Looking Back: 4/13April 15, 2013
65 Years Ago
April 12, 1948
Sunday morning's high wind inflicted extensive damage to the new St. Paul's Church building being constructed at Haysville. A large scaffold was blown down, and some of the cut stones stacked on the church property were damaged by falling steel and timber. Workmen this morning began restoring the scaffolding and making other repairs. The building is to replace the church that was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day 1946. It is being built on the same site as the original church.
The Indiana State Convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be held in Jasper on Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20. Dubois County Chapter 255 will be host for this state meet. At the annual pre-convention meeting of the Indiana State Department of the Purple Heart organization recently in Indianapolis, tentative plans were made for the convention program. The Military Order of the Purple Heart organization is made up of veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Emblem by the U.S. Government for wounds received in combat.
The heavy rains of the past three days have caused the Patoka River to go out of its banks at many points. The river raised 6 inches at Dubois since Tuesday morning, and the Indiana Desk Co. plant at Dubois is completely surrounded by water. Employees who live in Dubois are being ferried to work in a large truck from which the fan belt has been removed to prevent the whirling blades from splashing water over the engine. This truck drowned out Tuesday, however, and was rescued by an old Model T Ford. The highway that connects Dubois with State Road 56 is impassable. The river at Dubois rose approximately 4 inches from 4:30 Tuesday afternoon until this morning. At Jasper, the rise of the Patoka during the night was about 13 inches.
Approximately 700 people attended the annual meeting of the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative in the Rustic Tavern on Tuesday evening. The manager said the cooperative expects to put up 210 miles of lines in 1948, and that Miller Construction Co. of Linton is erecting 80 miles of additional lines in Dubois and Crawford counties at this time.
The home economics room of Jasper High School was a happy scene Wednesday night as war brides from various countries began to enter as guests of the Future Homemakers of America. The honored guests were Mesdames Leo Knebel of Norway, Edward Recker of England, Arlo Breidenbaugh of Spain and Jesse Hawley and Richard Jahn, both of Italy. The brides shared with those present some of the customs of their native lands.
Jasper's first permanent-type roller skating rink will be opened to the public Sunday afternoon. The rink, housed in a 60-by-100-foot concrete block building in the Y at the west edge of the city limits, is the business venture of two young men from Jasper, Louis Lampert and Elmer "Ham" Mathies. Many skating rinks of the movable type have occupied the Hoffman lot nearby through the years, but the operators of the new rink believe that if skating is made attractive enough, a rink can be a profitable, year-round amusement spot in a city the size of Jasper.
Diesel locomotives, believed to be the first diesels ever to come through Jasper, are hauling freight through the city today. The locomotives, pulling Southern Railway freight trains, are being detoured through Jasper because of high water over the tracks at New Albany. The freights are going over the Monon tracks through Orleans, French Lick and Jasper, and on to St. Louis.
50 Years Ago
April 15, 1963
Tryouts for the Jasper Civic Theatre's spring production, "Dirty Work at the Crossroads -- or Tempted, Tried and True", will start soon. John Nicholson, president of the group's board of directors, made the announcement. The play is a Gay Nineties melodrama and tells a tear-jerking story in laughable style.
The Jasper Jaycees' fundraising turtle derby, held Saturday afternoon on the Public Square, was one of the most successful projects ever conducted by the civic club. The turtles moved rapidly; more than 21 races were completed in approximately two hours.
Monday's regular session of the Huntingburg Common Council meeting was long and busy, with all members of the board present and Mayor William Ellsworth presiding. Dave Buehler, Frank Depp, Chet Mutchman and Bob Patberg, representing the Huntingburg Jaycees Civic Improvement Committee, presented a proposal for a "Beautify Huntingburg" civic project. One aspect of their proposal would have concentrated on improving the aesthetics of Sixth Street, or State Road 64. The mayor advised that the State Highway Commission has announced plans for widening and improving State Road 64 east of Main Street in the next two years, and that the state's project would make that portion of the Jaycees' proposal not feasible at this time. Other improvements discussed included general cleanup and landscaping.
Jo Malcolm "Hobby" Gibbs of Jeffersonville has been employed to coach varsity basketball and to assist with football at Huntingburg High School next year.
Mike Gast, a professional bowler representing Sterling Brewers, will make a one-day guest appearance in Dubois County on Saturday, May 11. The Sterling pro will put on exhibition matches at Hunters' Bowl in Huntingburg and at Gerbo Bowling Lanes in Jasper. Following both the afternoon and evening matches, Gast will give pointers to those who stay around to bowl.
Coach Paul East and his 1962-63 Jasper High School basketball squad, along with the fathers of the boys, were guests Wednesday night at the annual Kiwanis Club banquet that drew the second-largest crowd — almost 500 people — since the civic club has been sponsoring the post-season banquets.
Monthly retirement, survivors and disability insurance benefits in Dubois County now top $170,373, Dwight Swope, district manager of Social Security in Evansville, reported today in his annual county benefit data report. The new monthly figure represents an increase of about 8 percent over the corresponding period last year. Monthly benefits first became payable in January 1940 and they have continued without interruption for 23 years, accompanied by a steady growth in the number of beneficiaries.
An organizational meeting of the Dubois County Republican Women's Club was held in Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg on Monday evening. The business meeting was conducted by Vivian Kearby, president of the organization.
Capt. Edgar R. Pettibone will relieve retiring Cap. Oliver N. Fowler as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot at Crane on June 30.
The Ireland Spuds, sectional, regional and Patoka Valley Conference basketball champs, along with their coaches, were honored guests Thursday night at St. Mary's School cafeteria at a basketball banquet sponsored by the Ireland Lions Club. "I've never seen so many awards in all my life," said the principal speaker, Paul "Tony" Hinkle, head coach at Butler University. The old saying "to the victor go the spoils" was never any truer as trophies, plaques, gold basketballs, jackets and certificates were presented to the players and coaches. Ken Dudine served as toastmaster for the occasion. Charles McPherron, sports editor of The Daily Herald, presented coach Pete Gill with the conference trophy for winning the league title for the fourth consecutive year. Principal E.H. Loehr of Huntingburg awarded sectional and regional trophies to co-captains Joe Lents and Dave Small.
The charter night dinner meeting of the Dubois Junior Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday evening in the St Raphael's School cafeteria at 7 p.m. State President Ajax Arvin will present the charter to Jim Bair, president of the new Dubois club.
Officers of the Jasper Mrs. Jaycees were officially installed at a candlelight ceremony Wednesday evening in the Dubois County Bank Community Room. The new club is sponsored by the Huntingburg Jayshes. Officers are Mrs. Leon Fleck, president; Mrs. Tom Beckman, vice president; Janet Schneider, secretary; Arlita Reinsch, treasurer; and Mrs. Robert Verkamp, reporter. The new club chartered 24 members.
25 Years Ago
April 11, 1988
Forrest "Frosty" Jones, the man credited with starting Huntingburg Airport in 1938, was in Huntingburg on Sunday for an open house celebrating the airport's 50th anniversary.
Frank O'Bannon, D-Corydon, Evan Bayh's running mate in the race for governor, and John Rumple, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general, attended a Democratic fundraiser at the National Guard Armory on Sunday.
The Santa Claus Town Board moved more than $120,000 in proposed local street work closer to completion Monday. The board will advertise for bids on a $120,000 road project at the industrial park, in addition to other work. The industrial park project will be funded with a $90,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Commerce and $30,000 in local funds.
Southridge's Lisa Schwoeppe set a school record in the shot put Monday to help the Raiders win a dual meet against Northeast Dubois in girls track action. Schwoeppe's toss of 39 feet, 10 inches set a school record and was one of two blue ribbons for the senior who last week signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Olney (Ill.) Junior College.
Judge Elaine Brown of Dubois Superior Court explained the legal pitfalls of being convicted of an alcohol-related crime during a visit Tuesday to Southridge Middle School. By the end of next week,s he and Jeff Lomax, director of the court drug and alcohol program, will have carried their message to every eighth-grade class in the county.
The Southeast Dubois School Board on Tuesday opened bids on a remodeling project at Ferdinand Elementary School. The apparent low bidder was Krempp Lumber Co., Jasper, on the general contracting. Weyer Electric, Ferdinand, was the apparent low bidder on the electric work. The board plans to award contracts at a meeting April 19.
"Basket of Abstract Flowers" is the title of a watercolor and ink painting by Rosemarye Ruxer of Jasper that has been chosen by members of the Dubois County Art Guild to be awarded in a drawing to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the 20th annual Dubois County Art Guild Exhibit. This year's exhibit will be held at the Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Civic Auditorium.
The future may deliver a postal station to Jasper's north side. The Jasper Post Office is seeking bids from north-side merchants to establish a contract postal station in their place of business.
Bob Simmers, sports director for radio station WITZ, recently received the Virgil Sweet Distinguished Service Award for District 5, which includes southwestern Indiana, at the annual meeting of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The award, named in honor of the association's former executive director, is given each year to an individual who has provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball in Indiana. Simmers has been the sports voice on WITZ for 23 years.
The Jasper power plant probably will be shut down for at least a month after the generator apparently shorted out Wednesday, the plant superintendent said Thursday. In the meantime, all power is being supplied by the Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co., which normally supplies about 60 percent of the city's electricity. When the power plant shut down Wednesday morning, lights across the city flickered and a few hundred customers lost power for about 7 minutes, plant Superintendent Gordon Houchin said. A repair crew was expected to arrive this afternoon to begin analyzing and repairing the 19 1/2-year-old generator.
Jasper High School's Greg Matheis, the University of Indianapolis-bound senior, set a meet record in the discus with a throw of 152 feet, 6 inches at the Dubois-Pike County Invitational on Friday.
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