Looking Back: 3/23March 22, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 22, 1954
Mayor Edward Lorey of Jasper this morning deplored the fact that some local residents are raiding the city’s rock piles at the city dump and using the rock to repair their alleys. Mayor Lorey said he realizes as well as anyone that the present digging up of streets and alleys for the purpose of laying gas mains is causing temporary inconvenience for many people. He said that repairs will be made as quickly as possible, and pointed out that in some cases those who are swiping rock from the city dump are using the wrong type of rock to make repairs. The mayor said that this will cause city workers added trouble when they go about making permanent repairs. He warned that anyone removing rock from the city’s storage at the dump without authority will be prosecuted.
The regular meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Huntingburg was held at the Ideal Hotel Monday with President John M. Bretz presiding. The invocation was spoken by Rev. Fred Fahrenkamp. Miss Dorothy Gable presided at the piano during the luncheon. Walter Mason was awarded the attendance prize. There was an attendance of 54. Ray Christopher was in charge of the program. He had invited the former prosecutor of Dubois County, William M. Cox, who spoke on the meaning and signification of the 15th amendment of the constitution. He gave an explanation of what is meant by “due process of law.”
At last night’s regular meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the Jasper city council, officials studied maps prepared by Jerome Schneider, a consulting engineer for the city, and pondered the question of passing an ordinance to annex Little Kentucky and some other areas into the corporate limits. The assessed valuation of Little Kentucky and Holy Family Church area is $478,450, said Mr. Schneider. This is exclusive of a new business building and several homes built during the past 18 months. Other areas the city officials would like to annex, and their assessed valuation are: Ireland road area $277,870; Otto Birk, Country Club and Gust Eckert additions, $17,960; Megner-Roelle addition and remainder of Summit Heights west to Alphonse Schitter, $44,250. The total present assessed valuation of all the property the city would like to annex is $818,530.
Jasper city officials and other civic-minded local men who have since last summer’s severe drought been trying to hit on a feasible solution to Jasper’s water shortage problem, believe they have an answer. Mayor Lorey and the city councilmen believe that an 80-acre city lake at an estimated cost of $60,000 would work. The site takes in some of Alvin Ruxer’s land and parts of two adjoining farms. Will Fritch, who has probably spent as much time and study as anybody on the problem of creating an adequate water supply for Jasper, thinks the proposed site is an excellent idea. It is estimated that construction of a dam of about 350 feet in length at this location would impound about 350 galloms of water.
The 1954 polio campaign in Dubois County netted $9,533.76 it has been announced by Mrs. Jim Brendle, who served as treasurer for the campaign. The Mothers March alone accounted for $4,298.43. This was conducted on January 29, when hundreds of Dubois County women made a house-to-house canvass for donations. The dance at the Rustic Tavern brought in $660.31. County clubs and civic organizations donated $405.30, while businesses and firms donated a total of $1,766.50. Donations given at sports events came to $617.01, and $484.33 was contributed at motion picture theaters. Pupils of the county schools donated $1,183.91. Total expenses of the campaign were only $116.78.
While going through some old records recently, Harry Stroud of 508 W. 8th St., Jasper, came across an interesting document issued by the Postoffice Department in 1879. It is the acceptance of a contract for the carrying of mail from Shoals to Jasper. The contractor, Willard Cox of Kellerville, agreed to carry the mail between the two towns for four years, July 1, 1880, to June 30, 1884, for the sum of $450 per year. The document, signed November 1, 1879, by Thos. J. Brady. Second Assistant Postmaster General, in Washington, D. C., does not state how often the trip must be made, but it was probably two or three times a week. It did specify, however, that delivery must be made with “Celerity, Certainty and Security.”
• 50 Years Ago
March 24, 1969
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Mark Englert, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Englert of Jasper, who was awarded the Rex Critchlow Sportsmanship Award Friday night at the annual Jasper Little League Reorganization meeting. Ralph Heath, president of the Jasper Little League Program, is shown making the presentation. A standing room only crowd of over 400 attended the meeting held at the Fifth Street School gym. Trophies were awarded to the 1968 pennant winners.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Vincent Egler, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Egler, of Rt. 1, Jasper. Each year counties throughout the state nominate a handicapped youngster to vie for the title of Indiana Easter Seal Child. Vincent has been named to represent Dubois County. Vincent, who is 12 years old, has been afflicted with muscular dystrophy since he was one year old. He has spent most of his life in a wheelchair and wears leg braces at night. He is a sixth grade student at Fifth Street School. His teacher is Mrs. Sophia Huff. Vincent has two brothers, Dean, who is five, and John, three.
The appearance of a nationally prominent news commentator in Jasper was announced today as a joint venture of all the veterans organizations in Dubois County. Paul Harvey, radio and television news commentator from Chicago, will address the public in the Jasper High School gymnasium on Tuesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. Harvey presently appears on all television networks and is heard twice daily on ABC Radio, where his syndicated column has been carried for the past 35 years. Chairman of the event, Lowell Glendening, Commander of Jasper American Legion Post 147, said Harvey’s appearance is part of Loyalty Week activities, observed annually by veterans organizations throughout the country during the last week of April.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Ireland Spuds trophy winners from their basketball banquet held last night at the St. Mary’s cafeteria in Ireland. The annual banquet, sponsored by the Ireland Lions Club, honors the players, coaches and the cheerleaders. Pictured are the three seniors who won awards. They include: Tim Leinenbach who won the Defensive and WITZ MVP Award, Greg Leinenbach, who won the Lions Club Free Throw Trophy, and Bill Rasche, who won the “I” Award, Rebound and Assists Trophy. Also in the photo are Ted Bartley, president of the Ireland Lions Club, Bob Easterday, head coach of the Spuds and Gordon Stauffer, head coach of Indiana State University and the principal speaker at the banquet.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the four Jasper High School basketball players who received trophies last night at the annual Jasper Kiwanis Club basketball banquet held at the K of C in Jasper. Bob Parker (who won the Jaycee Free Throw Trophy), Gary Corbin (who won the Assists Trophy), Wayne Bailey (who won the Most Rebounds and Free Throw Percentage Trophies), and Jim Wenzel (who won the Best “B” Team Free Throw Percentage). Also pictured are Frankie Ebenkamp, president of the Kiwanis, head coach Ed Schultheis, “Jo Jo” Dean, principal speaker, and Rex May, assistant coach.
On top of a full schedule at St. Benedict College, some students are using their free time to teach others. This is not a teacher training program, but a volunteer group who teach religion to high school students. Ralph Wirthwein (Ferdinand) assists Mrs. Therese Hildenbrand (business manager at the college) in teaching an evening class at Fulda. Ralph is a sophomore, majoring in secondary education. Teaching C.C.D. classes to the Ferdinand High School students are Mary Margaret Ulrich (Evansville), Rosemary Rexing (Evansville), Mary Agnes Dauby (Jeffersonville), Sharon Fleck (Jasper), Jane Sumner (Washington), Tom Davis (Columbus), Patty Becher (Ferdinand), John Jones (Wheatfield) and John Kirchgassner (Guliford). These students teach every Monday from 8 to 9.
• 25 Years Ago
March 28, 1994
Decades before Cheers glorified the neighborhood bar, Mariah Hill residents knew they could drop by the Chateau along state Road 62 for good food, conversation and a beer or two.When fire gutted the 60-year-old tavern last May, owner Ray Fetter was unsure whether he would rebuild. But the tavern’s absence left a vacancy in town. Fetter and seven other residents have formed a partnership to rebuild the Chateau. Construction began in February, and they hope to re-open sometime in July. Brothers Jim and Jesse Yelling opened the Chateau — then called “Meet the Two J’s” — in the 1930s.
Three area high school basketball players were named to the 1994 Associated Press All-State teams today. Forest Park’s Curt Begle, Southridge’s Tim Tooley and Pike Central’s Adrienne Seitz, according to a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters, are among the state’s elite hoop players. Begle received the highest honor of the trio as he was named to the All-State second team. Tooley and Seitz were both honorable mention selections.
Northeast Dubois High School announced the selection of delegates and their alternates for the 57th session of Hoosier Boys State June 11-18 on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Attending the conference this summer will be Mark Schroering, son of Maurice and Judy Schroering of rural Dubois, and Michael Seger, son of Keith and Charlotte Seger of Dubois. Their alternates are Josh Bolin, son of Kimberly Bolin-Heeke of Dubois, and Ryan Hasenour, son of Ronald and Jan Hasenour of rural Celestine. The young men are sponsored by the Celestine Community Club and the Dubois Community Club.
Two downtown French Lick buildings — housing the Hoosier Cafe and Bar and a bookstore and storage area for Fern’s Antiques — burned to the ground early today in a fire that is thought to have started in the cafe. Another building, containing a leather and shoe store and four apartments under construction, was gutted in a fire that was called into 911 a few minutes before 5 a. m. today. A fourth building, containing a second-hand furniture store, had some smoke damage but the contents were moved out of the building before they could be harmed, said Dubois Fire Chief Joe DeKemper. The businesses were located along State Road 56 but none were in historic buildings, according to Bob Wininger, owner of the nearby Orange County Beverage Company.
Expect Huntingburg’s new city hall to be open within seven months. Councilmen met briefly Thursday to finalize financial details for giving the former Smith’s Furniture Exchange building at 408 E. Fourth St. a $1 million facelift. Thursday’s actions sealed a 22-year lease-financing agreement. A tax-exempt bond issue will pay for the renovation. The city’s $124,000 yearly lease payments will cover the debt service on the bond issue. The project itself will not raise taxes because the city has pledged to use Economic Development Income Tax money to make its lease payments.
GAB Bancorp announced Friday that its acquisition of the Otwell State Bank has been completed. The Otwell shareholders approved the merger Thursday at the shareholders’ meeting. The Otwell State Bank and GAB Bancorp’s other Pike County affiliate, Southwestern Indiana Bank with offices in Winslow and Petersburg, are combining their resources and operating under a new name, Community Trust Bank. Southwestern was acquired by the bank holding corporation in early 1993. Community Trust Bank is now Pike County’s second largest bank with assets of about $35 million. The offices in Otwell, Winslow and Petersburg kept the same employees and staff. GAB Bancorp is also the holding company for the German American Bank in Dubois County and Union Bank in Loogootee. The corporation’s total assets are around $320 million.
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