Reflections of the past week of 10-15-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Longtime Switzerland County Democratic County chairman Mike Jones decided recently that there is a time for everything to change, including his party’s leadership. So without much fanfare he mailed a letter to party members last week announcing that he would step down from the chairman’s post – a job he has held for the past 18 years. He will remain as the Ninth Congressional District chairman.

The Switzerland County Lady Pacer cross country team went into Tuesday’s ORVC conference meet held at Switzerland County High School with a feeling of confidence. When the race was finished, they left as conference champions. The Lady Pacers defeated Jac-Cen-Del, by a score of 43-44.

Longtime Switzerland County businessman Bob Tinker passed away Tuesday afternoon at his home after a long battle with cancer. A longtime supporter of the Switzerland County 4-H program, he was honored at this year’s fair for 30 years of service. Greg Curlin and fair queen Natasha Duke made the plaque presentation.


It may come as a surprise to most of the residents of Switzerland County that there is still a chance that the Indiana Department of Corrections may possibly choose to locate a maximum security prison in the county even though the county commissioners have not as yet made application for procuring the facility.

A proposed timber bridge to be built in Switzerland County has suddenly disappeared from the drawing board with the federal assistance money designated for the project being transferred to another county.

Indiana Governor Evan Bayh had a chance to visit with the people of Switzerland County and thank them for their support in last year’s elections during the Switzerland County Democrats’ Hog Roast.


Patriot pig farmer Bruce Hutcherson, Jr., has won the 1979 National Tractor Pullers Association Championship in the 5,000 pound modified class.

Mrs. Beverly Hall, fourth grade teacher at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, has been elected president of the Switzerland County Classroom Teachers Association. Also elected were Joy Briggs, vice president; Virginia Reeves, secretary; and Hope Nesbit, treasurer. Mrs. Hall is in her sixth year of teaching in the county and has been a member of the CTA ever since her arrival. She has 13 years experience in Ohio before moving here.


Major James R. Landry, son of Mrs. Maurice Sullivan of Vevay, received another decoration for service with the U.S. Air Force during combat in Vietnam. Among the most decorated flyers in Vietnam, Major Landry has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster Air Medal for special duties performed in enemy territory. He has 960 combat flying hours and 1,117 sorties. Recently promoted to lieutenant colonel, he will soon be officially decorated and receive his new rank’s insignia in ceremonies in Washington, D.C., where he is to be stationed in the Pentagon in November. He recently visited his mother in Vevay after his second tour of duty in Vietnam.

Wendell B. Waltz, well-known county farmer and chairman of Switzerland County National Farmers Organization, died Sunday, 11 days following a heart attack suffered at his home near Moorefield. Under his leadership and three terms as chairman of the farmers’ group, the county NFO chapter had grown into one of the largest and most active organizations in Switzerland County.

Mrs. Donna L. Cole captured first prize in landscape division of the recent annual Pumpkin Show in Versailles. The prize-winning picture “Yester Year” was a pen and ink sketch, depicting a picturesque barn now in ruins with wagon wheels in the foreground. With over 200 entries in this year’s art show. Mrs. Cole also won third prize in the show’s collage division.


Five Vevay High School coeds will vie for the honor of reigning over the fourth annual Jaycees Halloween Festival here October 31st, it was announced today by queen contest chairman Bill Gayle and general chairman Bill Roberts. Contestants are Jo Ann Backer, Phyllis Brown, Sherry Cole, Louann Kern, and Carole Merz.

Vevay Warrior basketball fans will see lots of speed and a gritty defense this season if new net coach Bruce Smith has his way. Smith has been working the Warriors at the gym for three weeks now, and said this week he still doesn’t have the team jelled down to the point where he can name five starters.

Switzerland County Department of Welfare director Mrs. Naomi Plaskett was back in her office at the Swiss Inn last Friday for the first time since July 6th when she was dismissed by the five member county board. She was ordered reinstated by the state personnel board which released a finding after taking the case under advisement for about a week.


This newspaper lost one of its unofficial staff this week in the sudden death of “Babe,” well known white English bull dog who was killed Tuesday evening on West Main Street by a hit-and-run automobile driver. Babe’s daylight hours were spent in this office and one of her favorite stunts was to park herself under the folder at press time in order that the trimmings might fall upon her and completely conceal her. She had an uncanny way of knowing when this particular mechanical feat was to be executed and she rarely missed a session.

Billy, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sullivan, Jr., of Vevay, is slowly recovering in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, from a broken left leg and body injuries which he sustained Saturday noon when he was struck by an automobile driven by Jay Bland, teacher and coach in the Vevay schools. The accident occurred in front of the child’s home on Market Street when he darted from behind a parked automobile into the path of Mr. Bland’s car and was witnessed by his mother.


Robert Alton Smith passed away in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, from peritonitis which developed following an operation for the removal of the appendix Thursday night.

Fire drills, so necessary to the safety of school children, are now on regular schedule in the Vevay Schools and will be held once a month at a different time each day.

Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Dorrell of Aberdeen are the parents of a son born October 13th.

A nine-pound son, Harold Leon, was born October 11th to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Jackson.


The fourth Farmers Fair held in Vevay this week has been one of its most successful years. Exhibits were housed in the tobacco warehouse of Forrest A. Griffith, which the owner donated. Perry’s orchestra was engaged to play at the warehouse Saturday afternoon and the ferry boat will operate until midnight Saturday night.

Hubert Eaglin, 55, died suddenly of a heart attack Friday at his houseboat on the upper grade. Mr. Eaglin was engaged in procuring samples of river water for the government for use in its pollution tests.

Dr. Halstead Long, native of Switzerland County, died at his home in Dillsboro Friday after a year’s illness. Until he became ill he was employed as the physician in charge at the Dillsboro Sanitarium.

A new sport, recreational ball, has been introduced in Vevay High School. It is quite similar to baseball.

A new fire bell arrived Tuesday and will be placed at the corner of Pike and Union streets.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed a large garage on the farm of Edgar Culbertson near Moorefield Thursday.

Dr. R. M. Copeland, James S. Wright, Dr. James Sharp and William O. Protsman have been appointed from this county on a state reception committee for President Hoover on his Madison stop October 22nd.


The Brindley Hotel has been sold to Berne Jones, owner of a grocery and restaurant here.

Loren Lamson of near Vevay narrowly escaped death Friday night when his buggy was hit by an automobile which was driven without lights. The accident occurred on a narrow bridge near the Thiebaud home on the river road. The buggy was upset and the frightened horse fell back upon Mr. Lamson, spraining his ankle.

A 9 pound son was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shaw of near Vevay. He was named Lucian James.

George Foutty of Patriot sprained his ankle Monday when he fell a distance of 22 feet while painting a barn roof at the farm of Alice North.

A daughter was born October 8th to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Turner of Florence.

A son was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Lytle Peters of Craig Township.


F. P. Dupraz has resigned his position as manager of the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and has been succeeded by Mitchel Detraz.

Mrs. Harry Knox began teaching a dancing class in the hall over the Knox Store last night.

The Louisville Colonels, pennant winners of the American Association wiped the ground up with the local team here Friday, defeating the Vevay boys by the score of 19 to 2.


The pike between Vevay and Moorefield is being improved by additional loads of gravel.

Born to W. S. Humphrey and wife of Patriot, a son.


Ex-president, Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, died at his home in Concord, New Hampshire Friday.

Dr. Thomas Vanhyse of Pleasant Township left this place Thursday for Berlin, Prussia for the purpose of studying his profession in one of the colleges of that city.


The steam saw and grist mill of Garret Ricketts in Moorefield was destroyed by fire Thursday night. About 8,000 feet of lumber burned.

The following county officers were elected this week: Clerk, Oliver Ormsby; Auditor, Lawrence Gordon; Recorder, Horace B. Herrick; Commissioners, J. R. Harris and Augustus Welch.

Twenty-six buildings were destroyed by fire at Vernon Thursday night.