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11/14/2013 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 11-14-13

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


All of Switzerland County was saddened late last week with word that David "Buck" White had passed away. Known far and wide as the "Number One Pacer Fan," Buck never missed a Switzerland County basketball game; and could also be found at a variety of community events.

Amber Satterfield has been honored as the "Young Beekeeper of the Year" by the Indiana Beekeepers Association. She won the honor, and a $1,000 scholarship, by spending her time educating elementary students here in the county about bees and beekeeping. She was presented the award at the association's annual meeting held on October 31st, and also addressed the organization, telling them about her work with children.

These students were honored at Monday night as a part of the Switzerland County School Board's "Celebrating Success" program. They are Courtney Carfield of Jefferson-Craig Elementary; Patience Meyer of Switzerland County High School; Drew Hewitt of Switzerland County Elementary; and Jamie Darbro of Switzerland County Middle School.


A doctor specializing in family practice will soon begin working full-time at the Vevay office of the Madison Clinic. He is Marc Willage, 43 years old, a native of Louisville. He comes to Switzerland County from Evansville where he was on the staff of the St. Mary's Medical Center. He previously was in private practice in Padadena, Texas, near Houston.

The tobacco markets opened Monday with good quality leaf being sold and good prices being paid for it. But growers were concerned and alarmed because so much tobacco didn't get bought. On the Carrollton and Madison markets, 90 percent of the tobacco sold on opening day went into the government pool. It was quality tobaco observers agreed, but the buyers held back their bids. That is an unprecedented event in tobacco sales history.

Alice Emery was sworn in as Patriot postmaster last Thursday. The ceremony was conducted by Bill DePrie, manager of post office operations for the Cincinnati district with assistance from Alice's daughter, Anita.


The Madison tobacco market opened this morning with a record price for the first basket sold. Growers and warehouse officials alike were not quick to predict what effect the summer drought would have on prices this marketing season. McDonald's Restaurant purchased the first basket for $2.17 per pound as sales began at Morrow Tobacco Warehouse on the hilltop.

Miss Sondra Kay Keith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Keith, Florence, and Stanley Ray Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Turner, Florence, were unied in marriage October 15th, at the Florence Christian Church.

Historic Vevay, Inc., an organization newly formed within the last month or so, has been busy in recent days by purchasing the building and property of the Old Theatre, located on Ferry Street in downtown Vevay. The purpose of the purchase is to renovae the structure and turn it ino a theater for live performances throughout the year. The president of the organization is Mike Danner. He also serves on the board of directors, including Mode Martin, Edsel Detraz, Linda Shackleford and Ron Sandidge.


Funeral services will be held Friday from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home for Marshall M. Alford, 77, of near Bear Branch. He passed away Monday at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

Mrs. Susie Wainscott, 74, of Fourth Street in Rising Sun, passed away November 15th at Terrace View Extended Care Cener in Lawrenceburg.

Funeral services were held in Rising Sun November 12th for William S. Couch, 72, of Hamilton, Ohio, who passed away Saturday there. He was a native of Patriot.

Catherine Mae Farr became the bride of Michael T. Fothergill Saturday, October 27th, in a double-ring ceremony performed by her father, the Reverend Charles Farr, in Ruter Chapel of the United Methodist Church in Vevay. Parents of the couple are Charles and Margarette Farr of Vevay, and Mary Jane Fothergill of North Vernon and James W. Fothergill of Wenatchee, Washington.

The First United Church of Christ of Rising Sun was the scene for a fall wedding which united in marriage Miss Cheryl Lynn Purcell of Aurora and Reynold Douglas Swanson, route 2, Rising Sun. It was solemnized Saturday, October 20th.


The go-ahead was received Monday for a $1.3 twin waterline system through northern and central Switzerland County and central Ohio County, as approval was obtained for a $329,500 federal grant. Survey work is already well underway for the plus-105 mile system and actual construction is hoped to begin within the next 120 days, following a revenue bond ordinance and engineers final determination of the number of customers. Patriot and Aberdeen-Pate comprise the twin system with the Patriot system including everything within Switzerland County boundaries and Aberdeen-Pate encompassing water supplied outside this county.

Miss Virginia Eileen Blasdel, became the bride of Robert L. Furnish, son of Mrs. Earl Furnish and the late Mr. Furnish, Saturday evening, November 16th.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Croxton of route 4, Vevay, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary December 17th, at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Banta of Anderson, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Croxton were married a Carrollton, Kentucky, December 17th, 1913, and moved to Indiana shortly afterwards where they have since resided.


Reverend Josephine Huffer, 66, Indiana's first licensed woman preacher and a former resident of Switzerland County, passed away Sunday night at her home in Shelbyville following a week's illness from a cerebral hemorrhage. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Prior Pavy, who resided near Fairview and in Vevay. Mrs. Huffer spent her early life in Switzerland County.

The Vevay Town Board voted to effect a contract with the Public Service Company of Indiana to furnish wholesale power to the town for redistribution to consumers of the municipality, and at a cheaper rate than is now being charged.

An epidemic of rabies is plaguing Switzerland County, and while no official announcement of quarantine of cats and dogs has been made, it is strongly suggested by County Health Officer Dr. L. H. Bear that all pets be vaccinated because the announcement of quarantine may come at any time.

James Kelly, 10, son of Mrs. Ruth Kelley of Vevay was bitten by a pet cat owned by Mrs. Vica Gullion, a neighbor. The cat's head when tested showed the animal rabid and the child is now taking the rabies treatment.

Melvin J. Beutel, 58, farmer living near North Landing in Posey Township, passed away Tuesday morning at his home about 10:30 o'clock.

A son was born Friday night to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lukie at their home on Market Street. The baby was named James Robert. Dr. A. A. Hamilton was the attending physician.


Frank W. Bittle, chairman of the Switzerland County USDA War Board, announced today that farmers may slaughter hogs for home use or for sale without license or permit for 90 days.

Born, November 21st, a son, Gary C., to Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Boyd of Plum Creek.

William Gockel, formerly of Cincinnati, has moved his family to Patriot and has leased the Emerson Brothers store building. He is reestablishing an old business well known to the people of Patriot and Posey Township. Mr. Gockel's grandfather, also named William Gockel, established a general store in Patriot in 1874. He was active in this business until it was taken over in 1920 by his son, Fred, who operated it until his death in 1925, when it was sold to Emerson Brothers.

Miss Norma Jean Means and Corporal Clair G. Shaw were united in marriage November 15th at the Presbyterian parsonage in Amarillo, Texas.


Mrs. Minnie Parlee, formerly a resident of Switzerland County, died at a hospital in Rockford, Illinois Saturday following an operation for appendicitis.

Georg W. Cole of Vevay quietly celebrated his 90th birthday November 16th.

Frank Hickman died at his home in Patriot Friday. He had been in ill health for some time but was thought to be improving and his death came unexpectedly.

Miss Julia Ann Kirkpatrick died at her home on the Markland-East Enterprise Pike Sunday evening. She was 76 years of age and had suffered a stroke two weeks ago from which she never recovered.

Earl Krall and Miss Bessie Osborn of Center Square were married Saturday in Vevay.

Born, November 14th, a daughter, Nancy Lee, to Dr. and Mrs. Wilbur Houston of Patriot.

Ora E. Nave of Louisville will soon return to his old home town of Patriot where he contemplates going into business.


Miss Pauline E. Lee and Estal E. Long, both of near Fairview, were married Saturday, November 17th, in Aurora. Both are teachers in the county school system.

Leslie Byram of Vevay and Artie Chase of Enterprise last week purchased the J. W. Marsh store at Enterprise.

Born, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Williams, nee Pauline Banta.

After months of discussion, active work on the new Bennington Methodist Church was begun last week. The present plans call for an expenditure of about $5,000.

Annie Saxton, three-year-old daughter of Mrs. Mollie Sullivan, died Sunday morning after a brief illness.

Wallace Tilley, well known Vevay man, purchased the W. E. Gaudin clothing and shoe store on Main Street in Vevay Monday and took possession of the business Tuesday morning.

Born, a son to Sheriff and Mrs. John Butters.

Mrs. Kate Jamieson, resident of Posey Township, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucian Harris, in Rising Sun.

Miss Ethel Romans of Posey Township and Gobel Veershears of Kentucky were married Saturday in Warsaw, Kentucky.

The wedding has lately been announced of Mrs. Clara Conover of Posey Township and Rufus Colen of East Enterprise.


Henry D. Stow, cashier of the East Enterprise Bank, and Miss Nannie Weaver, of Cotton Township, were married in Vevay Sunday by Reverend Machlan of the Methodist church.

Mrs. Thomas Hall, aged 57 years, died very suddenly last Wednesday evening at her home in Fairview of heart disease.

William Scudder, resident of York Township, died in the Deny hospital in Madison

Mrs. Indiana Hanna, wife of Isaac Hanna, of near Markland died in the Deny hospital in Madison last Thursday. Mrs. Hanna, who was 56 years of age, had been in ill health for some months and was a patient in the hospital for the past two weeks.

The market price locally for rabbits is 12 to 15 cents each.

Born, November 12th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Jackson of Goose Creek.

Born, November 13th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Gieske.


The hunting this season is the poorest we have had for years.

Mr. and Mrs. Aime Moreod last Tuesday celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their beautiful suburban home in Vevay.

Born, November 11th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Crarch of Quercus Grove.

Bor, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Jackson of Aaron.

Born, November 14th, a daughter to Newt Ward and wife of Sugar Branch.

Licensed to marry: Irvin A. Lock and Antoinette Oakley; Edward Krall and Jennie Boyd.


One night last week some person entered the grocery of Patrick Carr and stole about $15 in money.

David B. Lee and Miss Mary H. Gibbs, both of Switzerland County, were married November 16th at Fairview.

Vevay has four large hay warehouses.

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