Reflections of the past week of 2-25-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Mary Lou Furnish of Vevay recently was honored by Baylor Trucking Company for driving more than one million miles on the job without a preventable accident. She and her husband, Gareth Furnish, drive a semi truck together for the company. Her streak of miles started on December 24th, 1986. She is the only woman ever to receive the million mile award from Baylor Trucking.

Heavy rains over the weekend led to high water levels along the Ohio River this week. Many weekend and vacation homes along the river were at risk from the rising river water. After cresting on Tuesday the Ohio River has begun to recede but some forecasts are calling for more rain this weekend.

Christi Graham Dixon has been named a partner in York, Neel & Company – Henderson, LLP, Certified Public Accountants. She is a resident of Henderson County, Kentucky, and is the daughter of Nelson and Helen Graham of Vevay. Christi Dixon joined Neel & Company in 1979, and is currently tax manager for the firm.

Herman and Ruth Marsh of McCreary’s Ridge celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, February 16th, with family and friends.


Ginny Reeves of Vevay returned home yesterday after an exciting three days participating in the nationally televised Pillsbury Bake-Off Cooking and Baking Contest in Phoenix, Arizona. “I had a wonderful, fabulous time,” said Ginny, who was one of only a hundred finalists selected from 100,000 entries in the annual competition.

High, high up in the top of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay live a colony of bats. God’s creatures, those bats nonetheless are a devil of a problem for the Baptists. And it will cost the Baptists an estimated $100,000 to get rid of the bats in their belfry.


Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Chase of Rising Sun will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for friends and relatives from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Historical Building in Rising Sun.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wentworth of Canaan will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, February 26th. They were married on that date in 1930 by S.W. Baker at the Christian Church parsonage in Vevay.


Switzerland County has drawn Aurora in the Lawrenceburg sectional tournament next Saturday as the two teams have byes to bypass Thursday night’s quarter-final round into the Saturday semifinals. Dillsboro and Lawrenceburg will play in the first game Thursday night and North Dearborn and Rising Sun will clash in the second game.

Gale F. Banta, 53, of Lawrenceburg was killed Saturday morning when his car was struck at the Mary Street crossing in downtown Lawrenceburg by a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train. He was a former resident of Switzerland County.

Mrs. Lulu B. Bales, 83, of Kokomo, died Friday evening at Howard Community Hospital there. She was a native of near Fairview.

Mr. and Mrs. George Hobbs of Quercus Grove celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday and were visited by their family and close friends.


Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie will quietly observe their 68th wedding anniversary Saturday at their home on Tell Street. They were married February 27th, 1892 by Reverend Joshua Griffith at his home near Long Run Church in this county.

Keith Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown of Vevay and a former star player on the Vevay basketball team is a member of the Lindsay Wilson College team at Columbus, Kentucky, who won the Kentucky State Junior College championship in finals played Saturday night.

Miss Joy Pavy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy, route 1, Bennington, and Juanita Ruth Slack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Slack, route 2, Vevay, have won recognition for superior scholarship at Olivet Nazarene College by being placed on the first semester honor roll.

Switzerland County contributed a total of $896.81 to the March of Dimes according to the final report of the campaign compiled by Miss Faye Sides, County Chairman.


Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swango are the proud parents of a new son who arrived at their home at Spring Branch February 17th. The youngster weighed 10 pounds and has been named Larry Gene.

A baby daughter was born Friday morning at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to Mr. and Mrs. Mac L. Sullivan of that city, formerly of Vevay. The little girl weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and has been named Nancy Ann.

Principal Raymond Cole of Vevay High School who was taken last week to Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, remains in a condition which is still termed serious by his physicians.

Dr. Harold Griffith and County Clerk, Emerson Williamson, miraculously escaped death or serious injury Saturday night about 10 o’clock when the automobile of the former skidded on an icy place in the road on the Markland-Enterprise Pike and turned over end for end, several times. The car was demolished. The accident occurred near the home of Lawrence Phillips as Dr. Griffith was returning to Vevay after making a professional call in the vicinity.


Mr. and Mrs. Morton Bennett have purchased the property of the late Dr. Hugh Thiebaud on Liberty Street and will occupy it in the spring.

The Patriot Fire Department has announced the purchase of a new Dodge chassis and will modernize the rest of their equipment to bring it up to the highest standard.

Mr. and Mrs. James Aldred of route 2, Vevay, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, February 25th, with an open house reception.

Born February 16th to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Graves of Center Square, a son.


Miss Lena LeClerc, member of the family which founded Vevay, passed away at her home here, having been bedfast the past 15 weeks.

Mary Catherine, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Drake of near Vevay was critically burned Sunday morning by the explosion of a can containing kerosene with which she was attempting to build a fire.

Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schoffner on Plum Creek Monday morning.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard LaVelle of Patriot.

The Vevay Battery unit of the Indiana National Guard was inspected Wednesday by First Lieutenant Thomas E. Moore who expressed himself pleased with the general efficiency of the unit.


A telegram received here Monday informed relatives that Ray Leatherbury, 27, who moved a month ago to Montgomery, Alabama, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Leatherbury had been injured fatally in a railway yard. He was a veteran of the World War.

Bert Gray recently purchased half interest in the Bliss Garage on Ferry Street and the business will be known as Bliss and Gray.

A daughter was born February 22nd to Mr. and Mrs. John Banta of route 1 and a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Williams of Crawfordsville making Mr. and Mrs. James Banta of Lamb grandparents twice on the same day.

A daughter was born February 20th to Mr. and Mrs. Cliva Schroeder of Patriot.

Mrs. Nancy Fortner Marksberry, 82, died February 20th at the home of her daughter Mrs. Hester Bodey on Goose Creek.

Arnold, eight-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hez Bales of Vevay died February 20th at their home.


Death came suddenly Saturday night to Alfred Shaw, Sr., one of Vevay’s most esteemed citizens at the age of 84 years.

The Vevay Creamery closed its doors Saturday. The cause leading to the suspension of business was its inability to secure a supply of milk.

Detraz Brothers of this city are just completing a very fine gasoline launch which will be named the “Skeerless” and will be an ideal craft for comfort pleasure and reliability.

Charles B. Lamson has purchased an ice cream and soda water outfit and will open a confectionery in the Sieglitz building.

Heaviest snow recorded since establishment of the U.S. Weather Bureau fell here on Wednesday night and during the day Thursday. The official gauge showed 15 inches of snow on the level. All forms of transportation were either put out of commission or badly delayed. No coal, except a small amount of slack, was on hand in either yard and on Monday the city began selling small amounts from its supply at the power plant. Miss Blerner who has charge of the weather station gave us the following data concerning zero weather in February for the past 16 years: February 8th, 1894, 20 degrees below zero; February 13th, 1899, 22 degrees below zero; February 25th, 1900, 4 degrees below zero; February 19th, 1910, 4 degrees below zero.

The Horse Thief society of Sugar Branch met last Saturday afternoon, the 16 members who were absent will have to pay 25 cents each at the next meeting.


The third recital of Professor Favre Mottier’s music pupils was given at the home of Mr. C. C. Shaw last Friday evening and was a most enjoyable affair.

No cold weather here this winter and consequently no ice packed in Vevay.

Vevay is a good place for thieves and burglars to stay away from. Two policemen on duty every night and they are hungry for a victim. The jail is strong; can’t break out.

Saturday was the coldest day of the year with the temperature 30 below zero.

Died in Vevay February 21st, Daisy, five-year-old daughter of Edwin F. and Emma F. Barker.

Died in Madison on February 16th, Mrs. Elia Howard Fenton, wife of George G. Fenton.

On Saturday, March 5th, W. H. Munnett will deliver a lecture at the court house on “suffrage” – concerning its extension to the Negro race and to females.


On Friday afternoon the old building on the corner of Ferry and Market streets until recently used by Alfred Shaw Company fell to the ground with a terrible crash. A son of William Dailey was caught under the wreckage but was only slightly hurt.

Fire caused damage to the home of John G. Cotton Sunday night when flames broke out in the second story of the house.

A Kentucky newspaper carries the account of a fire at Stamping Ground in that state which entirely wiped out the town.