Looking Back: 3/9

Photo courtesy of Ireland Historical Society
The elm log in this photo grew on the Clay Lemmons farm in Boone Township around 1920. On the log are Russell Murry, Early Kearby, John Kearby and Hugh Cassidy. The log was 12 feet long and more than 52 inches in diameter at the small end. It measured 1,713 board feet.

65 Years Ago
March 8, 1948

The Jasper Wildcats, who at midseason were figured to “go no place,” will be aiming to continue their spectacular late drive Saturday afternoon against New Albany in the semifinals at Bloomington after flashing over the host Vincennes Alices for the regional crown Saturday night, 48-43. The Felines sport a nine-game victory streak.

March 9
The Board of Election Commissioners of Dubois County held its organization meeting in the county clerk’s office in the courthouse Monday evening. Democratic County Chairman Leo J. Stemle nominated S.C. Smith as the Democratic member of the board, while Republican County Chairman Martin Schiller named Dr. George E. Norman as the Republican member. S.A. Berger, county clerk, is the third member of the board by virtue of his office.

Dubois County’s latest business establishment opened its doors Monday when Amos Leinenbach’s new restaurant in Ireland opened for business. The new restaurant is operating under the name Leinenbach’s Cafe until patrons can pick a permanent name for it, the proprietor said. A contest to this effect will be announced shortly.

The New Albany Bulldogs will be the Jasper Wildcats’ first opponent in the Indiana University Fieldhouse, Bloomington, Saturday afternoon in Indiana high school basketball semifinal tournament action.

March 10
Two new businesses will open soon in Ireland. The formal opening of both Eskew & Son Electrical Sales and Service and Eskew’s Barber Shop will be held Saturday.

March 11
Jasper city officials, Dubois County officials and about a dozen other citizens of Jasper and the vicinity attended a flood control meeting Wednesday night in the Gibson County Courthouse at Princeton. An Army colonel from the engineering division of the War Department’s office in Louisville presided. Everyone present was given an opportunity to present his case for control of the Patoka River’s waters, which usually flood the countryside once each spring. C.A. Nicholson, Dubois County agricultural agent, gave a report on the information he gathered from sending questionnaires to Dubois County farmers living along the Patoka. He said 52 percent of the farmers to whom he sent the questionnaires had given him a report on the crop losses they suffered during the past 10 years as a result of the floods. Jasper Mayor Herbert Thyen reported his findings on the financial losses incurred by residents of Jasper as a result of high water. His findings included damage to factory equipment and loss of pay to workers idled by the floods.

March 12
Construction of a new gymnasium, auditorium and community building in Ireland will begin in approximately 30 days, and the building will be ready for use at the opening of school in the fall, it was announced today. To construct the building, an additional 4 acres of ground adjacent to the present school property were bought from William Rudolph. The addition will make the Ireland school plant the largest of any public school plant in Dubois County.

A group of homeowners living on the Ireland road appeared at the Jasper Common Council meeting Tuesday evening to request that their new homes be incorporated into the city limits of Jasper. The residents pointed out that at this time only a 2-inch waterline runs out to their homes, whereas a larger main is necessary to give them adequate water service and fire protection. The mayor and city council members promised to take the matter under advisement.

March 13
According to an item in Friday’s Evansville Press carrying a Tell City dateline, Huntingburg and Ferdinand furniture workers are seeking entrance in the new independent Furniture Workers Union of America in Tell City, according to August W. Bahr of Tell City, business manager for the new union. According to the story in the Press, Mr. Bahr said the workers voted unanimously Wednesday night at Huntingburg to withdraw from the United Furniture Workers of America, CIO, and affiliate with the union formed at Tell City when the Tell City local withdrew from the CIO.

50 Years Ago
March 9, 1963

Plans were made this week for the eighth annual Tri-County Band Festival in seven of the local schools. Approximately 350 high school band members from the seven schools will be represented in the festival. Schools that take part in this event are Dale, Dubois, Jasper, Holland, Huntingburg, Ireland and Loogootee. The students will gather in Huntingburg’s old gym at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a full day of rehearsal. The concert will be presented at 7:30 that evening in the gymnasium.

March 11, 1963
Last week at one of Ireland High School’s pep rallies one of the speakers remarked that he hoped that coach Pete Gill and the Spuds wouldn’t play it so close to the belt Saturday, referring to Ireland’s one-point victory over Springs Valley that brought the Dubois County high school its first sectional championship. Gill’s Spuds obliged Saturday night at Huntingburg as they doubled their margin of victory by upending the Washington Hatchets, 39-37, in the title game to win their first regional championship. In nearly all Irish stories there is a Pat. The Pat in this instance was Pat Schitter, Ireland’s sophomore center, who hit the winning basket with just one second left in the championship game.

March 12
Oscar Schwenk, 69, a former teacher and county official, died unexpectedly at his home in Ireland Monday evening. He served two terms as Dubois County clerk, from 1926 to 1934, and then served two terms as county assessor, from 1934 to 1942.

From a United Press International story with an Indianapolis dateline: Little Ireland isn’t awed about taking on tall Evansville Bosse’s defending state champs in Saturday’s southern semistate of the Indiana high school basketball tourney. Ireland, surprise first-time sectional and regional champ at Huntingburg, has assumed the role of leading “people’s choice” going into the semistate tourneys since it also is the smallest school left. Coach Pete Gill, in his first year at the helm of the Spuds, built his team from a 147-member student body.

March 13
Sunday marked the beginning of Girl Scout Week in Dubois County. On Thursday, the Girl Scouts are to attend a showing of two Girl Scout films at the Tivoli Theater. The films are “This is Girl Scouting” and “The Road to Button Bay,” a film taken at last summer’s Girl Scout Senior Roundup.
Saturday’s regional basketball tournament at Huntingburg attracted a combined 12,244 fans for both sessions, according to the financial report released today by Principal E.H. Loehr of the host school.

March 14
The Jasper Mrs. Jaycees was organized Wednesday night at a meeting at the Jasper American Legion Home. Barbara Moeller, Shirley Beckman and Elfrieda Fleck headed the committee of Jaycee wives who called the meeting, which was attended by 16 Jaycee wives. The club’s purpose is to help the Jasper Jaycees with their projects and social events.

March 15
Bob Verkamp of the Jasper Jaycees announced today that the civic organization will again sponsor Operation T-Square for all interested seniors of Jasper High School. The purpose of the program is to familiarize the seniors with aspects of life that they will encounter after graduation. Subjects that will be covered include banking, credit ratings, laws on contracts, divorce, wills and taxes, work applications and home, auto, life and hospitalization insurance. Discussions will be led by Jasper business people.

Jim Birk was back in class at Jasper High School on Thursday afternoon after taking the morning off to rest up from a hectic week during which he was guest soloist with the Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra at its Youth Concert and then auditioned for several musicians in Chicago, including the co-director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Local men who were recently named to the Indiana Forest Industries Committee are Edgar W. Brosmer of Brosmer & Seng Lumber Co. Inc. of Jasper, Robert E. Gramelspacher of the Eckstein Lumber Co. Inc. of Jasper and Robert H. Menke of DuCrafts Inc. of Huntingburg.

March 16
Cabby O’Neill, athletic director of Jasper High School, announced today that agreement has been reached with Huntingburg school officials to renew their football series in the fall. Jasper and Huntingburg will meet in the season’s opener on Aug. 30 at Alumni Stadium. The two Dubois County schools did not meet last year. The football series dates to 1954 and Jasper leads in the rivalry, six to two. The Goal Posts football trophy, sponsored by The Daily Herald, will again be at stake when the two schools meet on the gridiron.

The Future Nurses Club of Jasper High School has just received a national charter from the National League for Nursing in New York. As a chartered club, the Future Nurses Club is participating in a national youth program to help the nation meet future nursing needs. Officers of the club are Alice Buechlein, president; Doris Burger, vice president; Ann Casper, secretary; and Barbara Salb, treasurer.

John Hochgesang, R. 4, Jasper, was presented with the Rex Critchlow Sportsmanship Trophy Friday night at the annual reorganization meeting of the Jasper Little League.

25 Years Ago
March 9, 1988

A developer plans to build 14 duplexes at Third and Alabama streets and a 60- to 90-unit hotel near the I-64 overpass, the Ferdinand Town Board learned at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. The developer, Ed Ewing, formerly of Jasper but now of St. Louis, says he plans to build a hotel to accommodate interstate travelers between Evansville and Louisville.

Joe Rohleder, the only coach in the 20-year history of the Jasper High School wrestling program, has submitted his resignation of that position. Rohleder had guided the Wildcats to 14 sectional championships and one regional title.

March 10
Gennie Allen, clarinetist, and Liz Kendall, trumpeter, members of the Jasper High School Symphonic Band, have been chosen to participate in the 1988 Indiana Bandmasters Association All-State Band.

Southridge’s Annette Lange and Pike Central’s Tricia Deffendoll were co-MVPs of the Pocket Athletic Conference in girls basketball this season.

March 11
An extremely good counterfeit $100 bill was found in Dubois County this week when Jane Sendelweck, teller at German American Bank, noticed that the bill didn’t feel right. State police say the fake was passed Tuesday at the Jasper Walmart and included in the store’s bank deposit. On Wednesday the discovery was reported to state police, who then contacted the U S. Secret Service office at Indianapolis. An agent there later confirmed the bill was counterfeit.

March 12
From the Saturday feature by Scott Saalman: “Marilyn Drew, 42, and Kathie McClure, 38, both of Jasper, traveled to Calcutta in February to work at Mother Teresa’s missions. Marilyn and her husband, Dr. Dan Drew, are involved in World Runners, an international running club dedicated to the end of hunger throughout the world. Kathie, wife of radiologist Tim McClure, became involved with the hunger issue through the Drews.”

Arnold F. Habig has been re-elected chairman of the board of directors and president of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Co. Unanimously approved by the board of directors at its March meeting were the appointment of Earl Englert as business development manager and the promotions of Jeff Brothers and Ed Schroeder to assistant vice presidents.

March 14
The Northeast Dubois boys basketball team had its four-game regional winning streak snapped by North Harrison on Saturday, as the Cougars used torrid 3-point shooting to subdue the Jeeps 76-69 in double overtime in the opening game of the Washington regional. Dubois guard Mark Haskins led the Jeeps with 27 points, including a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line. In four tournament games, Haskins made 31 consecutive free throws.

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