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12/13/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 12-13-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


In a startling report from the State Board of Education about he results of the State Graduation Qualifying Exam that all students must pass in order to earn a high school diploma - this year's sophomore class at Switzerland County High School posted the lowest scores in the area. School superintendent Tracy Caddell believes that policies and plans can be put in place that will improve test scores in future years. Test scores for other grade levels will not be released until early next year.

Air Force Airman Jennifer B. Hatchett has graduated from basic military training at Lackland air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of An Hatchett of Vevay and a 2000 graduate of Switzerland county High School.

Members of the Switzerland County Farm Service Agency staff participated in a tour of the Carrollton Tobacco Warehouse on Tuesday with members of the state FSA staff. Locals participating were Janie Judy, Jim Phipps, Jeanne Allen and Chuck Deputy.


Switzerland County Elementary School students who placed high in History Day academic competition are Haley Wiley, Stephanie Graybill, Mary Allhands and Amanda Owings. The strong showing in district competition qualified them for state competition later in the school year.

The unemployment rate in Switzerland county decreased slightly in October. Switzerland County had a 9 percent unemployment rate in October, a decrease from September when the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent. Switzerland County's unemployment rate ranks eighth in the state.

Randy Brown of Vevay has found many, many Indian artifacts in the Switzerland County earth, but the arrowhead he found Saturday is special. "The large size and the quality of the workmanship is very rare," he said. He discovered the arrowhead - it's so well made, he said, it could have been used as a knife - in the Vevay river bottoms being dug up for the town's riverfront park project. It's probably somewhere between 300 and 3,000 years old. An avid collector, Randy Brown said, 'Finding something like his makes it all worthwhile."


There were nothing but smiles and wide eyes for children of Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in Vevay last Tuesday morning as they received a visit from Santa Claus before their Christmas vacation. Santa went from room to room handing out candy and spreading good cheer as kids giggled and clapped as he came to each one. Santa has also been busy visiting other places, such as the Children's Christmas program conducted last Friday at Santa's Place on Ferry Street. He also was spotted at the nursing homes in Vevay as well as the Senior Citizens Center last week. Santa stopped briefly to say, "I've been pretty busy, but I promise the gifts all will be delivered by Christmas Day. Merry Christmas everyone."


J. C. Ramsey has resigned as Switzerland County clerk and former auditor Wilbur Allen has been recommended as his successor. Ramsey's resignation takes effect December 31st. He will assume duties as field examiner for the State Board of Accounts on January 2nd. Allen's name has been officially recommended to Governor Edgar Whitcomb, who under Indiana law must fill the vacancy created by Ramsey's resignation.

A massive stack of more than 175 brand new shoes are being offered as Christmas gifts to any families in Switzerland County needing or wanting them for their holiday celebrations. The shoes were donated to the Committee for the Underprivileged, which annually collects clothing, toys and other items for distribution at Christmas time. The U.S. Shoe Company gave most of the shoes - all of them brand new and the latest, most modern design. Raymond Osborn, Jr., of Osborn's Store in Vevay donated about 30 pairs of shoes.

Ginny Leap, the office manager for Vevay Newspapers, usually parks her car on Ferry Street near the newspaper office when she comes to work every morning.

But last Thursday, she decided to park on Pike Street, across the street from the post office. She wanted to allow parking room on Ferry Street for a truck that was to pick up a load of newspapers that day.

That decision may have saved Ada Aldred a lot of pain and serious injury, and even worse.

At least, Mrs. Aldred thinks so. And so do several other people.

Here's what happened.

About 10 a.m. that morning, Mrs. Aldred pulled into one of the angled parking slots in front of the post office. She was going to be only a minute in the post office, so she left her car's engine running, the gear shift set in "park."

It didn't stay in "park." Mrs. Aldred had gone up a couple of the post office steps when she heard some funny noises coming from her car, and she looked around to see it backing slowly across the street. Somehow, all by itself, the gear shift had popped out of "park" and into "reverse."

She ran back down the steps and tried to open the door on the driver's side, intending to climb back into the car and get it stopped.

"I grabbed the door handle but my hand slipped off," Mrs. Aldred recalls. "I grabbed at it again and this time I got the door open and I reached in and tried to grab the steering wheel, to guide it away from Ginny's car there across the street.

"But then somehow - I don't know how it happened - my feet got twisted up, and my leg was bent down underneath at the knee by the car door. That door was bearing down on my leg so hard I was just pinned there. I couldn't get out."

"There I was, just looking a t the wheel of the car, coming at me. I thought sure it was going to crush me."

Wisely - and frantically - Mrs. Aldred screamed for help. Out of he post office came postal employees Elbert Lock, Bob Furnish, Bob Lock, Doug Ray and Bob Brown. Some other men nearby - Paul Andrew, Mike Leap, Charlie Green - also rushed to help her.

But before they could do anything, Mrs. Aldred's car had banged into Ginny Leap's car. And that's what saved her from some major injuries, and perhaps worse.

The collision with Ginny's car halted Mrs. Aldred's car. Mrs. Aldred was still pinned beneath it, but she was no longer in danger of being crushed by its wheels.

"If Ginny's car hadn't been there, I would have gone under that wheel," said Mrs. Aldred.

Several of the men who had rushed to the scene got together and somehow slid Ginny Leap's parked car over several inches, freeing Mrs. Aldred from her trap.

Karen Miller at Ricketts Jewelry store called police, who summoned an ambulance, and Mrs. Aldred was whisked away to King's Daughters' Hospital for treatment.

Almost unbelievably, she was snot hurt badly. All she suffered were some painful bruises on her leg. Doctors at Madison told her to stay off her feet for a day or so, and that then she should be fine.

By that afternoon, Mrs. Aldred was on the phone, apologizing to Ginny Leap for the dent in her car. "Don't think a thing about it," Ginny told her. "When I think what might've happened to you if my car hadn't been there, that dent looks mighty good."


United States Shoe Corporation has announced $1,145,112 has been distributed to eligible employees in accordance with the firm's employee profit sharing plan. Under this plan, employees of the firm's Vevay factory who have been with the company over a year will participate in profit sharing amounting to $124,083.09.

Newell D. Fox, formerly of Vevay, has joined the Miami office of Francis I. DuPont & Company, nationwide investment firm, as a registered representative Fox, son of Mrs. Herman L. Fox, of 201 Arch Street, Vevay, was previously associated with Colgate Palmolive, and the Ford Motor credit Company in Atlanta.


Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gregory, former residents of Switzerland County, now residing in Aurora, have been notified that their son, John Edward Gregory, 18-year-old sailor of the U.S. Navy was "Missing in Action."

By order of the federal government no new automobile license plates will be issued for 1943. Instead motorists will retain their 1942 plates and will be issued a small metal tab to be attached to the top of the rear 1942 plate.

Relatives of three Switzerland County boys, all with General MacArthur in New Guinea, were notified this week that they had been wounded in action against the Japanese. The three are Raymond McFarland, Louis Patterson and Nathan Osborn.

The county Defense Committee has announced the sale of 447,000 pounds of scrap iron and rubber to William McAllister of York Township at a price of 45 cents per hundred pounds, or around $17,000. Mr. McAllister is now hauling the scrap in a specially built truck to a steel miller in Covington, Kentucky.

Perry F. Gullion, farmer of Cotton Township, died suddenly at his home near Fairview December 10th after suffering a heart attack.


Everett Bledsoe, aged about 55 years, Vevay barber, committed suicide by shooting himself near the heart with a shotgun Tuesday afternoon.

Raymond Ricketts, aged 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ricketts of Markland, passed away at the home of his parents Thursday evening following a lingering illness of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Henry S. Pickett, former sheriff of this county, passed away at his home on Tapps Ridge Sunday morning following a long period of ill health.

For the second time within the past few years Warsaw, Kentucky, has been visited by a disastrous fire. On Sunday morning an entire city block was destroyed by a blaze which consumed the Warsaw Masonic lodge hall, the McCann shoe store, four homes and the building occupied by the Warsaw Fire Department,

Ernest Danglade, aged 67 years, Superintendent of Schools in Switzerland County, died at his home here early Sunday morning following a sudden stroke of paralysis.


The President has appointed Honorable A. P. Twineham, a Switzerland County man now residing at Princeton, Indiana, a commissioner to appraise lands within the Round Valley Indian Reservation in California.

Ova, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Chittenden of Patriot, died Tuesday night of consumption.

Edward Poston, son of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Poston, died at his home near Patriot of typhoid fever.


Julia, 22-year-old daughter of Zachariah Cotton and wife, died on November 22nd at the home of the parents in Craig Township.

William E. Kennedy of Canaan and Miss Hannah Simpson of Bennington were married December 8th, at the parsonage of Pleasant Township by Reverend Moore.

Henry B. Phillips and Miss Nannie Henry, both of Switzerland County, were married December 1st near Center Square, Reverend I. C. Smith officiating.

William Lee died at his home near Fairview December 12th. He was born in Ohio in 1812 but came to Indiana while young. He had been in ill health for the past three years. The wife, several sons, and daughters are left to mourn his loss.


Civil War news: Reports of a major battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13th state that "It appears that Burnside's original plan was to move suddenly to Fredericksburg, cross, and then open a base of supplies from Acquia Creek and push rapidly to Richmond. He expected to get 30 or 40 miles south before the rebels came and felt confident he could crush them. He was promised pontoons and supplies at Falmouth. This was the fated omission given. A delay of 10 days enabled the rebels to fortify and concentrate. His plan was to carry the first line of the rebel works by storm and then follow them so rapidly that they could not make a stand, then to drive and scatter them with his reserves."

Official reports of our losses in the battle make the number less than first reported, being less than 1,400 killed and 8,000 wounded. A large portion of the wounded were but slightly hurt. We lost 800 prisoners and took about as many, which were exchanged. The rebel loss is almost equal to our own.

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