Looking Back: 3/29

The second Jasper College building was constructed in 1890. The school was incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana in January of that year and was authorized to confer the usual academic degrees. The bricks used in this second building were of local manufacture and the trim work about the front entrance and over the windows was of limestone. Local stone mason Michael Durlauf designed the structure. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
March 28, 1949
The Jasper Retail Merchants Association is sponsoring a sales clinic four evenings this week in the Jasper High School building, starting this evening. Wendolin Krodel, president of the association, said this morning that so far about 125 persons have signified their intention of attending the session. The sales clinic is being given free of charge to salespeople, department heads, owners, managers and supervisors in all types of local selling organizations. All classes will be conducted by G. Elwood Hookey of the Department of Distributive Education of Indiana University.

March 29
The community of Dubois, victims of eight floods during the first three months of 1949, is seeking relief from this condition. A. J. Kreitzer, president of the Dubois Town Board and principal of Dubois High School, has written a letter to Superintendent Samuel Hadden of the State Highway Department, which explains the catastrophic effect the flooding has had on school children and businessmen of the community. The letter stresses the fact that 1⁄4 mile of road west of the community is three feet below high water level, and when flooding occurs, this causes extra mileage for school buses, farmers’ tractors and consumers who wish to trade with local businesses.

Five Dubois County seniors — three from Jasper and two from Huntingburg — are included in the list of 100 players nominated for positions on the Indiana All-Star basketball squad. From Jasper are Jerome Stenftenagel, Bob White and Bill Litchfield. Tom Smith and Kenny Moenkhaus were named from the Huntingburg team.

March 30
More than 300 fans joined with the Huntingburg Kiwanis club last night to pay tribute to three championship basketball teams — the Indiana state champions from Jasper, the Kentucky state champions from Owensboro and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference kings from Huntingburg. R. H. McMurtrie served as master of ceremonies.

March 31
Complete plans and specifications for the Dubois County Memorial Hospital, ready to submit to contractors for bids, will be available on or about April 15, according to a report received yesterday by the local officers of the association from architect Walter Sholer and Associates of Lafayette. As soon as the specifications are completed, three copies will be submitted to the state and federal authorities, the Little Company of Mary, who will operate the facility, and local offices for a final check, after which bids will be called for. May 15 is the probable deadline.

April 1
Machinery was set in motion last night in Huntingburg to bring about the construction of a new gymnasium in that city. The school board and Superintendent of Schools Ray Goldman met with approximately seventy citizens, part of whom had made a trip to Herrin, Ill., a week ago to view a modern gymnasium structure being completed there. A citizens’ committee of seven men was elected to work with the school board in completing arrangements for the project. This committee includes Louis Wagner, R. P. Olinger, Bill Ellsworth, George St. Angelo, John Struckman, P. C. Giltner and Albert Knust.

April 2
The St. Joseph School building, which was extensively damaged by fire last January 4, is now under roof. Electricians are re-wiring the building, and plumbers and steam fitters are on the job. The rebuilding job is progressing at a rapid rate under the capable supervision of Andy Berger, who was the contractor for the building when it was originally erected.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
March 30, 1964
James J. Stenftenagel, owner and manager of Sten’s Sales and Service in Little Kentucky, on Ind. 162 South, announces the completion of an expansion program. The entire organization has been reorganized in order to meet the growing needs of the small engine business.

Roger Zion of Evansville, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of 8th District Congressman, will be in Jasper all day tomorrow, it was announced this morning by Wayne Place, president of the Citizens for Zion Committee. Mr. Zion will address the members of the Kiwanis Club at their noon luncheon meeting in the K. of C. Club.

March 31
Dennis Heeke of R. 2, Dubois, today announced that he has filed his candidacy for Joint Representative of Dubois and Warrick counties, subject to the Democratic primary election in May. The 36-year-old turkey grower is currently president of the county Democratic Farmers Club.

April 1
Dr. George A. Held of Jasper, has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the office of coroner. He has served on two previous occasions in this capacity. His brother, Albert Hanley Held, was elected to the office in 1939 and took office on the following January 1st. He had served for only three days when he was called for Naval Reserve duty. Dr. Held then succeeded him and served until the following April 26 when he was called for duty in the Army Medical Corps. In 1948 he ran for the office of coroner and was elected. He was re-elected in 1952, and served for a total of eight years as coroner.

Fred Abshire of Holland has been elected chairman of the Lincoln Trails District, Boy Scouts of America, for the coming year. He succeeds Bill Purdue of Boonville. Three other Dubois County men also have been named to district committee positions. They are Ambrose Schmitt of Jasper and Harold Henke of Holland, vice-chairmen; and Robert Menke of Huntingburg, district delegate to the Buffalo Trace Council executive board.

April 2
Beginning at 1 p.m.  Friday, April 17, a number of local residents — the sponsors of the project hope there will be at least 150 in the group — will begin a 24-hour experiment in living in a “bomb shelter”. The shelter will be the basement of the Claude A. Gramelspacher Elementary School on West Fifth Street in Jasper. The windows of the basement will be sandbagged, as they would be during the actual presence of fallout from a nuclear explosion, and those inside the shelter will find themselves rationed as to use of water and intake of survival wafers.

April 3
For the convenience of citizens in the Dubois County area who have suffered losses to their businesses as a result of the recent flood, the Small Business Administration has established offices in the National Guard Armory to process the applications for loans. Two representatives of the administration established offices in the armory this morning. The SBA makes disaster loans to assist in the recovery from physical damage to property.

Construction of Patoka Reservoir has been recommended by the Cincinnati division office of the Army Corps of Engineers. The reservoir would be built for purposes of floor control, recreation and fish and wildlife preservation. The Engineers’ report has been sent to members of Congress. The reservoir site is on the Patoka River in Dubois, Orange and Crawford counties. The reservoir would cost $24 million, with local interests providing $3,658,000. It would cover 8,900 acres.

April 4
About 300 persons attended a meeting at the VFW Home in Jasper Friday afternoon that had been called for members of the NFO and other interested farmers in the Evansville marketing area. The main topic of the meeting was a discussion of meat imports. Congressman Winfield K. Denton said he agrees with the contention of the NFO that too much meat is being imported into the US to compete with domestic supplies. S. E. Durcholz of Ireland, the president of the Dubois County chapter of the National Farmers Organization, said he was well pleased with the attendance.

Mayor Dale Helmerich of Huntingburg was informed today by the State Highway Department that the roadside rest park proposed just west of the City Lake dam on State Road 64 has been approved. Construction on the project will get underway Monday, weather permitting. The work will be done from the Petersburg sub-district garage of the highway department. The area, 285 feet by 337 feet, or approximately 2.2 acres, will be landscaped, and a shelterhouse has been proposed.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
March 27, 1989
Bishop Daniel Buechlein, a Jasper native who has been bishop of Memphis since 1987, will co-consecrate Monsignor Gerald A. Gettelfinger the next bishop of Evansville. The bishop-elect has chosen Bishop Daniel and Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien of Phoenix to assist the principal consecrator and ordaining bishop, Archbishop Edward T. O’meara of Indianapolis. The ordination will be at 3 p.m., CDT, April 11 at St. Benedict Church in Evansville. Bishop Daniel graduated from St. Meinrad College two years after Monsignor Gettelfinger.

Dr. Orion Samuelson, popular farm broadcaster for WGN Radio and Television and host of the U. S. Farm Report, television’s most widely viewed report on agriculture, was guest speaker March 7 at the annual appreciation dinner given by Jasper Plant Foods Inc. at the Jasper Holiday Inn. About 600 people attended the dinner from the three Plant Food outlets in Jasper, Otwell and Petersburg. Mike Hochgesang, president and general manager, received the No-Till Tiger Award for promoting No-Till farming in his area. The plant managers, Mike Schitter, Jasper plant; Allen Schneider, Otwell plant; and Richard Morris, Petersburg plant, reported developments at each plant for the upcoming spring season.

March 28
Jasper and Dubois County officials selected an Indianapolis engineering firm this morning to design the proposed connector road south of Jasper. The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety met jointly with the Dubois County Commissioners to approve hiring Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff to design the road, survey the planned road’s right of way and perform geological studies. If built, the road will cross the Patoka River and link U. S. 231 and State Road 162, creating a bypass of the congested intersection where the two highways meet near the Square.

Plans to reconstruct two elementary schools in the Greater Jasper Consolidated School District took another step forward Monday night when the school board accepted construction bids. The schools that are being considered for improvements are Fifth Street and Ireland.

March 29
A 26-year-old former St. Anthony man, a sergeant in the U. S. Army, died Sunday while off duty at a beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Sgt. Bryan A. Hasenour died after going swimming with a friend, an Army spokesman said this morning. Sgt. Hasenour had been transferred to Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa, Oahu, about a month ago from Fort Bragg, NC. He served in the Army’s special operations unit there and had paratrooper wings. He was a 1981 graduate of Forest Park High School.

March 30
Bianca Bast, 15, a native of the tiny village of Ballrechten-Dottingen, is attending sophomore classes at Jasper High School as one of 18 German students getting a chance to sample Americana in Dubois County. The students, who arrived March 14, are visiting Jasper until April 9. They are staying at homes scattered throughout the city with families of JHS students. A group of Jasper students will reciprocate with a four-week stay during June in Stauffen, West Germany. The exchange program, in its third year, is sponsored by about 30 corporate and private donors and Sister Cities, Inc., a local corporation set up to promote relations between Jasper and its German sister city, Pfaffenweiler.

March 31
Mark Buse started his sophomore track season at Southridge High School the same way he started his freshman season — with a record in the pole vault. Buse vaulted 14 feet 7 inches to establish the school mark.

April 1
Jackie Torrance is said to be American’s favorite storyteller. This week, she enthralled local students with stories about Appalachian Jack and Brer Possum. She learned many of her long repertoire of stories from her grandparents, aunts and uncles in Salisbury NC. She is on the road over 250 days a year. Her audience this week included students at Holy Family Grade School, Tenth Street School, Fifth Street School, Ferdinand Elementary and Ireland Elementary. Ms. Torrance will perform twice at the Jasper Civic Auditorium today.

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