Reflections of the past week of 3-11-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Vevay IGA, owned by the Deaton family here in Vevay for more than 30 years, has been sold to two Versailles businessmen. Mike Bedel and David Benz are the buyers of the grocery store. The pair currently owns the Versailles Super Valu and the Milan Super Valu stores, and are looking forward to becoming a part of the Switzerland County community. Claude and Pat Deaton moved to Switzerland County in January of 1968 with their children because of Claude’s job with Public Service Indiana. In June of 1969, the couple, along with their family and three other employees, opened the Vevay IGA at the corner of Liberty and Pike streets, directly across from the Switzerland County jail. In September of 1980, the family moved the business to its present location in a new building on the east edge of Vevay. The family celebrated its 30th year in business in June of last year. There are currently 29 employees at the Vevay IGA. The store is currently run by three of Claude and Pat Deaton’s children: Sheila Gault, Greg Deaton, and Todd Deaton. Sheila’s husband, Larry Gault, also helps in the store, along with several grandchildren.

Natasha Frazier, a student at Switzerland County High School who also attends the Southeastern Career Center, participated on the District Competition of Business Professionals of America recently at the Career Center. She placed second in the application/interview contest. She will be traveling to Indianapolis to compete in the State BPA Conference on March 5th-7th.

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc., and the owners of the Belterra Resort and Casino being built here in Switzerland County, could be purchased by another casino company as part of a friendly takeover bid. In a news release on the Internet Wednesday morning, Harveys Casino Resort has offered to buy Pinnacle Entertainment for $24 per share. According to the press release, Pinnacle had nearly 27 million shares of stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis at the end of 1999. That makes Harveys bid worth approximately $675 million. John Spina, general manager of the Belterra site here in Switzerland County, said that if the consolidation does occur, it will have no impact on the Belterra project.


Katherine Taul, the new editor of the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat, published by Vevay Newspapers, Inc., begins her work with next week’s issues. Also new to Vevay Newspapers is Barbara Fluegeman who lives near Markland. She is a part-time reporter and contributing editor. She began her work last week. Ginny Leap continues as office manager for Vevay Newspapers, a position she has held for 26 years.

The Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has elected Vera McSwain and Jerry Fisher as new supervisors. They join fellow board members Jim Alexander, John Archer and Ronnie Morton. Garry Libby, Larry Thieman and Dale Simon are associates to the board.


The exterior of the new Switzerland County Elementary School at East Enterprise looks almost finished, and it’s a good thing, too, since the recent bad turn taken by the weather would have brought outside work to a halt. As it is, workers continue to work inside the building, getting it ready for use in the next school year.

Airman Michael W. Martin, son of Hattie Mihalko of route 3, Vevay, and Perry Martin of Vevay, has been assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, after completing Air Force basic training.


The Gross Brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gross of route 2, Rising Sun, will appear on “Here’s Now” on WHAS-TV, Channel 11, at 6 p.m. Saturday. The trio will be promoting their new recording, “Gee Whiz,” on the show which is especially designed for young talent.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Lamson are planning an open house to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary March 7th at the home of Robert B. Lamson on state road 56 west of Vevay.

Last Tuesday was the opening date for filing for May 5th’s primary election and among the large number of candidates seeking party nominations was Douglas C. Leatherbury, Vevay attorney, declaring his candidacy for joint prosecuting attorney of Switzerland and Jefferson circuit courts on the Democratic Party ticket.

The Switzerland County Pacers were defeated by Aurora in the sectional tourney semifinals by a score of 67-49 in the Lawrenceburg sectional. Coach Gene Demaree’s charges had a season of frequent surprising upswings and equal disappointing downhill slides.


Switzerland County is slowly digging itself out of the after effects of snow and continued cold weather which paralyzed most of the nation over the weekend. Three inches of the “beautiful white stuff” were recorded on the official weather instruments at Markland Dam on March 3rd and an additional one half inch on the 4th.

A total of 652 students achieved the Distinguished Rating in their work at Purdue University for the first semester of the 1959-60 academic year, according to the list announced by the Office of the Registrar. One student from Switzerland County is in the group achieving the rating with an index of “5.5” or higher but less than “6”. He is Clair A. McKay, route 4, Vevay, a sophomore in engineering sciences.

John White, Jr., fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. White of Patriot, returned to Mayport, Florida, February 26th, aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Essex after a seven-month tour of duty with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.


Mrs. Herman Fox and Mrs. Elizabeth Tilley spent Monday afternoon in Osgood where Mrs. Fox displayed her doll collection as guest speaker for the Entre Nous Club. Mrs. Fox displayed for the first time her newest portrait doll “Twonette” which she has only recently received from its creator in New York. A great-aunt of Mrs. Fox, “Twonette” was the heroine in Edward Eggleston’s novel “The Circuit Rider.”

Mrs. Cogley G. Cole of Vevay has been appointed by Governor Henry Schricker as a member of the Indiana Advisory Health Council to succeed Mrs. W. H. Lykins of Covington, Indiana, whose term has expired.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Anderson of Springfield, Illinois spent Monday night with Mrs. Beryl Malcomson after having attended the funeral of Mr. Anderson’s uncle, Charles May, which was held at Cross Plains that afternoon. Mr. May was president of the Cross Plains Bank and was well known in Ripley and Switzerland counties.


The Church of the Nazarene will be officially opened here Sunday.

L. M. Clendenning died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Margaret Pickett in Vevay Thursday having suffered a heart attack only a short time before his death.

Mr. and Mrs. George Woodfill of Craig Township will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 10th.

Born to Reverend and Mrs. J. J. Vellenga of Moorefield February 28th, a son, John Ralston.

Roger Cunningham of near Moorefield and Miss Marjorie Heath of Cross Plains were married at the Caledonia parsonage by Reverend J. J. Vellenga February 29th.


After a lingering illness of nearly a year Charlie Brindley passed away at his home on Parks Ridge February 26th at the age of 60 years.

At their regular meeting Monday the Board of County Commissioners asked for plans and specifications on a heating plant and modern toilet facilities for the Courthouse.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Meier, Julian Shadday and Ross Hatch, all of near Bennington, are taking rabies treatments as a result of having been bitten by the Meiers’ dog. The animal’s head was sent to the state laboratory and a positive report of rabies was returned.

William Truitt, president of the East Enterprise State Bank, and Miss Isabel Lockwood were married in Rising Sun Monday.

Clarence Lock has sold his store and real estate in Bennington to Raymond Osborn who took possession March 1st.

William H. McKay of Craig Township received word Saturday of the death of his nephew, Claude Siebenthal, 60, at Tampa, Florida. Mr. Siebenthal, whose home was in Washington, D.C., was on the staff of the U.S. Bureau of Geology. He was the son of John A. and Anna McKay Siebenthal, who were prominent Switzerland County residents.


The Vevay basketball team lost its first game of the district tournament Friday afternoon at Columbus to Aurora 26 to 7. The tournament was won by Columbus by defeating Scottsburg 11 to 8.

Miss Harriet Turner has resigned as librarian of the Switzerland County Public Library to accept a flattering offer as head of the Public Library in Kewanee, Illinois, her home town.

Miss Jane North and her mother, Mrs. Abbie North of Patriot, will be delegates to the international convention of the WCTU to be held in London, England in April. They will sail from New York on April 3rd aboard the Cunard liner “Saxonia” with the other 300 delegates from the United States.

Leslie Byram of East Enterprise has bought the Berne Jones Grocery Store on Main Street and will take possession this week. The young man is a war veteran and was severely wounded in the arm during some of the heaviest fighting.

It was announced last week by the State Highway Commission that Michigan Road from Madison to Versailles has been chosen as a state highway instead of the road known as the old state road. The route through Switzerland County has not been announced.

George H. Keeney, 71, died Wednesday in Rising Sun. Mr. Keeney was born in Switzerland County and grew up here where he taught school. For several years he was on the faculty of Colorado University where he held the chair of higher mathematics. He and his family located in Rising Sun about 40 years ago.


C. J. Gleason has been employed by the Reveille Press as head of the newly organized book binding and blank book maker department.

On March 16th the congregation of the Center Square Baptist Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization of their church, the Reverend Albert Ogle of Indianapolis will be the speaker at the anniversary ceremonies.

Clarence Otter will soon leave for Davenport, Iowa where he goes to join the ball team of that city.

The following item is quoted from our Mount Sterling column. “One of the so-called social dances was held in our town one evening last week and will last our burg for some time. Early in the evening they began arriving from all sections and were well supplied with fire arms and fire water. Before the night had far progressed the effects of the booze made itself apparent and loud shouts accompanied by frequent discharge of revolvers made the dance a ‘howling’ success. Fights were soon started and one young man left in such a hurry that he forgot his horse hitched to a fence and did not return for it until the next day at noon. Such affairs as this certainly will do a village no good; Mt. Sterling will be thankful if this crowd of prominent (?) young folks forget to ever come back.”


G. M. Anderson will deliver his lecture “From Australia to Vevay”, Friday night at the Christian Church. Admission 10 cents.

James McKay of near Lamb sold his tobacco crop of 9,088 pounds to M. I. Barker of Carrollton for 12 cents all around – $1,090.56. This is probably the best price obtained in the county for an entire crop.

The fox chase near Aaron last week was a big success. Over 400 people were in attendance and four fine foxes were captured.

Samuel Parker, the gunsmith who wisely built his house on wheels, has moved it from the river bank near the wharf boat to high ground on Market Street.


Graham Ormsby, son of the late Colonel Ormsby, accidentally shot himself in the right arm Saturday while duck hunting. He started to pick up his gun from the bottom of a skiff and discharged it.

F. N. Cochran has disposed of his interest in the Vevay Woolen factory. He left Tuesday for Topeka, Kansas, where with his father he will engage in the lumber business.

The Fairview Methodists have completed their new church.

James Kincaid has commenced grading Main Street and when this work is done the street will be Macadamized.

Thomas L. Pleasants has returned from a trip south.


On Monday night about 9 o’clock James Wilkinson fell from the Vevay wharfboat and was drowned.

Dr. T. C. Gale had a wrist broken Monday when he was kicked by a horse.

James Mead, 69, died at his home in Posey Township February 26th after a prolonged illness. He was the coroner of Switzerland County.