Looking Back: 3/15

Ferdinand Vollmer for many years owned and operated a livery stable in Jasper. His first stable was located on Sixth Street east of Mill. Sometime around 1896 that property burned down. Soon thereafter, he acquired a property on the east side of Main Street south of 3rd. The stable that was located at Main and 3rd streets is in the photo. The picture is of an enlarged business card, which The Jasper Herald printed for Mr. Vollmer. The card lists 2 different phone numbers for the business, Cumb. 4 and Home 29. At the time Jasper had the services of two telephone systems, the Cumberland and the Home companies. On the card Mr. Vollmer sets forth the services offered by his business establishment, such as Horses Traded and Sold, Horses Boarded by the Day or Week, and Special Accommodations for Commercial Travelers. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
March 14, 1949
For the first time since 1934, the Jasper Wildcats are a member of that select Indiana high school basketball group, “The Final Four”. Continuing their story-book trek through the preliminary rounds, the Wildcats snatched a thriller from the Bloomington panthers in the last 16 seconds Saturday night in I. U. Fieldhouse and thereby earned the right to meet the Auburn Red Devils next Saturday in Butler Fieldhouse.

March 15
The Heavy Mortar company of the 152nd Infantry, Jasper unit of the National Guard, will hold its weekly drill period tonight in the Providence Home building at seven o’clock. To date, 85 men have enlisted and twelve more have signified their intention of enlisting tonight.

March 16
Dr. Don Paarlberg, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, addressed a large gathering at the “Farmers Night” banquet at the Jasper Kiwanis Club held last night in the dining room of Calumet Lake.

March 17
At Jasper’s Municipal Park this afternoon Dubois County woodland owners are assembled to get their share of 133,000 trees which are being distributed for reforestation purposes as part of the state forestry department’s ambition to “Keep Indiana Green.” The seedlings include locust, poplar, maple, stratified walnut, cypress and several different varieties of pine. Wesley Wallace, the district forester, and County Agent C. A. Nicholson are distributing the trees.

The Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, in cooperation with the Indiana State Board of Health, will again offer free chest x-ray service this year to the people of Dubois County, it was announced this morning. The free health service is made possible through the annual sale of Christmas Seals.

March 18
Because the big news event as far as Dubois County is concerned is happening tomorrow afternoon and night in Indianapolis, and because most of our readers would rather that news be included in their paper, we are moving up the publication date on the Saturday edition of The Daily Herald to Sunday morning. Your Daily Herald will be delivered to you early Sunday morning with complete details on the state basketball tournament in Indianapolis.

The City of Jasper has completed a deal with Herman and Philomena Fromme whereby the city has acquired a ten-acre tract near the northwest city limits opposite the entrance to the Dubois County Country Club. The tract is to be divided between the space required by the National Guard for an armory and drill ground services and space for city park purposes.

March 20
Butler Field House, Indianapolis, March 19 — The Jasper Wildcats, a team the so-called experts completely overlooked, are the state basketball champs of Indiana, proving that a squad equipped with fighting hearts and the will to win can overcome all obstacles. The Wildcats culminated four weeks of amazing accomplishments by completely dominating a favored Madison quintet in the finals tonight in Butler Field House; final score  — 62 to 61. Coach “Cabby” O’Neill’s team had accuracy in the form of Bob White, Tom Schutz and Dimp Stenftenagel. They had rebound mastery in the form of Buzz Rumbach, Bill Litchfield, Stenftenagel and Johnny Berg. And they had hustle and fight, displayed by all of these plus Sonny Allen who filled in capably at guard.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
March 16, 1964
At a two and a half hour meeting Sunday afternoon in City Hall, the members of the Jasper Utility Service Board went on record as awarding the contract for the construction of the interceptor sewer to the Curry Construction Co. of Bloomington, whose base bid was $958,000.

The National Guard Armory in Jasper will be the focal point for post-flood state and federal activity in the 20-county Indiana disaster area and emergency headquarters are now being established there.

March 17
Construction was started today on another business building in the Northwood Park shopping center in Jasper. It was announced this morning by Ott Lorey that a large department and variety store and Tastee Freez drive-in restaurant will be located in the building going up approximately 150 feet north of the IGA Foodliner on State Road 45-56 in Northwood Park. The store, Lorey’s Variety and Department Store, will be owned and operated by Mr. Lorey and his family. The Tastee Freez franchise also is held by Mr. Lorey.

Ireland, Ind., will get some attention today, St. Patrick’s Day. Some moving pictures taken this morning by two newsmen from station WTVW (Channel 7) Evansville will be televised this evening. Doing the pictorial story on Ireland were A. V. Rash, news photographer for Channel 7, and Jerry Birge, formerly of Jasper, the station’s sports director. The films will be seen on the regular news telecast which begins tonight at 10:00.

March 18
St. Benedict College at Ferdinand will observe its most important academic event of the year — ”Founder’s Day” — Saturday, March 21. March 21 marks the feast day of St. Benedict, founder of the Order of St. Benedict. Sisters of the order staff the college, which also is named in honor of St. Benedict. Those invited to the Founder’s Day celebration include the present and incoming students of St. Benedict’s College, the faculty, trustees and others associated with the college in various capacities.

Two hundred people were present Monday night when the Huntingburg American Legion Post 221 and Auxiliary celebrated a mortgage burning and annual birthday dinner.

Principals of elementary and high schools in the county school system met Monday with County Superintendent Earl Buechler and representatives of the news media to discuss the various facets of school news coverage. Present at the meeting were the superintendent, all school principals in the county, Dennis Keller of Radio Station WITZ and Jack Rumbach of The Daily Herald.

March 19
The board of directors of the Jasper Country Club announced today that they are proceeding with plans for the new facilities for the club. The new club house will be built in the wooded area directly adjacent to the No. 3 fairway. The new facilities will include a swimming pool, game rooms, steam room, dining facilities and greatly-expanded golf and recreation rooms. The new fee schedule for members will include an initiation fee of $200 ($300 after May 1) and annual dues of $240. Membership will be limited to 200 members.

March 20
The advertisement in the center spread of today’s issue marks another first for The Daily Herald. Known in the trade as “Hi Fi Preprint,” this type of quality color advertising is furnished to the newspaper preprinted on rolls. The roll of paper is incorporated into the newspaper’s regular run with local material being printed on the reverse side. Although pre-prints have been used extensively for some time in larger papers, The Daily Herald is the first small daily in this area to run Hi Fi color. Today’s ad is for the Falstaff Brewing Co. Distributor for Falstaff in this area is General Beverage Co. of Jasper.

March 21
The frame building on Jasper’s northwest side that served for many years as the country club was disposed of Thursday morning by burning it to the ground. Last fall the contents of the building were sold at auction after it was decided to build a new club house on a different site. It was decided that burning the building down would be less expensive and less time-consuming than razing it for salvage. The controlled burn was managed by Fire Chief Leo “Pete” Hopf and Glenn Gramelspacher, Country Club president.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
March 13, 1989
The “Little Jasper Germans” are singing the praises of their heritage. They are the 50 local children studying German under Marilyn Nathan of Crystal, a tutor who’s studied and taught Germanic languages for 20 years. They’ve been meeting one day a week after school in Jasper for about five years, singing, reading and learning about their ancestors’ culture. Area organizations, appreciative of German folk songs and beaming, youthful faces ranging from 7 to 13 years old, have been inviting the kids to club meetings and special events.  One repeat performance for Jasper’s youthful ambassadors was the annual conference of the Indiana German Heritage Society in Indianapolis over the weekend.

March 14
Two years after her first appearance in the Dubois County Spelling Bee, Andrea Kemper correctly spelled “cubby” to place first in the competition Monday. An eighth grader at Forest Park Junior High School, she is the daughter of James and Kathy Kemper of R. 2, Ferdinand. Runner-up was Erik Heinz, the son of Michael and Donna Heinz of R. 2, Jasper, and a fifth-grader at Ireland Elementary School.

Jason A. Drach, a senior at Forest Park High School, has been selected as a congressional scholar representing Indiana in the National Young Leaders Conference being held in Washington, D. C., from March 14 to 19. Drach’s nomination to the conference was made by Rep. Lee H. Hamilton; he has received scholarship funding from the Ferdinand Jaycees, Optimists and Kiwanis.

Jasper Middle School won the Southern Indiana Jr. High Athletic Conference wrestling meet at Mt. Vernon Saturday. JMS scored 198 points to win the match. Five Jasper wrestlers remained undefeated by winning in the finals. Scott Blaize won at 100 pounds; Daniel Krueger won at 110 pounds; Matt Truesdale earned two pins and a technical fall to win at 130 pounds; Geoff Mauck won at 135 pounds; and Tom Egler earned two pins in winning the 145-pound title.

March 15
The local Roman Catholic community has a new bishop. Monsignor Gerald A. Gettelfinger, the man chosen by Pope John Paul II to be the fourth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville, is a graduate of St. Meinrad High School and College. Since last year, he has been vicar general and chancellor of the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

For produce managers and fruit lovers in Dubois County, the FDA’s warning concerning tainted fruit imported from Chile has caused a scare. As of Monday the fruit has been put on hold in local stores’ coolers.

Father Sylvester J. Schroeder, 67, co-pastor of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, died today in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg.

The Jasper Park and Recreation Board hired Leo Mehringer as the new Beaver Lake superintendent. Mehringer will start this weekend as supervisor of recreational activities at the lake.

March 16
Divine Word Missionary Fr. Paul Gootee, 62-year-old Loogootee native who lives on the island of Timor, Indonesia, is currently back in the U. S. visiting his siblings — Drs. Francis and Thomas and Sr. Mary Gootee of Jasper, Sr. Patricia of Philadelphia and the Rev. Stanley Gootee of Mellville, La.
The Dubois County Contractual Library Board approved buying a new bus to serve as bookmobile earlier this month and is awaiting routine approval from state officials. The $108,000 mobile library serves areas of Dubois and Pike counties that do not have libraries.

Gene Harder was named Most Valuable Player of the Northeast Dubois boys basketball team this season, while Mindy Neukam and Charlotte Reuber shared that award for the girls basketball team.

March 17
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), especially useful in diagnosing problems of the brain and spine, will be available at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center beginning May 1. Provided through a company called VHA Diagnostic Services, the mobile unit will be shared by several hospitals that do not have enough patients to justify the initial cost and operating expense of a fixed unit. Technologists from Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) will perform the examinations under the direction of Dr. Tim McClure or Dr. Don Bomalaski, radiologists at Memorial Hospital. The results will be interpreted by the radiologists. The MRI system is transported from hospital to hospital in a special tractor trailer.

March 18
Senior Guard Scott Yarbrough has been named to the 1989 Top 100 Senior Indiana Boys Basketball Players list, chosen by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.

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