Looking Back: 3/1

The U.S. Hotel was on the west side of Mill Street south of Third Street. It was constructed just after the Civil War by war veteran Frank Jahn. The first floor was used for a reception desk, saloon and living quarters for the family. The second floor contained guest rooms for the hotel. This picture was taken in about 1900. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Feb. 28, 1949
“It was a dream game.” That’s how coach Cabby O’Neill phrased it following the victory of his Jasper Wildcats over the previously unbeaten Winslow Eskimoes in the finals of the Dubois-Pike sectional Saturday night, 48-39. The eighth straight sectional crown for Jasper earned the Wildcats a spot in the Vincennes regional.

Out of a record total of 1,407 entries in the 1949 Daily Herald “Pick-the-Winner” contest, Edward Erny, 59, of R. 1, Jasper, steps forward today as the champion. Ed was one of 414 contestants who picked the tourney correctly all the way through, but he had one advantage over the rest — he was only one point off on the final score.

March 1
World Day of Prayer, which is sponsored by the United Council of Church Women, will be observed in Jasper by the combined congregations of the Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church and the First Presbyterian Church on Friday. The special services will be held in Trinity Church. The bells in the tower of the church will ring promptly at noon to remind their hearers to offer a silent prayer for the success of the world missions and the attainment of international peace. World Day of Prayer services took place in 74 countries last year. The services have been conducted under this name since 1927.

March 2
Students of Jasper High School this morning heard five guest speakers talk on a variety of subjects in the first of the Kiwanis-sponsored vocational guidance programs being held at the Jasper school. The seniors and juniors attended this morning’s program. The speakers and their subjects were: James Wallace, general manager of Jasper Office Furniture Co., industrial employment; G.E. Hookey of Indiana University, retail distributing and selling; Jerome P. Reed of the Social Security division, civil service occupations; Matilda Lebline of the southwestern division of the Indiana State Board of Health, Washington, nursing; and Dr. G. Enterline of IU, clerical and office work.

Television was the theme Tuesday at the noon luncheon meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club. The talk was given by the guest speaker, Sarkes Tarzian, who is the owner of WTTS, new standard radio broadcasting station; and WTTV, new television station, both in Bloomington. In his talk, Mr. Tarzian related the short history of television; he explained the technicalities of television broadcasting; and he gave his predictions of the future in television.

March 3
The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative is now operating its own two-way radio system, whereby the members of the office staff in Jasper can maintain contact with the crews that are operating in the co-op area in Dubois and Crawford counties. The main station is located atop a high hill in the Little Kentucky area, and this 50-watt transmitter is connected by telephone lines to the office at Fifth and Jackson streets in Jasper. Two-way units have been installed in three of the company’s trucks and in the automobile of Bert White, manager of the cooperative. The equipment at the main station includes a 134-foot steel tower with a 15-foot antenna.

March 4
Dubois County’s poor farm property is worth more than $100,000, according to an inventory taken this week by the county commissioners, Kasper Bellner, Fred Humbert and Nick Knust, and County Auditor George Kreilein. The county officials, in listing the real estate and all buildings, livestock, farm machinery and other equipment, placed a valuation of $100,075 on the county’s investment for the care of indigent persons from Dubois and Martin counties. For the past several years the county farm near Ireland has been taking care of people from both counties.

While Dubois County is awaiting the arrival of its first family of displaced persons from Europe, Spencer County has welcomed its first family of displaced persons. Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaw Kral and their 11-year-old daughter, Bozenna, who lived in Warsaw, Poland, before the war, this week arrived in Dale to live on the farm of Joseph W. Schenck near Dale. Dubois County’s first family of displaced persons will live on a farm purchased by the residents of the Celestine community.

March 5
Cabby O’Neill’s Jasper Wildcats have been named the favorite to win the Vincennes Regional at the Coliseum in Vincennes today. Probable starters for the Felines this afternoon were Dimp Stenftenagel and Bill Litchfield at forwards, Buzz Rumbach at center and Tom Schutz and Bob White at guards.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
March 9, 1964
With rain continuing to fall at noon today, Dubois Countians along the Patoka River were in the midst of a battle with floodwaters that many expect will equal or exceed that of 1961. The 1961 flood was the most damaging in the history of the Patoka Valley.

A section of the roof of the Jasper Table Co. collapsed Sunday night in the shipping room, breaking a sprinkler line and resulting in extensive flooding of the plant. Manager Omer Sturm said that apparently one of the downspouts became stopped up and the gutter filled with water, resulting in a section of the roof over the shipping room giving way.

Jasper firemen fought a stubborn blaze in the Beckman apartment building on West 14th Street on Sunday night. Firefighters were called around 11 p.m. Fire Chief Leo “Pete” Hopf said he believes lightning struck nearby and followed the steam heating pipes until it started the fire.

On Tuesday evening, the Holy Name Society and the Christian Mothers of St. Mary’s Parish in Huntingburg will jointly sponsor a program on vocation development. It is a program for parents. Mother Clarissa Riehl, OSB, of the Academy of the Immaculate Conception of Ferdinand, is scheduled to speak in the grade school gymnasium on “Fostering Vocations in the Home.”

March 10
The Patoka River passed its highest 1961 flood level at Dubois this morning and continued to inch nearer that mark at Jasper. Residents in the northeastern part of the county are feeling the effects of the White River, and Indiana State Police report that State Road 56 near Crystal is covered with water and is closed. Many old-timers are saying this is the worst they have ever seen the flood situation.

March 11
The highest flood in the Patoka’s history, with the possible exception of 1913, crested in Dubois on Tuesday and is expected to reach a stand in Jasper sometime this afternoon as top government officials plan a personal visit to the area Thursday. The Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission predicts that the crest late today will beach a height of 15.5 to 16 feet.

Jasper Mayor Jack Newton this morning made an appeal to city residents to show consideration for others during the flood emergency. He said reports have come to him that youths of high school age are riding through the water in the National Guard trucks that are being used to ferry people through the water on this side of the Patoka bridge. He pointed out the obvious fact that by so doing they are taking up the space in the trucks that should be available to those who really need the transportation service.

March 12
Jasperites were joining citizens of the Dubois and upper Patoka areas today in getting ready for the “big cleanup” as the Patoka’s water began to inch slowly back into the banks. A crest of 15.17 feet was reached Wednesday night.

Jasper Mayor Jack Newton this morning said the city doesn’t want people to use the flooded area in the south end of town to hold boat regattas. He said the waves caused by the boats, especially when operated at considerable speed, are a nuisance to owners of homes and business places in the flooded area of the city who are trying to keep the water out of their property.

March 13
Touring federal and state officials roared into Dubois County via helicopter Thursday for a quick look at flood damage. Included in the entourage were Sens. Vane Hartke and Birch Bayh and Rep. Winfield K. Denton.

March 14
Two Dubois County young men were ordained to the priesthood today in Innsbruck, Austria. They are Rev. Raymond Kuper of Jasper and Rev. Bernard Verkamp of Huntingburg. The new priests were students at Saint Meinrad Seminary before leaving the States in 1960 to enter Innsbruck University.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
March 6, 1989
A new DMI Furniture plant in Dubois County will employ 100 people when it begins production in October and up to 150 people within two years. DMI Furniture President and CEO Donald Dreher said this morning that a 180,000-square-foot plant will be built next to a company warehouse in Huntingburg.

An Oreo cookie stacking contest was held Saturday at the two Buehler’s stores in Jasper, at the Buy-Low store in the morning and at the Germantown store in the afternoon.

The first 4-H club meeting for The Leaders of Tomorrow and The Celestine All-Stars will be held freom 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. The 4-H clubs are in need of adult, project and trip leaders.
The Strassenfest Committee announced that it is holding a contest for the design of a special cancellation postmark to be used during the 1989 fest.

March 7
Organizers of the first newspaper and aluminum-can pickup program in Dubois are calling this past weekend’s collection a success. Forty-seven pounds of cans and a ton of newspapers were collected by members of the Northeast Dubois High School boys and girls track teams, which will receive the proceeds.

About 30 engineering firms have expressed their interest in assisting the county and Jasper in the proposed south-side connector road, according to the Dubois County Commissioners.

March 8
Ireland’s eighth annual St. Patrick’s Celebration is set for March 11 to 13.

Members of The Herald’s 1989 All-Area girls basketball team are Tara Bayer of Jasper, Jenny Boyd and Tricia Deffendoll of Pike Central and Amy Kissling and Annette Lange of Southridge. Boyd, Kissling and Lange have been named to the team three straight seasons, and Lange has been MVP all three times.

March 9
Kerry Eckerle, 31, Jasper, is the new chairman of the Dubois County Republican Party.
Jasper Public Library still could get a genealogy room even though the state rejected a $150,000 grant asked for last year. Plans call to move forward with up to $400,000 in library improvements, including the genealogy section, but at a slower pace dictated by having less money.

The Greater Jasper School Board intends to ask a jury to decide the value of 6 acres south of Ireland Elementary School. Court-appointed land appraisers this week set the value of the land at $66,000. School board members voted Wednesday to appeal that amount. An appraiser hired by the school district earlier had set the value at $25,000.

March 10
January unemployment in Dubois County fell to its locally low level after climbing to startling heights in December. The jobless rate in January dropped to 3.5 percent, which means about 740 workers in the county were unemployed. December’s rate hit a two-year high of 6.4 percent, translating to about 1,400 unemployed workers.

When the annual Dubois County spelling bee convenes Monday in the gymnasium of Holy Family School, one third-grader will be among the 16 competitors: Matt Gadlage, representing Celestine Elementary School. St. Anthony, Dubois and Maple Park elementary schools will be represented by fourth-graders.

March 11
Charles Stenftenagel, vice president of Sten’s Lawnmower Parts Inc., was elected president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association during the group’s third annual meeting at the Sonesta Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., last week. This will be Stenftenagel’s second term as president.

B. Edward Ewing, a Jasper native who serves as vice president of operations and production engineering of General Dynamics Corp., will be the featured speaker at the annual Jasper Junior Achievement recognition banquet on Monday.

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