Reflections of the past week of 12-18-08


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Patriot Volunteer Fire Department took possession of a brand new firetruck last Thursday afternoon. The truck was funded through the Lilly Endowment and the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Volunteers say that the truck has been needed for some time, and will be used not only in the Patriot community, but also the department can respond to any emergency that may arise around Switzerland County.

The town of Florence is looking into incorporation for the town which would give the community of about 300 the power to tax and control their growth through zoning. That would make it a “town” entitled to share state and county revenues from the $150 million Hollywood Park-Boomtown Inc., riverboat casino and resort complex to open here in the summer of 2000.

Bob List of Hollywood Park/Boomtown was at the Switzerland County School Board meeting Monday night and told the board members and superintendent John Thomas that the coming Switzerland County casino company would advance the school corporation $400,000 to help meet next July’s payment on the middle school.

According to national figures, the tobacco industry here in Switzerland County accounted for more than $5.6 million in average sales over the past three years. Those funds mean nearly $40 million in related economic activity to all facets of business and industry here. Now, with talk of buyouts and settlements, the future of the tobacco industry nationwide and here in Switzerland County could be in doubt.


The Ogle Haus Inn – a leading Switzerland County industry, a Vevay landmark, and one of the best resort hotels in the Ohio Valley – is for sale. Its owner, the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation, has agreed to abide by a ruling of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service indicating that the Foundation should divest itself of its ownership of the Ogle Haus. The IRS ruled that the Foundation’s ownership and operation of the Ogle Haus has not conformed to the U.S. tax code’s requirements for ownership and operation of a profit-making business (the Ogle Haus) by a not-for-profit charitable organization (the Foundation).

Chad Hart, a junior at Switzerland County High School, recently represented Indiana in the North American Livestock Show in Louisville.

Harry Lamson received special recognition at the annual Vevay American Legion Holiday Party held Sunday. Mr. Lamson was presented a medal commemorative of his service to the nation during World War I. American Legion service officer Lowell Wayne Sullivan said the medal was presented through the Veterans Affairs Department in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I. Mr. Lamson said he was proud to receive the medal which was pinned on him by his son Bob Lamson.


George Boulton of Green Valley has quite a reputation for growing things. He has about three acres of turnips again this year, and one weighed 8 1/2 pounds. George was out one day last week delivering the turnips to folks around town. He says the older folks who no longer raise their own gardens especially enjoy the turnips and he enjoys giving them away. He added that they are very good for you and said that a simple recipe is to make slaw out of them. Just wash them and grate – no need to peel – and put your own dressing on it. Mrs. Reba Leap, our Ginny’s mother-in-law, has a good recipe for Creamed Turnips. Peel and slice or dice the turnips. Put them in a sauce pan and cover with water. Add a pinch of soda, to take out the bitterness, and cook until tender. Drain and season to taste with salt, pepper, sugar, and butter or margarine. Add enough milk to cover and simmer about 10-15 minutes. Make a big batch because the more they marinate the better they taste.

The sidewalks leading to the Courthouse and around the yard are being replaced, due to the generosity of Mr. Paul Ogle. Commissioners supported the project and have also had county highway crews spend some time repairing the fence around the courthouse. The sidewalks will be completed as soon as the weather permits. Looks like another Christmas present for Switzerland County.

Doug McNeely, Freddie Howlett, and Randy See braved the cold weather Saturday to continue work on the new Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. The new structure is being built about a mile from the old station on State Road 250. The new firehouse, which is 50’x50′, will give the department room to house all four vehicles, plus add kitchen and restroom facilities. The department will have room to add another 50’x50′ structure in the future.


Donald Wayne Tinker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army while serving with the First Air Cavalry Division around the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.

U.S. Army Specialist 4 William B. Frazier, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Frazier, was named soldier of the month for the Sheridan Missile Test Group at Fort Richardson, Alaska November 19th.

Plans are nearing completion for Vevay Presbyterian Church to be turned over to Switzerland County Historical Society as the county’s new historical museum. The church at the Main and Market streets triangle would replace the old Baptist church building at the corner of Pike and Union streets as the county museum.

Rita Leap and Dale Covington were Switzerland County’s outstanding 4-H Club members of 1968 and were so honored last week at the county’s annual 4-H achievement program.


Mr. and Mrs. Victor Pesce of 201 Cedar Avenue were named first place winners in the all-over premises division of the Vevay Jaycees Christmas lighting and decorating contest. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lambert of 507 Ferry Street were first place winners in the best doorway or window division. The top winners will each be given an engraved silver platter from the sponsoring service club.

Shirley D. Wentworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Wentworth of Vevay graduated from recruit training December 13th at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bray of Spring Branch will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on December 27th.

Vevay friends of the former Miss Pauline Siebenthal will be interested to learn that her husband, attorney George L. Bridenhager of Liberty, will assume the office of judge of the 37th Judicial Circuit on January 1st. He was elected in November to serve Franklin and Union counties.


A daughter, Luanna Gail, was born December 4th to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Patterson of Lawrenceburg. The youngster weighed 7 pounds, 8 3/4 ounces. Mrs. Patterson was the former Clara Furnish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Furnish of Florence.

Roy Wood, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wood of near Florence, is a patient in Robert Long Hospital, Indianapolis where he has been receiving treatment since Friday for tetanus. The young man’s illness if the result of running a pitch fork in his foot about 10 days ago.

A 7 3/4 pound son was born on December 7th to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ritch of route 2, Vevay.

A 6 pound, 11 ounce son was born on December 12th to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rucker of Spring Branch at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison.

A son was born on December 8th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Van O’Connell of near Bennington.

A son was born on Thursday night, December 9th, to Mr. and Mrs. James Raisor of near Vevay at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison.

A baby son was born on Thursday, December 9th, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hickman (nee Vera Jean Rose) of Franklin and formerly of Vevay at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He weighed 7 1/2 pounds and has been named Harold Bruce.


The large brick garage on Main Street now used by the Weales Motor Company has been purchased by Walter E. Gaudin Lumber Company here and will be occupied by them within a few weeks.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kiesel a baby son who has been named William Ross.

A baby daughter was born December 19th to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McCreary of Mexico Bottom.


James Richards has succeeded Miss Irene Lacey as bookkeeper at the Iddings Motor Company.

Vevay merchants added a new Christmas decoration to the city last week by placing gaily decorated cedar trees in the sidewalk receptacles before their places of business ordinarily used for their American flags.


A son was born December 15th to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Shirley.

Mrs. Elizabeth Pleasants left Sunday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Will Marsh and family in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Marsh last week.

Jacob Lawton has bought the Montanye property in Mount Sterling and intends to make his home there.

One night last week Works Mead and Myron Shirley went to Ghent to see their girl friends. A heavy wind blew up and when they were ready to return home the ferryman refused to cross the river. The boys had spent their last cent on soft drinks and couldn’t rent a room. They took refuge on the wharfboat and the boys declare that had it not been for a hog and a calf left on the wharf for shipment, they would have frozen to death.

A number of friends gathered at the home of Miss Mary Miller Wednesday for a surprise birthday party.

Mr. and Mrs. James Nelson left Tuesday to make their home in Bloomington where Mr. Nelson will attend Indiana University. Mrs. Amy Nelson has joined her daughter, Miss Ruth, at Brook, Indiana, where she is teaching.

James Oliver and Pemberton Pleasants who are attending Ohio Military Institute in Cincinnati have been made sergeants.

During the Enterprise fair in 1910 Mrs. John Dorrell lost her gold watch in the art hall. Recently Adam Holdcroft found it in the saw dust there where hundreds of people had passed over it. It was not in very good condition.


The towboat Robert P. Gelham with 16 barges of coal grounded on Craig’s bar Sunday evening and labored for 18 hours before she had her tow off and together again.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Kittle of Bascom on December 25th, a girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bodey, Jr., of Patriot, a girl.


Born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Morton Works, a daughter.

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

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Corns, Sunday, a baby daughter.

Union Chapel Church near Aaron burned to the ground Sunday morning.


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 Jonathan Sockwell on Tell Street. Loss, $15.


River navigation is closed. Cause – floating ice.

John P. Rous has resigned as a teacher in the Vevay public schools.

C. Thiebaud and sons are advertising that they will pay gold and silver for furs and skins, hides and pelts.

I. Stevens is advertising the following beauty aids: Balm of a Thousand Flowers, Rosemary and Caster Oil, Bay Rum, Cologne, Bear’s Oil, Mene Fun, Lily White, Fancy Soaps, Lyon’s Catharion, Extracts.