Reflections of the past week of 3/1/07


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Dorothy and Nelson Burley received the Silver Star Award for more than 25 years of dedication to advancing the field of agriculture here in Switzerland County. The award was presented at last Thursday’s annual meeting of the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Amanda Ridener and Marc Duckworth competed last Saturday in the Indiana State Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest. Amanda, a freshman, received a superior ranking for her flute solo, Suite in A Minor. Marc, a junior, earned a “good” rating for his trombone solo, Morceau Symphonique. This is the first time since 1984 that Switzerland County students have earned the right to compete at the state level in instrumental music. Tammy Beitzel is the high school band director.

It wasn’t the answer that the Switzerland County contingent wanted – but at least it was an answer. Officials of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) told elected officials and other citizens from Switzerland County that there was virtually no possibility that highway 101 would ever be extended from the Markland Dam to highway 50. The news was delivered during a meeting held last Thursday in Indianapolis.

Switzerland County residents who traveled to Indianapolis for a meeting with state officials Thursday were disappointed to learn that highway 101 will probably never be extended to highway 50. However, officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation did say that there is a good possibility that major improvements may be made to highway 129 in Switzerland County.


Angela Denise Reed, daughter of M. and Mrs. George Reed of near Bennington, and Travis Ward Althoff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Althoff of Fairview, were united in marriage on Saturday evening, August 17th, at the Olive Branch Baptist Church.

Happy birthday wishes to Mrs. Lillie Chase, who will be 99 on February 27th. She resides at Ross Manor in Dillsboro. She has two living children, Mrs. Ruth March of McCreary’s Ridge Road and Harold Chase of near Cleves, Ohio.

Wayne “Bud” Shuler of Vevay has retired as chairman of the Switzerland County Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Polly Whitesell of Vevay was honored for her 10 years of service to the Switzerland County Humane Society at an organizational meeting for the animal shelter held Sunday, February 22nd. Efforts are underway to get the shelter reopened and operational in the near future. The Humane Society will be soliciting donations to help provide this service to the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Otter of Vevay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 27th.

Brian C. Osborne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Osborne of Vevay, has graduated from the Halifax Medical Radiation Therapy Technology Training Program in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Specialist Fifth Class Lewis D. Rose, 26, whose father J. F. Rose, lives on rural route 1, Vevay, completed an audio-visual technician course at the Army Signal School, Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey February 10th.

Robert John Robinson of Vevay has been accepted as a student for the School of Medicine at Indiana University at Indianapolis for the fall term. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Robinson of rural route 3, Vevay. Robinson is a senior chemistry major at Bob Jones University in Greenville, south Carolina.

The new hydro-electric generating plant at Markland Dam will be in full operation in April, according to Public Service Indiana, announcing a $57 million 1967 spending program.

All four sessions of Lawrenceburg sectional tournament will be broadcast via telephone cable to Vevay with broadcasts opening 15 minutes before the opening tipoff of each session. The broadcasts will be piped via cables of The United Telephone Company of Southern Indiana, Inc., to speakers at the Vevay telephone exchange on Ferry Street and to the Unwiller building on Main Street.


Larry Kinman, a Posey Township man who had been called Switzerland County’s outstanding young farmer, was named winner of the Vevay Jaycees’ first annual Distinguished Service Award at a banquet Tuesday night at Jefferson-Craig school.

Fire of undetermined origin, but which may have been caused by defective electrical wiring, destroyed the dairy barn and adjoining milk parlor on the farm of Fay Hart near Moorefield Thursday of last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Scudder of Bethel Ridge announce the marriage of their daughter, Bonnie Louk, to Mr. David Conrad of Campbell County, Kentucky.

Warren T. “Jack” Sullivan, Jr., Vevay pharmacist, has been appointed as a trustee of the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison for three years. This appointment marks the first time that a Switzerland County resident has ever served in that position.

William Herman Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wilson of Vevay, and Cora Marie Chase, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Chase of route 1, Florence, were united in marriage at the Methodist Parsonage in Vevay by Reverend H. G. Ramsey Saturday afternoon, February 16th.


Jeanette Rose Hon became the bride of William Wallace Lamson on Sunday afternoon, February 16th, Reverend J.C. Stafford officiated and Mrs. Betty Swango was the vocalist.

Dorothy Louise Scott and Arthur “Buddy” Green were married Saturday, February 15th, at the Scott home on the Ohio River Road four miles west of Vevay.

An 8 pound son was born on Friday, February 14th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice McCloskey (nee Doris Pangburn). The youngster has been named Dennis.

An 8 pound, 10 1/2 ounce, baby daughter was born Saturday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Stewart (nee Miss Dorothy Hickman) of Vevay. The young lady has been named Diana Lynn.

Robert Iddings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Iddings and a member of the V.H.S. basketball team, sustained an injury to his wrist Tuesday evening while at practice in the local gym.

A 9 pound, 5 ounce son was born February 14th to Captain and Mrs. Kenneth G. Adams of Rantoul, Illinois. The baby is the grandson of Fred Adams, Vevay coal dealer.

With the leasing of the rebuilt Swiss Inn by its owner, J. J. Barnhart, to L. R. Stringfield of Cincinnati, arrangements are being concluded to open the hotel for business approximately March 1st.

Miss Belvadean Reeves and Paul Andrew of Vevay were united in marriage Sunday, February 9th.


The old office of the Farmers Telephone Company on Main Street was disbanded here Wednesday at noon and the complete service of that line centered in the Green exchange on Ferry Street.

Lee Bliss, former County Recorder, continues seriously ill at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bliss, near Markland.

The Hoosier Theater will resume business on Friday evening after a shut down of several weeks due to lack of electric power.

Mrs. Ella Froman, one of Switzerland County’s grand old ladies, quietly celebrated her 95th birthday at her home at Mount Sterling on Sunday.


Mrs. May Dalhover and John Sullender, both of Madison, were married in Vevay last Thursday by Reverend Arthur Jean.

After three weeks of spring-like weather, the temperature changed suddenly last Friday and a rain turned to snow. During the night the temperature dropped to 24 degrees, the lowest in four weeks.

James R. Cole, 77, veteran of the Civil War and well known pension attorney, died last week at his home in Vevay.

Francis Marion Griffith, 77, one of the most widely known men in southeastern Indiana, died Tuesday at his home in Vevay. He served as teacher, lawyer, country official, judge of the fifth judicial circuit, state senator and U.S. Congressman.

The February issue of “Review of Reviews” contains an article from the pen of Elwood Mead entitled “The New Haiti.” Mr. Mead, native of Patriot, is a graduate in civil engineering at Purdue University and is now U.S. Commissioner of Reclamation at Washington, D.C.


A new ferry boat to ply between Vevay and Ghent, to replace the Steamer Eva Everett, will be built this spring and it is hoped to have her in service at the earliest possible moment.

A loose leaf warehouse for Vevay is one of the possibilities, even one of the probabilities for next year.

Last Friday afternoon Captain John L. graham caught a big turkey floating down the Ohio River on a cake of ice and by so doing adds a new one to his long string of unusual finds on the ice.

Announcement was made Monday that at the end of this week the operations at the swing plant of Bear Brothers in this city would cease.

Vevay may have city mail delivery in the near future of the recommendations made to the Department by Postmaster Ernest F. Griffith are approved.

The tobacco market is drawing to a close on all the loose leaf floors but it has not abated in strength in the least degree and prices rule high everywhere.


A burgler tried to effect an entrance into the home of William I. Reed Sunday night but was frightened away before he succeeded.

Chester Kiesel left Friday night for Connersville where he has secured a position.

A son was born February 23rd to Newton Jackson and wife of Aaron.

W. L. Fisk and wife are moving to the property on Main Street recently purchased by Dr. Van Pelt. The house vacated by Mr. Fisk will be occupied by I. P. Loring and family.

Landon Brindley has gone to Cincinnati where he will take a business course at the Nelson Business College.

Oliver Glenn of Knox County has purchased the store at Aaron.

Tom Parks and Miss Della Mendall, both of Carmel Ridge, were married February 9th.

Monday, while Louie Schwade of Patriot was leading a horse, the horse stumbled and fell on him, severely bruising the young man.

Curry & Sholl have given up the management of the Standard Oil Company’s station at this place and it has been taken over by Willilam Brindley, who formerly drove the tank wagon for them.


Albert Shaw and wife of Craig Township received a new baby boy at their home in Craig Township last Saturday.

Cynthia, little daughter of Benjamin Cole, is very ill with catarrhal fever.

Married at the home of the bride’s father, Israel Lientz, on Wednesday, February 16th, Mr. Lewis J. Adams and Miss Lizzie Lientz.

George W. Sterns and Mrs. Elizabeth Williams were married February 20th at the home of Marion Rayles near Vevay.


A barn and contents belonging to Andrew J. Courtney was consumed by fire last Tuesday morning.

Married February 14th at the home of the bride’s mother, Mr. George J. Madison and Miss Emma J. Buttles.

Two attempts were made Saturday night to burn the house of Mrs. Mary Miller in Patriot by some person placing shavings under one corner of the house. The fire was discovered before much damage was done.


Married on February 21st by Reverend A. S. Reid, Mr. James Athey and Mrs. Martha Smith. On the same day by Reverend Reid, Mr. William H. Ward and Miss Margaret McWithy.

Married February 21st by John Kerry, Esquire, Mr. Benjamin Drake and Miss Alice Graham, and at the same time and place, Mr. William T. Graham and Miss Indiana Slawson, all of this county.

Last Monday night burglars entered the treasurer’s office at the courthouse. They succeeded in blowing the first door from its hinges but for some reason abandoned their work.


There are from eight to 10 million bushels of coal ready-mined along the Monongehala River awaiting transportation by water.

The sum expended for township libraries in Indiana last year was $91,480.

The steamer New York, on her trip from Cincinnati to St. Louis, got around at Vevay Wednesday. The Argonaut was hailed to assist her and while pulling her off by means of a Hauser, the line parted and the end struck five of the crew of the New York, seriously wounding them all. All were sent to their homes in Cincinnati.