Looking Back: 11/16

Several brickyards were in operation in Jasper after 1850. The plant on the southeast corner of 13th and Vine streets was owned and operated by Nicholas Melchior. This photo was taken looking east,with the length of the building being from north to south. The building was not weather-tight; it was intended only to keep the bricks from absorbing too much moisture in case of rain during the curing process. First, brick clay was mixed to the proper texture, placed in the round depression in the ground and topped with wedge-shaped covers as shown at front left. An ox was leashed to the center stake and driven about the circle, pulling a shaft that had mounted on it a heavy wheel, the weight of which compressed the clay under the covers. The clay was then removed, placed into forms and later emptied from the forms and placed into rows to harden. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Nov. 15, 1948
About 2,000 people from Jasper and many of the surrounding cities and towns enjoyed the concert of the Boys Town choir Sunday night in the Jasper High School gym. The choir’s appearance here was sponsored by the Jasper Kiwanis Club. The Singing Ambassadors from Boys Town is made up of previously homeless and neglected boys who have found a haven in the famous home established by the late Father Edward J. Flanagan. The Rev. Francis Schmitt, director of the choir, was introduced to the crowd by Paul Wuchner, president of the Kiwanis Club.

Today Jasper’s new curfew law goes into effect. According to the new ordinance, children younger than 16 must be off the streets by 10 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or can prove that they are in pursuit of lawful employment.

Nov. 16
Wednesday night has been designated as “Moving Night” by proprietors of Gerbo Bowling Lanes. The former bowling alleys above Vic’s Home & Auto Supply on the Square in downtown Jasper will be open Wednesday evening so that bowlers can pick up their equipment that has been stored there since last season. Everyone who had left their shoes, balls or other equipment there at the end of the 1947-48 season has been requested to get their belongings. Meanwhile, the four alleys in the old establishment are being moved to the new building near the Y in west Jasper where work on the 10-lane plant is reported as progressing nicely.

Nov. 17
In a business deal concluded Tuesday, E.H. Schmutzler of Huntingburg, who operates funeral homes in that city and at French Lick, purchased the Lorey Funeral Home in Jasper from Leo J. Lorey. Mr. Schmutzler bought the funeral home on the southeast corner of Seventh and Clay streets, along with the equipment, and took immediate possession. One of his sons, Harold Schmutzler, who has been associated with his father in the operation of the funeral home in Huntingburg for the past 15 years, is in charge of the newly acquired property.

Nov. 18
Walter Sholer of Sholer and Associates Architects of Lafayette, which is preparing the plans and specifications for the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association, met Wednesday with a group of building consultants. The grading of the building site was discussed and recent changes in the plans, as approved by the State Board of Health, were approved. Mr. Sholer and his associates are now busy preparing the specifications preparatory to asking for bids from contractors. The specifications are expected to be ready by late winter and bids probably will be received in March.

Chester Nass of the Nass Funeral Homes at Huntingburg and Stendal was elected chairman of the 13th District organization of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association at the annual district meeting held Wednesday night in the Hotel McCurdy at Evansville.

Nov. 19
To carry out the expanded tuberculosis control program that the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association has planned for 1949, the 1948 Christmas Seal sale must raise $3,500, Aurelia Jones, executive secretary of the association, announced. That quota represents the minimum needed to carry out such activities as health education programs to the community and in the schools, and X-ray services through the use of the mobile unit throughout the county, in 1949.

Nearly 50 representatives from 17 southwestern Indiana counties attended an all-day planning conference held in the courthouse in Jasper on Thursday. The purpose of the conference, which was sponsored jointly by the Jasper City Plan Commission, the Jasper Kiwanis Club and the Indiana Economic Council, was to hear the experts in various fields discuss problems that arise in a community planning program. The men gathered in Jasper included city and county officials, members of planning committees and county agricultural agents. Mayor Herbert Thyen and Paul Wuchner, president of the Jasper Kiwanis Club, were hosts at the noon luncheon in Wehrle’s Restaurant.

Nov. 20
The Huntingburg Hunters allowed the Washington Hatchets but seven points in the last half to notch their second win of the season, 54-29, at Washington Friday night.

The Jasper Wildcats shook off a stubborn Washington Catholic team in the final quarter Friday night to win their second game of the season in the Jasper High School gym, 64-47.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Nov. 18, 1963
The Dubois County Young Democrats Club was host on Sunday afternoon to an enthusiastic group representing counties in the 8th District Young Democrats Forum. The meeting was held to discuss membership drives and fundraising projects. Gordon St. Angelo, 8th District chairman, spoke briefly regarding recruitment of new members and active participation by current members.

Nov. 19
Elmer Schmett was elected president of the Cass-Patoka Farm Bureau at the regular monthly meeting last Tuesday evening in the Guild Room of Salem Church in Huntingburg. Other officers elected were Henry Hubert, vice president; Ray Jochum, treasurer; Louis Hilgeman, secretary; Mrs. Nettie Balsmeyer and Mrs. Henry Hubert, women’s leaders; and Mrs. Gary Gentry and Miss Ruth Bartelt, pet and hobby leaders.

Elizabeth Patch, R.N., experienced in public health and rehabilitation nursing, is helping direct the new course offered at Memorial Hospital that will prepare inactive nurses to serve in the Extended Home Health Care program developed by the hospital and an advisory committee composed of various members of local community health groups. The new program is the only one of its kind in the nation, and the service opened Monday. The U.S. Public Health Service and the Indiana State Board of Health are giving their wholehearted support to the hospital’s project.

The Huntingburg Common Council, at a session Monday night, unanimously adopted a traffic ordinance establishing a no-parking zone along the west side of State Road 45 within the city limits and extending north from Eighth Street to 13th Street.

Nov. 20
A fund drive to raise money with which to buy more equipment for the Dubois Fire Department has resulted to date in pledges totaling $10,500. This includes the initial pledge of $1,500 made by the Dubois Community Club and a pledge of $1,000 from the Dubois Jaycees.

Nov. 21
At a joint meeting Wednesday night of Mayor Francis Sermersheim, the Jasper City Council and the Jasper Utility Service Board, the two groups voted unanimously to advertise for bids on the contract to build the city’s interceptor sewer system.

Carolyn Kesling, who represented Huntingburg High School in the Good Citizen contest sponsored by the county chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, has won this year’s contest.

Nov. 22
A mechanic club has been started at Birdseye High School. The club is being sponsored by the school’s principal, Mrs. Leslie D. Pence. Jack Sternberg has donated a car block. The goal of the club is to have an old car fixed up and drivable by the end of the school year.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Nov. 14, 1988
The 13 1/2-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture, “Gateway to the Heart,” honors Bill Schroeder for his pioneering spirit in advancing medical research, according to one of Schroeder’s former high school classmates, Bob Hedinger. Hedinger, Schroeder’s widow, Margaret, heart surgeon William DeVries and about 125 others attended a dedication ceremony Sunday to publicly unveil the sculpture and honor the Jasper native for his brave attempt to survive on the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. Schroeder died in August 1986 after surviving a record 620 days on the mechanical heart, which DeVries implanted at Humana Hospital in Louisville. The memorial sculpture has been placed at the entrance to what will be the Bill Schroeder Sports Complex on Second Street.

Local spellers placed among the best statewide Saturday. Two teams, one of 10 students from Northeast Dubois High School and 12 representing Dubois Middle School, placed second and third, respectively, in their divisions at the Hoosier Spell Bowl in Indianapolis.

Nov. 15
Scott Yarbrough, a Jasper High School senior, has received the Wilbur Schumacher Jr. Sportsmanship Award from the Central Indiana Tennis Association. The award, comparable to a mental attitude award in high school athletics, was presented Sunday at the association’s annual meeting. Yarbrough recently completed his four-year high school career by finishing runner-up in the IHSAA boys state singles tournament. He finished his career with a 113-4 record, including a 30-1 mark this season.

Nov. 16
The City of Jasper and Dubois County are continuing discussions of the proposed 911 dispatching systems and how to make the costs fair to the public. Jasper intends to set up a separate system from the county because of the needs of the city police department. A law that went into effect this year allows counties to tack a 911 phone system fee onto telephone bills.

Actor James Maxwell spoke and performed at a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Haysville Ruritan clubs Tuesday night. In the afternoon, Maxwell conducted a basic acting workshop for about 20 students at Jasper High School. A member of Affiliate Artists Inc., a New York management agency, he was in town at the invitation of the Jasper Community Arts Commission.

League champion Heritage Hills and runner-up South Spencer dominated the 1988 Pocket Athletic All-Conference football team, as selected by PAC coaches this season. Patriot quarterback Ken Dilger, who was named the conference’s most valuable player, was joined on the honor unit by six teammates. Dilger also was chosen as the No. 1 quarterback and placekicker. Dilger was among the state leaders in passing yardage all season. Also named from Heritage Hills were running back Ken Mulzer, wide receiver Klint Arnold, offensive guard Brett Hazelip, offensive tackle Mike Fulton, defensive end Chris Vaal and linebacker Kevin Heckel.

Nov. 17
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg is participating in a state study of trauma care. The Indiana State Board of Health is studying the quality of trauma care in hospitals across the state; of the eight hospitals in the study, St. Joseph’s is the only rural hospital to volunteer.

Four Jasper swimmers will compete in the IHSAA State Swimming and Diving Finals this weekend in Indianapolis. They are Amy Sermersheim, Andrea Zoglman, Alli Tagliareni and Kristin Gutgsell. The four will swim together on the 200-yard medley relay team, while Gutgsell and Zoglman also will compete in individual events.

Nov. 18
Christopher Seng, 22, a 1984 Jasper High School graduate, died as a result of a plane crash in southern Carroll County east of Lafayette on Thursday afternoon. While practicing acrobatic stunts, Seng’s biplane crashed into a field. Seng’s death came one week after he was accepted to attend Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla.

Jasper opened a new solid-fill site today where construction debris, tree trimmings and similar materials can be dumped free. The new site, which is open to Jasper residents only, is behind the city’s street department location on Clay Street. It replaces an older site that was closed Oct. 29 after it was filled in in preparation for the new sports complex.

Nov. 19
James A. Birk has been named executive vice president, Keyboard Products Division, Kimball International. In his new position Birk will supervise the Kimball Piano Manufacturing Division while retaining responsibility for the sales and marketing functions. In this capacity he oversees the piano facility in French Lick as well as the new Kimco facility in Mexico.

Alan Matheis couldn’t remember the last time Northeast Dubois defeated Barr-Reeve on the Vikings’ home floor. For the record, it was Dec. 6, 1974. Thanks in large part to 18 points and 13 rebounds from Jon Bauer, and 15 points and 13 rebounds from Danny Main, the Jeeps ended a six-game losing streak at Barr-Reave with a 59-54 Blue Chip Conference victory Friday night.

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