Reflections of the Past for 9/1/05


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


The two-year-old job discrimination civil rights lawsuit filed against the Switzerland County Commissioners by three fired county employees has been settled out of court. The County Commissioners agreed to a $25,000 settlement with former county employees Gary Wayne Scott, John Jester, and Manford “Buck” Smith.

The Indianapolis Power & Light Company has decided not to sell the mineral rights to its power plant property in Switzerland County’s Mexico Bottom area. The possibility that IPL might allow its property’s sand and gravel to be strip-mined by Hilltop Basic Resources stirred controversy after being reported in this newspaper’s June 29th issue. Residents of the Mexico Bottom area stated their opposition at zoning meetings and in Letters to the Editor, saying the land should remain in use for farming, not strip-mining.

Walter and Irene (Neahousemeyer) Schwanholt of Cross Plains will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 1st. They were married in 1945 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry, Indiana, in a private ceremony officiated by the late Reverend Otto Schlegelmilch.

Tina Sue McClellan Fuller of near Vevay has earned a master of arts in education degree from Georgetown College. She was presented her diploma during commencement ceremonies held on August 12th. She is a teacher at Switzerland County Elementary School, and is the daughter of Rick and Carolyn McClellan of Tapps Ridge. She and her husband, Chris, live on Highway 156.


Randy and Teresa McCartney of route 1, Bennington, struck it lucky on Saturday, August 11th, when they stopped at a lottery ticket sales office in Aurora and purchased a Money March ticket worth $100,000. The Switzerland County High School band, under the direction of Aaron Thomas, was one of many bands entertaining the crowds during the American Legion convention parade held in Indianapolis. Others attending from this area included Darrell Hansel, Lowell and Rita Sullivan, Art Adams, and Tim Swango.

Students at Switzerland County Junior/ Senior High School are experiencing something new this year in the classroom. They are beginning their days watching TV. They are being exposed to 12 minutes of daily news and information designed to enhance their knowledge of the world and current events.

The Switzerland County Council members on Saturday signed an ordinance to create 911, an enhanced emergency response telephone system.

Mary Ann Smith, 35, of East Enterprise passed away Friday, August 24th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.


Vevay Newspapers will be featured on the channel 5 evening news on Monday evening, September 2nd, sometime between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m., according to station authorities in Cincinnati. Reporter Jeff Hirsh and photographer Tom Stewart were in Switzerland County last Thursday interviewing newspaper staff members and also members of the community about the two newspapers. They said they went away with a favorable impression about the people here in Switzerland County.

The Kiwanis Club of Vevay will celebrate its 50th anniversary September 11th.

Charles H. Barnes, 45, of route 1, Florence, passed away Saturday at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Hazel M. Detraz, 82, of Indianapolis passed away August 13th. She was a native of Vevay.


Vevay Newspapers had to do without the services of its Editor, Don Wallis Jr., this week. He has been in Louisville with his wife, Betsy, and their new daughter, Jessica, born Monday afternoon in Saint Anthony Hospital. She joins older sisters Laura and Sarah in the Wallis household on Indian Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. Basil Christman of Cross Plains announce the engagement of their daughter, Roxane Maureen, to Kevin Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harland B. Stewart of New Albany. An October wedding is being planned.

John Phillips, 6, helped his parents with the gardening this summer and brought in a big juicy tomato, a two and three-eighths pounder, for all to see. John wasn’t able to be there to have his picture taken. He and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cherry Phillips, live on Popcorn Ridge in Switzerland County.

Vevay native James K. Danglade has been promoted from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor at Ball State University.


George Edward James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester James of Vevay, is enrolled in Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Alford of Rising Sun are parents of a daughter, Michelle Annett, born August 26th. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Alford and Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Lostutter of Patriot.

A team of four Vevay High School cheerleaders captured second place in National Cheerleaders Conference competition in Bainbridge, Ohio. The quartet of yell leaders included Rita Brown, Terry Schornick, JoAnn Scudder, and Janey Hewitt. Cheerleader sponsor is Mrs. Joy Briggs. The four won honorable mention in an earlier competition.


Dr. Harold R. Griffith, who moved recently from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne, will be associated with Doctors J. L. Loudermilk, Richard C. Datzman, James G. Lorman and W. L. Bridges in the X-ray department of the Fort Wayne Medical Laboratory.

Chester Callis has resigned as attorney for the town of Vevay and Nick Kodrea, deputy prosecuting attorney, has been appointed by members of the Town Board to succeed him.

Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel H. Pierce of Flemingsburg, Kentucky, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jimmie Geneva to William Nelson McMakin, son of Mrs. W. M. McMakin and the late Mr. McMakin of Vevay.

Mrs. Abbie A. Danglade observed her 93rd birthday Friday at her home in Vevay.


The 82nd meeting of the annual Moorefield Celebration was held in the grove near Moorefield Saturday with an attendance of about 600 people.

The frozen food locker plant which is being built by the Bimel Company of Cincinnati has been sold by them to James H. Demaree of near Madison who expects to operate the plant himself.

Born Tuesday a son to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Peters of Long Run.

Charles Vernon Koons of Patriot and Minnie Catherine Dale of Harrison, Ohio, were married in Patriot Saturday, August 15th, by Reverend W. S. Lowe.


A fine looking team of horses belonging to Dan and Webb Reed of Greenbriar Ridge ran away on Main Street Thursday morning and were stopped in from of the Dickason and Weales garage. Until then, it has been a long time since a team has run away in Vevay.

Thirteen divorce cases are pending in the Switzerland Circuit Court.

Orville Williams has leased his store and filling station at Lamb to Elmer Singleton of that community who took charge Tuesday.

Georgia, three-year-old daughter of Mrs. Princie McEndre, who resides with her father Wesley Reed in Craig Township, died early Monday morning following an emergency throat operation.

Reverend F.E. Hammel performed two marriage ceremonies at his home in Vevay Saturday afternoon as follows: Mary Belle Colvin and Clifford C. Montgomery of Knightstown, Indiana and Ernest Konkle and Jessie M. Roberts of Long Run.

Injuries which he received last week in an automobile wreck proved fatal to Alex Clements, 44, Switzerland County farmer, who passed away Friday at the Madison hospital.

Born August 21st, a daughter, Detta Rebecca, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Koons of Patriot.


Born August 18th, a son, Robert Lucian, to Dr. and Mrs. Searcy of Patriot.

John F. Brockschlager, formerly of Vevay and now a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was united in marriage to Miss Irene Douglas, in Bay View, Minnesota, Tuesday morning.


The year 1915 has gone down in temperature records as the coldest summer in the history of Switzerland County or at least since the establishment of the weather bureau in Vevay in 1865.

During a storm last week the school house at Allensville was struck by lightning and badly damaged.

Everett Carver of Florence and Miss Mamie Cochran of East Enterprise were married in Vevay Wednesday by Reverend F. E. Hammel.

Boas Cayton and Miss Agnes Moll of Carmel Ridge were married in Rising Sun Friday.

Dawson Liggett of Bascom and Miss Myrtle Bailey of Dillsboro were married in Ohio one day last week.


About 30 guests assembled at the home of William R. Protsman and wife Monday evening to witness the blooming cereus which was in full bloom from 9 o’clock.

Miss Florence Snyder and Lee Dunning, both of Patriot, were married Thursday evening at the bride’s home.

During the month of August 5.60 inches of rain fell. This is an unusual amount of rainfall for August.

A little son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Farrell on August 19th.


Plans are being furthered for the G. A. R. Encampment in Louisville on September 10th. The excursion steamer Henrietta and the barge Williams have been engaged to provide transportation. The Henrietta will be reserved for the exclusive use of the ladies and cots only will be provided for their use. No meals will be provided for passengers. All are advised to provide themselves with blankets and a lunch.

Licensed to marry: John Hutchinson and Maggie Closser; Nathaniel Hanks and Nannie Bennett; Alexander F. Ford and Melia Winters.


We should have better facilities for the extinguishing fires than we have at present. We need longer fire ladders and more of them. It won’t cost much and may be the means of saving many thousands of dollars worth of property.

The United States Post Office Department is now self supporting. Its profits for the last six months of 1864 were $732, 230.09.

Do not forget the Switzerland and Ohio County Fair which will be held at East Enterprise on the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of September.