Reflections of the past week of 8-20-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Dr. J. Robert McKay, longtime dentist in this community and one of its most outstanding citizens, passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Vevay. Following graduation, he opened a practice in Indianapolis and married his sweetheart, Helen Tilley. He remained in practice in Indianapolis until 1950, when he answered his country’s call and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge in 1953 the McKays moved to Vevay where he opened his dental office in March of 1953. Illness forced him to retire in November of 1980.

Misty Wegman was crowned as the 1999 Edelweiss Princess of the Swiss Wine Festival during the pageant held Saturday night at Switzerland County High School. She and her court will reign over the four day festival which gets underway next Thursday, August 26th. First runner up was Annie Donnellon, second runner up Natasha Schroeder and Miss Congeniality Colleen O’Sullivan.

Andy Haskell, son of John and Darlene Haskell of Center Square, has been notified that his specialty crop proficiency program for FFA has been selected as one of the final four in the nation. He will learn if he is t he national winner at the National FFA Convention in Louisville this October. The 1999 graduate of Switzerland County High School will be a freshman this fall at Purdue University.

Switzerland County High School agriculture teacher Greg Curlin has been elected as president-elect of the Indiana Association of Agriculture Educators. He was also named as the “Outstanding District 12 Experienced Ag Teacher,” and the Switzerland County ag program was named as the outstanding program in this district of Indiana.


Private James Madison graduated from USMC boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina on August 18th. He is the son of Mary Ann and Mike Leap of Vevay and Mike Madison of Hanover.

Marine Sergeant Barry D. Wilson, son of Erv Wilson of route 1, Vevay, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea while serving out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Switzerland County High School varsity cheerleaders recently attended a week-long cheer camp and returned with a spirit stick which is given to the squad that shows the most spirit during the camp week. This year’s cheerleaders include Charla Green, Sami Steelman, Andra Kress, Renee See, Amy Jones, Chrissy Fisher, Tracy Brookbank, and David Wagner.


The Swiss Alpine Festival started off with a bang Thursday night with the crowning of Lisa Smith as Edelweiss Princess. Rae Jean Johnson was first runner-up and Greta Smith, younger sister of the winner won the second runner-up honors.

Nathan Hughes, 26, a Town of Vevay patrolman for 14 months was seriously wounded Monday night at 6:04 p.m. He, his wife and two sons were picnicking at “ole Blue Hole” on Indian Creek when Nathan Hughes’ gun slid out of his shoulder holster, hit the creek rock, and fired. The bullet entered below the knee, went up and hit the knee cap, then splintered some bone and remained in the left leg. His condition is listed as good at Clark County Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.


All smiles despite intermittent showers which hampered the contest were the reigning royalty of the first two Swiss Wine Festivals. Darlene Hankinson, 1968 Edelweiss Princess, crowned the 1969 princess, Princess Jackie Johnson who received a trophy and bouquet of roses, and Chandra Smith, this year’s runner up. Swiss Consul Alfred Keller mad the presentation of the roses.

Stand up and take a bow Doug Leatherbury and fellow Swiss Wine Festival committeemen, as the second annual festival ended in Vevay last Sunday afternoon and was a “stomping” success. An estimated 35,000 visitors attended the event and approximately 15,000 people viewed the parade on Saturday.

Gerald E. Shadday, 33, former Vevay attorney at law and more recently practicing in Newport, died at 4 p.m. Monday while at work in his Newport law office. Although the victim of an extended heart ailment, Shadday’s death was sudden.

Shooters of early American-style guns are gathering near Friendship for the 1969 National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. The annual matches provide an opportunity for the members of over 150 charger clubs of the association to compete against each other.

Pfc. Kendrick F. Briggs, Jr., left his Switzerland County home August 5th for Ft. Lewis, Washington, after spending 25 days at home. He is en route to Korea to begin a 13-month tour of duty as a helicopter mechanic. He is the son of Kendrick F. Briggs, Sr., of route 1, Vevay, and Mrs. Charlene Johnson of Louisville, Kentucky.


Miss Sundra Penick who was elected Miss Switzerland County at the recent 4-H Club Fair, will represent the county in the state queen contest to be held at the Indiana State Fair on September 2nd.

A baby daughter was born Sunday evening in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roberts of Vevay. She weighed 8 pounds but she has not yet been named.

Isaac Romans and Kenneth Lauderbaugh have leased the filling station and garage of Arthur Roberts on Ferry Street and will take possession August 31st.

“Go Kart” races will be held Labor Day at the Vevay riverfront track under the sponsorship of the Vevay Go Kart Club, and will be open and free to the public.


A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cegal Fields, Jr., (nee Evelyn Mays) at their home here Thursday morning, August 18th. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and has been named Judith Lee.

June Mellon, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Mellon of Markland, is a patient in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where she is receiving treatment for injuries which she sustained Tuesday afternoon about 1:30 o’clock when she fell from her bicycle near Florence. The accident occurred when the child, with a group of other girls, was riding into Florence from a home economics meeting which was being held at the Martin home there. When she lost control of her bicycle it ran into a ditch and struck a tree. Her companions found her in an unconscious condition and summoned help.

A 7 pound daughter, Laura Sue, was born August 16th to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Woodruff at their home in Vevay.

Kenneth F. Stepleton of Chicago, son of Mrs. Belle Stepleton of Vevay, has been retained as President and General Manager of the new Continental Freezers, Inc., Company at Lafayette, Indiana, which is in process of constructing a $400,000 plant there for the freezing and distribution of foods.


The young son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scott of near Florence was painfully injured when he fell into a wheel of a tractor on his father’s farm. It was found necessary to amputate one finger.

A 9 1/2 pound girl was born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. James Sides of Vevay. She has been named Marilyn Sue.

An 8 1/2 pound boy, Larry Howard, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie Tuesday morning.


A large barn on the Silar Furnish farm west of Vevay was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening.

Born to Lee Gregory and wife of Posey Township a little son, Harry Earl.

The Moorefield Celebration will be held August 31st.


The question of a consolidated school for Posey Township was carried by the promoters of the movement at the election held there Monday. According to the present plan the public school houses in the township will be abandoned.

Thieves visited the homes of several Switzerland County farmers last Wednesday night and succeeded in obtaining almost enough parts and accessories to assemble a new automobile.

The community picnic held in the courthouse yard Saturday under the auspices of the National War Work Council was a big success.

On Monday William Geiske became sole owner of the Bliss and Geiske garage when he bought the interest of his partner, Dave Bliss.

Miss Elizabeth Brockschlager has returned to Indiana University after having been called home by the death of her father.

The Indiana-Kentucky Oil Company has employed Professor Forrest Iddings as field manager. He will look after its holdings in Lee and Owsley counties, Kentucky.


The lawn fete given by the young people of the Christian church last Friday night resulted in a loss of something over $100 in money besides all of the hand labor.

Ben Pickett, son of Sheriff Pickett and wife, fell from his bicycle Sunday morning and broke a bone in his right arm. The same arm had been broken only a couple of months ago.

The Jaynes Military Band left Tuesday for Camp Joe Wheeler to furnish music for the soldiers’ reunion.

Born to Charles M. Lee and wife of Sugar Branch, a son.

Born August 14th to Charles Blodgett and wife of Bennington, a son.

The canning factory at Patriot began operating Saturday afternoon and canned 1200 cans.

Charles Allen has been appointed by the City Council to take charge of the Light and Water Plant in place of John Waldenmaier who recently resigned.

A contract has been closed with Ben F. Bennett, Jr., of Markland to carry the mail on the new Star Route from Vevay to Markland. The service will be performed six times weekly and the contract price is $219.10 per annum.


A large barn on the farm of George S. Gullion near Bennington was totally destroyed by fire Thursday night.

The steamer Hattie Brown last Saturday brought up a barge and her cabin filled with about 300 excursionists from several Sunday Schools in Kentucky.

Jersey, Switzerland County, Indiana, is a new post office about midway between Mount Sterling and Sugar Branch. George Livingston is Postmaster.

Born to Frank Hays and wife of Avonburg, a son.

Born to James Stewart and wife of Avonburg, a daughter and to Ed White and wife, a son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John T. Clark and wife of Mount Sterling, a son.