Looking Back: 10/26

In 1885, John Salb owned a two-story frame building on the south side of Sixth Street east of the courthouse. The first floor of the east half of the building at 207 E. Sixth St. was leased by the newly organized Dubois County State Bank. Salb used the first floor of the west portion for his place of business. On the closed door was printed his name, “John P. Salb,” and on the windows to the right was printed “Sixth Street Saloon.” The curved sign hanging on the door — that is Salb in the doorway —  advertises “Cook & Rice” and “Lager Beer.” The man standing in the doorway of the bank is employee Martin Friedman. Standing near him is James M. Barton, the bank’s first cashier. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Oct. 25, 1948
The stage is all set for the big Republican rally to be held Tuesday evening at the Rustic Tavern, it has been announced by Martin Schiller, Dubois County chairman. The rally is being sponsored by the Republic central committees of Dubois, Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties.

The exhibit tents were up and ready to use and the weatherman was predicting “fair and warmer” temperatures as Jasper Retail Merchant Association committees tied up the loose ends and declared everything ready to go for the second annual Dubois County Fall Festival. Farm products and home economics exhibits will begin to be set up Tuesday.

Oct. 26
Ray Pflug, principal of Huntingburg Grade School, was elected president of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club at the regular Monday meeting of the club.

Activity at the second annual Dubois County Fall Festival swung into high gear this afternoon as farmers continued to stream in with exhibits, and merchants put the finishing touches to their displays around the public Square in Jasper.

The speech of Hobart Creighton, Republican candidate for governor, will be recorded at the Rustic Tavern this evening by technicians from radio station WITZ and will be broadcast from the station Wednesday morning beginning at 6:15. Creighton will be speaking at a Republican rally.

Oct. 27
In an effort to combat juvenile delinquency in Jasper, Mayor Herbert Thyen and the city council Tuesday night adopted an ordinance that will re-establish a curfew law in this city. According to the ordinance, which goes into effect Nov. 15, children younger than 16 must be off the streets by 10 o’clock at night unless they can prove that they are in pursuit of lawful employment or unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. For the past six months city officials of Huntingburg and Jasper have been discussing the advisability of a curfew ordinance with the county sheriff, the state police, the circuit court judge and juvenile authorities.

The newly constructed Shell service station at Ninth and Newton streets in Jasper will be formally opened Friday, Dow P. Apple, the proprietor of the station, announced today.

Oct. 28
Conservation officer Clyde Andry of Birdseye this morning received a shipment of cock pheasants for release in Dubois County. This is the third shipment of the prized game birds received by the county this year and raises to 287 the number released in the county this year.

Two committee reports at Wednesday night’s regular meeting of Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars gave detailed plans that have been made for the last-minute, all-out drive to get the public to the polls Tuesday to vote in favor of the bonus for veterans of World War II.

The Dubois Jeeps basketball team is without a gym temporarily, because it has been converted into an assembly room to more adequately handle the increased enrollment of the school. Land has been purchased for a new gym. Coach Ralph Seger is drilling his team, which has picked up some players from the disbanded Cuzco High School, on an outdoor court near the school. In the absence of a gym, the Jeeps will play their home contests at Jasper.

Oct. 29
District forester Wesley Wallace of Jasper this morning called attention to the great fire hazard existing right now because leaves and underbrush in the rural districts are tinder dry. He discourages the burning of underbrush or weeds until the situation is alleviated by a general rain.

Coach Roy Allen’s Ireland Spuds, whose record last season shared county honors with that of Holland for games won and lost, are facing a handicap this year that might prevent their repeating that record. The Spuds, who on the face of things appear to be another strong club, are handicapped by the lack of adequate playing facilities. Like Dubois, the Spuds are without a gym this season and although construction of a new Ireland building has been started, it will not be completed in time for use this season. The old gym was torn down when the new structure was begun, leaving the Spuds without a place to practice. Some of the team’s practice sessions will occur in the Otwell gym, and their home games will be played there.

Oct. 30
A record vote for Dubois County was foreseen today following the announcement that the county’s voter registration list for the Tuesday election is the largest in history. It was revealed this morning that 14,420 citizens of the county have signed up to cast their votes in the national, state and county elections next week.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Oct. 28, 1963
The Indiana State Highway Commission plans to widen five bridges in Dubois County. All but one are on State Road 164. The bridges on State Road 164 are now 20 feet wide. It is proposed to widen them to 27.5 feet. The other Dubois County bridge proposed for widening is on State Road 145 just north of the Perry County line. The proposal is to widen it from 18 feet, 2 inches to 28 feet.

The Post Office Department’s 1963 Christmas stamp will be first placed on sale at the tiny Santa Claus post office Nov. 1. Postmaster General John A. Gronouski will head the list of dignitaries present.

Approximately a third of an inch of rain Sunday ended the longest drought in Dubois County history.

Oct. 29
Around 12:30 Monday afternoon eight planes landed within a few minutes at Huntingburg Airport and out of them stepped 13 industrialists from throughout the U.S., plus Lt. Gov. Richard O. Ristine and members of the Indiana Department of Commerce and Public Relations, some newsmen and a representative of the Indiana Aeronautics Commission. The industrialists touring southern Indiana to determine site possibilities for new plants. This was the third annual Industrial Air Caravan.

A DeKalb Agricultural Association-sponsored group of Europeans toured Bartley’s Store and Mill in Ireland on Friday. The men, two of whom are from Belgium and the rest from the Netherlands, are investigating local methods of growing laying hens, pullets and turkeys. They are touring both Indiana and Illinois in search of new ideas to incorporate into their European operations.

Oct. 30
Bids for the construction of an addition to Jasper High School were opened Friday by the Jasper School Building Corp. Three bids for the general construction were received. These include Fromme Construction Co., Jasper, $389,914; Seufert Construction Co., Ferdinand, $428,446; and Bateman Construction Co., Evansville, $418,480.

Oct. 31
According to County Auditor Jack Hauser, Dubois County was able to slash approximately $798,708 from property taxes because of reimbursement that will be forthcoming from the state, mostly if not all through sales tax collections.

Citizens of Ferdinand are looking forward to the culmination of a year of work, dust and inconvenience when State Road 162 through the community is officially opened at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nov. 1
The Ireland Spuds, defending Huntingburg sectional and regional champions, head up the list of teams in the area who will open their 1963-64 basketball seasons tonight. Ireland, along with Otwell, Birdseye, Holland and Winslow, which comprise half the Huntingburg sectional teams, will play their first games before the home folks tonight.

Nov. 2
Dr. Jesse Staten, 50, a former Huntingburg resident, along with his wife, a son and his mother were among those killed in the explosion at the Coliseum in Indianapolis on Thursday night, and the condition of a former resident, Dr. James Gosman of Indianapolis, is still listed as serious as a result of injuries suffered in the blast. Gosman’s mother, Emma Gosman of Jasper, reportedly suffered fractures of both legs. A gas explosion hurled flames and concrete slabs through a crowd while they were watching the finale of a “Holiday on Ice” show.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Oct. 24, 1988
Local supporters of a plan to route a highway to Indianapolis within 10 miles of Dubois County think the public hearing with state planners in Jasper went well, but  members of Southwestern Indiana Growth for Highway Travel — the local lobbying committee — know that state planners need more information. John Donan, the president of Donan Engineering and SIGHT’s chairman, updated those at a meeting Friday regarding talks he has had with highway consultants.

Oct. 25
Holland Elementary School is at the front of the line for improvements, pending approval from the State Department of Education. Southwest Dubois School Corp. officials firmed up plans Monday to try to convince state education officials to let them spend more than $500,000 to add about 3,500 square feet onto the school.

Support for individual elementary schools in the North Spencer School District remains strong, if Monday’s school board meeting is any indication. Jasper attorney Joe Verkamp gave the board a petition signed by 1,400 people. The signers all agreed that it would be in the best interest of the children for the district to keep open all four elementary schools — St. Meinrad, Clay Huff, David Turnham and Chrisney.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Evan Bayh spoke at a short rally at the county airport Monday afternoon, and after that attended a short rally in Dale. Both rallies were attended by State Reps. Dennis Heeke, Donald Hume and Michael Phillips.

Oct. 26
The Ferdinand Town Board awarded a tentative contract Tuesday for construction of a sewage treatment plant. The contract went to Mitchell and Stark Construction of Medora, which presented a bid of $1,133.140.

Oct. 27
One of Huntingburg’s manufacturing leaders announced plans this morning to add 125 local jobs over the next three years. Styline Industries recently bought American Heritage Furniture Inc. in Hickory, N.C., and is moving equipment and management people from that plant to Huntingburg. The managers and a new workforce will go to work at a North Chestnut Street warehouse that will be transformed into an office seating plant. Hank Menke, Styline’s president and fifth-generation furniture builder, discussed the announcement in a telephone call with The Herald this morning and a short time later at a press conference called by Mayor Connie Nass. Plant improvements will start Jan. 1 and production and initial hiring will follow in early spring, he said.

Oct. 28
The annual fall time change is upon us. Dubois and Spencer counties have been on the same time since April. At 2 a.m. Sunday, they go separate ways. Dubois County is one of the 76 counties that never turn clocks ahead or back, staying on Eastern Standard Time all year. Spencer County will turn clocks back from Central Daylight (same as Eastern Standard) to Central Standard Time, falling one hour behind Dubois County.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame wants each of the approximately 1,200 high schools that played boys or girls basketball in Indiana represented in the Hall of Fame’s new museum that will be opened next year. For a donation of $500, a school can have its name engraved on one of the bricks that will be used in the courtyard. That was among the points made by Barney Scott, a director of the Hall of fame, when he spoke to the Jasper Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. Scott is a former Jasper High School basketball coach. The Dubois County fundraising campaign is being headed by Jack Schneider, a Jasper Kiwanis member, who introduced Scott for the Kiwanis program.

Oct. 29
Ron LaGrange, a veteran of 16 seasons coaching high school football, worked his final game Friday. LaGrange will not return to the Southridge staff next year as a paid assistant coach. LaGrange will continue to coach boys track at the school each spring and will be available to help the Southridge football team next fall on a part-time basis.

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