Reflections of the Past for 2/23/06


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


Galen R. Barnes, a native of Vevay and currently president and chief operating officer of the Wausau Insurane Companies, will become president of the Nationwide Insurance Enterprise in April of this year. The $58-billion Nationwide Enterprise is a network of companies engaged mainly ion personal and commercial insurance and long-term savings plans. Galen Barnes, 48, is a 1965 graduate of Vevay High School. He and his wife, June Ann, have two daughters, Angie and Peggy.

Stephanie Lynn Leap and Jason Lee Gregory, both graduates of Switzerland County High School, have earned the distinction of being included on the Founders Day Honors List at Indiana University in Bloomington. Stephanie is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Leap of near Mount Sterling. Jason is the son of Tony and Chrissie Gregory of near Patriot.

Garden ornaments by Vevay artist-metalsmith Jerry Wallin won a $100 Special Merit Award recently, and were chosen to be part of the “15 Collection” for the annual art auction held by Louisville’s Public Broadcasting Station.

Eslie Alford was honored as the Conservation Farmer of the Year at the annual meeting of the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District. Bob Tinker was presented with the Silver Star award at Friday night’s dinner. Vera McSwain of the SWCD board made the presentations.


Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rowlett of Vevay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 2nd. The surprise party was given by their children and was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rowlett.

Switzerland County forward Kristal Kelly has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Ohio River Valley Conference. She averaged over 24 points per game in leading the Lady Pacers to a 16-6 final record this season. She also helped lead Switzerland County to a sectional championship and into the Columbus North regional. Also making the ORVC’s All-Conference team was Lady Pacer Christy Griffin. She led the conference with more than 40 three-pointers this season.


Switzerland County had not beaten Madison High School for nine years, until Saturday night. It was a big victory for the Pacers, and the fans too. As much noise as there was in the gym, one would have thought it was the sectional, as Switzerland County hosted the Madison Cubs, defeating them 64-62.

Angie Mishler, 16, daughter of Carol Ann and Basil Armstrong, Patriot, will be one of two students from Indiana to spend two months in Japan this summer. She is a recipient of the Japan-U.S. Senate Scholarship Program of Youth for Understanding. This unique intercultural exchange program is funded by the government of Japan.

Bruce Hutcherson of Patriot won first place in the 9,200 pound modified tractors competition at the 1986 National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull held at Freedom Hall Coliseum at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. He took home a trophy and $1,600 in prize money.


Airman Warren R. Banta, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren R. Banta, of Vevay has been selected for technical training in the U.S. Air Force transportation field at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Airman Banta is a 1975 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Lorrie Carfield of Vevay has been named a district winner in the Miss Indiana Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition held last week in Bloomington. Miss Carfield, a junior at Switzerland County High School, represented the DECA chapter of the Southeastern Indiana Vocational School at Versailles of which she is a member. Miss Carfield is the daughter of James and Phyllis Carfield of Vevay.

Jay Farrar of Vevay has been named to the Registrar’s Roll of Honor for fall quarter at Ball State University in Muncie. A senior, he is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farrar of Vevay. He is majoring in music.

Switzerland County High School student Joyce Hamilton placed first in the accounting division of the annual District 12 Contest of the Office Education Association, held February 14th in Versailles for students of the Southeastern Indiana Vocational School.


Ted Watters, Switzerland County civic leader and president of Patriot Town Board and Patriot Water Company, died Tuesday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mr. and Mrs. Clore B. Marble of Chesterfield will observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday. The couple was wed in Vevay on March 1st, 1916 , by the Reverend Frank Hammel. Mrs. Marble is the former Miss Mabel Smoot.

Winners in a spelling bee at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School Monday were Diane Gridley, Vicki Otter, Julia Noel, Wilma Dickerson, Laura Sieglitz. The winners will participate in the Cincinnati Post and Times-Star area spelling contest.


Damage to the Dallas Motor Sales building in Vevay has been estimated at between $15,000 and $18,000 by the owner, Mr. Charles V. Stringfield, resulting from the fire that raged through the original part of the structure late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Ruination of parts stock by heat and water will amount to about $5,000, Mr. Stringfield informed this paper.

The determination of a fatigued team, and the strategy of a top-notch coach, gave Vevay High School its second straight sectional tourney crown Saturday night, as the Warriors nosed out a fighting Lawrenceburg five, 46-44.

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Eugene Turner of Tapps Ridge are the proud parents of a baby son born February 29th at the Madison hospital. The little boy weighed 6 pounds and is the first official Leap Year baby to date.


The country home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wentworth, located on Smith’s Ridge, was destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Homola.

Dale Benedict, prominent coal merchant of Vevay, died Tuesday morning after a lengthy period of ill health.

Professor Austin Funk, Superintendent of the Vevay Public Schools for the past six years, resigned his position here last week, to be effective at the close of the school year.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Krall this week became the new owners of the Vevay Grill, which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Marion Ackerman.


The diesel boat Lelia with two empty coal barges in tow was caught in a terrific wind at U.S. Dam 39 Wednesday afternoon and jammed against the upper guide wall. A large hole was born in her side and she immediately started to sink, being saved only temporarily by hanging up on the guide wall. The crew was taken off by employees at the Dam.

The Switzerland County Agricultural Fair Association completed its organization at a meeting held Tuesday evening and announced the first fair will be held in Vevay September 2nd to 5th.

Born, a daughter, Betty Jo, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bliton of Moorefield.

Davis McFarland and Mrs. Nettie Clements of Long Run were married in Madison Friday.

Born Tuesday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hysell of Quercus Grove.

The town mail carrier, Louis Teats, is wearing a new uniform of light gray trimmed in black.


John B. Ray, assistant Indiana State Fire Marshal, was in Vevay Tuesday and Wednesday and condemned seven buildings in Vevay. The Royal Theatre and the Vevay Opera House were ordered to make changes in the operator’s booth and exits. The spire on the Baptist Church was also ordered repaired or immediately torn down.

Miss Mary Ellen Haskell and Richard Roeder, both of Craig Township, were married February 27th in Madison by Reverend W.C. Marshall.

Due to the worst windstorm in recent years, Switzerland County was without mail delivery all day last Thursday because the Ohio River was too rough for the ferryboat to run. It was the first day that there had not been a mail delivery here since the winter of 1917-1918.

Born Saturday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clorin Mier of Bennington.

Born February 23rd, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Polland of Bennington.

Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Copeland moved to Madison Friday of this week where he will be connected with the hospital.


The flashlight stolen when the Jaynes grocery store was burglarized three weeks ago was found last week by Leo Day, young son of Dan Day. The light was found in the Ohio River near the apron of the wharfboat.

The steamer Vim, running between Madison and Warsaw, is getting to be a joke. Three weeks in succession she has broken down and has had to undergo repairs. The Vim laid up at Madison last Wednesday for repairs and the Lord only knows when she will be out again.

Postmaster Ernest Griffith has placed a ban on skating in the post office and has posted a card on the front door of the office notifying the skaters.

Casper Clendenning and Miss Lulu Chittenden, both of Markland, were married in Madison last week by Reverend E. A. Lower.

Reverend Walter Mains, this week, acting for the Vevay Christian Church, purchased the Vevay Universalist Church for the sum of $2,250. An active campaign will now be made to raise funds to pay off the indebtedness.

Guy Fancher and Miss Sarah Merrill, both of the Florence community, were married last Thursday in Warsaw, Kentucky.

A horse belonging to Russell Bennett of Craig Township ran away in Vevay one night last week, completely demolishing the buggy to which it was hitched.

Clore Marble and Miss Mabel Smoots, both of near Cole’s Corner, were married in Vevay Wednesday evening by Reverend Hammel at his residence.


Miss Leo Bakes and William O. Protsman, both of near Mount Sterling, were married Tuesday evening, February 18th, at the home of the bride’s parents by Reverend Charles Lee.

Miss Lenora Estelle Tardy of Vevay and John Lukens of Wilmington, Ohio, were united in marriage Wednesday evening at the home of the bride’s parents by Reverend W. E. Morris.

A barge loaded with railroad iron, towed by the steamer Wash Honsell, stuck on Craig’s bar yesterday. Captain Rowlins came up to Vevay yesterday and got 40 men to transfer iron to lighten the barge, but up until 9 o’clock last night they had not succeeded in getting it off.

Born Tuesday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Givens, of Florence.

Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Carver on Hominy Ridge. Sunday evening, John M. Scott and Miss Mayme Siebenthal by Reverend Julius Vallprect.

John Mehrhoff and Miss Lizzie Beckman were married Tuesday, February 25th, at the home of the bride’s parents on Pleasant Ridge by Reverend Julius Vallprect.

August Brameier and Miss Lulu Gritschow, both of near Florence, were married by Reverend Vallprect Thursday, February 27th, at the home of the bride’s parents.

Licensed to marry: Charles C. Icunogle and Sarah Douglas; Fred Oakley and Maud E. James.


There will be a meeting of the members of the County Council of Patrons of Husbandry at East Enterprise Saturday, March 11th.

W.R. Johnson is sick.

Martin G. Keeney has removed from York Township to Vevay.

Dr. J. W. Baxter is in Cincinnati attending the annual meeting of the Mississippi Valley Dental Association.

L. Bledsoe and wife of Florence recently visited in Washington, D.C.

Last Tuesday night the warehouse of Bruce Lamson in Craig Township was destroyed by fire. It contained a lot of onions, onion sets, potatoes, farming implements, etc., which were also consumed by the blaze.

Married at the residence of the bride’s parents in Craig Township February 24th by Reverend I. Warn beagle, Mr. Fred Blumer of Iowa and Miss Magdalena Stucy.

We have on exhibition in the Reveille office, probably the first churn made in Switzerland County. It was made in 1804 by John Daniel Morerod.

The Centennial Tea Party at the Methodist Church demands more than a passing notice. The Martha Washington of the evening, Mrs. David Armstrong, was greatly admired. Mrs. Fisk sang with great feeling, “The Grave of Washington.”

Recently R. A. Harris of York Township purchased 13 hogs from two men for $45. Several days later William Clevenger, who lives near Center Square, claimed them. The men who took the hogs have not since been heard of.


A woolen mill is about to be built at Aurora.

Two flatboats loaded with hay and owned by Hall and Lindley and Henry McMackin sunk at Memphis a few days ago.

During the last three months 1,000 deer have been killed in Van Buren County, Michigan.

People along the river are preparing for a great flood as the ice is running out with the river rising.