Reflections of the past week of 1-21-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Devona Wiesmann, a sophomore at Franklin College, has been sidelined for the rest of the women’s basketball season for the Lady Grizzlies. She suffered a fractured cheekbone during Franklin College’s game with DePauw University. She is studying business at Franklin. Devona Wiesmann is the daughter of Ron and Eileen Wiesmann of near Allensville.

Results are in from this year’s ISTEP tests of Switzerland County school children, and according to the results presented by the principals at Monday night’s meeting of the Switzerland County School Board – the results are excellent.

Ann Sandidge of Vevay is among those students at Saint Joseph’s College who earned inclusion on the dean’s list for the fall semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student at Saint Joseph’s College must attain a ranking in the top 10 percent of the student body. Ann Sandidge is a graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Ronald and Jean Sandidge of Vevay. She is a senior majoring in nursing.

A Switzerland County High School graduate is among those honored with inclusion on the dean’s list at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Seth Douglas Jones, son of Lary and Elizabeth Jones of Vevay, earned the honor by attaining at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students on the dean’s list must also be taking a course load of at least 12 semester hours.


Larry D. Cain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cain of route 3, Madison, will be among the 125 Indiana University students that will be earning salaries as interns while they get experience in their chosen fields this spring through the university’s Professional Practice Program.

Residents of Switzerland County were saddened Saturday to hear of the death of well-known county resident Garland Updike, age 51. He is the former owner and operator of the Swiss Inn and was famous as a chef. He has recently begun working at the Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay as the head chef for the Inn’s restaurant.

Five Switzerland County High School students have been named as local winners of the American Legion Americanism Awards, sponsored by local American Legion Post 185. They are Erin Redmon, Raymond Furnish, Jeremy Robinson, Lori Covington, and Ryan Redmon.


Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Coy of route 1, Florence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, January 20th, with an open house from 1-5 p.m.

Linda Bennitt, a 1979 graduate of Switzerland County High School and daughter of former Vevay residents Bob and Joan King, now of Mill Creek, made the Dean’s List with a 4.0 average in her first semester at Vincennes University where she is studying home economics and fashion merchandising.

Russell Smith was 17 years old on the Saturday afternoon that he and 18-year-old Doris Orem stood up in front of Reverend H. B. Farrell at the Baptist parsonage in Vevay and were married. That was on January 17th, 1920 – 60 years ago today.


William B. (Barry) Frazier, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Frazier of route 1, Vevay, has been promoted to Army specialist five at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, where he is serving with the 69th General Support Group.

The layoff of some 45 workers at The Randall Company’s Vevay manufacturing plant continues this week with company officials hoping a break in the national economy will allow the plant to resume normal operations at an early date.

Switzerland County’s 1970 job appointments were made at the County Commissioners’ January meeting last week with only minor changes made in the county highway and County Courthouse personnel. In major appointments the commissioners retained Lee Knaus and Miss Mildred Pangburn as highway superintendent and clerk, respectively. Chester Callis will continue as county attorney.

The singing Gross Brothers, the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gross of route 2, Rising Sun, are scheduled to appear on The Nick Clooney Show on WCPO-TV, Channel 9, at 12:30 p.m. Monday.


Forty-five employees of the Vevay plant of the United States Shoe Corporation will receive service award buttons and necklaces at presentation ceremonies to be held on the evening of January 28th in the Moose Lodge auditorium at Madison. Employees receiving awards will be guests of the company at a dinner to be served starting at 7:30 p.m.

A new trend in modern living which is rapidly becoming “the thing” all over the country is just as rapidly catching on here in Vevay. The mobile home fad, and with it, the trailer court business, have changed the lives of several Vevay residents and show promise of altering the living habits of many more in the future.

The four girls responsible for the spirited support of the Vevay Warriors this season are cheerleaders Carole Jean Merz, Mary Inez Lockwood, Mary Kay Duvall, and Judy Lueking.

Michael G. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Scott, Vevay, and Leslie Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Wright, Vevay, enlisted December 30th and left January 4th for their physical in Indianapolis. They left Indianapolis January 5th for Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas.


The Presbyterian Church is in receipt of a donation of $50 from Clarence Knox of Glendale, California, toward the purchase of a Hammond electric organ which was recently installed there. Mr. Knox, formerly of Vevay, made the gift as a memorial to his wife, the late Mrs. Bess Houze Knox and to his mother, Mrs. Louise Knox. He is the brother of Miss Julie L. Knox of Vevay.

The Wood Mosiac Company of Louisville, Kentucky, this week purchased the standing timber on the Sharp farm near Moorefield from Ernest Lawton of Shelby County, Indiana. The Louisville wood firm expects to cut the timber, an operation which will require about 18 months to complete.

Apparently Gary, Indiana, police have marked the unsolved murder of Miss Mary Cheever, former Switzerland county girl and teacher in the Gary schools, from their records in view of the action of the A. F. L. Teachers Union which last week converted its reward money of nearly $5,000 into a scholarship fund. Miss Cheever was bludgeoned to death last March 3rd after she parked her car at the rear of her apartment. Police believe a purse snatcher may have been responsible.


The Burley Tobacco Market dropped off again on Tuesday with final average of $19.20 on the 21 Kentucky floors. This was a loss of 28 cents over Monday’s market.

Mrs. Ira Patterson of the Florence community was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Shelbyville, Indiana, Thursday. Her son, Charles and Mr. Ollie Peak, other passengers in the car were not seriously injured.

Harry Schroeder, merchant of Patriot, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Park Byram of East Enterprise, Tuesday, a baby daughter, Lois Laverne.

John Enbank of Steele’s Creek, Kentucky was a caller in Patriot Tuesday afternoon having walked over the ice, the river being frozen bank to bank.

Carl Everett, a 10 1/2 pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Banta Monday evening.

A son, James Cecil, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Mathews of Five Points last week.


The bonds for the building of the Carrollton bridge were sold last Wednesday by the Kentucky State Highway Commission. On Saturday a suit was filed by the Union Trust Company of Indianapolis against the commission to enjoin them from starting the bridge. The company is trustee of the bond issue floated by the Madison bridge company and contends that it would suffer irreparable injury as the holder of securities of the Madison Bridge Company.

Kibbie Bliss of near Quercus Grove is a patient in a Cincinnati hospital as a result of injuries he received Tuesday when a truck, loaded with cattle, which he was driving to Cincinnati collided with an automobile driven by Albert Detmer and turned over at an intersection in Rising Sun. He was pinned under the truck and both collar bones were broken and he received cuts and bruises.

C. D. Amick of Fairview, who was injured last week when he was struck by an automobile at a Carrollton tobacco warehouse, was moved to an Indianapolis hospital from Louisville. His condition is now improving.

The County Council has appropriated $4,000 to defray the expenses of having cattle tuberculin tested in the county.

At a special called meeting of the city council which was held Monday night Oliver Gridley was elected to succeed Dr. R. M. Copeland who resigned as a councilman. The council is now composed of J. T. Pritchard, Mayor; Chester Kiesel, clerk-treasurer; R. N. Fancher, L. A. Byram, A. W. Dibble, Mr. Gridley, councilmen, all Democrats and Charles Jaynes, councilman, Republican.

Reverend Frank Reed has received notice of his appointment as a Chaplain, Officers Reserve Corps with rank of First Lieutenant.


The county library was one of the busiest places in Vevay Saturday. A total of 285 volumes were loaned during the day, setting a new record.

Dr. A. L. Shelton, a Christian missionary in Tibet, Asia, was captured by Tibetan bandits near Yunnanfu on January 3rd. Dr. Shelton has many relatives in Pleasant and Craig Townships and his wife was Miss Flora Beal, daughter of David L. Beal, formerly of Center Square. Mrs. Shelton and two daughters had expected to return to the states this spring. Officials of the Foreign Christian Missionary Society in Cincinnati have gone to Washington, D.C., to confer with the State Department in the hope of hastening Dr. Shelton’s release.

Marshal Sam Smith, armed with authority from Mayor R. M. Campbell and Deputy Prosecutor George B. Hall, Jr., have served notice on restaurants and confectioneries that slot machines must go, they having been declared illegal.

Miss Doris P. Orem and Russell Smith were married Saturday by Reverend H. B. Ferrell.


Dock McGuire who has been running the Amelia Cafe and the Hotel Alva, in this city for the past two years, will close his businesses in February and reopen them in Carrollton, Kentucky.

A son, Lawrence, was born January 10th to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fredenburg of East Enterprise.

Born to Dannie Williams and wife last Saturday a nine-pound boy.

Last Saturday a large deer was killed about two miles west of Rising Sun, the animal having been sighted earlier near East Enterprise. The animal was skinned and the meat sold at Bunger’s Meat Shop, Rising Sun, for 25 cents per pound.

The machinery for Vevay’s steam laundry has arrived and is being installed.

The Steamer Cincinnati came down last Thursday night for the first time in three weeks.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lester of Mount Sterling, a son.

Clarence Knox has been running a sleigh hack between Vevay and Madison during the freeze up of the Ohio River.

A son, Chester Ross, was born January 14th to Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Williamson of Florence.

A daughter was born January 13th to James Hambrick and wife of Goose Creek.


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Born, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. George F. Simpson of East Enterprise Monday.

Reverend J. J. Goodner of Pleasant Township last Saturday brought to Vevay probably the largest hog ever brought to this market. It weighed 620 pounds. Ed Shull bought it.


There are four cases of small pox in this county, three near Patriot and one in Vevay. John Long is the Vevay victim.

Last week some disorderly young men broke up a singing school at Spring Branch Church. Far sighted young men.

Died in Vevay this week, Dr. J. W. Murphy.

Died at her home in Moorefield, Mrs. Elizabeth Alfrey, 70.

Married in Cincinnati by Reverend Summerbell, Vincent Kirk and Miss Billie E. Kelso.

Married by Reverend J. D. Griffith Matthew Worstell and Miss Mary McKenzie.


Born on January 11th, a son to George P. and Mary Knox.