Reflections of the Past for 8/4/2005


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


The board of directors of the East Enterprise Sewer District will meet at the East Enterprise Firehouse on Monday evening, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss with residents when they can begin to hook up to the new sewer system. All interested people are invited to attend.

Evelyn (Slack) Hatton, 78, of Florence, passed away Friday, July 28th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Since 1983 she had written the Florence news for the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat newspapers.

Gladys Moreillon of Indianapolis, formerly of Vevay, celebrated her 101st birthday Saturday, July 22nd. She spent the day at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and Dick Ballard.

Bill Roberts of Switzerland County is one of 14 directors who oversee the Indiana State Fair. Now in his fifth year on the board, Bill Roberts will run all operations in the swine barn — handling 6,000 animals over the 12-day fair.

Wilma McClellan, long-time Tapps Ridge correspondent for the Vevay Newspapers, has been selected by the Swiss Wine Festival Committee to serve as the Parade Marshal of this year’s Grand Festival Parade.


Dennis Cole was honored by the First National Bank of Vevay for 10 years of service to the bank. He is currently cashier and loan department manager.

In a combined effort between state and county law enforcement officials, over 232 marijuana plants were discovered and confiscated on a farm west of Vevay.

The preliminary things have now been completed, and now it is on to the business of raising the necessary funds for the Switzerland County Park Board to realize their goal of putting a park on the Indiana side of the Ohio River near the Markland Dam.

Today marks the start of the annual Swiss Alpine Festival in Switzerland County. Once again, the streets of Vevay will come alive with booths, flea markets, craft displays, and the always popular contests like the grape stomp and the steintossen competition.


A high school diploma and the crown of a Queen — all in one summer. What’s next for Olive Ricketts? Mrs. Ricketts is celebrating her 61st summer in the active, busy, fashion she’s accustomed to. But while she’s been busy all her life, this current season may be her busiest. Her latest accomplishment was achieved Saturday night in Aurora when she was named Senior Queen of an area that includes Switzerland, Jefferson, Dearborn, Ohio, and Ripley Counties. Mrs. Ricketts goes to the state level — and she just might return home as Senior Queen of Indiana.

Mark Lohide, of East Enterprise, is attending a National Institute on Cooperative Education program at Michigan State University. He’s among some 2,500 young adults and agribusiness people attending the program. A graduate of Switzerland County High School, Lohide’s trip is being sponsored by the Farm Bureau and the Production Credit Association.

Theresa Diane Gelt and Michael Wayne Lamson will be married Saturday, August 16th, in the East 49th Street Christian Church in Indianapolis. Parents of the groom-to-be are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lamson, former Switzerland Countians now living in Indianapolis. Grandparents of the groom-to-be are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickason of Vevay and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lamson of Vevay. Parents of the bride-elect are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gelt of Indianapolis.


A dive into shallow water of a Madison swimming pool Monday afternoon resulted in a broken neck and injured arm for Gerald Wiley, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Wiley of the Mt. Sterling Community. The youth was reported in serious condition Tuesday afternoon after being removed from the critical list at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mrs. Linda Boyd, 20-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren (Judge) Roberts of 306 West Market, Vevay, remained in critical condition Wednesday after suffering a fractured skull in a Saturday night automobile accident.

Mrs. Naomi B. Plaskett, Switzerland County special education instructor, represented the county Friday and Saturday at a chapter leaders governmental affairs institute. Conducted by Indiana Mental Health Association’s legislation and state relations committees, the institute was held at Ball State University in Muncie.

Twin girls were born in Dearborn County Hospital July 15th to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Reuter of rural route 1, Vevay. The girls were named Retha Lynn and Letha Sue. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Whitton of near Pleasant and Mr. Elmer Brown of Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Roush of Greendale have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Vivian Karol, to Fred L. Slack of rural route 2, Vevay. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Ben) Slack of rural route 2, Vevay. The August 7th wedding is planned for Ludlow Hill Baptist Church.


The old Moorefield Celebration will be held on August 27th. This annual affair is approaching the century mark and we hope all our old friends and many new ones will plan to take the day off and be with us for a day of relaxation and visiting.

The Paul Vernon Sieglitz family has a nine-month-old beagle pup that is doing its level best to help out the family in these days of high prices. This smart canine moves out in the neighborhood and has brought home a lot of things which have been taken away and put in a box. The articles include two teddy bears, a fur rabbit, a red house slipper, and blue and a red moccasin, two overshoes in different sizes and a pair of leather gloves. If you think you have been robbed go up to the Sieglitz home in the east end and claim your property.

The marriage of Miss Inez McMakin and Raymond H. Booker was solemnized Saturday evening in the Pleasant Grove Church.

Miss Barbara Wentworth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wentworth, and Mr. Eugene V. Voris, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Voris, were united in marriage July 29th at the Bethany Christian Church in Indianapolis.

A beautiful ceremony was performed Saturday evening by Reverend Lowe at Patriot when Shelby Jean Washnock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Washnock of Rising Sun, became the bride of Billy Willis, brother of Mrs. Pauline Wagner.


The marriage of Miss Juanita Furnish and Private Wilber Scudder was solemnized Wednesday afternoon, July 25th, at the home of the officiating minister, Reverend L. S. Courtney.

Miss Doris Reed of Lamb was married recently to Sergeant Craig Sharp of Woodward, Texas, the ceremony taking place at the Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana.

Monday, July 30th, was the 99th birthday of one of Patriot’s best loved and respected citizens, Mrs. Charlotte Jackson.

In a letter just released it has been announced that the United States National Clothing Collection Goal of 150 million pounds of clothing has been met and passed. According to Joe Myers, local chairman, Switzerland County’s contribution toward this great drive was 5,979 pounds of good usable clothing.

Bobby, two-year-old son of Mrs. Marjorie Stivers, suffered a severe cut on the back of his head when he fell from a porch swing at his home on Silver Street Sunday morning.

Demus Manuel has received word from his son, Lloyd Manuel, who has been a patient in the Naval Hospital at Mare Island, California that he has received a medical discharge from military service. The young man suffered the loss of one eye during the fighting on Okinawa.

Staff Sergeant Clifford Hatton who has been spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blanton Hatton near Mount Sterling, was discharged from service Sunday at Camp Atterbury after reporting for reassignment. Sergeant Hatton had been in service since 1941 and was overseas for 39 months with the medical corps.


Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Curry have purchased the J. P. Curry Insurance Agency and will conduct the business in the future.

Relief work, suspended in Switzerland County since July 15th, is expected to start again in the near future and will probably give employment to between 150 and 200 workers.

Lawrence Hudson of Vevay and Miss Mary Cassidy of Milton, Kentucky, were married in Lawrenceburg on July 17th.

Allen Myers has discontinued his dairy business near Vevay.

Miss Helen Rollins and Francis Smith of Meads Ridge were married in Lawrenceburg Saturday afternoon.

Born, Saturday a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moreillon of Picketts Corner.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McKay of Five Points.

Born, July 22nd, a son, Donald Bruce, to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bosaw of Plum Creek.


Professor J. D. Brandon, recently elected principal of Vevay High School, resigned last week and the position has not been filled.

A daylight thief ransacked the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Montgomery in Vevay last Friday afternoon and stole $85 in cash.

The Vevay unit of the 150th field artillery, numbering 40 men, under the command of Captain James K. Danglade, will leave here Saturday afternoon by truck for Camp Knox, Kentucky, for two weeks training.

Members of the former Fairview and Center Square brass bands perfected a new organization last week which will be known as the East Enterprise band. Kiesel Cole of Vevay will be retained as director.

Born, Friday a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bennett of Jacksonville.


Miss Jeanette Wells, of Vevay, was married to Gregory Vickery of Carrollton, Kentucky, last Thursday, the ceremony being performed in the parlors of the Gebest Hotel in Madison by Reverend John Moody.

Irvin Jones who lost his store in Moorefield by fire a few weeks ago is talking of rebuilding.

The gasoline boat, “Martha A”, which was caught by Willis Jackson the day following the tornado, has been purchased by Captain Jack Graham.

Dr. Wesley Hall was last week appointed Postmaster at Fairview succeeding E. W. Heath.


William O. Protsman left Monday night for Winona Lake to attend the summer meeting of the Indiana Republican Editorial Association.

The Switzerland County Old Settlers’ Association will hold their 11th annual reunion in Griswold’s Grove near Bennington August 12th. Reverend C.W. Lee will be the speaker.

Casper Brindley, 7-year-old son of Edward Brindley and wife of Long Run, had his left leg almost severed by a scythe in the hands of his young sister.

Little Edward Tilley, while wrestling with some of his playmates one day last week, fell and dislocated his left arm.

The rainfall for the month of July was 6.57 inches, almost 3 inches above normal.

The 4-year-old son of William Waltz, while playing in his father’s greenhouse here, fell through a window glass and cut his left leg severely.

James Works of Vevay was rendered unconscious and was cut and bruised about the face when he was thrown from a racing sulky after the horse which he was driving at his training track near Vevay stopped suddenly.

Patriot is organizing a new brass band.


Licensed to marry: Josiah Freack and Birda Ellen Boaz; Joseph T. Smith and Jennie Miles; Thomas J. Hockdale and Clara B. Ash; Elmer A. Hess and Bessie B. Cotton; Charles Edrington and Phoebe J. Pendry.

Married at the residence of D. H. Boyle, Esquire, Sunday evening, July 28th, Elmer Hess and Miss Bessie Cotton.


A lot of provisions and clothing was stolen from the home of Julius Blach at the corner of Market and Union streets here.

John W. Howard of York Township is the largest land owner in the county.