Reflections of the past week of 8-5-10


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


“Miss Belterra,” the floating casino that will be the centerpiece of the Belterra Resort and Casino complex being built near the Markland Dam in Florence, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River after it collided with a barge near Caruthersville, Missouri. The 313-foot long riverboat suffered a hole in the side 10 feet-wide and 70-feet long, and the damage will delay the opening of the casino complex indefinitely while Belterra officials assess the damage and develop a plan of action.

With the “Miss Belterra” suffering significant damage from a collision on the Mississippi River early Monday morning, many people were in Switzerland County who are going to work on the riverboat were left wondering what the accident meant to their employment future.


Yvon Bordet’s dream of starting a cheese making plant in Switzerland County is a step closer to reality. On his third trip to the county, the Frenchman noted his and others’ enthusiasm for the project is growing following several meetings the past three weeks with area and state officials as well as Switzerland County farmers.

The Patriot Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a 1964 Seagrave fire engine recently, and members have been busy preparing the truck for duty. In addition, the Indiana Department of Natural resources has donated a pickup truck to the firefighters, which they will put to use in battling brush fires.


Mr. and Mrs. Morris McKee of Vevay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on July 13th.

A Fact Finder report filed in the deadlocked talks between the Switzerland County Classroom Teachers Association and the County Community School Corporation shows the Corporation will have money to give teachers at least part of the raise they have asked for.

Mr. and Mrs. George Davidson of route 3, Vevay, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tammy Sue Field, to Eric A. Welch, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Welch of route 4, Vevay.


Edward S. Furnish of Vevay grew a giant 2 1/2-pound tomato this summer in his garden at his Market Street home. Of the “beefsteak” variety, the tomato is the largest ever raised by Furnish, he said, that’s probably true for a majority of other gardeners, also.

Nancy Mayo was among 2,388 students winning distinguished student rank at Purdue University during the spring semester, representing the top 13 percent of 18,273 main campus under-graduates.

Ralph Van Hoosier, acting principal of Allensville Elementary School the past seven years, was named this week as new principal of Jefferson-Craig Elementary School outside Vevay. Delbert Wright, county superintendent of schools, announced Van Hoosier succeeds Mrs. Roberta Cord who has been appointed coordinator for federal programs and future special education classes for the county.

Dennis Wayne Scudder, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Scudder of route 1, Florence, died in an automobile accident Wednesday at the Lawrence Chase residence near Florence.


Miss Julia L. Knox, author of the “Dufour Saga” and “Historical Homes of Vevay,” has surprised her many friends with a booklet containing choice original poems of hers, many of which have been awarded prizes. Miss Knox stands high in the estimation of Vevay and Switzerland County people as a literary critic and writer of both prose and poetry. She perhaps has more knowledge of the pioneer people, their homes, and their habits, than any other living person.

The long-discussed possibility that schools of Patriot and Posey Township may consolidate with schools of Rising Sun and Ohio County will be the main topic of a meeting at the Patriot school gymnasium Monday night, August 8th, at 7:30 p.m.

Vevay’s Band Boosters are currently making last minute preparations for Saturday’s Summer Band Festival, with only 25 percent of their Uniform Fund Drive goal yet to be realized. Local businesses, clubs, and individuals have contributed $2,500 to the Boosters so far. A goal of $3,300 has been set by the group.


Switzerland County subscribers to daily newspapers were startled last week to read in dispatches from the Korean battle front, which described the experiences of a group of G.I.’s, the name of Pfc. Ova Kelley, of Vevay. Pfc. Kelley is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kelley of near Bennington who last heard from him while he was stationed in Japan. The item quoted Pfc. Kelley as follows: On the Korean War Front, July 28th – Pfc. Ova Kelley, of Vevay, Indiana, the No. 1 gunner in a howitzer company on the Korean War front, says that the roar of artillery is so great that “I’m getting deaf, and that’s no lie.”

Lemuel Bosaw, one of the last of the old time rivermen in this county, passed away at his home above Vevay about 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon, July 27th.

Richard I. Briggs, one of the best known and respected farmers of Switzerland County, died suddenly at his home near Pleasant about 9 o’clock Sunday morning.


Alice Griffith, six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Griffith, died in Christ Hospital Wednesday. Death occurred without warning five hours after a bone grafting operation had been performed on her right leg.

The heat wave of the past two weeks has caused considerable damage to field crops and gardens in Switzerland County, particularly late tobacco and corn.

Relatives have been advised of the death of Mr. Archibald Shaw, which occurred at his home in Helena, Arkansas, after a long illness. The deceased was a native of this county and was about 95 years of age.

While making an arrest in Craig Township early Sunday morning, Sheriff H. K. Satterfield was accidentally shot in the left leg by his own gun. The bullet entered the fleshy portion of the member and emerged just above the ankle, causing a very painful injury.

Miss Fanny Kelly, native of Vevay, died at the home of a niece, Mary Brooks Wilhite, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 102 years.

John B. Matthews, aged 79, residing in Cross Plains, passed away at his home there Friday after only a week’s illness.

Roy Spencer and Miss Luella Meyer of near Cross Plains were married Saturday at the minister’s residence in Dewberry.

Miss Amy Johnson, Vevay librarian, has fixed up the auditorium in the basement as a reading room for the convenience and comfort of patrons during the hot weather.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heath, formerly of near East Enterprise, now residing in Aurora, were killed Thursday morning when their car overturned on the state road near Brookville, Indiana.

Miss Edmonia Coleman and Mr. P. J. Heady were married at the bride’s home in Vevay Sunday afternoon by Reverend H. T. Fafnel.

Miss Margaret Witherspoon, aged 83 years, died Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ferguson in Vevay.

Mr. Oliver Carnine, retired farmer of the Canaan neighborhood, passed away at his home Tuesday, having been in ill health for some time.

Henry Moreillon has been selected as manager of the Farmer’s Store in Fairview, to fill the vacancy of H. E. Pavy, deceased.

Born July 24th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jess Sigmon of Jacksonville.


Died suddenly in Vevay, July 31st, Charles Pleasant, 60. Three brothers and a sister survive.

Mrs. Lou Smith, colored, has been notified of the death of her son, Ben Neal, 30, at Louisville, Kentucky. Neal was shot and instantly killed by a colored man named Jim Smith. Neal was a World War veteran and is survived by his widow, mother, sister and two brothers.

George F. Dittgen, 50, was killed by Frank Stephanus, 27, during a fight near the former’s home in Madison.

The Lauer Tailoring Company began operation of their plant here August 5th. The production of trousers and vests will be the initial undertaking of the plant.

The County Commissioners in their last season have made official changes in regard to voting precincts. Formerly there were 22 precincts, 250 voters per precinct. The last session of the legislature raised the number to 500 to include the women voters, thus reducing the number to 18 precincts.

Born, a baby boy to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Turner of near East Enterprise.

Born, a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lockwood of Lancaster, Ohio.

Little Miss Beulah Graham celebrated her 4th birthday on July 30th and little Miss Ruby Sullivan her 4th birthday on July 31st. In each instance the little girls entertained with parties for their small friends and each received many nice presents.


Mrs. Thomas J. Cotton of Mount Sterling died of paralysis Wednesday after an illness of a few hours. She was 51 years of age.

Dilver G. Brett, 20-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brett, died at his home on Indian Creek, July 31st, after an illness of two weeks of brain trouble.

Tunis V. Archer of this county and Miss Nell Bear of Cincinnati were married Wednesday at the home of the bride’s parents.

Daniel Cotton, aged 61 years, a lifelong resident of this county, died at his home on Indian Creek Sunday after an illness of more than two years.

I. P. Loring, for the past 31 years, one of Vevay’s leading clothing men, announced his retirement from business here, preparatory to moving with his family to Gary, Indiana.

Mrs. Grace Griffith, wife of Albert Griffith, died in Christ Hospital on July 31st following an operation.

Sarah Ellen Gary died at the home of her son, Edward Gary, of near Allensville July 31st, at the age of 74 years.

Word has been received of the death of Daniel Stevens at his home in Altamont, Kansas July 18th.

Born July 27th to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Grimes of Markland, a son.


Died in Vevay, July 29th, George F. Cole, 23. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. A. Cole.

Died in Vevay July 21st, Mrs. Margaret Rutherford, aged 58 years.

Vevay has a superior clock in the dome of the courthouse.

Licensed to marry: George H. Hudson and Rosa B. Robbins.

Isaac Banta of Brooksburg is building a residence for Mrs. Mary Jones of Rykers Ridge.

J. W. Love is retiring from business at Patriot.

Joe Kiesel is clerk in Mark’s Brothers store at Carrollton, Kentucky.

Charles Holler who is employed at the Union Furniture Company, suffered an accident which resulted in the loss of all the fingers on his left hand, except the thumb.


There are 1,800 hogs on hand at the Patriot distillery.

At the Moorefield celebration all hucksters were expected to pay 10 percent of their profits to be applied for the purchase of library books.

The towboat, Tigress, landing at the wharf, sank two barges containing 25,000 bushels of coal.

Professor B. R. Kendall, agent for Smithson College, was in the county making collections. The college was named for Joshua Smithson of Vevay who willed two thirds of his estate to found the institution.

Married July 31st, Albert Golay and Rose Amshultz, July 24th, Norman Sloan and Mrs. Sarah Brown, on August 2nd, Stephenson Stevens and Lydia A. French.

Died July 31st, Alexander McKimmens, aged 68.


The debt of Switzerland County May 31st, 1865, was $100,576.04.

Died June 28th, August L. LeClerc, a member of Company D. 10th Indiana Cavalry.

F. J. Waldo is retiring from the furniture business.

J. F. Ridgeway, Alfred Shaw and E. R. Mullett are the Vevay school trustees.

Thomas L. Pleasants and Harvey Schroeder have dissolved their partnership in the produce business.

John P. Rows is the editor of the Reveille.