Reflections of the Past for 11/9/06


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


In a reminder of elections past, Switzerland County Democrats won all contested races in Tuesday’s election, but their victories were not without some impressive challenges from local Republicans. Over 62 percent of Switzerland County’s registered voters went to the polls and voted Tuesday, the highest voter-turnout percentage here in several years. Clerk Darlene Haskell attributed the high voter turnout to this being a presidential election years and well-contested races for nearly all the local offices on the ballot. Nice weather also aided in the turnout, particularly among older voters. There appears to be a greater interest in the political process by people at all age levels.

Coast Guard Seaman apprentice Kori M. Heath, daughter of Jeff and Yonna Heath of near Lamb, recently graduated from recruit training and was promoted to her current rank.

Harlan Hubbard’s Payne Hollow Journal, edited by Don Wallis, of Vevay, has been published by the University Press of Kentucky.


Joanne Keith of Quercus rove and Neal Curran of Pleasant will be married on Saturday, November 16th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Brushy Fork Baptist church at Pleasant. Parents of the couple are Sarah Keith and Hilbert Keith, both of route 2, Rising Sun, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christman, route 1, Canaan, and Bob Curran of Versailles.

Jan Buchanan of Columbus, Indiana was hostess to a surprise party Sunday, November 3rd, at the Ogle Haus in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buchanan’s 50th wedding anniversary.

The old clock atop the County Courthouse will be replaced, not restored, the County Commissioners decided Monday. The restoration cost was estimated at about the same as the replacement cost – $15,900. The Verdin Clock Company of Cincinnati will do the clock work.


The body of Rickie Lynn Heck, 38, was found Tuesday, October 28th, in Dearborn County, and her estranged husband Roy Heck, Sr., Lawrenceburg, has been charged with her murder. She was born in Vevay and is a graduate of Vevay High School. She is the daughter of Virginia Burton of Switzerland County.

Amy Heath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Heath, Vevay, has been chosen as Switzerland County High School’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Ambassador. All sophomores are eligible and each school selects one to represent them at a state seminar in the spring. Emphasis is placed on incentive and demonstrated leadership ability.

The new Veterans Monument was unveiled on the Courthouse lawn. The monument lists the names of all men from Switzerland County who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Hoosier farmers are more than three-fourths of the way through harvest of a record corn crop – 781.25 million bushels (17.3 million metric tons). State-federal agricultural statisticians at Purdue University, in their final 1976 production forecast, estimate a record yield of 109 bushels an acre – third largest in the nation and the highest in the Corn Belt. Only California and Texas, neither a major corn producing state, exceeded the Hoosier yield.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stevenson of route 1, Canaan, will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Saturday evening with an open house at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

A group of four Switzerland Countians met Tuesday with regional health planning officials to support an application for $60,000 to buy two new emergency unit ambulances for the county’s life squad unit.

Back in April of 1959, the first baby born at Dearborn County Hospital was delivered at the then-new facility. She was named Cathy Powell. A week ago Saturday, Cathy Powell, – now 17 years old and Mrs. Richard Shaw – gave birth to the first second-generation child at Dearborn County Hospital. The new arrival, named James Jesse Shaw, weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lamson were honored on their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a reception in the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Florissant, Missouri. The Lamsons have many friends and relatives in Switzerland County.


Marine Pfc. Floyd W. Bond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Bond of Patriot, has completed four weeks of individual combat training at Camp Pendleton, California. His next assignment is four weeks of basic specialist training to prepare him for a specific job in the Marine Corps.

If any of you “way-out cats” out there have been tuning the noise box lately you’ve probably been shaking to the cool sounds of “The Chicago Loop” belting out a smooth number labeled “She Comes to Me.” What you might not be tuning in on is the fact that one of those singing longhairs is Vevay’s own R.D. Slawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Slawson of Market Street.

Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Morton will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at their Pleasant home. Friends and relatives may call between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Patriot High School’s 1966-67 basketball queen, Debbie Kinman, smiled with her court following the queen coronation at Saturday’s Patriot-Clarksburg game at Vevay gym. Debbie, a sophomore, was chosen queen over other contestants, Chandra Smith, junior; Faye McClurg, senior; and Becky Stewart, freshman.


Prices paid for burley tobacco at the opening auction sales on Tuesday broke all-time records. Sales were held in 26 markets in the eight state burley tobacco producing area for an overall average of more than $60 per hundred pounds. Last year’s average was $57.78. Sales were lighter than last year and not all warehouses were filled.

The 91st birthday of Mrs. Lillie Andrew was observed with a family dinner Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Goldie Thiebaud, with whom she resides.

Richard King of Bellevue, Kentucky, has been employed by the Vevay School Board to fill the teaching vacancy in the elementary school caused by the recent death of Herbert Wakefield.

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the Quercus Grove Methodist Church Sunday afternoon by Reverend E. E. Miller, when Miss Lois Mustain and Harry Waltz were united in marriage.


Dr. Robert Zink and family have moved from Madison to Vevay for residence and Dr. Zink expects to open his office in the Sieglitz building in Vevay on November 25th.

William Edward Cook of Quercus Grove and Marie Ryle Smith of Grant, Kentucky were married Saturday afternoon, November 16th, at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend R.C. McNeeley in Patriot.

Reverend John Asher, for many years a prominent minister in the Methodist Church here, died at his home in Medora, Indiana, on Tuesday, following an illness of about two weeks.

Augustus R. Hatton, 73, native of Switzerland County and a nationally known educator, died November 12th of a heart attack in Austin, Texas.

Miss Mildred Peaslee and Ray Aikens, both of near Versailles, were married Saturday, November 16th, at the home of Reverend L. S. Courtney, the officiating minister.

Born Saturday, November 16th, a son, James Milton, to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Miller.


William A. Bennett, aged 35 years, died at his home in Vevay Friday night, having been ill for some time past with heart trouble and complications. For several years Mr. Bennett had served as Superintendent of the Municipal Light and Water Company.

Miss Selma Uhlmansiek and Robert Blaine Ashcraft of near Patriot were married November 7th in the Presbyterian Church in Madison by Reverend Tidball.

Miss Aletha Leep of Vernon Ridge and Elmer Brown of Craig Township were married in Madison on Monday.

Born, a son, James Irvin, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Scott of Moorefield.

Born, November 13th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Emery of Posey Township.

Mary Johnson and William Cato of Aurora were married in Vevay Saturday by Reverend Leland Courtney.


The Reveille-Enterprise comes to its readers this week in an enlarged form, the pages being seven columns wide instead of six. During the past week the office has been equipped with a new Whitlock press and an Omaha folder attached to the press.

Dean Adams, route 1, Vevay, left Sunday afternoon for Indianapolis to inspect a lot which he won while a visitor at the state fair. A realty company was giving the lot away and Mr. Adams registered and then forgot the matter until he was notified he was the winner.

Harry W. Platt, aged 61, contractors who erected the old Reveille building, died in a Cincinnati hospital last week of injuries sustained when he fell 60 feet at the new Fountain theatre building being erected on Vine Street.

The word “Vevay” has been painted in large white letters on the roof of the Chatline warehouse on Ferry Street. This has been done by the government as a guide for airplane pilots carrying mail between Cleveland and Louisville.

Mrs. Amy Detraz and her daughter Mrs. Louise George will open their beauty shop in the Siebenthal home on Market Street next Friday.


H. P. Davidson, proprietor of the poultry and produce house on Ferry Street, is making extensive improvements in the business and when the work is completed Vevay will have an entirely new industry.

An epidemic of measles and chicken pox has caused the temporary closing of the Gullion school near Markland. There are 24 pupils in the school and last week 23 of them were ill at their homes. Teacher Phil Markland taught the remaining pupil one day and then closed down the school.

Miss Annabell Sigmon of Parks Ridge and William Jones of Madison were married November 15th in Madison.

Miss Della Ritchie and George L. Morris, both of Vevay, were married in Vevay last Thursday.

County Clerk Curry informs us that but 43 hunting licenses have been issued this year from June 11th to November 21st. Last year in the last 20 days of November, 64 hunting licenses were issued. Game wardens will be in the county this week and will investigate reports of people hunting without a license.

Della Wainscott of near Ghent and William Earl of Sanders were married in Vevay last Saturday by Reverend Hammel.

Born Sunday, November 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ora Gullion of Markland.

Born November 10th, a son, Lorin Elliott, to Howard Bailey and wife of Fairview.


Licensed to marry: Simon Rayl to Araminta Henry; William H. Detraz and Maggie Peters; John L. Ballard and Laura Hall; Benny Bingham and Maude Hughes; George W. Roberts and Nannie Siple; S. M. Tapp and Lazella Childers; F. M. Brandon and Della M. Lock; Harry Wilson and Stella Butcher; Tom Dangerfield and Emma Augburn; Charley Smith and Ova Bales; Albert Wainscott and Mattie Mason; Wilt Wize and Mary Rockhold; Frank Baker and Nora Couch; B. F. Potell and Lulu Couch; Elmer E. Ford and Maria Sanders; Ben McKay and Elva Stoops; Charles F. Tietz and Villa A. Martin; William H. Long and Stella O. Wiley; Alexander Harper and Gertrude Miles; J. E. Sullivan and Jessie Sebree; Robert Tait and Isadora L. Shadday; Isaac Wright and Emma Spillman.

Work is progressing on the bridge over Bryant’s Creek and W. S. Humphrey, trustee of Posey Township, is opening a new road through Egypt Bottom to Patriot.

William H. Long of Sugar Branch and Miss Stella Wiley of near Vevay were married yesterday evening by Reverend R. A. Kemp.


Married in Florence November 11th by Reverend John Mullen, Miss Mary Ann Pendleton and John T. Gullion.

Married in Louisville, Kentucky, November 21st, Miss Elizabeth Carson of that city to William Norisez of Vevay.

Married by Reverend William H. Gleason, Mrs. Ninerva Gaudin to Charles Bosaw.

On Thursday afternoon Mrs. John Breden was fatally burned when her clothing caught fire in her home. She ran to the home of a neighbor, Perry Raymond, where Mrs. Raymond and William Graham smothered the flames. She lingered until Saturday.

Shuff and O’Neal have opened a cooper shop on Walnut Street.