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8/1/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 8-1-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Swiss Wine Festival held its Princess and Prince contest this past Sunday evening at Belterra Casino Resort. Mr. Congeniality was Jason Craft; Princess third runner up is Casie Campbell; Prince third runner up is Nathan Wegman; Princess second runner up Carrie Wiley; Prince fourth runner up Shane Griffin; Princess Trisha Allen; Prince Philip Deaton; Princess first runner up Lindsay Hankins; Prince first runner up Corey Dunaway; Princess fourth runner up and Miss Congeniality Sarah Hickman; and Prince second runner up Matt Prarat.

Tom Demaree of The Ridge Winery had three of his wines earn honors at the recent Indy International Wine Competition that is held each year as a part of the Indiana State Fair. Of the more than 3,000 wines entered, only 81 were honored by being named "Concordance Gold" award winners. A wine earns Concordance Gold status when it is declared a gold medal wine by every judge in that particular category. Of those 81 Concordance Gold wines, only five of those were judged in the Indiana Commercial Wineries category - and Tom Demaree's "Country Red" was one of those five wines honored.

Ella Slover is celebrating her 100th birthday today (Thursday). She lives near Mount Sterling with her son and daughter-in-law, bob and Ana Slover.

Switzerland County lost one of its true characters recently when word of the death of Don Stepleton arrived in Vevay. Don died June 30th of this year at the age of 93 in Tarpon Springs, Florida.


There was something special about Jonathan Sandidge. He died Sunday, August 8th, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He died at the age of 18, three weeks before his 19th birthday. He is the son of Reverend Ronald and Jean Sandidge. He would have been a sophomore at Hanover College this fall.

Mary Kathryn Schwanholt of Switzerland County is among 10 Americans selected to receive the 1993 Honor Award from the national Soil and Water Conservation Society. The awards were presented by Soil and Water Conservation Service president Ron Hicks of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at an awards luncheon Wednesday during the Society's 48th annual meeting, which took place at Fort Worth, Texas.

Deaths this week: John Lock, 85, of New Washington; Elaine McMakin, 84, of Parks Ridge; Robbie Armstrong, 42, of Florence; and Jonathan Sandidge, 18, of Vevay.


Beneath those colorful mesh caps proclaiming "Pride in Tobacco," most Switzerland County farmers express a troubled look, at the Midwest drought continues to scorch the county's largest cash crop. Hopes have soared and quickly plummeted since the first of July as dark, heavy rain clouds frequently surround a property owner's burley crop and then dissipate in another direction. Couny extension agent John Keeton said the heat stress problem runs fairly uniform throughout the county, although some farmers have received rainfall up to 1.5 inches in isolated spots while their neighbors accrued nothing. Those farmers who have late crops could benefit the most, if he rains will come shortly.

The Little Swiss Polka Dancers, led by Betty Swango, appeared in the Swiss Alpine Festival Parade last Saturday morning as it wound through the streets of Vevay. The Polka Dancers appeared regular on stage and around the festival grounds during the four-day event. The kids worked hard to learn the steps, says Betty Swango and they should be applauded for their efforts.

David Gurley is celebrating his 15th year of business as the owner of the local Dairy Queen Brazier located on the east end of Vevay.

Deaths this week: John Bennett, 83, of Madison; Elsie I. Oliver, 82, of route 3, Vevay.


Get set, Switzerland County. If advance indications are accurate and if there's some good weather it's predicted as many as 100,000 people will swarm here for the Swiss Wine Festival August 17th-18th-19th.

James K. Danglade, assistant professor of history at Ball State University and former Vevay resident, has been named Director of Continuing Education at Grissom Air Force Base at Bunker Hill. He will also teach history in his new assignment.

A man named Thomas Thomas might be expected to have to get used to folks making some good-natured - but after all, rather tiresome - jokes about his name. But this Thomas Thomas probably hasn't had to experience much of that. The new principal at Patriot School, this Thomas Thomas is big enough and husky enough to discourage any wisecracks right off the bat.

The Mount Sterling Baptist Church was the setting for a beautiful wedding Sunday, July 15th, as Jane Ann Haskell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haskell, Jr., of route 2, Vevay, was united in marriage to Benny Daniel Garland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Garland, of route 3, Vevay.

Janet Lynn Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph T. Miller, route 3, Vevay, was graduated with a bachelor of arts degree May 13th at Indiana University.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Couch of Patriot will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday with a family reunion and an open house get together at the Patriot School gymnasium.


Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Andrew will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, August 18th, with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their home on Smith Ridge.


James and Edith Sides have sold their 134-year-old brick residence at the northwest corner of Market and Main Cross streets here to the Indianapolis District of the Church of the Nazarene, according to announcement by R. H. Middleton, realtor.

George Krummel must be the champion tomato raiser of Vevay. He has brought to our office two giants, one weighing 2 pounds and the other more than 1 1/2 pounds. They are red and of the Winsall variety.

Miss Janet Lois Brett, youngest daughter of Recorder and Mrs. Roy Brett and James Logan Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Redford Adams of near Moorefield were married Saturday by Reverend Walter Peters at his home in Vevay.

The public drinking fountains which were made possible by donations from Vevay business men at the solicitation of Ernest "Pete" Courtney, were installed in Vevay over the weekend. One was placed on Ferry Street near the Swiss Inn and the other on Main Street in front of the courthouse.


County school superintendent Charles B. Noble, general chairman of the Switzerland County Ration Board for the past 19 months has resigned and has resigned and has been succeeded by Professor Austin T. Funk, Vevay school superintendent.

H. D. Bruner of Aberdeen fell from a load of hay last Thursday and fractured both wrists.

Born August 3rd, a son, Charles, to Mr. and Mrs. James Boulton of Lamb.


Mrs. Mary Belle Wallick, wife of Providence H. Wallick, passed away at her home at Center Square Friday. About five weeks ago Mrs. Wallick suffered a paralytic stroke and since that time her death has been expected.

Halden Adams spent the weekend in Connersville, Indiana, where he made arrangements to remove his barber shop from Vevay to that city.

Mrs. Mahala C. Searcy died Tuesday at her home near Patriot. She had reached her 90th birthday and her death was attributed to the infirmities of old age.

At their respective meetings held Monday, the County Commissioners and the City Council each appropriated $100 for the erection of a State Police radio system, thus meeting Switzerland County's quota of $200 for the proposed $100,000 state radio fund.

Mrs. C. E. Pangburn, proprietor of the Phoenix Hotel, is completing arrangements to retire from the business about September 1st.

Mrs. Emma Hanna, 78, widow of Stephen Hanna, died at her home near Markland Monday nigh from a complication of diseases.

Typhoid fever claimed its second victim in one family Saturday when Lucien Jamieson, 54, passed away at the family home at Scotch Settlement following a heart attack. Mr. Jamieson was apparently recovering from the disease. A sister, Ethel Jamieson, died on July 18th from the disease with which five members of the family have been ill at the same time. A second brother, Wallace, is still very low and his recovery is doubtful.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Scudder of Greenwood.

Born, a son, Harold Wayne, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickason.


The Rising Sun wharfboat was sunk one night last week when a log struck it and tore a hole in the hull. The boat has been in use 15 years.

Opp Sieglitz graduated last week from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and has returned to Vevay where he will open an office equipped with the most modern instruments and appliances.

Mrs. Mary Lamson, aged 80 years, died at her home on Vevay route 4 Saturday. She has been in poor health for some time and recently suffered a fall from which she never recovered.

A crowd estimated all the way from 5,000 to 8,000 people attended the Ku Klux Klan meeting in Vevay Friday night and witnessed the parade and public naturalization.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Pike of Center Square.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Danner of Vevay route 4.

The contractors are busy mixing and pouring concrete for the new high school building at Patriot. Another schoolhouse is being erected at Quercus Grove when these buildings are finished Patriot-Posey Township Consolidated Schools will be well housed.


Mrs. Martha Brindley, widow of the late W. G. Brindley, formerly a resident of Mount Sterling passed away at her home at Prestonville, Kentucky, Tuesday after a lingering illness.

Deputy County Clerk James S. Wright issued a hunter's license this week to Estal Long, a son of attorney Frank M. Long. The lad is 1 years of age and is the youngest person in the county possessing such a document. Francis M. Long, Sr., the boy's grandfather, is 74 years of age and is the oldest person in the county to have a hunter's license.

Harry Land, young Vevay grocer, died in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Friday following an operation for appendicitis. He was but 21 years of age.

James Rook is opening a barber shop in Vevay.

Mrs. Elliza J. McCreary, aged 63, died Sunday morning at her home in Florence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Josephine Simpson, widow of the late Captain James M. Simpson, formerly sheriff of this county, died at her home in Indianapolis Tuesday.

Mr. Amanda Davis, widow of the late John Davis, died at her home in Vevay Sunday morning at the age of 73 years.

Samuel Krall died Sunday evening at his home near Aaron.

Born August 1st, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lou Peters of Tapps Ridge.

Mrs. Jennie Swango, of Posey Township, and Mr. Davis were married at Sparta, Kentucky, July 21st.


Edward P. Goddard died at his home near Quercus Grove July 22nd after enduring a long painful illness. He was a farmer by profession but had taught school in various parts of the country. He was a Civil War veteran and was 61 years of age.

Licensed to marry: Jonathan L. Watter and Bessie Barber, Eugene Ayler and Naomi Little, and James A. Depp and Laura E. Jump.

Died of tuberculosis at his home near Allensville July 17th, Robert Tague, aged 46 years.

Died near Markland of whooping couch, Cecil, daughter of William and Luella Scudder, aged 1 year, 1 month, 8 days.


Professor M. A. Barnett, of Attica, Indiana, and Miss Alice B. Shaw of Vevay were married August 5th in the Methodist Church in Vevay. Professor Barnett and bride will leave next week for Attica where they will make their future home.

Vevay is to put on more city airs. Ferry Street leading from the wharfboat to Main Street is to be lighted by gasoline.

Last Monday someone entered the residence of Walter Lock on Pendleton Run and stole 18 yards of calico, pillow cases, sheets, etc. The thief has not been detected.

Archibald Shaw of Switzerland County and Miss Hannah Fetch of Dearborn County were married July 30th at the home of the bride's parents near Moorefield.


Civil War news: The following promotions have been made in the 3rd Indiana Cavalry, 45th Regiment: John D. S. Spencer, captain; James A. Kelsey, 1st Lieutenant; James Calhoun, 2nd Lieutenant; William W. Long, 1st Lieutenant; Charles W. Lee, captain; Benjamin F. Gilbert, 2nd Lieutenant. After two years of irregular service this regiment will now go into regular service.

Sidney Tinker has been appointed 2nd Lieutenant in Company D, 93rd Indiana Regiment.

The news from Kentucky indicates that the Union ticket carried the state by a large majority.

Captain Harvey M. Hall of Enterprise has been given authority from the state militia to raise a company in Switzerland County for six months' service. Meetings will be held in different parts of the county for recruiting.

There will be thanksgiving, praise and prayer services today in t he Universalist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches following the President's proclamation.

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