Reflections of the past week of 09-4-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Ruby Graham of Vevay was honored recently by the state VFW Ladies Auxiliary for her efforts in raising money to help homeless veterans. She designed a special pin that was sold around the state, helping to raise over $28,000 for homeless shelters in Indiana.

Former Switzerland County Pacer standout Mark Boggs, currently running for Indiana University Southeast, captured the 7th annual Vevay River Run on Saturday morning by 17 seconds. Mark Boggs took the lead at the midway point of the race and never looked back. Another former Switzerland County star runner, Charlie Lorch, a 1983 graduate of Switzerland County High School, came back to Vevay from Fairfield, California to finish a very strong third place overall. Both runners ran even for the first half of the race. Vevay resident Chad Rowlett finished in fifth place overall, and 12-year-old Justin Findley was 14th overall.


A closed door hearing was held in the Courthouse Thursday as the Switzerland County Commissioners listened to statements from attorneys representing three former county employees who were dismissed January 1st. Dismissed were John T. Jester, Gary W. Scott and Manford “Buck” Smith.

Mark A. Banks of Vevay has been named to the Dean’s list for the 1993 summer semester at Ivy Tech College Southeast in Madison.

Mary Jones has been named to the Patriot Town Council. Mrs. Jones, who previously served on the town council in 1977 and 1978, was selected by Craig Bond, the Democrat precinct committeeman for Posey 1. The other candidate was former town council member Wayne Turner.


Mike Danner, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Vevay, was installed as Lieutenant Governor of the Scenic Hills Division during the annual meeting on Sunday, August 21st, of the Indiana Kiwanis District held at Terre Haute.

Ross and Elizabeth Jackson of Pendleton were honored with an open house on Sunday, August 7th, in observance of their 40th wedding anniversary. Mr. Jackson is a former resident of Switzerland County.

Navy Seaman Recruit Robert M. Banta, son of Denton C. and Barbara A. Banta, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California.


Jackie Johnson, 1968 Switzerland County 4-H Fair queen, was one of the top 10 finalists last Thursday in the Indiana State Fair beauty pageant. She is the first Switzerland County girl to be so honored. She was among a field of 74 girls and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Wainscott.

Kenny Clemons has been unanimously elected by the 1968 Swiss Wine Festival committee to serve as chairman of the 1969 festival planning committee. Claude Deaton was named vice chairman.

Robert E. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Brown of Vevay, has graduated from Ohio College of Applied Science in Cincinnati, achieving an associate in applied science degree in electronic technology.

U.S. Army Pfc. David S. Lassiter, 22, whose wife Anne Kinman Lassiter, is a Switzerland County native and resident, was killed August 17th in Vietnam combat when a hostile booby trap detonated near the Cambodian border.


Miss Jeanette Reid Tandy, 78, of Vevay, died Saturday morning at Dillsboro Manor. She taught school at Vevay High School, Franklin College, Brooklyn School of Law, and Columbia University, and studied library science at Cleveland Ohio Western Reserve University. She established a library in Kendallville, did library work for Cincinnati Public Library, and did literary work for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. She was also author of a book, “Crackerbarrel Philosophers.”

Emmett Danner, Vevay hardware dealer and his son Mike, 11, narrowly escaped serious injury or death in an accident Sunday afternoon on the Ohio River. The towboat, Pat Murphy pushing two oil barges, rammed their small skiff in mid-channel, but both jumped clear and were picked up out of the water by pleasure boaters from Milan. Mike was treated for shock at the office of Dr. Noel Graves but neither he nor his father was injured.

Tom Mitchell, formerly of Denver, Colorado, has leased the Shell gasoline filling station on Liberty Street formerly operated by Paul Hankins and took immediate possession.

Miss Sondra Hyde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hyde, won top honors at the Indiana State Fair 4-H dress revue, taking a blue ribbon in the senior division.

Eugene F. Chaskel of Florence was awarded third prize on his 1935 Auburn automobile at the meeting of classic car owners of Auburns, Cords and Dusenberg automobiles held recently in Auburn, Indiana. Mr. Chaskel’s Phaeton, four-door convertible received the yellow ribbon rosette for its engine performance.

William E. Poston, well known retired farmer, died unexpectedly early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eugene Spencer. He served as a member of the Vevay school board and also served as a director in the Burley Tobacco Co-operative Marketing Association.


It was reported here Wednesday that Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rix, now of Versailles, have taken over the new Swiss Inn in Vevay and are expected to assume charge within a few days.

A baby son was born on Saturday morning, August 28th, to Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Zink of Vevay at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He weighed 8 1/4 pounds and has been named Robert Danner.

William McClure of Vevay, who for the past 18 months has been the instructor in the Veterans on the Farm Training Program in Switzerland County, has resigned his position effective October 1st.

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bland and son Bobby of Murray, Kentucky, moved to this community last week and are living in the first floor apartment in the property of Miss Anna Brockschlager on Walnut Street. Mr. Bland will teach Industrial Arts and Junior High School Physical Education in the Vevay Schools this year.


Elmer Browning, city employee, had a narrow escape from death by electrocution Saturday morning when he came in contact with a guy cable while tying in new wires. E. W. Tilley at the Vevay Deposit Bank heard his cries and called the power plant where the current was cut off enabling fellow workers to release Browning.

A daughter Rosalee was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Winters of West Union on September 2nd.


F. C. Binder has added a paint department to his novelty store in Vevay.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Worth Lyons of Quercus Grove on August 28th.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Works of Allensville are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl.

M. H. Griffith, Craig Township farmer and school teacher, was seriously injured Saturday in an automobile accident on state road 56 one and one-half miles west of Vevay.


Uncle Barney Klenburg has been denied the right to register in order to vote due to the fact that he cannot produce his naturalization papers. Coming to this country 63 years ago he at once became naturalized and placed his papers in the courthouse in Cincinnati. Some years later it burned. He served in the Civil War as a volunteer and has been a loyal supporter of the U.S. government. The peculiar case is causing much indignation among his friends.

The wreck of the Princess, destroyed in the ice last winter, is now being torn to pieces by Cincinnati workers on the shore below Carrollton. The wreck of the Hattie Brown lies just opposite on the Indiana shore.

Dr. Wallace Dodd, ship doctor on the transport Mt. Vernon, was aboard when the ship was torpedoed while en route from France to America. It is presumed that he was among those who reached safety since his family has received no message from the War Department.

David Farrel of near Moorefield was painfully injured Tuesday when he was attacked by a horse as he went into its stable. The animal severely bit him in the chest tearing away the flesh.

A well known man in this county recently sailed forth in the night with the light of battle in his eye and a gun in his hands to settle dogs which were disturbing his sleep. He didn’t shoot however. One was his own dog, the other his father’s.

John Heady, who has been running his boat in the packet trade on the Tennessee River for two months has returned home.

Miss Justine Tandy left Monday to resume her studies at Simmons College, Boston.

Miss Adelouise Demann of Dayton, Ohio who has been spending the summer with her aunt, Miss Jennie Demann, will remain in Vevay to attend school here.

Clyde Griffith left this week to resume his duties at Purdue University.


Four fires during the week have caused a loss of nearly $5,000 to persons living in Switzerland County. The damage is as follows: barn, stable and contents belonging to William Lostutter, value $3,000; barn and contents belonging to Josh Griffith, value $1,000; lumber yard belonging to A. D. Spencer, value $200; residence owned by R. N. Williams and Captain Raschig, value $300.

Edwin C. Shull has sold his livery stable on Liberty Street to W. H. Morrison and possession has been given.

The new Vevay Deposit Bank building just completed is without doubt the grandest structure of its kind in any small city in the country.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William E. Poston September 6th, an 8-pound girl.

Mrs. Francis Shadday has purchased the Stevens property on upper Main Street.

Born to George Ralston and wife of Goose Creek last Monday, a fine boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Holdcraft of East Enterprise September 3rd, a girl.

Born to Fred Slack and wife of East Enterprise, a girl.

Born to George McSwain and wife of Egypt Bottom September 3rd, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hufford of Patriot, a 10-pound girl.


Emory Thiebaud of Connersville is visiting home folks in Craig Township. He came on his bicycle, a distance of about 100 miles.

Last Friday evening as little David Ward Sieglitz was going up Market Street near his home, he was trampled by a cow and one foot was terribly lacerated. Only the arrival of the family dog saved him from further injuries.

Born to Harry Roberts and wife of Lamb, a daughter.

Master Clyde Taylor of Moorefield is able to be out again after being confined to his home for several weeks with a broken leg.


James A. VanOsdol has resigned the position of deputy prosecutor and has been succeeded by L. E. Smith.

John Henry, Sr., residing near Center Square suffered a fractured hip and leg Monday when his horse became frightened at a traction engine and ran away throwing him from the buggy. Mr. Henry was accompanied by his son-in-law John Bodle who was uninjured.

John H. Allen, former foreman of the Reveille office, died at his home at the age of 27 years.

Captain Peter Told has sold the steamer Tom Ross to I. W. Grubbs, coal gauger of Cincinnati. Price $1,000.

Oliver A. Cole has established a new industry in Vevay — a cooper shop is manufacturing barrels.

The Republicans in all parts of the county are advertising public meetings and pole raisings.


Emory Smith of Bennington has been selected as principal of the Osgood High School.

Recently a 12-year-old son of Noah Snodgrass of Allensville was thrown from a horse and seriously injured.

R. S. Northcott will open a meat market on Main Street next Saturday morning.

The Patriot band wagon is now done and is a perfect beauty. It has landscape views on each side, one representing Patriot and its hills and the other a view of Italy.

Steve Ryan, Jake Rogers, and Charles Robinson, all of Pleasant, started for Kansas last week.


Watermelons are plentiful with choice at 10 cents.

Counterfeit one, two, and five dollar “greenback” bills are in circulation here.

Captain John S. Roberts addressed a large crowd in Mount Sterling Tuesday night. He is working for the election of his old commander, General Grant.

The enterprising citizens of Patriot are erecting a fine three-story brick building.

Work on the Vevay and Moorefield turnpike is progressing nicely.