Reflections of the past week of 5-27-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Megan Meadors, a junior at Northern Kentucky University, has earned inclusion on the honor’s list for the spring semester. She is the daughter of Tom and Janice Meadors of Patriot and is a 1997 graduate of Switzerland County High School. To be included on the honor’s list, a student must have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Megan Meadors is an English major with a French minor.

Christian Michael Breeck of Moorefield will graduate on Saturday, May 27th, from Millersburg Military Academy in Millersburg, Kentucky. Cadet Breeck was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and plans on enlisting in the U.S. Army later this year. He was honored on May 13th at the Millersburg Military Academy’s athletic banquet as the “most improved player” and “longest home run hit” as a member of the varsity baseball team. Christian Breeck is the son of Julie and Doug Brown of Moorefield and Jody Breeck of Vevay.

Switzerland County Schools honored four employees who are retiring at the end of the current school year at its meeting Monday night. Jefferson-Craig principal Ron Redmon, middle school teacher Helen Parks, superintendent’s secretary Janet Daugherty, and Switzerland County Elementary School custodian Chuck Humphrey were all honored by the school board.


Switzerland County may be declared a disaster area due to heavy rainfall and flash floods that hit the area last week. The Switzerland County Commissioners and County Attorney Ron Hocker are headed to Indianapolis Friday, May 25th, to meet with Michael Sudsberry, public affairs coordinator for Governor Evan Bayh, to request that the county be declared a disaster area. The area of immediate concern for the commissioners began when one of the largest flash floods in recent years roared down Indian Creek Wednesday night, May 16th, and swept away the brand new timber bridge that joined Smith Ridge to Bennington Pike.

Linda Brown, Lexington, Kentucky, was named Outstanding Nurse of the Year at Charter Ridge Hospital’s nurses’ appreciation day ceremonies. She is the daughter of Paul and Janet Brown of Florence.


Air Force Colonel James R. Landry, son of Leona Sullivan of Vevay, will lead the Memorial Day Parade in Vevay and address those present at ceremonies to be held May 26th at 10 a.m. at the Vevay Cemetery.

Clara Burroughs of Vevay was crowned Queen of the Switzerland County Senior Citizens organization during ceremonies at the local senior citizens center on Ferry Street last week.


Specialist 4 Lowell Sullivan became Switzerland County’s first casualty in the United States-South Vietnamese military expedition into Cambodia as he received a pistol shot wound in the stomach May 11th. Sullivan’s wife, the former Rita Brown, said her husband telephoned her Sunday to report that he is in “good condition” and resting comfortably in a hospital in Japan. He is the son of Beulah Sullivan of Vevay and the late Cecil Sullivan.

Lieutenant Colonel James Landry, son of Mrs. Leona Sullivan of Vevay, was recently awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his many U.S. Air Force flying and rescue missions over South Vietnam. Now stationed in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Lieutenant Colonel Landry received the medal at a Pentagon ceremony after which a dinner in his honor was held at Ft. Myers’ service club.

Graduating seniors Judi Nally and Denny Scudder were crowned king and queen of the 1970 class junior-senior program at the SCHS gym Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ethridge of Markland will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Markland Baptist Church. They were married May 19th, 1910.


A few wires – not one of them more than a half-inch in diameter – were all that prevented serious damage to a local department store last Friday afternoon. Those wires – telephone wires, as it were – broke the fall of a large tree located about 30 feet in back of Hand’s Department Store. The tree had been blown down during a furious windstorm, falling in the direction of the store, and, according to store proprietor Keith Hand, “I feel confident it would have put a large hole in the roof.” Those wires, however, stopped the fall momentarily, long enough to halt the downward progress of the tree. Then they snapped, more or less laying the tree gently on the roof.

Plans for the Switzerland County School Reorganization Committee’s public meeting to be held Friday night at 8 p.m. in the county courthouse at Vevay are presently being finalized by the group., Seating arrangements for over 1500 people have been made, according to Committee Secretary Raymond Cole, and a large crowd of Switzerland County citizens is expected and hoped for.

The town of Vevay has shown a substantial increase in population during the last 10 years but Switzerland County as a whole has lost 424 people since the last United States census in 1950.

Damage estimated at about $3,000 by local insurance adjusters resulted from a fire at the Market Street home of Roy Downing Monday morning at approximately 10 o’clock.


About 200 members and their guests attended Patriot Alumni reunion at the high school gym Saturday evening. Dr. Emerson North of Rising Sun was present, this being his first attendance since he was graduated 52 years ago.

Local readers of the Sunday Louisville Courier Journal were interested in a recent article in the magazine section which described the collection of Indian relics which has been made by J. E. “Ned” Bellamy of Madison, formerly of the Moorefield community. Mr. Bellamy is now assistant project engineer for the Indiana State Highway Department.

At a meeting of the Vevay School Board which was held last week contracts were offered to the following teachers now on the faculty: H. C. Benedict, Raymond Cole, Herbert Wakefield, Forrest Iddings, Howard Lea, Mrs. Elizabeth Geiger, Mrs. Marie Lauderbaugh, Mrs. Anna Jaynes, Miss Edith Shaw, Miss Gertrude Wahl, Mrs. H. C. Benedict, Mrs. Herbert Archer, Mrs. Robert Jackson, Mrs. Harry Weales and Miss Lorraine Weales.


Oliver P. Lockwood, citizen of East Enterprise, passed away at his home there early Monday morning.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stout of Vernon Ridge, May 12th, a daughter, Judith Ann.

A daughter, Georgine, was born May 12th to Mr. and Mrs. George Higgins, Jr.

A baby daughter was born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. William Davis of Patriot.

Miss Mary Massey, County Home Demonstration Agent, has resigned her position here to accept a position as Chief Supervisor of the Home Educational Projects in the Fort Wayne District.

Ray Morrison, local funeral director, was elected first vice president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association at their meeting in Indianapolis last week.

Mrs. Lena Carter, proprietor of the Carter House will move her establishment into the Thiebaud home on Main Street about July 1st.


The oiling of State Road 56 from Madison to Rising Sun is progressing rapidly.

Miss Amelia Ann Tague died at the South Eastern Hospital at Madison May 15th, being almost 90 years of age.

Joe Sieglitz, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Opp Sieglitz, was drowned in the Ohio Sunday when a canoe in which he was riding with a friend, Carl Tardy, upset.

Born, Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buchanan of Pleasant.

Orville Williams has moved his new store building to the new road through Lamb.


At a meeting of Vevay business men, it was decided to hold a Fourth of July celebration this year. Contests, a ball game, parade and amusements will comprise the program.

There is a possibility that the Laver Tailoring Company of Cincinnati will establish a branch of their factory here.

Vevay scored a shutout 3-0 victory over North Madison at Brindley Park Sunday.

Ray Haskell has been awarded a scholarship of $180 in the University of Chicago.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lucas (nee Zylpha Anderson) of Warsaw, Indiana.


Miss Inez Markland and Thomas Ethridge were married Wednesday at the home of the bride’s parents by Reverend F. E. Hammel.

Born to Robert Bradley and wife of Bascom May 9th, a son.

Born to Tilden Grimes and wife of Bennington, a son.

Invitations have been issued to the approaching marriage of Miss Dora Edna Lock to Ben H. Banta, which will be solemnized June 1st at the home of the bride’s parents.


A barn belonging to D. P. Craig and located about two miles above Ghent was totally destroyed by fire recently.

A. J. Courtney has sold his two story brick building at the corner of Main and Liberty streets to John Diermiller and Albert Waldenmaier for $4,000.

W. S. Tower is selling a steam washing machine in Vevay.

The Baptist Church is in process of building in Markland.

Markland now boasts of two hotels.

The first strawberry festival of the season will be given at Florence, May 30th and 31st.

Vevay has more politics than business – and mighty bad politics, too.


Judge Cain died of typhoid-pneumonia on Wednesday night. He was one of Switzerland County’s oldest and most prominent citizens. His wife is also very sick and her recovery is doubtful.

The Methodists of Fairview have recently erected a handsome church edifice.

The members of the Moorefield Lodge of Masons will hold their annual festival on June 3rd.

A number of ladies and gentlemen from Aurora gave a concert at the Courthouse Friday.

About 30 men are engaged in building the Pleasant Grove and Indian Creek turnpike.

A son of Charles Kiesel fell and broke his arm Saturday.


A severe storm has visited this region. Roof tops and fences were blown down and the steamer, Eunice, was blown across to Ghent and her cabin dismantled. The roof of S. & B. Miller and Company mill was carried a square.

J. L. Thiebaud has put his soda fountain in operation.

The large barn on the Aaron Sturgeon farm on Plum Creek burned one evening last week with a heavy loss of grain.

The Republican Convention met at Chicago last week and nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. Hannibel Hamlin of Maine was nominated vice president.

In the storm Monday two coal boats were sunk opposite Vevay but no lives were lost. It is reported that 22 coal boats and 11 lives were lost between here and Madison and a total of 40 boats and as many lives between Rising Sun and Madison.