Looking Back: 10/05

Dubois County State Bank moved to its new banking house at the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson streets in Jasper on April 20, 1893. The first floor was used by the bank and the offices on the second floor were leased to William Traylor and his son, Bomar, for law offices. Standing in front of the bank in this 1914 photo were its two employees: cashier Felix L. Schneider, left, and bookkeeper and teller August A. Eckert. The bank used these facilities until Oct. 30, 1917, when its new building on the Square was ready for use. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1988

An automobile, tractor and farm equipment auction sales is to be held on the premises of Jasper Post 673 Veterans of Foreign Wars on Saturday for the benefit of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Fund.

Jasper’s fire chief, Roman J. Fuhs, announced this morning that in connection with Fire Prevention Week Deputy State Fire Marshal J. E. Jenkins of Mount Vernon will visit Jasper one day this week. The deputy fire marshal and the head of Jasper’s volunteer fire department will visit the city schools to observe the efficiency of fire drills and also will inspect some of the local buildings for possible hazards.

The town of Dubois is assured of a representative in semipro baseball circles next season following a meeting of businessmen, fans and players Friday night. Early organization was called for because the 1948 team, Dubois’ first in a number of years, got a late start last season and interested persons wanted a full season in 1949. At the meeting Friday, the Dubois Athletic Association was set up with Maurice Leistner as president. The new team was given the name the Dubois Grays.

Oct. 5
Bailey Bourne, a native of Union County, has been appointed soil conservationist of the Dubois County Soil Conservation District. He succeeds Hermann Beck, who left in January for the island of Okinawa to serve as an agricultural adviser for the federal government. Since Mr. Beck’s departure for the Pacific island, Hugh Mattingly, who had served as Mr. Beck’s assistant, has been supervising the soil conservation work in the county.

More than 200 people are expected to attend a reception in Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg tonight honoring Ray Goldman, superintendent of Huntingburg city schools and governor-elect of the Indiana District, Kiwanis International. The reception is being sponsored by the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club, of which Mr. Goldman is a member, and many dignitaries in state and division Kiwanis organizations have been invited to attend.

Oct. 6
County agricultural agent C.A. Nicholson pointed out this morning that temporary storage facilities for this year’s bumper corn crop is the problem uppermost in the minds of many Dubois County farmers. He suggested the construction of round or rectangular cribs, made of snow fence, as a solution to the problem. Construction diagrams may be obtained from the county agent’s office.

Dubois County Ship 90, Navy Club was commended today by Machinists Mate-Chief Lawrence A. Riddle, US. Navy recruiter of Evansville, for the work it is doing in the community.

Oct. 7
A new civic service organization will officially come into being in Jasper tonight when the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce receives its charter from the national organization.

A four-county “Hoe-Down” for adult and Boy Scout leaders will be staged at Camp Carnes, near Jasper Lake, from Friday through Sunday. The hoedown, one of a series being held in the Southern Indiana Council, is a training course for adult leaders and patrol and senior patrol leaders of the troop. They are given material and guidance to add adventure to the troop program. The course includes four sections: camping, hiking, meetings and program planning.

Oct. 8
Preliminary steps were taken Thursday night to organize the Jasper Community Chest Inc., a nonprofit corporation, when 15 World War II veterans met and completed formal steps toward obtaining a corporate charter from the secretary of state. The organization is sponsored by Dubois County Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars as part of its community welfare program in Jasper.

Oct. 9
Eighth District Democratic Chairman Sen. Leo J. Stemle of Jasper has had a busy week attending meetings in the 8th Congressional District at which former governor Henry F. Schricker was the principal speaker.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Oct. 7, 1963

At the banquet that was a feature of the Indiana State Chiropractic Association convention, Dr. F.C. Jones of Jasper was given the annual Merit Award for having made the greatest contribution to the cause of chiropractors in Indiana during the preceding year. The convention was held Saturday and Sunday at Fort Wayne, and the banquet was held Sunday.

At the October meeting of the Jasper Plan Commission, Jasper Realtor Bill Rohleder presented architects’ drawings for four apartment buildings to be constructed on Jasper’s north side. Rohleder said that one of the buildings would be constructed in the near future, and the construction of the remaining apartment buildings would be based on demand. The entrance to the apartments will face U.S. 231, across the street from the Moose lodge. Parking will be at the rear of the buildings and reached from Birk Drive.

“The Desperate Hours,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway play adapted from the best-selling novel by Joseph Hayes, will be presented by Jasper Civic Theatre as its 15th anniversary featured production in Kundek Hall at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 3, 4 and 6. Art Renner is director of the play, and major characters are played by Bob Beckman, Sue Brelage, Bruce Jarboe, Bettie Egler and Paul Clark.

Oct. 8
At the state convention of the Catholic Knights of America, held at the Severin Hotel in Indianapolis on Oct. 5 and 6, Gilbert Fleck of St. Henry was elected state president of the organization for a three-year term. He and Paul Schaefer of Tell City were elected delegates to the Supreme C.K. of A. convention to be held in May in Houston.

At the Huntingburg Common Council meeting Monday, the mayor brought before the council the matter of the heavy traffic on North Main Street and the traffic hazard created by the large trucks entering and leaving the Farm Bureau Co-op and the Huntingburg Furniture Warehouse properties. A motion was passed instructing City Attorney Norbert Schneider to draw up an ordinance of no parking on the east side of North Main Street from Eighth Street to 13th Street. After adoption of the ordinance, a request will be sent to the Indiana State Highway Commission asking for their approval of the parking restrictions.

Oct. 9
Poultry growers from this area will have an opportunity on Friday of this week to inspect a new colony cage type of chicken house. The structure was erected on the Eugene Gould farm in the Haysville community by the Dubois County Farm Bureau Co-op. The building measures 36 feet wide and 112 feet long. Feeding, watering, ventilation and manure removal are all taken care of automatically in what Bill Meece, county Farm Bureau field man who supervised the construction of the building and installation of the equipment, calls the most modern laying hen operation in Dubois County. The building is designed for occupancy by 6,336 laying hens, housed 23 birds per cage.

Oct. 10
The time-change question remains hanging in midair today as far as Jasper residents are concerned. During the past few years it has been normal for the Jasper Common Council to declare during its October meeting that the municipal clocks will be turned back to Central Standard Time. The council held its regular October meeting Wednesday night but after some discussion decided to hold off its decision until it can be determined what some of the surrounding communities are planning. Mayor Francis “Benny” Sermersheim was asked to make inquiries.

Oct. 11
About 800 people on Thursday attended the first of two Woodland-Water-Recreation Field Days being held this week at the Southern Indiana Forage Farm in Columbia Township, near Cuzco. A notable feature of the day’s itinerary was a dedication of the tree farm.

Oct. 12
The citizens of St. Anthony have wholeheartedly backed the new St. Anthony Community Center with donations of both materials and money. The new building, under construction, is on State Road 64 on the south edge of St. Anthony. The exterior of the community center will be of Huntingburg “pinks” brick and Bedford limestone. The building will be one story and will feature a 27-by-29 fire station in the northeast corner.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Oct. 3, 1988

Hundreds of acres west of Huntingburg became more valuable this morning after an announcement confirmed federal money will pay more than half the cost to build a road project there. Mayor Connie Nass said this morning that a $725,227 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration is a sure thing and will pay for 55 percent of an industrial bypass that will link State Road 64 and U.S. 231.

Five Japanese students from Marian Heights Academy explained the Japanese alphabet to Dolores Lueken’s class of third-graders at Ferdinand Elementary School as part of their studies of Japanese culture last week.

Oct. 4
Two local men can be seen “in the movies.” Mark Wollenmann, a 48-year-old Ferdinand barber, appears — as a barber — in “Eight Men Out,” a movie about the 1919 World Series scandal. The movie opened Friday in Evansville and will be shown locally within a few weeks. Steve Schmitz, a Jasper man who is a member of the restoration staff at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, will drive one of the museum’s tanks in a World War II movie, “Road Raiders.”

Oct. 5
The St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department will host the Indiana 18th District fire parade at 1 p.m. Sunday. Eleven high school students are candidates for Miss Flame. The winner will represent the 18th District at the Indiana State Volunteer Firemen Association Convention in 1989.

Oct. 6
Thirty-four local community, business and political speakers in a crowd of 300 people spent more than two and a half hours Wednesday telling a dozen state highway planners about the need for a major north-south road near Dubois County. It was the first of six public hearings scheduled across the southern part of the state, but leadoff speaker Jasper Mayor Jerome Alles said that this hearing deserves the most attention. Speakers gave testimony and handed stacks of local statistics to consultants — all to show why a proposed highway linking Indianapolis to southern Indiana should pass through Dubois County.

Jasper officials heard Wednesday what they’ve been waiting to hear: An $8 million federal grant for sewage treatment plant improvements has been approved. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give the city up to $8,082,350.

Oct. 7
Workers back on the job after weeklong factory closures this summer lowered unemployment in Dubois County to the lowest it’s been in at least 14 years. The county jobless rate dropped in August from July’s 4.0 percent to 2.8 percent. According to Richard Zerkle, office manager for the Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services in Jasper, the drop was due mostly to the artificially high rate produced by summer closures of the major manufacturing plants in July.

Residents of Jasper recently traveled to Pfaffenweiler, in the Black Forest of Germany, for an official “sister city” visit.

Bill Klem of R. 3, Huntingburg, was officially sworn in as president of the Southeast Dubois County Optimists at the club’s annual installation banquet last week.

In high school tennis, Jasper’s Scott Yarbrough advanced to the sectional round of the state tourney for No. 1 singles players who are unbeaten in tournament play.

Oct. 8
From the Saturday feature: “In the huddle he would smile on passing plays and frown on running plays. His Southridge High School teammates jokingly called it the Luker Syndrome. Mike Luker still has it. And, between huddles, he has rewritten the record books at Hanover College.” Luker, a senior, holds eight receiving records at the school and is in the top 10 in another pair of national categories charted by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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