Reflections of the past

Deaths this week: Melinda Scandy, Charles Hamilton, Muriel M. Grove, Ruth Bailey, Iona P. Mueller.



  Deaths this week: Melinda Scandy, Charles Hamilton, Muriel M. Grove, Ruth Bailey, Iona P. Mueller.

  Wayne Daugherty, Jim Phipps, Bill Roberts, Tonya Moore have all been sworn in for school board terms. 

  Jim Phipps is the new President of the Switzerland County School Board.

  Patience Angelika Meyer and Grant Sheffield Dean have announced their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple will be married on Friday, June 26th, 2009 in Madison.

  Courtney Gullion, a fifth grader at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, and a student in Donna Padgett’s class, earned the county championship the Spelling Bee that was held on Saturday.


  An accident on State Road 129 just north of Pleasant on New Year’s Eve claimed the life of Victor Eicher, a 36-year-old Switzerland County man. Last Tuesday it claimed the life of his 15- year old daughter. Salmon Eicher, 15, of Pleasant Grove Road, died at the University of Louisville Hospital last Thursday, January 7th. They were both passengers in a horse drawn buggy that was struck by a pickup truck driven by Bernard C. Hartley, 16, of Canaan.

  Loren Ray Hopper, Sr, has retired after 35 years at Reliance Electric in Madison.

  Gina Simon has earned inclusion on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Franklin College. She is currently serving an internship through Franklin College with CILAG Corporation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, working in a environmental lab as a part of the internship.

  Switzerland County residents earning inclusion on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Ivy Tech in Madison include: Lisa Craig, Matthew Libby, Marlene Weaver, Ryan Griffin, Jackie Chatham, Melissa Johns, and Wauneta Tatrum, and former Vevay resident Mary Rook Rowlett, currently in Milton, Kentucky.


  Lt. John Stivers, a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division, is the 1988 recipient of his division’s prestigious “Director’s Leadership Award.” Stivers, a Vevay resident, was honored for his outstanding leadership qualities during his 25 years as a conservation officer.

  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gardner, Jr., of Versailles will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, January 28th with open house given by their children at the Versailles Legion Home. The Gardners are former Switzerland County residents.

  The Vevay Town Board recently purchased new cruisers, 1985 Ford Crown Victorias, replacing the old 1983 cruisers. The new cars were delivered recently and are now on the job.

  Mr. and Mrs. Carlysle Armstrong of Bennington announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Carla to Barry Wesner, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wesner of Chalmers, Indiana. The wedding will take place February 11th at the Federated Church in Brooketon, Indiana.


  Galen Rayls, a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School, was selected by a unanimous vote of the Merit Board January 3rd, to replace Dean Jackson as Sheriff Garry Forwood’s deputy.

  The Markland Dam Bridge is to be closed on either the 17th or 18th of January for a period of about six hours. Reason for the closure is due to two defective bearing plates which are underneath structural beams.

  On Friday, December 29th, Hazel Boggs of Switzerland Chapter No. 469, Order of the Eastern Star, was presented a pin from the Indiana Grand Chapter for 50 years of continuous membership.


  Vevay has its second century-old resident as Mrs. Hattie E. Jackson of Vevay marked her 100th birthday Monday having celebrated with visits from many of her descendants Sunday. Vevay’s other 100-year-old is Mrs. Maud Taylor who reached her 100th birthday the past October 17th. She lives alone in Vevay; while Mrs. Jackson lives with her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Moreillon.

  U.S. Army Specialist-5 Joseph Keith Kirkendall was decorated posthumously following his August 27th, 1968 death during a mortar attack in the Vietnam War. Receiving their son’s Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals at their Mount Sterling home Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kirkendall.

  U.S. Army Specialist-5 Donald Wayne Brown, 21, a former resident of Switzerland County, was killed in a mess hall explosion near Cu Chi, Vietnam, January 2nd. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norval R. Brown of route 5, Madison, were notified of their son’s death Friday.

  Robert H. Riggs, son of Mrs. Marie B. Riggs of Vevay, has been promoted to staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Staff Sergeant Riggs is a communications equipment repairman at Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, Germany.


  Triplets were born to Mr. and Mrs. James David Heath of route 2, Vevay, the first in Switzerland County, early Wednesday morning at the Madison hospital. They are two girls, Doris Lynn, 3 pounds, 13 ounces, Diane Kay, 4 pounds, 13 ounces, and a boy, Donald Neal, 4 pounds, 13 1/2  ounces.

  Plans are being formulated at U.S. Lock and Dam 39 at Markland for a training course for present employees there in the operation of the new high dam lock chambers, nearing completion. The new lock chambers are on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River and it is expected that they will be ready for operation about March 1st.

  Horace B. Riggs, 63, of Vevay, died Saturday noon in the Madison hospital. Almost all of Mr. Riggs’ life was spent in the printing business. His career began at the age of 16 when he printed a neighborhood newspaper “The Riggs Gazette” in his home. Among the many newspapers he worked for are the Vevay Reveille and the Switzerland Democrat. In 1946 he returned to the Reveille-Democrat office in Vevay, then owned by the late J. K. Danglade, and for 12 years he held a responsible position there.

  Louis Teats, assistant postmaster in the Vevay Post Office, this week began his 36th year as an employee of the U.S. Postal Department. He has served under five postmasters during that time and for 30 years acted as city mail carrier.


  A nine-pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Browning at their home here on Monday morning, January 10th.

  Funeral services were held for Pfc. James Daniel Roberts, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Roberts of Craig Township who was killed in action April 24th, 1945, in Germany on Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services for Staff Sergeant John D. Cook, 27, the fourth Switzerland County boy to give his life in World War II have been arranged for Friday afternoon. He is the son of George and Loretta Platt Cook.

  Edward Peelman of Vevay, a pilot on the local ferry boat, is believed to be recovering from an operation performed Friday at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Covington, Kentucky, for the removal of an abscess from the liver.

  Billy, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sullivan, Jr., of Vevay, is a patient in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where he underwent an emergency appendectomy on the night of January 5th.


  M. H. Griffith was painfully injured last week when struck by a falling hay rake.

  A 9-pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Berkemier January 6th. She has been named Juanita.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holdcroft of Plum Creek January 7th an 8 1/2 pound son.

  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Black of Brushy Fork, a son, Sunday morning.

  Marl, a deposit of clay mixed with lime, in usable quality has been found near Moorefield and Pleasant and on Indian Creek.

  Fire, caused from an overheated furnace, caused considerable damage at the home of Forrest Iddings on Market Street about 8 o’clock Saturday morning.

  A frozen water pipe attached to a kitchen range at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tilley exploded Tuesday morning and blew up the stove. It was not known that the pipe was frozen and when a fire was built in the stove the accumulated steam exploded. Mrs. Tilley had just left the room when the accident occurred.

  The century old Swiss custom of masking on New Year’s Day is fast passing in Vevay. This custom of masquerading and calling upon friends is the only place in the United States where it was observed.

  Everett Graham who suffered severe head injuries when his bicycle was struck by an automobile is slowly improving in Madison hospital. An Indianapolis brain specialist examined him but he advised against surgery.

  A recent picture in a Cincinnati newspaper showed President Coolidge presenting the pen with which he signed the Swing-Johnson Boulder Dam bill to Senator Hiram Johnson. In the group of men included in the transaction was Dr. Elwood Mead, native of Patriot, new Commission of Reclamation for the government.


  Thomas Protsman, living on Indian Creek, suffered a slight concussion of the brain Tuesday when a team of horses hitched to a sled ran away. His father, Joseph Protsman, found him in an unconscious condition on the sled but after regaining consciousness he was unable to remember how the accident happened.

  E. P. Anshutz who has been the wharfmaster for several years left Sunday to locate in Capazon, California. Mrs. Anshutz and children will move later. One daughter, Miss Marie, has been in California for two years where she is studying painting.

  A son was born January 4th to Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Cole of Bennington.

  Mrs. C. S. Tandy left Monday to be at the bedside of her daughter, Miss Julia, who is very ill of influenza in Boston where she has been visiting her sisters, Misses Mary and Justine Tandy at Simmons College.

  Mrs. Sarah Rice of Patriot celebrated her 95th birthday January 4th at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. Bruner Foster.


  The editor, W. J. Baird, is inaugurating a series of articles which he calls “Pen Pictures of Vevay.” They describe the “City Today, People who have Passed Away, and People You Meet Every Day.”

  Mrs. E. Barker and daughter, Miss Ella, entertained with a supper party Wednesday evening in honor of the Misses Patton and of Miss Frankie Anderson, who is home on a visit. Guests were members of the Literary Circle and a few friends.


  This year’s cotton crop will be close to two and a half million bales.

  Last Tuesday while U. P. Schenck was riding in a sleigh it went over an embankment and threw him to the ground. His injuries were painful but not serious.

  Lemuel Bledsoe attended the meeting of the state board of agriculture of which he is a member in Indianapolis.

  William Peters has purchased the two-story brick residence of Mrs. Sarah Smithson on Main Street.


  The steamer “Madison” collided with the “Iowa” at Aurora Monday and the former was sunk. The boat was valued at $12,000 with $8,000 insurance and the cargo at $65,000, partly insured.

  Perret Dufour bought the ferry on Saturday for $2,080.

  Stephen A. Douglas was this afternoon re-elected U.S. Senator by the legislature of Illinois.