Reflections of the past from 1/6/2005


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


As 1994 came to a close, a career of community service also came to an end with the retirement of Jean Humphreys as Switzerland County’s Health Nurse. Jean Humphreys began her work as the County’s health nurse in December of 1987 after retiring from King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. In nearly 50 years of nursing Jean says, “There have been so many changes! It’s a whole new world now compared to when I graduated in 1945.”

Martha Cole, 76, of Mount Sterling passed away Saturday, December 31st, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She retired in 1990, after having taught school for 52 years, 0 of those in Switzerland County.

Kwan McKee has graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice. Kwan is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Cabell McKee of San Antonio. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Morris McKee and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ricketts, all of Vevay.

Lori Covington, a 1992 graduate of Switzerland County High School, has earned a spot on the dean’s list at Indiana State University in Terre Haute for the fall semester. Lori is the daughter of Paul and Peggy Covington of near Pleasant. Her grandparents are Leonard and Betty Thieman of Bennington, Shirley Cook of East Enterprise, and Paul Covington, Sr., of Indianapolis.

Marine Sergeant Scott Sublett recently returned from duty in Haiti with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Caribbean Task Force. He is the son of Carol Ann Otter of Vevay.


Junior high or senior high school students are needed to serve as Pages for State Representative Dave Cheatham during the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly. Students are selected as Pages on first-come, first-serve basis for one day during the legislative session which begins January 7th.

Julianne McMakin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Nelson McMakin of Lexington, Kentucky, and Timothy Allen Coles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coles of Lexington, were married at the Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church on September 15th, 1984. The father of the bride is a former Switzerland County resident.

The 10 most intriguing people of 1984 as chosen by the editor are: Nicholas Pavy, Bill Roeschlein, Red Benedict, Rachel Hickman, Stanley Hizer, Linda Bond, J.D. Leap, Jeff Weales, Ed Furnish and Carol Ann Sublett.


Construction bids for the Markland Dam bridge project will probably be let early next month, officials of the Indiana Highway Commission and the U.S. Corps of Engineers said last week, following President Ford’s signature of legislation appropriating the needed additional $2.5 million for the building of the bridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Osborne will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, January 12th, with an open house for relatives and friends at their home in Lamb. Roy and Lu (Cutter) Osborne were married in Vevay January 10th, 1925, by the Reverend Frank Hammel. The Osbornes have two daughters, Mrs. Eileen Marriman, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Evelyn Miller, of Rushville. They have four grandchildren.

Greg and Kent Deaton have purchased the Buchanan’s Auto Parts business on Ferry Street in Vevay. The Deatons bought the business from Wilford Buchanan, who has operated it for the past 11 years, and took possession January 1st. The store will be renamed “Swiss Auto Parts” and Mrs. Glenna Riley will continue as the store’s clerk.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy S. Harris entertained members of the family with a dinner served by some of the members of the Ohio County Historical Association, at the community building in Rising Sun, on Friday, December 27th, in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary.

A former Switzerland County resident and her husband graduated last month from Indiana State University and have begun teaching careers. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Mulligan of Westport earned degrees from ISU in elementary education. Mrs. Mulligan is the former Lisa Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown, now of Westport and formerly for many years residents of Vevay.


Don Howerton of Moorefield, work unit conservationist in Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District for several years, is being transferred to Warrick County. Francis A. Post will assume transfer effective Monday. This results in a trading of jobs, as Post was work unit conservationist in Warrick County for the past 13 years.

There is a total of 92 businesses in Switzerland County, according to statistics.
James Robert Shaw of rural route 1, Vevay, was elected president of the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department Monday. He succeeds Don Howerton who served for the past 6 to 7 years.


William Zeblon Yonge, a resident of Vevay until 1907, is given a place recently published book, Pioneer Painters of Indiana, by Dr. Wilbur D. Peat, director of Herron Art Museum in Indianapolis.


World War II news: Private Russell Muret Emery of near Patriot has been reported as slightly wounded in action in France.
Staff Sergeant Ira Hambrick was slightly wounded in action in France on December 2nd.


Mrs. Gretchen Cole was bitten on the hand last Wednesday by a dog at the home of her son, Cogley Cole, Jr.

Eugene T. Broadwell was elected a member of the Vevay school board at the last meeting of the town council.

Six members of the family of Aaron Moreillon, near Fairview have been ill with diphtheria but all are recovering.

Mrs. Fred Griffith and son Harold returned Monday from a trip to Florida.

Max Rosenberger is suffering from an injured knee which he sustained last week when he fell while playing.

Mrs. Charles Jaynes who recently underwent an operation is able to be up and about the house.

Mrs. Amy Detraz has returned from a visit to Pendleton, Indiana.

The Vevay Athletic Club met Thursday evening with the president, Mrs. Helen Danner, presiding.


The Vevay High School basketball team defeated the Madison team 37 to 31.
Mrs. T.S. Leep has been very ill the past week but is much improved.

Dr. Edwin G. Bakes of Phoenix, Arizona, recently expressed his mother a box of delicious grapefruit.

Miss Clara Anger is the guest of Miss Emma Brockschlager.

Mrs. Eliza Dufour is critically ill at her home on Ferry Street.

Mrs. Claude Furnish and children have all been sick the past week.


John F. Patton is seriously ill in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

William Rea has installed a new 25 horsepower engine in the Adams boat at Patriot.

The 50 year old locust trees along the road on the Theo Humphrey farm in Mexico Bottom have been cut down.

Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Scott of near Florence is critically ill.

Andrew Downey injured his back in a fall. He was convalescing from a previous injury.
Grandma Campbell is very ill near Allensville.


James Gillespie of Rising Sun was sentenced to a life term, by a jury in the Ohio Circuit Court for the murder of his sister Elizabeth.

Aime Morerod observed his 90th birthday here on January 8th.

The river is full of ice and most of all boat traffic is tied up.

Dock McGuire is head cook on the steamer Levi Workum.


Forty people died in Vevay in 1894.

Henri Rabb’s store at Patriot was destroyed by fire.

Married near Antioch December 26th by Reverend Johnson of Patriot, George Dibble and Miss Lydia Powell.

Charles Pate of Patriot has accepted a position in New Orleans.

Born to Fred and Anna Slack of East Enterprise, a 12-pound boy.

F.P. Brockschlager was elected Noble Grand Master of the Phoenix Odd Fellows and John Kiesel was elected head of the Indiana lodge. Mrs. Lou Kiesel heads the Daughters of the American Revolution in Vevay.


A fine article in this newspaper of January 16th gives an account of Edward Eggleston.
James Crandell of Moorefield is teaching school at Cross Plains.

George Hotchkiss of Soapville bought the sawmill of J.R. Blodgett for $600.

The weather thermometer of Charles Boerner registered 7 degrees below zero Saturday.

U.P. Schenck was elected president of the First National Bank here with William Hall as cashier.

The Vevay and Versailles Turnpike Company here has declared a two percent dividend on the capital stock.

Married in Vevay January 12th by Reverend R.D. Block, Edwin H. Mead to Miss Hanna Belle Armstrong.

Married in East Enterprise January 5th by Reverend Seymour, Miss Mary J. Chandler to George Oak.

The Methodist Church in Vevay recently purchased a Bible at a cost of $20 and a hymn book which cost $6. They are printed on a very heavy paper and bound in Turkey, Morroco.
Captain A.J. Schenck is housed up on account of a sprained ankle.