Looking Back: 3/15March 15, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 15, 1954
A former Huntingburg girl, a bride of three weeks, was killed Saturday night when the car driven by her husband blew a tire and plunged into a drainage ditch near Sturgis, Ky. The victim of the accident was 20-year-old Eloise O’Leary. Her husband, Maxwell O’Leary, 22, is in critical condition in a Sturgis hospital. Three passengers in the car were also injured seriously and are in the same hospital as Mr. O’Leary. Mrs. O’Leary was graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1951. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bruce of Huntingburg.
Jasper Rubber Products won the championship of the Ferdinand independent basketball league tourney yesterday defeating the Jasper Chevrolets, 58-50, in St. Mary’s gym at Huntingburg. Members of the team, coached by Eddie Rees, are: Jerome Rohlman, Bob Heidorn, Jerome Oser, “Cowboy” Reese, Jim Block, Billy Giesler and Wayne Place.
The Huntingburg city council last night at its regular meeting awarded the contract for the purchase of a new fire truck for the city. The successful bidder was the Central Fire Truck Co., of St. Louis, Mo., whose price of $9,993.00 was accepted . The chassis on which the truck will be mounted will be purchased from Krietenstein and Wharton of Huntingburg. Delivery of the piece of equipment is expected in 60 to 90 days. The truck will be painted white and will meet all the required specifications.
Pvt. Paul “Buzz” Rumbach of Jasper has been assigned to duty at the U. S. Army Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas. He completed his basic training at the Aberdeen, Md. Proving Ground, after which he was assigned to the Medical Corps training school at Camp Pickett, Va., before being assigned to hospital service.
The Benedictine Archabbey of St. Meinrad will mark its first century of prayer and work on March 21. More than 250 monks now belong to this monastic community which began in 1854 with four monks from the celebrated Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. Several members of the community were born in Dubois County. Actually, a zealous pastor of Jasper was responsible for bringing the Benedictines to Indiana. Father Joseph Kundek convinced the abbot of Einsiedeln that he should send monks to Indiana to explore the possibilities of making a foundation which should be both a spiritual center and a continuous source of missionaries, especially of a native clergy, for the diocese.
Athletic Director Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill today announced Jasper High School’s spring sports schedules for 1954. Bob Fell’s diamondmen will open against Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps on Friday afternoon, April 9, at Recreation Field. Nine of the baseball team’s 11 games will be against Southern Indiana Athletic Conference opponents. Nip Wuchner’s track and field squad will launch its season Monday afternoon, April 12, in a dual meet with the Bicknell Bulldogs to be run off at Recreation Field. There are 10 outings for the Wildcat thinly-clads this spring.
About 9 o’clock Monday morning The Daily Herald will drop handbills by air over the Dale community, where this newspaper is starting carrier service. Some of the handbills will bear red stars in the lower lefthand corner. Those receiving these starred handbills will, if they write their name and address upon them and present them to Mrs. B. J. Kunz, Dale correspondent for The Herald, or at either the Huntingburg or Jasper office of The Herald, receive a three-month subscription free.
The Indiana Shetland Pony Breeders Association will have its Second Annual All-pony show at Huntingburg, June 27. Last year the show was held in the northern part of the state at Huntington. The pony show has approximately 18 different classes of entries from all over Indiana. Co-chairman of the show are Bert Kuntz of Dale and Herb Thyen of Jasper. Mr. Kuntz is a past director of the association and Mr. Thyen is now the vice-president of the state organization.
• 50 Years Ago
March 17, 1969
Lindauer’s Ladies Wear opened for business today at 318 Fourth Street in Huntingburg where Cook’s Store was located for many years. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lindauer, purchased the building several weeks ago from Mr. and Mrs. George Cook and since that time have completely redecorated the dress shop and also the upstairs apartment where they will live. The store will be managed by Mrs. Lucille Lindauer and her sister, Mrs. Hugo Leonard. Both ladies are experienced in the ready-to-wear business.
According to a decision reached at Monday night’s meeting of Mayor Dale Helmerich and the Huntingburg City Council, residents of Huntingburg will set their clocks ahead only one hour over the last weekend in April instead of two hours. At last night’s meeting the Huntingburg officials adopted Resolution 895 which provides that the clock in the city hall will be turned ahead by two hours on Saturday night, April 26, to abide by Gov. Whitcomb’s mandate in the recent session of the Legislature. However, Mayor Helmerich and the Council members decided it is not necessary for business firms or individuals to go by the faster time schedule proposed by Whitcomb. As a result, Huntingburg, which is now on Central Standard Time, will move its clocks ahead by one hour next month and will be on Central Daylight Time during the summer months instead of Eastern Daylight Time.
Stan Ruhe, sharp-shooting southpaw guard and playmaker of the Ferdinand Crusaders, received the annual Sportsmanship Award at a banquet in honor of the team at the Ferdinand American Legion Home on Tuesday evening. The affair was sponsored by the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Jaycees. Ruhe, a senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ruhe of Ferdinand. A 6-2 veteran of three years on the Crusader varsity, Ruhe received two other awards during the evening. He was recognized by WITZ as the most valuable Crusader in Patoka Valley Conference competition, and received a trophy as best defensive player. Jerry Oliver, an assistant coach at Indiana University, was the guest speaker. Other speakers included Coach Larry Klein and his assistant, Jim Hagedorn.
Pictured on the front page of this edition is Jasper athletic director Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, who was one of five persons inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday night in Indianapolis. Also in the photo is Jasper Mayor Jack Newton who, shortly after the ceremonies at the Stouffer Inn, presented O’Neill with a scroll commerating the occasion and signed by all of the players who performed for O’Neill during his outstanding coaching career at Jasper. Veteran sportscaster Tom Carnegie served as master of ceremonies for the banquet.
Army Specialist Five James J. Klein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome H. Klein, 917 Bartley St., Jasper, received the Bronze Star Medal on Feb. 21 near Lai Khe, Vietnam. Spec. Klein was presented the award for meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam. At the time of the presentation he was a clerk in 2d Batallion of the 1st Infantry Division’s 28th Infantry near Lai Khe. Spec. Klein, whose wife Susan, lives at 4907 S. Third St., Louisville, entered on active duty in October, 1967, completed basic training at Fort Knox, and was stationed at Ft. Polk, La., prior to his arrival in Vietnam in March of last year. A 1963 graduate of Jasper High School, Spec. Klein attended Sullivan Business College, Louisville, Ky.
At a meeting Friday night of the Board of Trustees of St. Benedict College to discuss future plans, a special committee was named which will report back to the board at its next meeting April 16. Meeting with the trustees last night were representatives of the Sisters of St. Benedict as well as members of the Associate Board and of Cohere. Bob Gramelspacher, president of the Board of Trustees, this morning said the committee has been set up “to explore the conditions and terms of the contract by which the Sisters of St. Benedict and a group from Jasper called ‘Cohere’ became partners in St. Benedict College.
Mrs. Florence Fierst, 62, wife of Otto Fierst of 507 West Seventh Street, died at 10;15 Friday night in Memorial Hospital. She underwent an operation last October and entered the hospital again on Monday of this week. During her lifetime Florence Fierst was one of the most active civic and social leaders in the history of Jasper.
• 25 Years Ago
March 21, 1994
Charles Hopf was elected director of the Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association at that group’s annual convention. Hopf is the owner of Hopf-Himsel, Inc., in Huntingburg, a retailer of Case-IH and other farm equipment. Hopf was also elected a director of Mid-America Retailers Services. As a director of these organizations, he is responsible for establishing the policies and overall direction of the association and subsidiary companies. Hopf and his wife, Linda, reside in Jasper.
Jasper’s new recycling program continues to be a smash hit. The street department picked up 14.25 tons of recyclables, the week of March 7-11, compared to 10.25 tons the week of Feb. 21-25 — a 39 percent increase. Workers picked up slightly more than two tons (4,134 pounds) Monday, the first day of the third circuit around the city. Recyclables are picked up every two weeks. “The program has far exceeded what we anticipated,” street commissioner Bob Main said at this morning’s meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety.
Sultan’s Run Golf Course has been rated in Golf Digest as one of the ‘Top 25’ best combined ‘golf experiences’ and ‘values’ in North America. Sultan’s Run also received 4-out-of-5 stars as a ‘super value’ course, as well as being listed among Golf Digest subscriber’s as ‘Places to Play’ Guide. The listing appears in the April issue of the monthly magazine. The local course was joined by other courses such as Pinehurst #2, Cog Hill, Blackwolf Run, and the Homestead. Sultan’s Run opened in 1992 and is open to the public. It requires tee-times seven days a week and reserves them seven days in advance.
Fifty new jobs will come from an expansion at Jasper Rubber Products, it was announced at Wednesday night’s Jasper Common Council meeting. Councilmen gave initial approval to a $2 million bond issue for the project, which will include new machinery and an 18,000-square-foot addition to the company’s rubber plant on the north side of First Avenue. Jasper Rubber Company manufactures rubber parts for car oil filters and for appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and garbage disposals. The industries that use JARCO products are growing steadily, said Bob Boehman, executive vice-president of finance.
The Dubois County Council voted Thursday night to try again to put an end to the county’s Economic Development Income Tax. The council wants to convert EDIT to the County Option Income Tax. The two taxes together can only amount to 1 percent of income, according to state law, and COIT now stands at .6 percent while EDIT is at .4 percent. Dropping EDIT and converting that .4 percent to COIT means taxpayers pay the same amount of tax but that it is distributed differently throughout the county. Council president Richard Eckerle said COIT can be used directly for property tax relief while EDIT must be spent on designated projects in the county and incorporated areas.
The Computer Center of Jasper will be one of five regional businesses to receive a Blue Chip Enterprizes award at a banquet scheduled for April 14 in Carmel, Indiana. The Blue Chip Enterprizes is a national program that recognizes small businesses that have overcome challenges and shares their strategies for success with other businesses. The Computer Center was selected from a pool of more than 700 businesses that applied for this year’s Blue Chip Enterprise Inititative Award.
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