Looking Back: 3/16March 15, 2013
65 Years Ago
March 15, 1948
Several forest fires broke out in Dubois County on Sunday. The two worst ones occurred in the Crystal and Hillham areas. District forester Wesley Wallace said one fire that broke out near Crystal on Sunday afternoon burned an area of about 125 acres. The fire raged through 2 acres of pine plantings put out four years ago by Paul Chastain, and roared through approximately 50 acres of wooded area. At times the flames, fanned by a high wind, threatened farm buildings.
A crew of some 20 men fought this blaze until 1 o’clock this morning, when some of the firefighters left to battle another fire that was raging northwest of Hillham. The fire near Crystal was put out around 3 a.m. today.
The fire near Hillham burned over an area estimated by Wesley Wallace at 150 acres. More than half of the burned-over area consists of timber land. About 10 men helped to fight this fire from 1 a.m. until near daybreak before bringing it under control.
The formal opening of the electrical appliance store and modern barbershop of Eskew & Son was held Saturday afternoon in Ireland. The building housing the store and barbershop was recently constructed of brown and green glazed tile.
A school on home laundering will be conducted by Virginia Hortz, factory-trained in modern laundry practices, at the Electric Appliance Store, 515 Public Square, Jasper, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and again at 7:30 p.m. The classes are being sponsored by Louis Giesler, store manager. Mrs. Hortz will discuss soaps and detergents, conditioning water for home laundering, new fabrics and how to wash them, various types of soils and stains, and related topics. She will demonstrate modern home laundering practices with the Bendix automatic washer, dryer and ironer. She is the home service director for Sutcliff Distributing Co. of Louisville, a distributor of Bendix Home Appliances Inc.
Harold M. Schmutzler was unanimously elected commander of Huntingburg Post 2366, Veterans of Foreign War, at its regular semimonthly meeting Monday night.
Approximately 10,000 letters from across the U. S. went through the Ireland post office Wednesday for a St. Patrick’s Day postmark from the only Ireland in the nation. Mrs. Clara Wigand, postmaster, said the number is about average for the occasion. Besides the Ireland cancellation, the letters also are marked with a cachet shamrock design printed in green. Ireland, Indiana, has a population of 320, only 13 of whom are of Irish heritage. The town was founded in 1814 by settlers from County Armagh, Ireland.
Bernard J. Gallagher, superintendent of Jasper City Schools, has been notified that he has been chosen to serve on one of the committees of the Indiana School Study Commission. This group is launching a comprehensive study of the schools of Indiana. Mr. Gallagher will serve on the committee that will study employment of school personnel, both instructional and noninstructional.
The Jasper Municipal Light and Water Plant is undergoing construction, which will add greatly to the city’s capacity to furnish electrical current to the city’s consumers. A new cooling plant at the northeast corner of Eighth and Vine streets will replace the present spray pond, which is on the west side of the power house. The street between Seventh and Eighth, known as Power House Hill, will no longer exist after the construction. A new 5,000-kilowatt turbine-driven generator will more than double the current output of the plant. The new improvements are expected to be completed by around the middle of June.
A brush fire that raged through the fields and woods a few hundred yards south of the New Albany Road southeast of Jasper for about an hour this morning was brought under control at 11:15. The fire apparently started somewhere in Little Kentucky and a stiff breeze was sweeping the flames in the direction of the homes that line the south side of the New Albany Road from the Patoka River bridge eastward.
50 Years Ago
March 18, 1963
Winds, rain and reported scattered tornadoes ripped through the tri-state Saturday afternoon, causing some damage in various parts of the Dubois County area. Rainfall in Dubois County on Saturday totaled 2.26 inches as recorded at the sewage treatment plant in Jasper and 2.28 inches at the Southern Indiana Forage Farm in Columbia Township. The south end of Huntingburg was without power for about an hour Saturday during the storm when an antenna blew down at the Busy Bee Restaurant and broke the power wires.
Coach Pete Gill’s Ireland Spuds gave Bosse’s defending state basketball champions all they wanted in the first half of the game Saturday at the Evansville semistate before bowing to the Bulldogs, 61-36.
At Friday’s meeting of the Jasper Jaycees’ Soap Box Derby Committee it was announced by Stan Englert, committee chairman, that a trophy would be awarded to the winner, and any boy in Dubois County may enter.
The operating committee of Producers Feeder Sale has announced Friday, April 19, as the date of the fourth annual Spring Feeder Calf Sale at the Producers Feeder Yards at Milltown. Dubois County’s representatives on the operating committee are Bob Peterson and Al Bartle.
At a special meeting Monday night of Mayor Edwin B. Knies and the Jasper Common Council, the officials gave final adoption to an ordinance that establishes salaries of the elected officials for the next four years. The mayor’s salary, as per his request, will remain the same as at present, $6,200. The salary of Clerk-Treasurer Charles “Chuck” Alles will be raised from $600 to $750 per year and the salaries of the councilmen will be raised from $600 to $750 per year.
E.K. Binckley, president of the Jasper Kiwanis Club, has announced that the club is again bringing the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course to Jasper.
Another Junior Chamber of Commerce Club was officially organized Thursday night in this area with the completion of organizational work and the election of officers for the Dubois Jaycees. Elected to the office of president was Jim Bair of Route 1, Dubois. Ralph Lorey and Marvin Mathies were elected first and second vice presidents, respectively. Serving as secretary is Gerald Terwiske, and treasurer is Gerald Moore. The four members elected to complete the board of directors are William Fisher, Orville Mathies, Tony Denu Jr., and Dennis Heeke.
The costliest storm in Jasper’s history blew into town from the west shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Early predictions are that damage may exceed $100,000. Around 2 o’clock it started to rain, as it had done off and on during the day. Then hail began to fall and suddenly a veritable cloudburst descended from the sky. Many residents were watching from windows as streets began to be inundated as storm sewers were no longer able to carry the water. Then there a terrific wind that lasted less than a minute and may have been a tornado.
A funnel-shaped cloud was reported by Jasper Street Department personnel. The storm blew out plate glass windows at the Armstrong Implement Store and the building formerly used by Hoffman Motors in the Y, partly unroofed the Jasper Rubber Products plant as well as Hohl’s Drive-In. Heavy damage was inflicted to the Kuper Corp., west of U.S. 231 and north of Pennyville Road, where the roof from a 60-by-120-foot section of the plant was lifted and then blown completely off, leaving only the steel framework intact.
The concrete building of the Jasper Pool Car Service along the Southern Railway tracks was unroofed, and the building’s north and south walls were partly blown down. A box car on the Southern tracks was blown over onto its side.
At a meeting of members of the Southwestern District of Indiana County Commissioners, held Tuesday night at Princeton, Rich Eckerle of Jasper was elected president.
The Jasper Civitan Club will be host this week to the Midwest District Council Meeting. The Midwest District includes Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
The Sisters of St. Benedict Development Drive reached the half-million dollar mark in pledges during past months, according to Sister Mary Regis Krampe, home coordinator of the drive. The total of pledges was $539,955 as of Feb. 1.
Three Dubois County coaches were to be honored today at Indianapolis in ceremonies connected with the Indiana State High School Basketball Tournament. Pete Gill of Ireland was one of the Sweet Sixteen coaches honored at the annual Kiwanis Club basketball roundup luncheon. The Indiana Coaches Association will honor Huntingburg’s Howard Sharp and Kenny Richardson tonight with certificates for their 20 years in the coaching field. The coaches will meet at Butler Fieldhouse.
Mrs. Arthur C. Nordhoff of the Tri Kappa Sorority will serve as chairman of the Dubois County unit of the American Cancer Society’s 1963 Cancer Crusade.
Approximately 2,000 people attended the annual meeting for members of the Dubois County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative and their families Friday night in the Jasper High School gym. It was reported that the membership has 45 percent equity in its system. President Ardian Hollen reported that during 1963 the members will receive $38,415 in the form of capital credit refunds.
25 Years Ago
March 15, 1988
A five-year contract between the Southwest Dubois School Corp. and the district’s teachers was accepted Monday evening. The pact extended a 1984 five-year plan that was in its fourth year. It was overwhelmingly approved.
Seniors Andy Stout of Southridge and David Litkenhus and Jeff Hein of Heritage Hills were named to the All-Pocket Athletic Conference basketball team Monday night.
Andrea Buechler, an eighth-grader at the Dubois Middle School, correctly spelled “philosopher” and “alcoholism” to win the 1988 Dubois County Spelling Bee. The contest was held Tuesday evening at the Maple Park Elementary School gym in Huntingburg.
After five years of plans and proposals, Jasper’s only 18-hole golf course is scheduled to open April 9 with a scramble tournament, weather permitting. Golfers playing the new nine holes at the municipal course will find a lot of differences from the original nine-hole course that was opened in 1971. “You must place your ball, not see how long you can hit it,” said Ralph Heath, Muni pro shop manager.”
Income taxes go up July 1 for all county workers now that the Jasper Common Council unanimously approved the economic development income tax Wednesday. With approval from the Dubois County Council last month, the tax now has the support needed to go into effect. It needed approval from county, city and town governments representing a majority of county residents. With the EDIT tax in place this July, total local income taxes will be 0.8 percent, and will increase automatically to a full 1 percent in July 1990. The EDIT tax, authorized by the Legislature last year, must be spent on economic development or capital improvement projects.
Greg Matheis, the state’s heavyweight wrestling champion and an All-State defensive tackle for Jasper’s state finalist football team, will continue both careers at the University of Indianapolis in the fall. Matheis received athletic scholarships in both sports from the Division II school.
U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., is scheduled to have a field representative in Jasper on Monday to hear complaints or concerns from constituents. Dan Murphy will be available to meet with constituents from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the commissioners room of the courthouse.
Huntingburg and Jasper have embraced Hoosier Celebration ’88,a theme offered by the state for celebrating who Hoosiers are, were and can be. Use of the theme will be considered during the planning of two cities’ annual festivals, Jasper’s Strassenfest this summer and Huntingburg’s Herbstfest in the fall.
Bob Rickard has been named general sales manager of Holland Dairies. Rickard, a 23-year employee, will head the firm’s sales department, which is responsible for the development of new and existing accounts for the firm’s entire sales area within Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
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