Reflections of the past week of 06-12-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Nan Lorch is a Green Thumb worker in Switzerland County. She works part time at the Switzerland County Welcome Center. Green Thumb workers are senior citizens who work in their communities to make a positive difference.

The Indiana Gaming Commission has announced that it will meet on Monday, September 14th, in Indianapolis to consider awarding the fifth and final casino license on the Ohio River. A Switzerland County casino operation could mean $12 million in revenues for the county and the town governments of Vevay and Patriot, Boomtown Casino’s Bob List said this week.

Elyssa Swango is the Switzerland County High School Trig-Star for this year. She is the daughter of Tim and Wilma Swango of Vevay and earned the distinction by winning a trigonometry competition held in teacher Rick Weales’ class.

Andrew Jessup of near Pleasant was among 4,515 students at Purdue University to earn his degree in mechanical engineering during commencement ceremonies held in May. He is the son of Garry and Rosemary Jessup and is a graduate of SCHS.


A new County Clerk and a new member of the Vevay Town Council were selected on Saturday afternoon as Democrat Party precinct committeemen met for a caucus to replace office holders who had resigned. Darlene Haskell was named the new County Clerk of Courts and Hilbert Scudder was named to the Vevay Town Council.

A first step has been taken toward creating a new industrial park for Switzerland County. The Switz-Cor Corporation was awarded a $25,000 grant last week by the Economic Development Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. Kent Deaton, president of the Switz-Cor Corporation, said the money will be used to pay for a feasibility study to determine whether land near Markland Dam Park would be suitable for an industrial park.


Jim Holdcroft presented a trophy to Loren “Butch” Konkle of Vevay at the 4-H Fair Board Horse Pull Saturday night. Konkle’s team took second place in the 9000 pound class pull with a distance of 11’11”. First place went to the Humphrey Brothers of Versailles, Kentucky. Their team pulled a distance of 13 feet even. Over 600 people turned out for the annual pull.

In case you haven’t been to the 4-H Fairgrounds lately you might want to check out the new concession and restroom building next to the grandstand. The Fair Board began construction of the 500 square foot building earlier this spring and hopes to have it completed soon.

The Vevay Town Board announced Wednesday night that service will be restored to 21 street lights around town, effective July 1st.


Sergeant Donald E. Poling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Rieman of route 2, Vevay, participated in a recent U.S. Air Force-Army firepower demonstration at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

U.S. Army privates Robert G. (Greg) Briggs and Jerry Smith have been assigned to Company E, 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, at the U.S. Army Training Center, Armor, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They are the respective sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Briggs of route 1, Vevay, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith of route 3, Vevay.

Professional musicians and crowning of an Edelweiss princess will be among the special attractions during Vevay’s and Switzerland County’s first annual Swiss Wine Festival August 16th, 17th and 18th.

Mickey Markland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Markland of East Main Street, Vevay, has been accepted in the 1968 Indiana State 4-H Club Band. He was also a member of last year’s state band.

Miss Lynn Lamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lamson of route 3, Vevay, is a member of the June graduating class at Hanover College. She is a mathematics major.

Miss Rosemary Morton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Morton of route 1, Vevay, will receive an Indiana University nurse’s pin June 9th at the annual IU School of Nursing pinning ceremonies.

Six students from Switzerland County are on a tentative list of 6,200 graduates from Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses scheduled to receive degrees Monday at Indiana University’s commencement program in Bloomington. They include Kay S. Hanna, bachelor of science in nursing, Robert D. Jones, doctor of jurisprudence, both of Florence; and Douglas C. Leatherbury, doctor of jurisprudence, of Patriot. From Vevay are Mrs. Amy McKay Konkle, doctor of medicine; Rosemary Morton, bachelor of science in nursing; and Michael M. Simmons, bachelor of arts in journalism.


Mr. and Mrs. William Craig have sold their home on Seminary Street to Mrs. Georgia Bladen of near Florence. Possession on or near July 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Craig and two children will move about the last of June to Aberdeen, Maryland, where they have been transferred from the Jefferson Proving Ground.

Fire caused by a short circuit in electric wiring, consumed the frame home of William Cheatum on Walnut Street in Vevay Saturday afternoon.

Fire destroyed a tractor owned by Benedict Coal and Oil Company of Vevay as the machine was in operation in a field near the coal yard Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caplinger of Moorefield became great-grandparents Sunday morning, May 25th, when a baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hubert Linville of Madison. She has been named Leslie Diane.


In common with the rest of the country Switzerland County will get its first look at the new 1949 Ford automobile on June 18th when three cars will be exhibited by the Vevay Auto Company at their salesroom on Ferry Street.

Miss Doris Anne McNary, daughter of County Agent and Mrs. O. H. McNary, has resigned her position with The Procter and Gamble Company of Chicago to accept a scholarship awarded her recently by the Katherine Gibbs School of Business.

Misses Janet Ricketts and Ruth Schoffner, both of Vevay, will attend the Girls State on the campus of Indiana University, June 23rd through July 1st.


Clair Edward Coleman, aged 10 years, only child of Joe and Gertrude Ferguson Coleman, died Wednesday after a brief illness of tetanus. The youngster suffered a cut on the knee May 20th and little thought was given to the injury at the time. However the symptoms of lockjaw developed about a week later and in spite of the best medical treatment rendered, resulted in death.

Jesse Corns, owner of the Corns Dairy, has made arrangements for the sale of his business to the Glass Dairy Company of Madison.

The body of Miss Georgia Bondurant, Vevay school teacher, who has been missing since February 18th was found in the Ohio River at Newburgh, Indiana last Thursday morning.

A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Konkle of Craig Township. He has been named William Lee.

Ab Brown, local river man and veteran fisherman caught a 55-pound catfish on a trotline near the mouth of Indian Creek Sunday.


The Mighty Haag Circus will be in Vevay for two performances June 26th.

Mattie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roberts, is seriously ill of lockjaw at her home in Vevay.

James G. Bladen is remodeling his grocery store on Main Street.

William Cook Jr., purchased the Tom O’Neal barber shop Monday and placed Richard Trinkle in charge of it. Fred Montayne purchased a half interest in the Rook barber shop taking immediate possession.

Reverend and Mrs. H. T. Raphael arrived in Vevay this week, Reverend Raphael having accepted a call to the Vevay Baptist Church.

Twenty-six spring chickens were stolen one night last week from the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Curron.

Born June 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Grimes of Bennington, a son.


Twenty-one of the 40 surviving members of the G.A.R. were present for Decoration Day services held at the Courthouse Thursday. In connection with the ceremonies a Switzerland County service flag containing 230 stars, representing the boys in the present conflict, was given to the county by Mrs. C.S. Tandy. It was presented by Reverend W.T. Dart in her name. Four of the stars are gold ones which stand for the deaths of Edwin C. Danner, Edward Cole, Frank Mitchell and Glen Sample.

Alonzo Imel of Plum Creek was critically injured Tuesday when the tongue in the wagon he was driving broke, turning over the wagon. He was pinned beneath it and was dragged several feet.

An informal reception was held at the Vevay school house Monday evening in honor of Miss Julia L. Knox, who has severed her long connection as a teacher here to accept the post of Latin teacher in the Crawfordsville High School. She will complete her studies at Indiana University this summer.

Frank Dupraz sustained a broken leg Wednesday en route home from his work at Dam 39 when his car was in collision with one driven by James Dodd near Markland.

Forrest Teats has bought the confectionery on Main Street owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Brockschlager.

Miss Thelma Bradford of Humphrey’s Corner was bitten by a snake Tuesday but no ill effects are expected although the injury is painful.

Carroll Butter at Fort Wadsworth, New York is now bugler of his company.

Dr. Wallace Dodd, stationed aboard the transport Mt. Vernon, has made his first trip to Europe and back.

Miss Nina Washmuth who enlisted as a Red Cross nurse is now stationed at Fort Oglethorp, Georgia.


On Monday morning at the meeting of the directors of the First National Bank, A. J. Porter was selected as the man to fill the cashier’s berth held by Dr. Craig before his demise and Mrs. Lena Mills was elected to fill the bookkeeper vacancy, the office formerly held by Mr. Porter.

William Hal Lindley, former resident of this county, was accidentally killed on his farm near Anadarko, Oklahoma May 26th. Mr. Lindley was inspecting a bridge over a creek when it collapsed letting him fall through sustaining injuries from which he died within a few hours.

A gang of Rumanians arrived here Sunday to work on the Plum Creek bridge. An effort was made to procure Vevay labor but as this was not procurable, the Rumanians were the next resort. These men sleep in a tent close to the bridge and live on two loaves of bread and five cents worth of bologna each day.

Born to George Kelley and wife of Florence May 29th, a fine girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Heath of Humphrey’s Corner on last Thursday, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rush Platt of Patriot on May 27th, a 14-pound boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Graham Miller of Patriot a nine-pound boy, on May 29th.

Born Monday, June 1st a 10-pound boy to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shutts of Patriot.


A daughter was born June 6th to Cyrus Bodle and wife of East Enterprise.

Vevay is patriotic — sent seven young men to defend the flag and free Cuba. Those going to Cincinnati to enlist were Frank Dupraz, Charles Trafelet, Fred Tardy, Ed Mead, Ed Bright, Fred Haskell, Clarence Shaw, Clarence Anderson, Frank Peelman and Samuel Smith. Anderson and Haskell were rejected because of physical disabilities and Peelman decided that he did not want to enlist and he returned home Monday night. Shaw is in medical hospital service and was sent to Chicamauga Park, Tennessee.

Miss Blanche Brosius entertained a number of her little friends last Monday, the occasion being her 11th birthday.

Ollie Bear of Bennington and Curtis Neal of Parks Ridge went to Cincinnati Tuesday to join the Regular Army.


David M. Haskell has bought the interests of his partner, Henry Trafelet, in the livery stable business and has decided not to be a candidate for the nomination of sheriff.

The alarm of fire last Thursday afternoon was occasioned by sparks igniting the roof of the sawmill of Shuff and Waldo. A few buckets full of water extinguished the flames.

Last Tuesday, Dr. Muret of Madison assisted by Drs. Woodside and Craig performed an operation on a child of James Wiley.

A. Parker, formerly of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has removed to Vevay and opened a gun store in the two-story frame building opposite the Courthouse.


A frame stable on the premises of Thomas Given on Pike Street was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night about 10 o’clock. The fire is thought to have been the work of an incendiary. Last Monday the stable of John D. Harwood was discovered to be on fire but the flames were soon extinguished. Evidently there is a fiend in our midst.

In Commissioners Court Henry Schewe, Fallis & Duncan, Daniel Plew and Thomas Delaney were granted a retail liquor license.

David & Benedict of Markland have sold their mammoth new wharfboat to parties at Owensboro, Kentucky.

Henry Waltz, one of Switzerland County’s pioneer settlers, died near Mount Sterling May 30th at the age of 88 years.


Charles G. Boerner informs us that 2.65 inches of water fell in one hour during the rain last Tuesday.

There will be a trial of the Champion mowing machine on George W. Dufour’s farm tomorrow by the agents, U. P. Schenck and sons.


Mrs. Julia L. Dumont has just had published by D. Appleton and Company of New York, a new book entitled Life Sketches from Common Paths: A series of American Tales. The Indiana State Journal has the following to say about it: “This work is the production of one of Indiana’s most gifted mothers, and one of which she may well be proud to recognize among the literary exponents of one of her pioneer teachers. These sketches will not suffer in comparison with Washington Irving’s Sketch Book. They embody the best thoughts, maturest experiences, and richest productions of a chastened imagination, cultivated intellect and a heart trained in the school of the Great Teacher. It is an admirable book, worthy of the honor of many editions.”

The publishers have favored us with a copy of the book. We regard Mrs. Dumont as first among the many distinguished writers of the west.

The steamer Interchange was caught in a storm below Madison Saturday and a large tree fell across her fore-castle demolishing spars, derricks and nine barrels of whiskey.

The steamers Jacob Strader and Telegraph passed up Sunday evening crowded with passengers.