Reflections of the past week of 10-29-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Town of Vevay will begin a new era this Tuesday when three new town council members are elected. The town election will be held in the Switzerland County Courthouse for both precincts, and will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The totally new council resulted from the defeat of the three current town council members in a party caucus in September. The Six candidates are Democrats Jamie Hayes, Earl Van Winkle and Robbie Smith. The Republican candidates are James Martin, Lary Jones and Rebecca Martin.

Private Paul Michael Hollitt, son of Pete and Sandy Hollitt of Vevay, is currently stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, for his A.I.T. training. He is specializing in helicopter engine repairs.

Phyllis Heath, who has served for nearly 20 years as an officer of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of the Long Run Association, was honored on Wednesday, October 20th, at the fall conference of the group held at New Liberty Church. A plaque was presented to her by the group.

The Ogle Haus In and Resort announced Tuesday the transfer of ownership from Vevay Motel Associates, L.P., to Belterra Resort and Casino. The sale of the Ogle Haus to the owners of the riverboat casino complex being built near Florence has been rumored for some time and in the works for the past several months. Belterra took over the operation of the Ogle Haus Tuesday and both John Eckert and Paul Alanis acknowledge that ongoing improvements to the Ogle Haus will continue and significant renovation of the facility will begin immediately.

If ever a person loved her work, it was Marian Janes. For more than 30 years, Marian Janes worked with the Head Start program in Switzerland County. Now, eight months following her death, Marian Janes is still giving her love to her beloved children. Through memorial donations, the family of Marian Janes has purchased and donated more than 2 5 books and 12 audio tapes to the county’s Head Start program. The materials will be used in the classroom, which is located in a portion of the Old Gym in Vevay.


Leona Sullivan was honored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary with a pitch-in dinner Thursday, November 1st, at the VFW Clubroom on her retirement after 20 years of service to this community as president of the mental health organization. Mrs. Sullivan, aided by her husband, “Sully”, has worked hard as head of this organization and has accomplished much which is unknown to the average family in Vevay.

Though the meeting was not scheduled to begin until 7 p.m., crowds of people had gathered outside the Vevay Courthouse and all the seats in the courtroom upstairs were already taken by 6:30 last Thursday evening. The occasion was the long-scheduled Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on Indiana Power and Light Company’s proposal to build three 650 megawatt coal-fired electric generating units at Mexico Bottom, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Patriot.


Marie Dunning of Vevay finished first in the female division for women age 19 and under in a time of 27:09 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital Frightfully Fun 5-K Run held on Saturday, October 28th. Marie was one of 207 participants in the event, which included 99 runners.

In a move to divert the growing controversy that has grown in Switzerland County over the possibility of making application to the State of Indiana to locate a prison near Vevay, the Switzerland County Commissioners have decided to not make an application for prison site consideration.

Galen R. Barnes, a native of Vevay, has been elected by Nationwide Insurance to the position of senior vice president and chief actuary of property and casualty insurance services. He is the son of Elvin Barnes of route 1, Vevay.

Yvonna E. Tilley has been promoted to the position of Assistant Foreman in department 482 on day shift at the Grote Manufacturing Company in Madison.


U.S. Army Private Gordon W. Turner, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis A. Turner of Patriot, was assigned recently to the 44th Signal Battalion near Long Binh, Vietnam, as a radio operator.

With the shadows of witches cast against the moon and skeletons dragging ghostly chains, the scene will be set tonight for the annual Vevay Halloween parade. Lineup is scheduled at 7:30 o’clock at the corner of Main and Vineyard streets.

County officials are expected to make a decision within the next few weeks regarding the purchase of automatic voting machines in time for Switzerland County’s 1970 elections. County Commissioners, five of seven County Council members, and various county officers and political party officials saw one such machine demonstrated and explained Tuesday night at the County Courthouse in Vevay.

Jerry E. Boggs has resigned as assistant cashier of Vevay Deposit Bank and is leaving his local tax practice to accept a position on the tax staff of Touche, Ross, Bailey, and Smart, Certified Public Accountants in Vincennes.


The largest crowd ever to watch the Vevay Halloween celebration, sponsored by the Vevay Jaycees, watched as floats, rolling exhibits, horses, old autos and marching units paraded over Vevay streets last Saturday night. It was estimated that over 2,500 people watched the parade held in the downtown business district.

Burley tobacco auctions will begin on November 23rd and official acceptance of tobacco will start about November 9th according to warehousemen.

Judith Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paris Thomas, and a pupil in the Jefferson-Craig school, is a patient in Riley Hospital in Indianapolis following surgery for a brain concussion. The child was kicked in the head by a mule last week at her home and after emergency care in the Madison hospital she was transferred to Riley.

Democratic candidates completed a sweep of all city offices in Tuesday’s election here, defeating the lone incumbent Republican office holder by 29 votes. Mary McKay Roberts, Democrat, polled 456 votes for city clerk-treasurer to 427 votes for incumbent Margaret Dickason.

Democrats swept two out of three town trustee’s posts and the clerk-treasurer’s office in voting Tuesday in Patriot. The lone Republican to win was Leo Jackson.


Reverend Betty Phillips, pastor of the Christian Tabernacle at Pike and Silver streets here has returned from ordination services held at the Bible Church in Indianapolis for the United Pentecostal Church. During the services Reverend Phillips was ordained as a regular minister.

The Vevay Warriors opened the basketball season Tuesday night in a game at Rising Sun where the Shiners copped the big end of a score of 51-23.

A chapter of the Delta Sigma Kappa sorority, national and international organization for business and professional women, will be installed in Vevay on November 18th.


The regular town elections will be held in Vevay and Patriot next Tuesday.

The Town Board has voted to purchase several hundred feet of fire hose.

Sam Reed, acting as special policeman on Halloween night here, suffered severe injuries when he was struck by an automobile occupied by three young men of the county. An investigation is being made.

A baby girl was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Curry of Center Square.

Charles Scott and Charles Pratt have opened a new agency for Studebaker automobiles in the Metropolitan Hall building on Ferry Street.


A tragic accident at Madison marred the reception for President Herbert Hoover last week. Robert Earls, 19, a member of Battery E., 150th Field Artillery was fatally wounded while the battery was firing a salute from guns on Telegraph Hill. A high wind is believed to have blown sparks back through the tube of the gun into a powder box which exploded. Three other men were hurt seriously. Earls was the son of Strather B. and Mary Earls and was born in Switzerland County.

Gabe Robinson has resigned as night policeman for Vevay and Mayor Moody Dodd has appointed H. K. Satterfield as his successor.

James Lawrence, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt White of near Mount Sterling, may lose the sight of one eye as the result of an accident while playing with a knife. The little boy was cutting a tobacco stick, which broke, causing the knife to slip and strike his eye.

Fire, which started in the garage of Howard Parker destroyed three business houses in Ghent Saturday morning, including the Brameier confectionery and the cream station and feed store of Maurice Davis.

A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Drake of Moorefield.

Thirty pastel paintings by Will H. Stevens of Tulane University New Orleans were exhibited last week at the art gallery of H. Lieber Company in Indianapolis. A native of Vevay, Mr. Stevens studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy and is well known for his paintings of Switzerland County scenes.


Mrs. Henry Cotton of Mount Sterling suffered a broken ankle and painful bruises Friday when she jumped from her buggy after the horse became frightened and started to kick itself loose. She was en route to bring her daughter home from Plum Creek where she teaches school. She was found about an hour after the accident by William Heady, who took her to her home.

J. B. Hartman and son of Moorefield won 10 prizes on Shorthorn cattle at the fair held at Madison last week. Clyde Taylor of the same community received a first prize on hogs and several prizes on Shorthorn cattle. Mrs. Jacob Wahl and daughter, Miss Gertrude, judged the fancy work.

The Vevay basketball team was defeated by Patriot Friday afternoon by a score of 30-22.

A daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. George Hart of Bennington.

A daughter was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Scudder.

Solomon Pangburn of East Enterprise has bought the D. G. Manning property on upper Pike Street and he and his wife will move there soon.

The steamer Tacoma, now plying between Cincinnati and Louisville carries the whistle which was used on the old packet, Courier, and was made in Germany many years ago. It is particularly sweet toned.


Born to Henry Buchanan and wife of Florence, a fine girl.

Born to William Washer and wife of Bennington, a son.


Frank Rosenberger is burning another kiln of brick.


Hay is arriving freely.

Vevay needs a cooper shop.

The Universalist Church is being repaired.

They are sawing wood by horse power in Vevay.

James Stewart is building a handsome residence in Moorefield.

The Vevay Furniture Company has employed George C. Patton as salesman and bookkeeper.

Mr. S. Stow and a man from Madison have started a vinegar factory on the corner of Main and Liberty streets.

Captain S. Pavy is building a stone school house near Indian Creek bridge in Craig Township.

Vevay boasts the tallest marshal in the state. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall.

Rutherford, Heady and Company are laying the foundation for a carriage shop on the corner of Pike and Liberty streets.

Mr. F. Bonner is building a handsome two-story frame residence on the corner of Main and Union streets.


On last Saturday Vevay was placed in telegraph communication with Rising Sun and the world.

Local business men carrying advertisements in this newspaper are R. P. Crutcher, men’s clothing and tailoring; Joseph Jagers, blacksmith; Hathway and Company, clothing and drygoods; Alfred Shaw, general store; Julius Black, men’s clothing; John M. Gray, men’s clothing; Charles Unser, bakery; Waldo and Keeney, insurance; I. Stevens, drugs; Clarkson and Waldo, groceries; Courvoisier and Lewis, general store; J. L. Thiebaud, drugs; Bledsoe and Beymer, Florence, drugs; John J. Paul, Mount Sterling, drugs; Rogers and Cotton, Moorefield, drugs; Jesse Teats, dry goods; J. H. Titus, real estate; F. L. Grisard and son, tinware; Harwood and Doan, dry goods; Isaac Humphrey, painter; Kincaid and Company, millinery; E. Littlefield, cabinet maker; S. E. and J. K. Pleasants, merchants and traders; L. L. Woody, stoves; Dr. J. F. Ridgeway; Lamb and Adkinson, attorneys; Daniel Cole, groceries; O. D. Thompson and Company, shoe manufactures; Webb, shoemaker; F. A. Boerner, jewelry; Jessie V. Short, undertaker; Dr. J. H. Roberts, dentist; Dr. J. W. Murphy.

A large flat boat laden with hay, almost ready for the journey south, owned by Hall and Lindley, anchored above the Vevay wharf, sank Tuesday night with a loss of $500.

On Sunday night a trunk belonging to John K. Harris of Allensville was taken from the Vevay wharf boat, broken open and the contents stolen.