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The first Catholic families in Jasper in 1837 built a small log church on the west side of Newton Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. The building was 32 by 16 feet. Services were discontinued in that building when the current St. Joseph Church was consecrated Oct. 7, 1888. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Jan. 17, 1949
The eyes of Jasper will be focused on the Jasper High School gymnasium at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon when the curtain goes up for the presentation of the new Jasper High School band uniforms. A dual program has been planned for this occasion, with the first half in the form of a short concert performance. The second half will be an exhibition of marching. Invitational cards are being sent to all who participated in the recent campaign by the Jasper Band Parents Club to raise money for the new uniforms and equipment for the band. Admission to the “premiere” showing will be by card only, as the presentation is being staged in appreciation of the efforts of these individuals. A public performance will be staged in February. The distinctive new band uniforms will replace the uniforms that have been in service for the past 10 years.

The coin collection for the polio fund, taken up at the Huntingburg-Jasper basketball game Friday night, amounted to $246.85, it was announced today. The entire amount goes to the Dubois County chapter drive for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis fund and has been credited equally to the two schools.

Jan. 18
Plans for the establishment of a National Guard unit in Jasper were moving forward today. A call was issued this morning for a former master, first or technical sergeant to accept a full-time job with the unit.

Jan. 19
The subject of enlargement and complete remodeling of the Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars post home was brought up for discussion at the regular meeting. Chairman Al Woerter of the post house committee explained the plans his committee had completed after studying the project for the past three months. Post athletic officer Wilford Miller was authorized to organize a bowling team to participate in the State VFW Bowling Tournament in early March.

Arthur Thurston, the new superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Lt. A.R. Stiles and Capt. William Thompson conducted revolver inspection as the troopers of the Jasper post lined up Tuesday afternoon during the new superintendent’s first visit to Jasper. Stiles is commander of the Jasper post, and Thompson heads the state police in the southern half of Indiana.

Jan. 20
At the annual shareholders meeting of the German American Bank held Wednesday afternoon these directors were re-elected for 1949: Louis J. Eckstein, P.L. Krodel, Wm. F. Beckman, O. Leo Beckman and Will F. Hoffman.

The Dubois County chapter of the American Red Cross has elected these officers: O.A. Kremp of Jasper, chairman; Maurice Overbeck of Huntingburg, treasurer; and Mrs. Otto Fierst of Jasper, secretary. The chapter appointed Jim Alles of Jasper chairman of the fund drive committee, and he will be in charge of the campaign for Red Cross donations that will be conducted throughout the county in March.

Facilities of the Jasper auto license branch now are available to all residents of Dubois County who must file 1948 Indiana gross income tax reports before the Jan. 31 deadline, manager Odilo J. “Oats” Berger announced today. The state levy on all gross receipts during the 1948 calendar year became due Jan. 1 and must be paid within the 30-day grace period allowed by state law. Mr. Berger has explained that the state law provides that all residents of the state who received a taxable income of $1,000 or more are obligated to file a tax return.
Jan. 21
Thursday evening Bob Dudine, chairman of the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award Committee, announced that Jack Rumbach has been named Jasper’s Outstanding Young Man. The announcement was made following a dinner for Jaycee members and invited guests in the Fiesta Restaurant. According to the committee of Rev. Msgr. Leonard Wernsing, pastor of St. Joseph Church; Mayor Herbert Thyen; and Wm. F. Schmitt, president of the Kiwanis Club, the 25-year-old recipient of the award received it because of “the substantial contribution he has made to the welfare of his community.” He has served as managing editor of The Jasper Herald since October 1946. He received a cigar humidor from the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a key, one of which was presented by national Jaycee headquarters to the outstanding young men of each community.

Jan. 22
Huntingburg High School’s gymnasium custodian today is probably fishing out a new set of nets for the gym’s hoops following the blistering they received Friday night at the hands of the hometown Hunters and Bicknell Bulldogs. Coach Jim Beers’ Hunters were called upon to use their sharpest shooting to down a stubborn Bicknell Bulldog quintet, 73-58, Friday night in a fast game. The Hunters plunked 29 from the field in 59 tries for a red-hot .491 average. Bicknell’s average was even hotter — coach Garland Frazier’s squad ripped the cords with 27 buckets in only 53 attempts, or .509. Free throws enabled the Hunters to stay a reasonably comfortable distance in front, and end the game with a comfortable margin.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Jan. 20, 1964
From “Hark the Herald” column: If urgency and necessity are any measure, then by all means the “Standing Room Only” sign should be out Friday afternoon at the American Legion home in Jasper. There is probably no improvement so urgently needed in Dubois County today as is the proposed improvement of State Road 45 between Huntingburg and Jasper. A public hearing on this project has been scheduled by the State Highway Department at the Jasper Legion at 1:15 p.m. Friday.
Charles Seger was sworn in this morning as Jasper’s new postmaster by G.L. Hicks of Evansville, representing the Cincinnati Division of the Post Office Department. Earlier in the day Mr. Seger formally resigned as county recorder.

Ralph Heath has sold his Jasper Bowling & Athletic Supply business on the northeast corner of Third and Main streets to his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heath.

Jan. 21
At the regular meeting of the Huntingburg Common Council on Monday night, Mayor Dale Helmerich announced that the Indiana State Highway Commission, Division of Landscaping had offered to set up a roadside rest park on the northwest corner of the City Lake front adjoining State Road 64 west of the city. The commission agreed to construct, equip and maintain the park at no cost to the city.
The Dubois County Commissioners this morning appointed Robert Hedinger to serve the unexpired term of Charles Seger in the recorder’s office. The term will extend through 1966. Seger was sworn in as Jasper postmaster Monday.

Jan. 22
“The March of Dimes is the only voluntary means to fight arthritis and to fight birth defects now in existence,” John Buehler of Indianapolis, state March of Dimes chairman, told a group of approximately 100 people at the American Legion home in Jasper on Tuesday night.

Kurt St. Angelo, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon St. Angelo of Huntingburg, is in Welborn Baptist Hospital in Evansville where he was rushed Monday for treatment of a rare blood disease. Doctors have diagnosed the ailment as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

An appeal is being made by the American Red Cross of Dubois County for donations of furniture for a destitute woman and her 11-year-old son. The list of items needed immediately is topped by a coal-burning cook stove.

Jan. 23
The March of Dimes Mother’s March will take place in Dubois County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when more than 300 women will march throughout the county.

Joseph F. Gutzweiler, who operates the Gutzweiler Packing Co. on Jasper’s northeast side, has announced he has purchased the Loogootee Frozen Food Lockers as part of his expansion program.

Jan. 24
Approximately 30 acres of farmland was burned over Thursday afternoon on the John Matheis and Fred Schroering farm three miles northeast of Dubois. It was reported that Mr. Schroering was burning brush and the fire got out of hand. Twenty-five men fought the blaze for about two and a half hours before it was brought under control.

At the annual meeting of the Dubois County National Farmers Organization held in Jasper, S.E. Durcholz, 31-year-old Ireland dairy farmer, was re-elected president for another term.

Jan. 25
Arnold Beck of Jasper has taken over the management of Central Concrete Supply at the Bretzville Junction. Mr. Beck also operates the Green Acres Mobile Home Court on Jasper’s north side.

More than 4,000 patients were dismissed from Memorial Hospital in Jasper during 1963, according to a statistical report given this week to members of the hospital auxiliary at their quarterly meeting. There were 558 newborn babies, 973 outpatient emergencies, 1,064 surgeries and 1,031 anesthesias.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Jan. 16, 1989
Between taking tests in mathematics and sciences and arts and literature, the local academic decathlon gave 11th- and 12th-grade students the opportunity to demonstrate their communicative abilities through speeches and essays. Interviews with business representatives also were part of Saturday’s activities at Jasper High School.

Jan. 17
A landfill that will last 30 years could cost Dubois County about $5 million, the county’s landfill consultant said Monday.

The Southwest Dubois School Board on Monday came down strongly for keeping its three elementary schools and vowed to appeal should state education officials try to stand in the way of plans to renovate and expand the Holland school.

An Anderson man who police believe committed more than 200 burglaries since March 1987, including those at about 12 homes in Jasper, was arrested early today after he allegedly broke into a home in Greenfield while under police surveillance. Rual S. Hogue, 47, was charged with one count of burglary and put in the Hancock County Jail.

Jan. 18
Ervin Spurlock, a 78-year-old retired businessman, has won the Huntingburg Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award.

An engineering consultant has recommended Dubois County install a 400-foot-tall radio tower atop the new jail building and buy a multi-channel transmitter capable of reaching all police officers, firefighters and medical officers in the county. This is some of the equipment the county needs to set up a 911 emergency telephone system and dispatch center inside the new jail, which is expected to open next year.

Jan. 19
If you see any official inaugural scarves waving during the inaugural activities for George Bush this week in Washington, D.C., you can thank, in part, an Ireland High School graduate. Debbie (Leinenbach) Egen, who owns The Tarrant Co. in Owensboro with her husband, Jim, just mailed 1,200 navy-blue silk scarves to the nation’s capital.

St. Joseph’s Hospital is eliminating 20 jobs in what a news release says is “a hospitalwide reorganization to more efficiently provide patient care services.”

Jan. 20
The owner and man behind the counter at Flick’s Drug Store, Rick Stradtner, received the Jasper Jaycees’ 1989 Distinguished Service Award on Thursday as recognition of his years of community service.

Jasper voters could be in for a few changes when the next election rolls around. Many Bainbridge Township voters can expect to cast ballots in different precincts, and some Jasper residents could find themselves inside different city council precincts. It’s the result of a four-month effort to redraw election precinct boundaries to comply with a new state law, County Clerk of the Courts Donna Schroeder said Thursday.

Jan. 21
Indiana citizens, heralding the success of a native son, danced and celebrated until the early morning hours today after the inauguration of Dan Quayle as the first Hoosier vice president in 68 years.
L. Wayne Hudson, 56, retired commander of the Jasper post of the Indiana State Police, died Friday.

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