Reflections of the Past for 8/25/2005


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The 1995 version of the Swiss Wine Festival played to big crowds over the weekend, many of whom braved the heat to support the four-day event.

Vickie Gray graduated from Ivy Tech State College Practical Nursing program during their pinning ceremony held August 11th at the Brown Gym in Madison.

Hazel Furnish of Vevay will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, September 3rd, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the recreation room at Switzer Square.

Sis and Harry Lamson of Vevay, well-known around the Switzerland County area, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 27th. The celebration will be held at the Vevay Methodist Church from 2-4 p.m. and is open to all friends and family who wish to attend.

Scott Curlin has completed his six weeks of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He is now serving 13 weeks at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas for his technical training as an aircraft armament systems specialist. He is the son of Paul and Bev Curlin of Tapps Ridge.

Sherri Houze, banquet coordinator for the Ogle Haus Inn, has been honored as a tourism ambassador by the Tourism and Recreation Promotion Council.


“It’s the story of the Ohio River in relation to the larger American story,” noted Rita Kohn, project coordinator for the “Always A River” exhibition that’s coming to Vevay next summer, July 25th-28th. She was in town last week to speak with the local “Always A River” steering committee and Switzerland County teachers about the plans for the barge.

Angela Cyrus of Madison was crowned as the 1990 Edelweiss Princess and Miss Congeniality during the Swiss Wine Festival last Thursday night. Elizabeth Thomas of Ghent, Kentucky, was the first runner up. This was the first year that the contest was open to young ladies outside of Switzerland County. Festival officials noted the change was made to draw more contestants and attract more people to the festival.

Linza T. Wigal, 100, formerly of Florence, passed away on Monday, August 20th, at Ross Manor in Dillsboro.


Indiana’s lieutenant governor John M. Mutz will be the honored guest of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation at the ground breaking dedication ceremony for the Ogle Haus, a $3 million hotel, restaurant, and conference center located in Vevay. The ceremony will take place on August 27th at the site overlooking the Ohio River across from Switzerland County High School.

This Saturday is the day for the Vevay Newspapers first annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Area basketball fans are invited to come out and watch the action.

Approximately $20,000 damage was done to the old site of Jerry Sample and Sons concrete company in Vevay when a fire broke out early Tuesday morning. Officials investigating the fire have ruled the cause was arson.

Eugene Carlton of Mount Sterling grew three big tomatoes at his home. They weighed in at 1.84, 1.4, and 1.39 pounds, and Carlton is keeping his growing secrets just that — a secret.


The first official spadeful of dirt was turned Wednesday for building a bridge across the Markland Dam, a long-awaited project that many people predict will bring major changes to the way of life is lived in Switzerland County.

About 300 people, most of them Switzerland Countians, gathered in a field near the Indiana end of the Markland Dam at noon Wednesday for the ground breaking ceremonies. Those ceremonies — climaxing more than 10 years worth of pushing the bridge idea toward reality — featured Indiana Governor Otis Bowen, Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton, and Kentucky Congressman M. Gene Snyder, along with a host of state and local officials. The Switzerland County High School band was also featured, entertaining the bigger-than-expected crowd on a sweltering hot day.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Leap are at home at Ashland Cove mobile home park near Lamb after their honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains following their wedding on August 6th at the Mount Sterling Baptist Church. Reverend Ron Sandidge performed the ceremony. Mrs. Leap is the former Norma Pettit.

Worth and Edith Lyons of Patriot will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, August 31st, with an open house at their residence from 2-5 p.m. Friends and family are invited to help Mr. and Mrs. Lyons celebrate their 50th anniversary.


Roberta Cord has been named principal of Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, as Switzerland County officials move toward completing the corporation’s 1965-66 teaching staff.

Miss Judy Ann Lueking of Vevay has been selected as one of 10 Indiana University and Purdue University students to study at Hamburg University in Hamburg, Germany this winter and next spring.

Joy Dunning, 16, daughter of Howard Dunning of route 2, Vevay, has been selected to represent Vevay and Switzerland County in the Madison Regatta queen contest.

Official ground breaking ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in the Versailles High School auditorium for the new Southeastern Indiana Area Vocational School.

Private Linus C. May, son of Mr. and Mrs. William May of Vevay, has been inducted into active duty with the U.S. Army and has been stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky.


Fred Slack, 93, one of Switzerland County’s oldest and most widely known farmers, passed away August 18th at his home near East Enterprise from the infirmities of his age.

The Moorefield Celebration, which has been held annually for 90 years on the last Saturday in August, will again be an event on August 27th.

Kenneth Lee of Anderson, son of Mrs. Nell Lee of near Fairview, graduated from the engineering course at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, on August 12th. He was presented with an award for excellence in scholarship and exceptional work in his course.

The new four-room, Bedford stone office building housing the law office of Mrs. Gretchen Cole and the insurance company of her son, Cogley Cole, Jr., was opened to the public last week and business is now being transacted at the Ferry Street address.


The Banta Package Store on Ferry Street in Vevay, owned and operated by Ben H. Banta was sold this week to Carroll Clements of Vevay.

State Road 56 which has been closed from Vevay to Madison the past three weeks for resurfacing, was opened to traffic this week.

Pfc. William David Smith, Sgt. Harold E. Smith, and Pfc. Alfred W. Smith are enjoying furloughs at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smith of near Fairview.

The marriage of Miss Betty Joe Rook and Robert William Gullion SM2C U.S. Navy, was solemnized Monday, August 20th, at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend Latrelle Stanfield near Moorefield.

The Switzerland County Conservation Club lake near Allensville which was recently completed has been officially named Lake Geneva.

Miss Myrtle Osborne and Charles L. Bevis, both of Madison, were married Wednesday morning at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend L. S. Courtney.


During the severe storm Wednesday evening, lightning struck a locust tree in front of the Elza Waltz home near Mount Sterling. The bolt then traveled along a clothes line to a smoke house, from there to a grape arbor, along a yard fence to a coal house and hit a dog. The dog was knocked unconscious and rigid but later revived.

Charles I. Turner, former mail carrier and well known business man of Vevay, passed away at his home here on the morning of August 15th, having been in ill health for some time past.

Mrs. Mayme Bledsoe of Vevay and George M. Stanley of Madison were married in Madison Tuesday night.

An announcement has been made of the marriage of Ralph Fisher to Miss Eva Gurley, both of Posey Township, which occurred June 10th at the Methodist parsonage in Lawrenceburg.

Miss Gladys E. Neibel and Lloyd E. Lemons, both of Martinsville, were married here Saturday by Reverend W. F. Badgett, in a ceremony at the Baptist parsonage.


Nathan Littrell, aged 28, Craig Township farmer, was drowned in the Ohio River at Craig’s Bar last Wednesday afternoon. Littrell in company with two other men was on an inspection trip of the U.S. dredge, C. B. Harris, when it is supposed he slipped and fell into the river. The accident was not witnessed by his companions and to date the body has not been recovered.

Miss Lucille Haskell and Harry D. Lamson, both of Vevay, were united in marriage Sunday evening at the Baptist parsonage by Reverend A. K. Johnson.

Towboat Aliquippa, en route to Pittsburgh with seven empty steel barges grounded Saturday on the bank of sand at Vevay thrown up by the dredge, C. H. Harris. The government steamer, Ottawa, went to her assistance and also grounded. After working all night the two boats were finally freed by a false rise in the river. Steamboat men are not all pleased with the work being done by the government in dredging the Vevay channel. It is now in such a zig zag direction and the current is so swift that pilots are lucky to take their steamers through the channel in safety.

Archie Brindley and Miss Hulda Wolf, both of Craig Township, were married in Vevay last week by Reverend A. K. Johnson.

Miss Marie Scudder and Earl Knaus, both of Tapps Ridge, were married in Vevay Saturday afternoon by Reverend F. E. Hammel.

John Dehart, Civil War veteran and former resident of Bryants Creek, died at the home of his brother, W. L. Dehart in Rising Sun last Sunday. Funeral services and burial were conducted in Patriot on Tuesday.


Born, a son to Algie Pike and wife of Center Square.

Born, April 16th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lock of Center Ridge.

Born, August 16th, a daughter to Fred Morgan and wife of Moorefield.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. J. McPherson of Allensville.


Miss Sara Hall has taken over the desk in the Editor’s office during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Protsman and two daughters on vacation.

Adolph Meyer, formerly of Vevay, is manufacturing a new cigar called the “New Wrinkle.”

Dod Fallis shot himself in the foot while carrying a rifle.

the “Hattie Brown” is carrying large crowds to the Madison Chautauqua this week.

A heavy storm swept over Switzerland County, causing damage to the farms of Henry Tinker, Lewis Stewart and others.

The Patriot Town Board has decided to build three new gutters leading into the river.


A. J. Works, J. C. Long, and R. E. Hall have returned from Cincinnati where they were successful in arranging for transportation to and from Louisville, Kentucky, for the old soldiers, their wives and friends to attend the 29th National Encampment, of the G.A.R., having engaged the excursion steamer, Henrietta, and the barge, Williams, to make the round trip at the low rate of $1.00.

Miss Amanda Berkemier of this county and John H. Snyder of Aurora were married at the home of the bride’s parents Tuesday evening, August 13th, by Reverend R. Eirich.

Born, August 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Krutz of Florence.


J. R. S. Smith has reopened his Livery Stable and fine horses, splendid buggies and low prices are the ruling features of the establishment.

Almost every day some of our gallant boys return home from the army. Last Wednesday night Company D, 93 Indiana, from this county arrived home.

Students from the county desiring to attend school the coming term, are making application for rooms in which they can board themselves.

Ralph Cotton of Mount Sterling has presented us with a tomato weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces.