Reflections of the Past for 3/10/05


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


The Switzerland County community lost one of its true civic leaders last week with the death of Raymond P. “Ozzie” Osborn, Jr. Co-owner of Osborn’s Clothing Store with his father for nearly 40 years, Ozzie was remembered this week as a man who put his community before himself. He was a past president of the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the junior chamber of commerce, and served as the chairman for many downtown business promotions. He passed away Wednesday, March 1st, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison and was 67 years of age.

With a new influx of volunteers, the 1995 Swiss Wine Festival promises to be one of the biggest and best ever. When past chairman Randy Ricketts decided to step down after last year’s festival, the Switzerland County Lions Club was approached about the possibility of spearheading the festival. After some consideration, the club agreed to take over the coordination of the Swiss Wine Festival — naming Kirk Works as this year’s chairman.


It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Switzerland County Pacers as they marched into the South Dearborn Sectional with a regional berth on their minds, only to be turned back in the championship contest by the host Knights. The Pacers earned the right to play for the Sectional championship with a 61-48 win over conference foe Rising Sun in the opening round.

Switzerland County residents have been anxiously awaiting the warm weather that March brings, but had forgotten that march is also the “windy month.” A barn on the Claude and Doris Eads property near Mount Sterling was uplifted and thrown down a hill as well as trees downed. The barn was only just over a year old.

Leland and Gertrude Moreillon celebrated their 60th anniversary recently when friends gathered to throw them a surprise anniversary party.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles McMackin of Moorefield will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary next Sunday, March 10th, at an open house at the 4-H Community Building in Vevay.


Power basketball, with a capital P, is what it’s called. And the Pacers played it to perfection Saturday night. “Power basketball” means that when you have the ball, you take it with power to the basket. And when the other team has the ball, you keep them away, with power, from theirs. That’s what Switzerland County High School’s basketball team did at Lawrenceburg Saturday night, and it earned the Powerful Pacers a joyous ride back into town on a fire engine with the county’s first sectional championship in 17 years. The tourney title came with a tense, emotion-filled 50-47 overtime victory over Aurora, a team that had defeated the Pacers by 23 points earlier in the season, in the final game of the Lawrenceburg sectional.

Mr. and Mrs. William Carpenter of Mt. Sterling announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Deborah Lynn, to Mr. Galen Rayls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Rayls of Vevay. The wedding ceremony is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. March 22nd in the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.

Finding strong community support for a proposed low-cost rental housing project for senior citizens, the local committee in charge of that project made plans this week to see it through to completion. Nearly 125 survey forms have been filled out and returned by Switzerland County senior citizens, these survey forms indicating the people’s interest in and approval of the housing project.

Indiana State Highway Commission engineers have been busy the past two weeks redesigning the Markland bridge project, and it’s expected the project will be bid next month with a bid-opening date set soon for early May.


It was announced this week that all assets of the Southern Indiana Telephone Company Inc., Aurora, including its subsidiary, The Ohio River Telephone Company, Inc., Rising Sun were transferred to United Telephone Company of Southern Indiana, Inc., Warsaw, as of March 1st.

Miss Patricia Jane Callahan became the bride of Richard Young in a ceremony performed February 27th at the Immaculate Conception Church at Milhousen, Indiana. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Callahan of Westport and he is the son of Mrs. Cecil Young of Milhousen and the late Mr. Young.


Harry F. Shadday, veteran of World War I and a native of Switzerland County died in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Madison Sunday afternoon.

A baby daughter was born Sunday in the Madison hospital to Captain and Mrs. Don Mosley of U.S. Dam 39. She weighed 7 and one-third pounds and has been named Donna Jean.


Born, a son, Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webber of near Vevay.

One of Vevay’s oldest and largest dwelling properties did change hands last week when Clarence Wiseman purchased the Schenck house on the hill just off Turnpike Street.


At a recent stockholders meeting, Eugene Stoops, of Cotton Township, was elected president of the East Enterprise State Bank to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr. William Truitt.

Miss Louise Ackerman and Leon O’Day were married Saturday by Reverend Badgett.
The Green Lin has purchased the Cape Girardeau, Mississippi River Steamboat, for service on the Ohio River.. The boat will be rechristened the Gordon Green, after the late river man.

Born, a son, James Wesley Steven, to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Callahan of Pleasant Ridge.


Elmer Hess, route carrier out of the Bennington post office was painfully injured last week when a team of horses team of horses ran away.

The two-story residence occupied by Nathan McKay and family a short distance west of Lamb, was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon while the family was in Madison.
Born, Thursday, February 26th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Scudder.


Miss Edna Protsman and Tom Partain of route 1, Vevay, were married at the home f the officiating minister, Reverend F.E. Hammel, Wednesday evening. They then went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse P. Curry where they witnessed the nuptials of Miss Leo Protsman and Roy Lawton also solemnized by Reverend Hammel. Both young brides are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Protsman of Park’s Ridge.

Reverend Joseph Lindsay of Louisville, Kentucky, has accepted a call to fill the pulpit of the Presbyterian Church in Vevay.

Michael Konkle and wife of Pleasant Township celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding last Thursday.

Louie Rosenberger yesterday purchased the horse and dray of Ernie Jaynes and will conduct a regular transfer and drayage business in Vevay.

W.E. Floyd has purchased the grocery store of Paul Stepleton on Main Street in Vevay and will reopen in a few days.

Avery Graham and Miss Mearle Adams were married at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sullivan Wednesday evening by Reverend F.E. Hammel.

Ardie Kinder and Miss Lois Miles, both of Pleasant Township, were married in Rising Sun last week.

Born, a daughter, March 6th, to Mr. and Mrs. Elda Bowman of East Enterprise.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Courtney, of Markland.

Albert Smith of Markland will start a soft drink store at that place in about two weeks.


The rural carriers on Route 1 and 4 are driving 2 horses instead of one- bad roads.

Edward Cole of the regular Army is spending a furlough here.

Harry and Alvin Siefert purchased the barber shop of H.C. Sullivan here.

John B. Andrew was elected president of the Farmers Telephone Company here.
Henry Elfers is building a house near Allensville.

George Griswold bought the Wesley Chittenden property near Bennington for $1500.

A Patriot not “Persons hauling overweight loads on the streets here will be apprehended.
The old Patriot wharf boat is a dismantled wreck.

Aime Oak of near Sugar Branch sustained a broken leg when a tree fell on him.


The editor can swear in 37 different languages can’t do justice to the man that will borrow his neighbor’s paper and then cuss the editor because there wasn’t anything in it about him.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Newt Reede a nine pound son and to Mrs. Fannie Christman a big 12 pound girl.

Last Thursday the bids for considering works were opened and the contract let to Guild and White of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the sum of $15,500. While the contract calls for the work to be completed by August 1st, it is probable that it will be finished by July 1st.

Married by Reverend E.G. Seymour at the residence of Mrs. Phoebe J. Pendry Wednesday, February 27th, Jasper N. Pendry and Lizzie J. Brady, both of Switzerland County.


President Lincoln was inaugurated at 12 o’clock March 4th. The weather was clear and beautiful but on account of recent rains the streets were filled with mud. Despite this fact that crowd that assembled was exceedingly large.

Married on February 28th, at the residence of the bride’s father by Reverend William Long, Mr. Benjamin N. Davies to Miss Sara E. Rous.
Married on January 25th, by Reverend William Long, Mr. Webster Cotton and Claricia J, Dyer.
Married on March 7th by Reverend William Long, Charles W. Johnston and Miss Matilda L. Wainscott.