Reflections of the Past for 2/3/05


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


About 5,800 students, including three from Switzerland County, were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Purdue University. Those from Switzerland County include: Amy Jean Haskell of Vevay who is studying education; Stephen A. Miller of Vevay who is studying forestry; and Leah Swan Wood of Worth Cole Road who was honored in agriculture.

Jennifer Dawn Weales and Noel Christopher Bostic were married Friday evening, December 30th, at the First Baptist Church in Madison. Jennifer is the daughter of Rick and Cheri Weales of Vevay. Noel is the son of Mike and Connie Young of Connersville.

Jeanne Matthews of Switzerland County High School is among 10 Indiana high school seniors selected recently to receive the Indiana Vocational Education Award for Excellence.


Dena Renee Alford, route 1, Vevay, received her Bachelor of Science degree in consumer and family science at Purdue University on December 22nd. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eslie Alford.

Paul Dwayne Curlin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in science from Purdue University December 22nd. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul V. Curlin, route 3, Vevay.
The Switzerland County Pacer freshman basketball team captured the Ohio River Valley Conference freshman tournament last week in Milan.


Rae Jean Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Johnson of Vevay and a junior at Switzerland County High School, will be touring Europe from July 15 to August 4 with the 1980 European Concert Tour of the American Musical Ambassadors. Her invitation to participate arose out of her recent performance in the Indiana State Solo Contest. The tour will visit France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, and England.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary Thursday evening January 24th in the recreation room at Switzer Square.

A special meeting of the Switzerland County Rescue Squad was held at the public library Tuesday night to determine whether or not the squad could continue to offer emergency services to Switzerland County. The problem is money. In 1978, the county contributed $25,000 to the running of the squad. In 1979, that amount was cut to $15,000 and now, according to Floyd Wiltz, an emergency medical technician, employed full time by the squad, the county wants to cut back its contribution even further.


Grover Thomson was reappointed superintendent of Vevay’s municipal water and sewage department and Chester Callis was reappointed town attorney as Vevay Town Board made its 1970 job appointments.

Miss Cheryl Lynn Thornton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thornton of route 1, Cross Plains, and Barry Keith Valentine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Valentine of route 1, Bennington, have traveled to Midwest City, Oklahoma, after their recent wedding.

W. R. Houze was elected bank president at the annual stockholders meeting of East Enterprise State Bank January 17th with all 1970 officers being elected.

James T. Fancher Jr., was inducted into the U.S. Army Tuesday at the Army’s Louisville induction center, according to Mrs. Lucille Pommerehn, manager of Switzerland County’s Selective Service office. Also going to the induction center for an initial physical examination was James E. Brogan.

Mr. and Mrs. George Hobbs of route 2, Rising Sun, have announced the engagement of their granddaughter, Mona Devon Hutton, to Donald Edwin Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Cook of Rising Sun.


Vevay Presbyterian Church recently received a bequest of $5,000 from the estate of the late Mrs. Alma Dufour Harris of San Francisco, California, who died May 14, 1958. She was the great-granddaughter of Jean Jaques Dufour, the leader of the French-Swiss family that founded Vevay.

Mrs. Pearl Gridley has been called to Rushville by the birth of a son on January 28th to her son, James Gridley, and Mrs. Gridley. The baby has been named James Dumont in honor of Dumont Wright of Vevay, childhood friend of Mr. Gridley, who gave his life in World War II.


J.C. Southworth, owner of the Ferry Street Package Store, has assumed management of the business. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Danner, whose lease of the concern has reached expiration date, have made no immediate plans for the future.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Rieman of East Enterprise announce the birth of a baby son, Renny Lee, who was born at Margaret-Mary Hospital in Batesville on January 24th. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.


Charles M. Burke, well known shoe cobbler of the Florence community died at his home there Tuesday, January 30th.

Despite the higher temperatures recorded over Switzerland County during the past week the Ohio River for several hundred miles of its shore line continues to be blocked with huge cakes of ice. Last Sunday hundreds of people from this and surrounding communities walked across the river and at least one car made the trip safely.

Miss Ilean Foxworthy and Raymond Koons were married Saturday afternoon at the home of the officiating minister, the Reverend Robert McNeely.


Mrs. Elmer McKenzie of Indian Creek was painfully injured Thursday when she was kicked in the face by a horse she was attempting to put in the barn. Mrs. McKenzie had been caring for the livestock during the illness of her husband.

John Heady, who has been acting as pilot on the government towboat Scioto, has been promoted to the position of captain.

The unusually cold weather of the past week has killed peach buds in Switzerland County.

Miss Doris Bunger of Quercus Grove, now a student nurse at Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis, was married January 2nd in Chicago to Robert Thayer of that city. The groom is a medical student.

A 10-pound daughter was born January 20th, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Leatherbury of Braytown.

A 9-pound son was born January 25th, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brown of Log Lick.

Lewis Dupraz has gone to Madison where he will be a pharmacist in Roger’s Drug Store.


At a meeting of the city council and the county commissioners Monday, a contract for grading the town hill was let to Irvin Lock.

A runaway team owned by L.P. Rous of Vevay caused quite a lot of excitement Monday when it made a mad race down Main Street. The wagon crashed into a buggy in front of the Lamson Clothing Store and ran up on the sidewalk scattering a group of men in front of the Teats confectionery. Turning into the alley by the Danglade store they flattened out an iron pole holding an eave trough and were finally caught by Howard Montanye.

Mrs. Mary A. Mennett celebrated her 98th birthday January 29th at her home here.

William J. Hamilton, secretary of the Public Library Commission of Indiana inspected the local library last week and reported it in excellent condition. Miss Harriet Turner is the librarian.
Miss Mildred Leap and Howard Peters of Parks Ridge were married by the Reverend William Taylor at the Methodist parsonage Sunday afternoon.

Wesley Valentine of Bennington lost a valuable cow last week to due to the sleet. The cow slipped into a pool of water head first and was drowned.
A son was born January 31st to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Houze of Craig Township.


Thomas E. Kincaid is the new postmaster of Vevay. Wallace Tilley remains as assistant postmaster and Miss Mary Lamson as clerk.

Henry Wallick, aged about 84 years, died at his home in this county Tuesday. For many years he was a mail carrier between Vevay and East Enterprise.

Miss Maud Mead and G.E. Ivergen were married in Bloomington, Illinois last Monday.

Born to Edgar Siebenthal and wife of Florence Tuesday night, a girl.


Bruce D. Scott last Saturday received his appointment as postmaster at Moorefield.

Married: Benjamin F. Closser to Sarah E. Childers, by Squire Daily.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Newton Van Osdol of Jay, a son.


One thousand people were killed on the railroads in the country last year. In Europe the number did not exceed 100 for the year.

During the recent protracted meeting held at the Baptist church there have been 22 additions.

Mr. Salve’s house caught on fire Monday but was extinguished without much damage.

At Ghent Tuesday night, James Bulnot was stabbed by Robert Smiley and died a few days later.