Looking Back: 2/16

Alice (Hochgesang) Noblitt of Jasper submitted this photo of the 1899 St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir. The picture is on display at the Dubois County Museum until Sept. 30 as part of an exhibit honoring the 175th anniversary of the Jasper church. Noblitt hopes readers can help her identify the choir members. If you know the identity of anyone pictured, email Noblitt at d812482@yahoo.com or call her at 482-5817.

65 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1948

North Merry and Frank Fisher, employees of the Jasper-Chicago Motor Express truck line, worked this morning to clean up the mess created in the firm’s garage when the boiler of the hot-water heating system exploded Sunday evening. The fire department answered a call put in by Joe Scherer, who lives near the truck terminal and heard the blast, but there was no fire. Jack Lottes, who operates the truck line, could give no reason for the blast. He said the boiler has been in operation for the past three years.

The Covered Bridge at Ferdinand, a popular amusement center, was damaged to the extent of about $2,000 Sunday afternoon by a fire that was discovered around 1:45 p.m. Members of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the flame, which were confined to the second story. Water damage was done to the furnishings on the first floor .

Feb. 17
Philip Schroeder, 47, of rural Haysville, was instantly killed this morning around 6:45 when the car he was driving crashed into a truck on state roads 45 and 56, about two and a half miles north of Jasper.

Feb. 18
Operation of the federal government will cost the residents of Dubois County an estimated $7,421,415 in the coming year, or approximately $270 per person, the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce said today. Indicative of the magnitude of Dubois County’s share of proposed federal spending in the coming year is the fact that the amount is approximately 17.9 times the total local and state property tax levied in the county for 1946, payable in 1947. The amount of those local and state property tax levies in the county was $413,709, the analysis showed.

The “Seeing Sports” column by Jack Rumbach notes that Tuesday afternoon he had a look at an advance copy of the national Sport magazine dated next Tuesday. The magazine carries the pictorial layout about Jasper made from pictures taken here Dec. 4 and 5. The six-page picture story includes two full pages of color photographs. Dick Shively, an Evansville radio sportscaster who owned the advance copy, said it’s the finest treatment he’s ever seen given a high school cage squad by a national magazine. The magazine will hit the newsstands in Jasper on Tuesday.

Feb. 19
Eldo W. Wood of Huntingburg has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election as the Democratic Party’s nomination for the office of judge of the 57th Judicial Circuit in the May primary. Wood has served as judge of the 57th since Jan. 1, 1937.

It will be Jasper vs. the University of Notre Dame in the armory at Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. It’s not the Fighting Irish varsity, but the Notre Dame Council, Knights of Columbus that has drawn the Jasper council as its opponent in the annual state K. of C. tourney in Lafayette on Saturday and Sunday.

Feb. 20
Albert J. “Jumbo” Giesler, 46, Dubois County recorder, died at his home at 3:30 this morning. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Employees of Jasper Seating Co. voted in favor of permitting Local 331 to bargain for union security Thursday. Jasper Office Furniture Co. workers voted in favor of permitting the same union to bargain for their union security as well. The election for employees of Jasper Wood Products Co., however, has been challenged. Jasper Wood Products, which is the city’s biggest employer, contended that all present employees should be permitted to vote if the election is to be representative; the National Labor Relations Board had ruled that only those workers on the payroll as of March 15, 1947, would be eligible to cast a ballot.

Feb. 21
The current issue of the national magazine Sport, a MacFadden publication, contains the most elaborate pictorial presentation ever made of Jasper High School’s basketball activities. The magazine devotes six pages, containing 16 black-and-white pictures and 12 in color, to show scenes in the JHS gym of team members at play, the crowning of Net Queen Dorothy Schmidt on the evening of the Wildcat-Reitz game and close-ups of coaches and fans. The photos were taken during two days of shooting in December by Sargent J. Marsh, Cincinnati photographer, and an assistant, Clint Morein. The two men were assigned to take the pictures for International Newspictures exclusively for Sport. Sport is America’s foremost magazine devoted exclusively to sports.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1963

An open house will be observed from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday on the newly remodeled second floor of the Ireland High School building, it was announced by Principal Jim Roos. The second floor of the building, which formerly served as an auditorium but had not been used in recent years, was divided into rooms to provide a math department, a combined library and study hall, and a new commerce department.

At a joint meeting Friday afternoon of the Jasper City Council, Jasper Utility Service Board and Mayor Edwin Knies, officials decided on two types of lighting for the Public Square. One type of lights will be installed on one half of the Square, and another type on the other half, and the citizens will be asked to tell the city officials which type they like best.

Feb. 18
Included among officers named Saturday to the Wabash Valley Association’s board was Robert Gramelspacher of Jasper, who was named first vice president. The 7,000-member association is concerned with environmental conservation and recreational development in the Wabash River Valley in Indiana and Illinois.

Feb. 19
With this issue, The Daily Herald completes its first full week of production using its new Goss Suburban web offset press, which has been installed in the new Herald facilities at Fourth and Mill streets, formerly occupied by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The offices and the rest of the plant are still operating from the old quarters at 112 W. Fifth St., but the entire operation will be moved to the new location this weekend. The Goss Suburban is the leading web offset press developed in recent years for newspaper production. A clearer, sharper print, coupled with increased capacity and speed, are the prime advantages. The Herald will now be in a position to offer two- and three-color advertising to its customers. In addition to producing newspapers, the press also is capable of producing commercial printing in colors on paper of higher grade than newsprint and will be utilized for this type of work by Herald Printing Inc., a subsidiary of The Jasper Herald Co.

The work of administering the Mantoux skin test to determine the possible presence of tubercle bacilli among Dubois County schoolchildren was begun this morning in the Ireland schools. Because there is a need for an organized tuberculosis control program, a testing program is being conducted in grades one, four, eight and 12. The program is directed by the Dubois County Health Department with the approval and cooperative efforts of the Dubois County Medical Society. The county public health nurse, Karen Craig, is responsible for the clinic arrangements in the county schools and those at Huntingburg, while the Jasper city school nurse, Betty Hoffman, is responsible for the clinic arrangements in the Jasper schools.

Feb. 20
The official population of Jasper is 7,910, according to a certification received Tuesday by Mayor Edwin Knies from the Bureau of the Census in Washington, D.C. This figure represents an increase of 1,173 people over the 1960 Census figures for the city.

Feb. 21
More than 90 men attended this week’s noon luncheon meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club in the Knights of Columbus Home. The club numbers 54 members. The attendance was swelled by the presence of 10 Kiwanis members from Huntingburg and four from Holland, plus members of the Jasper Civitan and Lions clubs. Rev. Craig A. Reed, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who was master of ceremonies, pointed out that the three major faiths were represented at this program, held in observance of National Brotherhood Week, and introduced visiting priests and ministers. Rev. Reed then turned the program over to Lenny Newman, a visiting Lion who had made the arrangements to secure the guest speaker, Rabbi Norbert Samuelson, director of the Hillel Foundation at Indiana University.

Feb. 22
The Huntingburg City Plan Commission has authorized the planning firm of Scruggs and Hammond of Peoria, Ill., to act as planning consultants, with the intended goal of making a comprehensive city plan, zoning map and ordinance on subdivision regulations. Some of the output of the study will be a city base map showing streets, roads, city boundaries, watercourses, section line title, north arrow and scale; an economic base, which will be a study of how the city makes a living (retail, farming, etc.) and trends of incoming and outgoing population; an existing land use survey and analysis detailing use for residential, commercial, parks, etc.; and a community facilities survey and analysis.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1988

Boy Scout leaders, a few raising their hands in the Scouts’ three-fingered salute, voted 40-7 to consolidate their existing camp services into one camp with a show of hands at a meeting in Evansville on Monday. The camps serve Boy Scout troops from a 15-county area making up the Buffalo Trace Council in southern Indiana and Illinois. As a result of Monday’s vote, the organization will make preparations to discontinue its activities at 40-acre Camp Carnes, east of Jasper, and 140-acre Camp Arthur, near Vincennes. In the future, activities previously held at those locations will take place at the 377-acre Old Ben Scout Reservation, 13 miles west of Jasper on State Road 56. The land at Camp Carnes reverts to the City of Jasper if the Scouts don’t use it.

Feb. 17
The Dubois County Commissioners said Tuesday they intend to bring the enhanced 911 emergency telephone system to the county as quickly as early 1990. County council members also said they want to go ahead with a countywide dispatch center that can receive all 911 emergency calls and dispatch all city and town police, fire and ambulance crews in the county — all without charge to the individual cities and towns. The question remains whether Jasper and Huntingburg officials will give up their dispatching centers and let the county provide the service.

Also on Tuesday, Dubois County officials approved the design for the proposed 54-cell jail, a design that will keep all cells on a single level.

Feb. 18
Headed to the IHSAA state wrestling finals on Friday are Charles Tagliareni and Greg Matheis of Jasper High School and brothers Greg and Gordon Singer and Stan Gress of Southridge.

Feb. 19
Four swimmers and two relay teams from Jasper High School recorded fast-enough times in Thursday’s preliminaries to qualify for Saturday afternoon’s finals of the IHSAA boys swimming sectional at Tell City. Brian Drew had the best showing among local swimmers, recording the second-fastest time and his best of the season (1:05.97) in the 100-yard breaststroke. Teammate Matt Rendel also qualified for the championship heat in that event with a 1:10.51 clocking, the sixth-fastest in the prelims. Scott Blackwell in the 100-yard freestyle and Rick Kleeman in the 500-yard freestyle will join their teammates in the finals. Blackwell was sixth in the 100 with a tie of 53.18 seconds, his personal best, and Kleeman was sixth in the 500 with a 5:29.18 clocking, likewise his personal best.

Feb. 20
The Saturday feature, “3-Point Ace,” notes that Marilyn Reckelhoff, 5-11 senior basketball forward at the University of Louisville, leads the team in scoring and has been selected as an Academic All American. Reckelhoff holds the Southridge High School and Dubois County scoring record of 1,494 career points as a four-year starter for the Raiders.

Feb. 22
Southridge senior Stan Gress and Jasper senior Greg Matheis won the first state championships in the history of their schools’ wrestling programs Saturday night at Market Square Arena. Gress, rated sixth in the state, won the 189-pound title with a 4-1 decision over top-ranked Ty Baker of Clinton Prairie. Matheis, the state’s No. 1 heavyweight all season, followed with a dramatic 6-5 victory over ninth-ranked Charlie Smith of Crown Point.




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