Reflections of the past week of 3/29/07


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


By a 6-1 vote Monday night, the Switzerland County School Board chose not to renew the contract of varsity boys basketball coach Steve Goddard. A large crowd attended Monday’s school board meeting, spilling out into the hallway after all of the chairs in the meeting room had been filled.

Recovering from the Flood of 1997, Switzerland County residents continued to put their lives back together this week as they waited for state and federal assistance to come through.

The Switzerland County Council and the Vevay Town Council held a special joint meeting Monday evening in the Switzerland County Courthouse, and after convening a special tax council, voted to raise the County Option Income Tax (more commonly known as COIT). Presently, Switzerland County has a COIT tax rate of six-tenths of one percent – 0.6 percent. The rate will increase by one-tenth of one percent beginning on July 1st, 1997, and then increase by that amount July 1st until the year 2000, when the total tax rate will reach the state maximum of one percent – 1.0 percent.


Officials of the U.S. Shoe Corporation, which announced 55 layoffs at its Vevay plant two weeks ago, say the layoffs are “anticipated to be permanent”, meaning the local plant’s work force is being reduced from 415 employees to 3260. That is a reduction of 13 percent in U.S. Shoe’s permanent employment total, a significant blow to the Switzerland County economy. U.S. Shoe has long been the county’s biggest employer.

Shawn Caplinger of Switzerland County recently graduated from the United States Navy’s Basic Construction Mechanic School at the Naval Construction Training Center, Port Hueneme, California.

Max Montoya, a professional football player formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals, now with the Los Angeles Raiders, visited with Sandi Kidwell’s and Evelyn Turner’s Independent Study students last Thursday morning at Switzerland County High School. Mrs. Kidwell invited Mr. Montoya to speak to the students about the importance of reading, staying in school and getting an education.


Leroy Brammer, Patriot, has been named a 1987 Master Farmer. Brammer was one of four in Indiana to receive the honor this year, and is the first farm manager to receive the award.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Greene announce the approaching marriage of their daughter Sonya Maley to John Darrell Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Weaver, route 1, Vevay. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28th, at Aberdeen United Methodist church.

The Vevay Town Board met Wednesday, March 18th, and among other items of business, they discussed hiring a town dog warden. A proposal was made to hire Mary “Pee Wee” Webb at a rate of $1.00 per hour. She is the president of the Switzerland County Humane Society.


Switzerland County Sheriff Ralph Brown has resigned, effective May 1st, due to health problems. The sheriff said he would recommend to the County Commissioners that deputy sheriff Garry Forwood be appointed to the sheriff’s position.

A new tradition has been established at Switzerland County High School, and it’s a good one – top-flight theater by talented students. A growing number of local people are enjoying stage productions at SCHS – and so are a growing number of students. Last week, no less than 55 people got together to produce a song-and-dance version of “George M,” a Broadway musical comedy lavishly staged in the high school cafetorium for two dinner theater audiences and one stage play-only crowd.


Gerald Jessup, Vevay High School teacher, is sending an Indiana state flag to former student Jim Stultz, now a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed in Vietnam. Stultz asked for the flag to hang on his tent so that his home state might be represented at his base near DaNang. State Representative Ralph A. Dunbar obtained the banner for Jessup and both Vevay banks and Kenny Clemons contributed to its cost and the expense of shipping the flag to the Far East war zone.

Two recent graduates of Vevay High School, both active in varsity athletics, had a reunion in Vietnam February 18th while both young men were stationed in the Da Nang area. Marine Corporal James A. Stultz, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stultz of Vevay, and Navy Seaman Larry W. Ellegood, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellegood of Moorefield, met for the first of what they hope will be many times while they are in Vietnam.


Charles R. Leap, former manager of LaVelle’s dry cleaning plant, will open his own dry cleaning establishment Monday in the Vevay Farm Supply Company building on north Ferry Street in Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly are the proud parents of a baby boy, Douglas Paul, who was born March 11th and weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kelley of Florence, Indiana, and Mr. and Mrs. John Maloney of Miamitown, Ohio.

Ensign Harold Dickason has reported for duty with the U.S. Navy at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California, following a leave spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickason of Vevay. He has been assigned to the new destroyer leader, USS Wilkins in the damage control section, and is now attending a special course in engineering.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dunn of Lamb have a daughter born Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. She has been named Susan Renne and weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Earls of Vevay on Thursday morning, March 7th, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. The young fellow weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Norman Dale. Mr. and Mrs. Earls are also parents of another son, David Lee, and a daughter, Sherrie Eilene.

Loren H. Lamson of route 4, Vevay, miraculously escaped death or serious injury Saturday when a tree was blown across his body while he was operating a tractor.


Charles B. Noble and family returned last week from Hyden, Kentucky, where they witnessed the marriage of their son, Richard, to Miss Martha Morgan of that place. The marriage took place March 10th in the Methodist Church at Larian, Kentucky.

Kirby Dixon, one of the county’s best young farmers, sold his farm up Patton’s Hollow last week to R. R. Raisor of Cincinnati who is now residing on the farm.

Miss Elaine Melies, daughter of Mrs. Dorothy Melies of Alameda, California, became the bride of Paul Vernon Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Beacher Weaver of Moorefield Saturday evening, March 8th, at Beechwood Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Brown entertained with a dinner Sunday, the occasion being Gordon Ray’s fourth birthday and also the birthdays of his two grandfathers, Aaron Brown and Everett Carver.

Mr. and Mrs. George Auxier of near Fairview (nee Dean Gregory) are the parents of a 7 pound, 5 ounce baby boy born at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati March 17th. He has been named Gary Michael.

A nine pound son was born Monday night, March 17th, to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hayes at their home near Markland.


John J. Wolford, aged 79, former International Rifle Champion, and brother of Mrs. Mary Pavy of Vevay, passed away at his home near Osgood March 16th following a long illness of complications.

Announcement of the marriage of Miss Gertrude Cochran to Benjamin Stalker of Lawrenceburg is being made to friends this week.

Arthur Roberts will erect a modern garage and “drive-in” filling station on the lot next to the Bowin house on Ferry Street, purchased Tuesday from Mrs. Lora Brockschlager through the Kiesel Cole Real Estate Agency.

Mrs. Abbie Coleman, a fine old lady, and one of our best known retired school teachers, passed away at her home on Pike and Tell streets here early Tuesday morning.

Miss Edith Covington and Louis Ferguson were united in marriage Saturday evening by the Reverend Broadwell at his residence in North Madison.


Mrs. Earl Lundy, injured last week when an automobile turned over near Mount Sterling, is slowly improving in King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Madison.

Mrs. Lucy Curry of Indianapolis, formerly of Vevay, fell down the cellar stairs at her home recently and sustained a broken arm and body bruises.

The Vevay High School basketball team won the sectional tourney at Scottsburg Saturday night by defeating North Madison 20-19. It was Vevay’s first championship and about 500 local fans were on hand for the final game. Vevay beat Madison Saturday afternoon 31 to 21 with subs playing in the final quarter. Vevay won from Scottsburg Saturday morning 15 to 14. Eleven teams participated and in addition to the ones mentioned above they were Dupont, Patriot, Austin, Little York, Rykers Ridge, Deputy and Hanover.

Carroll Dudley Graham sustained a broken leg and Thurmen Roberts deep cuts on his neck Saturday night when the automobile of Carlyle Bennett in which they were passengers skidded in crushed stone and turned over down a bank at Blocher. The accident occurred as the young men were returning home from the tournament at Scottsburg. Other occupants of the car were Ross Hatch, Ralph Pelsor and Freddie Griffith. Harry Brindley and Raymond Jester arrived soon after the accident occurred and took the injured men to the Madison hospital.


The Ohio River has fallen about four feet at Cincinnati, making the present stage there 52 feet. The crest reached by the flood was about 56 feet.

Fred L. Haskell of this place on Tuesday placed his order with Protsman & O’Neal for a D-4-35 Buick upon which the earliest possible delivery will be made.

It is at last definitely settled that Vevay is to have a chautauqua and the dates of August 7th to 12th inclusive have been reserved. Included on the program will be W.J. Bryan.

Miss Merriam Protsman won the high school debate Tuesday night on the subject “Shall the United States Have a Compulsory Military System Similar to The Swiss System?” A rather strange feature of these debates is that for the past four years since the organization of the debates they have been won by girls.

a gasoline boat belonging to Claude Brown of Vevay and towing a barge loaded with hay and empty coal oil barrels sprung a leak and sank near Cincinnati.


John Griffith of Vevay and Clara Wright of Lamb were united in marriage March 28th at Madison.

Edgar Peak of the firm of Krutz and Peak, merchants at Florence, died Monday evening. Rodney Danner is very sick with pneumonia at his room in the Phoenix Hotel.

Announcement has been made of the marriage on April 3rd of William Neahousmeyer and Miss Lena Meier, both of Cross Plains. The ceremony will be performed at the home of the bride’s parents.

A son was born March 18th to William Farwood and wife of Humphreys Corner.

A son was born March 15th to George Bliss and wife on Tapps Ridge.


Lee Wormus moved from Vevay to near Moorefield where he will cultivate the farm belonging to James Scott.

Vevay has a butter famine. It is in demand at 25 cents a pound.

A daughter was born last week to Den Carnine and wife of Pleasant.

John L. Muret and Scott Ferguson have announced their candidacy for Marshal on the Republican ticket.


James S. Knox has purchased a residence and removed to Vevay. He is engaged in the livery business.

George Lorch who was recently wounded by a saw while working at the Union Furniture Factory, is injured more than at first supposed. One of his hands was severely lacerated and he will probably lose two or more fingers.


John Farrel and Miss Lucy Rogers, both of this county, were married February 17th by the Reverend A. McCullum.

The steamer Agency left this place Tuesday for New Orleans with barges in tow containing about 1,500 tons of hay.


The residence of R. R. Hawkins below Ghent, Kentucky, was destroyed by fire last Monday with a $3,000 loss.

The Roman Catholics have established a chapel in this place.

Next Monday is township election day. The most important officers to be elected are three trustees.

A large number of persons from Ohio left for the west last Monday: Joseph M. Stewart, William Oxley, James G. Kittle and their families. Israel Stewart and Stephen Williams left for Missouri on the Steamer Caledonia.

Married in Ghent, Kentucky on March 22nd, Garland B. Robinson and Miss Laura A. Evans.