Reflections of the past week of 3-5-09


Compiled by Ginny Leap from past issue

of Switzerland County newspapers


In celebration of “Read Across America” Day, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed visited Switzerland County Elementary School, where she spent time reading with and to the children.

The Switzerland County Commissioners and County Council met in joint session to hear an update on the efforts of Hollywood Park/Boomtown Casino’s effort get the needed permits in order to begin construction of the riverboat casino complex that will be built near Florence just east of the Markland Dam.

Karl and Wilma Lohide of near Aberdeen were preparing to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 7th. Family and friends marked the occasion with an open house celebration.

The county mourned the passing of Betty Haskell, a well known woman in the community who was recognized for her volunteer efforts with organizations such as 4-H, her Extension Homemakers Club, and her church.

The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team was preparing for tournament play with the upcoming Lawrenceburg Sectional. Scott Holdsworth is the team’s coach, assisted by David Todd and Steve Todd.

Students at Switzerland County Middle School became published poets when their work was included in the “Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans”. The works were submitted by teacher Helen Parks; and students who had their work included were: Zack Harms, Holly Jackson, Shelby Poling, Elizabeth Hon, Ashley Hite, Abby Lanman, Santana Banta, Sara Carberry, Samantha Hankinson, Kelsey Sanders, Julie Lipperd, Brittany Cole, Stephanie Kittle, Amanda Watson, Adam Shelley, Jennifer Deaton, Josh Reagan, Kaleb Adams, Abby Dilts, Adam Springer, and Krista Reeder.


Direnda Ray, wife of Mickey Ray and the mother of Mickie Lynn Ray and Emy Jo Ray has made the dean’s list at Mt. Saint Joseph College in Cincinnati. She is in her second year of college. She is studying to be a high school English teacher. Her parents are Deloris and Bob Bovard. Libby and Vernon Ray are her in-laws.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Romans will be the guests of honor for their 50th wedding anniversary. There will be an open house at the Fellowship Hall of the Rising Sun Church of Christ on March 12th.


Bonnie A. Cutter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold J. Cutter, Bennington, has earned grades of distinction to qualify her for the first semester Honor Roll at Indiana Central University. She is a 1978 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bray of Vevay will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary March 20th. An open house will be held at the Spring Branch Baptist Church Sunday, March 11th.

Mr. and Mrs. William Konkle of Vevay announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Kathy to Dennis Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown, also of Vevay. The wedding is to take place Friday, March 30th, in the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.


Leonard Lock who has been nominated to “Who’s Who Among Students” in American Junior Colleges, according to the Office of Public Relations at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he is a student in his sophomore year. Leonard Lock is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lock of route 3, Vevay.

U.S. Army Sergeant Allen R. Edwards, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Edwards of route 2, Vevay, was assigned January 24th to the 2nd Armored Division as a team leader.

Brothers Pfc. Renny Koons and Sergeant E-5 Rex Koons celebrated their 21st birthdays last Thursday while the twins were serving in the U.S. Army and stationed on opposite sides of the globe. The twins are the youngest sons of Mrs. Elva Koons of Patriot.

United Telephone Company of Indiana, Inc., with general offices in Warsaw, will invest $167,000 within the Lawrenceburg district during 1969, according to an announcement by H.E. Purcell, Jr., district manager.

Private E-1 Ronald Houze graduated February 14th from basic training at the U.S. Army’s training center in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and has been stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in engineering school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Houze of Vevay.


Mrs. James Pommerehn of near Pleasant has received the civil service appointment as secretary of Switzerland County Selective Service Board. Mrs. Pommerehn was one of 29 applicants who took the civil service examination for the position.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in Vevay for Dr. George E. Ellerbrook, 50, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday night of last week.

The Eggleston Club of Vevay in cooperation with the Vevay School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is again this year sponsoring a tree planting program in the interests of beautification of the community, free of charge. Sapling trees will be planted on the property of any homeowner in Vevay upon request by members of the FFA.


The Moore Package Store on Ferry Street was sold Friday by the owner, Raymond Moore, to J.C. Southworth of near Vevay. Mr. Southworth will continue to reside on his farm east of Vevay and the store will be managed Mrs. Charles Danner.

A stray dog, which proved to be rabid, attacked and bit four milk cows at the farm of Hollis Boyd on Tapps Ridge last week before it was killed. Several dogs belonging to Mr. Boyd were also bitten by the mad dog.

Harold Kiesel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kiesel of Vevay, was a successful contestant on the “Strike It Rich,” radio program in New York City Tuesday evening. When his name was called from the stage, he appeared and correctly answered the questions and won a grand award of $700.

A baby daughter, Janet Lynn, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 3/4 ounces, was born Sunday morning at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buchanan (nee Leah Snyder) of Rising Sun.


The Vevay Public School reopened here Monday after having been closed the previous week in an effort to curb the flu epidemic.

Born to Elmer White and wife of Drakes Ridge February 25th, a son David Leon.

Russel Pickett, Vevay referee, has been assigned to the Greensburg district where 13 teams will compete.


Cal Romans, Vevay blacksmith and wood worker, had three fingers on his right hand mangled in a planer at his shop Monday.

Herbert Sigmon of Seymour has been visiting relatives on Parks Ridge. He is assistant principal of the junior high school and is assistant basketball coach.

A group of very enthusiastic ladies met Tuesday evening, February 19th, in Mrs. Gretchen Cole’s law office to organize a music club. It will be known as the Vevay Music Club and officers are president, Mrs. Robena Furguson; vice president, Mignoette Coleman; secretary, Mrs. Marvel Griffith; treasurer, Mrs. Mayme Detraz. The executive committee is Mrs. Hazel Hines, Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Edna Broadwell.

Everett Graham who has been in the Madison hospital for several weeks with injuries received when he was struck by a car several weeks ago, was able to return home this week.


A fine horse belonging to G.M. Dodd of Jacksonville fell into a cistern one day last week and only the prompt assistance of neighbors saved it from drowning.

Clyde Reeves of East Enterprise received a painful head injury when he was struck by a falling timber.

Louis Lakeman has purchased the old hotel property in East Enterprise now occupied by Alex Elliston.

Johnnie Gregory of Patriot has enlisted in the Navy.

A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bowman of East Enterprise.


John W. Knox who purchased the Froman stock of clothing last week has rented the room in the new Deposit Bank Building and will remove the store to that point at once.

F.P. Dupraz, manager of the Vevay Farmer’s Telephone exchange has at last succeeded in obtaining a long distance connection with the Bell telephone people of Cincinnati.

A daughter, Eliza Beatrice, was born February 11th to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Caldwell of Jefferson Township.

A son, Allan A., was born to Mr. and Mrs. George M. Lester or February 3rd.

Born to John Baird and wife Sunday, February 21st, a son.


Wesley Rutherford, aged 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rutherford residing on Indiana Creek, was accidentally shot when he fell and a shotgun he was carrying was discharged. Although seriously injured, he is expected to recover.

Mrs. Harry Wallace has opened a bakery in the Pleasants building on Ferry Street.


The editor, W.J. Baird, started for Washington last Tuesday to witness the inauguration of General U.S. Grant as President of the United States.

The City Council met Monday night with I. Stevens, president, presiding. Henry A. Downey was appointed corporation attorney and Daniel M. Roberts, corporation assessor.

The various religious denominations will meet at the Presbyterian Church today to offer prayer for the peace and prosperity of our nation during the coming four years of President Grant’s administration.


Mr. John Shadday, 103 years, died near Bennington on February 12th. He was born in Orange County, North Carolina and came to this county in 1814. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His wife, 80 years old, survives him.

Mr. Cheatham will commence his singing school at the Odd Fellows Hall Thursday night.

The dwelling of E. Abbott in Center Square burned to the ground yesterday. He carried no insurance.