Reflections of the past week of 07-17-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Carolyn Works and Thelma Tinker were crowned Mrs. Switzerland County during last Wednesday’s sheep show. The honor is awarded each year by the Fair Board for years of service to the 4-H program.

The Switzerland County 4-H Fair wrapped up on Saturday night with the annual livestock auction, and although this year’s sale didn’t set any records, the sale still gave fair board officials reason to smile. This year’s sale totaled $108,335 – down from last year’s record sale of $124,900. Part of the reason that the sale total was lower was that the number of projects was down this year.


One winter day in 1930 in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, a teen-age girl named Lorraine Robinson came to work in the McKee family’s house. The mother of the family was ill and a housekeeper was needed. Six months later the housekeeper joined the family. She married one of the McKee boys – Morris McKee. Now, after 63 years, they’re still married, and very happily, too. Morris and Lorraine McKee celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Tuesday.

Jennifer Weales, daughter of Rick and Cheri Weales of Vevay, has joined the staff at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison as a certified athletic trainer in the physical therapy department of the hospital’s new Rehabilitation Center. She recently graduated from Franklin College.


Patriot Town Board members are planning a town clean-up day for Saturday, July 16th. There will also be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new community park, followed by a pitch-in lunch at noon. Present plans are to make the ball park a community park.

Jennifer Leap, 16-year-old daughter of Larry and Gloria Leap of route 4, Vevay, was crowned the 1988 Switzerland County 4-H Queen Monday night.

Switzerland Countians got some relief this week from the drought which has been plaguing them all summer. Scattered showers hit the county Sunday afternoon. Around an inch of rain fell across most parts of the county on Monday bringing cooler temperatures with the much-needed moisture.

Daniel Bryan Dilts has enlisted in the U.S. Army through the delayed entry program. He left Thursday, July 14th, for basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Private Beatrice A. Umila, daughter of Gabriel D. and Pamela R. Umila of Vevay, has completed an Army administration course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.


Edward G. Gray resigned Monday as assistant superintendent of Switzerland County School Corporation, the only man having served at that position during the reorganized county corporation’s six-year history.

Delbert Wright assumed duties Monday as new superintendent of Switzerland County School Corporation. The 49-year-old Wright, superintendent of Lawrenceburg City Schools the past 5 1/2 years, signed a three-year contract at a meeting last Wednesday night to succeed Harold C. Benedict in the office.

Dr. Richard L. Stump moved into Vevay Clinic last week to establish a general practice of medicine and provide Switzerland County with its only practicing doctor of medicine. The 44-year-old Muncie native replaced Dr. Noel S. Graves at the clinic after Dr. Graves left Vevay at the end of June to accept resident staff position with Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.


Harry Truitt has been reappointed to the Vevay Town School board of trustees in action by the Vevay Town Board at a recent meeting. Mr. Truitt was named to his second three-year term on the board. Since his first appointment in 1955 he has served as secretary of the board.

The Vevay Regatta, planned for August 10th by the sponsoring Vevay Lions Club, will feature stock outboard racing in every class, the only such event in this area in 1958. The Regatta will include races for A, B, C and D Utility boats, and A, B, C and D stock hydroplanes.

Frank Sinatra, Arthur Kennedy and Dean Martin will arrive in Madison early in August to begin filming the MGM production of “Some Came Running”. Location scenes will be shot in and near Madison using several business buildings and private homes.

A son, William Albert, was born Monday night in Christ Hospital in Cincinnati to Mr. and Mrs. Abbie Rosenberger of near Vevay. He weighed only 4 pounds, 9 ounces and was placed in an incubator until he weighs five pounds.

Reverend Carroll Higham, wife and three daughters of near Milan have moved to the parsonage of the Fairview Methodist Church. Reverend Higham is the new pastor of the charge.


Mrs. Josephine Henry quietly celebrated her 84th birthday at her home on Main Cross Street last Thursday, July 8th.

James Russell Webber, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webber of Center Square, is a patient in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis where he was taken for treatment of injuries which he received Monday afternoon when he fell from his father’s automobile. The child sustained brain concussion and multiple cuts and bruises of the right cheek. The accident is said to have occurred near East Enterprise as the Webber automobile rounded a curve.

A spokesman for the Vevay Civic Group stated this week that the new metal street signs, ordered last March with money donated by citizens of the town, would be shipped to Vevay for installation in late August or early September.

Levi Bliss of Patriot is a patient in the Milan Hospital where he is receiving treatment for burns which he received last week. While working on a roof, a bucket of hot pitch which he was carrying overturned and covered the upper half of his body. His condition has been serious since that time.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Campbell (nee Betty Christie) a son, July 5th at their home in North Madison.


Miss Myrtle Lostutter, aged 16, daughter of the late Peter Lostutter, formerly of Vevay, was drowned July 4th in the White River near Indianapolis.

The automobile of Isaac Harlow was completely destroyed by fire Sunday while he was driving over the Indian Creek detour.

H. G. Kolb, new county agent, arrived here last week and has taken charge of his office in the courthouse.

George Dibble of near Patriot was painfully injured last week when thrown from a wagon while hauling hay.

Wings 55 feet long will be built at each end of the Indian Creek bridge according to an announcement of the highway commission.

The body of a colored boy about 16 years of age was found floating in the Ohio River near Patriot Saturday evening by Paul McKinley.

Born to Winford White and wife of Patriot July 3rd a baby girl, Betty Jane.

The ferry boat, Robert T. Graham, was returned Sunday from Madison where she has been on the ways for several days.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Teats have purchased a lot on Main Street from Professor Edward S. Furnish and will build a dwelling this summer.


Effective July 1st the rural mail carriers in the county received a 20 percent increase in their pay.

Nora Probst, 6, and Carroll Hopper, 4, of East Enterprise set fire to the Holiness Tabernacle there last week while playing with matches. The fire was blazing merrily when discovered by neighbors and several benches were destroyed before the fire was put out.

A July 4th celebration was held at East Enterprise and the refreshment stand netted $100 which was given to the Red Cross.

A son was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Myers of East Enterprise.


Harry Kern, young farmer of the Moorefield neighborhood, was injured Friday when a harpoon fork he was using to put hay in the mow, slipped and struck him in the head.

A six acre field of hay belonging to Garret Furnish of near Jay, was burned Monday at noon. A match applied to a nest of bumble bee got out of control and within a few minutes spread over the whole area.

Dr. Charles Loomis in a runaway near Florence one evening last week was thrown from his buggy and received painful though not serious injuries.

Born to Charles Kincaid and wife Friday night, July 10th, a son.

Dock McGuire returned home from Cincinnati last week and has rented the room, formerly occupied by Faught’s picture show where he will start a restaurant. It will be called the “Amelia Cafe.”

The Lyric Theatre has been undergoing extensive improvements and the owner W. A. Williams announces that he intends to start a vaudeville show in the room commencing next week. Ten cents will be charged and two performances will be presented nightly.

William McMahan of Cincinnati has rented the Vevay Opera House and will open a moving picture and vaudeville show within a few weeks.

Summer fruits threshing machine turned over while going up the Vevay hill Monday. No one was injured and the machine only slightly damaged.

Sol Fancher sold his Ferry Street restaurant Tuesday to Jeff Greenwell and Ed Buchanan.

Born to W. T. Graham and wife of Mount Sterling July 11th, a son.

A stable belonging to Mose Jackson was totally destroyed by fire Monday night and is believed to be work of an incendiary.

Harry Shaw who has been employed in a bank in Cincinnati for more than a year has returned to this city to accept a position as assistant bookkeeper in the Vevay Deposit Bank.

W. J. Manning will leave next week for Chattanooga, Tennessee, to resume his position as trombone player in the Tennessee State Band.

Sam Vance who has been living at the home of Crat Griffith for the past several years left Monday for Oklahoma where he will make his future home.

Since the river has gotten so low a large number of Vevay people have been cooling the bar. Several hundred bushels have been gathered this week.

Mrs. Agnes Taylor of Park’s Ridge who is in her 75th year has woven over 500 yards of carpet this spring.

Henry Schroeder resigned the managership of the Patriot Mercantile Company Monday and Orville J. North was elected to take the position July 16th.


A disastrous fire occurred on the farm of C. E. Whitton near Pleasant last Saturday afternoon, resulting in the destruction of his barn and all its contents.

The youngest daughter of George Dalgleish suffered the loss of the middle finger of one hand when she caught the hand in a feed cutter last week.

A daughter was born last week to Bunk Duvall and wife of Mount Sterling.

Earl, small son of Elmer Drake of Sugar Branch, fell last week and broke his arm, it being the third time it has been broken in the same place within a year.


Dr. William Johnson has about completed his house on Main Street.

Joseph Belch is building a residence on Ferry Street near the river.

Captain Peter E. Told has purchased the steamer Tom Ross and is having it repaired and next Monday will place it in the Madison and Westport trade.

Vevay business houses are now closing at 7:30 p.m. and don’t forget it.

Last Thursday four men commenced work on the Government Tower on land of U. H. Stow in Cotton Township. The location is 902 feet above sea level and the tower will be 68 feet high.

Humphrey, the six-year-old son of William Vawter, Jr., of Patriot, July 4th, accidentally shot himself with a pistol, dying in a few minutes.


Wednesday night, July 3rd, about 12 o’clock the warehouse of U. P. and A. J. Schenck was consumed by fire. It contained salt, hay, and straw, a hay press, and other articles. Cause of fire is unknown.

After three year’s absence last Wednesday Emelin Pleasants arrived in Vevay. Mr. Pleasants has been engaged in merchandising in Cave-I-Rock, Illinois.

A son was born last week to David Dodd and wife of Mount Sterling.

On Wednesday afternoon the roof of the kitchen of S. B. Miller’s residence on Main Street caught fire.


The baseball club of Vevay and the baseball club of Carrollton will play a match game here Friday.

The Baptist Church in this place is being papered, painted and otherwise repaired.

Blackberries are being sold for 30 cents per gallon.

A baseball game played here Monday with Ghent resulted in a score of 74-74.


B. F. Schenck has apologized to Mr. McCallum and withdrawn all the offensive language that he used toward him in his paper.

The Vevay High School will open on September 1st.

A new newspaper, the Philomathean Gem, will be started here next fall in the interest of the Vevay High School. It will be issued semi-monthly for 25 cents per quarter.


A destructive fire occurred Thursday night at the shipyard of Messrs. Temple and Robertson in Madison and loss is estimated at $100,000 with little insurance. Captain David White’s new $50,000 boat was consumed with only $10,000 insurance. It would have been launched several days before but the steamer Moderator which was sunk had been put on the ways for repairs and delayed the launching.

The hulls of several other boats were lost as well as the mill, lumber, material and marine ways.