Reflections of the past week of 7-30-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Jimmy Stultz is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler at the All Pro Wrestling School in Hayward, California. He is t he son of Jim Stultz of Vevay and Sue Brooks of Madison, and is a 1998 graduate of Madison High School.

Switzerland County has joined much of the rest of the nation under the spell of a sweltering heat wave for much of the month of July. Last week the temperatures hovered near 100 degrees nearly every day, and much of the Switzerland County community came to a standstill as people chose to avoid getting out in the hot weather.

Switzerland County sheriff Wayne Browning has received word from the Indiana Department of Transportation that the speed limit on State Road 156 between Vevay and Markland has been reduced to 50 m.p.h.


Visitors to the nearly completed Markland Dam Park may be surprised to find that some portions of the facility are already showing signs of more than normal wear and tear. In fact the park has been suffering throughout its construction stage from malicious acts of vandalism.

With slightly more than two weeks remaining until the Swiss Wine Festival, the festival committee met Tuesday night, August 1st, and among other topics discussed the need for grapes to be found for the grape stomp.

As Vevay tried to come to grips with the loss of a local minister, his wife and daughter this past week, the man who is alleged to have been responsible for the killing of the three members of the Harrison family in a two-car accident went into court Thursday, July 27th, for a hearing on the charges facing him.


On Monday evening, 33 present and former postal employees and their families gathered at the Swiss Inn in Vevay to honor Bob Brown on his retirement from the Vevay Post Office. He was presented a plaque commemorating his 26 years of loyal service to the Postal Department.

Duane Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert K. Cole of Bennington, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas.

The Board of Advisors for the Outstanding Young Men of America Awards Program announced recently that Robert Dale Coates of Angola, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coates of route 4, Vevay, has been selected for inclusion in the 1979 edition of “Outstanding Young Men of America.”


Pfc. Ronald Houze, now serving with the 92nd Engineer Battalion as an operator’s driver at Long Thann, South Vietnam, received a special promotion to specialist fourth class July 19th. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Houze of route 2, Vevay.

Five Switzerland County High School graduates are expected to be in a freshman class of an estimated 4,500 when the 1969-70 school year opens in September at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. They are Roger D. Levell, Mary M. Kinnett, Martha A. Werner, Richard T. Roland, and Linda J. Ritch. All five have been admitted to the university.

The largest number of prizes ever awarded at a Switzerland County 4-H Club Fair baby contest was awarded last Tuesday evening as the annual fair event was held at 4-H Community Building on the fairgrounds.

Following a request from various local civic leaders at a special board meeting Monday night, Vevay Town Board has agreed to pave a rampway below lower Ferry Street to the Vevay-Ghent ferry landing.


Twenty youngsters, including three girls, entered the Vevay Jaycee Fishing Rodeo, held Friday in conjunction with the 4-H Fair. Grand prize winner was Orville Furnish of Vevay who won a spinning rod and reel with line for pulling in the biggest fish of the contest, a 1 1/2 pound carp.

The Ohio River claimed another victim Saturday evening when Reverend Dale Guynn, 21, of North Madison drowned while swimming at the farm of Frank Robinson near Lamb.

Joseph Lloyd Reese of Switzerland County left for induction into military service Tuesday as the county’s quota for selective service for August.


Albert McAllister of Posey Township has been appointed as a member of the Switzerland County Board of Public Welfare for a term of four years. He succeeds Mrs. Alma E. Burke whose term expired on June 1st.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Perkins on the Lucas farm west of Quercus Grove was totally destroyed by fire about 5 o’clock Sunday morning – the family escaping, it is reported, with nothing except their night clothing.

Funeral services for Lt. Robert N. Torrance, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Torrance of East Enterprise, who was killed in action over Germany on November 30th, 1944, were conducted at the Humphrey and Phillips Funeral Home in Rising Sun Wednesday afternoon.

Harold Hickman of Franklin and formerly of this county will coach baseball and basketball at Edinburgh, Indiana High School this coming school year.

This office is the recipient of a gorgeous basket of gladiola brought to us Tuesday by Mrs. Lauretta Baatz of Allensville, our correspondent from that community. The flowers are in a wide variety of color and are beautiful specimens of their class.

Lightning which struck a tree and then traveled to the house on a clothesline, caused extensive damage at the home of John Bolden on Tell Street at the height of a storm which struck Switzerland County about 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Mrs. Bolden was thrown across a bed which she was making at the time and suffered shock.


Nearly the entire membership of the Fairview Full-O-Pep Club attended the 40th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Festus Flinn near Fairview Sunday.

Mrs. Anna Kirkpatrick quietly celebrated her 92nd birthday at her home here Tuesday.


Miss Hannah Waldenmaier, 66, for many years a teacher in the Vevay schools, died Wednesday night at her home in Vevay.

Joe Krummel will install a modern grocery in connection with his meat market on Main Street.

The cornerstone of the Kiwanis wing of the Riley Hospital in Indianapolis was laid August 1st. Laboratory units will be furnished by money contributed by Mrs. J. L. McCulloch of Marion, widow of the first governor of the Indiana Kiwanis district. Mr. McCulloch was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George McCulloch of Center Square.


After an all night search, little Margaret Wiley, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wiley of near Markland, was found in a pasture near the home fast asleep. The child had disappeared when the parents returned from milking in the evening and bloodhounds were on their way from Lexington to join the search for her when she was found.

Nelson Haskell suffered a broken right arm Monday when he attempted to crank a Ford car at the Bliss and Gieske garage.

The barn of Louis Martin of near Florence was destroyed by fire of unknown origin Tuesday afternoon. Contents of grain, hay, a surrey and also other outbuildings were consumed.

Louis Teats was struck in the mouth by a pitched ball while playing ball at Dillsboro Sunday. His injuries were dressed at the sanitarium there.

Tom Day has disposed of his dray business to Uly Butters.

Work has been started on the bungalow of Frank Riley on Main Street.

A 10-pound son was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Graham Ralston of East Enterprise.


Dr. Henry Told of Florence was severely injured in a runaway Saturday evening and for a time his life was despaired of.

Visits of the stork: Anna Maud, a daughter, born July 9th to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Browning of Craig Township; Elizabeth Laurine, a daughter was born July 11th to William R. Wiley and wife of York Township; Jessie LeRoy, a son, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Copher June 28th.

Miss Nellie McMurray, age 18, drowned herself in the Ohio River a few miles above Patriot Monday night.


Jesse Gates who has been Oklahoming is safely home in Mount Sterling.

The firm of J. W. Love and Company of Patriot has been dissolved by mutual consent.

Will Burton has taken charge of the wharf boat at Florence.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Parker of Florence, a 10-pound son.

J. C. Kirkpatrick of Center Square has sold his tobacco crop for 7 1/2 cents a pound.


The next term of the Vevay High School under the superintendency of Professor R. F. Brewington will commence Monday, September 6th. Dr. John C. Webber will have the French, Latin and German department.

Reverend W. C. Keene is the new pastor of the Vevay Baptist Church.

James A. Works fell from the wharf at Patriot onto the float on the inside of the wharf and suffered a painful injury Friday night.

Professor John P. Rous, principal of Stockwell, Indiana, college is back in his hometown on a visit.

The fourth annual county teachers’ institute will begin on August 23rd.

Fire caused by a defective flue caused damage to the home of J. T. Schroeder Tuesday.