Reflections of the Past for 2/17/05


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


Katie Goddard, Emily Smither, Joei Gray and Heather Hewitt from Jefferson-Craig Elementary School were named to the Indiana Honors Choir. Only 105 students from around the state were chosen to perform.

The Vevay Park Board has been awarded a $42,747 grant from the Paul Ogle Foundation in Jeffersonville to fund several projects needed to complete the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park at the foot of Ferry Street. One of the major additions to the park will be a soccer field. The Foundation has provided funding for the preparation and equipment needed for the field. Additional approved funding will go toward purchasing trees and other plants, and a new sign designating the park as the “Paul W. Ogle Riverfront Park” at the entrance. The grant also provides for other items as well.

It is for certain that the burley tobacco quota will increase to a full 2.0 percent The quota increase will have a very positive impact here in Switzerland County, Chuck Deputy of the Farm Service Agency said.


Zula Madison, one of Vevay’s most well-known citizens, marked her 90th birthday on February 2nd. Better known as “Zulie”, she has owned and operated small groceries the better part of her life. On Sunday, February 3rd, 65 friends and family members gathered at the Community Building in Vevay to help celebrate despite heavy snow and below zero temperatures.

Switzerland County coach Otha Smith said it was a courageous call. Southwestern coach Larry Miller thought it was lousy. It was definitely controversial, but it allowed the Pacers to win 65-63 in regulation. The next thing that happened decided the fate of the game. A foul was whistled on Southwestern. But the final buzzer sounded. The question was did the call become before or after the buzzer had sounded. It was decided the foul was called just as the buzzer sounded. So Mark Robbins went to the foul line for Switzerland County and hit two shots to seal the win.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Heath, route 3, Vevay, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday, February 20th.


Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rowlison, route 3 Madison, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheri Lin, to Charles N. Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Adams, route 3 Vevay.

Marine Pvt. James E. Garland. son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Garland of route 1, Bennington, graduated from recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, South Carolina.

Vevay’s crack American Legion basketball teams is one of two clubs left unbeaten after the first two rounds of a Legion basketball tournament being held in Vevay. The local Legion five blasted Rising Sun 100-65 Sunday with Wayne Ellegood and Denny Bowling leading the way, scoring 22 points and 20 points, respectively. Paul Messmore and Kenny Turner added 18 each for Vevay, while Charlie Peters tossed in 13, Donnie Leap, 4, Randy Brown, 3, and Dennis Kramer 2. Vevay moves into the winners’ bracket against Seymour, also unbeaten, on February 23rd.

Zula Madison gets around. In the last year or so, she’s traveled to Texas and Oklahoma on trips. And she’s a frequent visitor to Columbus and Kokomo, where there are friends and relatives. And she likes to play cards — and just be with her friends. And on Sunday of last week, Mrs. Madison celebrated her 80th birthday, the way she likes to celebrate, with her family and friends there to help her.

Miss Rita Morton was presented to Good Citizenship Award by the Swiss Vineyard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rita is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morton, of Pleasant.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Sigmon will observe their 60th wedding anniversary next Thursday, February 20th, at their home near Moorefield.


Switzerland Baptist Church was the scene Friday evening for the wedding of Miss Juanita Dawn Boggs and Sgt. Lawrence Dillon Elston. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boggs and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Elston.

Dow Corning Corporation of Midland, Michigan, manufacturer of silicon products and semi-conductor silicon has announced plans to build a $19 million plant in Carroll County, Kentucky, near Ghent. Construction will begin next summer. Officials expect to have the plant operating in early 1967.

Construction of a building to house a new Swiss Valley Lumber Company in east Vevay will begin shortly, Ralph Ritch announced this week.

Patriot drew Moores Hill and Coach John Nichols is happy, but Vevay drew Lawrenceburg, and Coach Stan Weber is unhappy as a result of sectional airings Wednesday.


Barbara Baldwin and Janet Patterson from the Patriot Senior Class, and Janet Wagner and Evelyn Koons from the Junior class were in Indianapolis last Wednesday at the invitation of Representative Ralph Dunbar, where they served as Pages in the House for the day. They were the luncheon guests of Mr. Dunbar.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a large, new stock barn on the Earl J. Copeland farm near Cross Plains Monday morning, resulting in heavy loss to the owner.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Walker, Bowling Green, Kentucky, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Lynn to Mr. Graham Griswold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griswold of this county. The marriage took place in the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Tennessee, on February 1st.


Work has been resumed on the Swiss Inn after a lay off of about 3 months.

Lieutenant Robert N. Torrance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Torrance, B-17 pilot, previously reported missing in action is now officially listed as dead.

T. Sgt. Halstead E. Pavy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in France.

Miss Marjorie Reed and Eugene Olds were married Wednesday; February 14th at the home of the groom’s parents by Reverend Walter Peters.


Julian Lamson and Son, men’s clothiers, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their business here.

Born, Saturday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smith of Moorefield.

Born, February 10th, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McKenzie of Hopewell.

Emerson Crandell of Moorefield and Miss Evelyn Arney of Oolitic, Indiana, were married in Vevay, Sunday, by Reverend A.W. Jarboe.


Miss Gertrude Ricketts and Leland Moreillon were married in Vevay last Wednesday by Reverend F.E. Hammel.

Miss Eva O’Connel of Indianapolis and Wilford Dufour, formerly of this county were married in Indianapolis, January 24th.

The clerk of the steamer Kentucky started to hand wharfmaster John Baird $35 in paper money, Sunday morning, then the money dropped into the river. Efforts to recover it failed.

Miss Mary Scudder and Wilbur Fredenburgh, both of near Allensville, were married in Vevay, Saturday, by Reverend F.E. Hammel.


The Steamer Corker has been placed in the Warsaw-Madison trade to take the place of the recently destroyed Hattie Brown until the new Mail Line company’s boat is completed.

Born, February 12, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Evans of Goose Creek.

Harry Smith of Bascom and Miss Dora Beatty of East Enterprise were married in Vevay Wednesday.

Born Sunday, a son, David Ralph, to Mr. and Mrs. William Cushard of Posey township.


Vevay Rural Route 4 went into commission February 15th, with Edward S. Patton as the carrier at $702 per year.

The big planning mill of J.H. McDaniel and son, burned at Warsaw, Kentucky.

The river is full of grinding ice and many boats, barges and other craft are being lost.

Married near Mt. Sterling February 8th, Miss Lona Brindley and George Cole.

Married in Warsaw, Kentucky, February 8th, Orson P. Turner and Miss Alma Tinker, both of this East Enterprise community.

The home of Albert Fish near East Enterprise was totally destroyed by fire.


The Ohio River closed at Vevay last Friday and on Sunday pedestrians were crossing on the ice. Crowds of skaters were in evidence and on Monday several teams passed over the ice bridge between Vevay and Ghent.

Colonel W.L. Smith, retired merchant, formerly of Vevay, died in Carrollton, Kentucky February 6th after an illness of several weeks in the 68th year of his age.

In 1893 Quinn Howe, Bert Hagig, and Silas McHuron wrote a letter requesting the one who received it to answer. They then put it in a bottle and threw it in the Ohio River. A few days ago they received a letter from a person living in Mississippi. He had found the bottle in the Mississippi River and answered it.


Married February 11th, by Esquire David Lee, Miss Mary Drewy and George W. Jennings, both of this county.

Married February 10th, by Reverend John Mullen, Miss Sallie White and Jackson Land.
John Chatelin is advertising fresh coal.

James Morton sold his grocery here to Levi B. Christy.

Council adopted an ordinance to construct a sidewalk from the LeClerc House east to the Corporation Line.

Married on the 8th instant, by Reverend Benjamin Tevis, at the residence of the bride’s father, Lorenzo D. Daily, of Clark County, Indiana, to Miss Melisa A. Cane of Switzerland County.

There will be a ball given at the Odd Fellows Hall, Vevay, Indiana , on the evening of February 22nd. Tickets of admission $2, supper included.

The concert given at the court house last Tuesday evening for the benefit of the poor at this place was a complete success. The house was crowded and the performers acquitted themselves creditably.

Lieutenant Banta left this place Tuesday evening with seventy men enlisted from this county. Jefferson, Cotton, and York townships have filled their quotas. Pleasant is deficient 20, Posey 38, and Craig 15.