Reflections of the past week of 1-12-12


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


It was 60 years ago Friday, January 11th, when Irma Courtney and Dalbert Whitham were married by Reverend Lowe in Patriot. Now more than a half century later, the events of that day are still fresh in the minds of the Vevay couple. The Whithams were married in 1942 and spent much of their first three years of marriage apart because of Dalbert Whitham’s service during World War II.

Andrew Douglas Romans was born at 12:21 p.m. on Tuesday, January1st, and was the first baby born at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison in 2002. He is the son of Billy and Nancy Romans of Pendleton Run Road; and joins five siblings: brother Darren, age 23; sister Rhashell, age 20; sister Rebecca, age 13; brother Nathan Jared, age 6; and sister Hannah, age 4.

Deaths this week include: Grace W. Aldred, 106, of Vevay, passed away Monday, January 7th, at Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay. Nannie Andrew, 85, of Parks Ridge, passed away Sunday, January 6th, at Swiss Villa. Norman Seaver, 74, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, January 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison and Master Sergeant (Retired U.S. Marine Corps) Donald Edward “Donnie” Park, 67, of Carrollton, Kentucky, formerly of near Vevay, passed away Wednesday, January 2nd, at his home.


Greg Curlin of Vevay, teacher and FFA advisor at Switzerland County Junior-Senior High School, has been honored as one of 30 men and women selected to participate in the 1992-93 Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program (AL)).

Mr. and Mrs. Dalbert Whitham of Vevay celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on December 28th at their winter home in Okeechobee, Florida, while their children could be there to participate. Their wedding date was January 1st, 1942.

Angie Houze, a junior in the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, is on the Dean’s List, in recognition of her achieving a 3.95 grade average out of a possible 4.0. She is the daughter of Fred and Beverly Houze of Aurora and the granddaughter of Fred Houze, Sr., of Vevay.


The Switzerland County Pacers captured the Jefferson County Invitational for the first time in five years Saturday as they defeated South Decatur, 55-51, in overtime. The Pacers started play Thursday night with a win over Shawe, then edged New Washington to gain a berth in the finals.

The Switzerland County High School Band and Drill Team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, and the World’s Fair this summer. The World’s Fair begins on May 1st and will run until October 31st. The SCHS unit will appear in the daily parade Sunday, July 25th, starting at 3 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Thomas, Patriot, wish to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Donna Lynn, to Brett Lee Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Graham of Vevay. The wedding is set for Saturday, January 30th, and a small family ceremony is planned. A reception will follow at the 4-H Community Building in Vevay.


Allen Lorch was elected and appointed worshipful master and Paul Arvin senior warden as Switzerland Lodge No. 122, Free and Accepted Masons, met December 28th to elect and appoint lodge officers for 1972.

Switzerland County School Corporation’s board of trustees has been nominated by Switzerland County Classroom Teachers Association for the 1971-72 National School Board Awards Program. The county CTA nominated local trustees for their being instrumental not only in bringing a survey team from Purdue University for the purpose of evaluating and upgrading the entire county school program, but also for conscientiously attempting to bring about the revisions recommended.

Kenneth Works, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Works of East Enterprise, left December 27th for Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, where he will complete basic training and A.I.T. training for a National Guard motor division. He is a 1971 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

It’s an election year in Switzerland County. It’s also Leap Year, that every fourth year traditionally set aside to permit the lady to pop the question and ask for her best beau’s hand in marriage. Women’s Liberation may bridle at that traditional bit of feministic sentimentalism, but the ladies are already out in front asking for the hand of the Switzerland County voter in the upcoming May 2nd primary election. Already having announced intentions of seeking their party’s nomination for office this Spring are two familiar County Courthouse faces, Mrs. Lucille Liter and Mrs. Marjorie Frazier. Both are Democrats.


An old basketball rivalry will be renewed Saturday night as Switzerland County’s two high schools, Patriot-Posey and Vevay meet on the Vevay hardwood. The two squads have similar season records with Vevay owning two victories in 11 games and Patriot holding a 1-10 mark after a win last week. Vevay is currently in the midst of a 5-game losing streak.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hand, owners and operators of Vevay’s Hand’s Department Store, announced finalization of plans yesterday to lease the J.C. Penney building in Madison. Hand opened the Vevay department store in 1953 at its present Main Street location and remained there until this time. Future plans for the Vevay business are indefinite.

Snow, a part of a sizable Midwestern area snowfall, has been falling almost daily in Switzerland County during the past two weeks, keeping most of the county under a blanket of white throughout the period.


Burley tobacco markets reopened Tuesday after a Christmas holiday closing with averages generally high over the district. Kentucky reported 25 markets holding sales with a state average of $51.45. In Indiana the Madison market averaged $47.27.

Reverend Fred S. Griffith, minister of the Fredonia Baptist Church, has resigned his ministry there to accept a call from the New Marion Baptist Church of the Madison Association.

A baby daughter was born Monday morning at the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Leap of Vevay. The little girl has been named Jillana Jo.

The body of Corporal Harvey H. Thomas, 20, of near Patriot, who was killed in Korea, arrived in Vevay Tuesday and was taken to the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for funeral services which were set for Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Reverend J. A. McKinney will conduct the services.

In a letter to his parents here, Norman Seavers, now in a hospital in Japan recuperating from serious wounds received in Korea, has finally admitted to his mother that he was badly hit, a fact she already knew because of the War Department telegrams. Norman states that he is now able to walk to his meals but will not be sent back to the states right away except for possible additional surgery. The young man is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Seavers.


Ralph Tilley was painfully injured last Saturday evening when he ran into the path of an automobile driven by Walter Farrell of Pleasant Township. The youngster was a member of the Boy Scout group helping gather waste paper, and stepped from the truck into the path of the car.

A son was born January 2nd to Mr. and Mrs. George Satterfield of Indianapolis.

Miss Roberta Dickason suffered two broken bones in her left arm Sunday afternoon when she was thrown from a sled while coasting near the home of Clyde Schoffner.

Byron Tilley, Charles B. Noble and Walter Trafelet have been appointed as the County Auto Tire Rationing Board. All members will serve without pay.

Miss Juanita Gaudin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gaudin of near Vevay, and Fred Kippler, of Muncie, were united in marriage in Indianapolis on Christmas Day.


According to a recent announcement the road from East Enterprise to Canaan is to be taken into the state highway system and will be maintained by the state.

Under a new law which went into effect the first of the year, Switzerland County now pays its prosecuting attorney $500 annually instead of fees from fines.

At a meeting held in the Courthouse last Saturday afternoon, several hundred Switzerland County farmers, seeking relief from the chaotic conditions thrust upon them by starvation prices being paid for tobacco, pledged themselves to the cooperative marketing of their future crops.

A meeting of the officers, sponsors, township chairmen and representatives of lodges and organizations in Switzerland County was held Monday night at the library to formulate plans for the county George Washington Bicentenary organization.


Vevay is to have a tobacco warehouse as a receiving point for the tobacco cooperative association. Ralph Barker of Carrollton, Kentucky, has agreed to rent the Stucy warehouse on the corner of Ferry and Market streets, and it is expected that the building will be ready for use in a few weeks. Pool members can deliver their tobacco to the Vevay station as soon as it is stripped. O. B. North of Patriot will be the manager. James Richards and Roy Johnson will be bookkeepers, shipping clerks and weighers.

The First National Bank has received an allotment of new peace dollars and put them into circulation Monday.

On Tuesday night furs valued at $200 were stolen from Charles Bodey at Patriot. They were stored in a barn on upper Main Street there.

A Switzerland County Poultry Association has been organized in Vevay and plans are already underway for a show next year.

The Indiana State Highway Commission viewed the river road from Vevay to Rising Sun last week with a view of designating it as a part of the state highway system.

Mitchell Detraz has resigned his position as manager of the Farmers Telephone Exchange.

A community band of 14 pieces has been organized at Center Square. Kiesel Cole, director of the Vevay band, has been employed as instructor.


William Richter of Bennington has received the appointment to succeed Arthur Lock as carrier on Bennington route 2, Mr. Lock having resigned. Miss Mattie Richter will serve as his deputy carrier.

Late Tuesday night, a deck hand on the steamer Louisville dropped dead with a bale of hay on his shoulder. A search of his belongings revealed a roll of paper money, some $50 or more, probably the accumulation of a lifetime, and the money was so worn from being folded that some of it came to pieces when handled.

James Chittenden of Wirt has traded his farm for a store in Markland.

Protsman and O’Neal have opened their new E.M.F. Automobile salesroom in the Metropolitan Opera House.

The following persons are carrying the mails of Switzerland County: Vevay 1, Joe Danner; Vevay 2, Charles L. Turner; Vevay 3, Perce Buschmann; Vevay 4, T.F. Sullivan; Bennington 1, E. A. Hess; Bennington 2, William Richter; Florence 1, J. W. Land; Patriot 1, Charles Humphrey.


The heaviest snow of the winter fell Monday night and is still on the ground. The sleigh bells are jingling and growing wheat is protected.

Charles O. Thiebaud, druggist in Vevay the past 18 years, has formed a partnership with Samuel Porter in Peru, Indiana, and left Monday to assume his new business. His family will follow him for residence shortly.

L. W. Golay and family have again decided to locate in Vevay. Mr. Golay has rented the business room formerly occupied by C. O. Thiebaud and will soon open a drug store.

Mrs. Marion Wright was recently bitten by a cat and her sufferings were very painful.

Alfred Rous is now agent of the Express Company, and the telephone office is now in charge of Sylvanus Lanham at his store.


William Faulkner, local bee man, shipped 3,000 pounds of honey the past year.

The United Brethren are building a neat church house in Craig Township.

U.H. Stow of Cotton Township probably raises more fruit than any man in the county.

James Harwood is dangerously ill.

George Paul has returned from Scott County again to make his home at Bennington.

Amie Golay raises 100 barrels of beans from 20 acres of ground. He shipped them to New Orleans.

B.F. Schenck has returned home from a stay of several weeks in New Orleans.

Dr. T.M. Danglade is confined to his home by illness.

On December 22nd the home of H. B. Downey and family in Ripley County, formerly of this county, was destroyed by fire. The family narrowly escaped with their lives and one child had the hair burned from its head.

W.H. Weaver of Batavia, Ohio, formerly of Vevay, has been here on a visit.