Reflections of the past week of 9-10-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


If things go as planned, Switzerland County residents will have a new, modern medical facility sometime next fall. A committee of 12 community volunteers has been working on the new medical clinic, which is being funded by a $1.2 million gift from the Hollywood Park/Boomtown Casino. The clinic was a part of the package that the casino company voluntarily put in place as a part of its presentation to the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Roy H. Manuel retired on August 17th as a director of the Vevay Deposit Bank. He said that his retirement from the board was due to health reasons. He had served on the board since October 19th, 1978.


Kelli Rene McElroy, daughter of Diane K. McElroy and granddaughter of Park K. and Pearl E. Byram of route 2, Vevay, was elected president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at IUPUI and will represent the organization’s chapter at a convention in San Antonio, Texas, October 27th-29th. She is a sophomore and is majoring in physical therapy.

The historic Mount Sterling General Store reopened for business Tuesday, September 12th, after having been closed for the past few years. The new owners of the store, Bill and Sheila Cole, who are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the inside of the store will soon have the store totally stocked and ready to meet the needs of area customers Monday through Saturday. The store was originally built by James H. Hitchens in 1894. Mr. Cole’s mother, Martha Cole, was the store’s first customer Tuesday.


Donald F. Bresser, of Union, Kentucky, is proud to announce the engagement of his daughter, Anna Marie Bresser, to Terrance Lee Curry, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Curry of Fairview. The wedding is planned for September 29th at Saint Paul’s Church, Florence, Kentucky.

Jake and Kay Rook of Vevay were in Tonawanda, New York, for four days last week to attend funeral services for Mrs. Rook’s brother-in-law, Joe Gimbrone, who was killed August 26th in a hydroplane mishap.


Miss Mildred Pangburn, former Switzerland County recorder, was appointed Monday by County Commissioners as the county’s new highway department clerk. Her appointment was effective Tuesday. Miss Darlene Hankinson resigned as clerk, effective August 29th, to create the vacancy. She has accepted other employment. Goebel Brown served as acting clerk in the interim until Miss Pangburn was appointed.

Representatives of the inactive Vevay Presbyterian Church met with Switzerland County Historical Society Monday night and offered the use of the church building on East Main Street, Vevay, as a county historical museum. A final decision has been postponed until the society’s October meeting.

Approximately 8.8 cents was cut from Switzerland County taxpayers’ 1970 tax rate this week as County Council trimmed $13,355 from proposed appropriations of the county and welfare budgets. The council completed its trimming last Wednesday with the county tax adjustment board completing its work Monday in adjusting tax rates to meet the cuts in appropriations. A state hearing will be held in October.


John P. Danglade, publisher of the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise and The Switzerland Democrat since 1956, announced Thursday that he has sold his interests in the two papers to a corporation to be known as the Vevay Newspapers, Inc. The corporation is composed of Don Wallis, Lloyd Neal and John D. Coleman of Madison, and Mrs. J. K. Danglade of Vevay. Mrs. Danglade will serve as director and secretary of the new corporation and Mr. Coleman will be the active manager and president of Vevay Newspapers, Inc., and also a director.

A son was born Saturday in the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Flood of near Florence. The little fellow has been named Melvin Daniel.

Tri-Angle Construction Company has been awarded a contract to grade the Indiana shore of the Ohio River, adjoining the construction area of the new Markland Dam. The Jones-Tompkins Construction combine, builders of the new dam, let the contract this week.

Record advance sales, highest in the history of the company, will keep all U.S. Shoe Corporation factories in full production for the balance of the year, according to a news release by the Corporation’s offices in Cincinnati. At present, U.S. Shoe has 10 factories in operation and next month completion of the company’s 11th plant at Osgood will raise production capacity to over 30,000 pairs a day, the largest exclusive women’s shoe production in the entire shoe industry.


The little black bag and the stethoscope of local physicians will be put aside for four days this month while the doctors meet their friends and colleagues in Indianapolis for the centennial convention of the Indiana State Medical Association. The 100th meeting will be held September 26th-29th in the capital city’s Murat Temple. Dr. L. H. Bear, Vevay, is the official delegate from this area.

A baby son was born Friday morning, September 9th, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gaudin at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 3/4 ounces and has been named Bernard Ray.

A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beach of near Braytown on Sunday, September 11th. She has been named Dorothy Mae and weighed 7 1/2 pounds.


Miss Mabel Florence Twineham, cream station operator at Fairview, died in the Madison hospital Monday following a week’s illness.

Eveline Banta, aged 13, daughter of Ira Banta of Vevay was drowned in the Ohio River Sunday afternoon near the Madison Cotton Mill.

Fire started by explosion of a coal heater caused considerable damage in the basement of the home of Mr. and Mrs. James K. Danglade Wednesday afternoon.

The “Back to School” movement started here Monday with 232 pupils enrolled in the high school and 170 in the grades. Patriot reports 110 enrolled in its high school with a total enrollment of 377.

A nine-pound daughter was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bright of Bennington.

A seven-pound son, Donald Richard was born Saturday at the Madison hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Austin T. Funk.

An eight-pound boy, Howard Nelson, was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brett.


The Vevay public schools opened Monday with an enrollment of 262 pupils in high school and 152 pupils in the lower grades. The faculty of the high school is composed of E. S. Furnish, superintendent; John A. Danglade, principal; A. G. Welch, Miss Ramona Norris, Miss Irene Lacy, Miss Frances Culbertson, Ellis Walker, Miss Thora Bodey, Harold Benedict and Miss Edith Shaw. Elementary teachers are Miss Laura Lamson, principal; Miss Georgia Bondurant, Miss Elizabeth Scott, Miss Wilma Pickett, Mrs. Herbert Archer and Herbert Wakefield.

Dr. John H. Shadday, 76, well known Vevay physician died Friday at his home on Market Street. His wife, Mrs. Josephine Shadday, died on July 2nd.

William Sharp, who resides with his brother, Dr. James Sharp near Moorefield, was bruised and suffered a broken rib Friday when he was attacked by a bull. His life was probably saved when a large German police dog went to his assistance and ran the animal from the barn where Mr. Sharp had driven it.

Clothing valued at $80 was stolen from the automobile of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McMakin last week while they were attending the Indiana State Fair.

M. F. Gardner who lives near Bennington has succeeded in producing a ton of pork from one litter of nine pigs in 180 days.

Lightning struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Gray Friday and tore a long hole in the floor. Fuses were blown and a radio was damaged.

Miss Helen Protsman, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Protsman, and James Kirby Danglade, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Danglade and new owner of the Reveille-Enterprise, were married September 6th at the bride’s home in the presence of about 60 relatives and friends.

A daughter was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith of Egypt Bottom. She has been named Roberta Lee.


The farm home of Robert W. Glenn in Pleasant Township was destroyed by fire caused by a defective flue Wednesday. Most of the contents also burned.

Leslie Vanatter of Patriot is spending a 30-day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Julia O’Brian. He brought with him his wife, whom he married in Essex, England during the war and his baby.

Charles Krummel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Krummel, was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital Wednesday for an emergency operation for appendicitis.

William Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amie Peters of Plum Creek, was injured seriously Saturday at Shelbyville when his motorcycle collided with an automobile. He was returning to Illinois after a visit with his parents.

Mrs. Mary Myer, 60, of near Bear Branch died in the Madison hospital last week from lockjaw resulting from injuries received when she was gored by a cow two weeks ago.

Fred Scudder has returned to Luverne, South Dakota, where he is superintendent of schools. His brother, Ralph, accompanied him and will teach in the schools there.


The Lizzie Bay and the Kanawha, two stern wheel packets, are now running in place of the mail boats which were compelled to lay up on account of low water.

Joseph Breeks, living near Lamb, has probably the earliest tobacco crop in Switzerland County this year. On Monday morning he shipped a hogshead of it which he had grown this summer to the tobacco market in Louisville.

The Vevay sand bar began showing above the surface of the water last Saturday morning and since that time several acres of the river bed have come into view.

A new Rebekah Lodge will be installed at this place next Saturday and 30 candidates will take the work.

Born to Amie Peters and wife of Tapps Ridge September 3rd, a boy.


This is fair week at East Enterprise and the weather being favorable the attendance is large.

The Grand Jury found 68 indictments and Court is humming.


One day last week two horses belonging to W. R. Protsman near Vevay, ran away with a harrow. One of the horses fell on the teeth of the implement injuring it so that it died. The other horse was injured. At the same time another horse ran away hurting itself severely.