Looking Back: 1/19

Photograph courtesy of John Fierst
With more and more students enrolling at the school, Jasper College expanded in 1905 with the addition of a large east wing. This photograph was taken on Aug. 13, 1898. In 1928, the name of the school was changed to Jasper Academy. Because the school was drawing a considerable number of students from the Chicago area, the Benedictine leadership decided to relocate the school, in 1933, to Aurora, Ill. For the first year after its closure, a portion of Jasper Academy served as headquarters for the new state police post. The following year, the Sons of Divine Providence opened a home for disabled and retired men in the building. The building was demolished around 1970. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

65 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 1948

New Albany high school freshmen took home with them the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference freshman basketball crown after rolling through semifinal and final rounds in the Jasper gym Saturday. The New Albany quintet ripped Jasper in the afternoon, 30-17, and then scored an impressive final-game victory over Memorial of Evansville in the evening, 47-16, for the toga. The Bulldogs had drawn a first-round bye and moved into the semifinals by knocking off Central of Evansville on Thursday night, 39-30. Memorial gained the final round by nipping Huntingburg in a thriller, 19-16.

Each school participating in the blind tourney at Jasper Jan. 10 received $30.10 as its share of the receipts, it was announced today by John Lasher, principal of host Ireland High School. Schools participating were Dubois, Cuzco, Birdseye and Ireland. Proceeds were divided equally after expenses were paid.

Mr. and Mrs. Merle Yenawine of Huntingburg have just now started dismantling their miniature Christmas village, which was on display for the public over the holiday season. The village takes up almost the entire glassed-in sun porch on the front side of the Yenawine home at 808 10th St. The village includes two cloth conveyor belts, which carry miniature people across the village or uphill into the two churches, and another conveyor belt that carries a miniature old-time automobile, a man riding a bicycle, and some reindeer and sleigh. Hundreds of people viewed the display over the holidays.

Jan. 20
A sign-up of farm plans will be held at community meetings the first two weeks in February, it was announced today by Jacob G. Hauser, chairman of the Dubois County Agricultural Conservation Association. All farmers who wish to participate in the conservation program should see that all practices that they want to carry out in 1948 are entered on their farm plan, the announcement said. Approved practices for 1948 include terracing, establishing sod waterways, contour row crops, contour drilled crops, dams for livestock water, tree planting, establishing new pasture, reseeding depleted noncrop open pastures, green manure crops, construction of drainage ditches, tile drainage, mulching on strawberries and orchards, lime, fertilizers on pastures and legumes and rock phosphate.

Jan. 21
The Cass Township Farmers Institute will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 29, at Holland. The afternoon session for men will begin at 1:30 in the Holland School basement. Dr. L. W. Frame of Washington, head of the southwestern branch of the Indiana State Board of Health, will talk on “Trends in Health Service for Rural People.” The session for women will be held in the high school gym starting at 1:30. Mrs. L.G. Vannice of Danville will speak on “The Underprivileged Child.” Pupils from the Holland schools will furnish music for both meetings.

Jan. 22
Coach James Jackson’s Birdseye Yellow-Jackets hung up their eighth victory in 12 games Wednesday night at Milltown, blasting Depauw by a 79-16 count. The red-hot Yellow-Jackets couldn’t be stopped as they rolled to rest-stop margins of 21-3, 37-5 and 59-9. Don Pruitt led the way for the victors, garnering 12 buckets for a 24-point total.

Jan. 23
A petition made by the Huntingburg posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars for a city ordinance permitting sale of liquor by the drink in that city was defeated on first reading by a margin of one vote. The petition was presented at the meeting of Mayor John Struckman and the city council by Jonas Davis and Raymond King, representing the Legion and VFW, respectively. As first reading requires a unanimous vote, the petition for the liquor-by-the-drink ordinance will be held over for a second reading at the next council meeting.

Jasper has a new business, Jasper Monument Sales, a partnership consisting of James Alles, Paul Wuchner and Richard Melchior. The firm has secured a contract with the Delano (Minn.) Granite Works of Delano, which quarries and processes the granite. The monuments will be sold and erected in local cemeteries by the local firm.

Jan. 24
Members of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association Board of Directors made a trip to Chicago one day this week for an interview with the Sisters of the Company of Mary, an order of Catholic nuns who operate the Company of Mary Hospital on 95th and California streets in that city. Representatives of the order, which is devoted entirely to hospital work, will visit Dubois County in the near future, when definite arrangements will be discussed.

50 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 1963

Three senior girls were crowned 1962-63 basketball queens at their respective high schools Friday evening. Diane Borden was crowned queen at Birdseye by Dave Persohn. Sylvia Mehling reigns as queen at Dale; Tom Arnold did the honors. Mary Ellen Schulte was crowned queen at Holland by Butch Fenneman.

Members of the newly organized Readers Theater of St. Benedict College at Ferdinand will present “The Mind in the Making” at three Dubois County high schools next week. The performances will be at Dubois High School on Monday, at Jasper High School on Thursday and at Ireland High School on Friday. The twofold purpose of the theater is to impress on students that higher education is vitally important to success in today’s world and to motivate students to further their education beyond high school.

Jan. 21
Louis Martin, a store operator, and E.K. Binkley, a hatchery owner, were installed recently as presidents of the Kiwanis Clubs of Huntingburg and Jasper, respectively.
Bedford High School’s freshman basketball team won the SIAC preliminary tournament at Jasper on Saturday by beating both Dubois County entries, Huntingburg and Jasper. The loss was only the second defeat of the season for Jasper’s team.

Jan. 22
Dubois County and its incorporated cities and towns received $569,153.85 for road construction and improvement in 1962 through license fees and other funds paid into Indiana’s Motor Vehicle Highway Account by the state’s automobile and truck operators. Statistics compiled by the Highway Planning Survey Department of the State Highway Department show that $476,270.98 went to the county for this purpose and $92,882.87 was allocated for road work in these urban areas. County communities and what they received were Birdseye, $2,548.93; Ferdinand, $9,938.05; Holland, $4,603.41; Huntingburg, $28,873.99; and Jasper, $46,918.49.

Jan. 23
John O’Brien of Huntingburg, who recently graduated from the Purdue University School of Engineering, has accepted a position with North American Aviation as a design engineer. He will work in California on Project Apollo, the space venture designed to put an American on the moon.
All schools in Dubois County were closed today as a result of the county’s heaviest snowfall of the season. Road conditions were made hazardous by considerable blowing and drifting.

Jan. 24
Mrs. Mary C. House, an experienced employee of the Census Bureau, has been selected to supervise the special census of population to be taken in the city of Jasper. Mrs. House is scheduled to arrive in Jasper on Wednesday at which time she will select and instruct the interviewers. The special census was requested by city officials following recent annexations.

Jan. 25
The number of young men who have received the Jasper Jaycees Distinguished Service Award was increased by two Thursday night as the organization’s DSA Committee decided that the Hedinger twins, Bill and Bob, deserved to share the honor. The 29-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hedinger served four years together in the Air Force and both belong to a large number of local civic, fraternal and veterans organizations. They are engaged in the operation of a soft drink distributorship.

25 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 1988

Raising income taxes to pay for the planned Dubois County Jail will be discussed Thursday by the Dubois County Income Tax Council. Taxes will go up to pay for the new $5 million jail, county officials have said. But which to increase — income tax or property tax — has yet to be decided. The 54-cell jail, scheduled for construction after summer, is being planned to replace the 93-year-old jail at Main and Eighth streets in Jasper.

Jan. 20
Reuben Butke has won the Huntingburg Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Butke is principal at two Southwest Dubois corporation elementary schools, Holland and Crestview.

The Jasper High School Academic Decathlon Team has qualified for state-level competition in Indianapolis on Feb. 13. Teams from 12 area schools competed in Jasper on Saturday, testing knowledge in 10 academic areas. Jasper finished third and was an alternate in case one of the teams couldn’t compete. Because of a lower number of regional participants, however, the team was notified that the top three finishers would advance.

Four of the 100 Soviet delegates to America will be coming to Dubois County following an American-Soviet summit to be held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 1 to 5. The Soviets will arrive in Jasper on Feb. 7; among the four will be  Elena Petuschkova, an Olympic gold medalist in the dressage event. During their three-day visit, they will see Ruxer Farms, radio station WITZ, Marian Heights Academy, Jasper High School and Southridge High School. They will be the guests of Huntingburg mayor Connie Nass at a banquet at Burton’s Caper House. One hundred twenty-five American citizens will be at the Washington summit, including Dr. Dan Drew of Jasper. Drew and his wife, Marilyn, will sponsor the four Soviet citizens.

Dr. Mike Ellis, a Holland dentist, was welcomed as the newest member of the Dubois County Airport Authority. He was appointed by the Dubois County Commissioners to a three-year term.

Jan. 21
“Teamwork in Action” was the theme of the 69th annual American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in New Orleans. Four people from Dubois County — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hoffman and Mr. and Mrs. Rader Hoffman — attended. Thomas Hoffman was a voting delegate from District 9.
Don E. Scherle of Jasper is the recipient of the 1987 Tom Wallace Farm Forestry Award for his forestry district. Scherle is being recognized as a top woodland manager in his four-county district. Scherle owns a 131-acre tree farm in northern Dubois County. The Tom Wallace Farm Award Program is sponsored by the Louisville Courier Journal. It recognizes top tree farmers in southern Indiana and Kentucky.

Jan. 22
Ken Steltenpohl was presented with the Jasper Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Steltenpohl is a customer service and security officer at Dubois County Bank and has given a large part of his adult life to the Boy Scout organization. Other recognitions included Sylvia Seger, a teacher at Fifth Street School, named Outstanding Educator; Fire Chief Ed Eckert as Outstanding Firefighter; and Ireland farmer Terry Hoffman as Outstanding Farmer.

Jan. 23
Eighty-eight Kimball grand pianos will be featured in halftime activities of Super Bowl XXII in Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego on Jan. 31.

Paul Knies, who owns Radio Station WORX AM and FM in Madison, has been cited by the Business and Professional Association of Madison for his “faithful, diligent, persistent and enthusiastic service” to the city of Madison. Knies also received the Dwight “Speedy” Mills Motivation Award in ceremonies Wednesday. The award is named in honor of Mills, a successful businessman in Madison. Knies, who also owns Dubois County Broadcasting, which operates Radio Station WBCD in Huntingburg, is the 10th recipient of the annual award.

Jan. 25
The Birdseye branch of Holland National Bank was heavily damaged Friday night by intruders who apparently were trying to rob the bank. No money is expected to be found missing. According to bank Vice President and branch manager Don Loepker, all of the bank’s machines were knocked off the counters and smashed; cabinets were damaged and his desk was flipped over. The bank, which was expected to open by 10 a.m. today, was still being cleaned up this morning.

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