Reflections of the past week of 6-18-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Kent Works was among 478 students at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana who participated in commencement exercises on May 22nd. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences. He is the son of Tommie and Rita Works of East Enterprise, and is a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Ryan Collier of Vevay earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Centre College during recent commencement exercises on the campus. He was among 239 members of the college’s class of 1999. He is the son of Pat and Phyllis Collier of Vevay and is a 1995 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Two Switzerland County High School students were recently honored at an awards ceremony held at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. Amber Taylor, who earned the honor of the outstanding business lab award; and Lura Bruce, who was honored as the overall outstanding vocational student attending the career center from Switzerland County High School.

Sally Kinghorn, nurse practitioner at the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic, has received an award for her outstanding contributions to medical services here. The award was presented by the Indiana Rural Health Association at its state conference held last Thursday in French Lick Springs.


For the fourth time in six years a member of the Switzerland County Future Farmers of America was elected to serve as a State FFA officer. Eric Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cole of Vevay, was elected to serve as the State Southern Region Vice President. Also elected to a state position as the District XII Reporter for the coming year was Andy Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jones of Bennington.

Ronnie and Amber Reed celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 12th.

Switzerland County girls’ basketball sensation Missy Ellegood had quite a day on Saturday, June 17th, as she participated in the Showcase Shootout portion of the Indiana-Kentucky Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star Games. She took home third place.


Mrs. Barbara DeNoon has been selected by audition as a member of the Sounds of Hope for the 1979 European Concert Tour. Mrs. DeNoon will be a performing counselor for the organization which will tour seven European countries.

Twenty-four teams were entered in the Switzerland County horse pull last Saturday at the Vevay 4-H Fairgrounds. Approximately 500 people attended the event sponsored by the Switzerland County 4-H Fair Board. On a sticky track, Bobby Steele, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, pulling a sled with 7,050 pounds for a distance of 19 feet, 3 inches, beat out the other contestants.

Susan May Brown and Joann Coy Brogan were among the 173 graduates at Hanover College Sunday, May 27th. Miss Brown is a political science major and was editor of the college yearbook, The Renovah, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. May, Jr., Vevay. Mrs. Brogan, an elementary education major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Coy, Vevay.


John Kinman, all-time high scorer in Switzerland County basketball history, has been selected to compete in the 16th annual all-star game sponsored by Ripley County Voiture 1047, 40 and 8.

Peter A. Clark, son of Mrs. Dean Clark, is employed by Lockheed-Georgia Aircraft Corporation and will attend the firm’s aviation technology school. Pete is a 1964 graduate of Vevay High School.

Galen Barnes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Barnes of route 1, Vevay, received a bachelor of science degree with high distinction as he was among 450 of Indiana University’s 1969 graduates receiving degrees with honors. In all, 65 were graduated with highest distinction, 95 with high distinction, and 290 with distinction. Barnes is a 1965 graduate of Vevay High School.

Roy Lee Patterson will step up from vice president to succeed outgoing president Joe Ricketts in that office as Vevay Area Chamber of Commerce’s new officers assume duties July 1st. Other new officers include Harry Lamson, following Patterson as vice president; Dillon Dorrell, Jr., succeeding James Cole as secretary; and Dave Gurley, successor to Mike Danner as treasurer.

The states of Indiana and Kentucky must conduct a feasibility study and show that they are ready to construct approaches before the U.S. Congress will make any appropriation for the highway bridge over Markland Dam. Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, speaking at a Vevay Kiwanis Club meeting Friday evening at the Swiss Inn, told local civic leaders that the next step in progressing toward bridge construction must be made on the state level.


E. W. Tilley, who has been convalescing from a recent heart attack, was able to return to his duties as vice president of the Vevay Deposit Bank Monday.

Miss Virginia I. Tague, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Tague of Vevay, has been appointed executive director of the Batavia, Ohio YWCA and she will assume her new duties on September 1st. During the past three years she has been adult program director of the Washington, Pennsylvania, YWCA.

A son, Royland Lee, was born last week in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Skirvin, Jr., of route 1, Vevay.

Joyce Sullivan, daughter of Mrs. James Burton, and a graduate of the Vevay High School in the class of 1958, recently completed a secretarial course at the Spencerian Commercial School, Louisville, Kentucky.

Gerald E. Shadday, a June graduate of Hanover College, has been appointed Probation Officer for the Switzerland and Jefferson Circuit Courts.

In an advertisement on another page, Miss Jan Schirmer of Center Square is announcing the opening of a real estate office in a building on the property of Mrs. Ida Cole on Seminary Street.

A son was born Saturday in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Darbro of Tapps Ridge.


Work of remodeling was begun this week at the Metropolitan Dance Hall on the corner of Ferry and Pike streets.

Miss Christina Cobus of Goodland, Indiana, has been appointed as the new County Health Nurse to succeed Miss Frances Dixon, who has received an appointment as nurse in the United States Navy.

Professor Austin T. Funk has been selected as Superintendent of the Vevay schools and will begin his duties officially July 1st.

Charles Olcott, native of Posey Township, and a prominent druggist in Aurora, died in Christ Hospital in Cincinnati Thursday.

One house was wrecked, others damaged, trees were uprooted and power disrupted by a violent windstorm accompanied by a heavy downpour of rain Monday evening. A large tree in front of the one-story frame house on Turnpike Street, owned by Albert Griffith, was uprooted and fell across the house completely demolishing it.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs O’Neal of Aurora June 18th, a son, Thomas Edward.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harlow of Lamb are the parents of a baby boy born Friday night.


Dan Bray of near Vevay and a companion had a miraculous escape from death Sunday night when their car left the highway below Lamb and plunged down a 20-foot embankment. Mrs. Charles Wells, formerly of Vevay, was killed in the exact spot several years ago.

Ray Haskell, who teaches mathematics in Rice Institute, Texas, will spend the summer in Mexico City with Professor Aiken, Spanish instructor, doing research work.

Daniel Vorhees Seaver, 63, a native of Patriot, died recently in Binger, Oklahoma. He was an educator and newspaper editor.

Rupert, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Stacey Cole, fell Monday and broke both bones in his wrist.

A daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. William Uhlmansiek of Posey Township.

Miss Ramona North, music and art teacher at Vevay, was a member of the graduating class at Ball State Teacher College Friday.

Mrs. Dilver Chase and her three small children of Posey Township escaped with minor injuries when the steering gear on her Ford roadster locked Wednesday and the car went over a high embankment. The accident occurred at the foot of Wade’s hill just after the car crossed the bridge.

Medney Tardy and several friends from Scottsburg have gone to Kansas to help with the wheat harvest there.

Superintendent Edward Furnish is a member of the Hanover College faculty for the summer term.

Miss Thora Bodey of Quercus Grove was a member of the graduating class of Indiana University last week.

Harold Benedict graduated with honors last week from Hanover College.


Charles P. Means, 92, who makes his home with George Manford and family near Fairview, claims the distinction of being the oldest Civil War veteran in Switzerland County. He served in Company B, 140th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

A little son of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Brown of Bennington suffered a painful injury last week when a hatchet with which he and an older brother were playing slipped and cut off a finger. The little fellow was rushed to a Vevay doctor who sewed the member back on and the injury is healing nicely.

Miss Elsie Hufford of near Patriot graduated from Hanover College Thursday.

During the heavy electrical storm Saturday night lightning struck and killed a horse belonging to E. S. Griffith, near Mount Sterling and a cow and calf belonging to Eugene Scudder near Center Square.

Spencer Anderson has returned home from Purdue University.


Nat M. Fallis has rented the store the store room in the Phoenix Hotel building and will remove his grocery store across the street into it.

Mr. L. H. Grober of Covington, Kentucky, has rented the Sieglitz property on Market Street preparatory to moving his family here. Mr. Grober will open a variety store in the Schenck building here about July 1st.

Born, June 7th, to William Knaus and wife of Tapps Ridge, a girl.

Born, June 4th, a son to Lawrence Shaw and wife of Scotch Settlement.


Mr. and Mrs. Nat Fallis are the parents of a son born Thursday.

At the meeting of the City Council last Monday night, William Smith, Superintendent of Cemetery and William Brown, lamp lighter, were reemployed.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Hastings of Boyd’s Ridge.

J. W. Bascom is running a ferry boat across Indian Creek.

Four mad dogs have recently been killed in Craig Township.


An agriculture college will be founded at Lafayette, Indiana, upon the donation of John Purdue, of that city, of $150,000 and 100 acres of land. It will be located at the battle ground and is to be called Purdue University.

Thomas L. Pleasants has returned to Vevay after a voyage on the Mississippi River.

Captain A. J. Schenck is thought to be the youngest steamboat captain on the river.

The Free Masons of Vevay met last night to confer the Eastern Star degree on a large number of ladies.

The wheat crop is good and some of it is ready for harvest.

As seen from the report of the First National Bank in Vevay deposits total $96,157.07.

The Auditor’s report shows that Switzerland County is out of debt with $2,411.66 in the treasury.


The Fourth of July will be celebrated at the East Enterprise fairgrounds.

Dr. T. C. Gale has returned from a three-week trip in the South.