Looking Back: 10/12October 11, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1954
The offices in the county court house in Jasper will be closed all day Tuesday in observance of Columbus Day. Post offices will not observe tomorrow as a holiday. Columbus Day will be observed as a bank holiday by the banks at Holland and Huntingburg, which will be closed. The banks in Jasper and Ferdinand will remain open tomorrow, as they are operating on the five-day week of the new banking law, and under this set-up Columbus Day is not observed as a bank holiday.
Joseph W. Gutzweiler, pioneer Jasper business man, died at his home shortly before noon today. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Gutzweiler, a self-made man who started his business career in a meat market and grocery, was one of Dubois County’s most successful men. He founded both Jasper theatres, the Tivoli and the Astra, served as county auditor and was, for many years, Jasper’s leading real estate developer. It was announced by the family that the two movie houses will remained closed until after the funeral.
Jasper’s city council last night instructed City Attorney Louis Savage to draw up an ordinance providing for the establishment of an electric utility board and have it ready for their consideration at the next regular meeting. The action came at the regular meeting during the discussion of the power plant question. Mayor Ed Lorey told the council that a move must be made, that the people of the community are expecting a step forward regarding the power plant. Councilman Leo Brelage, in discussing the possibility of an electric utility board, pointed out that each succeeding administration has been blaming the previous one for its utility troubles. He said that this would be eliminated by the formation of a utility board.
The largest single advertisement ever to be inserted in a single issue of The Daily Herald appears in a special 12-page section of today’s edition. The section is devoted exclusively to the advertisement of the Jasper and Loogootee Home Outfitters forthcoming anniversary sale which gets underway Friday. The Loogootee store is observing its ninth anniversary while the Jasper store is celebrating one year in business. At the same time, Jasper Home Outfitters announced today that Bill Barnhart, 320 Wagner St., has joined its sales force.
Bob Fell’s Wildcats splashed to a 25-0 victory over Jasonville on the rainsoaked, muddy Jasper High School gridiron last night. They called off the queen crowning due to the inclement weather, and the band wasn’t out to perform, but the hardy fans who showed up and stayed were treated to some hard hitting football. The victory provided the Fellmen with a 2-2-1 record and one game to go--at home against Bicknell next Tuesday night; the Jasons now stand 2-5 for the season.
Huntingburg’s Happy Hunters made it four of six last night and celebrated their 1954 football homecoming by shellacking the Mitchell Blue Jackets 35-0. It was a chilly night for the spectators, but the Hunters lent warmth with a workmanlike job on the invading team as they scored twice in the first quarter and added touchdowns in each of the last three periods. Howard Sharp’s boys didn’t miss an extra point either. Bud Blemker, all-conference fullback, accounted for two of the Hunter TD’s and End Joe Henderson and Halfbacks Jerry Lamkin and Jerry Schurz each scored one. Buddy Blemker plunged for four of the PAT’s and Donnie Elshoff the other.
• 50 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1969
Despite the rumors that have been floating around over the weekend, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting last Friday morning of Mrs. William Messmer, 34, of St. Anthony. Det. Sgt. Paul Wilgus of the state police, who resides in Ferdinand, said this morning that he has “nothing new to report and no arrests have been made.” Ruby Messmer was shot three times outside her home shortly after 7 a.m. by an unknown assailant.
The Huntingburg Happy Hunters broke the .500 mark (4-3) for the season with a 14 to 7 victory over the Castle Knights Friday night at Boonville. Mark Hildebrand led the Hunters on the ground with 20 carries for 89 yards. Steve Klem was next with 11 carries for 57 yards. Dan Bradley led the Knights with 17 carries for 40 yards.
Arnold Schwartz of Huntingburg has been named vice president of operations for Dolly Madison Industries’ Furniture Division. In his new position, he will be responsible for all manufacturing and engineering functions for the furniture division and will report to Richard C. Moore, DMI furniture group vice president. Prior to his being named to his new position Schwartz was plant manager of Huntingburg Fabricator, production manager for the Huntingburg Furniture Company, division of research and development, and most recently vice president of engineering for Dolly Madison’s furniture division. A graduate of Indiana State College, he resides in Huntingburg with his wife and four children.
Steve Sakel won individual honors in the Pocket Athletic Conference cross country meet Tuesday at the Boonville Country Club, but the Hunters finished in a second place tie with South Spencer in the team standings. Wood Memorial of Oakland City used good depth to win the meet with a total of 39 points. The Hunters and South Spencer both finished with 77 while Dale was close behind with 79. Huntingburg’s Sakel won the meet in a good time of 10:17. He finished nine seconds ahead of Farley Smith of Wood Memorial.
The United Cabinet Corporation of Jasper has announced the acquisition of a new production facility in Marks, Miss. Stanley G. Krempp of Jasper, president of United Cabinet, explained, “This is our first venture outside Dubois County in establishing an operating facility to produce our modular kitchen cabinet lines.” The Keystone Cabinet Division in Littlestown, Pa., recently purchased by United Cabinet, manufactures custom-made cabinetry and furniture and was United Cabinet’s first facility outside Indiana.
The board of school trustees of the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation, meeting in regular session Tuesday evening, approved applications for transfers on behalf of 151 students, grades one through 12. Seventy-nine transfers to the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools were approved, in addition to 36 to the Southeast Dubois County School Corp., and 36 to Springs Valley.
Almost 100 citizens voted unanimously in favor of reactivating Huntingburg’s Chamber of Commerce at a meeting last night. Appointed as temporary chairman was Mayor Dale Helmerich, who will arrange for an organizational meeting within a week or two. Speaking on the benefits of a Chamber of Commerce were John V. Barnett, executive vice-president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Harold McMurtrie, former Indiana state president of the C. of C. and Ernie Williams, state Chamber organizational advisor.
The steady running of Lee Boehm, George Kuper and Bruce Seger blended in perfectly with the passing of Boehm and Mark Detroy Friday night at Alumni Stadium as the Jasper Wildcats rolled over the Castle Knights, 35-0. It was Jasper’s fourth win of the season against two losses and one tie and it was the Cats’ sixth win in as many games with Castle. The Wildcats haven’t lost since the Rex Mundi game Sept. 19. Jasper will see action again next Friday when they play host to Mt. Vernon. The game will be homecoming for Jasper High School and the class of 1944 will be honored. The 1969 football queen will be crowned at the game. Castle, now 2-5 for the year, will play host to Princeton Friday at the Boonville football field.
• 25 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1994
Ed Ewing started a rental property business when he was 21, just a few years after his 1962 graduation from Jasper High School. He’s moved several times since then — most recently to Texas — and his small business has bloomed into developments in 15 Indiana and Illinois cities. But after all the years away from Jasper, Ewing still calls the city his hometown. He was here this morning to break ground for the latest Ewing Properties development, a 98-duplex subdivision on the north side of town. The $12 million complex, called Cantebury Green, will take two to three years to complete.
In an attempt to regulate the waste water that comes through Jasper’s treatment plant, the utility board Monday night voted to accept only waste generated in Dubois County. Waste water manager Tom Lents first suggested the change last month. His proposal, unanimously approved by the board, calls for private sanitary waste haulers to pay two cents per gallon, twice what they have been paying. Sanitary waste haulers get most of their waste by cleaning septic tanks. “I talked to a couple of local septic waste haulers, and they told me it would be OK to increase the fee as long as the price to have a septic tank hauled out stays below $100,” Lents said. “If we increase the fee too much, we’ll be polluting the river indirectly because of all the septic tanks that aren’t pumped out. One cent per gallon is already quite a bit higher than anybody in the city of Jasper pays, and we’ll make money with two cents per gallon.”
In some spots, trying to walk along the Patoka River is anything but relaxing: It involves crashing through the underbrush and picking your way around marshy ground. But members of the Patoka 2000 committee look beyond the trouble and see potential in the strip of land along the river. They want to open the area between the Third Street and 15th Street bridges for recreational and computer use, with a paved path for walkers, bikers and people in wheelchairs. On Tuesday, representatives of the committee presented some of their plans to the Jasper Park and Recreation Board. Patoka 2000 wants the board to include the “river walk” on its list of priority projects, said Nancy Eckerle, director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.
Dozens of Dubois County veterans snapped to attention and saluted the flag Wednesday morning at the rededication of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Square in front of the county courthouse. One hundred years ago this week, the monument was dedicated in a day-long ceremony to the soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War, said circuit court judge Hugo Songer. John Fierst, of the county historical society, said the rededication of the monument was an important step in reminding everyone of the sacrifices made by veterans to ensure America’s freedom. “I think we forget a lot of times what the servicemen have done for us,” Fierst said. “We don’t appreciate them enough.”
Huntingburg’s “excellent worker safety record” has earned it the Indiana Public Employers’ Plan’s 1993 Safety Award. Huntingburg had the best claim record out of the 270 governmental units throughout Indiana whose employees are covered for workers compensation by IPEP’s self-funded plan. The city only filed six employee claims in 1993. Huntingburg employs 63 people full time. Its total number of full-and-part-time employees swells to over 125 during the peak summer months. The award rewards the prevention of accidents among employees. It also emphasizes the cost savings to governmental agencies that result from sound safety practices, according to IPEP, the state’s only self-funded workers’ compensation risk-sharing group.
Let’s put it this way: The blood between Jasper and Evansville Memorial is no better today. Still nursing the wounds from a 3-5 regular season, Memorial had its gashes re-opened by the Class 3A, second-ranked Wildcats in a 34-7 ripping Friday at Alumni Stadium in the first round of Sectional 24. Jasper coach Jerry Brewer said: “We heard some comments that we couldn’t compete with the bigger schools and they could. I think that was one of our motivational factors.” Meanwhile, Mater Dei’s Chris Koester dashed Southridge’s sectional hopes, throwing for four touchdowns in the eighth-ranked Wildcats’ 41-8 first-round win. The Cats’ junior quarterback sensation launched a merciless air attack on the Raiders, completing an astounding 13-of-15 passes for 192 yards.
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