Looking Back: 2/23

Photo courtesy of John Fierst
This residence of Dr. John P. and Margaret Salb on East Sixth Street in Jasper was built in 1900 by the physician. Dr. Salb graduated from the Medical College of Indiana at Indianapolis in 1880 and set up practice in Schnellville, where he met and married Margaret Betz. In 1885 the couple moved to Jasper where, in addition to his medical practice, Dr. Salb ran a drugstore for a number of years. For many years, the house served as the home of the local Moose Lodge. The site is now occupied by the City of Jasper police and fire stations. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

65 Years ago
Feb. 23, 1948

Numerous minor traffic accidents occurred in Dubois County over the weekend as the result of ice and snow on the highways. One of the heaviest snowfalls of the season occurred Saturday morning. There were no serious accidents, and most of the damage was confined to marcelled fenders.

Jasper Council 1584’s defending Knights of Columbus basketball champions were unsuccessful in their bid for state honors in Lafayette, dropping to a youthful Notre Dame council team, 47-41. Inclement weather left coach Jim Alles with but five players willing to brave the hazardous roads to make the trip.

Atomic Bomb and The Volcano, outstanding show horses owned by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ruxer of Jasper, scored a near-clean sweep in the Orange Bowl horse show in Miami, Fla., over the weekend. The two horses walked off with four trophies, four blue ribbons and a reserve championship. Atomic Bomb, whom the Ruxers purchased right after Christmas, took first in the three-gaited amateur class and first in the over-15-2 three-gaited stake and then copped the reserve championship in the grand championship stake. The Volcano, who has been in the Ruxer string for a number of years, won first place in the stallion and gelding five-gaited class and was named grand champion five-gaited horse of the show. The jockey for all but one race was Tom Pigue of Tennessee; for the three-gaited amateur race, owner Alvin Ruxer was up on Atomic Bomb.

Feb. 24
Members of the Dubois County Medical Society have been invited to attend a program of graduate education that opens at Evansville College on Thursday. The program is being presented by the Vanderburgh County Medical Society and the Indiana University School of Medicine in cooperation with Evansville College and the Indiana State Medical Association. The purpose of the program is to bring to physicians already in practice the newest developments in medicine.

Feb. 25
Father Joseph Wieczorek, who served as chaplain with the Polish Army for three years, has arrived in Jasper to serve as assistant to Father Alexander, head of the Providence Home. On Tuesday he made application for his U. S. citizenship papers in the office of County Clerk S.A. Berger.
Robert Haas, a radio operator at the Jasper State Police Post, is attending a refresher school at the department’s Indianapolis headquarters this week. Odes King, another operator, attended the school last week.

Feb. 26
Anna Schultz of Huntingburg, executive secretary of the Dubois County Chapter, American Red Cross, has announced that Dubois County’s goal for the March drive has been set at $3,040.

Feb. 27
The Central Bears retained the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference basketball crown for 1948, according to unofficial figures released this morning by Jimmy Fraser, Evansville sports scribe. According to Fraser’s figures, Jasper rated 46 points to stand third in line after Princeton, thus keeping intact the Wildcats’ record of never finishing conference play under third position.

Feb. 28
Everything went off “according to form” in Friday night’s three-game session of the Dubois-Pike sectional as Stendal, Spurgeon and Huntingburg joined Jasper’s Wildcats in this afternoon’s semifinal round. Huntingburg clocked the big score so far in the tourney in beating Otwell, 66-43.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1963

Jimmy Klein hit another home run for the Wildcats Friday night at Bedford as Jasper squeezed out a thrilling 54-52 decision over the Stonecutters. The 5-8 senior guard of the Felines bombed in a long shot from just over the 10-second line near midcourt that hit nothing but the bottom of the nets. The “home run” came with just two seconds left in the game and it broke up a 52-all deadlock. The victory enabled the Wildcats to finish the regular season with a 10-10 slate in overall play and a 7-8 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference record.

Rev. Fred W. Fielder, who came to Jasper in March of last year to organize the Redeemer Lutheran congregation, will leave with his family next week for Batesville, where the minister has accepted a call to become pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Ronald E. Schoo, who has been serving as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batesville, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran. He and his family will arrive in Jasper sometime next week.

Feb. 25
After 32 years of operation at 112 W. Fifth St., the Jasper Herald Co. has moved its facilities to new quarters in the block between Fourth and Fifth streets on Mill Street. With the announcement of the change of location, it was also announced today that the commercial printing division of the operation has been separated from the newspaper publication division. The newspaper is being produced in the brick building at Fourth and Mill streets, while the commercial printing division is located in the adjacent building with a separate new office of its own at Fifth and Mill streets. At the same time, formation of a new corporation, Herald Printing Inc., was announced. This firm will produce the commercial printing and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Jasper Herald Co., which publishes The Daily Herald.

Feb. 26
John Sturm, a member of Post 182 at Jasper, has been elected vice chairman of the Explorer Cabinet for the Buffalo Trace Boy Scout Council. A junior at Jasper High School, he was secretary last year for the Lincoln Trails District Explorer Cabinet and is working toward an Eagle award. The Explorer Cabinet for Buffalo Trace Council coordinates activities of Explorer Scouts throughout the council area, which covers southwestern Indiana and part of Illinois.

Feb. 27
Approximately 2,000 single-session tickets for the Huntingburg sectional tournament will be placed on sale at 6 o’clock this evening at the ticket windows of the Huntingburg gymnasium, according to Robert Schroeder, ticket manager of the Huntingburg tournament. Fans from Jasper, Dubois, Winslow, Holland and Birdseye may buy single-session tickets at the east ticket window. Fans from Ireland, Otwell, Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Springs Valley may purchase tickets at the west window. Single-session tickets are priced at 75 cents.

Feb. 28
Two streaks went by the boards Wednesday night as the 1963 Huntingburg sectional tournament got under way with a pair of heart-throbbing contests that left fans limp at the finish. County rivals Holland and Dubois squared off in the lid-lifter at 7 o’clock and the Dutchmen’s seven-game winning streak went down the drain as Dubois upended Holland, 48-46. The nightcap between the host Huntingburg Hunters and the Otwell Millers had more suspense and drama than an Alfred Hitchcock story. Huntingburg snapped its 16-game losing streak by nudging the Millers, 57-55, on a three-point play by Joe Kendall with just 16 seconds left on the clock. Huntingburg school officials estimated the opening-night crowd at 4,600.

March 1
Martha L. Maas of Huntingburg has been selected to attend the third annual Youthpower Conference at Indianapolis on March 7 and 8. A total of 101 boys and girls from more than 50 counties will attend the conference. Some 43 industries interested in the production, processing and sale of foods are sponsoring the conference, which has the theme of “Food Comes First.” Miss Maas will be one of 10 representatives of the Girl Scouts.
Dave Small, 5-8 senior guard of the Ireland Spuds, captured the Dubois County mythical scoring title this season by collecting 396 points in 20 scheduled games. He averaged 18.8 points per game. The standout performer is being sought by a number of colleges.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1988

Information being gathered for Huntingburg’s proposed new master plan shows a need for middle- and low-income housing. Members of the Huntingburg Planning Commission got their first look at preliminary facts and figures on income and population during Monday evening’s meeting at City Hall. City leaders want a new comprehensive master plan to help organize the city’s growth.
Teachers will get a 7 percent pay raise this school year and about a 10 percent increase next year as the Jasper School Board on Monday approved rates worked out with the teachers union. The 10 percent increase is a combination of a 7 percent pay increase plus a 3 percent increase for working five extra days next year.

Feb. 24
A new kind of mail delivery van is tooling around the streets of Jasper and will soon be seen in Huntingburg, too. The wide, odd-looking vehicles are designed to last 24 years — three times as long as the Jeeps the Postal Service has been using up until now. One of the van’s biggest advantages over the Jeep is its cargo area: The van can carry 1,000 pounds of cargo, twice as much as the Jeep. A swiveling front seat helps carriers get to the mail more easily, and the nooks and crannies where mail could become lost or stuck have been eliminated.

Feb. 25
Electric poles going up along Mill Street will double the city’s electrical capacity and make future blackouts smaller and less severe, an electric company engineer says. Ever since a new 16-mile power line was added last year, Jasper has had two lines serving it from its main electrical substation. But the original line is no longer capable of carrying the entire system load, so it’s being upgraded with a higher-capacity line, said Gary Husky, director of electrical engineering for the Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co. Sigeco is conducting the project through a private contractor. When  the new 60-kilowatt line is finished by summer, either of the two lines will be capable of serving the whole city, providing more capacity and a backup in case one line goes down, Husky said.

Feb. 26
Herald Managing Editor John Rumbach, 37, has been named Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year in a national contest sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This contest, Pictures of the Year, is conducted annually to recognize excellence in photojournalism. This was the 45th year for the contest.

Linda Leibering and Patty Leibering came away with most of the hardware from the Huntingburg Women’s Bowling Association Tournament at the Hunter’s Bowl this year. Patty Leibering won the singles title and had the highest actual all-events total of the tourney. Linda Leibering was the all-events winner and had the highest actual series of the tourney. And together they teamed to win the doubles championship.

Feb. 27
Mike Luker, a 1985 graduate of Southridge High School and a junior at Hanover College, was recognized for his athletic prowess before the start of the Southridge-Boonville basketball game Friday. Luker was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-America first team in football this year. The speedster receiver with the Velcro touch had 91 receptions and 1,253 total yards. His reception average of 10.1 yards led the nation. Luker set many SHS receiving records.

Feb. 29
A bill that would permit planned renovations at four Dubois County schools has finally been approved by the Indiana Legislature and sent to Gov. Robert Orr. Rep. Dennis Heeke, D-Dubois, said today the bill’s language had to be put in three different bills before one finally passed Thursday. The legislation would allow building improvements at Dubois, Celestine and Ferdinand elementary schools and help clear the way for the Greater Jasper school district to buy and improve the 10th Street school. It was prompted by a recent state decision that has prevented school buildings from being improved unless they are owned free and clear.

March 1
The Dubois County Council passed the proposed economic development income tax Monday with a 5-2 split. The proposed tax must be approved by one of the cities or the Town of Ferdinand or by both Holland and Birdseye before it can take effect. With city and town officials eagerly awaiting their shares of the estimated $1.5 million tax, passage seems likely.

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