Reflections of the past week of 4-16-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Switzerland County community was rocked last Thursday afternoon when a woman walking her dog found a dead woman lying in a creek near Upper Grant’s Creek Road northeast of East Enterprise. Patricia B. DeChristopher, 36, of Lawrenceburg was identified Friday by the Hamilton County, Ohio, coroner’s office as the victim through the use of dental records. Ronald Pavey and George James Liapis were arrested and charges in the murder.

The Switzerland County Marching Band earned second place honors in the prestigious Dogwood Arts Festival Parade in Knoxville, Tennessee, over the weekend. Director Tammy Beitzel and her band impressed many observers at the parade, including a person who works to book high school bands for large, national parades.


Charles W. and Mildred (Ford) Lewis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in the Milton Township Firehouse in Brooksburg Sunday, April 23rd.

Frank and Anna K. McKay of route 3, Vevay, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay Sunday, April 16th.

Clarence Dickerson of Vevay was busy getting his garden in shape and was preparing a hot bed for planting Tuesday afternoon just below the newspaper office. Clarence spent the day working in the bright sunshine and crisp air under the direction of several “supervisors.” Clarence said, “Just tell your readers I was the only one working.”


Sally McCready came to the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat newspapers from The Madison Courier, where she had been a reporter, covering the Carroll County news since January. Sally invites you to stop her on the street and introduce yourself or drop by the newspaper office and get acquainted.

A benefit dance will be held April 28th for Charlie Frazier, 16, who was seriously injured in an auto accident on December 16th, 1978. The local band “Connection” will donate their time for the dance.

Marvel Griffith and Naomi Williamson, both of Vevay, were honored last week as charter members in the Vevay Music Club which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Vevay this year.


Russell Pickett, treasurer of Switzerland County Heart Association and an active heart volunteer for several years, has been elected to the board of directors of Hoosier Heartland Heart Association.

Seaman Apprentice Richard Middleton, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Middleton of Vevay, is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock.

Edelweiss Girls is now organizing a singing group such as it presented at last year’s Swiss Wine Festival which will make its first performance April 25th during the Spring Festival.

Photographers for Cincinnati’s WLW-TV visited Vevay last Thursday afternoon to take movies and still photographs which will be telecast the week of the fifth annual Spring Festival sponsored by Southeastern Indiana Recreational Council, Inc. The Channel 5 station will present a salute to Vevay, the site of the April 25th, 26th, and 27th festival throughout the festival week and station performers will present a stage show at Vevay gym April 25th.


A new plant of the U.S. Shoe Corporation, comparable to the Vevay factory, will be built soon in the Versailles-Osgood area in Ripley County, according to Nathan Stix, executive vice president of the Cincinnati concern.

Dan Kile, highly popular coach at Vevay High School, has announced his resignation and his signing of a contract to coach at Knightstown High School.

According to an announcement printed on another page of this newspaper a merger of the Rising Sun State Bank and the Citizens State Bank in Rising Sun has been effected. The institution will do business as the Rising Sun State Bank and all personnel of both banks will be retained.


Graham Tevis of Madison, a member of the state police department for nine years, has resigned from the service to enter business in Vevay. Mr. Tevis has become part owner of the Vevay Sales and Service Buick Agency and is already employed as a salesman for the concern.

Miss Doris Ann McNary recently completed her course at the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Chicago and is now the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. H. McNary. Miss McNary has accepted a position with the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis where she will act as secretary to the Vice President of Production.

Doyle (Jack) Pavy of Bennington, senior at Vevay High School, has been awarded a special merit scholarship to Indiana University for the 1949-50 school year. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Pavy and has been outstanding in athletics during his high school career.


The 73rd annual commencement exercises of Vevay High School will be held May 31st with 36 in the class of graduates.

Oscar Rosenberger and James Banta will leave Friday for Greenville, Tennessee to attend a baseball school directed by Jimmy Hamilton, former major league star.

Ernest Griffith, postmaster, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Vevay Tuesday morning.

A son, Alvin Leon, was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skinner of Tapps Ridge.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Aldred, Jr., of near Mount Sterling, a daughter.

An 8 1/2 pound daughter, Nancy Margaret, was born April 10th to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fothergill of Ghent.

John Truitt has purchased the Carl Culbertson property on Ferry Street.


Switzerland County will be one of the counties in district 15 of the state for the 1930 U.S. Census, according to tentative plans. Headquarters will be maintained at North Vernon but supervisors for the 17 districts in the state have not been appointed.

Fire starting in the engine of a big interstate bus as it arrived at the Ferguson Drug Store Tuesday threatened the vehicle for a time. The city fire company extinguished the flames after chemical fire extinguishers failed to do the job. Forrest Brown was seriously burned on his arm and side by blazing gasoline.

The Army monoplane, “Question Mark,” which recently set the world’s record by staying in the air 150 hours passed over Vevay Monday afternoon en route to Cincinnati. The big tri-motored plane flew low and its question marks were plainly visible.


One of the largest funerals ever held in the county was that of Frank Shadday, 53, Sunday at the Ebenezer Church. Approximately 2,000 people paid their last respects to Mr. Shadday who for many years operated a huckster wagon in the Bennington-Moorefield area. He died suddenly Friday night.

Charley Kern of Bennington had the misfortune to break his arm while cranking his Ford automobile.

Farmers in the vicinity of Pleasant and Caledonia have organized a threshing company to be known as the Pleasant Threshing Company.

Seven new boxes for the collection of mail have been installed in Vevay.

The “Lulu Club” initiated the following new members, all returned soldiers, Monday night: John Brockschlager, Wilford Dufour, George Hall, Robert Banta and Carroll Butler. The new members were entertained with a chicken supper.


A steam chair factory has been established in Vevay. J. W. Briston is proprietor.

William M. Smith is assistant doorkeeper of the Indiana Legislature.

Nine houses are being built in Vevay. Our city is “looking up.”

Prospects are bright for a good wheat crop.

Our young friend, F. W. Baxter, formerly principal comedian of the Vevay theatre is now residing at White Hall, Michigan. He compounds drugs during the day and plays the part of Toodles on the stage at night.


Many of our citizens are ornamenting the streets by planting shade trees.

As was feared all the fruit trees were killed by the heavy freeze.

All recruiting for the army has been ordered stopped, the ranks now being full for the first time in 20 years.

John W. Gray went to Cincinnati Monday to buy stock for his clothing store.