Reflections of the past week of 6-11-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The family of Kenneth and Irene Swanson would like to invite friends and family to attend a celebration of the couple’s 50th anniversary. An open house in honor of t he occasion will be held this Sunday, June 13th, from noon to 4 p.m.

Jaime Bullock and Scotty Moore have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. She is the daughter of Louis and Gayla Bullock of Markland and he is t he son of Sue Adams of Owenton, Kentucky, and the late Roy “Gip” Moore, who resided in Warsaw. The wedding will take place this Saturday, June 12th, at Ruter Chapel of the Vevay United Methodist Church.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan has announced that the Town of Patriot will receive a $450,000 grant from the Community Focus Fund (CFF). CFF grants are awarded twice annually by the Community Development Division of the Indiana Department of Commerce. The town will use the grant to construct water line extensions to areas of Switzerland County which are currently unserved. The project also includes improvements to other areas of the water system, alleviating difficulties caused by small lines.


Switzerland County’s Melissa Ellegood will be participating in this year’s girls’ basketball Showcase Shootout to be held during the halftime of the girls’ portion of the 1989 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game to be held on Saturday, June 17th, at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.

Carl and Sandy Althoff recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary. The couple’s family hosted the surprise event at Carl and Sandy Althoff’s home near Fairview.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Aldred of Vevay will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 19th.

James Leap and Janie Carter will be married at noon on June 21st at Markland Dam Park. A reception luncheon will be held at the park immediately following the wedding ceremony.


Over 100 sightseers literally came out of nowhere in a few short minutes last Monday when they viewed the beautiful Mississippi Queen passing Vevay. Cars screeched to a halt as passengers ran to catch a glimpse of her before she faded out of sight.

The Friends of the Woodford County Library announce an exhibition of the works of Ann Farnsley of Vevay. The exhibit will be on view through the month of June in the second floor gallery of the Logan Helm Woodford County Library in Versailles.

Former Switzerland County High School baseball outfielder Larry Ray might be wearing the technicolor uniform of the Houston Astros in a couple of years. He had been contacted by numerous teams in both leagues prior to the free-agent draft. He’s a left-handed hitter who was one of Kentucky Wesleyan’s most outstanding players.

Brenda Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wright joined the U.S. Army about eight weeks ago and is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Karen J. Whitham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Whitham of Vevay, has received an athletic scholarship from Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas.

Family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wiley honored them on their 50th wedding anniversary last Sunday with a luncheon and reception. The luncheon was given by Mr. and Mrs. Dailey Brown of East Enterprise.


DeVona Kelley Regan, formerly of Switzerland County, graduated from Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville. Mrs. Regan graduated third in her class and was presented a $50 award. She is the daughter of Mrs. Nellie Kelley, formerly of Switzerland County, and a Vevay High School graduate.

With the cooperation of numerous civic-minded citizens and corporations in and around Vevay new boat docks are now under construction for the community’s Ohio River landing. Vevay Newspapers, Inc., is spearheading a movement to construct and install all new boat docks in the river at the foot of Ferry Street and a few yards downriver from the present Vevay-Ghent ferry landing.

Switzerland County residents have a new neighbor on Nell Lee Road just southeast of Bennington – Camp Livingston, operated by the Jewish Community Camp of Cincinnati. The 680-acre property formerly owned by Vincent Janes of Vevay has undergone quite a change in the past year with 21 permanent camp buildings being built and a 20-acre lake with sand beach being formed.

Miss Ann Pommerehn, an Indiana State University senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Pommerehn is one of 61 members of ISU’s class of 1970 selected to serve on the senior council.


Paul, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Marlman of near Vevay, is receiving rabies shots as a precautionary measure after he was bitten by a dog recently. The child was with his parents at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Opp Sieglitz near Long Run when a fox terrier, owned by Mr. Marlman and a German shepherd dog, owned by Dr. Sieglitz started fighting and in the mixup one of the dogs bit the boy.

A new four-way stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Pike and Liberty streets. Previously Pike Street was given the right of way but now all traffic must come to a stop, regardless of the direction it is traveling.

A number of dogs and a cat have fallen victim to a poisoner, viciously exterminating pets in this community with strychnine. The death of five dogs and the cat were reported to the County Sheriff and Town Marshal on last Thursday and this newspaper has since learned of several other animal poisonings.

Elroy Bates of Shelbyville, formerly of Switzerland County, and brother of Mrs. Johnie Barnhill of near Vevay, sustained the loss of his left leg by amputation last week following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The member was amputated just below the knee. He also suffered broken ribs.


Mrs. Elizabeth Tilley, Ralph Tilley, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tilley, and Dr. and Mrs. Louis Rabold attended commencement exercises at I.U. Sunday. J. B. Tilley was a member of the senior class and participated in the graduation ceremonies but will receive his degree in business administration in August.

After four days of alternate sunshine and rain the threat of serious drought damage has been removed throughout the county and every growing crop on the farm begins to look “fresh as a daisy.”

Harold L. Shadday, a resident of Vevay, was one of 648 seniors and graduate students receiving degrees at Butler University’s 94th annual commencement exercises Monday, June 13th, in the Butler Fieldhouse. Mr. Shadday was awarded the bachelor of science degree in accounting in the College of Business Administration.


Mrs. Lorena B. Riggs, widow of E. T. Riggs, died at her home in Vevay Tuesday morning.

Miss Irene Strautman passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Karl Lock of York Township Thursday morning after a prolonged illness.


Reverend James B. Lathrop, 103 years, oldest graduate of Indiana University, died June 5th at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John S. Shannon at Greensburg. He was said to be the oldest member of the Masonic and Knights Templar lodges in the U.S. When a young man he was pastor of the Vevay Methodist Church for a time. He entered the Methodist ministry when 22 and was a circuit rider for many years. It was through his work that many Methodist Episcopal churches in Indiana were organized. He also operated a woolen mill in Greensburg for many years and was president of the Citizens National Bank. He retired from active business when 92 years old.

Forrest Darbro, an employee of the local telephone company, was severely bruised and shaken up Wednesday when he was thrown from a telephone pole to which wire was being stretched by other workmen.


On Monday evening a number of Vevay’s business men met in the auditorium of the new library to organize a commercial club and the following officers were elected: C. S. Tandy, president; James S. Brown, treasurer.

A new $1,000 Burroughs posting machine, one of the most remarkable inventions among modern machinery, was installed last week in the Vevay Deposit Bank. It will be a wonderful saving in time and labor.

Miss Edith Shaw of Vevay won the trophy at Hanover College for the best all-around woman athlete. She made an enviable record on the track and in the field. She ran the 100 yard dash in 13 and one-fifth seconds, walked a quarter mile in 2 minutes, 24 seconds, made a broad jump of 11 feet, 4 inches, high jump of 3 feet, 8 inches, shotput of 15 feet, 9 inches, threw a playground ball 95 feet, did the push-up 10 times and scored 5,587 points on the AAU point system. She was a basketball as well as track star. Miss Shirley Lamson also of near Vevay finished fourth in the cup trophy race and was captain of one of the basketball teams.

A number of young people from Vevay graduate this spring from college. Miss Ruby Means and Miss Jane Scarce at Indiana University, Miss Mary Tandy at Simmons College, Boston, Fred Todd, formerly of Vevay, graduated from Cincinnati University and Schenck Mills, also formerly of Vevay, from University of Missouri.

Mrs. Tilden Grimes was brought to her home near Bennington this week from a Cincinnati hospital where she had been a patient for three weeks following an operation.

A son, Paul Edward, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Graham Ralston near Caledonia.

A daughter was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. William O’Conner of the same community.

A girl was born June 5th to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Farrar of Florence.


The County Commissioners are offering a reward of $10 for information about persons who have marred the interior of the Courthouse.

The work of rebuilding the Vevay Flour Mills has been started. Detraz Brothers have been awarded the contract.

The steering gear did not work properly while Dr. Loomis’ auto was being driven by C. S. Tandy on Tuesday and a collision was narrowly averted.

Born May 27th to Lloyd Buchanan and wife of Bascom, a son.

Born to George Graham and wife of Mount Sterling June 6th, a son.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Muret of Vevay Saturday, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lorin S. Stow of East Enterprise, a son.

The mail carrier on Pleasant Ridge was thrown from his horse last week and had his neck put out of joint.

Captain J. A. J. Smith of Cincinnati has sold the boat Tanbark to J. E. Williams for a wharfboat at Vevay. Price $2,000.


Last Sunday Taylor Bailey was arrested by Marshal Bright for defacing a sign. He was sentenced to imprisonment in jail for 24 hours.

A surprise dinner and quilting party was held at the Presbyterian parsonage Thursday.

Captain A. J. Schenck is in town for a short stay.


The old warehouse at the food of Washington Street was struck by lightning Wednesday during a storm. Mr. Smithson who was in the building was slightly shocked.

Father Ruter died at his residence near Patriot June 10th. His death was very sudden.

There is a prospect at last of the road leading from Log Lick to Florence being relocated.

Taylor Pate has bought the store at Grants Creek. We learn that a turnpike is to be constructed between that point and Enterprise.

Harry Marsh has just opened an ice cream saloon on Main Street.