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9/19/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 9-19-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation have announced that plans are underway to replace the old iron bridge west of Vevay that spans Indian Creek with a new, more contemporary bridge. Work on the new bridge is expected to begin next summer, and the new bridge will be located just north of the existing bridge, so traffic will not be detoured during construction.

Switzerland County will be represented at the Aurora Farmers Fair King and Queen contest this year by Corey Dunaway and Christina Johnson. The contest will kick off the Farmers Fair on Wednesday, October 1st, at 5:45 p.m. (slow time).

The King and Queen contest for the Versailles Pumpkin show was held last night (Wednesday), and is the kick off to the festival, which runs through Saturday. Switzerland County's representatives in the contest were Danny Clubb and Elisha Duke.

With help from the Hamilton County, Ohio Sheriff's Department last week the Switzerland County Sheriff's Department netted approximately $10,000 worth of marijuana plants which were cut down and hauled away. Hamilton County provided the helicopter to search for the illegal crop.


The 20th annual Bennington Homecoming is set for Saturday, October 9th. Everyone's invited to attend and participate.

Indiana State Police investigator Bruce Williams, a resident of Switzerland County, has been prompted to sergeant by Indiana State Police Superintendent Lloyd Jennings.

Ryan Redmon, a 1992 graduate o Switzerland County High School, will be performing in a University of Indianapolis production during the next two weekends.

Markland Locks has been honored with an award for 75 years of weather observation and reporting. The old lock and dam - became operational in August, 1922. Weather observation and reporting by lock employees, began and continued into 1963 when the new Markland Lock and Dam was dedicated. Reports were made at that time and continue to be made to the Louisville bureau of the National Weather Service by Markland Lock employees.


Gerri Lynn Dickerson was sworn in September 23rd as the new postmaster of the Vevay Post Office. She replaces Ed Ball who retired earlier this year. She has been with the postal service for nine years. She began working as a part-time clerk and later was promoted to officer in charge of the Patriot Post Office. She returned to Vevay and has been working there as a clerk until her promotion to postmaster. Her grandfather, the late Louis Teats, used to be a clerk and city mail carrier in Vevay for over 37 years.

The United States Shoe Corporation has announced the opening of a new facility in Florence where they will manufacture cutting dies which are used in the manufacrture of footwear.

Switzerland Copunty High School has been notified that one of its students has been designated a Commended Student in the 1984 National Merit Scholarship Program.


The River Road has claimed another accident victim - Robert L. Konradi, Jr., 21, of route 1, Florence, was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on State Road 156, three miles east of Patriot. It was the fifth fatal accident in Switzerland County this year and they have all occurred on the River Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coates, Bennington Pike, announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Marie, to Randy Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raymond Turner of route 4,, Vevay.

James William Evans, 58, of route 2, Rising Sun, passed away Monday at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Charls Blodgett of Lawrenceburg announce the arrival of their adopted daughter, Shannon Renea, two months old. Mrs. Blodgett is the former Lois Roberts of Switzrland County. The couple's parents are Switzerland County residents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roberts of Vevay and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Blodgett of Fairview.


Wilford Buchanan, Kirby Keith and Raymond Barnes were elected Monday as Switzerland County's new Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service county committee.

The first river-borne shipment of cattle from Texas to Pennsylvania in more than 30 years left Corpus Christi for Pittsburgh September 10th in a converted automobile carrier. The 2,400-mile trip will be the farthest cattle ever have been shipped by barge.

Ollie Peak, 86, of Vevay, postmaster at Florence for 15 years and former owner of a grocery store there, died Sunday evening in King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, which he had entered earlier in the day. Mr. Peak had been in failing health for some time.

Mrs. Janet Stewart died suddenly Monday afternoon at her home near Pleasant. While she had been in poor health for several years her death was not anticipated and came as a great shock to her family.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Jim Madison, 68, of Vevay. Reverend Frank Reed conducted the last rites and interment was made in Vevay Cemetery.


Scott Furnish, who was recently awarded a contract by the Switzerland County commissioners to repair and paint the roof and dome on the county courthouse in Vevay, is progrressing rapidly with the work.

Last rites for Mrs. Hannah Pickett, 82, widow of Theodore Pickett and member of a pioneer county family, were held Sunday afternoon at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Peelman quietly observed their 29th wedding anniversary at their home here Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Peelman are the parents of 11 children, most of whom were present for the occasion.

In a double wedding ceremony which was performed Saturday by Reverend Frank Reed at his home in Vevay, Rosa Reynolds became the bride of Charles Vantyle and Lucy Niccum the bride of Ray Beatty. The contracting couples are residents of the East Enterprise community.

Mrs. Ollie Clement Cotton, widow of the late Clarence Cotton of Madison and a native of Switzerland County, passed away Saturday at the home of her niece, Mrs. Ruth Imel near Madison where she had been confined to bed by illness for nearly three years.

Dr. Hamilton of Sheelburn, Indiana, has rented an office in the First National Bank building in Vevay formerly occupied by the late Dr. George Copeland and expects to begin her practice there soon. Dr. Hamilton has been a practicing physician for the past 12 years and is unmarried.

County Recorder and Mrs. Roy Brett announce the marriage of their daughter, Wilma, to Estal Dickerson, son of Clarence Dickerson of Dillsboro.


Miss Wilma Moreillon of near Fairview and Paul Leive of near Avonburg were married Wednesday, September 22nd, in Versailles, Indiana.

Jacob E. Vandever, aged 91 years, retired farmer, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Tague, in Mount Sterling.

Miss Gertrude Bodey and Heber Hanna, both of Posey Township, were united in marriage at the holme of the officiating minister, Reverend R. C. McNeely Wednesday, September 22nd.

Word has been received from the War Department by Mrs. Norma Sauer of Vevay that her husband, Staff Sergeant Kenneth Sauer, is being held a military prisoner by the Germans.

The 100th anniversary of the Patriot Methodist Church was fittingly celebrated Sunday with an all day meeting and basket dinner. Visitors from a number of areas attended and a day of worship and fellowship spent.

Miss Cuba Christman of near Canaan and Everett Cutter of Versailles were married September 25th in Dillsboro by Reverend Daniel Sand.

Dr. I. H. Pate was seriously injured last Sunday when his car struck a culvert on Salem Ridge. He has been taken to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for treatment.


Downey VanPelt, who was born and reared to young manhood in Vevay, passed away suddenly at his home in Connersville Friday of a heart attack.

Albert V. Morrison, aged 83 years, who resided at Avonburg, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jarvis Tuesday followng a week's illness.

Ethol Brown of Moorefield is reported to have been bitten by a black widow spider and is under the care of Dr. R. M. Copeland.

William D. Peterson of Eminence, Kentucky, and Bertha D. Smith of Capbellsburg, Kentucky, were married September 22nd by Reverend A. W. Jarboe.

Born, a son, Chester Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kiesel.

Born, a daughter, Virginia Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Charley Cooley of Long Run.

A banded carrier pigeon alighted in the tree near the home of Dr. and Mrs. George W. Copeland Monday morning. The bird was evidently very tired and eagerly ate the food given it by Mrs. Copeland.


Mr. D. P. Craig, long a resident of Vevay, died in the Madison hospital September 20th at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 27 days.

Failure of a pump to work on the Patriot wharfboat Wednesday caused the hull to become full of water and sink to the bottom in several feet of water. Mrs. Wickman, the owner, is expecting to have it raised soon.

Victor B. Shadday and Miss Lorena Herndon of Moorefield were married in Madison recently.

The masked skate held at the skating rink in Vevay last Thursday was attended by a large number of people with about 75 masked skaters. Misses Charlotte and Jeanette Sullivan winning the prize for the best masked couple. Doris Dupraz for the best masked girl and Stanton Schaad for the best masked boy.

Mrs. E. H. Brandt of Markland is the first woman of Switzerland County to secure a hunter's license. It is not known whether any other woman in the state has secured similar papers. Mrs. Brandt is an expert with a gun and an enthusiastic sportswoman.

Mrs. Susie Brett and Paul Curry were married in Madison Saturday by Reverend J.T. Boyer.

George Sturgeon and Miss Henrietta Davis of Patriot were married in Carrollton on September 12th.

The Ohio River is down to a stage of about 4 feet at Lawrenceburg - the lowest it has been for several years.

Miss Lily Heritage of Tapps Ridge and William Land of Vevay were married last week.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wright of Santa Fe Bottom.

Miss Mary Johnson and Silas Breeden were married last week at the home of the bride's parents in Posey Township by Reverend W.S. Lowe.


Captain A. J. Schenck has sold the steamer "U.P. Schenck" to the Mail Line Company and it will probably be continued in the New Orleans trade.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George Hotchkiss of Avonburg.

Married in Chicago September 18th, Miss Lida N. Griffith of Vevay and Marcus R. Sulzer of Madison.

Licensed to marry: Charles A. Phillips and Eva Turner.

Died near Quercus Grove Friday, September 22nd, of typhoid fever, John Dibble, aged 27 years.

Died at Jay, Pleasant Township, September 20th, Eddie, son of L. M. and Ann Hotchkiss.


Proprietors of the Vevay chair factory have had to send to Louisville for boys and women to bottom chairs. Twelve arrived this week and more are expected.

Charles E. VanPelt and Miss Alice Works were married September 24th at the home of the bride's parents in Vevay.

James H. Gibbs has purchased the carriage factory of George W. Murphy in Fairview.

While landing at Aurora last Saturday night John Hastings fell off the steamer "Spangler" and was drowned. He was 17 years of age and was a son of John Hastings of Switzerland County.


Married in Vevay on September 17th by Reverend E.S. Riley, George W. Dufour and Miss Harriet Thiebaud.

Married September 20th by Reverend Riley, Connel Hendrickson and Miss Mary V. Pickett.

Died September 11th, Elizabeth McHenry, 67 years old.

The Ohio River remains extremely low its entire length. Boats of the lightest draught only can run and then the hour of arrival at any point is a matter of uncertainty.

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