Looking Back: 8/24

One of the first buildings on the Square in Jasper was Kuebler’s General Store, which opened in 1878. The enterprise included a three-story brick building, as well as the frame buildings on the left, which were used for storage. Entrance to the second and third floors was gained by an open stairway through the door between the frame and brick structures. In front of the frame building is an early reaper used to cut grain. Note the oil street lamp on the corner, the hitching rail and the mud streets. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Aug. 23, 1948
Remains of 5,864 Americans who lost their lives during World War II have been returned to the United States from Europe aboard the Army Transport Lawrence Victory, the Department of the Army announced Sunday. The remains, which arrived at the New York port of embarkation, include the bodies of two Dubois County veterans. They are Pfc. Charles William Kuebler Jr. and Pvt. Alfred D. Schmidt, both of Jasper.

Two members of the Little Company of Mary, the order of sisters that has been contracted to operate the Dubois County Memorial Hospital, will be the guest speakers of the Jasper Kiwanis Club at its noon luncheon Tuesday at Wehrle’s Restaurant. The sisters, who have been sent to Jasper by their order to aid in the final drive for funds for the project, will explain the background of their order and its current operations and what type of services will be furnished by the Dubois County hospital.

Aug. 24
Officials of Jasper Seating Co. and Local 331, Furniture and Veneer Workers, AFL, on Monday signed a new contract. The contract grants a 9-cents-an-hour wage increase throughout the plant.
About 600 people attended the annual farmers picnic in Huntingburg’s Municipal Park on Sunday. Marian Hasenour of St. Anthony was crowned Dubois County Farm Bureau Insurance Queen. Gus A. Ahrens, president of Dubois County Farm Bureau, was the master of ceremonies.

Aug. 25
Indiana’s cigarette tax began paying dividends to the schools of the state Tuesday. The amount of Dubois County’s check is $17,675. This was the first installment; the second installment will be paid next January.

Approval of the general plans for the Dubois County Memorial Hospital by the U.S. Health Service and the State Board of Health has been secured at a meeting of representatives of those agencies with the architect, the board of directors of the hospital and the Little Company of Mary. The meeting was held in the hospital of the Little Company of Mary, Evergreen Park, Chicago, on Tuesday.

Aug. 26
At an election held at the plant of Jos. L. Eckstein & Sons, Inc., local sawmill, Wednesday, the 25 employees eligible to cast a ballot voted 18-7 in favor of recognizing Local 331, Furniture and Veneer Workers, AFL, as their bargaining agent. It was the first labor election held at this shop.

Jasper’s employment service/unemployment compensation office will be shut down because of budget cuts announced by the Indiana Employment Security Division’s Vincennes office. After Sept. 3, it will be necessary for local people seeking jobs or jobless benefits to report to one of the division’s 24 full-time offices, such as the Vincennes location. The division has been running a branch office in Jasper for about 10 years.

Aug. 27
Bernard J. Gallagher, Jasper superintendent of schools, has announced that the 1948-49 school year will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, the day after Labor Day.

The offices of the Dubois County Selective Service Board have been moved from the third floor of the courthouse to the second-floor quarters formerly set aside as offices for the prosecuting attorney. Mrs. Urban Eckstein of Jasper, who served as registration clerk prior to and during World War II, will resume her work in the same capacity during the forthcoming draft call. Dr. W.D. Bretz of Huntingburg will again serve as chairman of Selective Service Local Board No. 17. Registration of men eligible for the draft will begin Monday.

Aug. 28
The 84th annual session of the Dubois County Teachers Institute will be held in the courtroom of the Dubois County Courthouse on Monday and Tuesday. All teachers of the county are expected to attend each session, it was announced by the county superintendent, John H. Teder.

Local girls who attended a presentation sponsored by the Little Company of Mary in Kundek Hall on Friday evening were told the advantages of a nursing career. Ninety-seven girls attended the meeting. Since the order’s representatives were unable to be present, two of the nuns who will teach in St. Joseph’s School talked to the girls about the urgent need for nurses and the desirability of the nursing profession as a career.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Aug. 26, 1963
Pat Jarboe of Evansville has been named home demonstration agent for Dubois County, effective Sept. 3, it was announced today.

The Jasper Jaycees are offering special rates for the advance sale of tickets for the Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus. The circus will give an afternoon and evening performance Saturday at the old baseball diamond at the junction of Kellerville Road and East 15th Street. Ron Pfau, ticket chairman, announced that tickets are available through the Jaycees for $1.25 for adults and 60 cents for children.

Members of the Jasper Lions Club are very pleased with the public’s donations to their radio auction to be broadcast over WITZ Sept. 9 to 13. Because of the quantity and quality of donations, the organization has lengthened the broadcast from last year’s hour and 30 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes.

Aug. 27
Edwin B. Knies, 52, mayor of Jasper, died at 10:45 Monday night in Memorial Hospital, where he underwent a major operation Wednesday. The two Jasper surgeons who had participated in the four-hour operation were in telephone consultation Monday night with specialists in Louisville and Indianapolis, but Knies was beyond medical aid. Francis “Benny” Sermersheim, councilman-at-large, was named this afternoon by the Jasper Common Council to serve as mayor pro tem. He will serve in this capacity until the council meets again to elect a mayor to serve out the term that ends Dec. 31 of this year.

The Jasper High School Band, under the direction of Ray Cox, will be one of 97 bands to take part in the annual Indiana High School Band Contest at the state fair Wednesday. Residents of the Jasper area who will not be attending the state fair that day will have an opportunity to see the Band Day highlights on television that night through the courtesy of the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative, which will sponsor a 90-minute telecast of the event from 8:30 to 10 o’clock Wednesday night over Channel 4, WTTV, Indianapolis.

Aug. 28
Beef cattle herd owners were reminded today of the meeting Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Purdue Forage Farm near Cuzco. The program will include discussion of the various programs to advance beef cattle in Dubois County.

The Huntingburg Happy Hunters football team, coached by Bud George, will launch its 1963 season against Jasper at Alumni Stadium on Friday night of this week. Coach of the Jasper Wildcats is Jerry Brewer.

Aug. 29
The State Board of Finance on Wednesday approved a state loan of $3,500 to the City of Huntingburg for the community to develop a master plan for community development.

Five local female golfers were awarded trophies recently at the conclusion of the women’s annual golf tournament. Winners were Jane Gramelspacher, ringer score trophy for nine holes; Bert Habig, runner-up in the championship flight and ringer score trophy for 18 holes; Marilyn Gramelspacher, 1963 champion of the Dubois County Country Club; Jackie Berger, winner of the president’s flight; and Markie Hoffman, winner of the secretary’s flight.

Aug. 30
Jasper Rubber Products has acquired a new 60-inch mixing mill, which has a capacity of 10,000 pounds a day. The new mill is in addition to one 60-inch mill and four 40-inch mills in use at the plant. The mills mix raw rubber with a combination of ingredients required to produce the proper mixture for the thousands of different items produced by the plant. The mill was shipped from Cleveland and arrived a few days ago.

Aug. 31
The Jasper Wildcats turned back their arch-rivals, the Happy Hunters of Huntingburg, last night by the score of 28 to 6 in what was the football opener for both schools. A crowd of better than 3,000 turned out for the gridiron opener at Alumni Stadium and saw the Wildcats retain possession of “the Goal Posts,” the football trophy which is at stake whenever these two Dubois County teams meet on the football field.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Aug. 22, 1988
A graduate education course, Testing in the Classroom, will be offered in Vincennes and Jasper by Indiana University beginning Sept. 3. The IU School of Education course is coordinated by the Bloomington Division of the IU School of Continuing Studies. The class will be offered on the IU Bloomington campus and simultaneously televised to Davis Hall, Room 215, at Vincennes University, and to the Administration Building, Room 231, at Vincennes University Jasper Center. A two-way audit unit will allow students at both sites to ask the instructor questions and participate in class discussion. The testing course is intended for teachers working toward license renewal, master’s degree students and others interested in testing and evaluation.

Aug. 23
Jasper police officer J.P. Weisheit received a commendation from the police chief for building a night-firing range for handgun training, the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety heard this morning. Weisheit built the firing range on his own time during his vacation, Police Chief Bill Schmitt said. The range gives officers a chance to train with handguns during darkness, increasing their skill, he said.

The Dubois County Council has started meeting in its new meeting room, which is in a third-floor extension of the courthouse offices that was added earlier this year. Monday was the council’s second week in its new room.

Two local football teams were rated among the top 10 in their respective classes in the 1988 Associated Press preseason high school football polls. Jasper, last year’s state runner-up, was rated No. 2 in Class 4A, while Heritage Hills was listed 10th in Class 3A.

Aug. 24
Jasper, the 1987 state runner-up, opened its 1988 boys tennis season Tuesday by routing Big Eight Conference foe Boonville 5-0.

Heritage Hills is coming off a banner football year in 1987, when the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season and finished with a 9-1 record. Bob Clayton will begin his 11th season as head coach at Heritage Hills when the Patriots travel to Tell City for their season opener Friday night.

Aug. 25
If all goes as planned, Decora plant No. 3, a division of Aristokraft, will nearly double in size by 1989. Research has shown a greater need for semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets produced by Decora, according to Pam Kirk, a spokeswoman for Aristokraft. Increased production will create about 30 new jobs over the next few years, Kirk said. During the past year, the plant’s volume rose by 20 percent, bringing the 40,000-square -foot facility to full capacity. The expansion project will add another 44,000 square feet to the east side of the building and raise plant capacity by more than 50 percent. Decora Plant No. 3, located on Meridian Road, employs 88 people.

Aug. 26
Defending regional champion Jasper opened the 1988 volleyball season Thursday with a 2-0 rout of visiting Evansville North. Leslie Elliott emerged as the Wildcats’ top hitter, with 10 kills and two blocks.

Aug. 27
Even though Jasper, Huntingburg and Evansville were represented Friday, SIGHT wants more help in trying to land a road linking southwestern Indiana to Indianapolis. Fifteen local community and business representatives, as well as political leaders, met at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper, calling their gathering Southwestern Indiana Growth for Highway Travel. The group formed because the feasibility of a road, and what route it could take, is being considered by the Indiana Department of Highways’ Division of Planning and Budget. The chairman of the local group is John Donan of Donan Engineering.




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