Looking Back: 2/9

Photograph courtesy of Huntingburg Public Library
Todranks, at Sixth and Washington streets in Huntingburg, later was called the Hillemeyer Store. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

65 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1948

The two highest honors that can be given a Boy Scout in Jasper were bestowed upon two boys at the annual Scout Sunday breakfast held in the Legion Home this past weekend. Charles Renneisen Jr. was presented with the Edward Rottet Jr. Memorial Trophy, symbolic of outstanding character and achievement, and Joseph Fritch was awarded his Eagle badge, the highest rank in Scouting.
Mayor Herbert Thyen has appointed Earl Schiller, local service station operator, to serve the unexpired term of the late John J. Himsel on the Jasper Park Board. Mr. Schiller operates the service station at the Y in partnership with Linus “Pete” Stemle.

A great recreation spot for residents of this vicinity is in prospect as members of the Jasper chapter of the Izaak Walton League go about developing an 80-acre tract of land that the group purchased last fall. The land lies about midway between Jasper and Haysville, half a mile east of state roads 45 and 56. The Izaak Walton League is dedicated to land and water management. Felix J. Erny is secretary of the Jasper chapter.

Feb. 10
More than 120 judges, mayors, prosecutors and police executives from 13 counties, attending a law enforcement seminar in the old high school gymnasium in Jasper today, heard Col. Robert Rossow, superintendent of the Indiana state police, urge teamwork as the answer to law enforcement problems. Mayor Herbert Thyen gave the address of welcome. He was introduced by Lt. Albert R. Stiles, commanding officer of the Jasper State Police Post, host of the daylong session.
Othmar Eckerle was re-elected president of the Jasper Board of Park Commissioners at a reorganization meeting held Monday night in the mayor’s office.

Feb. 11
Huntingburg’s Hunters staged a magnificent comeback to the victory trail Wednesday night in their home gym by soundly trouncing Sullivan 85-41 in a Southern Indiana Athletic Conference encounter.

The Ireland Spuds and Birdseye Yellow Jackets staged a real battle royal at English Wednesday night, with the Irish emerging as victors in a thrilling overtime scrap, 31-27.

Feb. 12
The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a run-off election to be held at Jasper Wood Products Co. on Thursday, Feb. 19, to decide whether the workers want to recognize Upholsterers International Union (AFL) Local 331 as their bargaining agent or whether the majority prefer to remain nonunionized.

Louis Wuchner, a member of the Jasper High School faculty, is in Terre Haute this week taking an educators’ drivers education course at Indiana State Teachers College. Upon his return, Mr. Wuchner will conduct a drivers education course at JHS, using a dual-control car that has been furnished for that purpose.

Feb. 13
Jasper Cub Scout Pack 182 received its charter this week at a “Blue and Gold” potluck supper held Tuesday in the American Legion Home. The charter was presented to Cmdr. Edwin Seng of the Legion, which sponsors the pack, by Ted Hilsmeier, Huntingburg, chairman of the district organization and extension committee.

Feb. 14
Mother Dunstan Kelleher, head of the nursing order of the Little Company of Mary, of San Pierre, Ind., accompanied by two sisters engaged in the operation of the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, visited Jasper on Thursday evening and Friday and met with the board of directors of the Memorial Hospital Association of Dubois County. They were accompanied by their attorney, Edward Hennessy of Chicago. The sisters made the visit to Jasper with a view of taking over the administration of the proposed hospital to be built in Jasper.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1963

Ireland High School officials are confronted with the happy problem of having to make room for more “hardwood” in their trophy case today. Coach Pete Gill’s Spuds had little trouble convincing Chrisney, 76-58, Friday night on the Chrisney floor to wrap up their fourth straight Patoka Valley Conference trophy. For the fourth time in as many years the Spuds finished with a spotless 9-0 conference record. League teams will have to wait until next season to get a crack at the Spuds’ spotless mark that has reached 36 straight games without a loss.

Feb. 11
Richard Kluesner was awarded his Eagle Scout badge at a District Court of Honor held Sunday night in Kundek Hall in Jasper. The recipient of the highest Scouting award is 16 years old and a junior at Jasper High School.

Springlike weather and an enthusiastic crowd of 160 people combined to make the golden anniversary dinner of the Sunshine Club-Women’s Guild of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper on Wednesday evening a memorable occasion.

Members of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club met at the Dubois County Country Club last week and officially opened the 1963 Heart Fund Campaign, which is under the sponsorship of the Jasper club.

Feb. 12
At a Lincoln Trails District Court of Honor held Monday night at the American Legion Home in Jasper, Larry Kendall was awarded the Eagle Scout badge.

Mark Riddle and Gib Renner, members of Boy Scout Troop 181 of Huntingburg, received their God and Country medals on Sunday at Salem United Church of Christ during the morning worship hour.

Feb. 13
The Huntingburg Board of School Trustees in November received bids for additions to the elementary school at Second and Jackson streets. The bids were higher than had been anticipated and it was determined that there would be insufficient funds in the cumulative building fund to complete the building. Considering that the cost would be increased a great deal if part of the additions were built now and the remainder later when additional funds would be available in this fund, the board has decided to sell bonds in sufficient amount to complete the building.

A bust of Abraham Lincoln, the work of a former Jasper resident Dr. Edward J. Kempf, was unveiled Tuesday afternoon at Jasper Memorial Library in the presence of a group of library board members and representatives of local civic organizations. Arthur C. Nordhoff, president of the Dubois County Historical Society, said it was fitting that the bust be dedicated on Lincoln’s birthday.

Feb. 14
Philip Schneider of Huntingburg was awarded the Cub Scout Parvuli Dei Medal at a ceremony following the 8 o’clock Mass at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday. Philip is the first Cub Scout in that parish to receive the Parvuli Dei Medal, which is the recognition that the Catholic Church gives to Cub Scouts for advancement in religious knowledge and spiritual works.

Feb. 15
At a reorganization meeting of the Jasper Park Board held Thursday night in the city office building, Urban Voegerl was elected president to succeed O.A. “Colie” Bohnert. Re-elected were Ed Jones, vice president, and Louis “Nip” Wuchner, secretary.

Douglas Wassmer, 14, became the third Jasper Scout to become an Eagle when he received his badge Thursday night during a District Court of Honor at Precious Blood School.
Members of the Ferdinand Development Corp. have let the contracts for construction of a new medical clinic to be erected at Third and Maryland streets in Ferdinand. The general contract went to Daunhauer Lumber Co. Work is to begin on the building about March 20, and the building is to be completed in time for Dr. H.G. Erhart to begin practice in it on July 1.

Don A. Pfister of Jasper has been appointed manager of the Perkins Trucking office and terminal to be opened at Jasper on March 1. Perkins Trucking has transported truckloads of uncrated furniture for most of the furniture factories in Dubois County for 30 years. The new terminal is being established to offer less-than-truckload service from Dubois County to points in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Truckload service also will be available to these and 11 other states. Perkins accepts combinations of packed and unpacked merchandise. Mr. Pfister, a native of Dubois County, was associated with Schroder’s Express here for 10 years. The new Perkins terminal will be along the highway between Huntingburg and Jasper.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1988

According to Jasper Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Eckerle, the chamber’s new apartment hunter’s guide will include an apartment’s rent, type of lease, number of bedrooms, whether pets or children are allowed, which utilities are included, and such features as whether the apartment is furnished and has laundry or cable TV hookups, a swimming pool, carport or garage. To compile the new list, the chamber has scheduled a meeting for later this month to bring apartment owners together. The chamber’s current directory includes just the names and addresses of apartment buildings in the city.

Feb. 10
With the county’s only landfill quickly reaching capacity, a solution is needed soon, members of the county’s new landfill committee said Tuesday. Statistics say that Dubois County produces 111 tons of garbage every day. Jasper Councilman Vic Knies proposed that the county take over and expand Jasper’s landfill as a stopgap measure until a more permanent solution is found. The county could take over Jasper’s landfill more easily than it could build its own because the state grants requests to expand existing landfills faster than it OKs requests to build new ones, committee Chairwoman Mary Lou Schnell and other county officials said.

Holland Dairy is eliminating its Jasper branch, the first change to occur since the dairy announced a merger with a Connecticut firm two months ago. The change will end the system in which Holland products are transported to the Jasper branch and reloaded there for distribution to area buyers. According to general manager Earl Carter, the last delivery from the branch, which is located next to Bob Luegers Motors on Wernsing Road, will take place Feb. 20.

Nine new holes being built on Jasper Municipal Golf Course are scheduled to open March 19, the city’s park and recreation director, Ken Buck, said Tuesday. An underpass was built to connect the new nine holes, and an asphalt car path was built around the second half of the course.

Feb. 11
In the Jasper Women’s Bowling Association’s annual tournament, which concluded Jan. 28 at Eastown Lanes in Jasper, Mary Ann Treat won a pair of championships and three other honors, Mary Scherle and Eileen Kiefer won the doubles title, and E&K Electric won the team event. Treat won the singles championship with a pin total of 758, and the all-events title with a combined score of 1,938. She also rolled the high actual game (236) and high actual series (667) of the tournament, and had the highest pin total (1,665) in the all-events category.

Feb. 12
Dubois County school superintendents conferred Thursday evening about whether today would be the first school day to be canceled by snow this year. At about 10 p.m. Thursday, they decided that it would be. Road conditions, temperatures and predicted wind chill factors were all considered in the decision. Also weighing into the decision were the two minor school bus accidents that happened Thursday afternoon, one in Jasper and one in Ferdinand; no one was injured in either accident.

Feb. 13
The Jasper Aquatic Wildcats Swimming team placed third overall in the Southern Indiana Swim Conference Championship sponsored by the Vincennes Swim Team and held at North Knox High School last weekend. Five members of JAWS combined to capture the high-point trophy for the 10-and-younger age group, while Todd Dawkins alone earned enough points to win the high-point trophy in the age group for 13- and 14-year-olds. In the boys 10-and-younger division, Joe Shelton earned five firsts and Andy Brelage earned three more to lead the team to that age group’s high-point trophy.

Feb. 15
Emergency officers and local government officials made a five-hour drive today to northern Indiana to view a working 911 telephone system. The trip to Goshen in Elkhart County was arranged by Eugene Hostetter, president of the Dubois County Council, who said he wanted to show others how a centralized 911 dispatching system works.

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