Reflections of the Past for 9/21/06


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


John Thomas was officially hired as Switzerland County’s new school superintendent during the school board’s regular monthly meeting held Monday night. School board members John Haskell, Evelina Brown, Ken Briggs, and Mark Lohide voted in favor of hiring John Thomas, who has served as the principal of the high school for the past 11 years. Board member Scott Gregory voted against the hiring, and members Bill Roeschlein and Susan Nimersheim abstained from the vote. John Thomas was awarded a three-year contract by the board, with a base salary of $64,000 annually.

Storyfest, one of the most important educational programs in this part of the state, is being held again in Vevay starting today (Thursday) for the third straight year. Coordinated through the efforts of Martha Bladen, Storyfest seeks to expose the nearly 1,000 participants to as many different cultural learning experiences as possible. None of the performers have participated in Storyfest before, continuing the idea that a student can attend the program from third grade through sixth grade and never see a repeat performance.

Just what a new jail might look like if one is built in Switzerland County was one of the items that was discussed by the Switzerland County Commissioners during their meeting on Monday.

Kelly Valentine, daughter of Barry and Cheryl Valentine of near Pleasant, has been honored as one of the top scholars of the Phi Alpha chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority at Franklin College.


Switzerland County residents, outside of Vevay, will be receiving their new addresses next month if all goes as planned, according to Carol Ann Otter, who has been coordinating the effort to assign the new addresses. County residents who presently have a route address will have a specific address because of the new 911 emergency phone system. Carol Ann Otter added that new addresses will also be given to those who only have a post office box.

Christol Thomas has enlisted in the U.S. Army as a member of the Military Police. She is a 1990 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Next Tuesday night, Patriot residents will have the opportunity to discuss the sewer rates being set for the new sewage system. “Some people think they’re too high,” noted Darlene Carter, Patriot town council member, “but I think they’re good for this area.”


The winners in this year’s Vevay front yard flower arrangement contest are Maggie Peters, first place; Ann Furnish, second place; and Lela Roberts, third place. Vevay Kiwanis Club and the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation co-sponsored the contest.

James and Betty Dickerson, route 3, Madison, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, September 28th. There will be an open house at their home on Big Doe Run.

Lora Lee Scranton, route 1, Bennington, was the first place winner in the talent contest held at the Canaan Fall Festival on September 13th. She won as a vocalist.

Midshipman Roger D. Hilligoss of Florence recently returned to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, where he is a student after a six-month training period at sea.


The Switzerland County High School band made its first appearance of the new school year Saturday at the Versailles Pumpkin Show. The “Marching Alpines” will appear again this Saturday in the Aurora Farmers Fair parade, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (slow time).

Thomas Harris, Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Kentucky, said Monday that he believes the average price tobacco growers receive for their crops this year will be about $1.20 per pound. The Carrollton tobacco market is to open sometime in November, but no opening date has been set as yet.

Mark E. Dunning, a Scout in Troop 714 of Vevay, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Vevay, has earned the new World Conservation Award. the award is made by the World Wildlife Fund of Washington, D.C. through the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Dunning, route two, Vevay.


Members and friends of Ruter Chapel Methodist Church in Vevay are planning a Homecoming Day this Sunday to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary. Dr. William N. Burton, executive assistant to the bishop of Indiana Area of the Methodist Church, will be guest speaker.

Kenny Adams, son of Mrs. Eleanor C. Adams of Vevay, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy, beginning a four-year enlistment Monday by leaving for Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. He is a 1966 Vevay High School graduate.

Marine Sergeant Randall C. Miller, son of Mrs. Mildred Miller of 309 Ohio Street, Vevay, was promoted to his present rank while serving with the Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division in Chu Lai, Vietnam.

Robert John Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Robinson of rural route 3, Vevay, has been elected vice president of Theta Kappa Nu Liberty Society at Bob Jones University. A 1963 graduate of Vevay High School, Robinson is a senior at the university majoring in chemistry.


Miss Linda L. Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bennett of Florence and Melvin G. Flood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Flood of near Vevay were united in marriage by Reverend Ralph Gronseth at his home in Madison Saturday afternoon.

Miss Juanita Slack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Slack of route 2, Vevay, has been awarded the Nazarene Student Scholarship at Olivet Nazarene College, Kankakee, Illinois. It was announced today by Dr. Willis Snowbarger, Dean of the college.


Mrs. Everett Jackson and Mrs. Doris Blake, owners of the “Sister’s Shop” in Vevay, have dissolved partnership and Mrs. Jackson has become sold owner of the business.

Miss Lois Lamson, of Vevay route 4, and Charles Shoaf, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were married at the Baptist Church in Vevay, Friday evening, September 26th, by Reverend J. Stafford.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin James celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home near Florence Sunday.

Barton Stucker and Mary Richards, both of Madison, were married in the County Clerk’s office here late Tuesday afternoon, by Reverend Courtney.

Miss Dorothy Cole of Mount Sterling and Delbert Azbill of Roselawn, Ohio, were married in the latter city September 28th.

Born last week, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Otho Flinn of near Fairview.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bobbie Miller of Posey Township.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Edward Baker of Posey Township.


Dale Weales, young Vevay businessman, and Miss Lucille Smith of near Pleasant were married in Lawrenceburg Tuesday evening.

Raymond Detmer of Rising Sun and Miss Rosella Kinman of Owenton, Kentucky, were married in Vevay, September 23rd, by Reverend L.S. Courtney.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Scudder of West Union.

Miss Helen Trees, who has been employed as public welfare worker in the county, left Friday for Brownstown, Indiana, where she will serve in the same line of work.

Roy Lee Raisor and Lillian C. Moore, both of Kentucky, were married by Reverend Leland Courtney here Saturday.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawton of Bennington.


Pitcher Johnny Morrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates, accompanied by his wife, stopped overnight in Vevay last week, en route to his home in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison were making the trip in a motor boat.

Miss Opal Koons and John M. Walston, both of Patriot, were married in Vevay last Friday night by Reverend Hammel.

Miss Della Truesdell, formerly of East Enterprise, was married Monday, September 27th, to Herman Paul in a ceremony performed in Lincoln, Nebraska by Reverend Lentz.

Miss Pauline Spencer, formerly of Pleasant, now of Versailles, and Herschel Cline of Osgood, were married in New Marion on Monday, September 27th, by Reverend Hughes.

The stock of the Olcott Drug Store, in Patriot was sold this week to Mrs. Julia Wickman. The store has been operated under the Olcott name for the past 60 years.


With the closing of the Lyric Theatre last Wednesday night, thus passes the first picture show established in this city.

Miss Florence Whitton of this county and Ralph Lewis of Sellersburg, Indiana, were married Monday afternoon at the home of Albert Morrison and wife.

Miss Isabel Melcher of Vevay and Charles A. Casad of Indianapolis, were married last week in Indianapolis, by Reverend Owen D. Odell, of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Leslie Burress and Miss Ada Romans, both of Craig Township, were married in Carrollton last Saturday afternoon.

Born, Tuesday, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Brameier of Florence.

Born a son, Fay, to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Hart of Parks Ridge.

Born, Saturday, a son, John William, to Dr. W.W. Cunningham and wife of Fairview.


On the night of September 28th thieves entered the home of Medney Tardy and after administering chloroform to Miss Lizzie Tandy they ransacked the house and stole a small amount of money.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Cook of Steeles Bottom, a baby girl on September 27th.

S. F. Detraz and family have gone to Pendleton, Indiana to make their future home.

Dr. William I. Reed has completed his new home on lower Main Street.

Helen, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Protsman swallowed a pin Tuesday while at school. It lodged crossways in her throat and it was not dislodged until the following day.


The 37th Indian Regiment recently held a reunion near Greensburg at the home of Mr. W. C. Patton. Colonel W. D. Ward of Vevay on behalf of the regiment presented Comrade Patton an elegant gold-headed cane. The 37th Regiment was organized at Lawrenceburg September 18th, 1861 with 1005 men and went to Kentucky the following month. It participated in the battles of Stone River, Dug Gap, Chicamauga, Dallas, Resaca, Kenesaw, Peach Tree Creek and lost during the three years it was out 171 men killed, 442 wounded and 97 died. The number killed was the greatest of any Indiana regiment except two, the 26th which lost 201 and the 19th which lost 199.

Reverend L. A. Retts, pastor of the Vevay Methodist Church, preached his farewell sermon Sunday night. He has accepted a call to Anderson and he has been succeeded by Reverend R. A. Kemp.


Married September 27th by Esquire David Lee: George W. Mellen to Miss Eleanor Froman.

Married in Patriot on September 26th by Esquire J. W. Shirley: Miss Martha E. Cunningham and Joseph Revis.

Married in Vevay October 3rd, by Reverend R. D. Black: Miss Mollie Jaynes and Amie M. Hollcroft.

The assignments of Revenue officers at Pate’s Distillery in Patriot for October are: G. W. Kimble, Gauger; Jasper Tripp and S. B. Huckeby, storekeepers.

The Republican rally at East Enterprise Friday was a grand affair and was the largest and most enthusiastic meeting ever held in Switzerland County. Speeches were made by General Harriman of New Hampshire and Senator O. P. Morton of Centerville – Indiana’s “Old War Governor.”

Elaborate delegations were sent by Vevay, Fairview, Florence and Patriot. Vevay was headed by the Vevay Brass Band followed by a large, fine car containing 38 young ladies representing the States of the Union. A large number of buggies, carriages and wagons decorated with flags followed. In the rear came a cannon which was brought from Aurora and an ammunition wagon. Captain Theodore Livingston, assisted by Kansas Holdcraft, were Marshals of this delegation.

The Fairview delegation made a grand display. Their car was drawn by 10 fine horses and held ladies representing the states. One hundred mounted men, 104 wagons and a band composed the largest procession ever formed in that part of the county. It was larger than Vevay’s, and Ira Stout and Samuel Johnston were Marshals.

A brass band from Newport, Kentucky headed the Florence delegation of the car with the state ladies, a large number of carriages and mounted men. William Dunn was Marshal.

Patriot eclipsed all the others. Their large decorated car was drawn by 28 mules, the largest number of animals ever driven together in this county. At the front were two young ladies representing the Goddess of Liberty and Justice. A brass band and a cannon brought up the rear of the long procession. James Huston was the Marshal.

Senator Morton, who was the guest of Dr. P. S. Sage, addressed a capacity crowd at the courthouse that night. He was introduced by W. H. Adkinson.


Hezekiah Roberts, a bound boy to the blacksmith business of Joseph Jagers, ran away a few days ago.

Captain A.E. Shaw has raised a company of 80 men to go to Nicaragua to join General Walker.

The Americans in Craig Township will have a pole raising soon.


Married on September 29th by Reverend J. D. Griffith, David Leap and Miss Martha Ramseyer, both of Craig Township.

F. Zeumer has opened a confectionery on Main Street in Perret Dufour’s brick building. He has fitted up a neat ice cream salon on the second floor.