Looking Back: 7/12

A construction crew poured the first floor of the new post office in Jasper in the spring of 1937. Across Sixth Street, the Yaggi Café operated in double two-story frame building that was constructed about the time of the Civil War. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past...Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff) 

• 65 Years Ago
July 11, 1949
The first concert of the summer season by the Jasper City Band will begin tonight at eight o’clock on the east portico of the Court House, it was announced this morning. Benny Loveall has been named the director of the band this year. He is the son of the late Lorenzo Loveall, prominent Jasper musician and former city band director, and is a student at the Jordan Conservatory of Music in Indianapolis. Concerts will be given every Monday night during the summer. Members of the band include Robert Reyling, Delbert Kieffner, Jim Sermersheim and Jim Mundy, trumpets; Wendolin Birkle, Robert Weigel, Jerry Reutepohler and Earl Buechler, clarinets; Leo Durlauf and John Wehrle, trombones; Lawrence Block, baritone; Archie Schwinghammer, alto horn; Wilbur Maxey, bass, and Herman Kiefer and Wayne Loveall, drums.

Ted Uland was named yesterday as president of the Jasper Jaycee Swim Club, newly-organized aquatic group which will represent the community in amateur and inter-city competition. The club, backed by the Jasper Jaycees and approved by the board of park commissioners, elected officers preparatory for applying for admission into the A.A.U. Other officers are Jack Rumbach, secretary; Ed Rumbach, treasurer; directors, Jerome Schneider, Jerry Kunkel, Dennis Beyke, Lois Sonderman and Jean Kuebler.

July 12
Representatives of the Dubois County Hospital Association, the successful bidders for construction, the architect and engineer were scheduled to sign contracts this afternoon which will clear the way for actual construction of the hospital structure in Jasper. This group visited the hospital this morning. It was announced by representatives of Huber, Hunt and Nichols, Indianapolis contractors who were awarded the contract for general construction, that they would begin work on Friday, July 15.

July 13
Postmasters Albert Rumbach of Jasper, Norma Koerner, of Huntingburg, Ollie Seivert, of Ferdinand, John Leonard, of Birdseye, Clara Wigand, of Ireland, Cora Wetzel, of Rockport, Elbert Remke, of Santa Claus, George Coyle, of Tell City, Lawrence Julien, of Spurgeon, and Charles Apple, of French Lick, were among those who attended the convention of the Indiana Chapter, National Association of Postmasters, at Indianapolis last weekend.

The Daughters of Isabella of the Huntingburg circle held their business meeting Monday night at the YMI hall. Mrs. Henrietta Spink was selected as a member of the circle to attend the celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Vincent’s Orphanage at Vincennes on July 19. The circle voted to send a gift. Mrs. Ben Seidl won the attendance prize, which was a year’s subscription to the Catholic Home Journal.

July 14
The Jasper Reds called on Ferdinand’s Nigg Schreiner to give their ailing mound staff a boost and then proceeded to aid him with ten safe blows to defeat Funkhouser Legion of Evansville, 5-2, last night at Recreation Field. The Ferdinand moundsman gave a good account of himself , limiting the hard-hitting Funkhouser club to 6 hits. Nigg Pfeffer’s triple and single and Jim Menner’s double and single headed the Redleg batting attack.

July 15
The employees of the Indiana Desk Company in Jasper voted 42 “Yes”, and 78 “No” in an election conducted yesterday to determine whether or not they wished to authorize Local No. 331,
Upholsterers’ International Union of North America, A. F. of L. as their collective bargaining representative, to enter into an agreement with the company which would require membership in that union as a condition of continued employment. The election was conducted by a representative of the National Labor Relations Board.

July 16
Junior Neal, who pitches for Kemp’s Cavemen,  became the first pitcher in the Dubois County Softball League to hang up a no-hit, no-run game as he blanked the Jasper Moose last night at Huntingburg, 13-0. Due to the league’s ten-run rule, the game went only five innings. Over that stretch Junior gave up four walks and struck out five Moose batters. The Cavemen committed one error behind him. Bob Neal homered for Kemp’s.

•50 Years Ago
July 13, 1964
Marilyn McCullah of New Albany won a second place at the annual Dubois County Fair Horse Show which was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Huntingburg fairgrounds. Approximately 200 horses were entered, and Marilyn walked off with a second place award, but she couldn’t keep it for long. The award consisted of a rosette-type ribbon on cardboard with a pin attached in back, and an envelope containing $10 prize money. As Marilyn was walking her horse off the showgrounds, and carrying the ribbon and envelope, she hesitated for a moment and the horse reached down and picked up the award with his mouth and ate all the winnings. After contacting the fair board, she found out that the ribbon could be replaced, but the monetary part of it couldn’t.

July 14
Gordon St. Angelo, Huntingburg businessman and chairman of the Eighth District and Dubois County Democratic  organizations, has been named chairman of the executive committee of the Indiana Democratic Central Committee. The executive committee, comprised of seven members of the state central committee, will be responsible for the overall direction of the Democratic election campaign.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Jasper Utility Service Board the manger of the utilities, John Curtain, recommended that the members of the board give careful study to his recent supplementary electric expansion report and then hold a meeting with representatives of the firm that handles all of the city’s electrical engineering, and the firm that serves as the city’s rate analysts, for the purpose of deciding on a course of action regarding future electrical needs. To take care of future expanded requirements of electrical energy the City of Jasper must either purchase more current from an outside supplier or else expand its own generating facilities.

July 15
Paul Clark, building commissioner of the City of Jasper, received word this morning from Dorothy Gardner, auditor of the State of Indiana, that the State Board of Finance, at its Tuesday meeting, approved the application of the City of Jasper for a loan of $3,370 from the Post War Planning Revolving Fund. In 1963, the planning commission and board of zoning appeals began studies of the City of Jasper zoning ordinances and master plan. In May, word was received by the plan commission that a federal HHFA loan had been approved  to pay for two-thirds of the cost of the planning program. The remaining one-third was to be paid by local interests. The City of Jasper then made application for a loan from the Post War Revolving Fund under which the State of Indiana will loan the city government money which will be used to pay the remaining one-third of the planning program cost. This loan will be repaid to the State of Indiana, interest free, over a three-year period.

July 16
James Betz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Betz of 405 West 14th Street, Jasper, a recent graduate of St. Joseph College in Rennselaer, is in training at Springfield, Mass., for Peace Corps service. Jim received a B.S. degree in Management from St. Joseph’s. After about three months of training, which began on June 20, he will spend ten days at home before going to Puerto Rico to be acclimated to his eventual assignment– two years as a teacher of physical education in Venezuela.

July 16
Ireland’s high school baseball team defeated Montgomery 8-1 in league play at Allen Field in Washington last night. The win hiked the Spuds’ record to 4-2. They are tied for second place in the standings. Jeff Leinenbach went the route for the Spuds last night and scattered four singles. He struck out two and walked a pair.  Kenny Leinenbach paced Ireland with a double and a single.

July 17
Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon on the site in Northwood Park on which Jasper’s First Baptist congregation will build the first unit of its new church project.
The site comprises three lots directly west of Jim’s Plumbing & Heating operated by Jim Gramelspacher. The new building will go up on two of the lots, and it is planned to convert the other one into a parking area. Those on hand for the ceremonies will include the pastor, Rev. Ferd Elfreich, who will officiate at the groundbreaking rites; Rev. C. E. Wiley of Evansville; Rev. James Harris, pastor of a mission at English; and the members of the building committee, Fred Johnson, Stanley Tunks, Rodney Brown, Mrs. Elbert Burton, Gayle Marquette, and Eldred Hutcherson.

•25 Years Ago
July 10, 1989
The 1989 session of driver education at Jasper High School concluded on Friday, June 30, with the annual driving Road-E-O. A total of 180 students competed in the final driving test held on the school’s driving range. The morning round of competition was won by Jason Sendelweck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sendelweck of R. 2, Jasper. Second place was awarded to Danny Matthews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Matthews, of Jasper. The afternoon session was won by Kami Highsmith, daughter of Linda Leinenbach of Jasper; and second place went to Scott Kunkel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kunkel of R. 1, Jasper.

July 11
In the midst of his 25th year as the North Spencer School Corporation’s superintendent, Thomas Brumett announced to the school board Monday his plans to retire next summer. His retirement will be effective July 1, 1990.

July 12
Jeffrey Eck, son of James and Doris Eck of Otwell, is the recipient of an Instructional Services Scholarship from Vincennes University. A graduate of Jasper High School, he will enter VU in the fall semester as an agriculture major. A total of 60 students from across Indiana and Illinois received the scholarships which are valued at $750 and are renewable for a second year.

Ferdinand will have a police vehicle for each of its four full-time officers in 1990. In a proposal made to the Ferdinand Town Board Tuesday, Police Chief Lloyd Froman suggested the town buy
a reconditioned vehicle for about $7,000 instead of buying a $12,000-$13,000 new police car. Froman suggested using the money left over to put the city’s 1984 Impala into full-time service for the police force. The Impala is currently shared by the Ferdinand utility and police departments.

July 13
An “Are you OK?” program will be operating out of the city police station by the end of the month, thanks to four Jasper banks that have agreed to split the cost  of the $7,500 computer system.
The program is designed to call participants-– the elderly or those with health problems, for example — at the same time each day, Mayor Jerome Alles explained to the city council Wednesday. If the resident does not answer the phone the first time, he or she will be called again later. If the second call is unanswered Alles said, an alert will be issued on both a computer monitor and speaker. A police officer then will be dispatched to the home.

July 14
The first nine holes of the city’s municipal golf course will get cart paths sometime in August. The Park and Recreation Board decided Tuesday to have 1,500-2,000 feet of paths, costing between $8,000 to $10,000, constructed.

Special Memories has moved to a new location at 217 South Main St., Jasper. The photography studio does portraits, wedding photography, custom matting and framing and other photography work. It is owned by Kelly Huebner and Jane Peters.

July 15
Ronald A. Bonifer of Uebelhor & Sons has received a membership ring as one of 66 Chevrolet “Only the Best” club presidents from Art Brock, Chevrolet sales manager of service.  To be named president of one of the three chapters in each of Chevrolet’s 22 branches, a retail service manger must attain the highest number of credits which are earned for customer satisfaction in warranty service, technician training and professional development. “The 66 presidents are selected from 4,500 service managers enrolled in the program nationwide and achieving this level of excellence is truly an outstanding accomplishment,” said Brock. 

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