Reflections of the past week of 12-10-09


News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Town of Patriot has been placed on probation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – because of the county’s failure to provide FEMA with information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program. Probation lasts at least one year, and once placed on it, a community remains on it for a year regardless of whether or not they provide the information requested.

The Vevay Kiwanis Club held its annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 5th. The party was open to all children in the county in grades kindergarten through fourth grade, and was held at the Ogle Haus Inn. Approximately 150 children attended the event.

Longtime employees of t he U.S. Shoe Corporation/Nine West Group will be honored by the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner on Thursday, December 16th. With the plant closing officially on Friday, December 17th, the chamber has asked all current employees with more than 15 years at the shoe factory to be special guests at the dinner. Each person will be honored for the number of years that they have worked.


During the Thursday night annual meeting of the Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce, chamber president Art Caster was presented the second annual Paul Ogle Community Service Award. He received a plaque from chamber vice president Bob “Doc” Findley in recognition of his commitment to the people of Switzerland County.

Retiring Swiss Wine Festival Chairman Paul Andrew was recognized during his final meeting as the chair of the committee for his commitment to the Swiss Wine Festival. He was presented with a plaque by the members of the committee in recognition of years which he has given to the planning and preparation of the yearly wine festival. Elaine Prosser and Rose Harbert will attempt to double-up on the vacancy Paul Andrew will leave on the committee by serving as the cochairmen for the 1990 Swiss Wine Festival.


At the Farm Bureau Awards Banquet November 7th Randall Walker (10th District Director), Marietta Crandell (Women’s Leader), and Russell Weaver (Switzerland County Chairman), received County Gold Stars for Membership, Information and Policy Development and Action.


Looking for their first Jefferson County Invitational Tournament championship, Switzerland County’s Pacers will face defending champion Madison Shawe in opening round play of the 1970 JCIT.

Southeastern Indiana Vocational School is in the final steps of establishing a pre-apprentice program for electronics technicians in Versailles. The program will involve providing students with educational experiences to make them eligible to take a state examination to become licensed in Indiana as an electronics technician.

Switzerland County’s new 9-through-12-grades high school was officially dedicated Sunday afternoon as Howard White, project engineer, presented the key to the school to Warren Works, president of the county school board. White is an architect for James Associates, Architects, of Indianapolis, who designed the $1,652,086 building. A large crowd of Switzerland County residents attended the dedication and open house.


Switzerland County residents will be happy to learn that Captain Don Moseley, present lockmaster at U.S. Locks and Dam 39, will be retained as lockmaster of the new Markland Dam now under construction. Captain Moseley has been in charge of Dam 39 for the past nine years. The promotion carries with it added responsibilities and new duties but Captain Moseley has demonstrated that he is capable of handling them.

In 1966 the Vevay Methodist Church will celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary for its organization but on Sunday, December 27th, the 100th birthday of Ruter Chapel, the present church home on Main Street will be observed.


The Vevay cagers at last broke into the win column by defeating an arch rival, Patriot, 26-24 at Vevay, December 2nd. The contest was a zig-zag affair all the way, each squad taking turns at the lead.

One of Switzerland County’s most colorful characters, Tommy O’Day, a survival of the charge of the Light Brigade, was the subject of a sketch which appeared recently in the magazine section of the Indianapolis Star in its “Hoosierana” column. Mr. O’Day was the father of four children, all of whom married and reared children, and many of his descendants reside in Switzerland County.


Born, December 8th, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Sigmon of Tapps Ridge, a little daughter.

William S. Walker, resident of Posey Township, passed away in a Cincinnati hospital Thursday from the effect of injuries inflicted by a maddened bull which he was attempting to lead into a building on his farm at Steele’s Corner.

Marion Williamson, employee of this newspaper and well known sportswriter, died suddenly Sunday evening from the effect of a cerebral hemorrhage.


Cogley Cole, Sr., superintendent of the upper state highway was overcome by carbon monoxide gas Wednesday while driving a state truck. He became very ill near the Ira Tapp home where he was taken for care and was later brought to Vevay.

This issue contains a fine article by G. S. Tarbox, a former resident of Florence but now of Mattoon, Illinois, describing the collision of the steamers America and United States, which is reprinted from the Cincinnati Times Star. Mr. Trabox assisted in ministering to the victims of the collision. The collision occurred on December 4th, 1868.

Harry Laswell, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Laswell of Cross Plains was critically injured Tuesday while diving in the swimming pool at Terre Haute Normal College. His neck was broken and he is paralyzed from the shoulders down.


Tobacco markets opened Monday and averages ranged from $37.58 per hundred pounds to $59.34.

Russell Hitch has bought the confectionery of Ide Clark at Fairview.

A daughter was born December 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. John Gullion of Bennington. She was named Beryl Nadine.

Levi Lewis of Bennington fell from his barn loft Saturday and was hurt seriously.

A barge of coal was received by the Vevay Flour Mills last week and it lasted about as long as the proverbial snow ball.


The large side wheel steamers are out again after having been laid up for three months on account of low water and the deep tones of their whistles is heard with pleasure.

The Steamer Island Queen went to Carrollton last week and is anchored in the Kentucky River to await the coming of summer.

Born to George Armstrong and wife of East Enterprise December 5th, a girl.

Astronomers say that Halley’s Comet can be seen with the naked eye in January.


The October list of internal revenue for this county totals $7,695.96.

Julius Dufour has been appointed a government store keeper and is on duty at Patriot.

Damages claimed by parties suing the Louisville and Cincinnati Mail Line Company for loss of life occasioned by the collision and burning of the steamers America and United States last December amount to over $75,000.

William L. Campbell has opened a law office here.

The distillery of W. J. Pate and Company at Patriot, paid internal revenue taxes for the month of November amounting to $35,601.25.

The iron bridge at the mouth of Indian Creek is completed. The stone abutments were built by Melcher and Stucy.

Last Thursday afternoon while working on the Indian Creek bridge Frank Mennet lost his balance and fell into the water, a distance of 40 feet. He was able to swim to shore.

William Sands is here for the purpose of taming wild horses and teaching a class in horsemanship. During his stay he has tamed 25 horses.

While passing down the river last Tuesday morning the barge Ghent in tow by the Argosy, struck one of the piers of the Louisville bridge and sank. The cargo consisted of 352 tons of hay and belonging to J. K. Pleasants. It was insured for $5,982.47. The barge belonged to U. P. Schenck and was valued at $4,000. It was not insured.

Reverend L. R. Booth has gone to Spencer to preach.

Albert Golay started for Warrentown, Florida Monday night.

John Long is now clerk on the Steamer C. T. Dumont, plying between Warsaw and Cincinnati.


The wife and a daughter of Solomon Washer of Cotton Township died from burns which they received Saturday morning. The daughter fell into the fire and Mrs. Washer, in attempting to rescue her, caught fire too. Mr. Washer, seeing smoke coming from the house rushed from the barn and badly burned his hands trying to put out the flames.

The steamer Rochester bound to Cincinnati, while attempting to land at Eagle Hollow four miles above Madison, a snag in the fog and sank in 10 minutes. Boat and cargo were a total loss. Passengers suffered very much from the cold.

Messers. Northcott and Rous, butchers, have removed from the market house to a room on Ferry Street.

The steamer Switzerland arrived in New Orleans December 8th safely.

Commissioners Court is composed of Messers. Herrick, Welch, Gordan and Mead is now in session.

Dwellings in Vevay are in great demand and cannot be rented for love or money.

We should have a town marshal.

John Brown was hung in Virginia last Friday.