Looking Back: 3/22

Jack Barnett for many years lived in this home at the southeast corner of Eighth and Clay streets, which was owned by Sebastian Kuebler. Barnett was warehouseman for Mr. Kuebler, Jasper’s leading merchant in the early days. Sebastian Kuebler purchased the property at Eighth and Clay streets in the 1860’s and removed the house shown in this photo about 1897. The brick and stone removed from this home were cleaned and used in the construction of a home built at 402 West Ninth Street. Kuebler then built another home on the site shown. (Photoghraph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
March 21, 1949
Excerpt from Jasper Mayor Herbert Thyen’s proclamation of March 19 — Whereas, the Jasper High School Basketball Team, by their united efforts as a team, and by their fair play as individuals of a team, have been crowned the State Basketball Champions; and Whereas, their fine record and achievements have brought fame to our community; and Whereas, it is fitting and proper that the City of Jasper give honor to the coach and the team for their splendid showing. Now therefore be it Resolved, That the week of March 21st, 1949, be officially designated by the Mayor of the City of Jasper, as “Wildcat Week”...

More than 15,000 people jammed Jasper to welcome home the conquering state basketball champs, in a style that is usually reserved for guys who fly an ocean or win a presidential election. On all highways leading into Jasper were lines of cars bearing folks who wanted to cheer for the team that brought the trophy to Southern Indiana.

March 22
Up to the present time, 1,260 Dubois County farmers have indicated that they will participate in the 1949 Agricultural Conservation Program, it has been announced by Jack Hauser, chairman of the Agricultural Conservation Committee. The land holdings of the 1,260 farmers who have signed up so far represent 72 percent of the crop land in Dubois County.

Members of the state championship Jasper Wildcats basketball team begin a busy round of extra-curricular affairs tomorrow afternoon after obliging Coach “Cabby” O’Neill and resting three days to recover from their trophy-winning drive. Tomorrow noon the squad goes to Washington to be the guests of the Washington Rotary Club. Tomorrow night the team will be guests of honor at the Evansville wrestling matches. Thursday at noon they’ll be guests of the Evansville Kiwanis. In the afternoon they’ll attend the annual Evansville Central High School celebration and then be the guests of Loew’s Theatre.

March 23
The members of Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2366, at their regular meeting last Monday night, elected James L. Milton as their new commander for the coming year.

Adolph Rupp, coach of the nations’s Number One college basketball team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, has been obtained as principal speaker for the annual Kiwanis banquet for the Jasper Wildcats. In all, seventy-two honored guests have been extended invitations to the fete. Heading the list are Gov. Henry F. Schricker and Lieut. Gov. John A. Watkins. Chairman Paul F. Wuchner and his committee set out to find a place where a maximum number of people could be accommodated for this testimonial to the state champions. Consequently, the banquet will be held at Calumet Lake on Tuesday, April 5.

March 24
An honor celebration, at which the state championship Jasper wildcats and their coaches, the runners-up from Madison and their coaches and the Huntingburg Hunters and coaches will be the guests has been planned by the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club. At a meeting of the board of directors, Tuesday night, March 29, was set as the date for the big dinner which will be held in the Salem Parish Hall.

March 25
A new gymnasium for Huntingburg was a step nearer to reality today following the return of a group of 25 Huntingburg businessmen from Herrin, Illinois, where they viewed a modern gymnasium nearing completion. Following the inspection of the structure that can accommodate 4,000 fans, Louis Wagner, former mayor of Huntingburg and a Hunter sports fan of long standing, called a meeting and asked for comments or criticisms. Everyone thought the building, with a few minor changes, would be practical for Huntingburg’s needs. Walter Uebelhor, member of the school board who accompanied the group, stated that the school board and City of Huntingburg could, and possibly would, erect such a structure in Huntingburg.

March 26
Arnold Eckerle was re-elected commander of Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at an election held this week in the post’s home in north Jasper.

Jim Milton was elected commander of the Huntingburg Post 2366, Veterans of Foreign Wars, this week.

The Jasper Public Library calls your attention to a new book the library has just acquired.
“Understanding Television” is a book telling what television is and how it works.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
March 23, 1964
The sum of $7,084.10 was contributed to the 1964 March of Dimes campaign to help fight birth defects, arthritis and polio, it was announced today by Mrs. Paulyne Brendle, county treasurer for the campaign. This figure includes the money collected in the Mothers March and that donated by all other sources. The annual Mothers March in January, in which collections were made from house to house, raised $2,983.92.

A representative of the Small Business Administration was in Jasper Saturday in regard to possible requests for assistance from local homeowners, businesses and industrial firms as a result of flood damage. Since Dubois County is included in the territory that has been declared a disaster area, loans can be secured with an interest rate of three percent.

Three members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department made a trip to Knightstown over the weekend to check on the progress being made on equipping the emergency vehicle which they are acquiring. Fire Chief “Pete” Hopf and firemen Ray Gunselman and Rich Eckstein were taken to Knightstown by Paul Uebelhor, who sold them the chassis for the mobile unit. The firemen have already acquired some of the equipment for the unit, including two resuscitators, a portable generator and flood lights. The emergency vehicle is being bought with about $6,000 from the firemen’s fund, and in coming weeks the firemen will solicit local business firms in an attempt to raise the additional $3,000 required.

March 24
Mayor Jack Newton of Jasper this morning announced that the Federal Government, through the Federal Disaster Act, and with the authority of Robert Bates, Indiana Civil Defense director, will pay the cost of razing the old Eckert Mill building south of the Patoka River dam. The recent flood caused a section of the building’s stone wall foundation to collapse. Mayor Newton said that the removal of the building has become necessary for safety reasons. He said the building poses a threat to fishermen due to the deteriorating condition of the building’s foundation. Engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers have viewed the damaged building and agreed that for the sake of safety the mill should be torn down.

March 25
Bob Gates, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced today that he will be in Jasper Thursday to meet at 7:30 p.m. with members of the county GOP organization as well as prospective delegates to the Republican state convention.

Charles Warren Siebe, a senior at Holland High School, has been selected for the third successive year, to be a member of the All-State Band, which will play a concert at the Highland high school, near Anderson, Ind., on April 4. He is president and student director of his high school band.

March 26
Richard Eckerle, president of the Board of Commissioners of Dubois County, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Indiana County Commissioners Association Wednesday during the 50th annual Purdue Road School at Lafayette.

Susan E. Schilling, ten-year-old daughter of Mrs. Elenora Schilling and the late Albert Schilling of Ferdinand, died around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Riley Hospital in Indianapolis where she had undergone open heart surgery Tuesday morning. Susan was born with a congenital  heart condition and had undergone a previous operation in 1957. She later continued to attend school but did not return to school when classes resumed last September.

March 27
The members of Jasper’s newest church congregation, Redeemer Lutheran, are looking forward to the time when the congregation will have its own building. Since its organization in September of 1962, services have been held on the second floor of the National Guard Armory. The congregation is now acquiring from Mr. and Mrs. Claude Line a tract of 3.25 acres located on 32nd Street on the city’s north side. An architect will be hired in the near future to draw plans for Redeemer’s total church plant, according to an announcement in the church bulletin by the pastor, Rev. Ronald E. Schoo.

March 28
A St. Vincent de Paul Store, which will serve the entire area included in the Jasper Deanery, will be established in Jasper, it was announced by P. A. Buechler of Ferdinand, president of the Jasper Particular Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The store is being set up in the building behind the Schnitzelbank Restaurant formerly occupied by the Little Kentucky Amusement Hall. Larry Hanselman, proprietor of the Schnitzelbank, has been named manager of the store. The St. Vincent de Paul Stores have been operated for many years in all parts of the world by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is an international charitable organization of Catholic men. The store in Jasper will deal in clothing, shoes and household furnishings. Donations of this type of stock will be accepted from anyone and none of the stock offered in the store will be purchased. All items in the store will be marked with a nominal price and any proceeds realized will be used to maintain and expand the store and equipment or for other charitable purposes.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
March 20, 1989
Kathryn Fishbaugh, a seventh-grader at Jasper Middle School, received the junior grand award this weekend at the Tri-State Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Her project, “Depositional Environment of an Outcrop,” consisted of studying a “huge grayish-orange and black rock” near Patoka Lake, according to Margaret Flack, science fair coordinator for the middle school. Kathryn determined that vegetation and ripple marks on the rock proved it to be from a river environment, and she also ascertained the rock’s age. In recognition of winning the only junior grand award, Kathryn received a trophy, and the school received a plaque.

March 21
Two government boards took turns backing an expanding Huntingburg firm Monday. DMI plans to build a 180,000-square-foot plant next to a company warehouse by October, bringing 100 new jobs immediately and up to 50 more by 1991. The bedroom and office furniture manufacturer had requested using the town’s bonding power to issue $4 million work of economic development bonds to finance the move. Monday afternoon, the Huntingburg Economic Development Commission said it was a good idea. They recommended the financing to councilmen that evening, who also agreed and passed the motion. Meanwhile, city officials are rushing to prepare the site the plant will occupy ­at Sixth and Geiger streets.

March 22
Jerome A. “Dimp” Stenftenagel was a good basketball player. Jasper’s top scorer and team captain in 1948-49, he lead the Wildcats to the state championship that season. “Dimp” will be enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremonies Thursday night in Indianapolis.

March 23
Roy Grimes, who has been Patoka Lake property director since the summer of 1985, is leaving. The Richmond native has accepted a position with Kansas Parks and Wildlife. His replacement at Patoka will be Barney Hughes, who is currently working at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources central offices in Indianapolis.

March 24
Eugene O. Brahm, 59, of St. Meinrad, died Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle accident about two hours earlier. Brahm was driving south on State Road 245, 2 1/2 miles south of Dale, when he lost control of his flat-bed truck while rounding a curve, according to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

March 25
Don Routson, executive vice president of Dubois County Bank, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the banker advisory committee of the Graduate School of Banking. Held each year at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the intensive three-year study program provides bankers from around the country an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and monetary problems. Routson, senior loan officer at DCB, is a 1976 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking.

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