Reflections of the past week of 1-8-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Dwight and Christine McKenzie of Vevay will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, January 12th.

Melissa Sparks, a sophomore at the University of Evansville, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall term. She earned a grade point average of 3.68 on a 4.0 scale. She is the daughter of Michael and Donna Sparks of Mennetts Hollow near Vevay.

Everyone braced for the season’s first winter storm last week, and Mother Nature didn’t disappoint, pounding Switzerland County and much of Indiana with a combination of ice and snow that has paralyzed much of the area while everyone awaits some sunny, warmer weather that might bring a thaw to the community.


Pedestrians having business around the Switzerland County Courthouse will have a much easier time thanks to the generosity of Mr. Paul Ogle. New sidewalks were recently installed around the Courthouse, taking the place of old, worn-out walkways. The sidewalks are yet another in a series of gifts that Ogle has given to the Town of Vevay for its beautification.

Mr. and Mrs. John Stivers, route 3, Vevay, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, December 18th, by renewing their wedding vows at Plum Creek Baptist Church.

Clinton and Loretta Curry, route 3, Madison, in Switzerland County, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, November 20th, with a surprise dinner at the Ogle Haus.


A fire totally destroyed the home of Halbert Walston of Patriot last Wednesday. Witnesses of the fire said that two fuel tanks in the basement apparently exploded and the house collapsed, burning to the ground.

Woodie Reeves has been placed in charge of the Randall plant in Vevay. He took over duties as plant manager as of January 1st.

Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Keith of Rising Sun will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary January 14th with a family dinner and reception.


Larry Kinman has been appointed treasurer of Switzerland County Mental Health Association to succeed the late Eugene Spencer, it was announced by Mrs. Leona Sullivan, association president.

Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Keith of route 1, Rising Sun, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary January 2nd. Due to Mrs. Detmer’s confinement in a hospital, plans made for celebrating the occasion have been canceled.


Russell Smith of near Fairview was chosen by Switzerland County Commissioners as County Highway Superintendent at their first meeting of the new year on Monday. Mr. Smith succeeds Raymond Clifton of near East Enterprise. Goebel Brown was retained as highway clerk.

A service pin award dinner for employees of the Vevay branch of the U. S. Shoe Corporation has been arranged for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson-Craig School. The occasion marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the shoe factory in Vevay which has furnished employment to hundreds of local residents.

Fire, believed to have been caused by defective wiring, destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Towers on Silver Street in Vevay early on the morning of December 31st.


A representative of the Federal Internal Revenue Department, will be in the Judge’s chambers on the second floor of the Court House here on January 6th, 11th, 13th and 20th. The representative will assist taxpayers in making out their income tax returns for 1948.

A six pound son, Robert Ivan, was born December 24th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Park of Vevay.

Major Sam Woodfill of Vevay was notified Friday of the death of his sister, Mrs. Julia Rice Cornwell, which occurred in French Lick, Indiana, early that morning after a short illness.

Charles Walston of Carrollton, Kentucky, son of Louis Walston of Vevay was painfully injured last week while employed at the Atkinson lumber yard in Carrollton.

The local friends of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Meador of Miami, Oklahoma, formerly of Vevay, will be interested in the announcement of the birth of their son, Dennis Ray, who arrived on December 24th and weighed 7 pounds and 5 1/2 ounces. Mr. Meador was employed by the Ogle Hardware Company until he and Mrs. Meador moved recently to Oklahoma.


The County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday appointed Robert McKenzie of Craig Township as superintendent of the County Infirmary.

Dumont Wright, son of attorney and Mrs. James S. Wright, has been notified of his recommendation by Congressman Eugene B. Crowe as principal for the West Point examinations to be held in March of this year.

Loren A. Banta of Craig Township has been appointed Deputy Sheriff by H. K. Satterfield and took the office on Monday.

Harry Lakeman of East Enterprise was killed Sunday morning in an automobile accident in which two cars were involved. Edwin Works, Norman Houze of Cotton Township, Raymond Detmer and John Talbott of Rising Sun, other occupants of the car are in Cincinnati hospitals and are said to be seriously injured.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Newton, a 10 pound boy December 29th named Paul Willard. Mr. Newton is a teacher in the Vevay schools.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Furnish of Austin, Indiana, December 22nd, a son, Lawrence Stephen.

Carlyle Branham has been appointed manager of the Clover Farm Store in Greensburg and left Tuesday to assume his new duties.

Mr. and Mrs. George C. Kelley of route 1, Florence, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage Sunday, January 1st.


Captain Columbus Stepleton, 91, for many years identified with the Ohio River as a captain of steamboats died at the I.O.O.F. home in Greensburg Sunday after a short illness.

Mrs. Matilda L. Johnson, 83, mother of John Patterson, cashier of the Patriot Deposit Bank, died last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Sedwick in Indianapolis with whom she resided. She was a native of Switzerland County.

Everett Graham, 47, is in an unconscious condition in the Madison hospital from injuries he received Saturday night when his bicycle was struck by the unknown driver of an automobile. His body was found near the intersection of Market and Main streets at the Presbyterian Church by Millard Turner and his son of Markland.

R. M. Campbell, prominent Vevay business man is critically ill following a stroke of paralysis Monday while at work in his store.

Turner Olds has resigned as manager of the Switzerland County Farmers Union Cream Station and has formed a partnership with Abel Stout in the trucking business.


Three newly elected county officers assumed their duties January 1st. They are William Reeves, auditor; Thomas Webster, county assessor; and George McClanahan, commissioner. Thomas Pickett, Sheriff, began his second term.

The War Department has notified Fred Buhrman of near Cross Plains of the death of his son Eddie who died of pneumonia in France on November 25th.

Miss Stella Miller, a retired Red Cross nurse, with eleven months of war service in France is visiting her sister Mrs. Philip Markland at Markland.

James Smith, 52, a Negro resident of Vevay died at City Hospital in Louisville Christmas Eve of heart trouble following an operation. He was employed at the hospital.

Miss Zella Wagner, an employee of the Switzerland Democrat, was married Christmas Day to George Shelley, Jr., by Reverend Hammel at the bride’s home in Vevay.

Hubert Cole of the U.S.S. Utah who has had an eventful and spectacular career aboard the battleship is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cole.


Mr. and Mrs. John Love celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on December 26th at their home near Florence.

Rooms 4, 5 and 6 of the Vevay schools have bought a piano and many unique ways of raising money for it have been employed. One of the most recent was mailing a post card bearing a picture of the school to former pupils. It bore a rhyme requesting a penny for every year since they left school and responses were received from nearly every state.

Messrs. M. C. Boerner, Frank Grow and Amos Clark came down from Napoleon in their automobile road car which is a large 35 h.p. with solid wheels, canopy top and will seat 16 passengers. The gentlemen hope to establish a passenger service between Carrollton and Ghent.

A daughter was born New Year’s Day to Charles I. Turner and wife.

Miss Cecelia Dittgen has returned to her studies in Indianapolis; Miss Golda Andrew to Ohio Wesleyan, Miss Frances Culbertson to Hanover College, Miss Lelia May Porter to Granville, Ohio, Miss Jeanette Tandy to Wellesley.

Miss Jane Scarce has returned from a visit with her father in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Chester Kiesel is recovering from an attack of typhoid fever.

Miss Nellie Resor has gone to Cincinnati for medical treatment.

Robert Fisk has returned to Chicago after a visit here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Fisk.


The Vevay band, in new uniforms, was out on the streets Christmas afternoon dispensing sweet music under the direction of Professor Max Genter.

A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. James Corns.

Captain Albro who is in command of the steamer Ghent in the Kentucky River trade has moved his family from Florence to Carrollton.

Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Shadday and Mrs. Lucy Detraz visited relatives at Moorefield Sunday.

R. G. Ormsby was home from New York for the holidays.

A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Morton Works.

Perce Harwood, the largest and handsomest printer in Vevay, spent the holidays with Reverend R. F. Bremington and family in Knightstown.

Mrs. Charlotte Stevens and Mrs. Ann Woody were in Cincinnati last week buying furniture for their new house.

Miss Josephine Thiebaud was home from Cincinnati for the holidays.


John Weaver of Craig Township was accidentally shot on Friday while firing a gun at a mark. None of the wounds are very serious.

The Rising Sun band has been employed to play at the skating rink in Philadelphia during the skating season.


The “Kate French”, the regular Madison packet, is still making her regular trips and will continue to do so despite all the slanderous reports circulated against her owners.

The trustees of the Vevay school district have contracted with Messrs. Joseph Peelman and George W. Hathorn to build a fine school house. It is to cost $6,118. Good for Vevay.