Looking Back: 11/2

In 1893, Dubois County State Bank purchased from John Sermersheim the lot on the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson streets for $800. Andrew Hochgesang, a local mason and contractor, was given the contract for construction of a modern brick two-story office building. The building had solid brick walls with Indiana limestone trim. All the stone was cut, and the acorns on the top were carved, by Andrew Schnellenberger. Schnellenberger is standing to the right of the boy seated on the lime barrel. The new building, including furniture and fixtures, cost $3,055. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff; the photo appears the way it does because it was torn in half before it was salvaged.)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Nov. 1, 1948
Branch McCracken, head basketball coach at Indiana University, will be the principal speaker at the Tuesday noon luncheon of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper. The program, arranged by O.A. Kremp, is the Kiwanians’ annual preseason hardwood event and comes just 10 days prior to the opening of the Jasper High School cage schedule.

Nov. 2
The drive to raise funds to buy new uniforms and instruments for the Jasper High School Band got off to a flying start when $1,052 was received by the Jasper High School Band Parents Club, which is sponsoring the drive.

Nov. 3
The largest number of Dubois County voters ever to take part in a general election trooped to the polls Tuesday despite an almost continuous downpour and gave the Democratic candidates all along the line overwhelming majorities. The total number of votes cast in the county was 11,238; the number of registered voters is 14,420. In the race for the governorship, Henry F. Schricker, the Democratic candidate, rolled up the biggest majority given a gubernatorial candidate in Dubois County since 1932. Dubois County voters gave President Truman a plurality of 2,269 votes over Thomas E. Dewey. Frank J. Seng was re-elected joint state representative of Dubois and Martin counties. Eldo Wood was unopposed for re-election as judge of the 57th Judicial Circuit; William M. Cox also was unopposed for the office of prosecuting attorney of the 57th. In the race for the sheriff’s office, Victor Fehribach, the incumbent, received 6,998 votes against 3461 for Thomas Harbison, his Republican opponent.

Nov. 4
Arnold L. Eckerle, commander of Dubois County Post 673 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jasper, thanked voters today for their support of the soldiers’ bonus referendum that was passed in Indiana on Tuesday by a count of four to one.

Nov. 5
P.R. Middleton, director of the Indiana Economic Council, today announced the program for the southeastern conference on community planning that the council will sponsor in Jasper on Nov. 18. The Jasper plan commission and the Jasper Kiwanis Club will be co-sponsors of the conference and attendees will attend from Dubois, Crawford, Daviess, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

Nov. 6
Cecil Foddrill, Dubois County welfare director, and other members of the local office returned from Indianapolis Friday night after attending the 58th annual Indiana State Conference on Social Work. Accompanying Foddrill to the conference were Mary Stilwell, welfare visitor, and Bernadine Mehringer, county clerk-stenographer. Otto J. Schaaf, president of the county chapter of the Society for Crippled Children, and Mrs. Harry Stroud, president of the county welfare board and chairman of the regional conference, also attended portions of the conference.

A conference of 8th District postmasters, members of the National Association of Postmasters, was held in the Starlight Room at Wehrle’s Cafe on Friday night. Host Postmaster and District President Albert Rumbach presided. Thirty postmasters, representing the 11 counties in the district, attended.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Nov. 4, 1963
The voters of four Dubois County communities — Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Holland — will go to the polls Tuesday to elect their public officials. Attracting the most interest are the mayoral races in Jasper and Huntingburg and the vote on the referendum to determine if Jasper citizens want to retain or abolish the utility service board.

A full house was on hand Sunday for the opening-night performance of the Jasper Civic Theatre’s 15th anniversary production of “The Desperate Hours.” The performance got an enthusiastic reception from the crowd, which also was impressed by the stage crew’s handling of the complex three-stage setting, as well as lighting and sound-effects sequences. Paul Clark, Bettie Egler, Sue Brelage and Bruce Jarboe turned in fine performances as the Indianapolis family harassed by three escaped convicts who were portrayed in fine fashion by Bob Beckman, Jack McCune and Paul Knies. Playing law officers were Roger Krieg, Bob Seng, Leo Schmitt and Ron Eckerle, while other supporting players included Bob Tanner, Ray Birk and Joan Jarboe.

Nov. 5
Residents of the Ferdinand community formally opened the town’s newly resurfaced Main Street (State Road 162) on Saturday afternoon with a parade and speakers. The parade started at the south edge of Ferdinand, where the first ribbon was cut, and continued to the north edge of town, where a second ribbon-cutting took place. Ray P. Olinger, Huntingburg contractor and Ferdinand native, thanked the townspeople for their cooperation; Olinger’s company had the contract to resurface the stretch of highway.

Nov. 6
Voters of Jasper and Huntingburg were emphatic in their choices at the polls Tuesday as both elected new mayors by large majorities. In Jasper, Jack E. Newton, Republican, swept all four precincts in defeating Edward J. Lorey, Democrat, becoming the first Republican mayor in Jasper’s history. In Huntingburg, Dale W. Helmerich, Democrat, scored a clean sweep in defeating Republican Joe K. Mundy in all precincts.

Nov. 7
The Jasper Finance & Acceptance Corp. has installed a Univac 1004 card processor at its 15th and Cherry streets headquarters. According to the company’s president, Tom Habig, the card processor will be used for accounts receivable, inventory control, posting, payroll, billing and sales analysis. The new system can produce 750 12-line invoices in 30 minutes, a feature especially valuable to Jasper Finance as the financing affiliate of the W.W. Kimball Piano and Organ Co.

Nov. 8
About 60 people attended a meeting at the Dubois Community Club on Thursday night for the purpose of forming an organization that will canvass the area for funds with which to buy new equipment for the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department. Even before the campaign formally got underway today, two pledges totaling $2,500 were received. The Dubois Community Club pledged $1,500 and a pledge in the amount of $1,000 came from a new organization in the Dubois community, the Jaycees.

Nov. 9
Paul Lehr of St. Ferdinand High School won the county oratorical contest Friday night. Runner-up was Robert Melchior of Jasper High School. The award is sponsored by the American Legion.

Asilda Knust, who has operated the Knust Jewelry Store in Huntingburg since the death of her husband, Albert “Tony” Knust in 1957, has sold the business to Mr. and Mrs. Don Peach of Huntingburg.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Oct 31, 1988
Sen. Richard Lugar visited a Republican rally in Dubois County on Saturday and praised Republican John Mutz as the best candidate for governor. Sen. Lugar also spoke in support of local Republicans on the Nov. 8 ballot. Lugar had flown by helicopter, following rallies in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties, to the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds shortly after 4 p.m. After individually greeting supporters and giving a 20-minute speech, he left for a fourth rally in Orange County.

Southridge’s Chris Lanman finished 10th in the cross country semistate with a time of 16:43 and will advance to the state finals Saturday in Indianapolis. Lanman became the first Raider ever to make the cut. Lanman is coached by Luis Ortiz.

Nov. 1
George W. Astrike, chairman of the board and CEO of German American Bank, has announced GAB’s second annual Dress a Doll and Design a Toy contest, which provides presents at Christmas for needy children in Dubois County. Toys for little boys is new this year. The toys available are wooden log trucks, van trucks or trains, and each toy kit includes step-by-step instructions for assembling. Each doll comes with a basic pattern for doll clothes. The dressed dolls and designed toys will be displayed in the main lobby of GAB. The bank has arranged with the Dubois County Abused and Neglected Children organization to see that the dolls and toys are given to needy children as a present from Santa on Christmas morning.

Nov. 2
Nearly 3,000 students in the Greater Jasper school district are being exposed to the arts this year through an educational program presented by the Jasper Community Arts Commission. Sheri Reeves, chairwoman of the commission’s education committee, reported Tuesday that the committee is spending about $6,000 this school year to bring ArtReach, a touring theater group from Cincinnati, Ohio; Jackie Torrence, a storyteller; and Ed Metzger, a man who portrays Albert Einstein, to the Jasper schools.

Jasper senior Scott Yarbrough has earned all-state honors in boys tennis for the fourth consecutive year, his third straight time on the first team. Yarbrough ended his high school career with a 113-4 record. He finished runner-up in the state tournament for No. 1 singles players Oct. 22, finishing his senior season with a 30-1 record.

Nov. 3
After extensive test drilling, Pro-Eco withdrew its bid Tuesday on a 175-acre farm in northern Spencer County. Bob Whitehouse, president of the Evansville-based waste-management firm, said, however, that the company still hopes to find a site for a regional landfill and recycling center in Spencer or Dubois County. The farmland is one mile east of the U.S. 231 and I-64 interchange, near the Dubois County line. The proposed site was deemed unsuitable for the landfill after Donan Engineering of Jasper conducted soil tests. John Donan, president of the company, said this morning that the soil is too shallow and is not very permeable. A regional landfill would serve Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike and Perry counties.

Douglas A. Habig of Jasper has been appointed to the board of directors of Indiana’s Corporation for Science and Technology. Gov. Robert Orr announced the appointment Monday at the corporation’s annual meeting. Habig, president of Kimball International, joins 24 other directors, most of whom are state officeholders, company executives or university presidents. The Corporation for Science and Technology was founded in 1982 to fund research and development projects for the 21st century.

Bowler Ron Kunkel, 42, rolled a perfect 300 game Tuesday night at Eastown Lanes. The perfect game was only a second at Eastown, and only the third in the 50-year history of organized bowling in Jasper. Kunkel bowled at Jasper High School, graduating in 1964, and Bellarmine College in Louisville. Kunkel carries a 187 average for the B&G Tire team on Tuesday nights, and a 196 average on another B&G team on Wednesday nights.

Nov. 4
Holland has decided to use its share of the county income tax for the construction of a new fire station. Holland will receive $30,949 in 1989 with the economic development and county option income taxes combined. According to Holland Town Board President Charlie McPherron, the fire station will be built on town property on Main Street.

Bob Tucker of Jasper and Julie Meyer of Huntingburg have been honored by the U.S. Baseball Federation Oscar Meyer Amateur Awards Program. Tucker was named Indiana’s Amateur Coach/Contributor of the Year, while Meyer was named the state’s Amateur Woman of the Year. They will be recognized at the state clinic and Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame inductions sponsored by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association next January.

Ann Lueken is the only county girl named to the 1988 Blue Chip All-Conference volleyball team. Lueken was a senior hitter for the Forest Park Rangers.

Nov. 5
Jasper’s newest service station complex is open at 14th and Newton streets. Circle A Food Mart is owned and operated by Paul Grammer and Mike Ackerman. Ray’s Service is operated by Don Werner.

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