Reflections 01/09/2020



  Deaths this week: Betty Powers, Cecil Bastin, Donald Bruce, Raymond E. McCardle, Kay Truesdell, Edith Rayburn, Betty Day, Roy Ketenbrink, Rick Van Wye, Rosalie Berkley.

  Alex Joseph Garland was born on Sunday, September 20th, 2009. He is the son of Tim and Sarah Garland of Vevay; and joins big brothers, Timothy and Jasper Garland, at home.

  Vevay Police Chief Brian Morton has resigned, and has accepted a position as a deputy with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, a position he held prior to moving over to be Vevay Chief five years ago.

  Switzerland County residents Mark Chandler of Bennington; Autumn Dye of Florence; and Jordan Bledsoe of Vevay graduated from the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy on Saturday, December 19th. The academy is a five month program that was held at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh; and more than 70 cadets from across the state completed the program, which began last August.


  Workers from Indiana Gas tried to fix ruptured gas line running below Indiana Creek west of Vevay Tuesday afternoon. Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday caused the dirt covering the main pipeline to wash away Monday night, and debris coming down Indiana Creek to the Ohio River apparently pierced the pipe. The break cause a shutdown of natural gas service e to approximately  600 customers of Switzerland County Natural Gas Company. By Wednesday at noon, service to most residential houses had been reestablished.

  People needing access to the second floor offices and courtroom of the Switzerland County Courthouse now have an easier way, thanks to a new chair lift that has been installed not he north stairway of the courthouse. The lift was approved by the county commissioners and county council at a cost of $8,000.

  Jason Nimersheim, son of Jack and Susan Nimersheim of Vevay played “Auld Lang Syne” on his trumpet to help bring in the New Year in downtown Vevay Friday night. About 60 people gathered beneath the four-way flashing light in the center of town to help welcome the new century. Vevay town police officers blocked off the streets leading to the flashing light to assure the safety of these gathered.

  Kasey L. Riley has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Ball State University. She attained perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Nancy and Karl Riley, formerly of Vevay, and now residing in New Castle, Indiana. She is the granddaughter of Janet and Wayne Howell of Patriot and Clarence Dickerson of Vevay.


  Adult basic education classed will begin again Tuesday, January 9th, at Switzerland County High School. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday for those adults who have not received their high school diplomas and wish to either earn their diplomas or to simply improve their skills in school subjects.

  The Hoxworth Blood Center will be in Vevay again on Tuesday, January 9th, to conduct the first community blood drive of 1990. The last blood drive was held in September of 1989 and produced over 60 pints of blood from local donors.


  Grand prize winners in Vevay Newspapers annual Christmas Coloring Contest were: Jason Sullivan, age 5; Robin Wilson, age 6; and Angela Harlow, age 12.

  This summer 275 American high school students will live with Japanese families, 125 of them on special scholarships made available through the generosity of more than 60 Japanese and American corporations and foundations.


  The Reverend Lester Sweeney of Vevay United Methodist Church congratulated Miss Clara Swaeze for her record of having completed 20 years of having never missed Sunday School. To help Miss Swaeze keep her record untarnished her fellow class members held their lesson at her home on two Sundays while she was incapacitated due to an arm injury.


  Vevay basketball fans will make a trip to a different city for the third straight year for the sectional basketball tourney, according to an announcement this week by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

  Thursday, January 28th, has been designated “Doctor’s Day” by the Vevay Civic Club and on that day leaders from all walks of life will be in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville interviewing prospective physicians and seeking a doctor for Vevay.


  The second family to come to Switzerland County from a European displaced persons camp arrived Saturday and is now at the home of their sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Cogley Cole, Sr., on their farm east of Vevay. They are Wladyslaw Rupniewski, 31; his wife Wiktoria, 25, and their 16-month-old daughter Maria, natives of Poland.


  Ramona Ann Moreillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Moreillon of East Enterprise was the first baby born in the new year. She arrived on the afternoon of January 2nd and received the presents given by Vevay merchants.

  Roy Branham, new town clerk-treasurer, has established his office in the Gaudin Lumber Company building on Main Street.

  Tom Clements of Vevay is in serious condition in a Peru hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident near that city on December 27th.

  Paul Andrew has entered the Colonel Fred Reppert School of Auctioneering at Decatur.

  The Ghent, Kentucky, school house was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day. The red brick building, known as Ghent College, was built in 1868 and for many years was operated as a teachers’ seminary and boarding school.


  Mrs. Clara Dufour Brown of Oakland, California, formerly of Vevay, will have an exhibition of her paintings in the Vevay library basement this week. She is a pupil of Latimer and is prominent in art circles in California. The paintings will be for sale, the proceeds to be used to help struggling girl artists, her pet charity.

  The Hoosier Theater opened with talking pictures Monday presenting “Sweetie” which pleased the large crowd.


  Eugene Chaskel has opened a sales room for Essex automobiles in Aurora in addition to the one in Florence.

  Mrs. Howard Allen entertained 30 children with a party Saturday afternoon in honor of the fifth birthday of her daughter Emma Dean.


  J. N. Marsh, who has been editor of the Switzerland Democrat for the past two years, has resigned his position and has been appointed private secretary to Congressman Lincoln Dixon. He will go to Washington at once. Alonzo Allison of Bloomington is filling Mr. Marsh’s place on the Democrat.

  Francis M. Griffith was elected Democratic Fourth District Chairman at the convention held this week in North Vernon.


  New Year in Vevay was ushered in by the ringing of church and other bells. Small parties of masqueraders wearing masks were out in the afternoon and night. About 100 boys and old men engaged in games of football on the courthouse square. Never so little drinking, and we have not heard of even one person being intoxicated.

  John W. Banta, A. P. Dufour, Thomas Joyce and J. V. Banta of Vevay visited Pleasant Lodge of IOOF at Bennington Tuesday night. They saw R. L. Thiebaud ride the goat, were feasted on oysters and other good foods and had a good time socially.