Reflections of the past week of 2-26-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from

past issues of Switzerland County newspapers.


The Indiana Department of Education has announced that – based on statewide ISTEP tests – Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in Vevay is the sixth best elementary school in the state. Overall, there are 1,108 elementaries in Indiana.

The Switzerland County FFA chapter was highlighted as a part of National FFA Week. Among those students spotlighted were District Star Farmer Josh Archer; National Convention Delegate Misty Wegman; Greenhand Leader Neal Haskell; Chapter President Natasha Duke; and Chapter Vice President Kurtis Gregory.

Mike Thieman of near Pleasant was honored as the “Conservation Farmer of the Year” and Andy Armstrong of Parks Ridge was honored as the “Silver Star Farmer” by the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Ann T. Sandidge received a trophy Sunday, February 19th, in the elementary division of the Interscholastic ski competition at Ski Butler. She finished the two slalom runs in third position out of a field of skiers from 19 tri-state schools. Ann is a sixth grade student in Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.

Miss Cristy Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jones, recently won the title of District II Vice President of Business Professionals of America. She represented the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. Cristy is currently enrolled as a student at the Career Center where she is studying to become a secretary.


Don R. Wallis, Jr., former publisher and editor of the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and the Switzerland Democrat has been honored by the Ohio Newspaper Association for his publication of “The Yellow Springs News”. His paper won first place in “General Excellence” for weekly newspapers under 3,000 circulation. Editor Don Wallis’s editorials won first place among all Ohio weeklies, regardless of size, and the paper was also judged second in news coverage, advertising, and sports news. Mr. Wallis went to Yellow Springs from Vevay in 1977.

Prize winners in the Farm Bureau speakers contest were: First place, Patty Brown; second place, Carol Penick; and third place, Jim Waltz. The next step for these winners is the Area Contest to be held in Versailles.


The Reverend Fred S. Griffith, 81, retired Baptist minister, of Vevay, died Saturday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison following a two-year illness.

Mrs. Ada Lock was named worthy matron of Switzerland Chapter No. 469, Order of the Eastern Star, at an election of officers the Star held last Tuesday night.

Miss Dianna Curry, an 18-year-old senior, has been named 1969 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Switzerland County High School.

Doug Leatherbury, who this month established a law practice in Switzerland County, was named Sunday as chairman of the 1969 Swiss Wine Festival.


Fire caused by an overheated stove or a defective flue destroyed the home of Jesse Bennett, 80, near Markland early Wednesday morning.

Dr. George E. Ellerbrook, Vevay physician and Switzerland County Coroner, died about 9 p.m. Wednesday night at his home on Main Street here, apparently of a heart attack.

Miss Carolyn Danner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Danner of Vevay, was awarded a first division rating at the Indiana School Music Association contests held at Indianapolis Saturday. Miss Danner received her award as a soprano soloist. Miss Sandra Jo Stevens and Jerold Forwood were awarded third ratings in their divisions. The three local students were winners of the district auditions held recently at Franklin.

Gary Kemper, Vevay Warrior guard, and Larry Buchanan, star guard of the Patriot Trojans, have been named winners of the 1959 Reveille and Democrat free throw trophies, for their superior accuracy in foul shooting.


Mrs. A. J. Williams has been notified by the Higley Press at Butler, Indiana, publishers of her book, “The Master Sunday School Guide,” that the last copy of the first edition had been sold, amounting to 2,000 books.

The bodies of three Switzerland County soldiers who lost their lives in the Pacific area in World War II have been returned to the United States for re-burial. They are Corporal Marshall B. Williams, son of Mrs. Lelia Williams of Lamb; Machinist Mate 3-C Estel L. Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Peters of East Enterprise; and T-5 Nathan McKay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan McKay of Madison.

An eight pound baby daughter was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beard at their home in Vevay. The little girl has been named Dianna Jo.


Mrs. Alma Furnish was drowned in the Ohio River Friday evening when she either fell or jumped from the Warsaw ferry while the boat was in mid stream.

Edgar Baird has opened a law office in the Sieglitz building on Ferry Street in Vevay.

Curtis Roberts, carpenter, committed suicide Sunday by shooting himself with a shotgun.


The beautiful two-story home of James Clements near Moorefield was destroyed by fire Saturday but some of the household goods were saved. The loss was partially covered by insurance.

Repair work on the Sieglitz building on the corner of Main and Liberty streets has been almost completed and on March 1st James Bladen will open a grocery there.

William Cook, Jr., will open a new barber shop in the room formerly occupied by the Courtney grocery.

Fire badly damaged the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Swango at Braytown Friday.

Lawrence Higgins has bought the Newkirk property in Bennington.

Roy Lawton has bought the Sam Wiseman farm at Bennington and will move there March 1st. The Wisemans are moving to Aurora.

Joe Krummel and Leslie Byram have returned from Milan where both underwent operations for the removal of their tonsils.


Riley Land has purchased the building occupied by the New National Hotel and will operate a bakery and restaurant there.

While working at Dam 39 Dilmer McClellan of Florence ran a nail in his foot and is confined to his home.


The clothing store formerly owned by W. C. Froamn, deceased, was sold to John W. Knox on Monday for $1600.25.

T. R. Humphrey has purchased the interests of his partner Napoleon Miller in the undertaking business.

C. S. Boston of Pendleton, Indiana arrived here Saturday and has placed an order with Detraz Brothers for the building of a gasoline boat.

Stucy Brothers shipped out 104 hogsheads of Equity tobacco Monday and Tuesday nights.

George W. Haskell last week sold his fine black team of horses to an undertaking firm at Campbellsburg, Kentucky for $500.

The Lyric Theatre is running full blast again this week, a big double show at each performance. Manager Williams has announced he will give away a gold watch during March to a lucky ticket holder. Numbers are being given with each paid admission.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Lamkin of Patriot Saturday February 13th, a son.


Been putting up ice in Vevay since last Tuesday.

From C. G. Boerner we learn that the coldest weather in Vevay this year was 6 above zero February 6th.

Several of the venerable locust trees in the Presbyterian Church yard have been removed. Strenuous efforts are being made by the ladies connected with the church to have a new fence built the coming year.

William Brown, engineer on the ferry boat at Covington, Kentucky, was found dead yesterday morning. This is the same man who although challenged, voted in Vevay last November.


After an investigation by the local steamboat inspectors of the collision of the America and United States a report has been filed in which the licenses of the pilots of both boats have been revoked.

James Davis, proprietor of the Peoples Store has taken Joseph Burrows into partnership.

Mr. F. Bonner has purchased the building belonging to Mr. D. Danner, corner of Main and Union streets.

Thirty-one couples were in attendance at the masquerade ball at Grisard’s Hall Monday night.

Harvey Schroder has sold his store and will shortly move to New Orleans.

F. Bungener has sold his residence to James Albro of Florence and will move to Cincinnati.


Married February 3rd by Wade H. Jack Esquire, Peter Cushard and Miss Clarisa Drake.

On Monday afternoon the courthouse at Madison burned down but all valuable papers were saved.