steam-boat pilot, was born near Vevay in 1835. He is a son of Phillip
(Dutoit) Bettens, mentioned in the general chapters of this work, and
who were one of the
original Swiss families who settled in this county in 1801. Mr. Bettens
grew up on the farm, and
in early years was employed as pilot to flat-boats in trade between
Cincinnati and New Orleans.
From the flat-boat he entered the steam-boat service in which he still
remains. For the past fifteen years he has been chiefly
employed by the United States Mail Line Company, his long term of service in their employ
being sufficient evidence as to his faithfulness and efficiency. Mr. Bettens was educated in the
Vevay public schools, and the scenes of his boyhood are still his dwelling place.