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This is an early picture of the Eckert Mill on the Patoka River. It is a scene prior to 1900, as the addition had not been constructed on the west side of the mill. The iron bridge shown replaced a wooden bridge that crossed the river in pioneer days; this metal bridge was destroyed in 1944 when a truck crashed into the southeast corner of the structure, and the entire frame fell into the river. Until a new concrete bridge could be designed and constructed, the Army loaned the City of Jasper a Bailey Bridge, which rested on the footings of the old bridge. To the right is the small building occupied by coopers, who made the barrels in which the flour manufactured in the mill was shipped to the local and distant markets. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Jan. 24, 1949
Today for the first time the new 5,000-kilowatt turbo generator at the Jasper Municipal Light and Power Plant is supplying part of the current going into the city’s power lines. The new unit was test run Sunday. It is being operated only at about one-fifth of its capacity at this time, it was announced this morning by A.L. Bishop, superintendent of the light plant, but as soon as the city electricians complete the work of connecting the outside circuits to the new switchboard, this one generator will supply all of Jasper’s electric energy. The new turbo generator is housed in a brick and steel building on which construction was begun two years ago. Actual installation of the new generator was started last May. Mr. Bishop said that as soon as all the construction materials have been cleaned away, a date will be set for the public to inspect the power plant.

Letters containing two tickets each for the annual polio dance, formerly called the President’s Ball, to be held Thursday at the Rustic Tavern have been mailed to citizens of Dubois County. It is the hope of the committee in charge that everyone who received them will send in $2, whether they plan to attend the ball or not, because the treasury of the Dubois County Infantile Paralysis Fund has been completely exhausted in caring for about 16 children who were stricken with this disease in recent years.

Jan. 25
As rivers rose rapidly in some portions of southern Indiana today, the Patoka, for some unaccountable reason, was behaving itself rather well and unless more rain falls it appears there will be no serious flood threat in Dubois County. The river fell about an inch Monday night at Dubois while rising 5 inches at Jasper.

Twenty members of the Jasper Chapter Women of the Moose attended the annual College of Regents Conference for this district at Evansville on Sunday.

Jan. 26
Postmaster Albert Rumbach has announced the promotion of Charles J. Reker to the position of superintendent of mails for the Jasper Post Office, effective Jan. 1. This is a new position at the local office authorized by letter to Postmaster Rumbach from Postmaster General Vincent C. Burke dated Dec. 7, 1948. Mr. Reker was senior clerk since the appointment of Claude Beiter as assistant postmaster in 1943. This brings to 22 the complement of supervisory, clerical, city carrier, rural carrier, custodial and regular substitute personnel at the Jasper office.

Jan. 27
Frank J. Seng of Jasper, joint representative for Dubois and Martin counties in the lower house of the State Legislature, has been named chairman of the important House Committee on Cities and Towns.
The trustees of St. Joseph Church met with Rev. Msgr. Leonard Wernsing on Wednesday evening in the Knights of Columbus Hall to discuss the annual financial report and the St. Joseph’s School reconstruction program. One of the highlights of the meeting was the election of seven new trustees. Normally four trustees are retired each year, and four new ones are elected in their place. Because two of the trustees will belong to the new Holy Family parish in Little Kentucky, they also were retired from serving as trustees of St. Joseph’s. The new trustees elected are Simon Ackerman, Gabe Buehler, Edwin Knies, William Kuper, Arnold Marks, Linus Miller and Dominic Schmitt. An additional trustee was elected since four trustees will serve at the 9:30 a.m. Mass in the future instead of three.

Jan. 28
A schoolboy patrol has been established on Seventh Street, in the rear of the west-side public and high school building, to assist the hundreds of additional children now attending classes in the west-side building to cross the street. The patrols are stationed at Seventh and St. John streets and at Seventh and Seymour streets. The school is temporarily being used to educate pupils who normally attend St. Joseph’s School, which recently burned.

Jan. 29
The Huntingburg Hunters blasted a Southern Indiana Athletic Conference foe, the Sullivan Golden Arrows, 72-34, Friday night in Sullivan for their ninth conference victory in 10 starts.

Dubois County agricultural agent C.A. Nicholson is one of three Indiana men who were awarded wristwatches Friday on the final day of the three-day meeting of Indiana turkey growers at Turkey Run State Park. The watches were presented by the turkey division of the Indiana Poultry Association for outstanding work in turkey culture and the promotion of sales ideas to make the public conscious of the fact that turkeys are good to eat year-round and not only at Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Mr. Nicholson and his brother, Bob, operate Persimmon Ridge Turkey Farm in Columbia Township.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Jan. 27, 1964
About 10 acres of marketable Christmas trees on the farm of William J. Elmer, Jasper insurance man, were destroyed when fire swept the field south of the Celestine road Sunday afternoon. Members of the volunteer fire department answered a call for help. Neighbors had the fire pretty well under control by the time the firemen arrived.

The Ferdinand members of the auxiliary to Dubois County Barracks No. 496, World War I Veterans were hostesses for the business meeting and entertainment on Tuesday evening at the American Legion Home in Ferdinand.

Jan. 28
A telegram received this morning by The Daily Herald and signed jointly by Congressman Winfield Denton and Sens. Vance Hartke and Birch Bayh reports that a site has been selected for the new post office building at Holland. It’s the southwest corner of Third and Main streets. Estimated cost is $6,500.

The Ferdinand bowling team captured the Ladies Bowling Tournament recently. Team members were Bernita Berger,  Betty Dick, Juanita Hoffman, Mary Lou Kelley and Marilyn Myers.

Jan. 29
A tuberculosis skin testing program will begin in the Dubois County schools next week, according to Karen Craig, the county public health nurse.

Plans for an addition to Jasper High School moved forward Tuesday with the approval of a lease agreement for the building by the Jasper school board. Since there were no remonstrators appearing at the public hearing Tuesday afternoon, the lease with the Jasper City School Building Corp. was approved. The new building, to be constructed between the present high school and the gymnasium, will double the floor space of the school. Total cost of the project including contingencies, bond fees, etc. will be $720,000. The general contract in the amount of $391,114 was awarded to the Frank Fromme Construction Co.

Jan. 30
Sister Ann Bernice Kuper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kuper of Jasper, has been promoted to the position of mistress of novices at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. For the past three years she has been mistress of postulants. In her new position, she is responsible for the spiritual direction of 75 novices.
An examination for rural carrier for the post office at Jasper will be open for accepting of applications until Feb. 25, it was announced today by the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Two Jasper routes are open. Elmer Himsel retired some months ago as carrier for Rural Rout 1, and his route was taken by Benno Blessinger, leaving R.R. 2 open. The other vacancy, R.R. 5, was created by the death of Gilbert Schwenk.

Twenty-five teachers from Dubois, Martin, Pike and Spencer counties on Saturday concluded a 15-hour course in civil defense adult education in Jasper. Other sessions had been held on the first three nights of the week.

Jan. 31
Dubois County Young Democrats held their annual Rabbit Fest on Thursday night at Calumet Lake pavilion with more than 500 people in attendance. Because of the rabbit shortage this year and the large crowd, the barbecue rabbit was supplemented with barbecue turkey.
Contributions from Psi Iota Xi sorority have equipped the mental health room at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Ten young women, lay and religious, who will graduate from St. Benedict College on May 24 are getting classroom experience as student teachers in grade schools in the area, including St. Ferdinand and St. Henry schools.

Mrs. John L. Eckstein of Jasper has been named Dubois County chairman of the Heart Sunday drive by Georgine Hardwick, who is secretary of the Indiana Heart Association, a member of its board and permanent chairwoman for Dubois County.

Feb. 1
Robert J. Schwinghammer, a native of Jasper, and his family will be featured on NBC’s “Today” program Wednesday. The show is presenting a program on Huntsville, Ala. An aerospace engineer, Schwinghammer is a section chief in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the space flight center in Huntsville. The program will show him at work in the Huntsville arsenal and at home with his family.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Jan. 23, 1989
Two local couples attended a private party at Vice President Dan Quayle’s house Saturday. A. Wayne and Betty Place, Jasper, and Bill and Pat Koch, Santa Claus, said representatives from Quayle’s office telephoned with an invitation while the couples were attending inaugural festivities last week.

The Greater Jasper School Board is scheduled to discuss tonight the merits of a no-smoking policies for its schools and buildings. School board member Ronald Himsel brought up the idea at a school board meeting last year. Board members at the time didn’t jump to endorse the idea.

Jan. 24
More than 20 pilots and other users of the county airport showed their support Monday for retaining Indiana Airmotive Inc. as the airport’s fixed-base operator. The men, most of them attending a meeting of the Dubois County Airport Authority for the first time, applauded when the air board unanimously voted to approve a new contract with Chuck Scales, owner of Indiana Airmotive.

The number of school-age children in Dubois County will decline nearly 25 percent between now and 2020, according to an Indiana University demographer. Jerry McKibben, chief demographer with the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU School of Business, said that the number of children ages 5 to 19 in the county will decline from 9,350 in 1980 to 7,050 in 2020. The figures are based on population projections released last summer by the Indiana Department of Health and the IU research center.

Jan. 25
The entire leadership of the Dubois County Republican Party, including Chairman Don Hayes, is expected to step down March 4. Besides Hayes, who has been chairman for 14 years except for a 15-month period in 1979-80, the leadership consists of Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Burke, who has served for 22 years; Treasurer Ron Kieffner, who has served for 15 years; and Secretary Dolores Boeglin, who has served for a little less than two years. All have announced they will not seek re-election but plan to remain active in local party affairs.

As St. Anthony makes plans to celebrate is quasquicentennial this year, Erwin and Mary Jean Boehm, owners of Hasenour’s Store in St. Anthony, are making other kinds of plans. They want to close the 108-year-old landmark by the end of this month.

Jan. 26
Evansville-area residents told state road planners they don’t deserve stop lights and competitors’ leftovers, just a safe, four-lane route to Indianapolis. More than 350 people listened to state consultants explain how they narrowed north-south road alternatives to the three being studied, one preferred route each in a Jasper, Evansville and Tell City corridor.

Jan. 27
A proposed hotel on U.S. 231 in Dale could have about 80 rooms and be run by a national franchise, Interchange Propertiees Inc. investors group general manager Tom Richardson said Wednesday. But a proposed 60-room hotel near the I-64 exit, in Ferdinand, just six miles east, could make a hotel in Dale less attractive, Richardson said. Ewing Properties is talking with Ferdinand town officials to seek cooperation in building the hotel.

Jan. 28
Jasper native Dean Kunz, 24, is an aerospace technologist employed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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