Reflections of the Past for 5/19/05


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


High school teacher Joy Briggs was honored for 35 years of teaching during last week’s teacher appreciation dinner. Bill Kindle, president of the teacher’s association, made the presentation.

Derrick Coy and Sarah Hickman were the winning riders in the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon held recently. Each collected more donations than any other rider. Kay Rook is the organizer of the event. In all, a total of $1,568 was raised for the charity which annually helps thousands of children with medical care who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Fenton Bunger will be held on Sunday, May 28th, at the First United Church of Christ, in Rising Sun.


Just when you thought it was safe to go back downtown, the biggest sales event in Switzerland County history returns! That’s right, due to the overwhelming response to the last Moonlight Madness held in September, Vevay Newspapers is proud to announce that they are sponsoring Moonlight Madness II next Friday evening, May 24th, beginning at 7 p.m. slow time.

The Switzerland County chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony last Wednesday evening, with 17 new members being sworn in by the old members.

Raymond and Shirley Scott of route 1, Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Connie, to David Christman, son of Ronald and Phyllis Christman of route 1, Bennington. The wedding will take place June 15th at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.

Kevin McSwain, son of Russell and Versa McSwain of Vevay, has graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in marketing and distribution. He is now employed by Service Merchandise in Florence, Kentucky, in the management training program.

Paul Curry was 90 years old on April 8th, 1985, and a pitch-in dinner was held in his honor by family and friends. Five generations present that day were: Paul Curry, son Clinton Curry, his granddaughter Hazel Jean Wilkerson, his great-grandson Mark Wilkerson, and his great-great-granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Wilkerson.


Deward Devers has been appointed to the Town of Vevay’s police force, chief Raymond Otter announced Tuesday. Devers replaces Garry Forwood on the police staff. Forwood resigned last week to become a deputy sheriff with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department.

David Paugh of Switzerland County is one of 870 students at Ball State University in Muncie to be named to the Registrar’s Roll of Honor for the Winter Quarter recently completed at BSU. Paugh is the son of Mrs. Mary Paugh, route 3, Vevay.

Ivor and Jane Reed of Pleasant will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house May 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Eugene Redwine, near Dillsboro on state road 62.


Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Knigga of Rising Sun have announced the engagement of their daughter, Beverly Jean, to Donald E. Tague, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Tague of rural route 2, Vevay. The wedding will take place July 10th at First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun with a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.

Seniors Pauline Turner and Max Werner were crowned king and queen of the annual Vevay High School Junior-Senior Prom. Juniors Lowell Sullivan and Joy Dunning did the crowning honors at the Friday night event at VHS gym.

John Snapp, 17, Vevay High School junior, has been chosen to attend a band clinic at Indiana University July 10th-18th. He was selected by Gamma Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Snapp of 601 West Main Street, Vevay.

County Commissioners and County Council have signed papers to order a go-ahead for plans to determine approximate costs and building factors in proposed construction of a Switzerland County nursing home.


The home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lamson, Vevay, route 4, formerly the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lamson, was chosen for sentimental reasons for the marriage of Joseph G. Lamson to Miss Marsha Tindle of Aurora Sunday evening. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Tindle of Aurora.

Charles B. Noble of Vevay has written a book of verse, “Poems Around the Calendar: Recitable Verse for Every Occasion,” published May 9th by Exposition Press, New York book publishers. (Price: $3.00).

A son was born Saturday, May 14th, at the Madison Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Varble of Vevay. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Vincent Ray.

The Roberts Grocery on Ferry Street of undergoing an extensive expansion program and when it is completed the store will be one of the largest in Vevay.

Lloyd Farrar, member of the Vevay Junior Chamber of Commerce, was selected vice president of the 10th district of the Indiana Jaycees at the state convention which was held at French Lick Friday and Saturday.


Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner, Emmett Michael.

The Vevay School Board has been fortunate in securing the services of Miss Gertrude Wahl, of Vevay, as Latin teacher in the high school.

According to word just received from the office of Price Administration, at Washington, local farmers may continue to slaughter meat for their own use without restrictions. Any farmer who wishes to sell or give away meat must obtain a permit.

Reverend A.D. Ellison, Jr., pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Concord and Vevay, was married to Miss Jean Wyrick of Louisville in a ceremony performed in that city Wednesday.

Miss Hazel Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Estal Long, formerly of Fairview, and Private Cloyce A. Ernest, U.S.M.C., Yorktown, Pennsylvania, were married Monday evening at the Methodist parsonage in Norwood, Ohio.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Krummel have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary Jo, to Reverend Robert Kelsey. The wedding will take place July 10th.

Mrs. Mary Jane Lyons, 85, widow of William Larry Lyons, died at her home in Vevay Sunday after a long illness.

Frederick K. Marshall, 78, died Friday at his home in Florence.

Organization of the Vevay Boy Scout troop is progressing under the direction of Edwin Downey, Scoutmaster. At the meeting Tuesday James Gridley and Jack Warren George were elected leaders of two patrols, Paul Rix, Scribe and Jack Sullivan, Jr., Bulger.

The Senior class of the Vevay High School held its annual banquet at the Schenck house Friday night with 45 members present.

Mrs. Russell Pickett, who has been teaching school the past winter at Carthage has returned to Vevay.

A six-pound son was born May 4th to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Detraz at the home of Mr. Detraz’s mother, Mrs. Mary Detraz.


Mr. and Mrs. James S. Wright and Dr. R.M. Copeland were initiated into the Eastern Star Lodge at Florence.

Married in Vevay, Miss Hazel Boone and Dilver Chase, both of near Florence.

Died in Connersville, Benjamin F. Thiebaud, 71, prominent banker there and native of this county.

Mrs. Lura Thiebaud was elected President of the 4th District Club Federation.

A lot of Vevay people are buying land in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Died in Madison, Captain Argus Van Osdol, husband of the late Miss Mary Henry of Vevay.

Tilley Pickett is a star pitcher on the Lawrenceburg baseball team.

Died in Elizabethtown, Illinois, James Nave, a native of Patriot.

Mitchel Detraz is advertising 6,000 cabbage plants at 15 cents per dozen.

Slawson & Stout are putting up a very intelligent argument for farmers to join the Farmers Union Cream Association here.


Miss Pauline Siebenthal of Vevay broke the world record in pole vaulting at Indiana University.

Died in Vevay Fred McKay, 23, a native of Lamb, Indiana.

Died on Tapps Ridge, Mrs. Phoebe Funk, 76. The sum of $725 was found in a trunk in her home.

Dr. L.H. Bear, County Health Officer, received the following compliment from the State Commissioner, “I do not know of any County Health Commissioner who has so well fulfilled the functions of his office as yourself.”

Died at her home near Vevay May 25th, Mrs. Sallie P. Danglade, 83, widow of Dr. T.M. Danglade.


Died in Nogales, Arizona, Joseph E. Hart, prominent citizen and former County Auditor.

Died at her home on West Main Street in Vevay May 12th, Dr. Hannah C. Rous, 51, prominent physician.

The Vevay Red Men celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the founding of the Lodge in Vevay.

The Steamer Cincinnati caught a new $100 rope in her wheel at the Madison wharf and she was laid up two hours getting it out.

The ferry Eva-Everett here, broke a piston and drifted down the river until rescued by the Steamer Avalon.

Married in Patriot May 17th, Miss Lena M. Wade and Frank W. Schroeder.

Isaiah Monroe was found dead near the home of Mr. Wolf on Pleasant Ridge, evidently from heart failure.

George Graham is building a stock barn at Mt. Sterling.

Harvey Jester was elected President of the Moorefield Cornet Band.

Died at Sugar Branch May 14th, Samuel Dennis, aged 79 years.


Last Sunday morning the beautiful Smithson Memorial Universalist Church building in Vevay was dedicated. No other church services were held in Vevay on that day so that members might participate in the dedication ceremonies.

Mr. Davis S. Dow started for Fresno, California, last Tuesday.

Mrs. Mary Scott Died May 9th at her home near Quercus Grove at the age of 83 years.

A number of physicians met in convention May 13th at the mayor’s office and organized the Switzerland County Medical Society with the following officers: president, D.L.J. Woollen, Vevay; vice president, Dr. Scott Culbertson, Moorefield; secretary, Dr. H.C. Rous, Vevay; treasurer, Dr. D.D. Van Osdol, Allensville; censors, Dr. T. T. Dalgleish, Vevay and Dr. H. Copeland, Bennington.

Died in Jefferson Township, Tuesday morning, May 7th, Rosette, wife of Jonas C. Lee, aged 61 years, 11 months and 7 days.

It has been suggested that the name of the town of East Enterprise be changed to Healthville in honor of the Revolutionary soldier, Daniel Heath, whose illustrious career has long been identified with that locality.


The barn of Christopher Carver, north of Florence, was destroyed by fire with a total loss of about $2,500 and with no insurance.

Vevay graduates in the ninth annual commencement here were Lela F. Baxter, Samuel Porter, Mary Kessler, T. Dick Archer and Mary G. Patton. Diplomas were conferred by Professor P.T. Hartford.

The M.E. Church in East Enterprise has been given three coats of white paint.

Switzerland County has 4,617 children between the ages of 6 and 21 years.

O.D. Fry is building a residence in Pleasant.

Died in Cole’s Corner, May 12th, Jacob Culp, respected citizen.

Sarah, oldest daughter of Jonathon Andrews, died in Ohio County.

Miss Margaret Thompson is preaching in the old Baptist Church (County Museum) here.

The Town Trustees of Vevay levied a special tax of 25 cents on each poll and a 25 cent tuition tax on citizens of the city.

Dr. J.F. May has his dental office in the LeClerc house here.

Married May 13th at the David Allen residence on Plum Creek by Reverend Gleason, Elizabeth Pickett to Christopher Waltz.

Died near Fairview May 14th, Miss Etta Gardner, aged 19 years.

Died at Lamb May 15th, George C. Ash, aged 60 years, member of the Good Templars.

There are 1904 children in Ohio County of which 60 are colored.


F.L. Grisard is building a three story brick building on the corner of Main and Ferry Streets.

A company of Germans have established a Steam Furniture Store on Ferry Street.

Thursday, June 1st, has been appointed as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer on the occasion of the death of President Lincoln. We learn that our businessmen have decided to suspend business from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. during which time religious services will be held in the churches of this place.

Died in Vevay May 12th, Mrs. Celecta A., wife of Reverend W.B. Linell, aged 69 years and 1 month.