Reflections of the Past for 7-27-06


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


Vincent Valenzuela of Vevay has been named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. He is a junior and is majoring in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Diego and Fidelia Valenzuela of Vevay.

Freshman Gina Simon, junior Elizabeth Simon, and junior Melinda Miller were all named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Franklin College. They are the daughters of Dale and Mary Ann Simon and Ramona Miller.

Lona Mathews, a former Switzerland County resident now living in Largo, Florida, has achieved the position of independent sales director of Mary Kay, Inc. She is the daughter o Mary Ellen McClellan of Vevay.

Moving steadily toward completion, the new middle school project took another step forward at the school board meeting Monday night. The new school got an official new name. By a unanimous vote of the board, the new building will be known as the “Switzerland County Middle School.”

Jim Allison, who has served as principal of Switzerland County Elementary School since 1990, announced his intention to retire effective at the conclusion of the upcoming school year. His retirement letter was read and accepted by the school board at its meeting Monday evening.


A total of $137,000 has been awarded to eight Switzerland County agencies by the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, are directed to provide support for the general welfare and improvement of residents of the county.


Elizabeth Banta, of Aberdeen, was officially sworn in as the new East Enterprise postmistress Friday, July 25th. She replaces Marjorie Brett who served as postmistress at the East Enterprise Post Office for 15 years.


Mary Sides of Vevay and her sister-in-law Sharon Sides of Versailles, this week discovered a remnant of America’s Centennial celebration a hundred years ago – an appropriate ‘find’ in this Bicentennial year. The discovery of a handmade Centennial pillow case was made as the two women were sorting through some belongings of Miss Sides’ late grandmother, Anna Montanye. They think the pillow case was made by Mrs. Montanye’s mother, Mary Baird McKay, in Vevay back in 1876, to celebrate the USA’s 100th birthday. Now, it’ll e used to mark the 200th birthday of the nation.


Miss Helen Buchanan, formerly of Vevay, spent 10 days in Michigan City recently as hairdresser for the new Miss Indiana, Jane Ann Rutledge of Vincennes. Miss Buchanan has been Miss Rutledge’s hairdresser for a year and styled her hair when she won the Miss Indiana University beauty title. the performance earned Miss Buchanan the honor of Miss Indiana Hairdresser. Miss Buchanan will accompany Miss Rutledge to Atlantic City, New Jersey in September where Miss Rutledge will enter the Miss America Beauty Pageant.

The newest addition to the law profession in Switzerland County, county native Gerald Shadday, settled this week into new quarters in Swiss Inn on Ferry Street, Vevay.

Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Alvin Hizer, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hizer of Vevay, has arrived in Vietnam as a member of the Da Nang U.S. Naval Support Activity.

Private James K. “Kenny” Riley, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. Riley of route 1, Vevay, completed a lineman’s course at the Army Southeastern Signal School, Fort Gordon, July 29th.

Work continued this week to finish the foundation and low walls of a new community building being built on 4-H Fairgrounds in Vevay. Completion of the structure is expected by November.


Eddie Sieglitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Sieglitz of Vevay, and Bernard Bray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bray of Craig Township, left Monday for induction into military service at Louisville.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coates are new parents of a daughter, Donna Marie, born Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. The little girl weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

A baby daughter, Kristi Lynn, was born on August 6th to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Wamsley of Erlanger, Kentucky. Mrs. Wamsley was formerly Miss Patty Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of Vevay and she is also the mother of two sons.


Vernon Ray, Jr., and Billy Leap last week bought the pool room of Joe Leap, located on Ferry Street.

Miss Norma Lee Rayl of Vevay and Harry Slack, Jr., of Florence were married Saturday, July 27th, at the Church of Christ, Rising Sun, by Reverend T.G. Burks.

At their regular meeting held August 1st, the Patriot-Posey School Board voted to extend the school term for the school year of 1946-47 to eight and one-half months.

Miss Willowdean Kelly of Patriot was united in marriage to Ralph Niccum Wednesday, July 31st, at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend W.S. Lowe.

Miss Betty Jean Dickason of Vevay and Logan Flint of Leedey, Oklahoma, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon, August 4th, in the Vevay Baptist Church by Reverend Cort R. Flint of Louisville, Kentucky, brother of the groom.


Poor relief orders given out by the various township trustees, during the 12 months preceding June 30th show a very decided drop over last year according to figures recently received at the Auditor’s office.

In a double wedding ceremony which was performed at his home Friday, by Reverend Leland Courtney united the following couples: Miss Zelda Childers and John R. Tevis; Miss Margaret Cain and Charles Tevis. The brides are from Waco, Kentucky and the grooms, who are brothers, from Richmond, Kentucky.

Major Bowes Amateurs are coming to Vevay in person. They are steaming down the Ohio River on the floating theatre Golden Rod, the largest boat on the river today. They will dock at the river landing to present their big stage show on Tuesday.

The County Commissioners on Monday took over, as a county project, the recreation activities being sponsored by the Vevay Kiwanis Club and set aside a plot of ground 50×350 feet on the southwest corner of the County Infirmary grounds.

George Burroughs, World War veteran, and a son of James Burroughs of near Jacksonville, passed away at his home in Newport, Kentucky, July 21st.

There will be no Old Settlers picnic at the Griswold’s Grove this year.


Born Sunday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rosenberger.

Raymond O’Neal, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlington O’Neal, formerly of Markland but now of Denver, Colorado, was injured fatally last week in a railroad accident. Funeral and burial services were held in Denver.

Mrs. Arlena Cole and Dailey P. Brown of near Bennington were married Tuesday evening at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Lowe in Patriot.


Dewey Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crawford, sustained a badly bruised head as the result of a fall on one of the boats at Dam 39 where he is employed.

Professor O. L. Voris has resigned as superintendent of the Patriot schools and he will go to Seymour to accept a similar position.


Daniel A. Jennings, 67, a Civil War veteran who formerly lived in Vevay, died last week at Moores Hill. He served in the 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry under Colonel Eb Dumont.

The Ivory Wood trading boat will be at Vevay next week.


Miss Della J. Bliss and Ira M. Turner of York Township were married August 2nd by Reverend E. G. Seymour.

Elizabeth, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Tandy, was saved from fatal burns by her mother when the child’s clothing caught fire. Mrs. Tandy extinguished the flames by smothering them.

Reverend Louis G. Adkinson, president of New Orleans University, is visiting his old friends near East Enterprise.

The hail storm of last week was so severe that Mrs. Gene Jarvis of Avonburg made ice cream from some of the hail stones.

Last Sunday while Miss Jennie Carnine of near Jay was returning home in a buggy the valuable horse she was driving suddenly dropped dead.

J. L. McCulloch, son of George McCulloch of Center Square, is among the many Switzerland County men who have made names for themselves in the world. He is president and treasurer of the American Fruit Bar and Bottle Company at Marion, Indiana, a huge glass factory.


Last Tuesday night burglars entered the Cigar Shop of Henry Scheive on Main Street and carried away a number of boxes of cigars, smoking and chewing tobacco.

John Smith of Quercus Grove was injured Tuesday evening when he was thrown from and trampled on by a mule.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents, August 3rd, by Reverend E. G. Seymour, George W. McClintick and America B. Fish.

The LeClerc House will run a hack to the river to meet all boats and will take passengers to and from the boats in any part of Vevay for 25 cents.


Married July 21st, Miss Isabell Welch and Hugh Ray.

The public debt of the state of Indiana is $22,500.

The carriage factory of Tinker and Fechner is turning out a good line of buggies.


All those who have promised to bring us wood for subscriptions are hereby notified to bring it along as soon as possible, or we will have to make other arrangements.

Married near Florence on the 13th by Reverend J. B. Lathrop, Dr. Rinaldo R. Ruter and Miss Sophia Dufour.