Reflections of the Past for 5/18/2006


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


Switzerland County residents will have the opportunity to tour the county’s newest health clinic during an open house planned for this Saturday. The Switzerland County Nurse-Managed Clinic, a new clinic created here through a state grant, will hold an open house to display its new offices this Saturday, May 18th. The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the offices, which are located along with County Health Department offices at 803 East Main Street.

Chris Yocum collected a total of $170 to be recognized as the boy who raised the most pledges in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital bike-a-thon held recently in Vevay. Crystal Jennings collected more donations than any other girl participating in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital bike-a-thon held recently in Vevay. A total of $2,414 was raised through the children’s efforts.

James Calvin Donnellon, formerly of Switzerland County, will graduate from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, June 5th. The ceremony will be held at the Shoemaker Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. He is the son of Debi Donnellon of Vevay and Jim Donnellon of Bright, Indiana. His grandparents are Ada Aldred of Vevay and the late Robert C. Aldred; and Robert and Irma Donnellon of Western Hills near Cincinnati.


Bryan O’Connor, grandson of Gladys Moreillon of Switzer Square in Vevay is scheduled to head into space again May 22nd, this time on the Space Shuttle “Columbia.” O’Connor will be the Mission Commander on the life science research mission named STS-40. He was the pilot of the space Shuttle “Atlantis” during its mission in January of 1985.

Barbara Firth, daughter of Charles and Judy Firth of route 2, Vevay, graduated May 11th from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.

Deaths this week: Lucy M. Bunger, Cleon Carf, Reverend George S. Gurley, Helene Lock, and Elva Vernon.


Switzerland County athletes Michelle Raisor and Lynn Bovard each earned a trip to the Greenwood girls’ track regional following their performances Tuesday in the East Central sectional. Raisor will be making her fourth consecutive trip to the regional as she was first in the 100-meter low hurdles in 15.3; second in the 300-meter low hurdles in 47.8; and third in the long jump at 15-9. Lynn Bovard was second in the high jump at 5-1.

The Reverend and Mrs. Herman Brown of Memphis, Indiana, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Jayna Carol Brown to Mr. John Franklin Spencer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Spencer of Vevay.

Airman Paul Bryan Hayes, son of Paul V. and Loretta M. Hayes of Vevay, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force security police specialist course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Craig of Vevay will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in June. They were married on June 6th, 1936. there will be an open house at the Historical Building in Rising Sun on June 8th.


Grace Aldred of Vevay was named first runner-up in the Area 12 Senior Citizens Queen Contest, held last Thursday at the Clifty Inn in Madison.

The Switzerland County High School baseball team moved its record to 12 wins and no losses in Ohio River Valley Conference play this past week by winning three games, two of them with last-inning rallies. The wins clinched the ORVC baseball title for SCHS.

Gary R. Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cook, Canaan, has graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. degree in humanities and social sciences, and education.

Mr. and Mrs. David Kelly, route 1, Rising Sun will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, June 6th, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the home of their grandson, Ricky Kelly, in Aberdeen, where the Kellys formerly resided.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas May, Jr., route 3, Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Susan Joyce, to David Lynn Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Brown, route 1, Vevay. The wedding will take place June 26th at 2:30 p.m. in the Switzerland Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the church.

John Edward McKay of Vevay was awarded the degree of doctor of jurisprudence Sunday, May 16th, in graduation ceremonies held at Valparaiso University. The degree was granted by the university’s School of Law. McKay is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert McKay of Vevay and is a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Randy Dickerson of Patriot leaves for the U.S. Marine base at Parris Island, South Carolina May 28th. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Dickerson of Patriot, he has signed up for a 6-year tour of duty with the Marines that will include training in heavy equipment operation and radio broadcasting. He is a 1975 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Miss Jama Lois Aldred and Robert Eugene Hayes were married Monday evening in a ceremony performed in the Mount Sterling Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Lois Aldred, route 2, Vevay, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Dorothy Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, and Alvin Hayes, Sanders, Kentucky.

Linda Brown, a seventh grade Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School student from Florence, has been declared the winner of the county’s “What Agriculture Means to Me” essay contest, sponsored by the local Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office. Miss Brown is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vernon Brown of Florence.

Dinah Lock of Vevay graduated from Ball State University’s School of Nursing Saturday, May 22nd, with a bachelor of science degree. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lock, Vevay, and is a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School.


Gala Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Simmons of rural route 1, Vevay, will be in a group of 32 outstanding Hoosier 4-H Club members leaving Indianapolis Sunday for a week-long, all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Miss Simmons and the others will be guests of Indiana’s Rural News, monthly publication of Indiana Statewide Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

East Enterprise Telephone Corporation, owning and operating East Enterprise’s telephone exchange, has been acquired by The United Telephone Company of Southern Indiana, Inc.

A 76-year-old Patriot man, James H. Buddenberg, died last Wednesday evening when he was trapped inside his burning home where he lived alone on the banks of an Ohio River embankment just east of Patriot.

Switzerland County’s April sales of U.S. Savings Bonds were $4,024, as compared with $3,255 for the corresponding period of last year.

Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce members presented boaters and campers in the area with a gift packet to welcome them to Switzerland County during the Memorial Day Extravaganza. A dance was also held in honor of the campers.


Dr. Ralph N. Tirey, former president of Indiana State Teacher’s College at Terre Haute, and one time superintendent of the Vevay Schools, addressed the Vevay High School Alumni Association meeting here Tuesday night, reminiscing on events during his seven years in this town.

Mr. Walter Lambert, of Tell City, Indiana, has been employed to teach music in the Vevay Schools for the next school year, according to an announcement from the office of the Superintendent.

Saturday will be circus day in Vevay when the local VFW presents the Lehmbeck Indoor circus for two shows, an evening and afternoon performance.


The resignation of Eugene Broadwell, Director of Switzerland County Welfare Department for the past 10 years, will become effective Saturday, June 1st. His place will be taken by Mrs. Russell Pickett who was recently appointed by the board to succeed him.

Notice of an award by the Indiana Traffic Safety Commission and the Indiana Traffic Safety Council to be presented to Switzerland County was made this week. The county was announced as the winner for 1945 among all counties in Indiana with less than 10,000 population.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Criswell of Moorefield.

Born, May 21st, a son, Alan Gayle, to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hearld of Posey Township.

Born, Monday, a son, Hershell Ray, to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Leatherbury of Pleasant Township.


Paul Rix has been engaged as manager of the new Ideal Ice Cream store, to be opened in the Klein building in Vevay Saturday by Estal Draut of Rising Sun.

The invasion of the 17-year locusts, scheduled for 1936, is well underway in Switzerland County and reports from various communities indicate that the supply is plentiful.

Dr. Clyde G. Culbertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Culbertson, has received a great honor in being given the first Annual Distinguished Service Award of the Indianapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce.

At the old fiddlers contest, sponsored by the local Knights of Pythias Lodge at the high school auditorium Tuesday night, Ed Sigmon was awarded first prize, Fred Hankins, second and Ernie Swango, third.

Dilver Benedict, young Vevay businessman, died at his home in Vevay Tuesday morning, having been in ill health for several years. Mr. Benedict was a teacher in the Vevay schools for a number of years, later being associated with H. N. Humphrey in owning and operating the Vevay Ice Company.

Minor Bakes, owner and manager of the Hoosier Theatre, is now completing the installation of new sound proof material in the building. When finished the acoustics of the room will be greatly improved.


In record breaking time, the Ohio River Telephone Company had its lines in Vevay operating last Thursday, exactly five days after their exchange had been destroyed by fire.

L. P. Rous had on display at the Sieglitz Jewelry store Tuesday a plate of the largest strawberries ever brought to Vevay. The largest berry measured 8 1/2 inches in circumference.

Twenty-three members of the 150 Field Artillery, stationed at Vevay, went to Indianapolis Sunday to act as guards at the Speedway races.


Miss Sallie Pickett has rented the Phoenix hotel building and reopened the hotel Tuesday.

The Vevay Creamery, owned by John Andrew, will suspend operations next Saturday night on account of lack of patronage.

James S. Wright, Vevay attorney, has been notified by James Goodrich, Republican nominee for Governor, of his appointment of Assistant Sergeant At Arms at the national convention.

A number of farmers delivered wool in Carrollton Saturday, receiving 40 cents per pound.

The eagle owned by Bill Heady was sold several days ago to the owners of the Cotton Blossom floating theatre.

Jonas Jennings, Cincinnati motion picture man, has been spending a few days in Vevay in an effort to rent one of the local theatres.


Melville Miller, 58, Civil War veteran of near Vevay died May 19th.

Miss Bess Heady who has been teaching in Connersville is visiting relatives here.

Tony Ferguson of Dayton, Ohio, is the guest of relatives. He is gaining quite a reputation as a lightweight fighter.

Paul, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lige Brindley, was badly bitten by a dog, which attacked him while he was playing on the sidewalk near his home.


A search party was dispatched last Monday night in the gasoline boat of Captain Ed Patton to look for Clarence Tait, Fred Bakes and Ed Lauten after the young men failed to return home from Warsaw where they had gone in a river skiff. Caught in a wind and rain storm on the return trip they sought refuge in a barn on the Kentucky side and their families feared that they had drowned.

Dr. J.W. Smith is attending the Indiana Institute of Homeopathy in Indianapolis where he presented a paper on diseases of the eye.


Frank M. Charlton who is practicing law at Lebanon, Indiana, is visiting his father Henry Charlton in Pleasant Township.

John P. Stewart of York Township has returned from a visit with friends in Peoria, Illinois.

Mrs. Benjamin F. Schenck and children have returned from Florida.

James Dyer has removed from Center Square to Jacksonville.

A. Carpenter has removed from Patriot to Center Square.

Painters have greatly improved the appearance of the interior of the LeClerc House.

Last Tuesday night burglars entered the residence of William Peters and stole $6 in cash from the pantaloons of Charles Peters.

Married at the residence of the officiating minister in Vevay May 30th by Reverend T. Warn Beagle, David C. Palmer and Sarah M. Lock.


Last Tuesday evening a spark from the steamer Argosy set fire to some flat boats loaded with hay. The boats belonged to U. P. Schenck and Sons and were valued at $2,700. Insured for $1,700.

Silas Farrell of Pleasant Township was killed on last Monday when he was thrown against a tree by a running team.