Reflections of the past week of 1-28-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


In 1997, approximately $7.5 million came into Switzerland County as a result of tobacco. More than 82 percent of Switzerland County farmers list tobacco as their number one crop. If information coming from tobacco organizations is true, the quota for 2000 could be reduced to a point that only $2.65 million will come into Switzerland County – a more than 65 percent drop. Tobacco farmers at the meeting and all others around tobacco producing areas of Indiana are being urged to contact their local legislators, and any others from around Indiana that they are familiar with, and let them know that helping the tobacco farmers is important.

Jessica Leigh Donnellon, daughter of Mike and Jean Donnellon of near Pleasant, is among DePauw University students who have been recognized for outstanding academic performance and named to the Dean’s List for the 1999 fall semester at DePauw University. Jessica Donnellon is a senior at DePauw.

Eric R. Graybill of Vevay was named to the Dean’s List for the 1999 fall semester at the University of Southern Indiana. Students must achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average on a 4.0 system to be named to the list.

The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team placed three players of the ORVC “Top Performers” list for this week following last Friday night’s big win over Rising Sun. Juniors B.J. McAllister and Clint May and senior Matt Bowling were all honored for their outstanding games.

For the girls, Chasity Hunt now leads the conference with a total of 26 three-point field goals made. Carrie Wiley is in fourth place in the ORVC with 17 three-pointers made, and also ranks fifth in free-throw percentage by making .723 percent of her free throws. Natasha Schroeder has moved into fourth place in t he conference in field goal percentage, making .536 percent of her shots.

Switzerland County High School will celebrate its Homecoming festivities tomorrow (Friday) night. The celebration will take place as a part of the Switzerland County boys varsity basketball game with New Washington.


The dead body of a woman, missing from her home in Cincinnati since December 26th, was found buried in the floor of a barn on a farm located five miles east of Vevay on Bennett Road, near Markland. Daniel Johnson, 28, a current resident of Florence, led authorities to the site of where he had buried his estranged wife, Angela Johnson, 28.

Jefferson/Switzerland County Prosecuting Attorney Merritt K. Alcorn announced on Tuesday that beginning February 1st, 1990, Vevay attorney Lisa K. Rosenberger will join the prosecuting attorney’s staff as Deputy Prosecutor.

Jefferson-Craig Elementary School Principal Jill Cord has announced that the school has been awarded a $5,700 award through the Indiana School Improvement Award as a part of Indiana’s Performance-Based Awards Program.


James P. Bauguess is the new addictions therapist for the Community Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg which covers Switzerland County.

Quick thinking on the part of two Vevay women last weekend averted a possible tragedy in front of Heath’s East End Grocery on Main Street in Vevay. Kim Fornash pulled into the shallow parking lot in front of the store Sunday afternoon. She left the car running and her two children in the vehicle. Sherry Wainscott and her sister-in-law Helen Wainscott saw the Fornash vehicle backing out of its parking space and into the street. Sherry Wainscott got the vehicle stopped and Helen Wainscott rushed to Kim Fornash’s aid after she was knocked down by the car. Kim Fornash escaped with bruises and thanks to the Wainscott ladies a near tragedy was averted.


Joining the staff of Vevay Newspapers, Inc., this week is Tanya Curry of route 2, Dillsboro, who will head the advertising department of The Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat.

Boundary lines for Switzerland County’s new voting precincts alignment have been proposed and outlined by County Courthouse officials and are being submitted for County Commissioner approval. Due to the pending purchase of automatic voting machines to replace the old paper ballots prior to the approaching May primary election, the county’s previous 18-precinct setup is being reduced to 12 precincts. Plans call for the purchase of 14 machines, including two for one Jefferson Township precinct plus a spare machine.

The drive to raise funds for the purchase of Vevay Clinic by Medical Building Group, Inc., will continue with all-day solicitations Friday and Saturday.

Thomas W. Gullion and Robert W. Tinker, both of route 1, Bennington, have been elected president and vice president, respectively, of Switzerland County National Farmers Organization for 1970. As 1970 officers were elected at a meeting in the County Courthouse in Vevay, members reelected to fourth terms in office were Mardelle Eichler of route 1, Patriot, secretary, and Amos Hastings of route 2, Vevay, treasurer.


Mary McKay Roberts, new town clerk, was assisted as she took over her duties this month by Margaret Dickason. The change over was orderly and efficient, Mrs. Roberts said, largely due to the help she received from Mrs. Dickason. Mrs. Dickason is now employed at the Vevay Silgas Store.

Baseball may be the national past time but as far as many Vevay residents are concerned it cannot hold a candle to “CRO-KINO.” This is a novel parlor game, rich in age and tradition, that holds the attention of local players daily in the show room of the Slawson Implement Company. Play is much heavier on Saturday and the contest is open to all. Three boards, all antiques, are ready for use. One of the boards was built in 1881 according to the date printed on the back. If you have a strong forefinger, steady nerves and 20-20 vision you have the attributes of a fine “CRO-KINO,” player.


Robert Lockeridge achieved some kind of a January record at his home near Markland when he killed a garter snake 26 inches long on Wednesday. When killed the snake had evidently emerged from a rock fence and was crawling on the ground nearby.

A baby son, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was born January 18th to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Moore of Rushville, Indiana (nee Elaine Shadday) formerly of Vevay. The youngster has been named Mark Lewis.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gregory of Patriot are the proud parents of a 6 pound, 10 1/2 ounce baby girl born January 11th at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison. The little lady has been named Brenda Carol. Mrs. Gregory was before her marriage, Miss Joy Rayls of Vevay.

Louis Gex, 63, familiarly known as “Had”, a prominent farmer living near Ghent, Kentucky, but well known in Vevay, suffocated in his smoke house Sunday night after he was apparently knocked unconscious when a ladder broke under him.


Continued cold for the past several days has finally blocked the Ohio River with ice from Louisville to Sugar Creek, Kentucky, a distance of 80.7 miles.

Charley Day passed away at his home in Craig Township Friday evening, having been in ill health for several months.

Mrs. Alice Olds passed away at her home near Center Square Tuesday morning following an illness of about a week’s duration.

Mrs. Rebecca M. Romerill died at her home near Indian Creek Saturday following a long period of ill health.


Mrs. Charles Ricketts of Markland has accepted the invitation of the United States government, which has been extended to Gold Star Mothers, to visit the graves of their soldier sons in France. Uly G. Ricketts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts was reported missing in action and the exact location of his grave is now known.

Miss Ellogene Scudder and Leland Knaus were married Saturday by Reverend C. J. Casey in Vevay.

Stanley Andrew, who won the Switzerland County corn club contest last year won a blue ribbon on a 10-ear exhibit at the state corn show.

An 8-pound girl was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Neally Scudder of Jacksonville.

Miss Ann Seymour, leading lady in the musical comedy “A Night in Venice,” Miss Grace Bowman and John Byram, of the same company, were guests of George McKay Thursday and Friday. He accompanied them to New York for rehearsals as accompanist.

Kibbe Bliss, who was badly injured in a recent automobile accident has been returned to his home at Quercus Grove.


Sleighs, bobsleds and skates came into their own this week while the county was in the grip of an ice glare. Rain flooded roads and fields which froze making it impossible to drive automobiles. Telephone lines were damaged by the ice and trees were broken by its weight.

Tobacco continues to sell for high prices bringing as high as 75 cents to $1.25 per pound.

Edward Detraz Bettens, 72, a wealthy attorney of New York, formerly of Vevay, died at his home last week, following heart failure. He lived with his mother, Mrs. Louise Rochat Bettens, and two brothers in Cincinnati for some time following the death of his father, Alexander Bettens. Following the death of his mother Mr. Bettens established a $20,000 memorial fund at Harvard University, where he and one brother graduated. Recently he presented a library and a $2,500 maintenance fund to Woodward night school in Cincinnati.

Superintendent A. H. Wagner has been informed that a surplus fund of the state YMCA has been apportioned to the 92 counties and that Switzerland County is to receive $198.

E. W. Shaw has sold his store at Braytown to Edgar Detraz and Charles Hollingsworth. Mr. Shaw and family will go to California for their little boy’s health.

Chris Adams of Craig Township lost a cow last week when it fell on the ice breaking its back and a leg.

William Pickett fell on the ice this week and broke a rib. Frank Dupraz also fell and cut a deep gash in his head.

There are many cases of measles here.


Loren Dufour, aged 34 years, died at his home near East Enterprise Tuesday morning from an attack of pneumonia.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burton Hewett of Patriot, a daughter.

On Friday afternoon, February 4th, the Senior Class of the Vevay High School will present the play, the Merchant of Venice, in the school rooms.

Skunk hunting is quite an industry around here now.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Banta Sunday, a girl.

Benjamin F. McIntire died Sunday, January 16th, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. V. Powell near North, Indiana.

Born January 21st to Allen B. Cole and wife of Mount Sterling, a son.


Charles Norisez one week ago Friday night rode to town and hitched his horse on Market Square. When he went to go home the horse had disappeared and not finding it at home he had reason to believe it was stolen. Sunday the horse returned home from up the pike. It was probably rode away by someone too lazy to walk.

Hiram Jennings has probably lost the sight of his left eye. Monday while he and Volney Peelman were rowing a skiff up the river they ran against a limb of a tree which struck Mr. Jennings in the eye.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ab Hon of Craig Township, a son.

Born to Daniel Lock and wife of Bennington, a daughter.

D. M. Haskell has started a new tin and stove store in the new Tandy building.


Miss Sarah Moore of Allensville has become something of a heroine at Western College, Oxford, Ohio. Last week when the college burned she made a rope of bed clothing and curtains and after throwing her trunk out a window climbed down her ladder hand over hand, from the fifth story to the ground.

Reverend John Finley Crowe, 73, founder of Hanover College, died January 17th.

Died in Moorefield January 20th, Matilda, daughter of Barney and Betsey Farrell.