Reflections of the past week of 11-20-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Shotgun season for deer got underway here in Switzerland County Saturday morning, and although this county traditionally sees one of the highest kill rates of any county in the state, Indiana conservation officer Steve Kinne is seeing a pretty normal hunting season to this point.

A Madison woman with ties to Switzerland County escaped serious injury Monday morning when a stray deer slug smashed through the windshield of her car as she drove down the River Road. Neila Jackson, who works at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, was driving on State Road 56 near Lamb at approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning when a deer slug came through the passenger side of the front windshield of her vehicle. The blast shattered the windshield, and pieces of glass flew through the car and scratched Neila Jackson’s glasses. So far investigators haven’t found who shot the slug.

What could be one of the biggest tobacco crops in history will begin going to market this Monday, but for many Switzerland County burley growers, selling time for their crop may have to wait a while. Without some rainy weather tobacco is having a hard time coming in case to bulk it down for stripping.

Mickey and Direnda Ray of Red Hog Pike celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a celebration held recently.

Libby and Vernon Ray of Vevay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 26th.

Bethany Robinson recently represented Switzerland County and the Swiss Wine Festival in the Indiana State Festivals Association pageant in Vincennes.


Perry Glancy won’t be back as the superintendent of Switzerland County Schools for the 1994-95 school year. The school board voted unanimously Monday night to not renew his contract. His contract is good until July 1st of next year and by then the school board plans to have employed a new superintendent of schools.

The success of tobacco in Switzerland County has a lot to do with the success of Switzerland County’s economy. Tobacco markets open Monday of next week for sales each day until the entire crop is marketed. Switzerland County will sell about 3.5 million pounds.

Clair G. and Norma Jane Shaw, formerly of Vevay, celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends in Vado, New Mexico on Monday.

Naomi Blume Bliss’ new book The Gift of Being Old has just been published by Cotton’s Hollow Press of Vevay. Copies are available at the office of Vevay Newspapers.


Lori Thornton of Vevay went deer hunting for the first time this year and took an 8-point buck with a shotgun. Lori says she plans to have the deer mounted. As of Wednesday morning, 1,364 deer had been taken in Switzerland County in gun season alone. There were 379 taken during archery season.

Bob Peters and his crew from Peters Nursery in East Enterprise finished the plantings on the Courthouse lawn this Monday. Sixteen shrubs and ornamentals were planted around the bandstand and 21 shade and ornamental trees were planted on the lawn. The trees include oaks, maples, flowering pears, tulips, and crabapple, which will provide a variety of spring flowers and fall colors.

Blanton Hatton celebrated his 101st birthday on Sunday. He was the guest of honor at a special celebration hosted by the Ogle Haus Sunday afternoon. Mr. Hatton was born in Switzerland County and lived on a farm near Mount Sterling for many years. He and his late wife Sylvia Peters Hatton had seven children.


Vevay felt a slight shock at noon Saturday from a minor earthquake originating near Albion, Illinois. The only reported damage, however, was a chipped ashtray which was knocked off a shelf at Emmett Danner’s hardware store. Mr. Danner experienced a full-grown earthquake on a vacation some years ago in Acapulco, Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. James Brummett died of asphyxiation Sunday evening as carbon monoxide from a smoldering mattress engulfed their Tapps Ridge home. Mrs. Luther McDole, a next-door neighbor, found the couple dead – Mr. Brummett, 68, in the home’s kitchen and Mrs. Brummett, 47, on a couch in the living room – at 7:30 p.m.

The holiday season opened this week in Switzerland County as the county’s mental health association began preparation for its 1968 Christmas gift project. Mrs. Leona Sullivan, president of the county association, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Louise Gayle as chairman of the project.

With Switzerland County’s first Swiss Wine Festival just three months in the past, committee workers are already busily engaged in formulating plans and laying groundwork for a 1969 festival. Kenny Clemons, unanimously elected festival chairman for 1969 to succeed 1968 chairman Mike Danner, has made numerous committee appointments well in advance of the August 15th-16th-17th festival.


During the district convention of the Southeastern Indiana Nurse’s Association held at Madison State Hospital last Thursday Mrs. Alma Ash of Lamb was honored with a surprise gift and commendation. The date marked the 50th anniversary of her service as a nurse following her graduation from the George Denny Hospital in Madison.

Coach and Mrs. Dan Kile are rejoicing over the birth of a son in the Madison hospital Saturday morning. He weighed 8 pounds and has been named Joseph Scott.

Howard Adams, 71, of near Bennington, was injured fatally Friday night about 7 o’clock when his automobile figured in a three-car collision near Cross Plains in Ripley County.


August N. Mead opened his new printing shop on Main Street here this week and is now ready for business. Mr. Mead is an expert printer and his office contains all necessary equipment for any kind of job work that may be required.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Day, natives of Switzerland County and now retired farmers living in Manville, Indiana, will quietly celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary at their home there on November 25th.

The bodies of two Switzerland County youths who left Patriot only a few weeks apart and who were killed in action only two months apart were returned home this week for burial. Sergeant George M. Koons, son of William and Katherine Chase Koons of Patriot and Corporal John Jones, son of Johnson and Flossie Scott Jones, who now reside in Rising Sun, are the young heroes.

A Lions Club has been organized here with 27 members to date. Worth Sieglitz, young Vevay business man, was elected president at its organization dinner held at the Swiss Inn here Monday evening. Temporary arrangements have been made to meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Swiss Inn at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the program that follows.

Charles B. Noble of Vevay was installed as first vice president of the Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association of the Fifth District Order Eastern Star at the Switzerland chapter room here last Monday.

Mrs. Cogley Cole, president of the Indiana Federation of Women’s Clubs, was chosen as one of three state Federated Club presidents to comprise a committee which will act upon the $50,000 Kroger Foundation gift for community betterment.


The Julia L. Dumont Club entertained with a party at the Schenck House Thursday evening honoring Mr. and Mrs. Hal Adkinson, formerly of Vevay, now of Clermont, Florida. One hundred nine guests were in attendance.

The white gospel truck owned by the Holiness League, Inc., of Indianapolis was badly damaged by fire last week.


The rabbit crop is ripe here now and there seems to be an abundance of them; however quail are very scarce.

John Tilley, whose news agency and tobacco store was destroyed by fire recently, is operating his business temporarily from the Market house.

The first snow of the season fell in Vevay Tuesday morning, November 20th.

Miss Ollie Brindley opened her new store next door to Cole’s restaurant Saturday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Smith of Five Points, a 9 pound son, Arthur William.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Tower celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Wednesday evening, November 14th, at their home near Cross Plains.


Word was received last week by Levi Littrell of Craig Township that his brother, William Littrell, 28, was killed in action on October 28th. He moved here from Kentucky and had been in France since spring.

Through a YMCA secretary the mother of Claude Barton has learned that her son is confined to a hospital on Ellis Island suffering from shell shock.

Bert Richardson, chief mechanic at Dam 39, was seriously injured Friday when a large block fell striking him in the chest. A chain fastening to the block struck his face knocking him unconscious and cutting a deep gash.

Relatives of Leslie Byram have received word that he has been severely wounded in the arm and is in an English hospital.

A son was born on November 21st to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland of Moorefield.


Dr. R. M. Copeland of Bennington has concluded to locate in Vevay and will remove to this city at once.

Lige Brindley of the blacksmithing firm of Slate and Brindley was badly injured yesterday when his tongs slipped and a red hot piece of metal struck him on the nose and right cheek.

Paul Thuneman had his hand and arm caught in the rollers at the furniture factory last week and but for the presence of mind of Charles Holler, who went to his assistance and reversed the machinery, would have been killed.

Born to George L. Humphrey and wife of Allensville, a 10 pound daughter.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jaynes November 21st a 7 pound, 1/2 ounce daughter.

Two horses hitched to a surrey became frightened at the automobile of Charles Melcher while they were hitched to a tree and breaking loose started to run. The team was stopped by Jesse Ricketts before much damage was done. The outfit belonged to Lee Wormus.

Born to Harvey Scudder and wife of Florence, a fine girl.

The barn of William Barker of East Enterprise caught fire from a passing threshing machine yesterday and burned to the ground.

Born to Lucian Koons and wife of Patriot November 24th, a girl.

William Dennis’ woods was destroyed by fire one night last week. It was supposed to have caught fire from hunters.


The Reverend J. Murray Taylor is spending the week in Vevay.

Harry Mead accidentally shot himself with a revolver Sunday making a bad flesh wound in the index finger of his left hand.

Bryant McMakin has accepted a position with a jewelry store in Terre Haute.

In a clothing advertisement in this week’s issue men’s suits are priced at $2.75 to $9.75; men’s overcoats, $3.00 to $9.75, all new stock.

C. R. Melcher, George E. Patton, and B. Johnson of Madison will arrive on the boat from Madison today to confer with our citizens in regard to building an electric road from Vevay through Madison to connect with B.O.&S.W. Railroad.


Fire Company No. 2 has neat new uniforms.

Gus Wherley and family have removed to Brookville, Indiana.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James A. Monroe yesterday, a son.

There are a number of children in this town of an eligible age who do not attend school. Parents should realize that their children will grow up of a loafing and vicious disposition and bring nothing but dishonor upon your grey hairs.


Work on the Cincinnati, Jeffersonville, and Ohio River Railroad will begin immediately between Rising Sun and Aurora.

The butcher shop in Patriot was burglarized Sunday night of about 30 pounds of beef. The preacher here has also lost a lot of corn through the light-fingered gents.

A small son of Charles Taylor of Shiloh had his hand badly crushed in a sorghum mill last week. He lost all the fingers on his right hand.

Seventeen of Vevay’s young ladies took passage on the Sherley last Thursday for Cincinnati.

Henry Sage fell from a railroad bridge at Aurora last Thursday, a distance of 40 feet, and was supposed to be fatally injured. In response to a telegram his father, Dr. P. S. Sage, immediately went to his bedside. Although seriously injured he will probably recover.


Last Sunday afternoon the residence of Wesley Adkinson on Main Street caught fire from a spark that fell on the roof. The flames were easily extinguished.

Twenty-one men are employed at the Vevay Furniture factory.

A few weeks ago J. M. Froman sold six fleece of wool to Schofield and Cochran, weighing 8 1/2 pounds net.

Last Sunday morning a man named Robert Roach was found dead under the riverbank about one mile above Ghent. It is supposed that he was intoxicated and fell over the bank, breaking his neck and thus causing his death.


Three men and one woman were arrested on the other side of the river Saturday suspected of committing sundry burglaries in this county. They were taken to Trimble County, Kentucky.

George Wilkerson was placed in jail Monday night charged with attempting to set fire to a neighbor’s barn.

Last Friday Mr. Mundy, a shoemaker living here, died. It is the general belief that he poisoned himself by taking arsenic.


The 14-year-old son of William Henderson of Vevay died Sunday from wounds he received in the lower chest when he accidentally discharged a pistol the day before.

Hugh S. Montgomery of this place was crushed to death Friday by a log which he was pulling when the chain broke and the log rolled over him.

Some time ago a German boy, living a short distance above Vevay, was killed by the wheels of a wagon passing over his head. He was drawing two horses hitched to the wagon and fell off.