Reflections of the Past for 5/25/2006


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


On hand for the opening of the new Nurse-Assisted clinic in Vevay Saturday were Betty Lucas of the Switzerland County Health Department; Dr. Hazel Cutter of the Indiana State Department of Health; nurse Teresa Fuller; Rita Sullivan of the Health Department; and nurse practitioner Sally Kinghorn.

The Patriot Alumni Association will hold its 103rd annual meeting at the Switzerland County Elementary School this Saturday evening, May 25th. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. slow time.

Switzerland County Pacer Jason Wiesmann has announced that he intends to enroll in Franklin College this fall and play basketball for the Grizzlies. The son of Ron and Eileen Wiesmann of near Allensville, Jason was the leading scorer for the Pacers this season, and was named to the all conference team for the second straight year.


Donna R. Steuver and Gene Crabtree have announced their engagement and approaching wedding. The wedding will be held Saturday, June 8th, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.

The 98th Patriot Alumni will meet Saturday, May 25th, at Switzerland County Elementary School near East Enterprise.


Kevin Lock and Kirk Works, 1982 graduates of Switzerland County High School, are each the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the U.P. Schenck Memorial Trust. Lock is the son of Ronald and Marianne Lock of Vevay. Works is the son of Tommie and Rita Works of Vevay.

Private Michael S. Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Edwards of Vevay, has completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Timothy J. Bosworth of Fairview received a bachelor of science degree with a major in mathematics at Valdosta (Georgia) State College Saturday, June 7th.

Kokomo High School senior Shanda Beach has received a $1,000 National Honor Society scholarship, which is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the L.G. Balfour Foundation. Shanda is the daughter of Lanny and Carolyn Beach of Kokomo and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner of Vevay.


The Randall Company celebrated its first decade of operations in Switzerland County last week by announcing plans to expand its Vevay plant. Announcement of the expansion was made Friday night at a dinner meeting in Cincinnati hosted by Randall for a group of local civic leaders that included Joe Ricketts, Raymond Osborn, Jr., Lloyd Farrar, Ralph Tilley and Ed James.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Davis, route 4, Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Nancy Jane, to Mr. Glen Paugh, son of Mrs. Mary Paugh, route 3, Vevay. The wedding ceremony will be held Friday, June 25th, at 7 p.m. in the Mount Sterling Baptist Church.

Fire destroyed the former Parkview Market building and a pool room next door in Rising Sun early Thursday morning. Damage was estimated at $100,000. Arson was suspected by investigating authorities.

Mrs. Judith Stivers of Patriot has been named to membership in the Indiana University chapter of Mortar Board, an honorary organization for outstanding upperclass students at IU.

Julia Janes of Vevay has been named to the spring semester honor roll at Indiana State University in recognition of her outstanding academic performance at ISU.

Brian Kloss and Terry Turner of Switzerland County High School’s 1975-76 basketball team have been named to the Tri-County All-Star team that will play in the 23rd annual Ripley County 40 & 8 All-Star Basketball Benefit.

Cadet Martin Heath of near Mount Sterling received the American Veterans of World War II Award for diligence in the discharge of duties and the willingness to serve both God and Country from Colonel Jack Mayer, professor of military science at the University of Wyoming. Heath, enrolled in the UW College of Agriculture, also received the National Sojourners Award. He is the son of James David and Virginia Heath.


Three students from Switzerland County are on the list of some 4,853 graduates scheduled to receive degrees in Bloomington Monday at Indiana University’s commencement program. Receiving bachelor of arts degrees will be Miss Gaye Scudder of Florence; Mrs. Linda Roberts Boyd of Vevay, also in English; and Michael Ryan of Vevay, in chemistry.

An early morning fire gutted Self-Service Laundry Monday and momentarily threatened the entire south side of Vevay’s Main Street business block before firemen arrived to bring the blaze under control. Grover Thompson, Vevay fire chief, said that owner Denver Dorrell estimated the value of his equipment at $35,000.

Timothy P. Truitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Truitt of 212 East Jackson Street, Vevay, received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering Sunday as he graduated “with distinction” from Purdue University. Also receiving bachelor degrees were Elweyn C. Blodgett of route 1, Vevay, in aeronautical engineering; and Samuel Boyce Stamper of Patriot, in forestry.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Benett of route 1, Milan, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 19th with an open house at their home in Pierceville.

William Barry Frazier has graduated from United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville and is now employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation Defense Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as reliability technician in underseas exploration. He is the son of William and Marjorie Frazier of near Moorefield.


The United States Shoe Corporation factory here is nearing completion of a new addition, planned to raise potential of the concern to some 4,000 pairs of shoes per day.

Raymond E. Christman, 22-year-old former resident of Switzerland County, died about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Norton Infirmary in Louisville, Kentucky, as the result of an accident Sunday morning on State Road 62, near China. Christman and his wife Elizabeth lived on Madison route two, in the Brushy Fork neighborhood. The young man was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Christman of Pleasant.

Miss Lois Ann Cole, daughter of Vevay High School Principal and Mrs. Raymond Cole, is a member of the graduating class at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Robert M. Hartman, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayland Hartman, Woodfill Avenue, Vevay, is a member of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.


The American Legion and the Kiwanis Club announced this week that repair work on the Kiwanis playground was nearly complete and from now on can handle almost any kind of public gathering. Including the softball and hardball program already approved.

Miss Lorraine Green, formerly of Plum Creek, was united in marriage June 4th, to Reverend Albert Moore at the Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rollin Roberts, president of the Switzerland County Welfare Board, resigned his position this week and Elgin Crandell was appointed by Judge Harry Nichols to take his place.

Born, a daughter, Karen Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. George Darrell Stewart of route 1, Bennington.

A pitch-in dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Van Brandon on Sunday in honor of the 96th birthday of Mrs. Hattie Brandon.


The public health nursing service in Switzerland County came to a close June 1st, but it is hoped it will be resumed October 1st.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rieman of Quercus Grove.

Miss Marjorie Phillips who graduated from Vevay High School this year, was never absent or tardy during her 12 years of school. During that period she missed only once attending church and Sunday school.

Miss Evelyn Furnish of Vevay graduated this week from the University of Cincinnati and the school of nursing at General Hospital, a unit of the college.

Mrs. Eugene Lamkin of Patriot underwent an operation for the removal of a leg at a Cincinnati hospital Saturday in an effort to check gangrene resulting from diabetes.


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

the people of the Spring Branch community are getting a new road through the cooperation of its men and women. The men use their teams and wagons to haul rocks and break them, and the women of Spring Branch supply food for the men at work and also earn money to buy supplies.

Miss Elizabeth Tandy is home for a visit after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a Doctor of Science degree.

Everett Mayfield of Salem has signed a contract to teach manual training and history in Vevay High School next year.

The remains of one of Switzerland County’s most interesting relics is on display at the Vevay armory. Pieces of “Old Bets,” a famous canon, have been borrowed from various owners and the cannon has been carefully pieced together.


Miss Mary Hall was united in marriage to James Benton Schaub of Chicago Wednesday evening at the home of her parents in Vevay by Reverend Suter of Hanover.

Born Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Shaw of near Moorefield.

Born Sunday, a son, to Orville Fish and wife of East Enterprise.

Fourteen auto loads of sightseers from Greensburg passed through Vevay Sunday in a procession about three blocks long.

Miss Caroline Williamson left Wednesday for Chinook, Montana, where she will be united in marriage to Wesley Voight of that city.

Mr. Ed Pfeiffer, formerly in the saddlery business in Patriot, was killed in Indianapolis Wednesday while getting off a street car.

Born June 3rd, a daughter, to Charles Romans and wife of Craig.

York Township has a curiosity in the shape of a petrified calf which was dropped by a cow owned by Louis Bennett. Its body is almost as firm as stone itself but it is naturally formed.

Miss Vernice Cook of Patriot underwent an operation in Cincinnati this week.

Miss Gertrude Wahl, who has been teaching in Orleans, Indiana, has returned home for the summer.


Flossie, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Romans of Craig Township, died suddenly Thursday after eating some strychnine tablets which she obtained from a suitcase while her mother was doing farm chores. Mr. and Mrs. Romans had just returned from a visit in Kentucky and had left the valise in the kitchen. The little girl opened it and found the medicine. She died before a doctor could arrive.

Miss Laura Anderson was married June 3rd to Charles West at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Anderson in Craig Township by Reverend Ferguson with many guests present. The bride was beautifully attired in a dress of white Paris muslin.

Elizabeth, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Porter, stepped on a rusty nail and ran it through her foot Friday while playing in the yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Karmire.


Licensed to marry: James Roberts and Malinda Eberle; J. D. Samuel and Daisy Carpenter; Francis M. Stevenson and Sarah A. Sedam; F. B. Cook and Watie Couch.

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Schenck each have new Rambler bicycles. Mrs. I. P. Loring has a new Waverly and Dr. Hannah Rous a new Pattee.

Miss Evelyn Craig sailed this week for Europe in company with friends to spend the summer.

The seventh birthday of Mildred Loring was celebrated Saturday with a party at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. P. Loring.

Mr. Amie Morerod of Vevay, one of the members of the County Pioneer Association, has placed the record of the society in the care of David Lee, Esquire, for the use of the Early Settlers County Association which was organized in Pleasant Township last year.

Miss Elva J. Smith of Aaron who has been teaching school in Kansas for several years, has arrived at the home of her father, Isaac M. Smith, to spend her summer vacation.


Dr. Ed H. Mead of Shawneetown, Illinois, arrived in Vevay last Thursday.

Reverend T. Warn Beagle and Dr. T. J. Griffith and wife attended the Baptist Convention which was in session in Louisville last week.

John Long, Solomon McCallum, and Edward Van Pelt are building residences on Silver Street.

Married at the Russell House, Vevay, June 1st by Reverend J. D. Griffith, Mr. Frank Manford of Switzerland County to Miss Amanda McCerment of Kentucky.


Miles, 10-year-old son of John Roberts, was drowned at Madison Tuesday night as he was stepping from the mail boat to the wharf. Burial was in the Vevay Cemetery.


The town of Moorefield near Vevay is looking for a railroad.

Hay is $16 per ton here, and bacon is 11 cents per pound.

Married April 27th by Elder Robert Stevenson, Richard Hallgarth and Nancy Jane Banta.

Married April 13th, Charles T. Stewart and Catherine Spears.

Married on the 16th by Esquire George Land, William Scudder and Rachel McCorkhill.