Reflections of the Past for 6/22/2006


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


Bill Edwards won the Switzerland County horse pull Saturday night sponsored by the local 4-H Fair Board. Gilbert and Carpenter came in second place. A pair of horses, “Shorty” and “Little Horse,” owned by Butch Konkle of near Vevay, entered in the name of his father, Ernie Konkle, finished in 14th place. Charlie Jester’s team from Moorefield finished 18th overall. It was a crowd-pleasing horse pull attested to by the bleachers on both sides of the grandstand area full of spectators.

Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird and his wife, Dinah, dined here on their way back from a public appearance in Cincinnati. They were the guests of Vevay’s Randy Ricketts and his wife Pam. Randy Ricketts became friends with the NBA superstar while the two were students at Indiana State University.

Lee and Reta Sullivan of Madison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, June 30th. Lee Sullivan is a native of Switzerland County.

Ray Minch was seriously injured in Vevay last Thursday when he was hit by a falling tree limb as he was at work cutting down the tree. He was knocked unconscious by the blow and his brother Bill Minch secured him to the tree before going for help. The problem was solved when the Jefferson-Craig Volunteer Fire Department got to the scene with their new ladder truck and got Ray Minch out of the tree. He was taken to the hospital where he is recovering.


The Switzerland County School Board of Trustees Tuesday night named the new superintendent to replace William Rentschler who resigned at the April 23rd school board meeting. Dr. Perry Glancy will begin his duties here July 1st. Also named Tuesday night was Ron Redmon of Vevay to serve as principal at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.

Angela Reed and Travis Althoff have announced their engagement. An August wedding is being planned.

The Spoonbill Catfish, an ancient species thought to be extinct in the Ohio Valley a few years ago, is now making a strong comeback — though they’re still rare in the river. Some boaters at Turtle Creek Harbor at Florence brought a huge Spoonbill (or “paddlemouth” if you prefer) in for Marty McGraw and her son Ollie to admire.


Kim Hutcherson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hutcherson, route 1, Patriot, will represent Switzerland County in Monday’s Miss Madison Regatta beauty pageant. She joins other candidates from Jefferson, Clark, Jennings, Floyd and Bartholomew counties in Indiana and Henry County, Kentucky, in the pageant to be held in the Center of Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus at 8 p.m. slow time.

Switzerland County won the 1985-86 Ohio River Valley Conference boys’ all-sports championship by just one point. They ended up with 52 points in the conference, just ahead of Southwestern’s 51. South Ripley was right behind with 50 points and Rising Sun had 46.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sullivan of Madison will celebrate their 40th anniversary by renewing their wedding vows. The couple was married July 5th, 1946 in Carrollton. On Saturday, July 5th, they will renew their vows at the First Church of God in Madison. Mr. Sullivan is a native of Switzerland County.


The new bridge at Long Run was opened for state road 129 traffic last Thursday and Long Run celebrated that event Thursday night by running out of its banks, spilling over on to a goodly portion of corn and tobacco crops on the farm of Jesse Riley, just downstream from the new span. The Indiana State Highway Commission plans to build another new bridge on 129, a mile south of this one, but work on that project’s not been scheduled as yet.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Conlon, of Quercus Grove, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Betsy Anita, to Mr. Rickie Ray Wainscott, Quercus Grove, son of Marion D. Wainscott, of near Quercus Grove, and the late Mrs. Wanda Gulley Wainscott. The wedding ceremony will be held Saturday, July 10th, at 6:30 p.m. in the First Church of Christ, Greendale.

Warren T. Sullivan III, son of Warren T. (Jack) Sullivan, Jr., of Vevay, is scheduled to participate in the International Naval Review in New York Harbor on the 4th of July as crewman of the Navy’s guided missile carrier, the USS Dale.

Virginia “Ginger” Blasdel Furnish of Switzerland County has been named to the honor roll at Indiana University Southeast for the recently completed Spring semester. To qualify for the honor roll IUS students must achieve at least a B-plus grade average.

Three Switzerland County students were awarded academic degrees during commencement exercises at Ball State University. They are Jay Farrar, Dinah Lock, and DavidPaugh.

Poetry by Robin Morton of Pleasant has been selected for publication in a series of anthologies of poetry written by high school students throughout the United States. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Morton of Pleasant.


Knights of Pythias of Indiana installed James L. Harris as Grand Chancellor last Friday in impressive ceremonies at Patriot. He was given the gavel by his father Guy S. Harris, Past Supreme Representative of Indiana Pythians. This marks the first time in the 99-year history of pythianism in this state that she son of a Past Grand Chancellor has been elected to this high office.

Private lines and dial phones will be in operation in Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Guilford area by September, 1967, it has been announced by officials of the United Telephone Company.

Ruter Chapel Methodist Church, Main Street, Vevay, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, joining the State of Indiana in its sesquicentennial observance. Founded in 1816, the present church structure was built in 1859. In 1957 the church was named a Methodist Shrine, one of five in the state. The floor plans of the church are on file in the Archives in Washington, D.C.


Death claimed the life of one of Switzerland County’s best known citizens Friday morning, with the sudden passing of James Kirby Danglade, former publisher of this newspaper. Mr. Danglade, who was 60 years old, passed away about 10:00 a.m. Friday, following a worsening of an illness that kept him bedfast for almost six months.

A beautiful wedding took place Friday evening, June 29th, in the Fredonia Baptist Church, when Miss Mary E. Lock became the bride of Mr. Norris E. Krall.

Miss Mary Leo Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Lewis, route 2, Vevay, and John Archer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Archer, route 1, Vevay, were married Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Caledonia Church.

Omer Powers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Powers of Florence, will appear on “Schiff’s Starmaker Revue,” on television station WLW-TV Cincinnati, Sunday, July 8th, at noon. The boy was a recent winner on the Vevay Kiwanis Youth Talent Search and the audition is part of the awards won by him.


Miss Doris Brindley, route 4, Vevay, and Meredith Hysell of Aberdeen, were married Saturday morning by Reverend Leland S. Courtney at his residence in Vevay.

Miss Martha Ann Raisor of the Bear Branch community and John F. Knigga of Fairview were married at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Frank Reed, in Vevay on Friday, June 28th.


Vevay lost its oldest and largest dairy Tuesday evening when Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stoops, proprietors of the establishment, announced that they were going out of business. The dairy was started by them in 1910 with only two cows, the milk being delivered in buckets to the customers, the herd later growing to 65 cows. In the 26 years the dairy has been in operation, no delivery has been missed.

Miss Nellie Reser and Carl Trimble, both of Vevay, were married June 11th at the home of Reverend W. F. Badgett, the officiating minister.

The long drawn out drought which has destroyed many Switzerland County crops was broken here Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning when heavy rains poured down on the brown thirsty fields, filling cisterns and allowing livestock to drink their fill for the first time in many weeks.

The large tobacco storage warehouse in Carrollton owned by Ralph Barker was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

The Ohio River again took its toll of human life Sunday afternoon when Charles Miller of Lawrenceburg was drowned while bathing at Danglade beach below Vevay.

Miss Margaret Brameier of Florence and John Witters of Hebron, Indiana, were united in marriage Sunday evening, June 14th, by Reverend Urban F. Johansman in the Reformed Church at Florence.


J. W. Whitlock of Rising Sun piloting his famed racing boat “Hoosier Boy,” not only won the big free for all races at Louisville, Kentucky, Monday but established a new world record of 62.5 miles per hour.

Frank Hunt, first assistant engineer of the U.S. dredge, C. B. Harris, was drowned at Mound City, Illinois, Friday, when he fell of the boat. Mr. Hunt was well known in Vevay and made many friends last year when the Harris was stationed here during the summer.

John Heady of Vevay piloted the Hoosier Boy’s dock barge to Louisville Saturday with a crowd of Rising Sun fans aboard.

Born, a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Lora Hooten of Cross Plains.

Born, June 30th, a son to W.P. Lyons and wife of Posey Township.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fay Hartman of Moorefield.

Five tires were stolen from an automobile belonging to Roscoe Graham at Mount Sterling last Wednesday night.


Thomas P. Griffith and wife, each aged about 65, were both drowned in the Ohio River at Ghent, Kentucky Sunday when an automobile driven by Mr. Griffith crashed through the rail of the ferrryboat and plunged into the river.

Incendiaries Saturday night attempted to burn the Markland post office but some paper which had been placed in a window and lighted burned itself out without spreading to the main part of the building.

James C. Nelson of route 2, Vevay was married in Crawfordsville, Indiana June 27th to Miss Faye Brown of New Ross, Indiana.

Saturday was the first day of the open season on squirrels and a party of Vevay men went to Laughery Creek hunting for the day. Those in the crowd were Harry A. Knox, Charles L. Kincaid, George B. Hall, Kirby Danglade, George B. Hall, Jr., and Earl S. Brown. The party killed 31 squirrels, Charles Kincaid carrying off the honors with a kill of 15.

Born Saturday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ramseyer of Mount Sterling.

Miss Effie Hinman and Sam North, both of Posey Township, were married Thursday evening at the home of the bride’s parents on Paradise Ridge.


Ray Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Buchanan of Scotch Settlement was fatally injured last week in an explosion of powder while he was employed by a railroad company in Green County, during a blasting operation.

Avery Graham, Jaspar Fallis, Tom Danglade, Harry Davison, Frank Weaver, Willie Wahl, Willie Roberts and Fred Thunemann are spending 10 days camping on Laughery Creek.

Will Stevens, Opp Sieglitz and Ben Welch are camping this week on the Kentucky River.

A daughter was born June 29th to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Demann.

Reverend J. N. Jerman will occupy the pulpit of the M. E. Church next Sunday after an absence of two months caused by a diseased limb.


John Woods taught the seminary during 1840. No girls were allowed to attend at that time.

Who remembers the Franklin Christian Church?

The barn of Miss Caby Froman of near Ghent was struck by lightning but not set afire.

Tildin Rayles of Tapps Ridge is the proud owner of a fine new buggy.

Messers Irvin Bettman and Irvin M. Bettman of Cincinnati arrived here last Saturday evening. They started from Cincinnati on their bicycles but were caught at Rising Sun in the rain and were compelled to finish their trip by boat.

Agents Wanted: First class men (hustlers), to introduce the Nailess Horseshoe.

Great preparations are being made for the Fourth of July picnic which will be held on the East Enterprise Fair Grounds.


The annual concert of the Madison Musical Academy took place last week. Miss Dora Waldo of Vevay was highly complimented on her piano solo “Home Sweet Home” and a vocal solo, “Gaily I Thrill.” She was accompanied at the piano by Miss Brandt.

Last Tuesday evening a large number of Republican voters assembled at the Court House for the purpose of ratifying the nomination of Hayes and Wheeler.

Newbold and Lyon have discontinued the livery stable business.

The debt of Switzerland County is $12,138.91.

John Dickason and daughters, Mary and Kittie, started for the Centennial Exposition last Wednesday.


Married May 29th at Bethlehem, Indiana, Miss Kate Lancaster and Josiah Daily.

Last Tuesday the three-year-old son of William Mansfield had three fingers mashed in a hay press.

The name of William Mead is announced as a candidate for County Treasurer and Captain E. H. Martin as candidate for sheriff at the next October election.