Reflections 12/03/2020



  Deaths this week: Len Woelfle, Donald L. Jones, George Kincaid, Herbert L. Price Jr., Manford Smith, Gunther Drake, Hazel Cline, Linda Stoltzfus, Charlotte Meyers.

  As dozens of Switzerland County residents moved around the Vevay American Legion Hall last Saturday morning, filling boxes with items to be sent to soldiers overseas for the holidays, Jennifer (Bullock) Canfield stood nearby and encouraged her children to carefully fill their boxes. After all, those three boxes had a special designation, they were heading to Afghanistan E-5 Doug Canfield — a member of the U.S. Army and the father and husband of the Canfield clan. Doug and Jennifer Canfield have been married nine years, and in that time Doug has been a member of the Army for nine years, and is currently on his third tour of duty in the Middle East, the first two in Iraq.

  The Historic Hoosier Theater has announced that it has been selected to host the World Premiere of a new play, “Dashing Through the Snow”, a comedy in tow acts written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.

  Drew Hewitt shot an 11-point buck weighing more than 200-pounds on November 21st. The 12-year old is the son of David Hewitt and Christy Cutter.


  With tobacco markets now open, many Switzerland County tobacco growers are busily getting their tobacco crop ready for market. Again this year, buyers are wanting the product separated into three grades, with a premium being paid for the dark, rich tips of the plant. The Carrollton markets have been averaging $1.92 per pound; while Madison markets have been just behind with a $1.90 average.

  Vevay’s Steve Sieglitz portrays ‘Royce’, an unemployed sewer worker who is the nephew of the departed in this weekend’s presentation of “Dearly Departed” at the Hoosier Theater in Vevay. The play will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  Claudia Romans of Florence has noticed that she has earned inclusion on the Dean’s list at Ivy Tech State College for the summer semester. She is the daughter of Mike and Rhonda Romans of Vevay and Judy Stewart of Cincinnati.

  Steamboat Liquors on Main Street in Vevay inadvertently became a drive-through establishment Tuesday morning when a vehicle jumped the curb and plowed through the front of the business. A vehicle driven by Marlis Johnsen of Aurora, formerly of Switzerland County, went through he front door and window of Steamboat Liquors at approximately 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. She apparently got her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal when parking her car to go to an eye doctor appointment down the street. 


  Congressman Lee Hamilton’s office last week released a feasibility study on extending State Road 101 from the Markland Bridge north to connect with U.S. 50.   The study has been forwarded to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), which will begin a review process on the project this week.

  Shotgun season for the 1990 white-tailed deer harvest ended this past weekend, and out-of-town hunters and residents alike agree that this has been the slowest hunting season in years.


  Students at Switzerland County High School will have a chance this year to apply for a new $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is a provision of the will of former Vevay educator Gertrude B. Wahl.

  The burley tobacco market opened Monday with good news for farmers. Prices in Carrollton and Madison ranged up to $1.70 a pound and averaged about $1.65.


  Mrs. Jane Furnish of Vevay last week received a Silver Star Medal and the U.S. Army Occupation of Germany Medal which had been awarded her husband, Sgt. Irvin R. Furnish on September 20th, 1919, but which were never received. Sgt. Furnish, now deceased, was a member of the First Division’s Fifth Field Artillery, the first division to be sent across after the U.S. declared war against Germany April 6th, 1917.

  CWO Leroy C. O. (Happy) Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis of route 1, Patriot, has received the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry for supporting the ARVN’s ground fire at base O’Reilly in Vietnam. The Patriot High School graduate is an aircraft commander of the OH-yA helicopter and previously was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

  Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Stow of route 2, Vevay, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with family and friends at Aberdeen United Methodist Church.


  Victor Pesce, of Vevay, and a well-known man about the town of Vevay, recently has been appointed to take over as pastor of the Methodist Church in Patriot. Mr. Pesce received the good word on Saturday that he is to succeed Reverend William R. Bright of that church, who is being transferred to another ministry at Milton, Indiana.

  Gary Kemper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Kelly) Kemper, Vevay, is a “likely starter” on the basketball squad at Hanover College this season. Kemper, a 5 foot, 10 inch sophomore guard, is described as “agile, a good scorer, fast, and a likely starter,” according to head basketball coach Don Meek.

  Mrs. Mayme Eichler, 76, of Florence, died early Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Delia Scott of Florence.


  In common with the greater part of the Middlewest, Switzerland County was blanketed with a paralyzing, foot deep snow which came howling out of the north Saturday night in a blizzard which broke all records for November. At time of going to press on Wednesday many county roads remained impassable and schools throughout the county were closed until Monday.

  Recruit Norman D. Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Seaver, of Vevay, recently completed his six weeks basic Army training at Camp Carson, Colorado, as a member of Company G, 14th Infantry. The sharpshooting Recruit Seaver was honored recently for his outstanding achievement on the Rifle Range. Recruit Seaver scored 187 out of a possible 210 points during Company G’s recent visit to the Rifle Range to pace the Company while compiling one of the highest marks recorded by men affiliated with the Second Battalion, 14th Regimental Combat Team.


  Mrs. Lottie Peabody, wife of Clarence Peabody, Quercus Grove, died at her home late Wednesday from heart trouble with which she has suffered for some months past.

  Wilbur Knaus, the only volunteer for Selective Service through the board in this county, lefty Monday for Ft. Benjamin Harrison, where he will undergo a rigid physical examination before entering camp for the year of training.

  Telden Grimes, well known farmer in this county, died at his home west of Pleasant Township Wednesday suffering the effects of a heart attack.

  Mrs. Nannie Dumfries Packenham, widow of S. E. Packenham of York Township, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clint Thompson of Florence Saturday. She had been ill with heart trouble for two weeks.

  Born, a daughter, November 24th, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lockridge of Plum Creek.

  An 8 pound daughter, Joyce Ann, was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Bladen.

  A fine son was born Thanksgiving morning to Junior Fulton and wife of Quercus Grove.

  A daughter, Helen Marie, was born November 19th to Mr. and Mrs. James McCreary of Bear Branch.

  A daughter was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Siebenthal of Bennington.

  Orville Bliss of Vevay and Miss Beulah Pike of Indianapolis were married Thursday by the Methodist minister at his home in Ghent, Kentucky.

  A 7 pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furnish Sunday and has been named Charles Wayne.


  Mrs. Anna Courtney, aged 78 years, passed away Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Cole, near Center Square.

  A committee has been appointed by Governor Leslie, the drought employment program and is composed of the following: Reverend Leland Courtney, Major J. T. Pritchard, county agent H. G. Kolb, Walter Trafelet, Louis Searcy, Edward W. Tilley and E. T. Coleman.

  Mrs. Martin Cole, aged 68 years, who resided near Fairview, died at her home Friday morning having been in ill health for several years.

  Last Thursday the home of John Lee near Fairview was totally destroyed by fire.

  The Reveille-Enterprise has just received the coveted honor of membership in American Press Century Club. Membership is available to newspapers showing satisfactory proof of continuous publication which for this paper dates from 1816.

  Lewis F. Works, former resident, died at his home in San Diego, California, November 17th, being nearly 91 years of age.

  Born November 17th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Trinkle of Posey Township.

  Born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Morris of Craig Township, a daughter, Wilma Jean.


  Married in Columbus, Indiana, Miss Nina Curry and Mark B. Franklin.

  Negotiations are underway for purchase by O. P. Co the Switzerland Democrat Publishing Company. Mr. Courtney plans to edit the Democrat himself if he completes the deal for the paper.

  Died in Youngstown, Ohio, November 21st, Mrs. Sarah Hedden Baird, 68. The husband, four sons, and three daughters survive.

  Announcement is made of the marriage on September 6th at Bedford, Kentucky of Miss Varience Brett and Ben Aldred.

  Married in Carrollton by Reverend Savage November 20th, Mrs. Mary Gordon and Robert Slate, both of Vevay.

  Married in Vevay by Reverend H. B. Ferrell, John Bruce and Grace Jones of Gallatin County, Kentucky.

  Married in Vevay by Reverend H. B. Ferrell, Miss Ollie D. Warner and Joseph Boon Roberts.

  In one of the most exciting games of the season Vevay handed Madison a jolt in the form of the small end of a 35 to 13 score.


  Telegrams were received here yesterday announcing the deaths of Dr. R. G. Simpson on Monday at Modesto, California, and of William Dow on Tuesday at Fresno, California. Both were well known in this county where they were reared and spent a large portion of their lives.

  Meles Jain, who formerly lived in this county, died November 21st at Boulder, Colorado, aged 70 years.

  Vevay citizens were shocked yesterday by the news that Margaret Dupraz, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Dupraz of Louisville had died at her home from the effects of hydrophobia.

  Lawrence Dodd and Miss Josie Marble were married Thursday at the home of the bride’s parents by Reverend Asher.


  F. M. Griffith was elected State Senator by an 813 vote majority.

  Married in Vevay November 20th by Reverend J. B. Morrison, Miss Flora Betts and W. H. McClintock.

  Our country is a little over 100 years old, but yet too young, apparently, to pay due attention to amending our ways especially highways. But few subjects of public improvement are more important. Good roads and fences are indubitable proof of the prosperity of a country. There is no single thing that needs more attention all over the country than the improvement of the country roads.

  Physicians report Vevay unusually healthy.