Reflections of the past week of 4/19/07


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


A group of Switzerland County youth is successfully raising the funds needed to sponsor the group’s mission trip in May and June to South Africa. The group has been performing for many different church groups and other organizations, as well as holding fund raising dinners. Reverend Charles Dayadharum of Mount Sterling Baptist Church is coordinating the trip.

Switzerland County choir director Steve Ward is one of 80 school teachers from around Indiana who have been awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship by the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis. Through the endowment, Steve Ward will receive $4,500 to spend eight weeks writing original musical compositions, both vocal and instrumental.

Major changes are tentatively planned for the Ogle Haus Inn, as its new owners prepare to take over the local landmark hotel from the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation. The sale of the Ogle Haus to Inn Development, Inc., of Aurora, Ohio, agreed upon last December, is expected to become official very soon, possibly Friday.

Mike Jones, social studies teacher at Switzerland County High School, has announced that he will be attending law school in Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis beginning next month. He had taught 30 years in the school system here and will maintain his home in Switzerland County.


Navy Constructionman Apprentice Shawn P. Caplinger, son of Paul and Sandy Caplinger of Greenbriar Ridge, recently reported for duty with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four, Port Hueneme, California. He joined the Navy in August 1991.

The Indiana State Museum is presenting a major exhibition of Swiss folk art, highlighting Swiss folk traditions while recognizing the influence of the Swiss on Americans. The exhibition includes two artifacts from Switzerland County.

Federal grant funds of $102,750 have been approved for the Vevay Riverfront Park project, to be used to develop a boat ramp, fishing pier, boat dock and parking lot. The funding had been anticipated in the planning of the Riverfront Park project. Official approval of the grant was announced last week by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which administers the funds under the sponsorship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Bruce Hutcherson of Patriot is winding up the winter tractor pulling season. At Charlotte, North Carolina, Hutcherson claimed three first place finishes in the 7,200 pound dragster tractor class competition.

Carol Tilley, a senior at Switzerland County High School, was selected as the winner of the Voice of Democracy Speech Competition, sponsored by VFW Post 5396.

Wade Hysell, former Switzerland County athlete, is a freshman at Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana. He is currently pitching for the VU Blazers baseball team.


The Martha A. Graham ferryboat is for sale. Since 1807 there’s been a ferry serving people who wanted to cross from Vevay to Ghent, or from Ghent to Vevay – or who just wanted to take a ride on the river. The boat is Vevay’s landmark, but its 170-year history is likely to end very soon.

Whether a power plant will be built in Mexico Bottom may be determined – and determined soon – by the Supreme Court of the United States. The nation’s highest legal body has agreed to hear arguments on a lawsuit that bears directly on the question that lies at the heart of the Mexico Bottom power plant matter. That question is – Can the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforce its clean air regulations? If it can, then it’s likely that the EPA will not allow a power plant to be built in Mexico Bottom. If it cannot, there’s the possibility that the far less-stringent state laws, which would be invoked in lieu of the EPA rules, would allow construction of a power plant at Mexico Bottom.


Plans for a new Switzerland County high school building are now 95 percent complete, according to architects, and the school board will move Wednesday night toward letting bids for contractors. The board adopted the plans by a voice vote with no opposing vote being raised.

Mrs. Phillip Quick, the former Miss Joy Ketenbrink of Switzerland County, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at her route 2, Petersville home from a gun blast said to have been fired by her husband. The death of the 43-year-old mother was ruled accidental by the Bartholomew County sheriff’s office and no further investigation is planned.

A 28-year-old Switzerland County native, Myron S. Leep, of Madison, died in a one-car accident on state road 7, three-fourths mile north of Midway at 2:40 a.m. Friday. Jefferson County Sheriff Jug Raisor said Leep was riding in a car driven by Roy E. Thompson, Madison, when Thompson apparently fell asleep at the wheel. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Leep of Vevay.

Air Force Airman Timothy L. Swango, son of Mrs. Betty Swango of Vevay and Robert O. Swango of Anderson, underwent major surgery at Clark Field in the Philippine Islands last Friday.

Army Private Walter E. Shannon, 20, whose other, Mrs. Goldie Turner, lived in Patriot, was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade in Vietnam April 1st.

James B. Jones, son of Mrs. Frances Jones and Albert Jones of Florence, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant first class at Bao Lock, Vietnam.

The first hydroelectric generating station to be built at one of the new Ohio River high-lift dams is scheduled to be dedicated in June by Public Service Indiana. Construction of the $20-million Markland Hydroelectric Station was completed in March by Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh.


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson R. Moore are now at home in Greendale following their marriage on April 6th in the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. The bride is the former Miss Carolyn Brett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brett of East Enterprise. Mr. Moore’s home has been in Cincinnati.

One of the greatest Youth Talent Contests ever scheduled for Vevay will be held on Friday, April 26th, at the local gym under the auspices of the Vevay Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club has obtained Bob Braun and Buddy Ross, popular WLW television stars, who will be masters of ceremonies.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ralston of near Pleasant observed their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday.

A motion before the Patriot-Posey school board to ask for the resignation of John E. Jenkins as superintendent, died “for want of a second,” at the group’s meeting last Thursday night. The board’s refusal to act on the motion is seen as definite victory for Jenkins, whose removal has been the goal of a group of citizens in Posey and York townships.

Dr. John D. Stepleton, 41, of Richmond, son of Mrs. Belle Stepleton of Vevay, is believed to be recovering from emergency brain surgery which was performed Sunday night to relieve a depressed skull fracture he received earlier in the day in an automobile accident.


Miss Mary Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Brown of rural route 2, Rising Sun, and Charles Ravencraft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ravencraft of Patriot, were married Friday morning by the Reverend Frank M. Reed.

Miss Meredith Green, daughter of Mrs. Sadie Green of Plum Creek and the late Andrew Green, and James E. Scudder, son of Marshal and Mrs. Ora Scudder, were married Saturday, April 5th, at the home of the officiating minister, the Reverend R. C. Briggs.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cheever of Vevay announce the engagement of their younger daughter, Lois, to Max Rosenberger of Vevay. The wedding will take place on the evening of June 15th at Vevay Methodist Church.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dunn at their home on Pike Street Monday evening, April 14th. She weighed six pounds and has been named Joan Elizabeth.

Miss Helen Tilley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tilley of Vevay, has been named chairman of the decorations committee for the Home Economics Workshop to be held at Butler University April 17th and 19th.

Louis Peelman this week purchased the two houses on Washington Street belonging to the heirs of Samuel Montgomery, deceased.

Mrs. Ethel Reeves sustained a painfully bruised and mashed right arm while at work at the Krummel Grocery Saturday.

Henry F. Dittgen, well known and popular Vevay businessman for the past 30 years, sold his three-story brick building here this week to County Clerk-elect Emerson G. Williamson, who will take possession on or about July 1st.

Gene Chaskel of Florence attended the monthly meeting of Automotive Engineers in Cincinnati on Monday. Mr. Chaskel arranged, through the help of his friend, Wilbur Shaw, president of the Speedway, to show a moving picture of the history and activities and scenes at the Speedway races from the first race in 1911 to the one held last year.

Mr.. and Mrs. Ross Hatch (nee Evalena A. Bakes) formerly of this community, have purchased a grocery store in Shelbyville, and have already assumed possession and operation of the business.

Private Cledis Ison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Ison of rural route 1, Bennington, has recently been promoted to the grade of Private First Class.


Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chase of near Markland are extremely worried over the disappearance of their adopted son, Floyd, age 16, who left their home April 15th.

A car driven by Edgar Dibble and a truck operated by Frank Bittle figured in a collision near the intersection of Main and Liberty streets here last Friday.

The Reverend Leland S. Courtney of Vevay has been reelected pastor of the Tanglewood Baptist Church for the sixth consecutive year.

William Koehler, aged 92, Civil War veteran, and a lifelong resident of Florence, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Jamison in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday.

John Seal of Cleves, Ohio, and Cynthia Ellis of the same place, were married at the residence of the Reverend Fred Griffith on the afternoon of April 14th, with the Reverend Griffith officiating.


William W. Fry, aged 71 years and three months, prominent Vevay businessman, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati last Friday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kern of route 1, Vevay, have a hen who has been laying eggs as large as goose eggs. Last week she laid an egg larger than a goose egg, and upon closer examination, Mrs. Kern discovered a natural sized hard shelled egg inside the outer shell.

Miss Mary Elizabeth Aldrich observed her 16th birthday last Wednesday evening by giving a party. Approximately 25 guests were present including her school teachers.

G. L. Humphrey is completing his 40th year of school teaching in the same schoolhouse in which he began 41 years ago.

Edward S. Furnish, native son of Switzerland County, was elected superintendent of Vevay High School last Friday night at a meeting of the school board to succeed Professor A. H. Wegener.

Captain Clarence Carter left Saturday to pilot the steamer Cincinnati on an excursion trip to New Orleans.

County Auditor Phil Markland, while en route to his Markland home and driving a bright new sedan, passed a team of mules hitched to a wagon. One of the mules saw him coming and as the car drew close enough the mule gave a vicious kick which tore off a handle on the door of the car. Phil believes that mules have always had it in for him.


Mrs. Mattie Patton Tilley sold last week, a frame house on Pike Street, to Al Grenat, for a consideration of $800. Mr. Grenat has sold his farm to Frank Schirmer and will occupy the dwelling recently purchased.

Joseph D. Froman has recently purchased the Robert Van Dorin farm in Posey Township.

Mrs. Anna Protsman, wife of Joseph M. Protsman, of route 1, Vevay, died at her home Thursday, April 12th, after an illness of several years duration. She was a sufferer from tuberculosis.


Captain Charles Noble, oldest steamboat man on the Ohio River, died Monday at his home here, after an illness of several weeks.

Favre Phillips, who was seriously injured by being dragged by a horse a couple of weeks ago, suffered a relapse last Friday, lock jaw having set in. His condition is almost hopeless.

Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Hastings of Rising Sun are moving into Mrs. Mary Roberts’ house. Mr. Hastings will have charge of the Green telephone exchange in this city.

Miss Afra Hatton, who had the forefinger on her right hand amputated in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago, is improving nicely.

Fred Stucy of Ghent and James Scott of Vevay left for North Vernon and other places to view several banks in hopes of getting some information that will assist them in the building of a new bank here in which they are interested.

George E. Harper of Vevay and Mrs. Adaline Robbins of Homestead, were married Monday in Lawrenceburg by Squire Probst.


Last Friday evening Morgan Carver of York Township, while working a mule, was kicked in the head by the animal. He is badly injured and it is feared he cannot recover.

Hugh Pickett of near Fairview lost his dwelling house April 15th by fire. Mr. Pickett’s face was badly burned while fighting the fire.

Clarence A. Craig and Miss Rose A. Marshall were married in Florence April 19th.

Matthew Ralston and Miss Ada Crawford were married last week at the home of the bride’s parents in Moorefield.

Alexander S. Rice, town Marshal of Patriot, died April 17th at the age of 40 years. He died as the result of a pistol shot received while bravely doing his duty on December 24th.

Joseph Stoops, formerly of York Township, is located in Groomsville, Tipton County, and is postmaster in that town.


Last Tuesday a telegram was received stating that B. F. Schenck died at Jacksonville, Florida, that day., The remains will be brought to Vevay for burial.

Robert McClosky of Patriot was injured April 26th when he fell from a hay mow, fracturing his shoulder blade and breaking two ribs.

Frank Cross of Bennington and Miss Anna Hayes wee married on April 22nd at the home of John Moore in Patriot.


Messrs. Bell, Charles and Hewitt of Indianapolis and H. S. McRae of Vevay have been granted state teacher certificates by the State Board of Education.

Joseph Cheaney, D. G. W. P. of the Sons and Daughters of Temperance of Indiana, organized a division of the order here Saturday night with 32 members.

A grand ball will be given at Grisard Hall tomorrow night. The Italian band from Louisville will furnish music.


Marriage licenses have been issued to John Golay of Craig and Miss Mary McKay.

On April 16th Franklin G. Manford, late of California, and Miss Susan Rodgers of Pleasant Township, were married by the Reverend J. B. Sparks.

Mrs. Julia L. Dumont and Mrs. H. A. O’Neal will commence a school at Miss Dumont’s present school room on the first Monday in May.

Julius Black is opening a clothing store at this place.