Reflections of the Past for 11/24/2005


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


Lori Craig and Scott Elston were united in marriage Saturday, October 7th. The ceremony took place at Brushy Fork Baptist Church, and Reverend Pete Sinclair officiated the ceremony.

Mack Dyer, eighth grader at Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School, has been named as one of two winners for District 9 in the 11th annual Dick Lugar/Indiana Farm Bureau/Bank One Youth Essay Contest. The contest was open to all eighth grade students in Indiana.

The tobacco market opened Monday, and sellers saw good prices on the first day, and promises of stable prices through the selling season.

Lois Rosenberger, county librarian, is retiring after a long and busy career at the Switzerland County Public Library. When Flora Humphrey, librarian, decided to retire in 1969, Lois Rosenberger decided to pursue another career. She passed the College Level Equivalency Test which counted as her two years of college. She also took library science classes in Cincinnati, and worked at the library to help satisfy the library science requirement. She was fully certified by the state in 1976.


Jerry Smith, a local insurance agent and real estate broker of Vevay, was severely injured Tuesday, November 13th, in a farming accident on Popcorn Ridge. His right hand was caught in the corn picker, resulting in fourth degree burns to the hand. Smith credits his stepmother, Doris Smith, with saving his life.

The Switzerland County Council has appointed Mike Jones to serve on the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District’s newly seated advisory board.

Pfc. Kevin Bosworth is now serving in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm. Shield. He is the son of John and Kathy Howdyshell of Vevay.

Jason Gregory, 15, of Patriot was a record winner recently when the Ohio County Sportsman’s Club traveled to a shoot at the Missouri Fall Classic Shoot in Linn Creek, Missouri. He brought home seven silver and gold belt buckles, including the high over-all sub-junior class. Jason won in six of the nine events he entered. Jason’s father, Tony Gregory, also brought home a buckle trophy, with a 95 out of 100 score in the singles event.


The current Jefferson-Craig Elementary School has been in operation since 1953. All parties agree that the wear and tear on the building, along with the evolution of education, has left the current facility somewhat outdated. But what to do? Some county residents would like to see a totally new building built on the current site, while others like the school board’s proposal of building a $2,000,000 addition to the building, which would include upgrading the old facility as well.

On Thursday, November 14th, the Switzerland County Junior High School sent a team of spellers to the first annual “Hoosier Spell Bowl” District meet at South Decatur High School in Greensburg. The seventh and eighth graders scored 59 points out of a possible 64 points, which was the highest score in the state for class three schools. The students’ score was among the top five scores for all schools combined.

William and Genola Duvall of route 1, Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, November 28th, at their home with their family.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar McCreery of route 1, Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, November 24th, with a public reception at the Bennington Methodist Church.

Kirk Works, a University of Evansville student from Vevay, has been elected to UE’s Student Congress and Resident-at-Large. Works is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Works of route 2, Vevay.


The nearly-bankrupt city of New York could stand the financial boost Switzerland County’s tobacco farmers are going to get in the next several weeks, as the 1975 burley crop goes to market. Tobacco sales start Monday morning and before they’re over with, something like $4 million may be added to Switzerland County pockets. That’s a rough estimate of the market value of the tobacco that Switzerland County farmers are allowed to sell this year.


Miss Dorotha Orem, 52, Jefferson-Craig Elementary School teacher, died suddenly Saturday at her rural route 2, Vevay home near Center Square. All county schools were closed at 11 a.m. Tuesday in tribute to the teacher who had taught 26 years in Switzerland County.

Mr. and Mrs. Oldham C. Dunaway, Carrollton, Kentucky, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Geraldine, to Harold Wayne Burnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burnett, route 2, Vevay.

Miss Patricia Ann Swango, Vevay, and Donald Wayne Chase, Aurora, were married November 19th in a ceremony performed by Reverend Fred S. Griffith at his home in Vevay.


David Gardner of near Bennington and his daughter, Mrs. Albert Jackson of Richmond, Indiana, have just returned from Seattle, Washington, where they went by plane last week to attend the funeral of Mr. Gardner’s brother, Jesse, 77, who died tragically November 13th in a fire at his home.

Earl Keith Buchanan, son of Mrs. Freda E. Buchanan of Canaan, and Miss Melva Dean Bromwell, daughter of Bryan Bromwell of Cedar Avenue, Vevay, were married Saturday evening at 6 o’clock, at the Methodist Parsonage, by Reverend H.G. Ramsey who used the single ring ceremony.

Mrs. Lillie Andrew is slowly improving from her serious illness of shingles. On Sunday, November 27th, Mrs. Andrew will attain her 90th birthday.

In the 1955 contest of the Poets’ Corner Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, conducted by Olive Inez Downing, President, Clyde Protsman won a first prize in the national and international contests with his poems.


Robert Smith and Dwight McKenzie of Vevay are advertising the opening of an automobile body, paint and repair shop in the service station on Ferry Street formerly operated by Roy Brown.

Born Monday, November 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Gullion.

Dr. M.F. Daubenheyer, formerly of Patriot, has been appointed as chief of the hospital and health activities at Muscatatuck State School at Butlerville.

Miss Anna Birkemeyer of Florence and Everett Peters of near East Enterprise were married Wednesday by Reverend R. C. McNeely at his home in Patriot.


Nelson Phillips, prominent farmer and cattleman, died early Wednesday morning from injuries received in an accident last week. While dehorning cattle at the home of Leon O’Day in Craig Township, the instrument being used slipped, striking him in the stomach and inflicting wounds which proved to be fatal.

Ernest Alford of Allensville and Miss Freda Slack of Quercus Grove were married in Carrollton, Kentucky, Saturday.

Russell Higbee had the misfortune of finding one of his cows in a cistern Sunday evening, but with the help of his neighbors they succeeded in getting her out without any injuries.

Norman N. Sheldon and Miss Geraldine Jacobs, both of Posey Township, were married November 13th at Carrollton, Kentucky.

Mrs. Ethel Works and Matt Scudder were united in marriage last Thursday evening at the Fairview Methodist parsonage by Reverend Royal Canfield.

Born October 30th, a son, Norris Wayne, to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Lauderbaugh of Craig Township.

Reverend O.W. Nelson resigned last week as pastor of the Vevay Presbyterian Church and has gone to his home in Texas.


On recommendation of road superintendent Clarence Roberts the state highway commission has granted permission to use crushed stone on Market and Ferry streets in Vevay.

Miss Dreka Slate of Vevay and John Pettit of Portsmouth, Ohio, were married in Portsmouth on November 7th.


William H. Demann and Mrs. Anna Demann, both of Vevay, were married in Madison Tuesday afternoon by Father Guerdon of the Catholic Church.

Sheriff John Heady has received a pair of registered English blood hounds and proposed to stop some of the petty misdemeanors that have been so common of late.

Mr. John VanOsdol and Miss Mamie Hart were married Thursday evening at the home of the bride by Reverend F.W. Schmunk.

The new five and ten cent store managed by Miss Ollie Brindley was opened in Vevay last Saturday.

The Horse and Mule Protective Association elected the following officers at its meeting last Saturday: President, John Porter; Vice President, Bruce Pavy; Secretary, W.H. Lee; Treasurer, Harvey Morrison.


The barn of Levi Lewis was burned near Bennington.

Passengers on the steamer Lizzie Bay captured a dozen wild ducks that were blinded by the searchlight on the boat’s bow.

Married in Christman, Illinois, Lucy Gertrude Jarvis, formerly of this county, to Mr. Hill Moss of tat city.

Mrs. Flora Betts Morrison observed her 78th birthday with many relatives present.


The City of Vevay was the first tow boat to resume navigation following the low stage of the river. It is slowly rising now.

A little daughter was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Chris Reincke.

P.R. Lostutter moved his household goods to Quercus Grove this week.

David Allen, Charles Hollcroft, and Leslie M. Marshall are attending IOOF Grand Lodge in Indianapolis.

James P. Orem has sold his interest in the Vevay steam laundry to Warren Froman. Fred Bakes is his partner.

Mrs. Mary Dickson presented her music pupils in a recital Friday evening at her home.

A fine collection of hand painted china executed by Miss Zella Barnett is on display at the Sieglitz Jewelry Store.


A young man named Baumgartner was found dying on the road between Moorefield and Pleasant. He was a resident of Jefferson County.

Miss Mary Wright of Craig Township had an old book printed in 1695. It was last owned by Perry Catton.

Joseph Pepper is proprietor of the Riverside Hotel in Rising Sun.

George Hotchkiss is getting his mill in order at Cross Plains.

William White is making brooms in Bennington.

Dr. Sneezy is building a stone walk from his home to his office in Cross Plains.

William Watts is building a cooper shop in the east end of Patriot.

Married in Bennington, Miss Lizzie Paulley and Edgar Miles.

J.M. Froman has finished putting the iron roofing on his three-story store house at Log Lick Creek above Vevay.


The Cincinnati bridge over the Ohio River will be the largest in the world. Its total span will be 1,057 feet.

Coal is selling for 25 cents per bushel in Madison. Coal is worth from 28 cents to 38 cents per bushel in Vevay. We suppose the reason coal is higher in Vevay than in Madison is that Vevay is farther north. Of course the climate is colder and consequently the demand for coal is greater.


The contract for the new county jail will be given out next week.

Butter is 12 1/2 cents per pound here and chickens are $1.50 per dozen.

Married in Patriot November 13th, Miss Sally A. Sayer to Joseph Parret, Jr.