Good morning Jim,
I used the version of includes/template_top.php that came with Theme Switcher and I did use the 2.3.x version, not the bootstrap version. I have access to a different web host, tonight I will do a fresh install and see if by chance it has something to do with the Script software used to install oscommerce.
I had initially thought it was due to JQUERY 1.10.4 vs 1.11.4 versions and what have you, but i never got far enough in the process for that to be the cause. Still digging.
Thank you for the prompt reply!