Looking Back: 3/2

Photograph courtesy of the Huntingburg Museum
Huntingburg high school and grade school faculty members were photographed in 1915. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

65 Years Ago
March 1, 1948

The Jasper Wildcats won their seventh consecutive sectional championship Saturday night in the Jasper High School gym when they nipped the previously unbeaten Spurgeon Cardinals in the final game, 51-49. It was the Cards’ first loss of the season after 23 straight victories. The Spurgeon club, coming from a school of only 96 enrollment, was the “people’s choice” of non-Jasper fans Saturday.

March 2, 1948
Jack Hauser, chairman of the Dubois County Agricultural Conservation Association, has announced that owners of 1,108 farms  signed up for the 1948 Agricultural Conservation Program at the community meetings held recently; this is the largest sign-up ever made at the community meetings.

The Dubois County Commissioners, at the February meeting held Monday, appointed Appollonia Giesler as recorder of Dubois County to complete the unexpired term of her husband, the late Albert J. “Jumbo” Giesler, who died Feb. 20 as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage.

March 3
A meeting of interest to all persons connected with building and construction work in Jasper will be held in the city office next Wednesday night. At this meeting the provisions of Jasper’s zoning ordinance will be explained. The ordinance defines certain areas as residential districts and others as business and industrial districts. Marcus Kuper, local contractor, is president of the board of zoning appeals.

March 4
Three new directors, including W.E. Struckman of Huntingburg, were elected Wednesday at the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association.

March 5
Victor Dippel, manager of A&P’s Jasper market, will go to Detroit for a training course in customer service and operating efficiency. Managers from three states will meet at A&P’s divisional headquarters for the course.

Jasper High School basketball coaches can be assured of plenty of hardwood talent coming up if the record posted by coach Joe Rowekamp’s grade school Warriors means anything. The Warriors almost had a perfect season. They drove through 18 straight games without a stain until Dale stopped them, 26-25, in the very last game of the season.

March 6
Cabby O’Neill’s Jasper Wildcats are one of 32 Indiana high school basketball teams slated to get regional tournament play under way this afternoon. The Wildcats will open the action in the Vincennes regional with the Shelburn Panthers, defending champions, as their opponents.

One hundred recruits for the new grade school band is the objective of an intensive campaign that will begin next week in the Jasper grade schools. To determine the boys and girls most likely to succeed on band instruments, a series of tests have been given this week in the grades from the fourth through the eighth.

Jasper Knights of Columbus Council 1584 boasts the unusual distinction of having among its membership four Fourth Degree Knights from the same family. They are the Schwinghamer brothers, Otto, Mike, Bob and Bill.

50 Years Ago
March 2, 1963

Several Dubois Countians were among the 29 southern Indiana residents who returned Thursday from Washington, D.C., after a whirlwind trip that was highlighted by a visit with President John F. Kennedy. The tour was organized by the 8th District Democratic Central Committee and was made up basically of precinct committee members who earned their trips in a contest conducted during the 1962 campaign to increase voter registration and participation in the election campaign. The Dubois County winners included Sylvester Rasche, committeeman of Madison Precinct 2; his precinct vice committeewoman, Mrs. Bill Burger; James Jackson, committeeman of Jefferson Precinct 1, and his vice committeewoman, Mrs. Grover Cummins. Others from the county who attended at their own expense were Mrs. Rasche; Mrs. Jackson; Bill Burger; Gordon St. Angelo, district and county democratic chairman; Betty Bockelman, county vice chairman; Jack Rumbach, district public relations chairman and county secretary, and Mrs. Rumbach; and Cletus Lubbehusen, county committee treasurer.

March 4
After being a “bridesmaid” a year ago, the Ireland Spuds walked off with their first sectional championship Saturday night at Huntingburg by cutting the tall Springs Valley Blackhawks down to size, 20-19. It was a fitting climax to the Huntingburg tourney that had been billed in advance as a wide-open affair. It was felt that any team who could put three or four good basketball games back to back would win it, and that was exactly what coach Pete Gill’s Ireland Spuds did. Ireland earned a berth in the championship game by downing Winslow, 62-46, Friday night and then whipping Huntingburg, 71-55, Saturday afternoon.

A leased brick building between French Lick and West Baden that the W.W. Kimball Co. used for the assembly and finishing of grand pianos was gutted by fire Sunday morning. The fire was discovered shortly after 10:30 a.m. According to Tom Habig, president of the Jasper Corporation, which owns and operates Kimball, the fire apparently resulted when some finishing material ignited for an unknown reason. He said the loss is estimated at between $40,000 and $50,000. The building was formerly used as a Furniture Products plant. It was six blocks from the main Kimball plant and contained about 10,000 square feet of floor space. Destroyed in the fire, which completely gutted the plant, were 15 to 20 finished grand pianos and about 30 others in various stages of construction.

The only people in Dubois County who have reported feeling the earth tremor that apparently originated in the New Madrid, Mo., area Sunday morning are Mr. and Mrs. Gwen Rudolph of Boone Township. The tremor was felt at the Rudolph home at 11:32 a.m., the precise time that the earthquake was recorded.

March 5
Edward Lechner of R. 1, Jasper, is in fair condition in Orange County Hospital at Paoli with injuries suffered Monday afternoon when lightning set off a dynamite charge in a quarry where he was working. Lechner was operating a power shovel at the Raymond Knies Quarry (formerly the William Cave Quarry) four miles east of French Lick.

The collecting, trading and selling of canceled postage stamps is not only an interesting hobby but a profitable one for Sister M. Lucy Yochum of Ferdinand and the many others who contribute to her work with postage stamps. This is the sixth consecutive year during which the stamp collecting business has netted about $100, which has been donated to the St. Benedict College Building Fund.

March 6
Many pupils are absent from class in the schools of Dubois County these days because of the flu bug. There is also some absenteeism in industrial plants, although a smaller percentage than is in the schools. Earl F. Buechler, superintendent of the county schools, said that while none of the schools under his jurisdiction has closed, the situation is very serious. More than 100 pupils were absent, for instance, Tuesday from the three Dubois schools — Dubois High and the two grade schools.

March 7
Four Dubois County youths were among those who served as pages in the Indiana General Assembly during its deliberations Monday. They served at the invitation of State Sen. Bernard Krampe of Ferdinand. The pages were Gilbert Fleck, Larry Lubbehusen and June Oser of Ferdinand and John Rumbach of Jasper.

March 8
James “Babe” McCarthy, head basketball coach of Mississippi State University, will be the featured speaker at the annual Jasper Kiwanis Club banquet honoring the Jasper High School Wildcats, their coaches and their fathers.

25 Years Ago
March 2, 1988

Southeast Dubois School Corp. officials have received state approval to get a $1.4 million loan toward improvements at Ferdinand Elementary School. The loan, approved Feb. 4, means the corporation will not have to issue bonds to pay for the project, estimated to cost $2.2 million.
Huntingburg Laundry and Cleaners is slated to begin operation Monday, according to the owner, Dave Vogler. The business will be located on North Main Street in the former 60-Minute Cleaners location. Manager will be Mary Jo Niehaus of Huntingburg.

Several local youths have qualified for the state level of the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Competition after their performance in the regional competition Saturday in Jasper. Winning in the boys division was 12-year-old Brian Bayer, who made 15-of-25 free throws. Jasper’s other participant, 13-year-old Curt Rees, finished runner-up in his age group. Advancing in the girls division were 11-year-old Audrey Burger, 12-year-old Michelle Vogler, 13-year-old Christi Kratzer and 14-year-old Suzanne Bauer. Each girl made 17-of-25 free throw attempts.

March 3
Pages recently for State Rep. Dennis Heeke were Audra Terwiske and Dana Kalb of Dubois and Charlotte Reuber and Tammy Kieffner of Jasper. Typical page responsibilities include helping to deliver messages for the representatives and performing a variety of clerical duties for legislative staff.

March 4
Vincennes University Jasper Center, a junior college, would offer its students a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration if a proposal by Indiana State University is finalized. ISU has proposed offering the Bachelor of Science degree on the VUJC campus if there is enough local interest.

March 5
David Glass, president and chief operating officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has announced that the company’s store in Jasper has been named Region 3 Store of the Year for the year ending Jan. 31. The Jasper store was chosen from more than 70 company stores in Region 3 in the areas of customer service, merchandise display, store appearance, community involvement, associate development, numerical performance and productivity.

March 7
The Jasper Common Council has scheduled a public hearing and vote on the proposed Dubois County economic development income tax for Wednesday, March 16. If the council votes in favor, the 0.4 percent income tax will take effect July 1. If the city rejects the tax, other communities that have yet to vote on it still could put the tax into effect. The Dubois County Council was the first local government to pass it, last Tuesday, The tax is passed when the city, county or town governments representing a majority of the county’s residents approve it. If eventually passed, the income tax will raise about $1.5 million a year, the county estimates. The money would be split among the county, cities and towns for local projects.

Doug Biehl, 17, a senior at Southridge High School, was given the John M. Bretz Award at a Boy Scout court of honor Feb. 8 at Salem United Church of Christ’s parish hall. The annual award, named after the Huntingburg man who kept Scouting alive in Huntingburg during a period when it nearly went out of existence, is emblematic of a Scout’s leadership ability, overall Scouting performance and contributions to the Huntingburg troop. The winner is chosen by a vote of all the Scouts in the troop.

Northeast Dubois High School used an effective defense against Jasper in Saturday’s sectional championship to shut down the Wildcats’ three leading scorers and win the school’s third sectional title, 52-39, at Memorial Gym. Coach Alan Matheis earned his first sectional championship in four years as head coach at Dubois.

March 8
Dolly Madison Industries in Huntingburg is healthy and growing again, thanks in large part to Dubois County’s productivity, says the company’s chief financial officer. Joe Hill, vice president in charge of finance, says DMI was down and just about out two years ago. The company embarked on a strategy that ultimately succeeded: The company sold or liquidated all of the unprofitable subsidiaries and launched a multimillion-dollar plant improvement plan for the Dubois County operations. The company, which has offices in Louisville and Huntingburg, has manufacturing plants in Huntingburg and Ferdinand and a sawmill and dimension plant in Ferdinand.




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