Looking Back: 11/9


The flour mill on the north side of East 13th Street in Jasper between Jackson and Mill streets was owned and operated by the Bohnert Brothers — Albert and Edward, in the doorway — when this picture was taken in about 1890. Andrew Schuler, who had been the miller for many years and stayed on after the Bohnerts acquired the mill, can be seen placing a bag of ground grain on the wagon from the platform. The white team of horses in the middle was the mill team. The mill was not replaced after it was destroyed by fire in 1894. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Nov. 8, 1948
The state board of tax commissioners has made numerous cuts in the tax budgets proposed by various Dubois County municipalities, and these cuts will be reflected in the 1949 tax levy. Citing reasons for the cuts, County Auditor George J. Kreilein said there are balances still on hand and budget makers had underestimated the amount they would receive from the state cigarette tax or had not considered the full extent of the increased property valuation. The county general revenue fund tax was reduced from 62 cents to 58 cents because of the increase in valuation, and the county welfare fund tax was cut from 16 cents to 14 cents because of the increase in valuation and excessive operating balance on hand.

Nov. 9
B.M. Atkinson, who writes the popular column “Down Drafts” for the Louisville Times, will be the guest speaker this evening at the annual Ladies’ Night program of the Huntingburg Junior Chamber of Commerce. The event is being held jointly for the Huntingburg and Jasper junior chambers of commerce, the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club and senior chamber of commerce. It will be held in Salem Parish Hall.

Nov. 10
William F. Schmitt was elected president of the Jasper Kiwanis Club for 1949 at the regular Tuesday noon luncheon meeting held at Wehrle’s Restaurant. Dr. E.W. Steinkamp was elected vice president. John Teder was chosen treasurer.

The heads of Jasper’s schools were pleased with the attendance of parents and other visitors at the local schools Tuesday, which had been designated as Visitors Day. Sister Irma Agnes, superior of St. Joseph’s School, said that more than 350 visitors came to the school during the day. Bernard J. Gallagher, superintendent of Jasper’s public schools, reported that 50 adults visited the public elementary and high schools.

Nov. 11
Judge Eldo Wood, in the principal address at the Armistice Day program this morning in Jasper’s Memorial Park, said it is up to each individual American to keep America strong and thereby preserve the Four Freedoms. Prior to the program in Memorial Park, a parade was held through the downtown district. The line of march formed in front of the American Legion Home on North Newton Street, proceeded down Newton to Sixth Street, continued around the Square and then proceeded north on Main Street to the park. The parade was led by the Jasper High School Band.

Girl Scout Troop No. 14 held its first meeting in St. Joseph’s School Wednesday night under the leadership of Leila Jerger, Theresa Sermersheim and Agnes Reckelhoff. The troop has 19 members.
Construction has progressed steadily during the last few weeks on the new Gerbo Bowling Lanes across State Road 56 from the Y. Bob Gerber, one of the proprietors, announced today that the lanes probably will open around the first of the year.

Nov. 12
The committee in charge of the auction sponsored recently by Jasper Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars for the benefit of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Fund has reported that the sale raised $4,361.07 for the hospital. At the sale, conducted on the VFW parking lot, tractors and other hard-to-get items of farm equipment were auctioned to the highest bidder. The machinery had been secured by local implement dealers as additions to their regular quota, and was sold to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at cost in order that the full profit might go to the hospital fund. Godfrey Lampert served as chairman of the auction committee; other committee members were Delmar Bates, Charles Nicholson and Clemence Nordhoff.

Nov. 13
Dubois County Ship No. 90, Navy Clubs of the USA is receiving national recognition for being the first club in the U.S. to secure 100 new members for its 1949 membership roster. More than 100 Dubois County ex-sailors signed up for membership in Ship 90 during a recent membership drive. Arlo Breidenbaugh, commandant of Ship 90, was elected Sunday as state commandant of the Indiana Squadron of the Navy Clubs. As head of the state organization, he automatically becomes a member of the national staff that confers in Washington, D.C., with Navy Department officials to coordinate the efforts of the Navy with the civilian population.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Nov. 11, 1963
Students of Jasper High School have been putting in some extra work preparing for the Parents Visitation Night to be observed Tuesday in observance of American Education Week. Members of the Future Teachers Club and the Library Club have been making preparations for the open house.

No clues have been found to date regarding the large amount of riding equipment that was stolen from the saddle barn at the Bob Menke farm near Huntingburg on Wednesday night. Entering the barn by breaking the lock, the thieves made away with saddles, bridles, halters and tools estimated to be worth well more than $1,000. Discovery of the theft was not made until Friday, but since several gates were open Thursday morning, it was concluded that the break-in took place Wednesday.

Maurice Kuper and Maurice Schuler have been appointed to the board of directors of the Jasper Corporation. Kuper is executive vice president of the company and manager of the Jasper plant. Schuler is a vice president of the company and manager of the firm’s machine and equipment division at Evansville.

Nov. 12
The 28th annual Christmas Party for the children of the Jasper community has been scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Jasper High School gymnasium. The yearly event is sponsored by American Legion Post 147 and its auxiliary in cooperation with The Daily Herald. It was announced today that George J. Kreilein has been appointed again as general chairman for the party. Re-appointed as co-chairman representing the auxiliary is Mrs. Herb Beck.

Nov. 13
Huntingburg’s newest industry, Bartley Feeder Service, will have its grand opening Saturday, it was announced by the proprietor, Willie Bartley. The new mill is on on State Road 45/U.S. 231 at the north edge of Huntingburg. The new business is one of the most modern Purina Check-R-Mix plants in the Midwest.

Last month 32 residents of Dubois County filed initial unemployment insurance claims. Hugh S. Currey, manager of the Indiana Employment Security Division in Vincennes, said this was a decrease of 55 from the month before and was nine fewer than the 41 who filed claims in October of last year.
Following a dinner for members of the Dubois County Rural Youth Club last Thursday night at the Jasper Moose Club, the new officers were installed and Rose Hubert was given the trophy awarded annually to the past year’s outstanding member. Melvin Menke was installed as the club’s president. Miss Hubert served as president last year.

Nov. 14
Proceeds from the annual Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Firemen’s Ball will go toward buying stretchers, a resuscitator and diving equipment. The event will be held at three local dance halls since there isn’t one in the community that can accommodate the number of people who attend the function. The dances will be held on Thanksgiving Eve at Calumet Lake Pavilion, the Rustic and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Nov. 15
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Charles Seger as postmaster of Jasper. The name of Mr. Seger, who is serving the first year of his second term as Dubois County recorder, was sent by President John F. Kennedy to the Senate in September for confirmation.

Nov. 16
The Springs Valley Blackhawks spoiled the debut of new Huntingburg basketball coach Hobby Gibbs Friday night by defeating the Happy Hunters, 70-53, in the Huntingburg High School gymnasium. The game was the season opener for both teams.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Nov. 7, 1988
Close contests could mean a high local voter turnout for Tuesday’s election. On the ballot are contests for president and governor, eight local races and a referendum regarding a state lottery.
Weekend rains pushed water levels at the Huntingburg city lake up 6 1/4 inches, water filtration plant operators said this morning. Huntingburg’s reservoir is now 62 3/4 inches below full, thanks to direct rainfall and runoff intake. It was 69 inches below full Friday. The city rain gauge shows 4 inches of precipitation fell since Friday.

Heather Nicole Himsel, 17, was named Dubois County Junior Miss on Sunday evening at the Jasper Civic Auditorium. Heather is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Himsel and a senior at Jasper High School.

Nov. 8
All Dubois County residences will receive street addresses in the coming months that might replace their rural route numbers. The county commissioners on Monday signed an $18,000 contract with a company that will create a street addressing system for unincorporated areas. The new addressing system will add to the effectiveness of the 911 emergency telephone system planned for the county. The street addresses will be created primarily to make the 5,000 homes and businesses in unincorporated areas of the county easier to find by emergency crews responding to fires or calls for medical help. The addresses probably also will be adopted by the post offices for mail delivery. The work is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Farmers will be able to drive off-road vehicles on county roads under a proposed law to be considered next month by the county commissioners. If the law is approved after a public hearing Dec. 5, farmers will be allowed to drive off-road vehicles on unincorporated county roads — but only in connection with their farm operations. The proposed law was drafted in cooperation with Chief Deputy Sheriff Terry Tanner, state conservation officer Tom Jahn and a group of farmers who asked for the ordinance.

Nov. 9
Dubois County voters split their votes evenly among Democrats and Republicans on the national and state levels, but locally the Democrats remained the party in control as seven of the eight Democrats running for county office won in Tuesday’s election. Local Republicans held on to the treasurer’s office they won in 1984, but two commissioners’ seats, three council seats and the surveyor’s and coroner’s offices remain in Democratic hands. Besides the strong Democratic showing, the other big story of the local race was the turnout. Eighty-two percent of locally registered voters went to the polls.

Nov. 10
Unemployment increased slightly in Dubois County between August and September, from 2.8 percent to 3 percent. The increased rate amounts to about 50 workers losing their jobs in September, the latest month for which figures are available.

The City of Jasper will have three more months to build its proposed sewage treatment plant after the state extended the court-imposed deadline until October 1990. Jasper had requested the deadline extension so contractors building the plant would not have to work as much overtime, saving the city money on the estimated $15 million project.

Nov. 11
Alvin C. Ruxer celebrated his 80th birthday Thursday, but it was Vincennes University Jasper Center that received the biggest gift. Ruxer presented Phillip M. Summers, president of VU, a check for $1 million. Now a VU trustee, in 1959 and the 1960s Ruxer was a member of the Committee on Higher Education and Related Events, the group of local industrialists and businessmen who raised the first $1 million to bring higher education to Dubois County. As a result of that group’s efforts, VUJC was established in 1970. Ruxer’s gift was the single-largest donation in the history of VU.

Nov. 12
The six-member St. Anthony American Legion rifle squad participated in a Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning at Celestine Elementary School. Rifles were fired in a three-gun salute. Following the salute, an award was given to the Legion by the school.

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