Looking Back: 3/23

Photo courtesy of Dick Nicholson
Dick Nicholson won Bimbo, a pony, in 1931. Dick was the runner-up in an essay contest sponsored by Reising’s, a Jasper clothing store on the Square, and Poll Parrot Shoes. The contest winner, Geneva Schott, was unable to accept the pony, so it went to Dick. Enjoying the new pony with Dick at the Nicholson residence at 1415 Jackson St. in Jasper were Harold Harder, Mary Alice Harder, Ralph Miller, Bill Harder, Arnold Nicholson and Mildred Nicholson.

65 Years Ago
March 22, 1948

Plans are nearing completion today for the Southern Indiana Band, Orchestra and Vocal Contest, which will be held in Huntingburg on Saturday, April 3. Twelve bands, 10 choruses and three orchestras will take part in the various contests, bringing a total of 1,123 student musicians from 15 schools to Huntingburg for the affair.

Leo J. Stemle, county attorney, has reported that two parcels of county-owned land that were sold at public auction Saturday brought the sum of $1,931 into the county treasury. Both parcels were part of acreage that the county had bought during the process of securing right of way for a new state highway to be constructed from the Dubois Crossroads, on State Road 56, to the town of Dubois. The county for the past six or seven years has been trying to gain the right of way for a road to replace the existing county road that runs from the crossroads to Dubois. Some time ago the state highway department engineers surveyed the land from the crossroads to the Patoka River at Dubois and announced that if the county would furnish the right of way, the state would build a new highway. All of the right of way now has been secured. The new highway will utilize some of the roadbed of the existing county road, but most of it will be built along a new right of way. The right of way of the county road is 30 feet wide while that of the proposed highway is from 80 to 200 feet wide.

March 23
The bodies of a number of tristate men, including two from Dubois County, who died in World War II while fighting for Pacific islands, are aboard the U.S. Army transport Walter W Schwenk, which has arrived at San Francisco. The two Dubois County men are Pfc. Gilbert L. Miller, a Marine from Jasper, and pharmacists mate 2nd Class Leslie A. Kilian, a member of the Navy from Huntingburg.
Thirty-eight candidates answered coach Cabby O’Neill’s first call for baseball aspirants this week as the Jasper High School diamond squad began preparing for a 12-game schedule. Coach O’Neill lost four regulars through graduation last year but has picked up a number of players who gained valuable experience in Junior Legion ball last summer.

March 24
Revard “Riff” Pfeffer returned to baseball after an eight-year lapse Tuesday night when he accepted the job as manager of the Jasper Reds semipro baseball team. At a meeting held in the Legion Home, Pfeffer was named manager, and Lee Schaaf was appointed assistant manger. Eddie Jones was reappointed club secretary-treasurer. Riff held the managerial post of the Reds in 1939 and 1940, when he took his team to the Midwest semipro tourney in Terre Haute.

March 25
The employees of the new Indiana Chair Co. of Jasper have disaffiliated from the United Furniture Workers of America, CIO, and formed their own independent union. It will be known as Local No. 1, Furniture Workers Union of America. Fred Zehr is president.

The people of Dubois County have an investment of $97,591 in the county poor farm near Ireland, according to a recent inventory taken by County Auditor George Kreilein, County Attorney Leo J. Stemle and County Commissioners Kasper Bellner, Fred Humbert and Nick Knust.

March 26
Two state officers of the Disabled American Veterans were in Jasper on Wednesday night to reorganize a local chapter of the DAV for this area. Approximately 50 disabled veterans attended the meeting, which was held in at the courthouse. Following the explanation of the organization by the visitors, 29 veterans signed up.

The Indiana Traffic Safety Commission announced that 11 Indiana cities will receive national honors for not having a single fatal traffic accident during 1947. The list of honorees includes Jasper.

March 27
The two Jasper taxicab companies are raising the prices of fares, effective today, it was announced by Leo Reker, operator of Jasper Cab Co., and George Manos, who operates Rainbow Cab and Bus Lines. The fare within the city of Jasper will be raised from 20 cents to 25 cents. The fare from Jasper to Huntingburg will jump from $1.25 to $1.50. The fare for each additional person in the party on the trip to Huntingburg will be 35 cents.

50 Years Ago
March 25, 1963

Several residents of Dubois County were in Indianapolis for the 36th annual meeting of the Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association on Wednesday and Thursday. They heard reports that Indiana farmers increased their use of the Farm Bureau Co-op system to an all-time high for the second straight year. Those from Dubois County who attended the meeting were Albert Brames, Ed Burgdorf, Emil Burger, Gilbert Fleck, Grant Hubster, Bill Prather and Roscoe Ring.

March 26
James Cawood, head basketball coach at Dubois High School for the past four years, has resigned his post, according to an announcement made today by Oscar Kalb, trustee of Harbison Township.
Two of Jasper’s native sons will be ordained as Catholic priests Saturday in Holy Trinity Church in Innsbruck, Austria. The ordinands are Kenneth L. Graehler and Earl Robert Rohleder. Following the ordination ceremonies, the newly ordained priests will take visiting relatives and friends to points of interest in Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland.

Daniel Buening of R. 2, Huntingburg, who in January was named Dubois County’s Outstanding Young Farmer of 1962 by the junior chambers of commerce of Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper, received his award recently at a banquet in his honor in Woodman Hall in Ferdinand. Mr. Buening, 30, operates a 340-acre farm in partnership with his brothers, Jerome and Pat.

High school sophomore Jan Elaine Heeke of R. 4, Jasper, and senior Bill Weikert of R. 1, Dubois, were named spelling champions at the annual all-school spelling bee held Friday at Jasper High School. The finals, in which the 25 boys and 25 girls who were homeroom champions participated, was held in the gym before the student body.

March 27
Several local band students have been selected to take part in the All-State Band Concert to be given Saturday night in the high school auditorium at Seymour. Two of Richard Kemper’s students from Huntingburg — Dennis Dougherty, clarinet, and Sandra Waibel, flute — will come to Jasper on Friday afternoon and will accompany Ray Cox, director of the JHS band, and two other students — Don Dudine, Jasper, trombone, and Kenny Ziegler, Dubois, clarinet — to Seymour.

March 28
Ray Goldman, James Bilderback and Mary Spengler of the Huntingburg High School faculty, Victor Walk of Tell City High School and Alba Altman of Jasper High School will serve as chairmen for the Huntingburg regional meet of the 49th annual high school contests in English, mathematics, Spanish and Latin sponsored by the Indiana University Extension Division. Regional meets for the contests will be held Saturday in 36 Indiana cities.

March 29
Jasper High School’s diamond squad played an intrasquad baseball game at Recreation Field on Thursday afternoon and the pitchers dominated the contest as the Golds defeated the Blacks, 5-2, in a six-inning tilt. Coach Wes Settle said this morning that Mike Dippel will start the first game of Saturday’s twin bill at Chrisney at 2:30 p.m.

The first in a series of four free golf clinics that is open to the public will be held at 8 o’clock this evening at the Dubois County Country Club. The panel will discus the current rules of golf and will conduct lessons on the phases of the game. A golf film on Gary Player and Peter Thompson will be shown at the close of tonight’s program.

March 30
Olinger Construction Co. of Huntingburg was the low bidder Friday on the contract for paving Ferdinand’s main street, it was announced by the State Highway Commission. The contract calls for treatment of 1.344 miles of State Road 162 from a point .13 of a mile south of the south corporation line of the town of Ferdinand to a point .19 of a mile north of the north corporation line.

25 Years Ago
March 21, 1988

Republicans can’t sit around if they expect to keep control of state offices, Lt. Gov. John Mutz told a Republican dinner audience Sunday. Mutz visited Jasper for the annual Lincoln Day dinner, which brought out GOP officeholders as well as GOP office hopefuls from Dubois County and surrounding counties.

Mutz presented Sagamore of the Wabash awards Sunday to two Dubois County Republicans on behalf of Gov. Robert Orr. The awards, the highest the governor can bestow, went to county Republican Chairman Don Hayes and Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Burke at the close of the annual Lincoln Day dinner, where Mutz was the guest speaker.

The Jasper High School winter guard finished fourth in the state in winter guard competition Saturday. Competing in Class A (15 to 22 members), Jasper emerged from a 27-school preliminary competition at Mooresville High School on Saturday as one of 7 finalists. The finalists competed later Saturday at Southport High School.

March 22
At a meeting Monday, Dubois County Council President Gene Hostetter made the county’s strongest pitch yet for creating a central 911 telephone number in a bid to win the cooperation of the 21 emergency-assistance agencies in the county whose dispatching could be affected. Under the system the county proposes, callers would be able to dial 911 and talk to a central operator who could dispatch emergency services from any police, fire or medical agency in the county.
There’s only one Huntingburg in the whole world, and the new city flag will say just that.
Councilman Bob Whitten Jr., chairman of the committee working toward finding a flag, unveiled a tentative design at Monday’s council meeting. The design depicts a yellow banner wrapped around an image of a globe showing the western hemisphere. Huntingburg’s location on the globe is marked by an acorn and oak leaf emblem.

March 23
Dave Eckerle of Jasper was the recipient of Scouting’s highest award for volunteers Saturday evening when he received the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding service to Scouting and the community. Eckerle, president of Dubois County Bank, has been in Scouting for 17 years.
Christi Kratzer of Huntingburg has qualified for the international level of the Knights of Columbus free throw contest by winning her age group in the state competition March 13 at Roncalli High School. Christi, 13, tied for first place in the state contest by making 19 of 25 free throws, then made four of five free throws to win the tie-breaker. Kratzer is an eighth-grader at Southridge Middle School, where she played on the girls basketball team.

March 24
Local heart attack victims’ chances for survival have improved dramatically now that both local hospitals have become part of the Cardiac Emergency Network. Both Memorial and St. Joseph’s will now be able to begin significant treatment of a heart attack before transferring the victim to an Evansville hospital.

Ellen Hendricks, the department head for social studies at Forest Park High School, is one of only three teachers in Indiana to receive the 1988 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship. The fellowship was initiated last year by the U.S. Department of Education in honor of Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the 36-year-old social studies teacher who died during the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.

March 25
Veteran Haysville firefighters Edgar Nigg, 62, and Clinton Ruckriegel, 67, have received one of Indiana’s most prestigious firefighter awards, the Indiana Fire Fighters Meritorious Service Award.

March 26
According to housing figures compiled by the Center for Real Estate Studies at Indiana University, 176 homes were sold in Dubois County during 1987. The average selling price of those homes was $47,450.

J. Steven Martin of the Martin Group in Huntingburg has been elected president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Indiana. Martin has served on the 13-member board of directors as the southwestern Indiana representative for the past four years.

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