Looking Back: 12/28

Edward A. Hochgesang built a brewery on the acre lot known as Jasper Memorial Park, the current location of Jasper Public Library. He married Cecelia Habig in 1862. After Hochgesang died, his widow sold the brewery to her brother Anton Habig and Martin Eckstein in 1894. Habig said in an interview in 1933, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, that the plant manufactured about 1,800 barrels of beer a year. This photo was taken in about 1915. Pictured are Anton Habig, left, John J. Sermersheim, John Gier, Joseph Schneider, Frank Habig and Edward Habig. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1948
An inspection of the Dubois County Home on R. 5, Jasper, near Ireland, was made for the State Department of Public Welfare on Nov. 19 by Russell E. Goodrich, institutional inspector. Mr. Goodrich was accompanied byMatilda Merkley, matron. Mrs. Merkley’s husband, Othmar, is the superintendent of the home. There are currently 14 residents in the home. The population includes 11n men and three women. County commissioners have fixed $7.50 as the weekly charge to be made for care and maintenance of residents. Two residents pay part of this sum from their own resources. The nine residents who are 65 or older receive Old Age Assistance awards.

Dec. 28
Katherine Smith, national head of the Women of the Moose organization, visited the local chapter Monday evening. Hosting Miss Smith were the officers of Jasper Chapter 955: Mrs. Leon Jones; Mrs. Maurice Seng; Mrs. Robert F. McDaniel, senior regent of the Jasper chapter; Miss Viola Singer; Mrs. “Chick” Berg and Mrs. Louis Giesler.

Ed Lorey, owner of Calumet Lake, this morning issued a warning to parents to caution their children against skating on Calumet Lake. The low temperatures prevailing over the weekend put a smooth layer of ice on the lake and skating was fine. But now that the temperature is rising, the ice is unsafe, Mr. Lorey points out. He said his repeated warnings have failed to make the small fry stay off the ice, and he fears that somebody is going to break through the ice and drown in the deep water of the lake.

Charity is the chief beneficiary as former Jasper High School stars are pitted against one another in the JHS gymnasium Wednesday night. Proceeds of the event will go the Jasper American Legion’s Forty and Eight fund for furthering nurses’ training. C.U. Gramelspacher, chef de gare of the local voiture, said this morning that the Forty and Eight in Indiana is aiding the training of 97 nurses in the state. The local group is sponsoring several trainees but wants to widen its scope. Gene Kunz and Chick Alles, co-managers of the Legion squad, are busy lining up the college boys as opposition. The college club will be picked from among the following: Mickey Sermersheim and Jim Fritch of Georgia Tech; Jack Heltman of Vanderbilt; George Hoffman of Memphis State; Cliff Mehrtens and Al Graehler of Mississippi U.; Tom Habig of Tulane; Tom Bohnert of Marquette; Ants Hoffman of Indianapolis and Willie Wuchner of Elmhurst. The Legion team itself is loaded with former Wildcat stars. Besides Kunz and Alles there are Romie Pfeffer, now attending school in Montana, Junie Beiter, Slick Elliott, Jack Newton, Tom Hoffman, Tom Sermersheim and Frank Vonderschmitt. In addition, Ted Uland, a former Vincennes star, is a member of the Legion squad. Admission will not be charged for the game but containers will be passed through the crowd for donations to the Forty and Eight nurses’ training fund.

Dec. 29
There will be only two new faces in the public offices of Dubois County and the 57th Judicial Circuit come Jan. 1. Present holders of most offices were either re-elected or their terms do not expire until the end of 1950. The two officers who will begin Jan. 1 to serve their first terms are Wm. M. Cox, prosecuting attorney of the 57th Judicial Circuit, consisting of Dubois and Martin counties, and Jerome W. Schneider, county surveyor.

The Holland Dutchmen served notice today that they are to be reckoned with in the new year following their triumph Tuesday in the Oakland City holiday tourney. Coach Lowell McGlothlin’s Dutchmen provided plenty of excitement for tourney spectators as they first edged the Lynnville Lindies in the afternoon, 37-35, and then came from behind to take the championship from the Cannelton Bulldogs in the evening, 50-46.

Dec. 30
Edgar E. Hoffman of Portersville has trapped 33 foxes since Nov. 15. One was a gray; the others were red foxes. Hoffman has been trapping for the past 10 years; last year his total bag of foxes was 35. This year’s pelts are being displayed at the Geo. P. Wagner Implement Co.
The West Side Market on West Ninth Street, known for many years as the Merkley Grocery, has been purchased from Herberty Mehne by Cyril “Skip” Mehringer, his brother, Dennis A. Mehringer, and their brother-in-law, Jerome “Chuck” Klein. The three-way partnership will operate the business under the name of the Mehringer Food Store. Dennis A. Mehringer will serve as manager; Harold Meyer will serve as meat cutter.

Postmaster Albert Rumbach of Jasper is calling attention to the increase in postal rates that become effective at midnight Jan. 1. The rate on domestic first-class mail remains unchanged; that is, the rate of 3 cents per ounce or fraction thereof on letters and of 1 cent for postcards will continue. The rate on domestic airmail, however, is increased from 5 cents to 6 cents, while postcards sent by airmail will be 4 cents.

Dec. 31
A spot check by the Herald of clubs and dance halls in the county indicate that all are expecting jammed houses for tonight’s New Year’s Eve parties.

Alfred Bartelt of Huntingburg is one of three former Purdue University agriculture students who have qualified for the agriculture department’s Hall of Fame by winning the Purdue Ag Award for the fifth time. He has won numerous awards in farm exhibit displays in recent years and is recognized as one of Dubois County’s outstanding young farmers.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1963
Swearing-in ceremonies will be held in four Dubois County communities Wednesday, New Year’s Day, as newly elected and hold-over public officials assume the duties of their offices for 1964. At Jasper, Jack E. Newton will take the oath of office as mayor, the first Republican in the history of the city to do so.

Many Jasper retail stores will remain closed all day Thursday of this week, following the New Year’s Day holiday Wednesday, it was announced today by Vernon Welp, president of the retail division of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. At least 20 stores have informed the retail division that they will be closed all day Jan. 2. The same stores also were closed the day after Christmas.

Dec. 31
Under the heading of “You’re on, boys,” an editorial cartoon depicts Jasper Mayor Jack Newton and Huntingburg Mayor Dale Helmerich as New Year’s babies being pushed forward by Father Time.
Attractive invitations have been issued by the Huntingburg Study Club for the 25th anniversary of the club’s organization. The event will be observed Jan. 9 with an evening dinner at the Huntingburg Country Club.

The annual district meeting for District 27 of the Kyana Milk Producers Cooperative will be at 10 a.m. next Tuesday at the American Legion Home in Huntingburg, according to Roscoe Ring, district director. The meeting agenda will include an illustrated report on the milk business in general during the past year, with particular emphasis on Kyana operations. District 27 includes Dubois County and a portion of Spencer County.

Right Rev. John N. Dudine, a native of Schnellville who is pastor of the Archdiocese of Louisville, gave the dedication prayer when the new John Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky was dedicated in December.

Jan. 1, 1964
New Year’s Day

Jan. 2
The first baby to be born in Dubois County in 1964 is a 6-pound, 3-ounce boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Voelkel, R. 1, Huntingburg, at 1:25 a.m. Jan. 1 in Stork Memorial Hospital. The first baby to be born on New Year’s Day in Memorial Hospital in Jasper is a 6-pound, 15-ounce daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Fehribach of Fine Street in Jasper at 2:38 a.m.

Jan. 3
Earl F. Buechler, county superintendent of schools, has rated inclusion in “Who’s Who In American Education.”

Huntingburg Mayor Dale Helmerich opened the first 1964 meeting of the city’s board of public works Thursday with prayer. He announced that all future meetings of the board, as well as the city council, would be opened with prayer, each member taking his turn in offering it.”©

Jan. 4
Ferdinand, Holland and Birdseye ushered in the 1964 portion of their basketball schedules with victories Friday night while Dubois lost to Loogootee.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Dec. 26, 1988
Christmas observed, no paper

Dec. 27
Fees to dump in the Jasper landfill will go up in January to help pay future costs to close it. The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety approved closing-cost surcharges this morning to add to the regular dumping fees. Costs to close the landfill, which is expected to fill in about six years, have been estimated at $250,000. City residents will pay $1 to dispose of a pickup truck load, $3 for a straight truck, $4 for a tractor trailer and $8 for a compactor truck. Nonresidents will pay twice the resident fee.

Two Jasper police officers were promoted this morning in the wake of the retirement of second-in-command Lt. Jim Matheis. Sgt. Richard “Pete” Rasche, a 24-year veteran on the department, was promoted to the newly created position of assistant police chief, and officer James P. Weisheit was promoted to sergeant to fill Rasche’s vacancy.

Dec. 28
The morning’s rain, sleet, snow and freezing rain extended from Indiana over Kentucky today and won’t go away until next year. Accumulation locally was 1 to 3 inches. Weather conditions were a sharp turnaround from Tuesday’s warm temperatures of near 60.

At a year-end meeting Tuesday, the Ferdinand Town Board signed contracts for the construction of a sewage treatment plant and the purchase of a sludge truck.

Dec. 29
When outsiders look at Dubois County as a site for a new business, they’re sure to like two things they see: a growing labor force and low taxes. But they’re also sure to be discouraged by sewage and trash problems and a lack of identified sites where new plants can be built. Other aspects of the area might be viewed as strengths or weaknesses — depending on who is looking. That’s how two outside analysts see Dubois County. Mark L. Akers, vice president of the Indiana National Business Development Corp., and Morton J. Marcus, director of the Indiana Business Research Center, recently shared their views with The Herald in separate interviews.

The strike of seven warehouse workers at S.S. Transfer in Huntingburg continues. The strike began Oct. 21.

The City of Huntingburg’s wastewater department received a letter of honorable mention from the Indiana Water Pollution Control Association for the 1988 Municipal Laboratory Award for the city’s “excellent work done in developing an outstanding laboratory program.”

Members of the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety voted Wednesday to be more tolerant of false alarms. Instead of one free false alarm, the city will respond to three at any single location before charging for the cost of sending men and equipment. The city wants to encourage the installation of fire and police alarm systems but still wants to make their owners responsible for faulty systems and employee errors, Mayor Connie Nass said.

Dec. 30
More water from Patoka Reservoir could be on tap in Huntingburg in two weeks. Peyronin Construction of Evansville is just about finished with work connecting the city’s east-side water tower to a water transmission line from Patoka, entering Huntingburg near the city park.

Dec. 31
“1988 In Review” includes as highlights: St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg was sold by the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand to a group of local owners calling themselves the Southwest Regional health Center; 1981 Heritage Hills High School graduate Terry Brahm competed in the 5,000-meter race in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea; the county’s economic development income tax went into effect in July; and Kimball International was named to the Fortune 500 list for the first time.

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