Reflections of the past week of 06-5-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


To hundreds of Switzerland County High School students and graduates, Wayne Daugherty is simply known as “Mr. D.” For more than 26 years, he has served in various capacities with the Switzerland County school system, and on Tuesday morning – his 60th birthday – Wayne Daugherty informed superintendent John Thomas that this year was his last. Wayne Daugherty’s retirement leaves a huge hold in the Switzerland County school system and at Switzerland County High School, where he serves as athletic director and administrative assistant.

John Keeton of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Chuck Deputy of the Farm Service Agency said that about 60 percent of the county’s tobacco crop has been planted. This is the prime setting time for the tobacco crop.

Jared Hill graduated Sunday, May 17th, from Purdue University during commencement exercises held at Elliot Hall. He received a bachelor of science degree in aviation technology and has earned certification as a licensed commercial pilot and instructor. He has accepted a position with Ryan International Airlines in Indianapolis. The 1994 graduate of Switzerland County High School is the son of Bill and Jackie Hill of near Fairview.



Navy Airman Recruit Michael D. Evans, a 1992 graduate of Switzerland County High School, recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, homeported in San Diego, California. He is the son of Glenn and Jane Smith, near Pleasant.

Chuck Klein, who lives on Goose Creek near Patriot, has been named firearms editor of P.I. magazine, “America’s private investigation journal”. He has written a column about handguns for the magazine for the past three years. Mr. Klein is a private investigator.

Jason Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Gregory, won the designation of Switzerland County High School Trig-Star for 1993 in competition in teacher Rick Weales’ trigonometry class at SCHS.


Switzerland County Pacer Scott Sullivan was named medalist of this year’s Ohio River Valley Conference boys golf match as the Pacers took the ORVC title. Along with that came a special honor for Pacer Coach Darrell Hansel who was named ORVC Coach of the Year.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Hatton, route one Florence, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Natalie to Jim Demaree. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Demaree of Madison. The wedding will take place Saturday, June 18th, at Florence Christian Church.

Robert Banta has enlisted with the U.S. Navy and will leave in June for training at the San Diego Naval Training Center. He is the son of Casey and Barbara Banta, route one Vevay.

Mrs. Saundra Schmidt of Madison announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter Susan to Michael Berner, son of Leon and Esther Berner of route one Cross Plains.


Harold C. Benedict resigned Monday night as superintendent of Switzerland County School Corporation, effective at the end of his present contract June 30th.

Sergeant Gale William Dixon, 24, whose wife Jean lives in Vevay and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Dixon reside on route 3, Vevay, was killed in Vietnam on May 22nd, according to word received from the Defense Department.

Hanover College will receive a grant of $1,500 this year from the General Electric Foundation, an independent trust established by the General Electric Company in 1952.


William R. Gayle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gayle of route 2, Madison, was meritoriously promoted by the U.S. Marine Corps to the rank of sergeant on May 1st. His job is a tank specialist at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

For making an inlaid map, Donald King, route 4, Vevay, last week received one of the 1958 Constantine Woodworking Awards in a competition which drew entries from all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Japan and Africa. There were 314 awards in all.

Mr. and Mrs. Julian Bodkin, nee Marilyn Lewis, are the parents of a baby daughter born Saturday, May 25th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. She has been given the name of Kathy Lynn.


Max Rosenberger of Vevay has completed his course at the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis and was a member of the graduating class of that institution at commencement exercises held last Friday night. Mr. Rosenberger and his wife have returned to Vevay where he is employed at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

Razing of the old tobacco warehouse built many years ago by Sam Stucy on the corner of Ferry and Market streets here, was begun this week by a crew of workmen in the employ of Clarence Roberts, local lumber dealer. The warehouse was purchased by Mr. Roberts from Forrest Griffith and the building is being torn down to salvage the good timbers.

Twins, a boy and a girl, were born to Mrs. Jesse Edwards (nee Mavis Brandon) of near Mount Sterling on Wednesday, June 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.


Jesse Corns, owner of the Corns Dairy, which has been in operation for the past 10 years, has completed arrangements for the sale of his business to the Glass Dairy Company of Madison. Roy L. Branham of Vevay will be the new owner’s representative here.

A son, William Lee, was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Konkle of Craig Township.


Mrs. Dale Barnes of Caledonia was painfully injured Monday when an automobile in which she and Mrs. Roy Wolf were riding overturned at Manville.

A car belonging to Ray Miller of near Florence was stolen in Vevay Saturday night.

Robert B. Boren of Fountain City, Indiana, and John D. Williams of Indianapolis, member of the Indiana State Highway Commission were in Switzerland County Monday viewing the river road from Vevay to Patriot.

Miss Eloise Richards has accepted a position in the Vevay library and will begin her duties Monday.

A son was born May 21st to Mr. and Mrs. David Blodgett of Bennington. He has been named David Jr.


Boy Scouts of America are being asked to locate supplies of black walnut timber to be used for airplane propellers.

Sidney Hance of Plum Creek sustained a badly cut foot in a mowing machine last week.

Claude Brown and Claude Siefert went to Cincinnati last week to enlist in the inland Water Corps.

James Farrell of near Moorefield, a Civil War veteran, has in his possession many of the letters written to him by soldiers. He has preserved them for over 50 years.

The following men were sent to Camp Taylor, Kentucky Tuesday for military service: Walter Lock, Jeff Rayl, Harold Patterson, Marion Williamson, Charles Runyan, Omer Jump, William Trinkle, Robert Banta, Patterson Newbold, Clarence Croxton, Dwight Lee, Gilbert Henry, William Bowen, Avon D. Lauderbaugh, Earl Hughes, John L. Wiley, George F. Platt, Howard Humphrey, Harry Weales and Claude Cotton.

Clyde C. Scott substituted for Lawrence E. Kinman in the group sent to Columbus, Ohio last week.


William Fox, aged 51 years, was accidentally shot by his son Charles, 22, last Sunday afternoon and died from the wound on Monday.

Mrs. E.R. Mullet, while en route to this city for a visit with former friends on Monday night, fell on board the steamer down from Cincinnati and broke one of her hips. Mr. and Mrs. Mullett were former residents of Vevay.

The Crescent theatre closed down Saturday night.

Otto Tague of Ohio, formerly of this city, was in town the first of the week trying to get lease on different plots of ground desiring to bore for gas or oil.


Dr. B.C. Reid has moved from Patriot to Vevay where he has opened a dentist’s office.

Old John Robinson’s show will be in Vevay Thursday, June 9th.

Vevay has a new building, a broom factory, C.F. Bear proprietor.

The interior of the drug store of Golay and Stevens has been embellished with paint and now looks as fresh and sweet as a sweet girl graduate.

Dr. William Leeds of Paris, Indiana, is a student in the dental office of Dr. William Johnson on Ferry Street.

John W. Boyd has opened a tin shop on Pike Street near Schenck’s store.

Alumni banquet at the Metropolitan Hall Wednesday, June 6th. Tickets may be obtained at the post office, or from the committee, Misses Mollie Hall, Lida Griffith, Nettie Northcott, or Messrs, Lum R. Melcher, Claude Siebenthal and Will Holland.


After a brief suspension the spicy little Madison Star is shining more brightly than ever before.

Miss Lillie Waldo is attending the Musical Academy at Columbus.


Bige Brindley was thrown from a horse while riding near Moorefield last Saturday and seriously injured. When falling from the horse one of his feet caught in the stirrup, the horse kicking him on the head several times and dragging him about 50 yards. He is so seriously injured that it is feared he cannot recover.

James M. Dyer of this county has filed a petition in bankruptcy.

Strawberries are selling for 15 cents a quart.

The 17-year locusts are visiting our county in large swarms.

Switzerland County paid taxes to the amount of $6,266 for special school purposes, and when settling with the Treasurer of State received $9,117.16 as her proportion of the fund.

During a quarrel at Carrollton, Owen Murphy killed Edward Davis, stabbing him through the heart. Both men live in that city.


The steamboat Interchange passed here two or three days ago having on board 40 government wagons, designed for the use of the U.S. Army in Utah. The wagons were built in New Hampshire under government contract.


Miles Roberts, 10, son of John Roberts of Vevay, drowned Thursday night at Madison as he stepped from the steamboat Lady Pike to the wharfboat. He fell into the river and sank from sight before he could be rescued. The body was recovered next morning and was buried in Vevay Cemetery Saturday.