Looking Back: 2/8

In 1902, Jasper had a poll tax, known as a road tax. Each male citizen was required to work a number of hours each year in the repair of streets and roads. If one did not work at such labor, he could hire another man to work his place. The citizen road crew pictured here was grading Clay Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Feb. 7, 1949
From the “Hark the Herald” column: The sanitation bill to enable cities with sewage disposal plants to purchase and install in homes and business places garbage disposal units in lieu of operating a garbage collection system is drawing statewide attention. The plan worked out by Mayor Herbert C. Thyen of Jasper and City Attorney Arthur Nordhoff, who prepared the Senate bill, has been introduced in the State Senate by Sen. Leo J. Stemle, a Democrat from Jasper, and Sen. David Bontrager of Elkhart, a Republican, as co-sponsors. The bill has been referred to the Senate committee on cities and towns. There will be a hearing before that committee Wednesday afternoon, at which time Mayor Thyen and Mr. Nordhoff will be given an opportunity to present the plan in detail.

August F. Krieg, general manager of the Jasper Seating company, and Albert S. Russell, general manager of Indiana Desk Co.s Jasper plant, were elected new members of the executive committee of the Wood Office Furniture Institute at a meeting Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Washington, D.C. The two local plant managers attended the three-day meeting, as did Allen F. Joseph, manager of Jasper Desk Co., and James A. Wallace, manager of Jasper Office Furniture Co.

Feb. 8
A large number of members of the Schnellville Conservation Club and guests from other clubs attended the Schnellville club’s 14th anniversary meeting Monday evening. Heinie Moesch, a director of the Indiana Department of Conservation, gave the main talk of the evening. He spoke mostly of personal reminiscences based on his many visits to Dubois County conservation activities. Mr. Moesch had been present at the first meeting of the Schnellville club and had personally supplied the hundreds of conifers planted at Schnellville Lake.

Feb. 9
Boy Mayor Bill Dudine Jr. and his youthful administration take the reins of municipal government from 1 until 5:30 this afternoon as part of the city’s observance of Scout Week. This afternoon high-school-age members of Jasper Boy Scout troops are studying the details of the jobs to which they have been assigned. Every city post, both elective and appointed, has a youthful occupant today.

A total of 644 people visited the dairy exhibits and saw the Purdue Dairy Caravan Tuesday afternoon in Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg. Talks were given by Purdue specialists on farm safety, insect control, artificial breeding and improvement of pastures. Homemakers who attended were shown how to improve the quality of dairy products through proper methods of sterilization.

Coach Cabby O’Neill’s Jasper Wildcats became a force to be reckoned with in the state high school basketball picture today following their impressive 57-56 upset victory over the highly touted New Albany Bulldogs in the Jasper High School gym Tuesday night.

Feb. 10
The local post office advises mailers of valentines and other unsealed greetings to mail them at the new postage rate of 2 cents instead of the 1 1/2-cent rate, to ensure delivery.

Col. Louis G. Bumen of Indianapolis, a senior Army officer instructor, swore in the new officers of the Jasper unit of the National Guard on Tuesday evening. Officers are Capt. Tom Tucker, commanding officer; 2nd Lt. Ralph Seger, reconnaissance officer; 1st Lt. Norbert Schreiner, executive officer; and 2nd Lt. Jerry Seger, gunnery officer.

At the annual stockholders meeting of the Dubois County Country Club on Wednesday evening, Arthur Barth, Edward Habig, Jerome Lorey and Albert Schaaf were elected directors.

Feb. 11
The members of the Dubois County Medical Society, at their regular bimonthly dinner meeting Thursday evening in Wehrle’s Restaurant, decided to conduct an immunization survey in Dubois County as a first step in a program of inoculating all of the county’s schoolchildren against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and smallpox. Between now and the end of this school term, the county’s doctors plan to determine how many children already have been given shots against these diseases and how many have not received them. If school officials OK the program and it is shown by the survey that a majority of the parents in the county are in favor of it, the county’s doctors plan to institute the immunization program during the first two weeks of school next fall.

Feb. 12
Russell B. Leonard, formerly of French Lick, has been named manager and golf pro of Huntingburg Country Club. He is one of the six Leonard brothers, all of whom are golf professionals.

Lt. Tom Tucker, commanding officer of the newly formed Jasper unit of the National Guard, was pleased with the perfect turnout for the first drill period Wednesday evening. Twenty-five men have signed up for duty in the Jasper unit. Lt. Tucker has recommended Herbert A. Miller, formerly of Birdseye, as the first sergeant and administrative assistant of the new unit. The Providence Home building will serve as an armory building for the time being. The large assembly hall will be used for holding drills, and several rooms on the main floor are being used as offices.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Feb. 10, 1964
Under an immediate reapportionment bill apparently made valid by a State Supreme Court decision today, Dubois, Spencer and Perry counties will continue to share one Senate seat. In the Indiana House, Dubois and Warrick counties would share one seat under an immediate reapportionment bill.

Feb. 11
All offices in the courthouse will be closed Wednesday in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday. The banks at Holland and Huntingburg will observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a holiday, while the banks in Jasper, which are always closed on Thursdays, will remain open Wednesday. Lincoln’s Birthday is not observed as a holiday by the Postoffice Department but Washington’s Birthday on Feb. 22 will be a postal holiday.

Jack’s on the Square in Jasper is offering Lenten specials  including bean soup, oyster stew, tuna, salmon, fish fillet and french fried shrimp.

Feb. 12
A community World Day of Prayer service will be held in Christ Lutheran Church, Haysville, at 7 p.m. Friday.

Gordon St. Angelo of Huntingburg is one of nine men who have been named by Gov. Matthew E. Welsh to a Governor’s Commission on Registration and Voting Participation. The group’s purpose is to survey in detail Indian’s election laws and practices.

Feb. 13
At Wednesday night’s regular meeting of Mayor Jack Newton and the Jasper Common Council, more discussion was given to the question of whether to add two members to the five-man utility service board. At the previous meeting on Jan. 8, the councilmen had voted 3-2 against an ordinance calling for the additional two members. On Wednesday, Mayor Newton said he felt that the citizens want more representation, to which Councilman Jim Brendle replied, “We voted for five. How often do we have to vote?”

The annual meeting of the Dubois County Soil Conservation District to be held Feb. 24 in Jasper will complete the 18th year of soil conservation work since the local district was organized.
The newest southern Indiana organization devoted to improving hunting conditions is the Indiana Wilderness Wildlife Improvement Association. It takes in Dubois, Crawford, Harrison, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties.

Feb. 14
A meeting held at Ferdinand on Thursday night by the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees for the purpose of making plans for the circulation of petitions aimed at getting improved phone service  in Dubois County was attended by representatives of six other communities: Celestine, Dubois, Haysville, Jasper, St. Anthony and Schnellville. A meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Oasis in Ferdinand is expected to attract representatives of Birdseye, Huntingburg and Ireland as well.

Feb. 15
On Friday afternoon 31,000 pounds of blood plasma bottles were transferred from an overturned trailer on highway 64 west of Huntingburg to another trailer and sent on their way to their destination in Cleveland, Miss. The bottles were being hauled from Gas City when the trailer and the tractor that was pulling it overturned.

Two representatives of the Indiana University Medical Center at Indianapolis were guest speakers at this week’s meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club. The club is meeting in the basement these days as remodeling work progresses on the upper floor. Dr. Robert F. Gosman introduced Howard Morris, director of University relations at IU. Morris said the IU Medical Center is the third-largest in the U.S. Dr. Richard Fisher of the IU School of Dentistry wich is part of the IU Medical Cewnter, said that 71.8 percent of the school’s graduates remain in Indiana to practice their profession. Another guest at the meeting was Bob Wade, a former superintendent of the Jasper electric utility who now holds a similar position in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Feb. 6, 1989
Members of the eighth-ranked Southridge Raiders swarmed into a red-clad throng Saturday night after winning the 1989 girls sectional. The Raiders, 21-0, eat Jasper 52-41 for the title, their third in as many years.

Today was the coldest so far this winter season and temperatures probably will stay below freezing the rest of this week, forecasters say. The National Weather Service Office in Evansville recorded this morning’s low temperature as 9 degrees, the coldest so far this winter. Dubois County schools were in session, but slick roads forced the cancellation of classes in Crawford County, Perry Central and Shoals schools.

Feb. 7
Dubois County could reduce the trash it handles by one-third if it stopped illegal use of its county trash bins and began a recycling program, a county commissioner said Monday. Commissioner Virgil Schnaus said each of the county’s 22 trash collection sites, where most rural residents take their trash, should be fenced in, locked at night and staffed by a county employee to control what gets dumped.

The Huntingburg Common Council decided Monday that a curbside recycling program will start in April.

All water conservation measures were lifted Monday by a unanimous vote of the Huntingburg Common Council. Restrictions had been in place for seven months.

Feb. 8
For families where both parents work and their elementary-school-age students spend part of the day at home alone or with baby sitters, the Southeast Dubois School Board is considering an option. Ron Etienne, superintendent, recommended a latchkey program to the school board Tuesday. The service, which the elementary principals have endorsed, would provide supervision at school before and after classes.

Feb. 9
Easing road-building restrictions for builders along county roads sounds like a good idea, the Jasper Common Council said Wednesday. But before adopting a new road-building standard, they want to wait for the Dubois County Commissioners to approve it, council members said. The council members looked at a plan Wednesday that would require builders along existing county roads to improve roads to a proposed county standard rather than the more stringent city standard. Currently, builders along existing county roads within two miles of Jasper must widen the road to 36 feet and lay an asphalt surface if the road is made of gravel. The county requires roads only 24 feet wide.

Feb. 10
An environmental assessment for the proposed Patoka River Natural Wildlife Refuge should be final in about two weeks, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials.

Feb. 11
Jasper’s 1989 Junior Achievement program has five companies: Trumpp Enterprises sponsored by Jasper Engines & Transmissions and Jasper State Bank; Strictly Business sponsored by Kimball Electronics; Mutual Prosperity Investors sponsored by Dubois County and German American banks; ATAT sponsored by Jasper Manufacturers Association; and Startec sponsored by Aristokraft.

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