Reflections of the Past for the week of 11/2/06


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


Switzerland County began a new era this week when new principal Joan Keller assumed her new duties. She comes here from Shoals High School, and has already gotten busy learning about her new school’s staff and students.

Lowary Ray and Virginia Ann Brooks Bear will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 9th. An open house will be held in honor of the occasion on Saturday, November 9th, at the Ogle Haus Inn, 1-4 p.m.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn Caplinger recently reenlisted for three years while serving with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four at Port Hueneme, California. He is the son of Paul and Sandra Caplinger of near Moorefield.


Tuesday is Election Day, but there will be no election in Switzerland County. All the candidates are unopposed, so they will gain office without a vote. The already-victorious candidates are all Democrats – three each for Vevay Town Council and Patriot Town Council, and one each for Vevay Clerk-Treasurer and Patriot Clerk-Treasurer. So the winners are: Vevay Town Council – Tom Conroy, Kent Deaton, and Pete Furnish; Vevay Clerk-Treasurer, Donna Graham; Patriot Town Council – Joyce Carter, Terry Mayfield, and Teresa Parker; Patriot Clerk-Treasurer, Pamela Hutchinson.


Mr. and Mrs. E. Jerold Forwood of Cincinnati, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tameria Lyn, to Wallace John Tubell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace J. Tubell, Sr., of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. A full military wedding is planned for December 6th at the Capehart Chapel, Patrick Air Force Base, Melbourne, Florida.

Deaths: Edna Ascherman, John Mihalko, Tempest Pickett, Marie Riggs, and Carrie A. Works.


The Indianapolis Power & Light Company last week made its first definite money offers to buy the Mexico Bottom land it needs for the power plant it wants to build there. Making the offers to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tillotson, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Detmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wallick was Norman Waggenor, who heads the company’s real estate section.

Miss Diane Lynn Propes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Propes of Aurora, and Norman Dale Earls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Earls, of Vevay were united in marriage Saturday, September 25th.

Miss Emma Blodget of Vevay and Jack Leap, formerly of Switzerland County and now a resident of San Diego, California, were married October 16th at the home of Mrs. Kay Brindley of Vevay.

Paul Bruce was rounding Dead Man’s Curve on state road 56 north of Mount Sterling when a coyote darted in front of his truck. The collision badly injured the animal and Mr. Bruce put it out of its misery with a bullet. It was a young coyote, one of few such creatures in Switzerland County.


Harold C. Benedict of Vevay has been appointed to an advisory committee to assist the Indiana State Scholarship Commission in formulation of all policies and procedures in establishment of its program.

Phil Eskew, commissioner of Indiana High School Athletic Association, will be principal speaker at Switzerland County’s annual Farm-City Week banquet tonight. A native of southern Indiana, Eskew will speak at the banquet at Jefferson-Craig Consolidated Elementary School cafeteria. Vevay Kiwanis Club is coordinating the activity.

Mrs. Goldie Turner of Patriot has announced the engagement of her daughter, Candice Patricia Shannon, to John James Dugle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dugle of Lawrenceburg.


Miss Betty Jones, a senior at Patriot High School, was crowned Basketball Queen of the 1955-56 season, at between game ceremonies at Patriot November 14th. Selected to reign over the festivities this year, Miss Jones was chosen among representatives of each class. Members of the court were Ruth Sigmon, freshman; Lois Houston, sophomore; and Billie Reese, junior.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Myers, Vevay, and Hilbert Wayne Keith of Rising Sun were married Saturday, November 17th, at the Vevay Methodist parsonage by Reverend H. G. Ramsey. Mr. and Mrs. Delmont Hysell were their attendants.


Mr.. and Mrs. Maurice McCloskey and son have moved from Indianapolis to Vevay where Mr. McCloskey will be associated with Gareth Pendry in the operation of his Tool Machine Shop on Market Square.

Born, a daughter, Diane, to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Allen Archer, Jr., of Moorefield.


Clifford Thiebaud, a native of Craig Township and a Captain in the World War, passed away in a hospital in Oklahoma City on Sunday morning.

George Lee White of Vevay and Hazel Holdcraft of Quercus Grove were married in Vevay October 24th, at the home of Reverend Fred S. Griffith.

Walter C. Waits of Cincinnati and Bessie C. Osborn of Center Square were married in Vevay October 19th, Reverend Fred S. Griffith officiating.

Miss Beulah Burnham and Charles C. Criswell of Parks Ridge were married in Bedford, Kentucky October 28th.

It is reported that the Ohio River Greene Line has purchased the packets Ouachita and Cary-Bird. Captain John C. Heady is a pilot on the Cary-Bird.

Born on November 8th, a daughter, Carolyn Gene, to Mr. and Mrs. Luther Scott of Florence.

Born Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vate Kelly of West Union.


Miss Edyth Montayne of Vevay and James Sides of St. Louis were married in Cincinnati on Monday.

Born November 11th, a daughter, Muriel Anita, to Mr. and Mrs. Whit Turner of near Markland.

Miss Roberta Jackson of Tapps Ridge and Forrest Duvall of Mount Sterling were married Saturday at Carrollton, Kentucky.


A registered Holstein bull belonging to Charles Lorch of Craig Township was killed Sunday by some unknown person. The animal had been shot twice with a shotgun charge and once with a revolver. It is the general opinion that some hunter was passing through the pasture and that he was attacked by the bull and killed it to escape injury himself.

Word has been received in Vevay of the death in Marshaltown, Iowa of John M. Goddard, a former resident. For many years he was employed in the Vevay furniture factory and he served in the Civil War in a Switzerland County company.

Vevay bakers have found that it is no longer possible to manufacture bread for five cents per loaf, and on next Monday will advance the price to six cents per loaf.

Residents in the back part of the county are in the midst of a wild animal scare. A supposed panther is roaming the woods and is said to have been seen by a number of persons, although this newspaper has been unable to get in touch with anyone who will admit seeing it.

Born Thursday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pelsor.

Born Friday, twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Peters of near Long run.

Born Tuesday, November 14th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Casper Clendenning of Markland.


Vevay markets: Butter 10 cents pound; corn 30 cents bushel; eggs 15 cents dozen; hogs 3 cents pound on foot; wheat 50 cents bushel.

Elmer E. Ford of Allensville and Mrs. Maria Sanders of Aberdeen were married Sunday by Reverend Kemp.

The Women’s Study Club of Vevay entertained with a 10th anniversary party Friday night at the home of Mrs. W.L. Fisk. After the program cards and dancing were enjoyed.


Last Saturday afternoon the people of Vevay enjoyed some of the humors of the campaign. George Rayls pushed E. E. Kelso in a cart; J.P. Carter pushed Rudolph Siebert in a wheelbarrow; Sid Dupraz (on a bet with Fred Oakley) wheeled a frog in a wheelbarrow; Sid Dupraz (on a bet with Fred Oakley) wheeled a frog in a wheelbarrow; Joseph Froman marched, beating a drum; Fred Tardy played “Nearer My God To Thee” on a bass horn; Harry Tardy carried Charles Lamson on his shoulders. The procession was headed by the Republican Drum Corps. Sid Dupraz afterwards rolled with his hand for a peanut. All this fun was the result of election bets, and the Democrats paid their bets in full like the gentlemen they are.

A double wedding took place at the Tower House on Wednesday of this week. The contracting parties were Frank Baker to Nora Crouch and Ben F. Poteet to Lulu Crouch. Reverend R.A. Kemp of the Methodist Church performed the ceremony.

Mr. Elmer E. Ford of Allensville and Mrs. Maria Sanders of Allensville were married last Sunday afternoon at the residence of the officiating minister Reverend R.A. Kemp.


U. P. Schenck has completed a large three story brick business house on the west corner of Ferry and Pike streets. It is an indication of the growth and business property of Vevay.

William Hart and son Alonzo who have been engaged in the grocery and bakery business have moved to Cincinnati.

James A. Works, Sr., and John D. Works have dissolved partnership. J. D. and his brother, James A. Works have formed a law partnership.

Will M. Smith has moved to San Diego, California.

Married on November 8th, by Reverend W. H. Gleason, Miss Emma Pickett and Milo Ogle.

Married November 12th at the bride’s home, Miss Rose Belle Henry and John Bodle by Elder R. A. Buchanan.

Sarah Heath and Frank P. Woodruff of Cotton Township were married recently.

J. M. Stratford has sold the Vevay wharfboat to Wesley McHenry.

D. T. Downey and R. L. Davis have started south in a flatboat on a hunting expedition.

A “husking bee” was held at the home of John Archer near Pleasant last week and 250 bushels of corn were husked.

Mrs. Mary Olmstead of Pleasant has gone to Iowa to spend the winter with relatives.


Frank Pittman, aged 14, was killed when a tree, chopped down while coon hunting, fell on him.

A barn belonging to William Down in Craig Township recently burned down.

Married by Reverend Mahan, Prudence Noble to Francis M. Long.

Married October 29th, by Reverend A. B. Howe, Miss Hattie Vandever to Frederick Kassebaum.

Married on November 2nd, Miss Mary Muret to John B. Hastings.

Married in Center Square, Miss Alice A. Doan to Jefferson McCulloch.

Married October 31st, by Reverend Booth, Miss Clara LeClerc to Julius McMakin.


About 1,000 immigrants arrived in New York during the week ending October 3rd. In the number were 59 organ grinders with their monkeys.

The steamer Lady Franklin sank on the 23rd in the upper Mississippi. Of the 300 passengers aboard six were lost.

Married here by J. G. Anderson, Esquire, Sarah P. Stevens to John D. North.


Married at Allensville on November 8th by Reverend John C. Bonham, John J. Hall of Henry County, Kentucky, and Mrs. Ally Elston of Pleasant Township.

We are informed that the free school will open about December 1st.

The steamer Kit Carson is now running in the Madison trade with Captain J. A. French and Clerk Vineyard as officers.

Almost every day we notice emigrants to the Far West passing our office, mostly from Kentucky. Quite a number from Switzerland County contemplate going to Kansas next Spring.