Reflections of the past week of 12-11-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


John Keeton, longtime extension agent in Switzerland County who is active with 4-H and other community activities, was awarded the 1998 Paul Ogle Community Service Award last Thursday night at the annual meeting of the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce. Mike Danner, last year’s recipient, presented the award.

The Hoosier State Press Association held its annual convention of Indiana newspapers this past weekend in Indianapolis, and once again the Vevay newspapers were honored with state awards for excellence in journalism. Vevay Newspapers earned four awards at the convention, including one first place; one second place; and two third place honors.

Liz Donnellon, a freshman at DePauw University, is participating in assisting the surrounding community through the DePauw Community Service program. She is taking part in the “Make A Difference” program during the fall semester. Liz Donnellon is a 1998 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Mike and Jean Donnellon of near Pleasant.


Community service can be a burdensome task. You have to go to endless meetings, your family time gets interrupted, your work gets set aside. You don’t have enough time for your own life. Most people get tired of community service, and quit doing it after awhile. But Jack Sullivan – winner of the 1993 Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award – has kept it up all his life.

Judy and Dr. Cabell McKee of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Switzerland County, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Dilver and Helen Curlin of Tapps Ridge Road are celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary.

Bill Horton was honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award at Monday’s meeting of the Switzerland County Lions Club.

Vevay postmaster Gerri Lynn Dickerson presented Doug Ray with commendations in recognition of his 30 years of carrying the U.S. mail.


Mr. and Mrs. Wayne F. Shuler of Vevay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday, December 2nd. A surprise celebration was held for them at the Ogle Haus with a dinner.

Susan Schmidt and Mike Berner were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony performed by the Reverend David Krepel at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cross Plains on Saturday, June 4th. Susan is the daughter of Mrs. Saundra Schmidt of Madison and the last Robert Schmidt Sr. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Berner of Cross Plains.

The price of burley tobacco dropped last week. Hitting a high of $162.97 last week, prices dropped all week but started to rise slightly at the beginning of this week.


Happy birthday is being sung this week for the 20th anniversary of the erection of U.S. Shoe Corporation’s Vevay manufacturing plant in 1948. Vevay Kiwanis Club led the celebration, sponsoring a special banquet meeting Wednesday night with invited guests.

The Ohio River community of Vevay will be the crossroads of southern Indiana in 1969 as the historical town of 1,500 residents will play host to two three-day festivals. The second annual Swiss Wine Festival will be held August 15th, 16th, and 17th and the town will host southeastern Indiana’s fifth annual Spring Festival April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

U.S. Army Sp-4 Robert M. Peelman, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Peelman, was assigned as a mechanic with Headquarters Company Support Command in Vietnam November 6th.

Cheerleaders for Switzerland County High School’s junior varsity basketball team are Donna Flinn, Kathy Slack, Toni Carrico and Dinah Lock.

The number “42” represents the county record for most points scored in one basketball game by an individual and is held jointly by two Swiss High seniors. Playing for Patriot last year, Rick Kelly scored 42 points against Clearspring. John Kinman scored his 42 for Swiss High last month in the Pacers’ opening game, ironically, also against Clearspring.

William Leatherburn (a volunteer) and Robert Vernon Dunn left Vevay for Louisville Tuesday for induction into the U.S. Army. Taking pre-induction physical examinations were Gary McAllister, Ronald Scott, Vernon Hankins, and George E. Ranshaw.


The Roberts Lumber Company has completed details for the purchase of the Miller Hardware Company on Ferry Street and will soon move the stock to its building just north of the store. James Sides is presently in charge of the business.


Funeral services will be conducted for another of Switzerland County’s service men, Pvt. William Robert Wagner of Posey Township on Sunday afternoon, December 12th, in Rising Sun. Private Wagner was killed in action in France September 17th, 1944. He is the son of William R. and Angeline McCreary Wagner.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward McClellan (nee Wilma James) are rejoicing over the arrival of an 8 pound son, born Thursday night, December 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He has been named Richard Duane.

Of all the trials, dances, fights and other and sundry tribulations of Switzerland County during the past few days, the spotlight, unless she is found before we go to press, is being held by a cow. She’s a big white face Hereford just past fresh and last Friday was brought into the Olds slaughter house here to become eating beef – or at least that’s what they thought. Suddenly on the chute she climbed to the roof of a 20 foot long building, jumped off on the ground, leaped over a fence and disappeared into the wilds of Vevay. She has eluded all her pursuers and forages by night and “holes up” by day – and laughs.


Born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Keith of Meads Ridge, a son Paul Vernon.

A daughter was born December 13th to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sigmon of Red Hog Pike.

Born December 14th to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Adams of Florence, a daughter, Virginia Ann.

A report received here late Wednesday evening indicated that Gilbert Grober, a former resident of Vevay, had been reported killed last week while fighting with the loyalist forces in Spain.

Mrs. Robert Reed, formerly a resident of Vevay, was painfully burned about the face recently at the Osgood Restaurant, while attempting to light the oven of a gas stove.


A nine pound son was born December 11th to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stepleton of Bennington.

A pet house cat believed to have been suffering from rabies, attacked Mr. and Mrs. Merle Webster and their two children in Craig Township Sunday and bit each member of the family.

Fire caused by a defective flue was discovered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Osborne early Sunday. The fire department responded to the alarm but the blaze was out before the arrival of the apparatus. The only damage was to the wallpaper around the stove pipe.


Hampton Williamson, 23, son of Aphriam Williamson of Patriot died in France on November 27th of pneumonia according to a telegram received by Mr. Williamson. A meteorologist he was attached to the aviation section of the army. His body was laid to rest under French soil.

Mrs. India Teats received an official telegram Tuesday telling her that her brother William Bowen had been slightly wounded in action in France on October 5th.

Chester Lock, Robert Oakley, Lieutenant Harold Curry, Ray Noble, Forrest Hess, Willie Scott, Earl Gullion, Paul Richter, John Uhlman and Dick Hankins have all been discharged from service and have returned home.

Claude Barton who has been in an Illinois hospital for treatment of shell shock after action in Chateau Thierry and other battles, is home on a short furlough.

Miss Dorothy Campbell, music teacher in Vevay school, has organized an orchestra with the following members. Gerald Jaynes, Walter Bennett, Lyman Scudder, Paul Bakes, Works Mead, Mary Bear, Elizabeth Campbell and Irene Babcock.


The Vevay Greenhouse which has been under construction for several months is practically completed. The greenhouse is owned exclusively by William J. Waltz who for years has had a hobby of raising flowers and early garden vegetables.

E. E. Scudder surprised a man in his chicken house Saturday night and but for an attack of heart failure at the critical moment would have nabbed him.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burkhart on December 13th, a girl.

The members of the Methodist Church at Mount Sterling have purchased of A. V. Danner, a 550 pound bell for the church which is expected to be in place in time to ring in the New Year.

Born December 11th to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Reed of Park’s Ridge, a daughter.

Tom Pickett has rented the Chatline room on Ferry Street and will upon the expiration of his term as sheriff, open a restaurant.

Henry Carnine who will be Deputy Auditor under Dr. Culbertson has moved his family to Vevay.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gromer, a boy.

Mr. John Bakes Jr., sold his wool crop last week receiving 25 cents per pound for it.

Quite a bit of canned goods was stolen from the home of Matt Brooks in Craig Township last week.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith Turner, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. Saul Sauvine, a girl; and to Mr. and Mrs. William Means, a boy, all of Craig Township.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gage Cross of Center Square on December 14th, a son.

An Indian patent medicine vendor has located at Patriot.


Owing to cold weather the Vevay Woolen Factory has suspended until the first of March.

Last Monday morning about 2 o’clock the residence of Charles Newkirk in Bennington was discovered in flames. In spite of the valiant efforts of neighbors the residence and that of George Paul, owned by James P. Marsh, were consumed. Mr. Newkirk’s loss was estimated at $1,200 and Mr. Marsh $500.

C.O. Thiebaud Jr. has built a mammoth ice house which will hold 11,000 cubic feet of ice.

The Free Masons of Bennington will dedicate their new hall next Saturday and the ceremony will be public for all to attend.

The alarm of fire last Tuesday was occasioned by the partial burning of the roof of the residence of Jonothan Sockwell on Tell Street. Loss $15.


At the November term of the Switzerland Circuit Court, Sallie Baxter was sentenced to the penitentiary for two years for grand larceny and in due time she was taken to Jeffersonville. Last week Sallie came back and our citizens are a little anxious to know how she got out and why no effort is being made to recapture her.

Honorable Thomas L. Harris, member of Congress from this district, died from consumption Wednesday, November 24th.


“Within the last few weeks three aged ladies, who have resided here many years have been called away by death. We allude to Mrs. James Boyd, Mrs. Thomas Carter and Mrs. Dickson.”

Cold weather is upon us and we have no coal. We have found it very difficult to keep warm enough to set type or work the press. But true to our pledge to our kind and indulgent patrons, we have succeeded in issuing our paper regularly thus far. We hope we shall soon have a supply of coal.

Clarkson and Waldo have just received a cask of superior corn oil to burn in lamps, etc.

The qualified voters of the corporation of Vevay are notified that on the first Monday of January, 1857, the poll books of the corporation will be opened at the Recorder’s office in the town for the electing of seven trustees, one from each ward.