Reflections of the past week of 4-9-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The annual Easter Eggstravaganza was held in very wet conditions last Saturday around the Switzerland County Courthouse, but all of the day’s activities saw impressive crowds in spite of the weather.

The Switzerland County Commissioners Monday evening approved a plan to renovate the former office building of the City Roller Mills property for use as additional office space. Local contractor Jim Leap will be doing the work, which will include work on both the outside and the inside of the structure. Once completed, the building will be handicap accessible, and will be available for use by county offices. The total estimate on the repairs and renovation is approximately $21,000.

The 922 emergency response system has been in place for about five years here in Switzerland County. Now, with an aging system and the Y2K scare just months away, the county has opted to purchase a new, up-to-date system for the county. 911 coordinator Betty Smith told the commissioners that a new state-of-the-art system from Sprint telecommunications would cost the county $52,132 – a savings of nearly $3,000 a year over leasing the same equipment.


People’s Trust Company Bancorp, which owns the First National Bank of Vevay, has announced that it will merge its four financial institutions into one bank effective April 29th. The banks will be known as People’s Trust Company with 11 offices.

Jennifer Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Baker, won a third place award in a speech contest at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Contest in Indianapolis. She is a junior at Switzerland County High School.

Reverend Kenneth S. Harrison was installed as the new pastor of the Truth Apostolic Church Sunday, March 5th. The installation service was conducted by former pastor Reverend W.S. Willis.


Students at the Jefferson-Craig Elementary School have received a letter from Vevey, Switzerland in response to their letter to the Swiss schools earlier this fall. The letter comes from a small Swiss town outside of Lausanne Switzerland which rests on the edge of Lake Lemaine. The Swiss children are very interested in corresponding with the 5th and 6th graders here in Vevay, and asked several questions about life in America.

Thursday, April 12th, Billie Thomas, Florence Pettit, Sharon Brown, Betty Hughes, Martha Westerkamm, and Peggy Hilligoss will begin the arduous chore of hard boiling, decorating and making some 18 special eggs for Saturday, April 14th, a morning of joy for several youngsters in the county. The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start and in case of rain the hunt will be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:30/ The place will be the same, the Courthouse yard.


Specialist 4 David R. Lamson, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Lamson of route 3, Vevay, has been selected Headquarters Battery “trooper of the month” in the U.S. Army at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Neil Sanderson, a 45-year-old Ohio native, has been named new plant manager for the Vevay manufacturing plant of the Randall Company, a Division of Textron.

John Kinman, Switzerland County High School star performer, has been named to The Louisville Courier-Journal & Times Indiana high school all-star basketball sixth team. Kinman scored 606 points for a 28.9 per game average, both county records, his senior year.

Pfc. David L. Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Moore of route 3, Vevay, is serving with “M” Company, Third Battalion, Ninth Marine regiment, Third U.S. Marine Corps Division in Vietnam.


Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Wiley have leased a room in the Courtney building on Main Street and are remodeling it preparatory to opening a modern floral shop. A portion of the room will also be used by Mr. Wiley for his insurance office.

Approximately 2,000 persons visited the open house of the new wing of the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison Sunday afternoon and inspected its modern facilities. When the building and remodeling program is completed 100 beds will be available. Present capacity has been 48 beds.

At their meeting Monday the Switzerland County Board of Commissioners elected Howard Buchanan as County Coroner to fill the vacancy created by the death of Dr. George E. Ellerbrook.

Miss Shelby Jean Dunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Dunn of route 4, Vevay, was one in a class of 45 student nurses at St. Joseph’s Infirmary, Louisville, who received their caps Saturday night as the class of 1961.


The Vevay Grill on Main Street which was owned by Loren Roberts and leased and operated by Arthur Roberts and Mrs. Marie Brown was sold last week to Mrs. Katherine Young and Mrs. Rachel Peters of Vevay.

Funeral services for Cortland Curlin, 20, who was killed in action in Frances in July, 1944, will be held at the Humphrey & Phillips Funeral Home in Rising Sun on Saturday afternoon, April 9th, at 2 o’clock. Born in Switzerland County he was the son of Ernest and Lydia Curlin.

Price A. Chamberlain, a noted citizen and art instructor in the Cleveland, Ohio Public Schools, will be the principal speaker at the meeting of the Historical Society on Thursday evening, April 14th.

J. C. Southworth of near Vevay assumed ownership on Saturday of the package store on Ferry Street which he purchased from Raymond Moore and the store is now under the management and operation of Mrs. Charles Danner.


The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. John Lock of near Bennington was totally destroyed by fire early last Friday morning.

A fine stock barn belonging to Oscar Brindley and situated on his farm near Moorefield was totally destroyed by fire early Sunday evening.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Patterson of Mount Sterling a 9 1/2 pound baby boy.


Carl Scott Culbertson won the district Latin contest at North Vernon last week by making a perfect score in the Cicero contest. He will now compete in the state contest at Bloomington April 12th.

Joe Danner, popular mail carrier on route 1, Vevay, was married Wednesday to Miss Bertha Cooper of Long Run at the home of the Methodist minister in Scottsburg.

While members of the family of James Scott of near Moorefield were attending the dramatic performance of the Parks Ridge Dramatic Club Saturday night, chicken thieves visited the farm and stole about 80 chickens.

A group of businessmen from Vevay and Ripley County met in Indianapolis Tuesday with members of the state highway commission to petition them to include the road from Versailles to Vevay in the state highway system. They learned that Highway 56 from Rising Sun to Scottsburg will be oiled this summer. Representing Vevay at the meeting were State Representative J. P. Curry, A. H. Wegener, James Richards and Forrest Iddings.

Mrs. H. T. Fafnel of Vevay underwent surgery for appendicitis in an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday.

A daughter was born March 30th to Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Hon of Posey Township.

Miss Pauline Detraz who has been on a southern lyceum tour with the Dorothy Haines Concert Company is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Detraz.

A daughter was born March 27th to Mr. and Mrs. Chance Steele of Pleasant.


The colorful life of Mrs. Sue Froman Matthews, 72, came to a close Monday when she was found dead in bed at her home in Carrollton. She and her husband, Reverend Robert Matthews, were residents of Vevay for many years. They were married in Italy where Reverend Matthews was U.S. Ambassador at the time. She is survived by four children one of whom, Robert, Jr., is secretary to evangelist Reverend Billy Sunday. After the death of her husband she made a trip around the world with her son who was then a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

The high school domestic science department entertained the basketball team with a dinner Wednesday night. With Superintendent and Mrs. A. H. Wegener guests included Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Kern, Mr. Wood and the squad, Charles Geiger, Robert Slawson, Emerson Hickman, Joseph Richter, Edwin Pangburn, Ichabod Weaver and Morton Haskell.

John Danglade, Jr., has returned home from Granite City, Illinois, for the summer. The munitions plant in which he was employed as chemist has closed down.

A pack of dogs went on a sheep killing rampage at Bennington last week killing sheep valued at $200. They were owned by William Shadday, George Shadday, Mr. Blodget and Mr. Rochat.


Culbertson Brothers, proprietors of the City Roller Mills, have let a contract to Henderson Webster for the erection of a warehouse 60×120 feet to be located in the lower part of the city.

Born to Robert Gravener and wife Friday, March 26th, a 9 1/2 pound girl.

Paul Stepleton has rented the room next to the Sieglitz Jewelry Store and will open up an up-to-date confectionery.

Born to Callie Bennett and wife of Markland March 29th, a daughter Mamie.

A daughter Mabel Annette was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Jester of Moorefield.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Couch of Patriot last Thursday, a fine girl.


Albert Jackson of Aaron started to Kansas lately and got as far as Dillsboro when it started raining and he very prudently faced about for home. We are glad it rained as Albert is a good fellow and we can’t afford to lose him.

Mrs. Isaac Littrell, Craig Township, is 36 years old, the mother of 10 children and is also a grandmother.


Three bodies from the wrecked steamboat Nat Holmes have been caught near Rising Sun.

James W. Boyd is erecting a large sieve factory in the lower part of town.

An exhibition of Mrs. Woods’ scholars will be held at the Methodist meeting house in Patriot Tuesday.

A fugitive slave was caught here last night and caused great excitement.