Reflections of the past week of 09-11-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Sally Stewart became a local hero Sunday morning when she stopped an attempted robbery of the T & J Market in Moorefield by two Westport residents. When the woman robber became distracted Sally Stewart retrieved a gun beneath the counter and the robber dropped her gun. The police were called and made the arrests.

For more than five years Switzerland County officials have worked toward landing a riverboat casino. Monday in Indianapolis, the Indiana Gaming Commission is expected to finally award the fifth and final Ohio River casino license here. Mike Jones said that he will make a brief presentation to the Indiana Gaming Commission but doesn’t expect to make any new announcements at that time. Officials from Hollywood Park/Boomtown, the company working to put a riverboat casino complex in Switzerland County, will make a 20-minute presentation before the Indiana Gaming Commission also on Monday.


Pinnacle Management Group of Denver, Colorado, was selected Wednesday afternoon by the Switzerland County Council as the riverboat gambling company for Switzerland County.

Two new ambulances were put into use by the Switzerland County Emergency Unit last week. They obtained one of the ambulances through insurance money received after its Rescue 6 ambulance was destroyed in an accident last March. The emergency unit took out a loan to pay for the other one. The ambulances cost over $37,000 each.


William L. Horton, a native of Madison, has been named vice president of the First National Bank of Vevay. He brings to First National nearly 40 years of banking experience. He and his wife Betty reside on Arch Street in Vevay.

Steve Atwood of Vevay won the Indiana State Heavyweight Horse Pull Championship August 25th in an upset win over the defending champion from Michigan during competition at the 1988 Indiana State Fair. Benham Brothers of Osgood won the lightweight division.

David Sides, a 1988 graduate of Switzerland County High School, has been named one of eight students to receive the Nathan Stix Memorial Scholarship awarded annually by the U.S. Shoe Corporation.

Charlie May, a 1988 graduate of SCHS, has been awarded the Larry Bird Scholarship from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren McCreary will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house on Sunday, September 11th, at the Pleasant School. They were married September 7th, 1938, at the home of Reverend O.E. McConnell in Lawrenceburg.


The Swiss Wine Festival, the charm of the town of Vevay and its citizenry and the desire of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Farnsley of Louisville for a summer home on the Ohio River combined to make a sale of the well-known Heberhart home located at Union and West Market streets, Vevay. Mr. Farnsley is a Kentucky Colonel and is the former Mayor of Louisville and U.S. Congressman from Kentucky.

Specialist 5 Joseph Keith Kirkendall, a 21-year-old soldier who was due home from his second tour in Vietnam in November, was killed August 27th in the combat zone. The Switzerland County soldier died following a mortar attack on his camp near Vinh Long. He had been serving as a crane operator with Company B, 69th Engineering Battalion. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kirkendall, Sr., and had resided at Mount Sterling the past 11 years.

Edward Gray, former assistant superintendent of Vevay schools, has accepted the position of principal and fifth and sixth grade teacher at Cass-Union Elementary School in Ohio County.

U.S. Air Force Sergeant Peter A. Clark of Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio, recently returned from a classified mission to Spain. While in Spain he was stationed in Terrjon near Madrid. He also flew missions to England where he visited London and Oxford.


Mr. Amie Dugan of Tapps Ridge is a patient in Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati where on Friday he underwent a rare and delicate operation to replace a damaged artery leading to the stomach.

A jet plane crash in Georgia Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Robert Bakes, 46, a native of Switzerland County. Mr. Bakes was employed as a flight instructor for the Southern Air Training School operated for the U.S. Air Force at Bainbridge, Georgia. Recently he qualified as a jet instructor.

Wilbur Young, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, this week commended the school bus drivers of Switzerland County for their safe driving record.

Mrs. Orville Bliss, who with her husband operates a restaurant on Main Street, suffered second degree burns Monday morning on the right side of the body when gas exploded in a stove at the restaurant.

Nearly 100 persons attended the homecoming ceremonies at the Quercus Grove Methodist Church Sunday honoring six 50-year members.


A baby girl was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Gail Scott of Florence at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wakefield and baby daughter have removed to Ridgeville, Indiana, where the former will serve as athletic coach during the year. The Wakefields have lived here for the past two years where he served as coach in the local schools.

Paul Ogle of Vevay, well known local merchant, was released from St. Edwards Hospital, New Albany, Monday. He had been receiving treatment for serious burns on the face and arms, which he sustained last Wednesday night in Sellersburg when an electric pump which he was repairing shorted. He is now slowly convalescing but will be confined to his home for some time.

Town Marshal Ray Leap announced his resignation at the board meeting on Monday evening. Mr. Leap has been in ill health since a major operation several months ago and this has necessitated giving up the job. He has made a good Marshal and his many friends hope for a continued improvement in his condition. Squire John Baird has filled the job since last week and on Saturday Ora Scudder will take over temporarily until a permanent appointment can be made.


David Heath, Jr., won third prize on his pen of three Southdown ewes at the Indiana State Fair last week.

Mrs. Jessie Williams, widow of Billy Williams, former owners of the Williams Hotel in Vevay, died at her home in Little Neck, New York, six weeks ago.

Four hundred and two students entered the Vevay schools here Monday according to Superintendent E. S. Furnish.

Born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Buchanan of Milton Township, a baby daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

A son was born Sunday morning at the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Moreillon of Fairview.

A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Gregory of Quercus Grove.


The Patriot-Posey Township schools opened September 3rd, with 82 pupils enrolled in high school and 201 in the grades.

There were 238 people in attendance at the annual Scudder reunion held at Stow’s Park in East Enterprise Sunday.

Born to William Sheeley and wife of Five Points, a girl.

A son was born Saturday to William Bowen and wife.

Charles B. Lamson and family left Thursday for California where they expect to locate.

Isaac Romans and family have moved from Plum Creek to Vevay where Mr. Romans will blacksmith.


The official count for the selective draft registration in Switzerland County Thursday totaled 1,074 men.

A total of 183 students are enrolled in Vevay High School. There are 159 in the grades.

Anthony Yates, 28, son of Mrs. Winnie Yates, died at Camp Dodge, Iowa Thursday from blood poisoning believed to have followed vaccination. The body, under military escort, arrived Saturday and he was given a military funeral Sunday.

A barge of brick and tile for the new library building arrived this week and the construction work is progressing rapidly.

Professor J. K. Pleasants of Vevay has rendered a unique service to the government by presenting 20 maps of Germany and Austria to Provost Marshal General Crowder. He obtained about 100 maps of foreign countries while studying music in Berlin, Germany. He has received a letter of thanks from Crowder.

Babies were born recently to the following Fairview couples: a girl on September 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Fox; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Biege Brindley on September 8th; and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. George Manford on September 1st.

Misses Ruby Means, Aldean and Janette Copeland and Ray Haskell and Warren Elsrod left this week to resume their studies at Indiana University.

Angela, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Farrel of near Pleasant, is improving from an attack of infantile paralysis.

Miss Beatrice Babcock is the new assistant in the post office succeeding Miss Clara Kiesel who resigned to accept a government position in Washington.

Mrs. Elizabeth Dibble of Patriot celebrated her 91st birthday Monday.

Lieutenant Clifford Thiebaud has been returned from France to be an instructor at Camp Custer, Michigan, and spent the weekend with his father, Fred Thiebaud and family near Vevay. He related that in a distribution of knitted socks by the Red Cross he received a pair which was made by Miss Julia Tandy of Vevay.


The grocery firm of Detraz and Lock dissolved partnership on Monday, Mitchell Detraz buying out the interests of Anthony Lock.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ricketts of Quercus Grove September 11th, a boy.

William Wahl, engineer on the Steamer Louisville is home, his boat having been laid up for some time on account of the low water.

Charles Morgan and wife of Moorefield left Tuesday for California where they will make their home.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Williamson of Quercus Grove, a son.

Mr. George Kincaid and family left Wednesday morning for Shelbyville, Indiana where they expect to locate.

The steamer Lizzie Bay on her trip down from Cincinnati Tuesday night ran headlong into the Warsaw ferryboat. Both boats were badly damaged.

A collection of fowls belonging to different citizens in this city, pulled down 16 premiums at the Sanders, Kentucky fair last week, winning one third of the money offered.

Frank Riley has sold his butcher shop in East Enterprise to Charles Tyler and son Lewis.


Alling and Lodge, owners of the traction engine at which the horses became scared and caused serious injuries to Mr. John Henry, ordered all premiums won by them at the county fair be paid to Mr. Henry.

Miss Anna Pleasants last Thursday went to Cincinnati to enter the College of Music.

Rhodia Grisard is now a salesman in the store of Z. I. Yonge.


We are in receipt of the first number of a new paper published at Rising Sun by E. G. and J. F. Waldo, The Indiana Oasis. The subscription price is 10 cents per month.

A Baptist church in the vicinity of James Orem’s residence was recently organized in Pleasant Township. The church already has 21 members.

The Vevay public schools will open September 16th.

Harvey Voris of Bennington has gone to Bloomington to attend school.


Alex Evans, the man who was shot by Cincinnaties Bradley last week, is slowly recovering from his wound and is expected to recover.

There will be a big Republican meeting in Aurora next Saturday.

Preparations are being made for a grand rally of Republicans in Vevay Saturday, October 10th.

Josiah Jackman has presented us with a needle case made of wood used in the first house built in Vevay. It was erected on the corner of Market and Main streets in 1814 by John J. Dufour.


N. C. Stout has announced as a candidate for assessor of Jefferson Township in the October election.