Looking Back: 3/30

Photo courtesy of Ellie Schuch Eckert
With the help of two oxen, a contract employee working for the Gramelspacher family of Jasper logged the Joseph Schuch farm near Schnellville in the 1930s.

65 Years Ago
March 29, 1948

School musicians from 11 counties in southwestern Indiana, including Dubois, will attend a vocational guidance conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the YMCA building in Evansville. The conference is being sponsored by the Jordan Conservatory of Music, Indianapolis. Students will have an opportunity for a performing audition.

March 30
About 125 employees of plants 1 and 4 of Huntingburg Furniture Co. were idled this morning when these two plants were shut down. About 200 workers are employed in the two plants; about 75 will continue to work in the machine room of Plant 1. R.H. McMurtrie, president and manager of the company, said this morning that the reason for the shutdown is that some of the large retail firms that buy the products of the Huntingburg plants have found themselves with an unusually large inventory on hand. He said shipment of furniture to these customers will be resumed around April 10, and the plants probably will go into production again at that time.

About 100 Huntingburg High School boys, armed with shovels, buckets and spades, descended upon Huntingburg Lake today and diligently added 10,000 more trees to the young forest being cultivated on the banks of the lake. The 10,000 young pines were added to the 20,000 that were planted by the boys last year as a soil conservation measure. Of last year’s crop, 98 percent growth was reported.

April 1
Judges have been engaged for the Southern Indiana Band, Orchestra and Vocal Contest slated for Saturday in Huntingburg. Fifteen schools are sending representative groups to the contest, which gets under way Saturday morning and concludes in the afternoon with a marching contest in Municipal Park.

Fifty members of the 5th District of the Indiana Frozen Food Locker Association met at Chase’s Hall in Huntingburg on Wednesday night for a smelt supper and get-together meeting. Members from clubs throughout southern Indiana were present.

April 2
Huntingburg city employees have been working since Wednesday afternoon to plug a hole that threatened to wash out a section of the dam that impounds the water of Huntingburg City Lake, the source of the city’s water supply. An unidentified fisherman reported the hole to Calvin Kensler, who has charge of the Huntingburg filtration plant, and he in turn reported it to Arnold Rickelman, superintendent of the Huntingburg Light and Water Plant. A force of city employees, numbering as many as 10 men at times, went to work immediately. The break occurred about 100 yards from the west end of the dam. The dam is about three-fourths of a mile long.

Another woodworking industry, Jasper Table Co., has gone into operation in Jasper. The recently completed plant is just south of the Krempp Lumber Co. building on South Main Street. The firm will make office and household tables. Officers of the firm are Albert Schaaf, president; Cletus Krodel, vice president; Rudy Sturm, treasurer; and Omer Sturm, secretary. The latter also will be general manager.

A crew of men is at work on State Road 162 between Jasper and Ferdinand rebuilding several stretches of the road over new routes to get those portions out of lowlands where flooding has occurred during rainy weather. Stone City Construction Co. of Bedford is the contractor.

April 3
At a joint meeting of the board of directors and the advisory council of the Memorial Hospital Association of Dubois County, held in the Community Room of Dubois County State Bank Friday night, the advisory council unanimously endorsed the agreement drawn up between the board of directors and the Little Company of Mary, a hospital order in Chicago, for the operation of the proposed local hospital. Now that the contract has been signed, it will be submitted to the operating order for final approval.

LaMar “Chick” Flick, veteran Jasper baseball player, will take his first crack at a manager’s job when he takes over the reigns of the young General Beverage nine this summer. Vic Eckstein was named secretary-treasurer and Robert “Chubby” Flick was appointed the team’s trainer. The new Bevco manager is an old hand at semipro baseball, having broken in with the Jasper Reds in 1932 and having played with them almost continuously since that time.

50 years Ago
April 1, 1963

Kimball President Tom Habig has announced that a decorator-styled Kimball piano and Kimball organ will be among the furnishings of Dorothy Draper’s Dream Home at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. It is estimated that during the two-year period, at least 20 million of the fair’s 80 million visitors will pass through the home, which will be a major attraction in the Better Living Building. Both Kimball instruments will be demonstrated daily during the fair.

April 2
Last week Dr. Richard Kline, a senior bacteriologist from Eli Lily Co. in Indianapolis visited the biology classes of Jasper High School. His visit was sponsored by the Indiana Academy of Science under its Visiting Scientist Program. Kline presented an illustrated lecture concerning careers in the field of biology; one film showed the work of the biologist in the pharmaceutical area. He told of the requirements that must be met by those interested in careers in the biological field.

Baseball’s comical threesome — Natureboy Williams, Birmingham Sam and Midget Billy Vaughn — will see plenty of action when the hilarious Indianapolis Clowns baseball club meets the  touring Brooklyn Stars at Municipal Park in Huntingburg at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, according to Clown manager Babe Battle. The benefit game is being sponsored by the Huntingburg Pony League.

April 3
The Schlesing property at 404 Eighth St. in Huntingburg has been purchased by Dubois County Farm Bureau Co-op for expansion. The Schlesing property adjoins the railroad spur owned by the co-Op. The house is being sold at public auction at 2 p.m. Saturday. All buildings will be removed. A bulk fertilizer warehouse will be built on this property to meet the needs of the co-op’s growing fertilizer business. Once the warehouse is built, bulk fertilizer spreading will be available to area farmers. Currently, spreading service is available on a limited basis.

Shipments of money made to First National Bank of Huntingburg will henceforth be made in a bullet-proof armored truck by the Armored Car Company of Louisville, it was announced by the Huntingburg bank. The armored truck is equipped with a submachine gun and other security features and is manned by security guards who carry sidearms and have been specially trained for their duties.

April 4
The Jasper Water Department had known for some time that a large section of concrete that formed an apron on the north wing of the Patoka River dam on the city’s southeast side had been washed out during the recent flood, but they had to wait for the water level to drop before they could repair the damage. Thursday afternoon employees of the water and gas departments and the steam plant and electric department were pressed into service to make temporary repairs. Sand was dumped on the floor of the bridge and city employees started filling sandbags to be used as a temporary replacement for the concrete apron.

Jerry “The Bull” Schmidt, one of the most sought-after high school football players in southern Indiana, today signed a tender of financial assistance to enroll in the University of Illinois. Today’s signing ended several months of speculation as to where this outstanding gridder would enroll in college. Approximately 50 colleges and universities were interested in having Schmidt enroll in their school. He is the first Jasper athlete to be offered a Big Ten football scholarship. He rewrote all of Jasper High School’s football records during his four-year career.

The Arnold F. Habig Stables, Indiana’s newest walking horse stable, is well on its way to becoming Indiana’s finest, according to Dorothy Heinze, an editor of Saddle and Bridle Magazine who came to Jasper last week to visit the stable and write an article on it. Mrs. Heinze, who has been a professional writer and an authority on the horse world for many years, said she was very impressed with the Habig stables, its excellent facilities and the fine job being done by manager and trainer Harold Hays.

April 5
Tom Johnson of Huntingburg, staff announcer for radio station WITZ, has resigned to accept a similar position with station WMFT, Terre Haute, effective April 13. He will be replaced at WITZ by Bob Mason of Chicago.

April 6
Representatives of Scouting units throughout Dubois County were among those attending a Scout-O-Rama ticket dinner Tuesday in Dale. The Scout-O-Rama is an activity-filled panorama of colorful live-booth exhibits and demonstrations presented by the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers of the 15-county Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America. Fred Abshire of Holland, Lincoln Trails District ticket chairman, presided at the dinner. The district comprises Dubois, Spencer, Pike, Perry and Warrick counties.

25 Years Ago
March 28, 1988

Holiday World has agreed to produce the Lincoln Boyhood Drama’s 1988 season, in a move that staves off for at least a year the possibility the drama could close for a lack of funds. Holiday World has reached the agreement with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association, the two entities that cooperated in the drama’s production in its initial season.

Jasper High School industrial technology teacher Jerry Uebelhor was in Virginia last week receiving an award for educational excellence from the International Technology Education Association. Uebelhor was named Technology Teacher of the Year at the association’s convention in Norfolk.

March 29
“What do you think the 100-year-old town hall building should be used for?” A random sampling of Huntingburg residents will be asked to answer this query in a questionnaire being sent out this week by the Huntingburg Foundation. Foundation members had proposed that the landmark be used as a community center, but ideas now include utilization as a general meeting and conference center. The foundation’s questionnaire also will ask for donations of money and time toward the remodeling of the building’s interior.

March 30
The Huntingburg Utility Board on Tuesday accepted two engineering reports that answer questions on the condition of the city’s lake and water treatment plant. Bob Elliott, president of Midwestern Engineers of Loogootee, told the board that the city lake, Huntingburg’s main water source, is in very good condition but the dam cannot be made any larger because of a lack of space. Dale Meyer, another Midwestern engineer, reported that the water treatment plant is operating at its maximum capacity at about 1.6 million gallons a day.

March 31
Nine county borrowers, among them towns, a library and a hospital, have a chance to save some money on their Farmers Home Administration loans. The federal government is offering a loan buy-back program as a short-term deficit-cutting measure. Wallace Riehle, FHA’s district director representing southwestern Indiana, says records show those eligible here include Dubois Community Club, Dubois Water Utilities, Huntingburg Public Library, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, St. Anthony Water Utilities, Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewage District and the towns of Ferdinand, Holland and Birdseye.

April 1
Scott Merkel won three events to lead the Northeast Dubois Jeeps to an 88-39 win against North Daviess on Thursday in a dual track meet. Overall the Jeeps won 12 of 15 events. Merkel took first in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.

The Handmade Shop, which is owned by Van and Judy Pitman, has opened on Main Street in Jasper. The shop accepts handmade items to sell on consignment.

April 2
Jerome Blesch, a director of Holland Bancorp Inc. since 1956, has been elected chairman of the board of the company, the parent company of Holland National Bank. He succeeds Ervin Caldemeyer, who resigned because of failing health. Caldemeyer, 73, died Monday afternoon.

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