Reflections 1-23-14


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Some were older than others, but a large group of former basketball players and cheerleaders turned out Saturday afternoon for the first annual “Old Timers” game. Fans were treated to a lot of fun – and some pretty good basketball – throughout the event, and everyone enjoyed rekindling some old friendships and memories. The game was organized by current Switzerland County High School athletic director Derek Marshall, and featured past athletes from Patriot High School; Vevay High School; and Switzerland County High School.

Deaths this week were Mary Lou Hocker, Al Byars, Mary Schmidt, and Eleanor Adams.

The winter weather that struck Switzerland County early this week and is continuing to hang on as the weekend approaches may cause havoc with homecoming festivities that are set for tomorrow (Friday) night at Switzerland County High School.


Aaron Middendorf and Angie Poling were crowned Switzerland County High School’s homecoming king and queen Saturday night. The first runners-up were Jeremy Harsin and Lynn Gray and second runners-up were Robby Moll and Erin Preston.

There wasn’t much time left to spare when two new companies decided to put up $50,000 to file applications for riverboat gambling in Switzerland County on Wednesday morning. They are Switzerland Riverboat Gaming Corporation and Swiss Par-a-dice. Pinnacle Gaming Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Casinos, of Denver, Colorado, applied for the riverboat gambling license in September and paid for the cost of the referendum election in November. Voters approved riverboat gambling here by a 54-56 percentage split of the vote.

Kathy Bear was sworn in as Cross Plains postmaster last Thursday.

The possibility of a new firehouse for the Jefferson-Craig Fire Department could become a reality if it is able to receive a $150,000 Community Focus Fund grant that it is seeking.


Alvin Cole, a lifelong resident of Switzerland County, announced his retirement from accounting duties with the Indiana State Board of Accounts after serving more than 22 years in that position.

Stan Steury and Sandra Althoff are the latest additions to the Soil Conservation Service offices here in Vevay. Steury will be taking over duties as district officer for the outgoing Bill Moran. And, Sandra was recently named the new District Secretary, filling a vacancy created after Barb Fluegeman resigned at the first of the year.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight McKenzie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Sunday afternoon at the Switzerland Baptist Church.


Dailey Brown was honored January 18th by a host of friends in honor of his retirement as fire chief of the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department. Friends paid tribute to Mr. Brown for his 33 years of faithful service to the fire company at a banquet at Brown’s Restaurant at East Enterprise.

Navy Lieutenant Commander Harold E. Brown, formerly of Vevay, was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal January 15th at Newport, Rhode Island. He was cited for outstanding performance of duty. A 1948 graduate of Vevay High School, he joined the Navy in June of 1948. His mother, Mrs. Etta Brown, lives at Wiseman’s Trailer Court in Vevay.

Master Sergeant and Mrs. William L. Carrigan of Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Lynne, to Charles Ashley Lolley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lolley, of Starkville, Mississippi. Miss Carrigan is a former resident of Vevay and attended Switzerland County High School. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Chester James of Vevay and Henry Carrigan of Aberdeen and the late Mrs. Henry Carrigan.


Preliminary plans are entering final stages toward construction of Patriot water system which, combined with Aberdeen-Pate system, will serve over 800 rural residents.

Carol Ann Hardin, Salutatorian of the 1963 Vevay High School graduating class, is amomg 231 new freshmen this year at Indiana University who ranked either first or second in their high school graduating classes.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed a house Thursday night on a farm near Vevay owned by Howard Humphrey. The building was unoccupied and contained only a few pieces of furniture and some seed fertilizer. It was not wired for electricity.

Mrs. Ada M. Kinsey, 79, Fairview grocery operator, was buried Sunday at Olive Branch Cemetery in Ohio County following her death Thursday.

Wedding plans were announced this week for Miss Darlene Petrakos, daughter of Mrs. Della Petrakos of Arch Street, Vevay, and Joe Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roberts of Ferry Street, Vevay.


Mr. and Mrs. William Willis and Mr. and Mrs. Johnsie Smalley of Markland have sold their store in Markland to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Koester of Markland. Immediate possession was given of the property which was owned for many years by the late Samuel Benedict.

John A. Truitt, 70, widely known businessman and lifelong miller by trade, died about midnight Thursday, January 28th, at his home in Vevay following a sudden heart attack.

Mr. Matt Scudder of the Markland-Enterprise Pike thinks his polled short-horned cow, Madam Queen, has set quite a record. The cow won’t be nine years old until May and January 23rd she gave birth to her 4th set of twins. The last twins, were identical and have been named Ruth and Ruby after WLW-TV stars. The cow has also four single calves, making a total of 12.

A daughter, Hazel Margaret, was born January 26th at King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hankins.

Residents of Switzerland County were shocked and saddened Sunday morning when it became known that Reverend Walter Peters, 46, had passed away about 10 o’clock at his home in Vevay.


Tilden Cole died at his home in Vevay Friday morning, January 28th, following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered last week.

Mrs. Eliza Mancer, aged 82, died early Wednesday morning, February 2nd, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Alford, near Aberdeen.

Mrs. Mary Simmons, aged 78, member of a pioneer Switzerland County family, passed away in an Indianapolis hospital on January 22nd following long illness.

Mrs. Etta Briggs, a resident of the Pleasant neighborhood, passed away at her home there Saturday afternoon at the age of 80 years.

Anouncement is made of the marriage of Sergeant Herbert Whitham to Miss Millie Ziler of Champaign, Illinois, Saturday, January 15th, at Brinkley, Arkansas by Reverend Boone L. Wilford.

Born, January 26th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bovard of Aberdeen.

Alfred Farrell and Miss Lula Herron of Moorefield were married Saturday evening at the Presbyterian parsonage by Reverend McClung.


Alex Adams, tenant on the farm of Casper Brindley near Long Run, suffered a disastrous fire Wednesday eveniong when his barn, containing three horses, two cows, his tobacco crops and other articles, was burned. Herschel Scott was the victim of a fire Monday when his home on the George Scott farm in York Township burned to the ground, with a loss of all his household possessions except a dresser and contents.

Born, a daughter, Aris Ilene, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gregory of Posey Township.

Born, January 27h, a son, Robert Henry, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ashby of Patriot.

Born, a daughter, Francis Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Avery Brooks of Dry Fork.

Reverend W. T. Badgett arrived in Vevay Wednesday to assume his charge as pastor of the Vevay Baptist Church.


Mrs. Margaret Riley, aged 79 years, died Monday morning at the home of her son, Armington Culver, in Moorefield. She had been an invalid for a number of years.

The third cold wave in as many weeks sent the mercury down to zero again Saturday moening and by Sunday evening the Ohio River was full of running ice. Steamboat navigation has been suspended and Captain Jack and Bubby Graham are ferrying passengers, mail and express in a skiff.

Mr. M. C. Garber, for 43 years editor of The Madison Courier, has retired from active duty and the reins have been taken over by his son, M. E. Garber.

James Anthony Adams, formerly a resident of Moorefield, died last week at Rochester, Indiana.


Miss Zella Boggs has returned to her home in Madison after having spent some time here caring for her grandmother, Mrs. John Still.

Licensed to marry, Miss Carrie Gladys Chamberlain and Roy Curry.

Mrs. Julia Hurtz will celebrate her 80th birthday Sunday.

Mrs. C. S. Tandy went to Northampton, Massachusetts, to visit her daughtr, Julia, who is attending Smith College.

The birthday of Mrs. Indiana Culbertson was celebrated January 26th with a surprise party.

Robert Clements of Parks Ridge sustained a broken hip last week when he fell down an open elevator shaft in Madison.

Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Bennett and son of Plum Creek were painfully injured when their horse, hitched to a buggy, ran away.

Ernest Griffith has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as postmaster at Vevay.

Officers sought to arrest a “healer” in Vevay for practicing medicine without a license, but he escaped.


Carpenters are erecting the frame work for the new Swain-Karmire sawmill above Vevay.

Albert Owen and Ben Hussong were nearly drowned when the sail of their boat was blown away leaving them to the mercy of the ice. They were pulled out by William Jaynes.

W. J. Cotton was nominated for Mayor and Columbus Stepleton for Marshal at the city primary election.

Mr. Rebecca Francis celebrated her 6th birthday with a dinner at her home on Brushy Fork.

Charles Lorch and family have moved from Craig Township to Vevay.

John Mead of Vevay was painfully injured when he was thrown from a sled while coasting on Hall’s Hill.

The Farmers Telephone Company has decided to install exchanges in Vevay and Rising Sun.

The following were elected directors of the Vevay Deposit Bank: J. M. Scott, Robert Scott, Robert Brown, Aldred Shaw, Henry Knox and Silas Q. Howe.

The home of Dallas McCreary in Florence was destroyed by fire.

The Patriot K. of P. Lodge conferred the rank of Knight on Dilver Rayls and the rank of Esquire on Henry Bailey.


The steamer Ghent is running in the Patriot-Carrollton trade.

The Switzerland County A. O. H. Society elected C. W. Brown as president and the following as vice presidents: W. R. Protsman, Edgar Culbertson, J. F. Brown, Theodore Campbell; Secretary, P. K. Cotton; treasurer, J. M. Scott; executive committee, Robert Scott.

The Republican County Committee elected the following officers: Chairman, John Pattie; vice chairman, M. K. Huston and L. F. Works, secretary.

Doctors Geiger and Reed will move their dental offices to the rooms vacated by Doctor Woolen on Main Street.

Died at the home of William Harper’s family near Pleasant, Mrs. Emphema Harper, widow of Alexander Harper, aged 86 years.

Died at East Enterprise January 7th, Mrs. Catherine Conner, aged 85 years.

Adolphus E. Merritt, formerly of upper Posy Township, died in Indianapolis.


James H. Goldenburg, aged 30 years, died January 27th in Vevay.

Isaac W. Bristow, aged 3 years, died in Vevay January 24th.

Charlie, two-week-old son of Robert and Martha Graham, died in Vevay January 21st.

A few days ago at Cincinnati, while a towboat was pulling at the steamer General Buell which was aground, the line broke and struck Charls Noble, mate of the Buell, knocking him into the river in an insensible condition. He was rescued and is now at his home recovering.


President Lincoln’s late Proclamation of Amnesty is working. Since its publication quite a number of rebel soldiers and officers under the grade of colonel have thrown down their arms, come into our lines and eithr taken or expressed their willingness to take the prescribed oath of allegiance.

Dr. Ezra Reed, formerly of the Indiana 21st, has been sent to Camp Nelson, Kentucky, to look after the welfare of the sick and wounded Indiana troops now in the convalescent camp at that place. There are several Switzerland County boys at Camp Nelson.

Married by H. A. Tinker, Esquire, Christopher C. Peelman and Miss Melvina Gates, all of this county.