Looking Back: 12/14

The Mike Hochgesang Brick Yard was in Little Kentucky, south of Jasper. It was on the west side of the street, near the current location of the Schnitzelbank Restaurant. The Hochgesang home, seen at the far right, was on the east side of the street. This photo was taken in 1896 by the Alois Sprauer. Oxen were the motive power for the two-wheel cart used to haul the clay to the mixing holes. The molds used by Hochgesang formed six bricks. Included in the picture are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hochgesang; their sons, Albert, Lawrence, George, Leo and Dominic; and their daughters, Mayme (Mrs. Albert G. Mehringer), Clara (Mrs. Andy Streicher) and Emily (Mrs. William Giesler). Workers shown include Henry “Dilly” Fehribach, George Hettich, Martin Mueller, Frank Hopf and Joe Goetz of Jasper. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1948
More than 200 employees and friends of the Holland Custard Co. were treated to a banquet and entertainment in the Legion Hall at Holland Sunday night on the occasion of the company’s 18th anniversary. E.F. Caldemeyer is general manager of the company. His son Byron, who assists in the management of the company, served as master of ceremonies.

Dec. 14
After hearing librarian Claire Buys Knapp describe Jasper’s flourishing library as handicapped by inadequate quarters, members of the Columbia Luncheon Club, before whom she appeared as the guest speaker Monday, asked when the city may expect a library building to be constructed. A.T. Rumbach, president of the library board, said that the fact that temporary quarters upstairs in the city building, with free rent, light and heat, have been available has enabled the board to build up a collection of more than 12,000 books during the brief existence of the library and made it possible to build up a building reserve. This together with a memorial fund, contributed to by numerous local people in memory of deceased relatives, will be a big help toward the realization of a suitable library building. He also said that the proposed site is city-owned. The library board is now authorized to issue bonds for a building, but the board is hoping for more favorable building costs and a lower tax rate before proceeding.

Dec. 15
Victor Dippel, manager of the A&P Store on Sixth Street in Jasper, was in Detroit last week to attend a manager conference course conducted at the food chain’s divisional headquarters. Dippel started with the food chain in 1933 and became a store manager in 1936. He has headed the Jasper store since 1941.

Sheriff Victor Fehribach of Dubois County has been named to membership of the 1949 legislative committee of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, it was announced today by Sheriff W. Pete Anthony, Muncie, president of the organization.

The J.C. Lorey Furniture Store has increased its main floor area approximately 1,000 feet by occupying a room in the new brick building constructed on the west side of the Lorey Building on East Sixth Street by N.C. Daeschle. Mr. Daeschle’s barbershop occupies about a quarter of the new building. The new quarters will be devoted by the Lorey store to the display of Hotpoint ranges, refrigerators and other appliances.

Dec. 16
Four men were crushed to death by a cave-in at the Christmas coal mine, a mile and a half south of St. Meinrad, around 9:30 this morning. Dead are Jacob Harpenau, 40, and William Huff, 40, Tell City; Thomas McAllister, Troy; and Robert Kellams, Grandview. According to the Indiana State Police officers at the scene, seven or eight other men who were working in the mine at the time of the cave-in escaped.

A new book written by Ernestine Fisher, wife of Will Fisher of Huntingburg, has been published. The book is titled “What, No Santa Claus?” and concerns a little girl who is distressed by rumors that there is no Santa Claus. In Mrs. Fisher’s story, the girl goes with her mother to the village of Santa Claus, Ind., where years ago, the story has it, Santa Claus said: “I’ll enchant this town and call it Santa Claus, a town of my very own where each year I’ll stop to rest my tired reindeer, read my letters and fill my packs.” In the words of the Indianapolis News review, the tale carries little Alice, the main character, through a series of strange adventures that would delight any small child.

Dec. 17
Rescue workers today removed the body of one of four miners who were buried beneath tons of slate and rock in the Christmas mine south of St. Meinrad on Thursday. However, efforts to extricate the bodies of the remaining three victims had to be halted temporarily when additional cave-ins threatened the lives of the workers. Rescue attempts were halted Thursday night until the entire shaft could be “cribbed up” with 8-by-10 beams and jacks to allow them to proceed further in safety.
Glenn W. Songer of Huntingburg, who has been serving as Dubois County’s chief deputy sheriff, has tendered his resignation to Sheriff Victor Fehribach so he can enter private business. He asked to be released from the office so that he and Mrs. Songer can take over the operation of the O.K. Grocery in Huntingburg from his parents. The resignation has been accepted by Sheriff Fehribach and will become effective Dec. 31. Mr. Songer will still be connected with the sheriff’s office in the position of a special deputy.

Dec. 18
A radio dramatization of “Virginia’s Letter to Santa Claus,” one of the classic expressions of Christmas sentiment, will be produced Sunday at 12:15 in the afternoon over radio station WITZ by the Little Theatre of Jasper. The presentation is based on the famous newspaper editorial written in 1897 by Frank P. Church for The New York Sun. The radio drama will represent the first public performance of the Little Theatre group, which was organized this month.

Ӣ50 years Ago
Dec. 16, 1963
On Tuesday, bids were received by the Haysville Water Utility for the construction of a water system and an elevated storage tank, and on Saturday afternoon the board met with its engineer, its attorney and a Federal Housing Administration representative to approve the acceptance of the low bids. The water system will cost almost $200,000.

Julie Ann Melchior of Huntingburg High School is one of 870 outstanding students of high school English in the country. The National Council of Teachers of English has named her a 1963 national winner in its annual Achievement Awards competition. The nation’s schools nominated almost 6,800 students for the citation.

The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department is again making available to the public this year, free of charge, a chemical that will make Christmas trees more fire resistant.

Jane Weisman was crowned basketball queen of Huntingburg High School on Saturday. Cyrilla Mathies was crowned basketball queen of Dubois High School on Friday night.

The youth choir of St. James Lutheran Church at Holland went to Evansville on Thursday evening and taped a program of Christmas music for a television program called “Christmas Chorale.” The program will be shown over Evansville station WFIE, Channel 14, from 4 to 4:30 this afternoon.

Dec. 17
Plans have been announced for the installation of the newly elected Huntingburg city officials Jan. 1. The installation ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m., with an invocation by Father Lambert Reilly. Mayor WIlliam Ellsworth will deliver the closing remarks. Circuit Court Clerk Glenn Songer will administer the oath of office to the clerk-treasurer, Ralph Dean Overbeck. Overbeck will then administer the oath to councilmen Raymond Bartelt, Albert Kaiser, Charles Mundy, William Prather and Tom Schnellenberger as well as City Judge Cyrinus Becher. Mayor Dale Helmerich will give an address and Rev. Fred Fahrenkamp will offer the benediction.

Dec. 18
Eldon Katter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Katter of Stendal, has been with the U.S. Peace Corps since July 1961 and his letters to his parents from Ethiopia, where he teaches art, are so interesting that the Daily Herald will make excerpts from the letters available to its readers.

“Getting your 1964 motor vehicle license plates may be troublesome if you don’t bring along the required personal property and poll tax receipt.” This little admonishment came today from Betty Bockelman, manager of the Dubois County Auto License Branch in Jasper, as she announced that the sale of 1964 plates will begin Jan. 2.

Dec. 19
Hoosiers, frozen under the second prolonged subzero cold blast in less than a week, can’t expect much relief as fall staggers out of the state. The mercury struggled to rise to the zero mark by midmorning today. Richard Stillwell, Huntingburg street commissioner, has announced that because of the severe cold weather, the usual Friday garbage collection will not be conducted this week, and all collections will be halted until the weather moderates.

Action picked up considerably Wednesday night in holiday tourney play, with Ferdinand, Dubois, Birdseye and Richland winning opening-round games.

Dec. 20
The Jaycees religious activity committees of Dubois, Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper and their respective clubs will again conduct Christmas lighting contests in these communities between Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be three categories: Most Religious, Most Original and Most Beautiful.

The officials of the Jasper Park Board and the utilities departments have announced that no skating will be allowed on Beaver Lake because of the safety angle.

Jasper Mayor-elect Jack E. Newton has announced that he will appoint, effective Jan. 1, the current police chief, Bob Parker, and the current fire chief, Leo “Pete” Hopf, to continue serving in those capacities.

Dec. 21
The annual Christmas dinner guest party of the Women’s Research Club of Huntingburg was held Thursday evening at the Country Kitchen.

At Dubois High School, the Futures Farmers of American chapter has announced that Judy Knies has been selected as the FFA Sweetheart. She will receive a white jacket with the words “FFA Chapter Sweetheart” written on the back.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Dec. 12, 1988
Several physicians from Dubois County are on 12-hour notice in case they are needed to assist in the worldwide earthquake rescue effort in Armenia. The names of Drs. Bodan Cymbala, Dan Drew, Greg Ellison, Thomas Gootee, Marlin Gray, Bernard Kemker, Charles Klamer and Ted Waflart are on a list of people who could be selected to be sent to Armenia, where Wednesday’s earthquake took at least 50,000 lives.

Dec. 13
The threats stopped and the smiles started this morning after Jasper agreed to let the county dump trash in the landfill for another year. For $180,000 — an $80,000 increase from this year’s rate — the county can continue using the city landfill in 1989.

Three new city police officers were sworn in today by the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety. They are Dan Collins, Gregory Hensley and Jeff Theising.

The North Spencer School Corp. has assigned a three-man committee to discuss proposals made by the St. Meinrad Parish Council concerning the future of St. Meinrad Elementary School.

The water level in Beaver Lake will begin dropping this week. The City of Jasper lowers the lake in the winter to allow lake-side lot owners to make dock repairs and to control unwanted growth in the water by letting the water freeze.

Dec. 14
Thanks to a grant for the Indiana Department of Commerce, the Town of Ferdinand will not have to go into debt to pay for construction of a new sewage treatment plant. A second DOC grant will enable the town to supply utilities to the proposed hotel complex on the south side of town.

Overcrowding is worsening at local elementary schools and grown-ups are embroiled in a tug of war for the solution. As enrollments keep pace with a growing population and state programs such as Primetime keep class sizes small, a critical decision looms on how to solve the crowding. The pinch is especially tight right now at elementary schools in the Southwest Dubois and North Spencer school districts.

Dec. 15
Neighborhood gas stations could begin closing as fast as prices at larger service stations climb. It’s all because of a federal law on underground storage tanks. The fist of the law’s many provisions goes into effect next Thursday. That’s when owners of buried tanks for holding petroleum products or hazardous materials are required to start checking their tanks and making sure they don’t leak. Then, within two years, these same owners will be required to have $1 million in insurance against the threat of spills and their cleanup.

Dec. 16
Nine people have died so far this year on Dubois County roads, the highest number in at least six years.

Dec. 17
The Natural Resources Commission on Friday morning approved the concept of a proposal that would develop a peninsula at Patoka Reservoir into a major recreational center. Patoka Partners, the firm seeking to build a wildlife theme part on Tillery Hill, was given the go-ahead for its proposal by an 8-0 vote.

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