Looking Back: 10/19

The Wabash River Bank was chartered April 6, 1854, with a capital of 6,000 shares at a par value of $100 per share. Ozeras Boren of Indianapolis owned all of the stock. The bank’s offices were on the south side of Fifth Street just east of Main Street on property owned by John Gramelspacher. When the bank closed its doors in 1857, it paid its shareholders 91 cents on the dollar. John Gramelspacher sold the property to attorney William A. Traylor in 1873. The property was passed down to his son, Bomar, an attorney and judge of Dubois Circuit Court. Vincent L. Bohnert removed the two-story frame building in 1957 after acquiring the property from the Traylor family. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Oct. 18, 1948
The body of Edward Partenheimer, 42, of Huntingburg, who had been missing for more than a week, was found floating in the Wabash River near Mount Carmel, Ill., on Sunday.

Oct. 19
Leo Frank Klueh, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Klueh, was seriously injured when he was struck by an automobile around noon today on North Newton Street. He was rushed to the Stork Hospital in Huntingburg by Chief of Police Rex Critchlow and Trooper Malcolm Ellis of the Indiana State Police.

Several Jasper manufacturing companies will be exhibitors at the National Office Furniture Association Convention at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Oct. 28 and 29. Included among Jasper exhibitors at the convention will be Indiana Desk Co., Jasper Chair Co., Jasper Desk Co. and Jasper Seating Co.

Oct. 20
Tuesday night team captain Randy Emerson crowned Martha Reister the Huntingburg High School football queen for 1948. Coronation ceremonies took place before the game at Municipal Park between the Hunters and the Mitchell Bluejackets. The Hunters triumphed, 45-0.

Jasper High School’s cross country team earned the right to participate in the state meet when it finished second to Vincennes in the sectional Tuesday afternoon. The state meet is scheduled for Oct. 30 in Indianapolis.

Paul Hoffman, former Jasper High School and Purdue University cage star who has been playing pro basketball with the Baltimore club, will not play pro ball this year. Hoffman told coach Buddy Jeannette that he has a heart condition that will not permit him to continue. Hoffman was plagued by injuries at Baltimore last season, but still ranked as the club’s top performer.

Oct. 21
Jasper Chief of Police Rex Critchlow announced this morning that the practice of holding a car horn button down while driving around the public Square must stop. The wedding celebration ritual has become a nuisance, as many times it has disturbed a trial being held in the courtroom. He also pointed out that the custom violates a state law, and a city anti-noise ordinance, so violators could be held accountable.

Oct. 22
Mass production shoe-shining will become “big business” around the Square in Jasper Saturday afternoon and evening when the Jasper Jaycees unbutton their collars, take off their ties and go to work with elbow grease. The occasion will be the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s first money-making project. In need of funds with which to stage their Halloween party for the children on Sunday, Oct. 31, the Jaycees decided that they would perform some service for their money rather than solicit funds.

Prospects are bright for a bigger and better fall festival from the standpoint of farm product and home economics exhibits, according to county agent C.A. Nicholson and Mildred Van Arsdall, county home economics demonstration agent. The second annual Dubois County Fall Festival is slated to get underway Tuesday afternoon under the sponsorship of the Jasper Retail Merchants Association, and Mr. Nicholson and Miss Van Arsdall said this morning that a record number of exhibits by farmers and homemakers is expected.

Oct. 23
Hobart Creighton, Republican candidate for governor, will be the main speaker at a GOP rally to be held in the Rustic Tavern near Jasper on Tuesday evening. It will be the second time the GOP nominee attends a rally in Dubois County during the present campaign. On Sept. 21 he spoke to almost 350 people who attended a banquet and Republican rally in Salem Parish Hall at Huntingburg.
For the first time in several years, no basketball clinic will be held in Jasper, it was announced today by Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, Jasper High School cage coach. O’Neill said that the IHSAA did not provide for a clinic in Jasper this year. By the time that became known, it was too late to make arrangements for an independent clinic, O’Neill said. Fans, officials and coaches are urged to attend one of the other clinics to brush up on rule changes. The nearest clinic scheduled will be held in Vincennes, and another will be held in Evansville.

Final arrangements for the holiday basketball tournament at New Albany were completed by coaches and officials of the four participating schools during Teachers’ Institute at Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday. The tourney will be held on Thursday, Dec. 30. The Jasper Wildcats will clash with the New Albany Bulldogs in the opening afternoon contest.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Oct. 21, 1963
An open house will be held at the new plant of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Jasper, on Wednesday, it has been announced by O.A. Kremp, president. The public will be welcome to inspect the new plant and see it in operation from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The plant is along U.S. 231 South just southwest of the Pennyville Junction.

Eugene O. Uebelhor, 14, of St. Meinrad, a freshman at St. Ferdinand High School, was killed Saturday afternoon in a tractor accident. He was driving the tractor on a gravel road in Spencer County near Mariah Hill when a washout in the road caused the tractor to go down an embankment and overturn.

Oct. 22
Alfred Schmitt, superintendent of the Dubois County highway system, and Hilmar Denu, a county commissioner, are among a group of 37 Indiana and Illinois men who are getting a firsthand view of water development projects in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky. The tour will give its members an opportunity to see how areas that get as little as 10 inches of rainfall a year take full advantage of it.
Mary Jane Stemle of Jasper is among seven candidates from throughout the state who will vie for the title of Sweetheart Queen of Indiana and the honor of representing the Indiana Heart Association in February. Miss Stemle will compete for this honor at the annual fall meeting of the Indiana Junior Heart Board on Friday.

Oct. 23
Howard “Andy” Anderson, member of the Army Reserve unit stationed at Jasper, has been promoted to the rank of captain. He holds the position of operations officer of the unit, the 324th Military Police Detachment Theatre, Prisoner of War Information Center.

A flying club was recently formed at Huntingburg Airport. Club member Bill Prather of Huntingburg, manager of the Huntingburg Farm Bureau Co-Op, made his first solo flight Oct. 2 and recently purchased a Piper Tri-Pacer. Club member Dave Buehler, manager of the Huntingburg IGA, soloed the plane Oct. 14.

Oct. 24
Approximately 3,000 people visited the new plant of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Jasper on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Traffic was backed up at one time from the Pennyville Junction, where the plant is located, to the intersection of State Road 56 and U.S. 231, and long lines of cars were at a standstill on the Pennyville Road and the road running east from the junction. Visitors were welcomed to the plant by manager and President O.A. Kremp and assistant manager Earl “Bud” Salb.
Alfred Bartelt was re-elected president of the Dubois County Farm Bureau on Tuesday night in Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg. Daniel Schnarr was elected vice president. He and Mr. Bartelt will serve two-year terms in their respective offices. Several hundred members attended the annual meeting.
Central Standard Time returns Sunday in all or part of 21 of Indiana’s 92 counties, including Dubois County.

Oct. 25
About 20 out-of-state businessmen representing companies interested in Indiana as a possible site for future plants will visit the Jasper area Monday afternoon as part of the third annual Industrial Air Caravan. The delegation will be headed by Indiana Lt. Gov. Richard O. Ristine. He is director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Public Relations, which is sponsoring the caravan.

Oct. 26
Howard “Andy” Anderson will make his debut as head coach of the Otwell Millers on Friday when the Millers launch their season at home against the Stendal Purple Aces in a Patoka Valley Conference game. Anderson is no stranger to basketball circles in the Huntingburg sectional area. He played his high school basketball under Ralph Seger at Dubois, where he graduated in 1951.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1988
The Forest Park High School Marching Band will be going to the state finals after qualifying Saturday in the regional marching band contest in Columbus. This will be the 12th consecutive year that Forest Park has advanced to the state finals, according to Band Director John Pappandria.

Crawford County won the 1988 boys cross country sectional Saturday, edging second-place Jasper, 50-58. The Wolfpack and the Wildcats were two of the favored teams going in. The regional competition will be held Saturday at Jasper Municipal Golf Course.

Oct. 18
Two hours after breaking ground Monday at the site of a planned 52-cell jail, the Dubois County Commissioners signed three building contracts to change the plan to reality. The real jail will look a bit different than the original plan, because about $200,000 worth of features were cut or modified to bring the cost close to $4.6 million. The jail will be located near state roads 164 and 162.

Oct. 19
The estimated monthly cost of 911 service to the telephone customer has gone up a little, but the county’s projected startup cost has come down a lot. In a preliminary report four months ago, Barbara Decker, a representative of Contel of Indiana, told the Dubois County Commissioners that each telephone line with access to the enhanced 911 system would be charged an estimated 63 cents a month for the service. Tuesday night, she told the county’s 911 advisory board that the charge would be 66 cents or possibly a little more. In June, she predicted it would cost the county $250,000 to set up the system. Tuesday, she said it would be closer to $87,000, since the main computer would be shared among the 14 Indiana counties that Contel serves instead of being used by Dubois County alone.

Spellers from Northeast Dubois High School and Dubois Middle School earned scores at the regional spell bowls last week to qualify them to defend their schools’ titles at the Hoosier Spell Bowl in Indianapolis.

Oct. 20
Terry Brahm stood at the head of the class at the David Turnham Educational Center on Wednesday. He told the 500 or so students assembled in the school cafeteria about his trip to Seoul, South Korea, where he competed in the Olympic Games.

Oct. 21
A group of area residents wanting to buy St. Joseph’s Hospital must raise $151,000 more than it now has, to meet a down payment for the closing of the deal with the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand. According to Bill Lett, a Huntingburg attorney representing this group, 174 people each have paid a $1,000 membership fee to help meet the $325,000 initial down payment.

Southridge ended Jasper’s nine-year hold on the high school girls volleyball sectional title with an 8-15, 15-7, 15-11 win. The Huntingburg team is led by coach Terri Souders and assistant coach Susie Stetter.

Oct. 22
The Fall House Tour, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, will include the homes of Dr. Terry Brown, Paul Nonte, Dr. Mike Flannagan, and Hoffman and Mullen Realty.

Jerry Brewer had fretted about this one all week. And with his team returning to the locker room, trailing Mount Vernon 14-12 at halftime, those fears were justified. But Jasper rallied with a touchdown, a field goal and a crucial pass interception in the second half to earn a 23-14 win in the opening round of the Class 4A Sectional 16 playoffs Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

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