Looking Back: 11/30

Prior to 1875, Paul Egg, Peter B. Scheirich and Nicholas J. Obert built a steam sawmill and a planing mill in Jasper between Jackson and Mill streets south of Second Street. The greater portion of the site was later occupied by Jasper Cabinet Co., and a portion was acquired later by Southern Railway. On Oct. 4, 1875, Egg sold his one-third interest to the other two partners. On Jan. 4, 1884, Joseph Friedman acquired a half interest, with Scheirich remaining as the other partner. The firm operated under the name of Friedman-Scheirich & Co., dealers in rough and dressed lumber, sash doors, siding, frames, paints, oils, lime, cement and builders hardware. The picture shows the front of the plant facing Jackson Street. Andy Fritch acquired the property on Sept. 1, 1899, and operated the business until it was purchased by Schaaf & Schnaus on Feb. 23, 1904. In 1928 the business was incorporated as Jasper Cabinet Co. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Nov. 29, 1948
Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church at Shoals this afternoon for Charles Albert Felton, who was killed when he fell from the tipple of the Stenftenagel coal mine near Jasper. Mr. Felton, 56, was killed around 10:30 Saturday morning. It was his first day of employment at the mine five miles southwest of Jasper. He fell from the mine elevator to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of about 80 feet.

Nov. 30
The sum of $4,805.87 remains to be raised to complete payment on the shelterhouse that was erected in Huntingburg Municipal Park the past summer under the sponsorship of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2366. This was disclosed after a joint meeting of the VFW shelterhouse finance and building committees. After final tabulation of all bills for labor, materials and other expenses incurred in building, the final cost amounted to $11,004.44. Of this amount, the City of Huntingburg expended $2,500.38 for footings, concrete floor and ramps, leaving a balance of $8,504 06 to be raised by Huntingburg VFW post, which sponsored the project. A photograph and details of the project appeared in the November issue of Foreign Service, the official monthly publication of the VFW.

In an effort to eliminate a possible a traffic bottleneck in downtown Jasper, a sign has been erected on South Newton Street near Sixth Street, designating the parking area on the east side of the Wilson Drug Co. store as a bus stop. The curb at this point has been painted yellow designating it as “out of bounds” for automobile parking. A large sign calls attention to the face that this space is reserved for buses, and any motorist who parks in the area will get a ticket — and not for a bus trip.

Dec. 1
Local dentist Dr. A.D. Mercker announced today that he will re-enter the military service of the United States as a major in the Central Unit Medical Corps. He served in both world wars in the same capacity.

The Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association, represented by Arthur Nordhoff, was presented with a check for $500 by the Jasper Kiwanis Club following the regular luncheon meeting of that organization Tuesday. The presentation was made by Kiwanis President Paul Wuchner and is the second $500 contribution made by the club.

Dec. 2
Rev. Theo Schumacher of Huntingburg, treasurer for the Dubois County Christian Rural Overseas Program, has made his first official report on the progress of the campaign. The report shows that the county has succeeded in raising more than four-fifths of its quota of carloads of grain for hunger-stricken European war victims. Originally Dubois County’s quota was two and a half carloads, but the county committee voluntarily doubled the quota. While some donations of wheat, soybeans and other grains have been contributed by Dubois County farmers, most of the donations have been in the form of cash.

Dec. 3
To provide better telephone service for Jasper’s expanding population, the Indiana Telephone Corp. is laying underground cable in various parts of the city, including a line to the new Terrace Heights Addition where Memorial Hospital will be constructed. While the company has had some underground cable and conduit, most of the phone lines in Jasper to date have been of the overhead type. The largest cable being laid now is one that will go north on Newton Street from the phone building on South Newton to 15th Street. This one will carry 600 pairs of wires. Between the phone company building and 15th Street, smaller cables will branch off from the main line. A cable containing about 400 pairs of wires will connect at 15th and go as far as the Indiana State Police Post. All overhead telephone cable in Jasper’s downtown district will be eliminated, according to phone company officials. The work is expected to be completed by around the first of next year. The total cost of the improvements being made at this time will be approximately $118,000.

At a meeting of the Dubois County Medical Society held Thursday evening at Huntingburg, plans were discussed by the county’s doctors for putting into effect a countywide immunization program. Dr. John Bretz of Huntingburg was appointed chairman of a committee that will study the problem. Dr. Charles H. Klamer of Jasper and Dr. James M. Wagner of Huntingburg were named as other members of the committee.

Dec. 4
The Jasper Wildcats poured on coal in the third quarter Friday night to turn a close game into a rout as they defeated the Bedford Stonecutters in the Jasper High School gym, 52-41. Cabby O’Neill’s charges, who will soon be getting the reputation of being a “last-half” team, battled to a 26-24 halftime lead before coming back with a power-laden drive in the third period that gave them a 15-point working margin entering the final frame.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Dec. 2, 1963
Hoosier cities in the scramble for new industries may find some worthwhile lessons in a southwestern Indiana county where the approach to the problem takes a turn not often found elsewhere. “In Dubois County the citizens keep busy getting things in order so that their communities will be attractive to industry, but they have also built their own factories and have gone to work in them,” according to Dr. Lowell I. Dillon, geography professor at Ball State Teachers College. These methods of getting new industries were spotlighted in a study Dillon made of a number of counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Dillon pointed out that Dubois County’s population jumped 38.4 percent between 1910 and 1960.

Dec. 3
Individuals or organizations wishing to testify in support of the proposed Patoka Reservoir project at the public hearing to be held Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Jasper armory were urged today to submit their testimony by the end of the week.

Dec. 4
A.J. Kreitzer, principal of Dubois High School, passed along some pertinent information today regarding the sale of tickets for the forthcoming holiday tourney at Dubois. Playing on Wednesday, Dec. 18, will be Ireland vs. Ferdinand and Dubois vs. Holland. The consolation and championship games will be played the following day.

Dec. 5
Rural patrons of the Jasper Post Office have received a notice detailing Christmas season mailing procedures. According to the notice, confusion often arises regarding the proper postage for greeting cards. Unsealed greeting cards without a written message may be mailed for 4 cents. However, they cannot be forwarded or returned if undeliverable as addressed. Those bearing the letter rate of 5 cents can be forwarded or returned to the senders if they bear a return address.

Dec. 6
On Wednesday evening commencement exercises were held at the Moose Club in Jasper for members of Dale Carnegie Class No. 274. This night culminated a course of 14 weeks of training in Effective Speaking and Human Relations that was successfully completed by 14 people.

Three Tennessee walking horses from the Arnold F. Habig Stables walked away with honors at the Chicago International Horse Show over the weekend. The show horses from the Habig Stables represent the W.W. Kimball Co. when they are shown. Habig is chairman of the board of the Jasper Corp., of which the piano and organ manufacturing company is a subsidiary.

Dec. 7
Bloomington High School won its first varsity basketball game ever at Jasper on Friday night. And it did so in a most convenient manner, 73-55. Jasper and Bloomington have been getting together on the hardwood most every year since the 1934-35 season.

It was Black Friday for most other area teams Friday night. Ferdinand, Holland, Otwell, Birdseye, Winslow and Springs Valley all went down to defeat in basketball play. Dale, Dubois and Ireland rolled up impressive victories.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Nov. 28, 1988
Two Jasper men have been appointed to high positions for 1988-89 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Oscar H. Hurst was named a special aide-de-camp and Ralph Knox was named a national aide-de-camp. Both men are members of VFW Post 673.

Nov. 29
How the Greater Jasper school district should teach students about AIDS will be the topic of a public meeting tonight at Jasper High School. The meeting is required by state law so that the school district can hear what parents and other members of the community think should or shouldn’t be taught about the disease and its prevention. Turnout at other school districts’ public meeting on AIDS has been low, often with only a handful of parents and teachers showing up.

Nov. 30
The logo Jasper High School seniors chose to represent their class is causing some school administrators to wince. The symbol, printed on about 170 black senior-class sweatshirts, depicts a fanged Jasper Wildcat emerging from a foaming mug of beer. The mug, fashioned in the shape of Indiana, contains the words “Go Cats Go!” “It’s counterproductive to our other efforts to discourage drinking among teenagers,” said Donald Hayes, high school assistant principal. The law does not allow the school to ban certain clothes unless they are obscene or disruptive, Hayes said.

Based on the percentage turnouts of parents during this fall’s parent-teacher conferences at elementary schools in Dubois County, parental concern is quite evident. At both Precious Blood and Holy Family schools, there was a 100 percent turnout, according to the principals. In the Northeast Dubois School Corp., there was a 97 percent turnout of parents at Celestine and Dubois grade schools. In the Southwest Dubois School Corp., there was a 98.3 percent turnout at Crestview, a 97.5 percent turnout at Holland and a 93.8 percent turnout at Maple Park.

Dec. 1
Jasper has agreed to continue accepting Huntingburg’s trash, at least until April 1. It’s going to cost Huntingburg 17 percent more — $2,500 a month instead of $2,083 — but that’s cheaper than landfill rates in surrounding counties, Mayor Connie Nass says. The city landfill may not fill up until about 1994 at the present rate at which trash is being brought in.

The Greater Jasper school district’s AIDS advisory council will review educational material between now and February to determine what students will learn about AIDS. Since no one from the community came to a public meeting Tuesday, members will have to use their own judgment on what teaching materials to recommend to the school board.

Dec. 2
Dubois County could have a medical detective conveniently available next year to help investigate crime scenes and perform autopsies in suspicious death cases. Vanderburgh and Gibson counties have hired a forensic pathologist who may be available to other counties when needed.

From Oklahoma to New York, from Bali to Brigadoon, Linda Schuch has traveled throughout the world. But she has done it without leaving Jasper. That is what the plaque says, the one Schuch, 38, received from Jasper Community Players recently. It recognizes her participation in 50 local plays since she began performing at Jasper High School in 1966.

Dec. 3
When you’re down by two points with a little over five minutes to play against the 13th-ranked team in the state, temptation has a tendency to creep in and virtues are sometimes cast to the hardwood. Patience is one such virtue. “We lost our patience on the offensive end of the floor,” Northeast Dubois coach Alan Matheis commented following the Jeeps’ 76-64 Blue Chip Conference loss Friday night to the 13th-ranked Loogootee Lions headed by Jack Butcher. Gene Harder led the way for the Jeeps with 17 points. Also scoring in double figures were John Bauer with 15, Scott Merkel with 14 and Danny Main with 10.

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