Reflections of the past week of 3-26-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap

from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers.


The Switzerland County School Board of Trustees has received three applications from residents who wish to replace Bill Roeschlein on the board representing Posey Township. Vying for the position are Marsha Roeschlein, William Broering; and David Helmers.

The town of Vevay announced the hiring of Kristi Tipton as its new police officer. She becomes the first female officer in town history; and joins town marshal David McFadden and officers Nathan Hughes, Terry Mitchum, Keith Lynam, and Eddie McClellan.

Peoples Federal Savings Bank of Aurora and Rising Sun announced that it will open a new branch bank in the Vevay IGA Superliner store. The branch bank had formerly been occupied by Vevay Deposit Bank.

Seth Jones of Vevay is excelling as a runner with the Mississippi College Choctaw cross country team. He finished first in the ASC championship meet; and was All Conference and Academic All Conference. He is the son of Lary and Itsy Jones of Vevay.


All of Switzerland County was shocked Wednesday morning with the news of the death of Paul W. Ogle, longtime benefactor and friend of the county. Mr. Ogle, 81, was found by a security guard at the Ogle Haus Inn and his time of death was set as Tuesday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. by Switzerland County Coroner, Carol Ann Sublett.

Vevay Newspapers honored its area news correspondents and guests at a luncheon at the Ogle Haus last Friday. Don Wallis, Sr., Publisher of Vevay Newspapers, Jane Jacobs, President of Vevay Newspapers, and staff members Ginny Leap and Chris Seidner were hosts for the gathering.

Lo and behold, one of our correspondents, while on a business trip to Indianapolis and the Hyatt Regency, spied the modeling photo of Switzerland County native Lorrie Lawson smiling from a featured advertisement. She is the daughter of Phyllis and James “Bill” Carfield of Vevay.


Jill Demaree, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swinney of route 1, Cross Plains, was the first place winner in the essay contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Runner-up was Roger Hilligoss, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Hilligoss of Markland. The theme was “Americanism, what it means to me.”

Greg Pavy, Duane Cole and Steve Hysell were announced as members of the Ohio River Valley Conference basketball all-conference team. Switzerland County was the only school to have three members on the all-conference team. Greg Pavy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pavy, also ranked third in both the leading scorers and free throw shooter’s columns for the conference. Duane Cole is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Cole and Steve Hysell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Hysell.


The Reverend Roscoe W. Wakefield burned to death in a fire which destroyed the two-story stucco and frame Vevay home of Reverend Frank M. Reed late last Wednesday.

Reverend Frank M. Reed, 74, retired Baptist minister, died Tuesday evening at Madison’s King’s Daughters’ Hospital six days following a fire which destroyed his Vevay home and invaluable collection of Switzerland County historical records and antiques.

U.S. Army Pfc. David J. Rayles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Rayles of Vevay, arrived in Vietnam February 2nd and is stationed with a field service company near Pleiku.

Dennis E. Briggs, 23, whose mother, Mrs. Virginia Briggs, lives on route 1, Vevay, was promoted to U.S. Army specialist five last month in Vietnam where he is assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion of the 94th Artillery as a chief computer. His father, Robert A. Briggs, lives on route 1, Bennington.

Technical Sergeant Ivan E. Macrander, son of Mrs. Mary Barko of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Ben Macrander of route 2, Vevay, is on duty at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. Sergeant Macrander, a flight engineer, is in a unit of the Pacific Air Forces.


Charles Kenneth Moore, little son of Olin K. and Violet E. Westfall Moore of Patriot, died in Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati Sunday afternoon from body burns and blood poisoning which followed. Had he lived until April 9th he would have been 4 years old.

Claude Roland has sold his Standard Service filling station on West Main Street to Ronald Hall of Madison. Mr. Hall has been employed at the station for the past four years and he and his family will move to Vevay soon.

A two-company syndicate will apparently get the contract to build the gigantic new Markland Dam, according to the U.S. Engineers at the Louisville office. Bids opened there March 19th showed that the joint bid of the J. A. Jones Construction Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Charles H. Tompkins Company of Washington, D.C., submitted the lowest bid of $20,669,000. The contract will be awarded in about a week.


The two day opening of the Dallas Motor Sales new garage in Vevay which was held Friday and Saturday was attended by hundreds of county people.

Ohney Peelman, who has conducted a shoe repair business here on Ferry Street for several years past, sold his equipment last week to Howard Stockdale who operates a pool room and taxi service next door.

Mrs. J. H. Barker of Vevay celebrated her 86th birthday Friday and on Saturday open house was held at the Young home from 3-10 o’clock in her honor.

Gary’s crusading women, who were aroused to action by the murder of Miss Mary Cheever, a teacher in a high school there and a native of Switzerland, will take their fight against vice conditions in Gary to Governor Schricker Friday. Rewards amounting to $3,500 have been offered for the arrest of Miss Cheever’s assailant.

Funeral services for Corporal Marshall B. Williams, whose body arrived home from a cemetery in Okinawa Thursday, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. The remains are now at the home of Corporal Williams’ mother, Mrs. Lelia Williams in Lamb. The young hero gave his life on Okinawa where he was wounded in battle and died six days later on the hospital ship, “The Good Samaritan.”


Lee Riley has been appointed substitute mail carrier in Vevay and will assume his duties here on April 1st.

A large barn, property of Raymond Bovard near East Enterprise was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.

James Gridley received a major letter in basketball at Indiana University last Monday night at a banquet honoring indoor sports.

Born Tuesday, March 14th, to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson McSwain, a son James Walter.


Major Henry B. Sparks, 87, Civil War veteran and a former resident of Vevay, died last week at his home in Rising Sun. While a young man in Vevay he obtained permission from Governor O. P. Morton to recruit a company of soldiers in Switzerland County at the outbreak of the Civil War. This company was mustered into service as Company C, Third Indiana Cavalry. He saw action at Gettysburg and was captured by the Confederates, and thrown into prison at Andersonville. He escaped but was recaptured and for 10 months endured the horror of this prison. He was finally released in an exchange of prisoners.

L. E. Smith, 72, vice president of the First National Bank, died suddenly Tuesday of a heart attack at his home near Vevay.

Miss Mary E. Siebenthal of Vevay has been chosen as a member of the coed basketball team at Indiana University where she is a student.

Grant Johnson, manager of the local Kroger store has been given a cash prize in a contest for the largest increase in business in his district.

Dr. W. A. Millis, president of Hanover College for 21 years, has resigned and will retire from active work.

Orville O’Neal, who is a patient in Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati will undergo an operation Monday for the amputation of his leg to check bone cancer.

E. W. Lamson of Craig Township has returned from St. Charles, Illinois, where he visited Mr. and Mrs. Griffith Hufford. Mrs. Lamson remained to help care for a new baby girl born to the Huffords on March 12th.

A son was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griswold.

Dr. Alfred Henry of Indianapolis spent Sunday here in consultation with Dr. George Copeland regarding the condition of Miss Dolly Detraz who is critically ill.

Louis Teats, Russell Pickett and Edward Tilley spent the weekend in Indianapolis and attended the state basketball tournament.


According to the scientists this year will be a great year for locusts.

William Goldenburg, 83, died unexpectedly Monday morning at his home on Main Street. Mr. Goldenburg was the owner of a hardware store, the oldest business in Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Aldred entertained with a dinner March 17th in honor of their wedding anniversary.

While playing basketball Thursday evening Fletcher Gardner fractured his collar bone and strained his shoulder.

Miss Mavis Curry won the Vevay High School debate this week and will represent the school in the district contest at Seymour in April.


Births in the county: Albert Leon, a son was born to Andrew Brown and wife in Pleasant Township on March 4th; Wilanna, a daughter was born to Louis Brooks and wife in Craig Township on March 2nd; Orville John, a son, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knigga of Cotton Township, February 7th; Hilda May, a daughter, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jessie M. Lewis in Pleasant Township, February 26th; and twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Muret, Jefferson Township March 16th.

According to a Vevay milliner, the ladies hats this spring are to be very stunning and fashion decrees that they be loaded down with blossom and fruit.

“In Vevay Land” has just been published by Mr. Robert Matthews one of our Vevay boys and now assistant editor of the Chicago Tribune.

Two wagon loads of gypsies, the first sign of spring, passed through town Tuesday.

Willis Jackson has resigned his position as clerk in Charles Kiesel’s grocery and has been succeeded by Chester Kiesel.


Reverend W. H. Williams of Ghent last Sunday entered upon his duties as pastor of the Vevay Baptist Church.

Nelson Cooper of Rising Sun committed suicide by hanging last Friday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bennett, a son.

George Ricketts, Company C, 3rd Indiana Cavalry has been allowed $94.20 by the government for a horse lost during the war.

The fox drive at Center Square was a fizzle.


Findley Smith is home from Indiana University for spring vacation.

J. P. Carter has returned home from Washington, D.C.

David Ward of Kingsbury, California has come to Vevay for a visit with relatives.

David B. Lee of Fowler, Colorado, is visiting his old home near Sugar Branch.

Mrs. W. D. Ward went to Patriot Monday called there by the critical illness of her brother, H. J. Harris.


The Madison Musical Association of 35 members will visit Vevay on March 31st to give a concert.