Looking Back: 12/21

Felix Lampert, who was born in Baden, Germany, in March 1834 and migrated with his family to Dubois County when he was 3 years old, owned the buildings that once stood on the southeast corner of Sixth and Clay streets in Jasper. In the picture, Lampert is the third man from the left, with his hands on his hips. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Dec. 20, 1948
The Christmas coal mine near St. Meinrad will be the permanent tomb of the three miners whose bodies are still inside. This was the decision of federal and state mine inspectors Sunday as they emerged from the wrecked mine following an investigation. Federal inspector James A. McCune of Vincennes told a group of miners and a waiting crowd of about 100 spectators that the hill into which the mine was dug apparently was settling slowly into the cavity caused by 12 years of digging operations. Because of the danger of more slides, the inspector said, all work of recovering the remaining three bodies in the mine will be discontinued entirely. A major rock fall occurred in the mine as late as 11 o’clock Saturday morning, and more cave-ins are occurring about 700 feet closer to the mouth of the mine. At that point, the tunnel is completely blocked. Still inside the mine are the bodies of Jacob Harpenau, Robert Kellems and Thomas McCallister. The body of William C. Huff was brought out of the mine Friday morning. The cave-in occurred Thursday morning.

Dec. 21
Dubois County stands in fifth place among the counties in the state as far as the Christian Rural Overseas Program is concerned, it was announced at Indianapolis this morning by Lee S. Patrick, state treasurer of the Indiana CROP food-raising campaign. The state treasurer today issued a partial report on the CROP drive to send 256 boxcars of farm produce to hungry Europeans.

Apparently intent upon scoring a victory Wednesday night over St. Joseph College’s Pumas, the Evansville College Purple Aces were slated to make a trip to Jasper this afternoon for a workout on the Jasper High School gymnasium floor. The Aces, coached by Arad McCutchan, and Pumas will tangle in the JHS gym Wednesday night at 8:30 in a benefit game sponsored by the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Dec. 22
A contract whereby the City of Jasper will furnish fire protection to all residents of Bainbridge Township is expected to be in effect before Jan. 1. Elmer Eckert, Bainbridge Township trustee, recently met with Mayor Herbert Thyen and the city council and requested that the city enter into a contract with the township to make Jasper’s fire department and equipment available to all residents of the township. If the contract is signed, and there is little doubt that it will be, everybody living within a radius of about three miles of Jasper will have fire protection. City Attorney Arthur C. Nordhoff is drawing up an ordinance that will authorize the city to furnish this service.

Dec. 23
Employees of some of Jasper’s woodworking plants are starting their Christmas vacation early, because of a power failure at the city light and power plant. The employees of most of the plants were laid off temporarily this morning when the governor on the largest turbine at the powerhouse went out of commission, throwing the load onto the city’s two smaller turbo-generators.

More than 2,000 fans were in the Jasper High School gymnasium last night to watch the Evansville Purple Aces roll over St. Joseph College, 66-45, in a benefit performance sponsored by the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Dec. 24
Jasper Chapter 955, Women of the Moose will honor the national head of its organization at a meeting and initiation in the Moose home Monday night. Guest of honor will be Katherine Smith, grand chancellor of the Women of the Moose, who will arrive in Jasper on Monday and spend the night here. Upon her arrival Monday she will make a tour of Santa Claus, Lincoln City and other points of interest in the area with Mrs. Robert McDaniel, senior regent of the Jasper chapter.

The first service to be held in the new St. Paul’s Lutheran Church building in Haysville will take place this evening. According to pastor Rev. E H. Boening, the service will be held in the basement of the uncompleted structure, as will the Christmas Day service at 9 o’clock Saturday morning. Saturday will mark the second anniversary of the day when the original St. Paul’s Church at Haysville was destroyed by fire.

Dec. 25
Christmas Day
No paper

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Dec. 23, 1963
At least 20 Jasper retail stores will be closed all day Thursday of this week, the day after Christmas, it was announced today by Vernon Welp, president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce Retail Division.
It has been announced by the operators of the Messmer Lumber Co. that effective Jan. 1, the name of the firm officially will be changed to The Jasper Lumber Co. The name on the front of the firm’s main building along State Road 162 in the Sunset Terrace addition already has been changed as has the wording on the firm’s vehicles. The firm began operations in a plant along the New Albany (Jasper to Celestine) Road in 1946 and was incorporated in 1952.

Another crowd was on hand Sunday afternoon for the annual Jasper Community Christmas Party sponsored by American Legion Post 147 and its auxiliary in cooperation with The Dubois County Daily Herald. According to General Chairman George J. Kreilein, approximately 3,100 bags of treats were distributed to the youngsters of the community. The grade school bands, under the direction of Raymond Cox, entertained with holiday music, and Santa Claus made his traditional visit.

Dec. 24
Today is the last day to register for the Jaycee Christmas Lighting Contest. One’s registration form should be mailed to the appropriate Jaycee club in the county.

“Lilies of the Field,” a United Artist release starring Sidney Poitier helping a group of nuns to build a chapel in the desert, opens Sunday at the Astra Theatre.

Marine Cpl. Bernard M. Kress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard A. Kress of Jasper, is participating in cold-weather training at the Marine Corps Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., while with the M Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division. The training includes movement of equipment over snow, how to live under extremely cold conditions, the use of snowshoes and the use of cold-weather clothing and equipment.

The Kiwanis Club met Monday noon at the Country Kitchen in Huntingburg for its weekly meeting. Rev. Howard Chattin was the program chairman and had invited an Indiana State Police sergeant from the Jasper post to speak, but the officer was unable to be present because of the many accidents caused by the snow. Rev. Chattin pinch-hit for him and talked about driving  safely, especially during the holidays. He said that during the last six hours of Christmas Eve there are five times the normal number of accidents.

The Clairmont Transfer Bowling Team of Jasper took four straight from visiting Princeton in a Sunday afternoon match at the Gerbo Lanes. Jasper won by scores of 913-832, 916-879, 913-882 and 920-884.

Dec. 25
Christmas

Dec. 26
Two residents were fined on multiple charges in Justice of the Peace William Tanner’s court in Huntingburg. A 17-year-old was fined $1 and costs for reckless driving and $1 and costs for disregarding the rights of an emergency vehicle. A 54-year-old was fined $5 and costs for disorderly conduct, $1 and costs for public intoxication and $1 and costs for disregarding a stop sign.

Dec. 27
Jasper’s first baby of the new year will be the recipient of a host of gifts from 17 of the community’s business firms, according to the announcement of the annual Baby Derby in today’s paper.

According to Sister M. Josepha Book, OSB, administrator of Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg, a new 80-bed nursing home will be erected in the near future. The new building will run parallel with the present Stork Memorial Hospital, on the west side of the hospital building. Plans for construction will start as soon as the necessary financial arrangements are made.

The 1964 March of Dimes campaign in Dubois County will get underway with participation in a telerama to be conducted over station WTVW in Evansville on Jan. 4 and 5.

Dec. 28
James A. Hebbeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. Hebbeler of Huntingburg, has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army in a ceremony at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver. He was en route at the time to his new command at Salt Lake City from his assignment as commanding officer of the U.S. Army Chemical Research and Development Laboratories, Edgewood Arsenal, Md.

Father Gerard Ellspermann, OSB, a monk from Saint Meinrad Archabbey, will speak at the annual husband-wife Communion breakfast of the Knights of Columbus on Sunday morning. The subject of his address will be “Thoughts of Parents about Christmas.”

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Dec. 19, 1988
Jasper and Ireland firefighters battled flames at Recycling Resources south of Jasper at about noon today. Both buildings on the property were destroyed.

State road planners are getting ready to pick the best of three proposed routes to Indianapolis that have been drawn near Dubois County. Seven other routes to southern Indiana also have been drawn. That list soon will be pared to just two. The three final routes for a proposed four-lane highway linking Indianapolis and southern Indiana will be shown next month during a second round of state-sponsored public hearings.

Dec. 20
Many southeastern Dubois County traditions and values will be preserved, thanks to five English classes at Forest Park High School. Under the guidance of English teacher Rock Emmert, three freshman classes and two senior classes are collaborating to compile and publish a book full of local wisdom on such varied topics as turtle soup, biographies, farming, crafts and local history.

A wind-whipped fire destroyed a Jasper recycling warehouse Monday afternoon, causing about $46,000 in damage. The fire gutted the steel building at Recycling Resources and destroyed its contents. The business on County Road 100S west of U.S. 2231 buys and sells recyclable glass, metals and paper. Workers were cutting iron with a torch at about 8:30 a.m., and it is suspected that something hot may have blown into the cardboard pile and smoldered for a couple of hours.

Dec. 21
Every 20 minutes Tuesday, a youthful Grim Reaper strolled into a classroom at Jasper High School, singling out the next young person to symbolically fall victim to a drunk driver. By day’s end, 21 students had been claimed by Death’s Angel. Students Against Drunk Driving copied the idea from another school system to suggest how vulnerable they and their classmates are.

The state plans to install two new traffic lights in Jasper to control two busy intersections with a history of collisions. A new stop light on U.S. 231 at 12th Avenue has been approved, and one for State Road 56 at Dorbett Street awaits routine approval from the Indiana Department of Highways.

Dec. 22
Leaders in local business and civic arenas are excitedly gearing up for President-elect George Bush’s inaugural next month in Washington, D.C. Planning to attend from Dubois County are A. Wayne and Betty Place and their children and spouses — Karen and Scott Schwinghammer and Skip and Audrey Place, Dave and Judy Buehler, Bob and Lovella Ruckriegel and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ernst. Bill and Pat Koch of Santa Claus also plan to make the trip.

Dec. 23
The one-month parking meter fast in Jasper is over. Starting Tuesday, you’re going to have to feed the meters again. The city has allowed free parking around the Square since Nov. 25 to encourage holiday shopping at downtown stores.

Dec. 24
The Saturday feature is about the madrigal dinners staged by the Jasper High School Vocal Department and the Southridge High School choir students. The Southridge choir was directed by Paula Alles. The JHS madrigal was directed by Vicki Bubalo, Nancy Geiger and Cathy Weil.




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