Reflections of the past week of 5/17/07


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The majestic American Queen made its way upriver past the Vevay landing on Tuesday. A crowd gathered as word spread around the county that the vessel – the largest of its kind – would be traveling past Switzerland County.

Tom Crabtree is retiring from the Nine West shoe factory in Vevay today (Thursday), after a 45-year career in the shoe manufacturing business. Nine West will honor Tom Crabtree with two dinners, one for the day shift and one for the night shift today, and he expects to officially finish up sometime on Friday. Tom Crabtree came to Vevay’s U.S. Shoe Corporation plant in January of 1978 as an assistant and trainee under then plant manager Kelly Kemper. He assumed the title of plant manager here in 1980.

Stephanie Lynn Leap, daughter of Robert and Barbara Leap of near Mount Sterling, has earned her degree from Indiana University. She majored in business at the university, and went through commencement exercises with her classmates on Saturday, May 10th. Indiana Senator Dan Coats presented the commencement address to the graduates.

Lovena Jacobs of Markland has been honored by the Area 12 Council on Aging as its Volunteer of the Year. She was presented the honor at a special luncheon held at the Hillforest Mansion in Aurora.

Marian Janet of Vevay was one of three employees honored by the SIEOC Community Action Agency in Aurora. She was recognized for 30 years of service, and received a pin and a watch to mark the occasion.


Paul and Janet Brown, route 1, Florence, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home on Sunday, May 24th, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Open house will be held at the Switzerland County Public Library on Sunday, May 24th. Ceremonies dedicating the new Library will take place at 3 p.m. with the open house immediately following. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Patriot Volunteer Fire Department has seven newly trained members on their roster. They are Darrell Kasson, Lynn Kasson, Jim Gurley, Barb Miller and Jim Williams, new firefighters; and Joe Schwade and Sam Romans, junior firefighters.

Bob Demaree has joined the staff of the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat, as reporter and managing editor. He began this week. Don Wallis is the editor and publisher of the county papers. Ginny Leap is the office manager. Dan Honeyman is the advertising manager.


The Switzerland County Civil Defense Department has recently reorganized. On May 18th, Richard Lock was appointed Civil Defense Director for Switzerland County by the county commissioners. Richard is an Emergency Medical Technician and a member of the Jefferson-Craig fire and rescue department. He replaces Bill Nail, who recently resigned from the position.

Switzerland County School Superintendent Chester Meisberger gave Jean Babb and Denver Markland certificates of appreciation and commemorative bells to mark their retirement from the county school system. Mr. Markland, Vevay, is retiring after 23 years of service to the corporation, where he teaches high school science. Mrs. Babb, East Enterprise, is retiring after serving the school corporation for 13 years. During that time she has taught remedial reading and mathematics at all four grade schools and has spent the last seven years at Switzerland County Elementary.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Works of East Enterprise announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Kendra Ann, to Robert Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson, route 3, Vevay.


Laverne Gullion of Madison, daughter of Mrs. Wanda Bladen of near Markland, will graduate May 12th as a registered nurse from the nurses training program at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Lisa Rosenberger was inducted into Laurels-Lancers, a freshman-sophomore honorary based on scholarship and contributions to the college and community. She was also the song leader for the Independent Women’s singing group which placed first in traditional music in the May Sing competition.

Kathryn Jones who is retiring at the end of the school term after a long career as a school teacher in Switzerland County will be guest of honor at an open retirement party Sunday, May 15th.


Miss Rosalind Elston, daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Elston of near Pleasant has been selected managing editor of The Ball State News, the university newspaper of Ball State University, for next fall semester. She also received two awards, one for journalism leadership and one for academic achievement.

Patricia Ann Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dilver Cole of Center Square, and Robert E. Slack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Slack of near East Enterprise, were married Saturday. Conducting the ceremony at Center Square Baptist Church was the Reverend Tom Jones.

Mrs. Pauline Richards and Mrs. Mildred Evans were notified Monday that their cousin, Pfc. William H. Myers of the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action May 12th in Quang Tin, South Vietnam while on operations against hostile forces. Myers made his home with Mrs. Elberta Voris of Salem.


Mr. Donald E. Small, Principal of Whitestown, Indiana Schools has been elected to fill the high school principal’s vacancy created through the resignation of Principal Raymond Cole, according to an announcement by the Vevay Schools Board of Trustees.

Herbert F. Schwomeyer, Field Representative in the office of Student Information at Butler University, will be commencement speaker at the graduation exercises for Vevay High School’s class of 46 seniors. The 91st annual commencement is set for May 24th at the high school gymnasium.

Ten-year-old Norvin Breeck, a fifth grade student in the Vevay schools, is in serious condition in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, after he was struck by an auto Monday at the intersection of Main Cross and Seminary streets in Vevay. According to latest reports, the boy is suffering from a fractured pelvis, broken nose, internal injuries, and a brain contusion. Norvin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Breeck of Vevay.

Mr. and Mrs. Norris Krall and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Lock of Tapps Ridge went to Fort Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis Tuesday to see their new grandson who was born May 9th to Lieutenant and Mrs. Norris W. Krall at the base hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and has been named James Kenneth. The mother was formerly Miss Mary Lock.


James G. Bladen, a prominent businessman of Vevay for more than 30 years, sold his business at the southeast corner of Seminary and Main Cross streets here Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Rayls of Vevay who took immediate possession.

Mrs. Norma Bakes and Fred Adams, prominent Vevay couple, were quietly married in the First Baptist Church at Lebanon by the Reverend L. C. Lemon Saturday afternoon, May 10th.

Mrs. Sally Partain, one of our finest old ladies here, quietly celebrated her 75th birthday at her home in Vevay Saturday.

A double wedding ceremony, which also christened the new home on Main Cross Street into which the Reverend and Mrs. Walter Peters had moved only the day before, was solemnized Saturday afternoon. The couples were John Lee Swales, Jr., of Lawrenceburg, and Miss Naomi June Emery of Patriot; and Paul E. Covington, Jr., of Tapps Ridge and Miss Shirley Mae Swanson of Patriot.

Two airplane crashes in neighboring counties claimed the lives of four people Sunday. At Rising Sun, Postmaster Herbert “Jack” Craig, 34, was burned to death and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Jane Craig, 31, wife of Dr. Harold Craig of Cincinnati, received burns which resulted in her death Monday when their plane, owned by the brothers, caught fire and crashed after taking off only 100 feet in the air. In Jefferson County, John Bill Smith, 21, and Miss Fern Anabel Armand, 17, were killed instantly after taking off a few minutes before from the Madison Flying Service airport.


Minor Bakes, owner of the Hoosier Theatre has leased his show to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bakes and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scott.

Miss Thelma Broadwell, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene T. Broadwell, and Darwin Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dilver Clark of Fairview, have announced their marriage which occurred at Fairfield October 6th, 1936.

Miss Betty Christie and Virgil Campbell, both of North Madison, were married February 10th. The bride is a niece of Mrs. George Copeland of Vevay and formerly made her home here with her aunt.

Miss Anna Belle Wolf and Alan Briggs were married Saturday, May 15th, by the Reverend Mosley at his home in Uniontown.


Eugene Lester, well known farmer who resides on Plum Creek, had a narrow escape from drowning last Friday afternoon while returning to his home from Vevay. Mr. Lester and the horse both managed to swim to shore.

Thomas Leep was pleasantly surprised last Sunday morning when about 14 relatives with well filled baskets gathered at his home to celebrate his 76th birthday which was May 15th.

Miss Leona Bladen of Vevay and Richard Langdon of Cincinnati were married in Cincinnati Monday.

A surprise birthday party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Gullion in honor of Mr. Gullion’s birthday Tuesday evening, May 10th.

Boy burglars and petty thieves worked overtime in Vevay Friday and Saturday nights stealing groceries and automobile accessories.


George McKay of this city is located in New York City for the summer. He is acting as an accompanist on the piano in the company with which Nora Baynes, the well known actress has surrounded herself.

Henry Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Peters of near Center Square, received a painful scalp wound when he was thrown from a motorcycle near his home Sunday afternoon.

Miss Linnie Siebert and Lawrence Hastie were married Monday evening at the Baptist parsonage by the Reverend W. T. Dart.


H.K. Knox has the honor of owning the first automobile brought to Vevay, having purchased an Olds runabout.

A. R. Hatton of Chicago has been chosen as the first person to fill the M. A. Hanna Chair of Political Science in the University of Chicago. Mr. Hatton is a son of Augustus Hatton of this county.

The engagement of Joe B. Curry, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Curry of this city, and Miss Louise Boese of Columbus has been announced. The wedding will take place in June.

Frank Brockschlager left Saturday with his horse Lightfoot for Covington where he joined Colonel Fremont’s Great Southern Shows.

Harry Heath, formerly of Sugar Branch, was married at Lamar, Colorado, May 18th, to Miss Eva Turpin.


The Madison Daily Times is a new Democratic paper at Madison. It is a six column folio, neatly printed, published by a company.

Harry Marsh and Miss Sarah Scudder, both of this county, were married May 16th at the home of M. Long Duplan in Florence.

George Buchanan and Hattie A. Still of Craig Township were married May 15th at the residence of the officiating minister, the Reverend J. T. O’Neal.


Last Wednesday while attempting to get on a horse, Joseph Gilbert fell and broke one of his arms.

John H. Houze and Miss Mary Ellen Northcut were married Thursday evening, May 17th, at the home of the bride’s parents in Vevay.

Major William Patton has retired from the commission business in Cincinnati and Alfred Rous and Harry Gordon will continue the business. Mr. Patton has rented the Danglade farm near Vevay where he will raise a crop.


Lewis Bradford and Miss Olive Buttles, both of this county, were married May 15th at the residence of the bride’s mother by Elder J. B. Ludwig.

George Gordon and Miss Sallie J. McKay were married May 15th at the residence of Patrick Porte in Craig Township.

Ira M. Wright and Miss Sarah Shaw were married on the 15th instance by the Reverend J. K. Pyle.

On the 15th of May Marion Rayl and Miss Frances Kimble, both of this place, were married by J. G. Anderson, Esquire.

Lewis F. Works is announced as a candidate for reelection to the office of recorder of Switzerland County.


Milton Lynn of Harrison, Ohio, and Miss Melinda Eblin were married May 14th at Carrollton.

John Allen and a tenant on his place named Dansler had a difficulty a few days ago. Dansler hit Allen with a hoe and rendered him unconscious.

The steamboat J. P. Tweed struck a rock in going over the falls at Louisville Saturday and sunk in nine feet of water. She was heavily laden with freight for Saint Louis.