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8/15/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 8-15-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Town of Patriot held its Democratic caucus Tuesday night to elect its slate of candidates for Patriot Town Council and Patriot Clerk-Treasurer. They are council members Kathy Workman, James Caudill and Darrell Kasson and clerk-treasurer Pam Hutchinson. There are no Republicans running, so all four will assume four-year terms on January 1st.

The Swiss Wine Festival gets underway tonight (Thursday), but one of the highlights of the festival will take place Saturday morning when the Grand Festival Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. There will be two brand new floats in this year's parade, constructed by Mike Danner, Larry Tolbert, and Buster Harlow. One of the floats will carry the dignitaries from Vevey, Switzerland in the parade.

Mike and Marlene Jones of Patriot recently attended the Sunday School class of former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia.

Logann Brooke Bovard won the 2003 Miss Sunburst International pageant held in Atlanta, Georgia August 1st-3rd. She represented Ohio Sunburst Pre-Teen.

The Edelweiss Teen Princess will be crowned tonight (Thursday) as part of the opening night of the Swiss Wine Festival. Fifteen young ladies will compete for the title.


The streets of Vevay are quiet again today. The Swiss Wine Festival is over for another year, but for four days last week the Town of Vevay came to life with entertainment, lots of activities, carnival rides, a parade and lots of people. "There is no way we can say how many people were here," said festival chairman Randy Ricketts, "but it was definitely a larger crowd than last year."

Jediah French, of near Moorefield, has been named a delegate coordinator for 1994 Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conference. Jediah, a junior at Switzerland County High School, achieved the honor over others who were older and enrolled in college from throughout the State of Indiana.

The Switzerland County Public Library ow has a "Preschool Toy Lending Library," funded by the Vevay Kiwanis Club, ready for circulation. There are over 40 toys in the collection.


The Switzerland County Emergency Medical Service received their brand new mobile unit last Friday from Chris Volz Chevrolet of Milan. The unit is valued at approximately $35,000. The mobile unit was a gift from a Cincinnati man, who was found guilty of harvesting marijuana in Switzerland County. As part of his sentence, the man, Charles Straus, agreed to pay for a new emergency unit instead of going to jail.

Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, located here in Vevay, recently had some repair work done o the inside and roof in order to accommodate the students attending classes this fall. According to Miles Reynolds, principal at Jeff-Craig, the restrooms were redone and ceilings were dropped in every classroom to improve the acoustics. The roof of the elementary school, as well as the high school's was recently tarred and had any leaks repaired for the fall session. Classes started shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at both the high school and two elementary schools.

Maude Scott Tiley turned 99 on August 21st. The daughter of John and Lourena Brady Scott was born August 21st, 1884 in Boone County, near Burlington, Kentucky, the youngest of eight children. She lived at home until she was married to Frank Riley on November 23rd, 1904. She has spent many hours working for her church and community.


Mr. and Mrs. Ethol Andrew celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday at the Andrew home on Smith Ridge. The Andrews were honored at a surprise pitch-in dinner staged by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Work on one of the lines in the Patriot Water Line extension project has already been completed and four more are scheduled as soon as the FHA loan and grant to water line is closed. This will probably be in September. FHA officials say the FHA is loaning the water line $533,000 and granting it $200,000. Meanwhile, local contractor Willard Liter and his crew completed work on the Scotts Ridge extension Wednesday.

The Switzerland Baptist church of Vevay will celebrate 100 years of continuing ministry from its present location September 2nd with a Homecoming program. Back on September 14th, 1873, the Switzerland Baptist church moved to its present site on the corner of Main Cross and Pike streets, and will soon mark a century of service to the community and the county.

Mr. Martha Cole received honorable mention in judging for the coveted Pace Setter Award given by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) each year to the most outstanding local educator in Indiana.

Russell Heath, Sr., 65, route 1, Florence was killed Saturday in an automobile accident on state road 156, three miles east of Vevay.


Alex Childers, 71, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home in Vevay following a heart attack. Mr. Childers, at the time of his death, was employed at the Farm Bureau Coop feed store on Ferry Street.

The Vevay-Switzerland sesquicentennial celebration has turned out just too good to be true. Only a couple of bills remain to be paid and according to treasurer Ralph Tilley, the sesqui association should realize a profit of a little over $1,500.

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Spencer of Vevay have a tall, tall tomato vine growing in their backyard. Measuring over nine feet tall, the vine has already produced nine quarts of fine big tomatoes and Mr. and Mrs. Spencer expect many more. Mrs. Spencer said she used only one teaspoonful on the vine.

Vevay and Switzerland County celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago with a rousing party that overshadowed the 150th birthday of a neighboring historical fort settlement, one of the very first in the southeastern Indiana area. Fort Buchanan, located a few miles from Canaan on the Ripley County Line Road, was constructed in 1813 by a pioneer family as protection against Indians. A stone replica of the fort ow stands on the original site, and recently the Daughters of the American Revolution saw fit to construct a highway historical marker at Cross Plains directing tourists to the site.


Mrs. Jenkins O'Neal has brought to this office a pair of Siamese (twin) cucumbers. The vegetable are about five inches long and are grown firmly together their entire length.

Janice Sullivan, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sullivan of Center Square, sustained cuts about her face when she fell from a load of hay at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bradford.

Dr. C. O. Sieglitz is receiving congratulations of his friends in the awarding of first place to his saddle horse at the horse show at Carrollton Saturday night. Sue of Hill Heaven, a highly bred young horse, was the winner of the five gaited junior class in the stake show.

Last rites for Mrs. Emory Melton, a highly respected lady of the Pleasant -Canaan communitie were held Sunday afternoon at the Salem Christian Church. Mrs. Melton died Thursday evening, August 13th, at her home at the age of 71 years.

Captain Edwin Downey of Indianapolis spent the weekend in Vevay with his mother, Mrs. Minnie Downey. Captain Downey left Tuesday by plane for Seattle, Washington, from where he will leave for duty in Japan as a dentist with the U.S. Army.

A calf owned by Johnny Andrew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Andrew of near Madison, was grand champion winner at the Jefferson County 4-H Fair last week. Acompanied by his grandfathr, Clair Andrew of near Vevay, the youngster took the calf to Louisville Monday where it was sold. He expects to exhibit a pen of lambs at the Indiana State Fair.


Charles Edward Taylor died at his home in Vevay Wednesday afternoon from a complication of pneumonia and pleurisy.

Mrs. Catherine Louise Boyd, wife of Raymond Boyd, passed away in Holmes Hospital in Cincinnati Thursday eveing, August 19th. She had been ill with rheumatic fever and heart complications for several months past.

Several persons in Vevay were arrested by state policemen last Thursday for failure to have the federal use stamp on their automobiles.

Pfc. David Graham Mathews, former resident of this county, and Miss Anita Wade of Anderson were married August 27th at Gulfport, Mississippi.

Miss Mardelle Edwards of Florence and Harvie M. Merrill of Kenosha, Wisconsin were married August 22nd in the University Church of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Miss Hazel M. Morris of Rushville, Indiana, has been issued a contract to teach music and art in the Vevay schools during the next year.

Plans are being made and committees appointed for the celebration of the 100th anniversry of the Patriot Methodist Church, September 26th.

Mrs. Daisy B. Nave, widow of Ira Nave, prominent Posey Township farmer, died at her home in Rising Sun last week.

Lawrence Hon, Posey Towmship farmer, died August 20th at his home in Mexico Bottom at the age of 73 years.


Jefferson Swango, farmer, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home near Avonburg on Thursday.

Miss Lorraine Pendry and Worth Sieglitz are announcing their marriage which was performed Easter Sunday at Lawrenceville, Illinois, by Reverend Owens, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.

A. H. Seymour, a prominent violin maker of Lincoln, Nebraska, and formerly of this county, passed away at his home there August 13th following a sudden heart attack.

Several thousand people attended the Air Show which was held Sunday afternoon at the Andrews' farm above Vevay. A steady stream of persons lined up for rides in the planes and passengers ranged in age from mere infants to one man 86 years old. Charles Dibble of Quercis Grove, who experienced his first ride, declared it worth twice the fee charged.

Miss Emma Lee Harlow and Ray Vogel of Pleasant Ridge were married Saturday.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Butter of Vevay.


Mrs. Reba Hanlon, formerly of Craig Township, died in Madison Wednesday afternoon at the age of 34 years.

A charred cross standing near the home of Reverend Thomas Smith, colored, stood as the symbol of a prank that caused the death of Reverend Smith's wife, Winnie Yates Smith. Mrs. Smith's death was caused by a heart attack, brought on by fright when she saw a blazing cross within 25 feet of her window. Informed sources say that the Ku Klux Klan had nothing to do with placing the cross at the Smith home but that three boys did it as a joke.

A prize Rhode Island red rooster, being groomed by young H. B. Shaw for entry in the Switzerland County poultry show, was stolen by some unscrupulous person last week and the little boy is heartbroken.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Seavers of Posey Township.


With practically every state in the union represented in the assemblage that filled the auditorium of the courthouse, the week's ceremonies in commemoration of the city's centennial opened Monday afternoon. Tuesday's session was Public School Day and Wednesday was devoted to the soldiers and old settlers of the county. A feature of the day was the presence of Isaac M. Froman and his mother. Mr. Froman is a veteran of the Civil War. His age is 74. His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Froman, is 98. The seal of approval has been set upon the celebration and largely increased attendance is in prospect for the remainder of the week.

J. S. Douglas of Patriot has been the Reveille's correspondent from Goose Creek for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Henry Schroeder of Posey Township died Monday evening after a somewhat protracted illness following an operation for appendicitis.

Reverend J. H. French of Patriot has disposed of his auto and purchased a horse and buggy for his work.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Omer Cunningham of Posey Township.


The five G.A.R. Posts in this county will go to the National Encampment in Indianapolis and appear in the grand parade as the "Switzerland County Battalion," W. D. Ward, commander. It is estimated about 100 members of the various posts will attend. The present intention is to take passage on the Monday morning boat, go to Madison and join the Jefferson County Battalion, and take a special train to Indianapolis Monday afternoon.

O. D. Cunningham of Florence has decidedly the fastest and most promising horse in this region of the country, a four-year-old named "Wilstur."

Licensed to marry: George E. Limpton and Katie Monroe.

It was not on the program that at the close of the performance of French's showboat Tuesday night, one of the lady actors and the engineer of the boat suddenly disappear, but they did. J. S. Knox was employed as engineer of the boat as it proceeded downstream.

Merret S. McKay, native of Craig Township, died at Carrollton Friday night. The remains were brought here and interred in the Vevay Cemetery.

Died on August 15th, Heigh Norris, of upper Grant Creek.


Henry J. Banta and Miss Sarah Brown, both of Craig Township, were married August 13th.

Robert Manville of Madison was in Vevay last Thursday inquiring in regard to starting a paper mill here.

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