Looking Back: 2/22

In 1895, when Jasper decided to have a central water supply, it was necessary to have a water tower or reservoir at a high point above the city to have sufficient pressure of water in the mains. This picture gives an idea of the method used to construct the original reservoir at the top of what became known as Rieder’s Hill east of Newton Street north of 15th Street. Five teams of horses were used, one to draw a plow that dug into 8 or 10 inches of clay and shale and the other four to scoop the loosened ground into scrapers and remove it to the wall-like dike that formed the sides of the reservoir. Surveyor George R. Wilson stands beside his instruments in the foreground. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 1949
Jasper Council 1584, Knights of Columbus is once again the home of the state K. of C. basketball champions. The Jasper Kaycees swept through a gruelling four-game schedule, played within a period of 28 hours Saturday and Sunday at Lafayette, to win its second state crown since the tourney began four years ago. The last time the Jasper group won it was in 1947 at Marion. Bernie Hoffman was lead scorer for the Knights with 14 points.

The Dubois County Board of Finance has announced that these banks will serve as depositories for various taxing units of the county: First National Bank of Huntingburg, Dubois County State Bank, German-American Bank and Holland National Bank.

Feb. 22
Duane Stemle, sophomore member of the Jasper High School Debate Team, was named one of the eight top speakers in a nine-team tourney held Saturday at Reitz High School of Evansville. The question being debated was, “Resolved: That the United Nations now be revised into a federal world government.” Duane was upholding the affirmative side of the question along with senior Doriss Kremp.

For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Indiana-Kentucky semipro baseball league will play two successive seasons with the same lineup of teams. At a meeting of league directors at Santa Claus on Sunday afternoon, representatives from all eight clubs that played in the circuit last year were present and asked to retain membership in the league. Consequently the league will again consist of teams from Rockport, Boonville, Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand, Tell City, Cannelton and Evansville (Funkhouser).

Feb. 23
The 8th District American Legion and Auxiliary convention will take place at Ferdinand on Sunday. Charles Albert, commander, and Irene Schneider, president of the auxiliary, announced that both organizations are going to make the 8th District convention they are hosting one that will be well remembered. Each organization will have a meeting in the morning, and a joint session of the auxiliary and Legion will be in the afternoon. It was announced that the 8th District won the membership award for the largest percentage of members in the state as of Feb. 12.

WITZ radio station has announced that it will broadcast the sectional, regional, semifinal and final games of the Indiana High School State Basketball Tournament. George Willeford and Dale Phares will be at the mike. Sponsors will be Victor Specialty Co., the Frigidaire dealer in Jasper; German-American Bank; and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Jasper. Opening games of the Dubois-Pike sectional will be played in the Jasper High School gymnasium Thursday night.

Feb. 24
Beginning next week, claimants for unemployment compensation or veterans readjustment allowances will again report weekly to Employment Security Division offices throughout the state. James R. White, unemployment compensation manager of the division’s Vincennes office, which serves Jasper, Loogootee, Bicknell, Washington and Vincennes, said Wednesday that he has received authorization from the state director to resume taking benefit claims on a weekly basis. Jobless benefit claimants have been registering every two weeks since Aug. 7 of last year. Funds budgeted to the Vincennes division had been slashed to such an extent that it was necessary to reduce operations by laying off personnel, setting up a biweekly reporting schedule and closing part-time offices.

Feb. 25
At their regular meeting Thursday evening in the Dubois County State Bank community room, Jasper’s Izaak Walton League members discussed the possibilities of stocking the Patoka River in the vicinity of Jasper with game fish. Also at the meeting, Ed Lorey, chairman of the ways and means committee of the local chapter, was instructed to get definite figures on the cost of constructing a dam that will convert some of the League’s land holdings between Jasper and Haysville into a 16-acre lake. The chapter owns 80 acres of land about halfway between Jasper and Haysville that is being converted into a recreation area.

Feb. 26
The winner of the Jasper sectional and Dubois-Pike counties’ representative in the Vincennes regional one week from today will be crowned tonight. Four teams — two from Dubois County and two from Pike County — were still in the running when the semifinal round began at 1 o’clock this afternoon. Teams remaining in play are Petersburg, Winslow, Jasper and Huntingburg.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
March 2, 1964
Although Dubois County was not blessed with a sectional champion this year, in many ways the 1964 tournament will go down into the record books as the finest in local history. For one thing, the total paid attendance for the five sessions of the tourney was 31,209. This is only 31 short of the total capacity of Huntingburg’s spacious gym. The “sold out” sign was out for all except one of the sessions (Saturday afternoon).

The Indiana State College newspaper, The Indiana Statesmen, reports that a new radio station has gone into operation on the campus. One of its builders and supervisors is Larry Kieffner, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Kieffner of Jasper.

March 3
A large number of requests for road improvements in the county highway system were heard by the Dubois County Commissioners at the March meeting on Monday. Residents from the vicinity of County Road 600W, north of Duff, appeared in regard to their petition for improvement of this road from Duff to Ireland. The petition originally was filed on Nov. 30, 1957. Another petition was signed by 50 people for the improvement of an existing county road two and a half miles long in Ferdinand Township beginning at State Road 264 and running thence south on county roads 475E, 1000S and 500E to the Ferdinand-St. Meinrad highway. A delegation of members of the Haysville Ruritan Club, the Haysville fire department and other residents of the area appeared before the commissioners in regard to the condition of the Haysville-Portersville road from road 200W to the bridge over Mill Creek, which is unimproved and, according to the petitioners, becomes impassable during wet weather.

March 4
A unique interracial civil rights program was held at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand on Saturday. The program, sponsored by the Oblates of St. Benedict at the college, was held in Kordes Hall. Shirley Teichert of Chicago, a freshman at St. Benedict’s, served as chairman for the event.
Principal E.H. Loehr of Huntingburg today released the financial report on the 1964 sectional tournament held at Huntingburg last week. The total attendance, figured at 5,670 season tickets sold and 2,009 single admissions, was placed at 30,359. Only 408 single-session tickets were available at the ticket windows and these were sold out in about 15 minutes for four of the five sessions. This was only the second year for a 10-team tourney at Huntingburg.

March 5
Ever since last summer the residents of southern Indiana and other areas in the Midwest had been praying for rain. Wednesday they were praying for it to stop. Following the longest drought in the memory of the oldest inhabitants of this area, rain began to fall around Tuesday midnight. On Wednesday, rain of cloudburst proportions fell most of the time and at 5 p.m. Wednesday the rain gauge at the Jasper sewage treatment plant had recorded a total rainfall of 5.18 inches since Tuesday midnight. Wednesday evening a terrific wind followed the rain and blew over outdoor advertising signs and a few TV antennas.

March 6
More than 9,000 member of the Raintree Girl Scout Council will be among the more than 3.5 million Girl Scouts throughout the country celebrating Girl Scout Week from Sunday through March 14. “A Promise in Action” is the theme.

The directors of German-American Bank have elected O. Leo Beckman as president to succeed the late Clem E. Eckstein. Mr. Beckman, who has been working in the bank since 1930, is the fifth president of the financial institution, which was organized in 1910.

March 7
There is a possibility that construction on the relocated State Road 45 between Jasper and Huntingburg may be underway yet this year as preconstruction work on the project moves forward.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Feb. 27, 1989
Simon E. Stemle, author of the column “Square Shootin’” and a former editor of The Herald for 50 years, died Saturday. He was 83. “The area has lost one of the best chroniclers of life and times here,” Jack Rumbach, Herald publisher, said. “We will all miss him and his stories.
Holland’s Don Buse got a chance to cut the nets after the championship game of the Nostalgia Sectional on Saturday. In high school, Buse led Holland to back-to-back sectional titles in 1967 and 1968.

Feb. 28
Huntingburg city officials are continuing to prepare for industrial growth expected to come on the heels of a new industrial bypass planned for the city’s northwest boundary.

A planned expansion of Ireland Elementary School probably won’t be completed in time for the fall 1990 school year as the school district had hoped.

March 1
The fourth annual Shamrock Trot will be held March 12 during the Ireland St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The Talent Seekers Girls and Boys 4-H clubs met Feb. 21 at the St. Anthony School gym. The clubs decided to combine into one club.

In 1987, according to statistics shared by local resident Mike Uebelhor at a recent Huntingburg Kiwanis Club meeting, Indiana University’s Riley Hospital admitted 30 patients from Dubois County and treated 137 inpatients from the county.

March 2
As police continue investigating the arson and students continue meeting in makeshift classrooms that are divided by portable chalkboards, major repair work at Pine Ridge Elementary School may be less than a week away.

German American Bank has leaped the first hurdle in its plan to build a branch office on the southwest corner of Newton and 36th streets in Jasper. The Jasper Plan Commission granted the bank’s request to erase a subdivision planning map drawn in 1951 in order to let the bank draw a new one.

Land sought in Ireland by Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools is worth $66,000, court-appointed appraisers reported Wednesday. That’s more than twice what the school district offered.

March 3
Bids to double the sizes of the overcrowded Ireland and Fifth Street elementary schools came in slightly under estimates Thursday. Eleven companies submitted building, electrical and mechanical bids to Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools at a special board meeting. Low bids showed construction costs will total about $8.7 million.

Huntingburg consumers will see a slight decrease in city gas charges, the city’s gas superintendent said Thursday. In monitoring an ever-changing gas market, Huntingburg has determined that current supply costs warrant passing the decrease on to customers.

A few streets that are outside of the town limits will be considered part of Birdseye as far as the 911 emergency system is concerned. Town board members discussed the expanded boundaries Thursday with Lisa Gehlhausen of the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission.

March 4
Before he became an attorney, retired Jasper resident Howard King was an FBI agent for 26 years in the bureau’s early days. He also traveled the world and country as a deckhand, congressional page, night watchman and private eye.

In Friday night boys basketball action, Jasper High School’s Steve Hoffman scored a career-high 29 points in a 66-46 win over Dubois in the second semifinal game of the Southridge sectional. The Southridge Raiders defeated Perry Central 60-49.

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