Looking Back: 2/1

The steeple of St. Joseph Church in Jasper was constructed in 1904 at a cost of $7,624.53. It was made of steel and slate roof construction with a gold gilded cross at the top. Its design, chosen by Father Basil Heusler and Michael Durlauf, reflects that of the tower of parliament in London. The clock in the tower was installed in the same year at a cost of $1,118. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Jan. 31, 1949
A preliminary survey was made Sunday of the proposed lake site of the Jasper chapter of the Isaak Walton League of America. The survey was made by Ed Lorey, chairman of the group’s ways and means committee, and 12 other members. Another survey will be made and estimates received on the construction of one large dam or two small dams on the site.

Arnold Eckerle, commander of Jasper Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars, received from Mrs. Adam Bonifer, president of the post’s auxiliary unit, a check for $200 that the auxiliary members donated to help defray the cost of constructing a recreation room under the VFW building. The check was presented at the time the new recreation room was formally opened Thursday evening.

Feb. 1
The casket bearing the remains of Pvt. Arnold Steffe arrived by train in Huntingburg at 12:55 this afternoon. The train was met by members of local veterans organizations, who escorted the remains to Becher & Son Mortuary. Pvt. Steffe was fatally wounded in action at Vacha, Germany, on March 31, 1945. He was 18 years old. Following his death, he was buried in the U.S. military cemetery at Butzback, Germany.

Plans for the new National Guard unit in Jasper and procurement of personnel for the unit is progressing satisfactorily, it was revealed Sunday night at a meeting of the unit’s officers with officials of the state organization. Officers for the unit have been chosen and a lease completed for the use of part of Providence Home, formerly Jasper Academy, as a temporary site until a permanent armory can be erected.

Feb. 2
After an all-day session Tuesday in Chicago, in which plans for the Dubois County Memorial Hospital were ironed out, Walter Sholer, architect, gave assurance that ground would be broken well in advance of the June 30 deadline. Participating in the conference were representatives of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association, mothers of the order of the Little Company of Mary, which will be in charge of the administration of the hospital, the order’s consulting architect, Mr. Sholer, and his consulting engineer.

The management of the Astra Theatre announced today that there will be a matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday of the Walt Disney feature “So Dear to my Heart.” Along with this will be a short of special interest to children, “Pal’s Adventure,” a drama starring Flame the Wonder Dog. An added short at the Astra on Sunday and Monday is “City of Little Men,” featuring the famous Boys Town.
The Tell City Marksmen handed the Huntingburg Hunters a 55-47 setback before a capacity crowd in Huntingburg’s gym Tuesday night. The loss was the first to be handed to the Hunters thus far this season on their home court.

Feb. 3
Coach Roy Allen’s Ireland Spuds poured in 35 field goals Wednesday night at Otwell to bury Alfordsville High School’s basketball team under a barrage of buckets, 72-21. The red-hot Spuds apparently couldn’t miss and even after the reserves took over about midway in the final half the score kept mounting. Mel Schitter set the pace with 20 points on 10 fielders while Ferdie Weyer added 11.

The Enos Coals of Oakland City rolled to a 78-54 triumph over the Jasper Legion team Wednesday night in the feature attraction of the Jasper Jaycees’ March of Dimes benefit program. Bernie Hoffman, a former Jasper High School player, netted 10 points. The fans got in their laughs in the first game as the Porkers, the 200-and-over set, came from behind in the final half to edge the Kiwanis, 25-21. Mauri Gutgsell’s four baskets headed the Porkers’ attack while Ally Sermersheim, John Uland and Brute Hoffman each had two buckets.

Feb. 4
Officials from Indianapolis and Evansville were in Jasper Thursday and expressed complete satisfaction on the progress of the forthcoming National Guard unit in Jasper. The local officers and enlisted men recently signed up were given verbal approval and their records processed by the inspecting officials.

The Veterans in Agriculture training program has been resumed in Jasper and a new class is slated to begin Monday in Birdseye, it was announced today. The Jasper class was interrupted for about a month following the death of Herbert Eckert, who taught the course. The class will now be taught by Herbert Webb of Moorehead, Ky., who was in charge of the class in 1947 before Mr. Eckert took over in 1948. Twenty-seven Dubois County veterans are enrolled in the Jasper class. The class at Birdseye will begin with 25 members Monday in Birdseye High School. Franklin Dawson will be the teacher.

Feb. 5
Coach Jim Beers’ Huntingburg Hunters came through with blistering third and fourth quarters to gain a 57-52 victory over Central’s Golden Bears and at the same time broke a four-year jinx on the Central floor. The victory over the bears Friday night should simplify the figuring of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference standing for the year as it pushed the Hunters into an eight-point lead over the next-in-line Central Bears.

The March of Sports event sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees on Wednesday night added another $98 to the polio fund for the Dubois County Chapter, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Feb. 3, 1964
The Jasper Civitan Club this week joins with Civitan International in sponsoring International Clergy Week.

Robert H. Menke of Huntingburg, of DuCrafts Inc., left Friday from Louisville for South America in company with a group of Louisville business representatives who are making the trip to study South American ways while on what they call a Kentucky trade mission to that country. Mr. Menke’s knowledge of Spanish, which he studied while in Spain this past summer, will be a big help to the group, which is headed by Louisville Mayor William O. Cowger.

Local turkey growers Paul Himsel, Urban Hopf, Romuald Mundy, Sylvester Rasche, Fred Roeder, John Rudolph, Denzel Russell and David Stewart are pictured in an ad for Purina.

Feb. 4
Raintree Girl Scout Council’s annual cookie sale will get underway Feb. 7 when nearly 5,000 junior, cadette and senior Scouts begin taking advance orders for cookies.

John Garrett, Huntingburg postmaster, announced today that there will be limited mail service Saturday, Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

Feb. 5
Siefried Wylucki of Huntingburg became a citizen of the United States on Tuesday along with eight other southern Indiana residents in naturalization ceremonies conducted by U.S. District Court Judge S. Hugh Dillon in Evansville. Mr. Siefried moved to the United States in 1956. He and his wife, Margret, are from Bielefeld, Germany.

Feb. 6
The community of St. Anthony is bustling with activity in anticipation of the coming celebration of the town’s centennial Sept. 10 to 12. The celebration will be held on the community center grounds, on which a new building is nearing completion.

Trustees for four Dubois County townships, together with members of their advisory boards, met Wednesday night at Dubois High School and passed a resolution advocating the consolidation of the school administrations in the four townships: Columbia, Hall, Harbison and Marion. The officials of the four townships plan the continued operation of grade schools at Dubois, Celestine, Cuzco and Haysville under the consolidated administration.

Feb. 7
Principal Walter Stutz of Jasper High School has been notified that James K. Binkley, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.K. Binkley, has advanced from semifinalist to finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program as a result of his College Board scholastic aptitude test scores. This is a distinction won by approximately one-half of 1 percent of the secondary school seniors in the nation.

The management of the Family Drive In Theatre along the highway south of Jasper announced this morning that the outdoor theater will open for the season Saturday for weekend shows only, weather permitting. Shows automatically will be canceled on any evening that the temperature drops below 25 by 5 p.m. or in the event heavy snow is falling or already has accumulated by 5 p.m.

Feb. 8
A Dubois County couple appeared Friday morning before U.S. District Court Judge S. Hugh Dillin in Evansville for sentencing after being found guilty Thursday afternoon on moonshining charges in a federal court trial.

As a dental health project, the Future Nurses Club of Jasper High School has launched a campaign to induce the students to eat more of the fruit of which it is said that one a day keeps the doctor away. Each school day during February the future nurses will offer apples for sale to the students.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Jan. 30, 1989
Area legislators expressed doubts Saturday that a direct route to Indianapolis will ever be built. Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, said consultants’ recommendations have divided southern Indiana, and Rep. Dennis Heeke, D-Dubois, doesn’t know how any route could ever be paid for. These two legislators were joined by others at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s first legislative breakfast of 1989 held at the Holiday Inn in Jasper.

Jan. 31
The Alaskan cold kept former Ferdinand resident Greg Gehlhausen bundled up until Monday in a small North Slope Eskimo village where he worked on a construction project. With a temperature of minus 40 degrees — before the windchill was factored in — it was too cold for a plane to fly into Nuigsut Village, said Gehlhausen, 38. In North Pole Alaska, the temper=ature was minus 55 degrees this morning, said Becki Traylor, 26, an Alaskan native and wife of former Jasper resident Scott Traylor. The temperature in Anchorage is improving, said Kandi Wade, Gehlhausen’s sister, who moved to Alaska with her husband in 1982. She is formerly from Ferdinand and Santa Claus.

Feb. 1
A deal selling St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg to residents of Dubois and surrounding counties should be finalized in the next two to three weeks. Half of the 200 residents calling themselves Southwest Indiana Regional Health Center Inc. gathered Tuesday at Southridge High School’s auditorium to learn how the deal is proceeding and elect their first board of directors. Huntingburg attorney Bill Lett was elected the group’s chairman.

Feb. 2
The Jasper Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday approved building the city’s planned $17 million sewage-treatment plant inside the Patoka River flood plain.

Two longtime members of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department resigned recently, Fire Chief Marvin Boeglin said. Former safety officer Kenny Lewis, a 33-year department veteran, and former first assistant chief Don Patberg, a 21-year department veteran, have hung up their water nozzles.

Feb. 3
Huntingburg’s water superintendent says he’ll recommend Monday that councilmen lessen restrictions on water usage. Water Superintendent Loma Hartke told utility board members Thursday that there are two reasons for the upcoming recommendations: The city’s improved connection to Patoka Reservoir’s water is completed, and water levels at City Lake continue to rise.

Unemployment doubled in Dubois County in December, leaving 700 more workers unemployed. Holiday closings and the normal mid-December manufacturing slowdown sent the county jobless rate up to 6.4 percent, the Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services reported today. Dubois County dropped from its position as the county with the third-lowest jobless rate in November to 39th in December.

Heather Himsel, 17, is representing Dubois County in the Indiana Junior Miss Program this week in Frankfort.

Feb. 4
Architect Ed Yarbrough gave his general contractors a clear blueprint for Friday night’s project: Control the tempo with a patient offense; don’t give up easy baskets in the paint; and rebound, rebound, rebound. Like master builders, the Jasper Wildcats followed all three phases of the schematic with only brief lost-time accidents, and built a solid 66-60 win over Evansville Bosse.

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