Looking Back: 12/29

Jasper Nursing Center resident Alva Baer is the center of attention as he tries to finish off a glazed doughnut without using his hands. The game was part of Christmas-time activity at the Jasper Nursing Center 25 years ago. It was put on with help from the Health Occupation Students of America class at Jasper High School. At left is the nursing center’s administrator and doughnut-eating competitor, Don Brewer. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published Dec. 17, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
December 28, 1953

From the HARK THE HERALD column: The current issue of “Automobile Club News”, published by the Automobile Club of Southern Indiana, local affiliate of the American Automobile Association, approvingly calls attention to the fact that the State will provide new license plates this year instead of merely a tab to attach to the old ones to show that the current year’s fee has been paid. The News says: “Indiana’s motorists are pleased that for the first time in several years they are able to display new license plates. “Since 1951 they received tabs which they were required to attach to worn out plates. They paid the same fee for the tabs as they did for regular plates and most felt they had been “short changed.” 

December 29

President Franklin Mundy and other recently-elected officers of the Huntingburg Y. M. I. were installed Monday night. The new president succeeds George Matthews, who had held the office for the past two years. Mr. Mundy has been first vice-president, second vice-president and recording secretary. He also served as manager of a winning softball team since 1942. As manager, his teams have won six city titles, two sectionals and two regionals. “Red” is 38 years old and the father of three children. He has been a member of the Y. M. I. since 1933. Other officers installed last night include: Rev. Alfred Baltz, re-elected chaplain; “Mike’ Wahl, first vice; Ralph Lindauer, second vice; Carl Gunselman, recording secretary; George Horney, financial secretary; Felix Sermersheim, treasurer; Wallace Frick, marshal; James Gunselman, inside sentinel; and Ed Klee, outside counsel.   

December 30

The first stroke of business in the new year for some of the 1,200 farmers in 10 southwestern Indiana counties was to pay off the last of the government capital  and thus become the sole and complete owners of their own short-term credit co-operative--The Huntingburg Production Credit Assosciation. Achievement of this 20-year objective came with the delivery of the association’s check for $70,000 to the Production Credit Corp. of Louisville, for the purpose of retiring the last of the capital stock purchased by the government to help the association get started. At one time the government capital amounted to $220,000.

Bob Roberson, 5-foot-11 junior forward of the Birdseye Yellow Jackets, scored 49 points--probably an all-time record for Dubois County-- in a losing cause against Oil Township’s Oilers last night in the holiday tourney at English. Birdseye lost in the last quarter to the Oilers, 70-67, but the Birdseye’s sharpshooter’s feat left the folks talking wherever they heard of it. He hit 14 field goals and 21 free throws.

December 31

The Huntingburg and Jasper Kiwanis Clubs have installed their new presidents who will begin their duties in their respective organizations next week. In Jasper, Bob Gramelspacher will succeed Willis Haag in the top position. The new president, who has been a member of the Jasper club for five years, is associated in business with the Jasper Veneer Mills and Gramelspacher Farms, Inc. He is married and the father of two children. Dr. John W. Bretz has resumed the leadership responsibilities of the Huntingburg club. Dr. Bretz is a practicing physician and surgeon in Huntingburg and has been active in all Kiwanis affairs. He is married and has three children. Dr. Bretz succeeds Dr. Bob Rehl in the presidency.   

January 1, 1954

New Year’s Day, no paper.

January 2

One of Dubois county’s oldest residents died on New Year’s Day. She was Mrs. Julia Cox, 90, wife of Cy Cox of Portersville. Mrs. Cox died at 10:30 yesterday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Willa Rudolph of Boonville, where she was taken five days previously. She had been in failing health for some time. Mrs. Cox served as the Portersville correspondent for the Jasper Herald, and later the Dubois County Daily Herald, since the Jasper Herald was founded in 1895. Before that, she was correspondent for the Jasper Courier. Her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Wiscaver, took over this work in March of 1952. Mrs. Cox and her husband observed their 70th wedding anniversary last September 12. She was one of a family of 11 children, and was the last survivor of the large family. Her parents (Henry and Mary Frankenberger Breidenbaugh) were natives of Germany.   

50 Years Ago
December 30, 1968

Mrs. Leon Fleck, manager of the Dubois County Auto License Branch in Jasper, said today that the 1969 auto registration forms will not be required in order to purchase license plates for the coming year. Mrs. Fleck said that all registrations were destroyed by fire some time ago, and many have not yet been replaced. She said many motorists in the county, particularly in the Ferdinand area, have not yet received their registrations. She asked that these motorists come into the license branch and have a new registration made out at the time they purchase their plates. 

December 31

An examination for Postmaster at Dubois, $7,286 a year, will be open for acceptance of applications until January 21, the U. S. Civil Service Commission announced today. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, politics, or any other non-merit factor. Complete information about the examination requirements and instructions for filing application may be obtained at the post office for which this application is being announced. Application forms must be filed with the U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C., 20415, and must be received or postmarked not later than the closing date.   

January 1, 1969    

New Year’s Day, no paper.

January 2

Pictured on the Sports page of this issue is the Ferdinand grade school basketball team. They recently won the annual St. Meinrad tourney with victories over Clay Huff and St. Meinrad. Members of the winning team include: Eddie Roos, Tim Weyer, Bernie Hagedorn, Keith Uebelhor, Rod Zink, Duane Meyer, Paul Wahl, Jeff Weyer, Jim Meyer, Ronnie Weyer, Ray Mehling, Kevin Fehribach, Pat Kippenbrock, and Coach Bill Hagedorn. Ferdinand beat Clay Huff (of Spencer County) by a score of 55 to 23. They then defeated St. Meinrad 48-26.

January 3

At the first official school board meeting of the reorganized schools in northwest Dubois County held Thursday afternoon, Walter W. Stutz was appointed superintendent for the new district. The board also officially designated the name of the newly-formed school corporation as Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools. Officers elected at the initial meeting include: Philip E. Buecher, president; R. Thomas Kellams, vice-president; and Paul E. Nonte, secretary. Buecher and Nonte are board appointees of the Jasper City Council while Kellams represents Madison Township. Elmer Hunefeld was appointed treasurer of the corporation and Louis Wuchner was named deputy treasurer. As required by state law, A Board of Finance of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, comprised of members of the school board, also was organized. Urban A. Pfeffer, representative of Bainbridge Township, was elected president and Glenn E. Voelkel, Boone Township representative, was chosen secretary.

January 4

Dedication ceremonies at the new St. Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg will take place Monday with the public portion of the program to get under way at 3 p.m. An open house, with guided tours, will conclude the event. The public program will feature the unveiling of the marble statue of St. Joseph, the hospital’s patron saint, and the sealing of the cornerstone. Bishop Paul F. Leibold of the Evansville Diocese, who will be the principal celebrant at a private Dedication Mass in the morning, will also address the public afternoon ceremony. The private ceremonies get under way with a Mass at 10:30 in the morning. The new $3 million hospital, located on 30 acres of ground in the northwest section of Huntingburg, has been under construction for more than 2 years. 

25 Years Ago
December 27, 1993

Contributions of the $5.1 million campaign for the renovation of St. Benedict Hall at the Monastery of Immaculate Conception recently passed the $3.5 million mark. The project is upgrading the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems in the six-story complex of bedrooms, an infirmary, a kitchen and dining area, two libraries, a bakery and a print shop. Fire safety improvements, including enclosed stairwells and a sprinkler system, are included.   

December 28

After 17 years on Ferdinand’s police force, Jerry Durlauf is retiring in a few days. Although this is his last week, Durlauf isn’t turning his badge in permanently or hanging up his guns just yet. He is staying on part time until April while another officer is serving with the Marine reserves and will be available to fill in as needed after then. Durlauf, 65, is also certified through 1995 as the police department’s firearms instructor. Durlauf was a Ferdinand firefighter for nine years before joining the police. “That’s 26 years of service for the town,” he says. When he joined the department in November of 1976, it was just him and Chief Norman Lueken, Durlauf says. The town now has nine officers and four police cars. Durlauf and his wife, the former Ruth Becher, won’t just be sitting around the house during retirement. “I collect guns and military items from the Civil War on up,” he says. “I go to gun shows and flea markets all over the area. “I also plan to hunt, fish and just travel.”

December 29

Andrew J. Smith, a senior at Jasper High School, has been named the school’s Sylvan Scholar as the winner of the Centruy III Leaders competition. The runner-up was Shawn Nigg. Smith, 18, is now eligible to compete with other local Sylvan Scholars from around the state for one of two $1,000 college scholarships and an all-expense paid trip to the National Century III Leaders Conference this spring to Baltimore, MD. Smith is the son of Francis and Martha Smith of 1924 W. State Road 56, Jasper. Nigg is the son of Thomas and Norita Nigg of 3203 Howard Drive. 

December 30

The man who rescued the Southwest School District from a budget crisis and spearheaded the planned revamping of its elementary schools, lost his long battle with cancer Wednesday. Larry Dugle, 60, the Southwest’s superintendent, passed away at 12:30 p.m. at his home. Dugle took over for Dick Cochren, who resigned, in October of 1990, the same month his battle with cancer began. Dugle was a Mason, an avid golfer and a member of the Huntingburg Kiwanis and the Salem United Church of Christ. He graduated from Hanover College and began his 30-year career in education at Dupont High School as a teacher and varsity basketball coach. He received his master’s degree from Indiana University. He came to Dubois County from the Madison Consolidated Schools, where he was the assistant superintendent.    

December 31

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Martina “Mattie” Zoll, who is shown dancing at her birthday party at the Jasper Nursing Center. She had reason to celebrate Thursday since she turns 100 years old today. Born New Year’s Eve of 1893, Mattie grew up on a small farm about two miles outside Tell City, where she lived until about ten years ago. Mattie never married. She also never drove a car, and usually stayed close to home. Mattie credits her longevity more to hard work than anything else.   

Beth (Schultheis) Burger has joined the law firm of Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn. Burger is one of four new associate attorneys to join the firm. Burger, a native of Jasper, is a 1993 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law.  She was graduated from the University of Evansville in 1990, and was a 1986 graduate of JHS.   

Jeremy K. Lee has been named a police officer by the Jasper Police Department. His first day in the position was Sunday. Lee, 23, is a 1989 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. He graduated from Vincennes University in 1991 with an associate degree in law enforcement.

January 1, 1994

New Year’s Day, no paper. 

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