Reflections of the past week of 1-29-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Nearly 400 people attended the official opening of the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizens Center Sunday afternoon, marking the beginning of what will be many activities for the county’s senior citizens in the new facility.

Switzerland County’s Nathan Christman scored 51 points in two games to lead the Pacers to their second Rivertown Classic championship in two years, and for his efforts he was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Joining Nathan Christman on the all-tourney team were his teammates Sam Poling, Matt Bowling and David Lock.

Chastity Jester and Devin Scudder were crowned queen and king of the 1999 Homecoming at Switzerland County High School Friday night. In addition the Pacers beat Rising Sun

Tobacco markets around the Switzerland County area are expected to close for the season in late February, and as sales enter their final month, tobacco growers are seeing a steady decline in the price being paid by buyers.

Laura Jackson has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is the daughter of Earl and Diane Jackson of near Patriot.

Torrey Curry has been named to the President’s List for the fall semester at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana. He is the son of Rick and Kim Curry of Moorefield. He earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.


Madison merchants honored Wayne Robinson, owner and operator of Metzger’s Men’s Clothing Store, in Madison with the Dwight “Speedy” Mills Motivation Award. A native of Madison, he grew up in Switzerland County and is the son of Walter and Geneva Robinson of route 1, Florence.

Wayne Ellegood didn’t expect his daughter to reach the 1,000 point mark in Saturday’s girls’ basketball game between Shawe and Switzerland County. After all, Melissa Ellegood was 34 points away from reaching 1,000 points. There was a chance of that but it didn’t seem likely. Meanwhile, Jim Barnes thought his daughter might reach the 1,000 point mark in the game. After all, Stephanie Barnes needed just 19 points to reach it. And there was a good chance that she would. As it turned out, Melissa Ellegood did score her 1,000th point and more. She set a new Switzerland County girls’ basketball school record as she scored 38 points as the Lady Pacers defeated Shawe 60-47 Saturday afternoon.


Saturday has been proclaimed Jack Reno Day in Vevay and there will be a parade at noon, autograph sessions at both banks in town and a free dance for everybody who pays to see the Pacers beat Milan at home.

An open house is scheduled for the Switzerland Baptist Church parsonage in Vevay Sunday, January 28th, from 2-4 p.m. The event is to mark major renovations that have been made in the church parsonage since it was left to the church in 1889 by Justine Schenck. In the original building there were seven fireplaces to heat the structure.


Tommy Lynn Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jewell, has arrived at Ft. Knox, Kentucky to start basic training in the fundamentals of soldiers. He is to train for aircraft mechanics.

Switzerland County’s November sales of U.S. Savings Bonds remained steady as sales totaled $3,347 as compared to $3,627 for the corresponding month of 1967 – a slight $280 decrease.

Paul Umfleet, director of Switzerland County High School’s Pacer band announced this week that all new uniforms for the high school band have been ordered. No delivery date has been set but Umfleet hopes the uniforms will arrive in time for band events scheduled this spring.


The Ohio River is apparently on the way back to normal pool, barring unexpected rainfall. The high waters crested Monday night at 9:00, at 47.8 feet at Markland, just two-tenths of a foot below flood stage.

The 93rd birthday of Mrs. Hattie Griswold which fell on Tuesday, January 27th, was observed Sunday with a dinner at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Archer, and Mr. Archer in Bennington where she resides.

The 92nd birthday of Mrs. Fannie Lamson was quietly observed Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Hufford near Rising Sun where she resides.

Jack W. Spencer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Spencer, Vevay, recently has completed his solo flight in the Air Force ROTC Flight Instruction program at Purdue University.

Local friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert S. Wright of Del Mar, California, were interested to learn that they were passengers on the American Airlines first transcontinental jet passenger flight from Los Angeles to New York Sunday.

Estimates of damage to county and state highways in Switzerland County, resulting from last week’s flash floods, continue to mount. Russell Smith, county highway superintendent, stated to this newspaper that at least 300 miles of county roads are affected by the washouts of last Wednesday and that 276 bridges and culverts are out. Almost 100 percent of the roads in Cotton and Pleasant Townships were damaged.


Leon Buschmann of Vevay, an employee at U.S. Lock 39 near Florence, reports to this office that he spotted five robins there Tuesday. Several other persons including Mrs. Mabel Aldrich and Wilk Works have seen the birds at their homes here but Mrs. Loren Hines goes them all one better by contending that the harbingers of Spring have remained in her yard all winter.

Less than two months after the official opening of its new factory in Vevay the United States Shoe Corporation is producing 700 pairs of completed shoes daily and is employing 150 people.

Local friends of Chester Brett of Rushville will be interested to learn that he was recently elected president of the Upholster’s Union in that city. Mr. Brett, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brett, of Vevay, is employed at the International Furniture in Rushville and is 25 years old. He was a sergeant in World War II and served overseas for many months.


Ollie Kegerice, Indiana State game warden, has been transferred to this district for duty and has taken up residence at the Swiss Inn.

The farm implement agency of Koons and Cook was dissolved Tuesday when Mr. Koons sold his entire interest in the firm to his partner Robert Cook who will conduct the business in the future.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Duvall of Patriot January 17th, a son Jerry Lee.

An eight-pound daughter, Barbara May, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wiley of Quercus Grove January 13th.

A daughter, Mary Louise, was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Peelman of Vevay.


Since the recent publication of “Who’s Who in America”, we have learned that another Switzerland County boy is listed in the book. Frank Craig who died recently in Oklahoma was a banker and was one of the 33 thirty-third degree masons in the nation.

Vevay High School won the invitational tourney at Aurora Saturday night. Eight teams played and Vevay defeated Moores Hill, Milan and then Aurora in the finals by a score of 15-14.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Osborn and son left this week to make their home in Los Angeles, California. The Vevay and Lamb ferries are tied up in the Kentucky River on account of the ice in the river.

Basil Gullion and his brother and Roy Land of Bennington had a narrow escape last week when the steering rod on Gullion’s car broke causing the car to run through two wire fences and turn over in James Spillman’s field.


Dillman Payne, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Payne of near Pleasant, was killed Thursday afternoon when the automobile in which he was riding turned over about a mile west of Vevay. Robert Griswold, 18, of near Bennington and Charles Kern, 16, of near Moorefield were seriously injured.

The new Carnegie library which was given to the county has been completed and was formally accepted from the contractor, Jasper Good, by the library board on Monday night.

Two sisters, Mrs. Mary C. Ogle of Indianapolis and Mrs. Maria Ogle of Chattanooga, natives of this county, died last week. They were daughters of Robert and Mary Cotton and the granddaughters of Judge W. Cotton, the first federal judge of the State of Indiana, a member of the first constitutional convention and also a member of 14 of the first 16 state legislatures.


The new pump at the power house is going to prove a blessing for Vevay. Drinking water will be filtered before entering the mains.

While fox hunting one day last week near North’s Landing George Cook and a party dug out a den of what they thought were foxes but what proved to be wolves. After a fierce fight one was killed but the others escaped.

Wallace Lamson of Craig Township was severely injured about the head Saturday when he was thrown from his horse while riding it to water.

The County Council at its last meeting appropriated more money for the painting and papering of the Court House.

Nelson Euhler has resigned his position as foreman of the Democrat and will be succeeded by William Allison.


Jasper Bradley, the noted dwarf, formerly a Posey Township boy, gave an entertainment at Patriot Friday night. He is 25 years old and only 45 inches high.

Several Switzerland County men are serving in the state legislature. Dr. P. S. Sage is a clerk of a committee in the Senate; R. T. Abbott is minute clerk in the House; Wesley McHenry is an assistant doorkeeper in the House and Wallace Cotton is in the cloak room of the House.

Captain George Findley, who piloted the boat of Schrumpf and Told to the South has returned home.

John Bear, the blacksmith, has gone to the Soldiers’ Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The ball at Tandy’s hall Tuesday night was well attended. The Vevay orchestra furnished the music and the Daughters of Rebekah furnished supper in the band room.

“Ten Nights in a Bar Room” will be played at Center Square next week.


Alaska cost us, including fees, less than 2 cents per acre.

Our county clerk issued in the year of 1868, marriage licenses totaling 133.

A promising high school has been opened at Patriot with 17 scholars under the supervision of T. J. Charlton of Pleasant Township.

Darwin Marshall and Lewis Keith of near Florence were assaulted by two young desperadoes of that vicinity and both were seriously hurt. Their attackers escaped to Kentucky.