Reflections of the Past for 2/2/2006


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


Michelle Donnell and Max Blodgett were crowned Queen and King of the 1996 Homecoming Saturday night during the Switzerland County-Milan game.

Torrey Curry, a freshman at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, is a member of the Tri-State men’s track and field team. He participates in the long jump, triple jump, 50-meter dash, and 200-meter dash for the team, which will travel to Spring Harbor, Michigan, this weekend for their conference meet. He is the son of Rick and Kim Curry of near Moorefield.

Travis Leap has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list at Vincennes University for the fall term. He compiled a 3.5 grade point average. He is the son of Billy Leap of Vevay and Donna Ritch of Lakeland, Florida.

Sisters Elizabeth and Gina Simon of Bennington have both been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Franklin College. They are the daughters of Dale and Mary Ann Simon.

Dale A. Dixon and family hosted the Dixon Christmas reunion on December 23rd at the Community Building in Vevay. The Dixons had one of the largest families in Switzerland County — and quite possibly the state. In 1956, they had 17 children at home.


The Switzerland County High School Academic traveling Team competed triumphantly at Carroll County High School Wednesday, January 23rd.

Melissa J. Scudder and Todd A. Murray were wed in a private ceremony on January 11th in a chapel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Melissa is the daughter of Eugene and Jeanie Scudder of near East Enterprise. She is in her last year of college and is working at Dow Corning construction site as a secretary. Todd is the son of Don and Pat Murray of Hartford City. He is employed with Jefferson Proving Ground as an electronics technician. They are residing in Madison.

Samantha L. Steelman, daughter of Julia Steelman of Union Street, has been named to the Montreat-Anderson College dean’s list. Steelman is a freshman at the college in Montreat, North Carolina.


Mr. and Mrs. David Hileman, Rockford, Ohio, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Peggy to Chris Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Riley of Vevay.

Jeff Smith is one of 154 students participating in a winter term internship program at Franklin College. The program places students in various businesses and institutions giving them a first-hand look at what a job in their field of study would entail. He is the son of Russell E. and Kay Smith of route 1, Bennington.

Debra D. Smith of Bennington was one of the 185 students at Hanover College named to the Dean’s List for the fall term. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Smith of route 1, Bennington.


They made it official Monday — a power plant is planned for Switzerland County’s Mexico Bottom. A group of top-level executives from the Indianapolis Power & Light Company came to Vevay to make the formal announcement of their plans for the project, the major details of which were disclosed in this newspaper last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Nowakowski, now of Madison and formerly of Florence, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Thursday, February 5th. They were married in Germany in 1926.

Marriage vows were exchanged by Miss Cassandra McCrory and Richard S. Cole, both of Bloomington, on December 27th in the First Mennonite Church. Parents of the bride are Dr. and Mrs. James G. McCrory of Berne and parents of the bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs. Cogley G. Cole, Jr., of Vevay.

Miss Lynn Eileen Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William David Smith of Liberty, was joined in marriage to Frederick Ballou Nester, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Nester on Saturday, January 17th. The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Patterson of Florence and Mr. and Mrs. Russell H. Smith of near Fairview.


Nobody was trying to get close to the curbs Wednesday morning in Vevay as 14 inches of snow made a trap for the unwary motorist who ventured far off the middle of the highway. The snow was one of the largest in the past 50 years and brought local activity and business to a standstill.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hughes of rural route 2, Rising sun, are the parents of a 6 pound, 3 ounce baby girl born January 20th at Dearborn County Hospital. The child has been named Melissa Kay. She has two sisters, Marlene and Marsha. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Reese of Patriot and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hughes of Vevay.

Private Robert N. Hall, Jr., whose parents live on rural route 4, Vevay, completed an ammunition records course at the Army Missile and Munitions School at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, January 21st.


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Haskell spent Saturday in Lafayette, Indiana. They were accompanied home by their daughter, Kay Haskell, who has been a student at Purdue University. Miss Haskell recently graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the University and received a distinguished student rating each semester.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Noel of Vevay are the proud parents of a baby girl born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville Monday, January 30th. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 1/2 ounces and has been named Julia Ellen. Mrs. Bertha Noel and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Risk of Vevay are grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Koester of Markland are great-grandparents.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Peters of Patriot have a baby daughter born Saturday, January 28th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She has been named Cynthia Ann and she tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Peters of Tapps Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bailey of Harrison, Ohio.


Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ellis celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Willard Wiseman of near Vevay.

A baby son was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Benedict of Vevay.


Automobiles driven by Howard Allen and John Butters collided at the intersection of Pike and Vineyard streets Tuesday evening, resulting in considerable damage to the Butters car.

Melvin Hammel, clerk in the Vevay Kroger Store, sustained painful injuries to his head and arm, when his car skidded on the icy road and turned over three times.

Announcements have been received by relatives here of the marriage of Miss Lillian Burkhart to Mr. Walter J. Holhmeister at the Holy Family Church in Cincinnati on February 5th.

Jean, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Humphrey, sustained a cut forehead Wednesday afternoon while coasting.

John Carlton and Anna Katherine Gray, all of Craig Township, were married by Reverend Leland Courtney at the County Auditor’s office on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Jack Lindenburn, a well known river captain and pilot, died suddenly at his home in Newport, Kentucky last week.

James Sutherland and Bernice Lee Hecks, both of Carroll County, were married by Reverend Leland Courtney Saturday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roberts Friday night, a 7 1/2 pound son. the young man has been named Billy Lee.

All river traffic was suspended January 26th as the Ohio River was filled with heavy ice floes.


Trouncing three teams, Milan, Osgood and Aurora in rapid succession, the Vevay High School basketball team won the invitational tourney at Aurora Saturday.

The office of Dr. Clarence Shaw in Patriot was burglarized of a quantity of narcotics Monday night.

Mrs. Mary Hall, widow of Jonas Hall, moved recently from East Enterprise to the home of her son, Dr. Wesley Hall in Rising Sun.

Armand Dibble, William Fuller and Richard Trinkle were given the third degree by the Vevay K. of P. Lodge Monday night.

Emmett Danner who is attending New Albany Business College spent the weekend at his home here.


Leslie Littlefield was appointed rural mail carrier on Vevay, route 2.

Ed Findley and wife announce the arrival of a new son.

Albert Beckman, Jr., was given the contract to build the McCreary’s Ridge Road at a cost of $9,840.

The river gauge now stands at 51 feet.

Reverend Walter Mains is the new minister of the Vevay Christian Church. He is a native of this county.

Tobacco sales are averaging $10.75 per hundred pounds.

Married here by Reverend Hammel, Hezzie K. Satterfield and Miss Dora B. Shelley.


John Shepherd of Cotton Township, aged 75, was burned to death at his home when it was destroyed by fire.

James Joyce was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting of Jesse Harper. The trial cost the county $1,895.65.

Dr. Clarence Shaw has located in Rising Sun.

Captain M. L. Hissem is commanding the steamboat Bonanza in the trade here.

Dr. Fred Bakes visited his parents near Jacksonville while en route to Mexico.

John Swango was elected road supervisor of the Mount Sterling District.

Florence Bradford won the popularity contest conducted by the Reveille.

C. D. Green was elected Worshipful Master of the Patriot Masonic Lodge.

F. M. Long of Sugar Branch was appointed deputy prosecuting attorney.


The store of C. O. Potter in East enterprise was robbed of $125 and two horses were stolen from the barn of Ed Sanders, December 7th, by five strange men who visited the community. The horses and buggy owned by Mr. Sanders were later found abandoned in Aurora.

The members of the Moorefield football team lost their ball recently when “after spinning on its mad career through the air, it descended into a briar patch, receiving injuries beyond redemption.”

The people of Moorefield are pushing the enterprise of having a telephone connection with Vevay.


One of the most alarming of the social evils of the present day, says the Washington Chronicle , is the almost complete surrender of the average woman to showy dressing.

W. G. Krutz and Andrew Stoops of Florence are buying large quantities of timber in York Township for the purpose of shipping East.

The firm of Bledsoe and Beymer at Florence recently shipped over 200 barrels of potatoes South.

Married at the home of the bride in Vevay February 2nd by Reverend E. G. Wood of Moores Hill, Thomas J. Griffith to Miss Mary E. Knox, both of Vevay.

Preparations are being made to organize a Loan and Building Association in Vevay.

Charles Green is receiving subscriptions in the Enterprise.

The first centennial baby was born in Vevay February 5th. His name is John Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Bedford Thiebaud are his parents.

Last Tuesday evening Amie, son of George Oakley of Vevay, received a broken leg when he was knocked down by a sack of meal which his father was carrying from the mill. Mr. Oakley slipped and fell and the meal was thrown against his son, knocking him down.