss Hart will act as commercial teacher and also instruct classes in history.


Miss Pruda Mae Remer of Florence and Harold R. Smith of near Patriot were married January 11th by Reverend L.S. Courtney.

Born, January 29th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Sigmon to Vevay route 2.

Miss Frances Swango became the bride of Pfc. Robert T. Osborn and Miss Dorothy Swango became the bride of Mr. Linville Osborn in a double wedding ceremony performed Saturday afternoon at the home of the officiating minister Reverend S.E. Wells.

Born January 16th, a daughter, Cora Jane, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Turner of Patriot.

Miss Thelma Bowman and Wilbur Tinker of Fairview were married Sunday in Rising Sun.


Married in Cincinnati, Miss Ann Harriet Gordon, formerly of Vevay and Julius Holzhalb.

Twenty-six children are receiving free school lunches.

Married in Vevay by Reverend Rix, Miss Emma Walston and Thomas Gross, both of this county.

A howling blizzard enveloped Switzerland County with a blanket of sow Wednesday morning and caused a drop of 39 degrees in 12 hours. Wednesday morning the official gauge registered 32 above zero, 16 at noon and 13 below at 8 p.m.

Born Wednesday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furnish.


Mrs. George W. Anderson, secretary of the United Missionary Society, sailed from Japan, December 29th, after a six month stay in the Orient and will arrive at her home in St. Louis, January 25th. Mrs. Anderson is the daughter of George W. Haskell of Vevay.

Word has been received by relatives here of the marriage of Leon R. Cole, Los Angeles, California, to Miss Rose Mary Sample. Mr. Cole is a former resident of this county.


Abner P. Dufour, 73, one of Vevay’s best known citizens, died Wednesday morning at his home on Ferry Street. He was a grandson of Vevay’s founder, John F. Dufour.

Reveille publisher W. O. Protsman left last night for Indianapolis to attend a meeting of the Indiana Republican Editorial Association.

Captain Clarence Carter and Miss Lena Heady were married Monday evening at the home of Sheriff John Heady.

Fire damaged the home of Frank Rosenberger, Jr., Thursday evening after wallpaper in the second story ignited from sparks. A bucket brigade soon brought the blaze under control.

Mr. Earl Sullivan and Miss Hallie Adams were married Wednesday evening by Reverend Frank Hammel.

Leslie Littlefield and family are now occupying the Smith property on Main Cross Street.

Jesse Bayne of Craig Township is the latest entry in the Democratic race for Sheriff, thus bringing the total entries to seven.


George Ford, who last fall killed his wife and three children with a hatchet and then set fire to their home, committed suicide last Thursday morning in Central Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis by hanging himself with a cord made from bed ticking. He was the last remaining member of his immediate family.

Mort Etherington, Ed Skull and James Aldred have purchased a fine German coach stallion in Lafayette, Indiana, and he will be shown for a time in Vevay.

The steamer Rees Lee, one of the largest steamboats plying between Cincinnati and Memphis, hit a snag and sank near Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Dr. L. G. Adkinson, 67, president of the Gamon Theological Institute at Atlanta, Georgia, died at his home there Friday. He was born in Switzerland County and was for a time pastor of the Methodist Church here and was a former president of Moores Hill College.

John Shaw, son of F. P. Shaw had a narrow escape from death this week when he developed ptomaine poisoning after eating a can of sardines.

At a meeting held in Cincinnati Thursday an agreement was made whereby the Ohio River Telephone Company is to be given an exclusive and direct wire for all points in Switzerland and Ohio counties.

The graduates of Patriot High School this term will be Miss Lena Humphrey, Robert Emerson and Watts A. Schafer.


It is now definitely settled that Vevay will be lighted by electricity-arcs for streets and incandescents for houses, apparatus for the plant will arrive this week including 170 white cedar poles from Michigan. With brilliant light, fine water works and smooth cement sidewalks, the work of making Vevay the most beautiful little city in the Ohio Valley will be completed.

Licensed to marry: John C. Tower and Emma Lamynyon; George W. Land and Sarah E. Dennis; Robert Warren and Clemenia Heady.

The beautiful residence of A. B. Shaw on Market Street, has now been completed.

John Anderson has charge of the Sieglitz Branch Jewelry Store in Madison.

Big crowds are skating on Schenck’s Pond below Vevay.

Married in Madison, Miss Hattie Land of Madison and Dr. Loomis of Florence.


Hay is selling here at only 6 to 10 dollars per ton.

The Chair Factory started running here this week.

The Jarvis School House near Cross Plains was badly damaged by fire.

Married January 17th in Vevay by Reverend Thomas Whallon, John Bennett and Miss Famie Y. Fisk of New Albany.

Ben North was elected Master of the Grange at North’s Landing.


Last Friday night a barn belonging to A. C. Adams in Pleasant Township was destroyed by fire with a loss of $2,000.

The New Orleans Crescent of January 18th contains the following: “The first flatboats loaded with hay propelled by the sturdy arms of flat boatmen, have arrived here and in joyous consideration thereof our fellow townsman William McDubb has bestowed a splendid gold watch upon Captain George Findley and Montgomery Patton of Vevay, Indiana, under whom the two flatboats were guided to our levee, the first in over four years.”

George M. Fallis and Miss Cole were married at the home of James H. Brown in Pleasant Township on January 3rd.