Reflections of the past week of 4/12/07


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Coming off two straight state championships, Switzerland County High School’s Academic Super Bowl teams are currently preparing to try to win a third state title. The teams will be competing this Monday evening, April 14th, at Batesville High School.

In one of the worst automobile accidents in Switzerland County history, four persons were killed on highway 56 eight miles north of Vevay, between Center Square and East Enterprise, at about 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. Their car veered off the roadway and struck a concrete culvert headwall head-on. Fatally injured in the crash were Victor Novak, age 84; his wife Patricia Novak, age 73; Clarence Klinger, age 81; and his wife Rose Klinger, age 77.

As news of Tuesday’s car crash that killed four people spread throughout Switzerland County, many longtime residents tried to remember if there had ever been an accident here in which so many people lost their lived. No one could recall a worse accident. One other accident that also clamed four lives happened on October 11th, 1952, on the River Road just west of Markland. The crash occurred at 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and claimed the lives of 17-year-old Jackie Ray King of near Markland and his fiancee, 16-year-old JoAnn Hayworth of Patriot. Their car struck a car containing 47-year-old Bryan Bromwell and his wife Helen Bromwell, also 47, and two of their children – 12-year-old Melva Dean Bromwell and 6-year-old Carolyn Bromwell. Helen Bromwell died about one hour after being admitted to King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Carolyn Bromwell died at the scene of the accident.


For the first time ever, Switzerland County was represented at the State of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Public Speaking Contest held last Friday. Amy Haskell qualified for the state contest by winning first place in the area contest held March 11th in Austin, Indiana with competing speechmakers from nine southern Indiana counties.

Boosting the Indiana University Hurryin’ Hoosiers in their bid to win a national basketball championship last weekend was Greg Sloan of Vevay. A student at IU, Greg is a member of the school’s Pep Band, and made the trip, along with the other Pep Band members, to Minneapolis for Indiana’s appearance in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four. He is the son of Carroll and Genevieve Sloan of Vevay.


It was another normal day in Patriot. School children were waiting for the bus, and a camera crew from ABC’s “Good Morning America” television show was setting up on the corner of the intersection of state roads 250 and 156. Maybe it wasn’t a normal day in Patriot, but Randy Dickerson and Betty Swango are getting to be old hands at talking about the fast-time, slow-time issue.

Tracy L. Duke and Shawn M. Herzfeld were united in marriage on March 21st at the Bennington United Methodist Church. The candlelight ceremony was performed by the Reverend Bob Cannon.

Auditions will be held Saturday, April 11th, at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay for the 1987 summer theater season of the Hoosier Theater Company.


The Switzerland County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting to appoint a successor to Sheriff Ralph Brown, who has resigned the office effective May 1st.

Robert Stix has returned to the U.S. Shoe Corporation executive staff as its corporate director of manufacturing and operations.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Colen of Rising Sun announce the engagement of their daughter Peggy Lynn to Dennis L. Harmon of Florence, son of Mrs. Maxine Harmon, Aurora, and Wilford “Dub” Harmon, Cross Plains.


Some 700 area residents streamed into Vevay High School gym Monday night to enjoy festivities of Vevay Newspapers’ Food Fashion Fair cooking school, the fourth and most successful such show sponsored here by these newspapers. Before watching Miss Jan Krupa, nationally known home demonsrationist and lecturer, demonstrate the latest in down-to-earth cooking techniques, the audience browsed through the displays of 13 local merchants.

Miss Melody L. Russell ranked first in a written homemaking knowledge and aptitude test at Vevay High School to win honors as VHS’s 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Russell of rural route 2, Vevay, Melody will be awarded a specially designed silver charm. She remains in contention for state and national scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.

John McKay, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert McKay of Main Street, Vevay, was awarded the “God and Country Award” during special Vevay Boy Scout ceremonies Sunday night at Switzerland Baptist Church. Young McKay is the first local scout to receive the high honor given by the Protestant Committee on Scouting and the Church.

Robert John Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Robinson of rural route 3, Vevay, has been elected secretary of Theta Kappa Nu Literary Society at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jackie Peters, daughter of Mrs. Geraldine Peters of Vevay, is among 247 Indiana University freshmen enrolled on the Bloomington campus who have indicated they intend to follow nursing as a career and have been invited to Freshman Day activities at the IU School of Nursing.

Roger Lock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lock of Tell City and formerly of Vevay, has been named “Man of the Month” of Fleet Composite Squadron Three for March at the U.S. Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California.


Break-in and robbery at the Patriot schools Friday night is being investigated by Sheriff Ora Scudder. The thief or thieves got away with only about $6.00 to $7.00 in cash, and one typewriter, abandoning another typewriter at the doorway of the high school building.

Master of Ceremonies at the annual Vevay Kiwanis Talent Show April 26th at the Vevay High School gym will be Bob Braun, popular star at WLW television in Cincinnati. Braun also appears on WLW’s Ruth Lyons show.

In a statement received by this newspaper, Guy S. Harris, teacher at Patriot-Posey schools and former superintendent there, has resigned from the faculty and Mrs. Minnie Allen, school secretary, has been dismissed., Two members of the Patriot-Posey School Board of Education, Posey Trustee Marshall Cook, and board member William McNeely, publicly called for the resignation of Superintendent John E. Jenkins, at a protest meeting in Patriot Tuesday night.


A daughter was born Monday, March 31st, to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Farrell of rural route 4, Vevay, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Obie Swango, well known resident of the Braytown neighborhood, was taken in the Haskell and Morrison ambulance Monday morning to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He underwent a major operation Monday afternoon from which he is reported to be making a satisfactory recovery.

A seven pound, six ounce son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Weales of near Pleasant at Margaret-Mary Hospital in Batesville Thursday, March 27th. He has been named Richard Dale.

Miss Jean Humphrey has completed her nurses training and is making an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. Flora Humphrey, and brother, Howard, Jr.

A 7 pound, 2 ounce son was born last Wednesday, March 26th, to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Ackerman (nee Mildred Smith) at Anderson.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Driver of this county were given a surprise pitch-in dinner Sunday in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary.

John Frederick Butters, a former sheriff of Switzerland County and one of our best known citizens, died suddenly at his post on the Jefferson Proving Ground just after midnight on Thursday morning, March 27th, from the effects of a heart attack.

A nine pound son who has been named Galin Ross was born Saturday, March 29th, to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Barnes at their home near Moorefield.

A daughter was born Monday, March 31st, to Mr. and Mrs. John Scholl (nee Juanita Furnish) at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mrs. Lavina Akes received word Tuesday morning that her son, Dr. Dwight C. Bakes of Carrollton, Kentucky, had been killed instantly and his wife, Mrs. Virginia Williams Bakes, had been critically injured when their automobile was demolished in a head-on collision with a truck near Warsaw, Kentucky.


Miss Virginia Jennings of Vevay and Charles Hazelgrove of Madison were married in that city April 2nd by the Reverend B. T. Vincent.

Amie Rous, one of Switzerland County’s oldest and most respected citizens, quietly celebrated his 90th birthday April 2nd at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Scott Clements at Morenci, Michigan, where he has been spending the winter.

Frank (Felix) Peelman, aged 70, was seriously injured last Friday when he fell from tobacco tiering in a barn at the County Infirmary fracturing his left hip.


On February 15th, 1927, John James Dufour, last surviving member of the family of Daniel Vincent and Ann Dufour, died in San Francisco, California at the age of 80 years.

While working in his yard last week Louie Cole ran into a piece of barbed wire which badly injured his left eye.

Florence Marie, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rayl, fell while playing at school last Friday and her arm was broken between the wrist and elbow.

Carrollton, Kentucky, men are trying to organize a six-team baseball league in this vicinity and were in Vevay Tuesday with that object in view.

A Ford roadster occupied by Lawrence Peters, Tom O’Neal, and Dilver Bennett was badly damaged Sunday afternoon when it collided with a truck driven by George Turner near the Plum Creek bridge.


James Raysor died at his home in Craig Township Friday after a long illness of heart trouble. Mr. Raysor was 70 years old and a veteran of the Civil War. He was a native of Kentucky but had lived in Indiana for a number of years.

Mrs. Fred L. Haskell and Mrs. William O. Protsman were the hostesses at a surprise dinner given on Sunday to Mrs. Haskell’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Coghill and William O. Protsman.

George L. Spaulding of Madison has opened a photo gallery in the old Walton stand on Ferry Street making his first trip on Tuesday.

Mrs. Ernest Wormus of route 1, Bennington, has been in poor health for some time and she and Mr. Wormus will leave within a few days for Colorado to take advantage of the wonderful climate there.

Forrest A. Griffith has lease of Bear Brothers, the plant of the Union Furniture Company in this city, for the remainder of the term for which they have it leased, which is about 10 months.

The work of installing the machinery for the lawn swing and cedar chest factory to be operated by Bear Brothers, was completed today and all of the machinery was given a “try-out.”


Jessie Teats, clarinetist, will leave about April 21st for Peru, where he will join the Hagenbeck-Wallace shows.

Faire Phillips, 10-year-old son of Mrs. Grace Phillips, of East Enterprise, received injuries Sunday which may prove fatal. The boy was watering the horse when it became frightened, dragging him around the barnyard several times before the family heard his screams.

A daughter was born April 6th to Louie Eichler and wife of Florence.

Miss Louette Long and A. C. Klein, both of Covington, were married in that city Saturday afternoon. Miss Long formerly resided here.

Edward Brown and Miss Addie Nay were married in Vevay Wednesday evening.


Charley Knox is home, having resigned his position of salesman in a drug store in Ghent.

Marriage licenses have been issued to Munce E. Graham and Nancy Thomas.

The dwelling house of Frank Manser of near East Enterprise was destroyed by fire last Monday. All household goods were consumed.

Joseph Dow, who was thrown from a horse last week and severely injured, is able to be about on crutches.

Fletcher Valentine will soon start to Lebanon, Ohio, where he will attend school.

Colonel W. D. Ward and J. A. Vanosdol have formed a partnership in the practice of law.


T. B. McGregor’s store at Bennington was broken into last Monday night and about $25 and some goods taken. Two tramps who has been seen in the neighborhood are suspected.

John Buchanan and Miss Adelia Bell Smith were married March 29th at the residence of the bride’s parents at Quercus Grove.

Last Monday Samuel Walters had one of his hands severely lacerated by a circular saw in Schuff and O’Neal’s saw mill.

Christian R. Fisher of Quercus Grove and Miss Mera Phillips of Enterprise were married March 28th by the Reverend E. G. Seymour.


Adrian Hagerman and Miss Fannie Protsman were married at the home of the bride’s mother on April 3rd.

Joel D. Davis and Miss Sallie A. Cheever were married at Quercus Grove April 4th.

The Vevay Woolen Factory is almost completed and will be in running order in a few weeks.

Dr. F. M. Danglade has completed a new frame cottage on Tell Street.

U. P. Schenck has commenced the erection of a magnificent three story brick business house on Ferry Street.

F. L. Grisard is building a two story frame building on Ferry Street.

S. B. Miller and Company have sold their flour mill in this place to John Gill.

James S. Miller announces that he will be a candidate for Auditor of Switzerland County subject to the decision of the Union Convention.


R. L. Lanham has been removed and George C. Patton appointed Postmaster of this place.

We learn that P. H. Hale of this place has received a clerkship at Washington, D.C.

Madam Michot has opened a millinery store in this place.

Captain Malin has sold the Steamer “Statesman” to parties in Louisville for $9,600. She will run in the Henderson trade.