Reflections of the Past for 7/7/2005


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


Grandma Wilma McClellan, longtime writer of the Tapps Ridge news, will be honored on Sunday, July 9th, for her 85th birthday. The celebration will be held in the cafeteria of the Swiss Villa Living Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. Ice cream and cake will be served. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Michael S. Turner has graduated from basic training with the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He has earned the rank of Airman 1st Class. He is the son of Michael P. and Janet M. Turner of Vevay.

Melanie Dunaway, daughter of George and Goldie Dunaway, has been accepted for admission to Franklin College. She plans to major in secondary education.

With a new sponsor, a new logo, and plenty of new activities, the 1995 Swiss Wine Festival promises to be one of the best ever. Set for August 17th-20th, this year’s festival is being sponsored and coordinated by the Switzerland County Lions Club.


Switzerland County School Superintendent Chester Meisberger and the School Board of Trustees has announced that John Thomas has been named as the principal of Switzerland County High School. Thomas served as the assistant principal last year.

Sometime between last Friday evening and Monday morning, vandals broke into the Switzerland County High School and made off with an estimated $6,000 in school materials.

John D. Brogan, son of John and Wilma Brogan of route 3, Vevay, has graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brogan received an associate’s degree in applied science as an aviation maintenance technician.


Switzerland County native Eddie James has been appointed to a one-year term as judge of the newly-created County Court system for Switzerland and Ohio counties.

It’s official. The contract has been awarded for building the bridge across the Markland Dam. The work should begin before the end of the month.

The Aberdeen United Methodist Church was the scene Saturday, June 21st, of the beautiful candlelight wedding of Miss Mitzi Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Cole, and Steve Higgins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Higgins, all of the Fairview neighborhood.


Sergeant Norman L. Lester, son of Mrs. Eileen Alford of rural route 3, Madison, and formerly of Switzerland County, serving with the Third Armored Division in Germany, has been awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. The award is based on proficiency in combat tactics, weapons firing, and physical fitness. The men also must score well on written examinations.

Thirty-six stitches were required to close a leg wound suffered at a family outing Monday by 9-year-old Terry Eaglin while the youth was wading in the Ohio River near Markland. The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Eaglin of Rising Sun and the nephew of Mrs. Ruth Kelly of 206 Seminary Street, Vevay.

Commissaryman Third Class James H. Rider, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Rider of rural route 1, Patriot, will return to Norfolk, Virginia, in early July aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS America after a two-month deployment to the Caribbean.

An untimely accident resulting in a ruined go-kart and minor injuries has cost Gareth Furnish of Vevay a chance at the 1965 karting championship. Furnish had planned to enter the Fourth of July state meet in Whiteland (near Indianapolis) but a head-on collision with a railroad tie in Louisville last Sunday ended that hope. Despite only three years in competitive karting. Furnish has won some 200 trophies and holds numerous track records, including some on now inactive tracks which will probably never be broken.


Newton E. Burroughs of Huntington, West Virginia, formerly of Mount Sterling in Switzerland County, was featured in a recent issue of the Kentucky edition of the Cincinnati Times Star as one of the oldest active railroad conductors in the country. Nearing his 90th birthday, Mr. Burroughs, better known as Uncle Newt, has served the C & O Railroad for 6 4 years and he is still on the job.

Dr. L. H. Bear, who for the past 63 years has practiced medicine in Vevay and Switzerland County, quietly celebrated his 87th birthday Sunday at his home here.

The law office of Mrs. Gretchen Cole and the insurance agency of Cogley Cole, Jr., her son, will be housed in new quarters upon the completion of a building which is under construction on a lot on North Ferry Street.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Howard, one of Vevay’s most respected couples, quietly celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on July 4th.


Announcement has been made of the marriage of Captain Kenneth G. Adams to Miss Eleanor Campbell, on June 20th, at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sergeant Herald Marsh, who recently returned home after being a prisoner of the Germans, was married Saturday to Miss Ruth Stegmiller of Cross Plains.

Born, June 28th, a daughter, Marilyn Fay, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kinman of Markland.


Emerson Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Cox, of Patriot, has been selected as an instructor for a series of swimming classes to be given this summer as a part of the Red Cross Adult Education Program. Classes will be held in Vevay, Patriot, Florence, Markland, and Lamb.

The large motor boat belonging to James Sides of Vevay was badly damaged in the river near Hunts Creek Sunday evening when a submerged log broke the propeller and tore a hole in the bottom.

Pleasant Township is having an epidemic of sheep killing by a pack of worthless dogs. Last week William Konkle, Abe Alford, and Lloyd Valentine were losers.

Born, June 29th, a daughter, Jeanette, to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bovard of Aberdeen.


Miss Mary Schroeder of near Patriot and Creighton Powell of Antioch were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday, June 24th, by Reverend Ernest Schroeder, brother of the bride.

Superintendent of the light and water plant, George Johnson, has completed the work of oiling Vevay streets. Three tanks of oil, a total of about 25,000 gallons, was spread on the streets. Always in the past this expense was born by the property owners and renters but this year the entire expense was paid by the city council.

Mrs. Lulu Reeder of Florence and Clarence Culbertson of Moorefield were married in Vevay last Thursday by Reverend F. E. Hammel.


Mrs. Henry Titkemaier, aged 47 years, was struck by lightning Sunday at her home near Quercus Grove and instantly killed.

Plans are underway for a new moving picture show in Vevay to be located in the Dehmann building on Ferry Street.

Harry Myers who was seriously injured last week in a runaway accident is showing improvement and hopes are now entertained for his recovery.

At a meeting of the Public Library Board held last Thursday evening, the following permanent organization was perfected: president, William O. Protsman; vice president, A. B. Shaw; secretary, Mrs. H. M. Thiebaud; finance committee, O.P. Courtney, E.E. Scudder, and A.B. Shaw; book committee, C.S. Tandy, Mrs. Lizzie Pleasants, and William O. Protsman.

Dr. Wesley Hall Monday resigned the office of County Coroner and at a meeting of the County Commissioners Harry Torrance of near East Enterprise was appointed to fill his unexpired term.

Mrs. Pearl Brett has been matron of the poor farm to take the place of Mrs. Jeff Swango who is in poor health.

The steamer City of Louisville broke one of her rudders while on the down trip Thursday night and had to be assisted by the Hercules Carrel, the latter boat doing the steering.

Miss Elizabeth Emerson of Patriot and Carlisle Cox of Carrollton, Kentucky were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday evening by Reverent G. B. Harbison.


B. B. Banta opened a barber shop in Mount Sterling.

Jesse Harper was fatally shot by John Joyce in Vevay.

Drowned at Florence July 4th, William Skidmore, aged 55.

Billy Otter is pitching for the K. C. team at Cincinnati.


Licensed to marry: Albert W. Brown and Emma H. McCulloch; Jesse P. Irwin and Rosa Benoit; James W. Neal and Cornelia H. Humphrey; Charles Lyman Weaver and Josephine Thiebaud.

Captain John Cox has purchased the interest of Captain J. E. Williams in the Vevay wharfboat.

Dr. Dawson Van Osdol made a professional call down Grant’s Creek on his bicycle, the first bicycle that was ever on the creek and it caused some excitement.

Born, June 17th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clark Downey of Sugar Branch.


Members of the Catholic Church were advertising a picnic on the Schencks’ and Dufours’ Hills. The proceeds will be devoted to building the new church.

E. A. Murphy lost his pocket book between Mount Sterling and Center Square.

Married near Center Square, Mrs. Rolena Aldrich and Thomas C. Stem of Indianapolis.

The Vevay Woolen Mills advertise blankets, flannels, jeans, cashmeres, satinettes, linseys and tweeds.

The chair factory here is advertising flooring, sash doors and weather boarding.

F. J. Hollcroft, the leading funeral director here, advertises “Caskets, Cases, and Common Coffins.”


The Fourth of July passed off very quietly in Vevay.

Professor John P. Rous has been employed by the trustees of this city to act as Principal of its graded schools. He is a graduate of Asbury University.