Reflections of the past week of 6-30-11


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers.


Natasha Schroeder of near Patriot was crowned as the 2001 Queen of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair. The pageant was held Saturday night in the Jefferson-Craig Elementary gymnasium, and featured 10 contestants. First runnerup was Adrienne Williams, second runnerup was Amanda Pike and third runnerup and Miss Congeniality was Casie Campbell.

Steve and Mona Crabtree laugh when they talk about the “near miss” accidents that happen on a regular basis in front of their home on State Road 56 near Mount Sterling. It seems as though everyone is wanting to know just exactly what is going on in the Crabtree front yard. The Crabtrees are creating a vineyard around their home. Named “Jacksonville Vineyards” because the Crabree homestead is just a mile from the community of Jacksonville, the couple is currently finishing their second planting of grapes and are anxiously awaiting the results. They should harvest their first grapes in 2003.

Lona Mathews, a former resident of Switzerland County now living in Largo, Florida, has been promoted to senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is the daughter of Mary McClellan of Vevay.

Army private Donald J. Boydston has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He is the son of Penny Christman of near Vevay ad Richard Boydston of Richmond, Indiana.

What was supposed to be a vacation with friends turned into a nightmare for Charles Turner’s family last Friday, June 15th. Charlie spent his first day in California at the beach, digging a hole in the sand that was approximately six feet deep with his buddies. Still unsure of how it happened, the hole collapsed – burying Charlie Turner under six feet of sand. It took 15 minutes to dig him out and things looked good. Once in an ambulance his condition worsened and he is now fighting for his life in a hospital.


Alex Reynolds, age 4, was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm while visiting the farm of their aunt and uncle, David and Dee Robinson, near Five Points. He remains in critical condition at Humana’s Audubon Hospital in Louisville.

Bob and Jerry Neal or route 6, Madison, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married in Vevay.

Lee Remick, died last week at the age of 54 from cancer. Miss Remick will be remembered here for her role in the movie “A Girl Named Sooner” which was filmed in Switzerland County.


Mildred Cochran was crowned Area 12 Senior Citizen Queen in Dillsboro last week making a Switzerland County resident queen for the last two years. Clara Burroughs crowned Mrs. Cochran in the contest that featured contestants from five surrounding counties. Mildred will now travel to Indianapolis in August to compete for the state title.

The Armstrong Tavern will once again be used as a restaurant beginning July 9th. The 165-year-old building is the oldest known building to serve as a Masonic Lodge in Indiana, and is one of the oldest structures in Vevay. The Armstrong house was last an eatery in the 1850’s.


Col. Barry Lynn Brinegar, 19, of Patriot, has been posthumously presented a bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He was killed in Vietnam on February 8th. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas G. McNeely of route 1 Patriot, his mother and stepfather, accepted the medals June 25th. Major General L. B. Taylor, post commander, made the presentation at his office at Fort Benjamin Harrison.

Michael L. Sheldon of route 1, Florence, received a bachelor of science degree in general business administration as he was among 2,540 Ball State University graduates receiving degrees June 4th. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Sheldon of route 1, Florence, is a graduate of Vevay High School.

Benny Garland of Switzerland County was elected president to succeed Stanley Andrew of Southeastern Indiana Burley Tobacco Growers Association which held its annual election of officers and awards dinner in Madison recently. Switzerland County farmers receiving awards included John Andrew, son of Stanley Andrew, who earned $2,674 on 5.65 acres in third class (four acres of more) competition. Second class awards (one to four acres) went to Wilbur Allen, 1.51 acres earning $2,608; Benny Garland, 3.73 acres earning $2,575; and Robert D. Slawson, 3.99 acres earning $2,216.


Park Byram, lineman for the Ohio Telephone Company was seriously hurt yesterday afternoon when hit by falling limbs. The accident occurred on Detour Road just off west 56. Ira Ashcraft discovered that Byram had been hurt and brought him to Vevay. Due to the crushed condition of the elbow and arm it was decided to go to a Cincinnati bone specialist.

Dr. C. Otto Sieglitz, native of Switzerland County, and beloved by all who had the pleasure to know him, died around seven o’clock last night at his farm home at the foot of Long Run hill just a few miles from Vevay.

Switzerland County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday to establish a cumulative bridge fund for building and repairing the county’s bridges. The resolution is to be submitted to the State Board of Tax Commissioners for approval. The fund will necessitate the levying of an additional tax rate of 10 cents of each $100 of taxable property.

With the Fourth of July hail-and-wind storm behind them,

Switzerland County residents have stared making comparisons of Tuesday’s storm with the 1957 Independence Day rain storm. Although Tuesday’s storm was not as severe as the storm of four years ago, the two are easily related due to each occurring on the holiday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mathews of near Moorefield will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. An open house will be held Sunday from 2 until 4 o’clock in the afternoon at their home. The couple was married in this city July 8th, 1911, and have six children.

The Sisters Shop has been purchased by Raymond Osborn Sr., and son, Raymond Osborn Jr. The transaction took place during the past week as the sisters, Mrs. Helen Kerby and Miss Beatrice Babcock sold their Main Street, Vevay women’s clothing store-building and stock. Osborn Jr., announced Monday that he has assumed ownership of the stock as a result of the transaction, while his father has purchased the building.


Reverend J. A. McKinney was returned to the Vevay Methodist Church at the Methodist Conference which was held at Bloomington last week. Members of Reverend McKinney’s congregation had asked for his return and the request was granted.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Reed Sr., of near Pleasant celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, June 10th. The Reeds have spent their entire lives in Switzerland and Jefferson counties.

A storm which visited portions of Switzerland County about 6 o’clock Wednesday morning was accompanied by wind of near cyclone velocity. Hardest hit were Mount Sterling and an area between Markland and Florence with Center Square, Tapps Ridge and the Moorefield vicinity also affected.

Miss Annette Danglade and Johnny Danglade left Thursday for New York where on Friday they will sail aboard the Queen Mary for a visit in Europe including England, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and France.

Roy S. Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wood of Florence, and Willard Robbins of Five Points, enlisted in the Air Force at Lawrenceburg, Monday and passed their physical test.

Mrs. Bernice Phillips and son Curtis have bought the Morrison farm in Pleasant Township. Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Vantyle of Grants Creek bought the farm and crops of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Rogers on Smiths Ridge. Possession at once. These sales were made by the Ernest Courtney Real Estate Agency.


Alvin, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swango, who resided near Quercus Grove, died in the Milan hospital June 2th, from the effect of an infection in his heel, caused by a protruding track on the inside of his shoe.

An inspection of the Switzerland County jail was recently made by a representative of the State Division of Corrections and a report expressing approval was made.

The increasing demand for laborers at the Jefferson Proving Grounds has stripped the local sewage project of WPA workers. The number has dropped from 92 to 39.

C. L. Jackson received word Sunday of the death of his brother, Daw, which occurred at his home in Glendora, California. Mr. Jackson who was almost 92 years of age, left this county about 33 years ago to reside in California.


Miss Clara Weales of Vevay was one of the winners in the Borden dress making contest. The U. S. was divided into zones. Miss Weales won second place in her zone which was comprised of 12 states. The contest in Switzerland County was sponsored by Johnson’s Dry Goods store in Vevay.

Alvia Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Siefert of Dillsboro, underwent an emergency operation on his back. Hope is felt for his recovery.

Professor Ralph N. Tirey, superintendent of the Bloomington, Indiana city schools, is to make the chief address at the annual state reunion of “Rulphs” to be held at Spring Mill State Park.

A number of prostrations, both human and animal, in Switzerland and surrounding counties, have been reported during the intense heat, which was temporarily broken Monday by a severe electrical storm which was accompanied by hail which did considerable damage to tobacco, corn and grain.

A desire for something different in swimming resulted in the drowning of a young man named Armstrong, of Napoleon, Ky., at Dam 39 above Markland when he attempted to swim the rapids.


Between $75 and $100 was stolen from the cash register at the O’Neal and McKay garage Sunday night but no clue to the identity of the thief has been obtained.

Lieutenant Commander George N. Reeves who has been the guest of his parents in Markland, has gone east where he will be given a command on a new vessel.

Clarence Ethridge has been appointed postmaster of the Markland office to succeed Carl Rayls who has resigned because of ill health. The office will be in the Ethridge general store there.

Grant McKay was recently elected city councilman from the first ward to succeed A. C. Weales, who moved from the city limits.


Professor O. M. Given was the first official to file an expense account under the new law. As county superintendent of schools his expense for obtaining that office was $6.25 for horse hire and hotel bills.

Riley Land will open a grocery store in the Egar property of East Main Street.

R. O. Wickman, prominent businessman of Patriot, was accidentally killed while repairing the engine of his tow boats on July 4th.

Repair work on the Bryant’s Creek bridge above Florence has just been completed.

A large chime clock has just been installed in the Vevay Deposit Bank.

Nat M. Fallis has accepted a position in Indianapolis.

Harold Kerth launched his new gasoline boat “Babe.”

Every vehicle in town was in use the Fourth, most of them being driven to the celebration at Enterprise.

The old and reliable bus line between Aurora and Sugar Branch which has carried the mail for many years, has been discontinued.


Riley Land has moved from Florence to Vevay. Switzerland County raised more tobacco than any other county in the state; 2,480,764 pounds.

Abe Johnson has just completed the erection of a large barn on the Harvey Buchanan farm north of Fairview.

The Patriot Bank was organized with the following stockholders: S. Howe, Dr. R. A. Jamison, H. J. Harris, Charles Dibble, C. R. Green, C. D. Green, H. L. North, W. H. Bonnel, Luther Buck, Ruth Butler, Cora B. Richards, William Gockel, S. H. Scranton, Osker Bradford, D. B. Allen, M. H. Richards, L. L. Tiller, B. B. Brown, L. Bledsoe, D. B. Wallace and B. W. Lineback.

C. V. Thiebaud purchased the fine residence of Dr. P. C. Holland on Main and union Streets. Dr. Holland will move to Bloomington, Indiana.

James Roberts of Vevay has opened a grocery store in the market house.

The salary of the Vevay postmaster has been raised from $1,000 to $1,200 per year.


A monster celebration of Masons was held in Vevay Saturday celebrating St. John’s Day. Representatives from all the nearby chapters were present and the Rev. T. W. Beagle of Vevay made the address for the occasion. A dinner was served to about 500 people in the Schenck home.

Kate E. Phillips of Patriot graduated from Moore’s Hill College last week.

Mr. J. D. William formerly of Rising Sun has established a jewelry store on the corner of Pike and Ferry streets.