Looking Back: 4/18April 17, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
April 18, 1955
Pictured on the front page of this issue are six more Dubois County young men who left this morning for induction into the Army. They will receive their basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. In the group were Thomas Raphael Schwenk, Jasper; Herman Joseph Heeke, Dubois; Joseph William Winkler, St. Anthony; Lester George Huebner, Jasper; Joseph Alois Jerger, Jr., Ireland, (leader); and Raphael Anthony Ackerman, Jasper. All but Lester Huebner were volunteers.
James Leinenbach, Eugene Balsmeyer and Louis Hemmer were the three top scorers in the Junior Chamber of Commerce Teen-age Road-e-o held at the Calumet Lake Sunday afternoon. James Leinenbach of Ferdinand received the highest total score in the written and skill test, scoring 442 out of a possible 500 points. Eugene Balsmeyer of Holland scored 423 and Louis Hemmer, also of Holland, was close behind with 420 points. Leinenbach will compete in the state will Road-e-o at Evansville on May 21 at 9 A. M. The state meet is held on Riverside Drive in the Pocket City.
An announcement was received today from the executive offices of Sears, Roebuck and Co., in Chicago, confirming plans to open a modern Catalog Sales Office in Jasper. The office will be located on the first floor of the building formerly occupied by Wehrle’s Restaurant at 707 Main Street. According to the announcement, no effort will be spared to make the new location beautiful, up-to-date and convenient. In keeping with Sears’ usual policy, all personnel in the new Catalog Sales Office will be hired locally.
A picture in this issue was taken at a wedding recently by Jim Hoffman, Jasper free lance photographer. The picture held so much human interest that the Heiland Company, which manufactures the flash equipment used by Mr. Hoffman, asked permission to use the photo in its advertising publicity. The photo, taken with a strobe light, shows Wilfred Sendelweck of Portersville, and his bride, the former Hazel Himsel of R. 1, Jasper. With the couple is the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Orentus Hardin of Rt. 5, Jasper.
The inoculation of Dubois County’s first-and-second graders with the first shot of the Salk polio vaccine went off yesterday without a hitch. A lot of organization work had gone into the plans for “Operation Ouch” with the result that the lines of children were inoculated with more speed than the doctors or anyone else connected with the mass immunization had dared to hope. In the Service Room of Memorial Hospital in Jasper, for example, the 200 pupils from township schools were inoculated in 17 minutes flat. Here, as in the inoculation centers in the Ferdinand grade school building and the old Huntingburg gym, registered nurses assisted the doctors while women from the PTA’s and other women’s groups sat at nearby tables and took care of records.
About 200 Jasper citizens turned out last night to hear candidates for city office present their platforms in the high school gym under the sponsorship of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Director Ernest K. Jorn of the C. of C. served as moderator and introduced the candidates. They included mayoral candidates Rudolph Huther and James Alles, and councilmatic candidates Martin Rohleder, Leo Brelage, William Kuper, Bernard Kress, Ernest Lannan, Robert Buehler and Carl Seng. Distributed at the meeting were copies of a map showing Jasper by voting wards. Copies of this map are available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Kuebler Building.
• 50 Years Ago
April 20, 1970
The DUBOIS COUNTY DAILY HERALD will sponsor a 54-hole golf tourney Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 26, 27 and 28, to determine the top amateur golfers in Dubois County. Announcement of the first annual “Dubois County Amateur Open” was made Monday by Jack Rumbach, general manager of the HERALD. A tournament committee was formed to oversee the running of the tourney. Jerry Birge, sports editor of the Herald, will serve as tourney director. Members of the tournament committee are Wayne Place and Hilbert Schmutzler (co-chairman), Bob Sakel, secretary, Jerome “Chick” Alles, treasurer. Others in the group include Jack Rumbach, Ed Rumbach, Dick Martin, Jim Brown, Roger Krieg, Orville Elliott, Mark Schneider and Bill Dittmer, Jr.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Martha Beckman, who won the Best of Show Award and trophy at the art exhibit held by the Dubois County Art Guild in the German American Bank Auditorium over the weekend. Her unnamed watercolor of a flower arrangement won for her the first-place award. Nancy Gerber received an honorable mention for here animal acrylics entitled, “Animal Fair.” Martha Beckman also received an honorable mention for an unnamed pastel and Bernice Miller was awarded an honorable mention for her oil painting, “Ceremony of the Rain Dance.” The most popular painting in the show, according to the voting of the people who visited the exhibit, was an oil, “Snow Scene,” by Juanita Herbig.
Huntingburg’s newest industry, Food Concepts, Inc., is progressing as planned, according to corporation officers Willie Bartley and Carl Bleemel. A new 60,000 square foot turkey processing plant known as Food Concepts, Inc., an independently owned business, will be completed in time to process many of the locally-raised tom turkeys in this area. The main offices and buildings are located on County Road 400 W, about two miles northwest of Huntingburg. The building has been designed for efficiency with a beginning capacity of 4,000 tom turkeys to be processed per eight-hour day. The present plans are to employ approximately 50 women and 25 men on a year-round basis the first year of operation with an additional number to be added later.
Mayor Jack Newton of Jasper said today that Don Mink, a representative of Steeg and Associates of Indianapolis, was in Jasper on Wednesday to conduct a series of tests at the proposed site of the sanitary landfill southwest of the city. Mink, with the use of the electric utility’s line truck, conducted test borings at the site to establish the water table, and, according to Mayor Newton, the preliminary reports are favorable. The sanitary landfill will, if it is constructed, replace the present city dump, which is located on a ten-acre plot of land. It is proposed that the landfill will be constructed on a 69-acre plot, including the ten acres now being used.
Ralph “Cotton” Stemle is the new governor-elect of the Jasper Moose Lodge 1175, which presently has a membership of about 550. He and the other officers elected on April 15 will be installed next Tuesday night. The other officers are Norb Jones, junior governor; Bernie Kunz, prelate; Bill Kunz, treasurer; Rufus Schwenk, one-year trustee; Sylvester Merder, two-year trustee; and Rudy Schitter, three-year trustee.
The New Albany Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from the Jasper Wildcats, 2-0 and 5-4 Friday night at Recreation Field. The double loss sent the Cats skidding to a 1-9 record overall and an 0-3 slate in the SIAC. Righthander Jack Scharlow set Jasper down on five hits in the opener. Scharlow allowed only a triple to Gary Corbin and singles to Bob Alles (two), Jim Wenzel and Tom Wilz. In game two, New Albany’s Steve Marcum went all the way striking out six and allowing six hits. Bob Alles led Jasper’s hitting with a long home run and a single and Tom Wilz had two singles. New Albany had six stolen bases in the first game and five in the second game.
• 25 Years Ago
April 24, 1995
Making a profit in investing in the stock market is often a matter of knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em, says a group of local investors. The Mutual Investment Club of Dubois County has found that 15 heads are better than one when dealing with the ups and downs of Wall Street. The club was founded in September 1987, just oe month before the October stock market crash, says Jerry Alstadt, one of the original members. Membership over the past eight years has ranged from 10 to 15, Alstadt says. The group now has 13 active members and two silent ones. It meets monthly at VUJC, where Alstadt is the Dean of the campus. Usually at least 10 or 12 members attend each meeting but only five members — Alstadt, his son Larry Alstadt, Travis Fleener, Kevin Luebbehusen and Kelley Coppens — were able to attend the club’s April meeting.
When JHS band director Glenn Weil decided he wanted to go into counseling, he figured he’d wait a few years before making the switch. Then an opening came up in the Jasper High School guidance department, and he realized there might not be anything available five years down the road. “I don’t want to leave Jasper,” he said this morning. “It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Weil got the job as academic advisor on Monday night, after a unanimous vote of the Greater Jasper School Board. He will move to the front office this fall, leaving behind a legacy of success with the Jasper band program. Assistant superintendent Larry Riggs, who will be superintendent in the fall said, “our task now is to go out and find the very best person we can.”
Forest Park’s Brad Fleck flirted with perfection for four innings, riddling Raider batsmen as the Rangers rode to their ninth straight victory with a 7-1, two-hit victory over county rival Southridge. Fleck has a 0.00 ERA in 15 and 2⁄3 innings of work this season. Brad Wibbeler and Jason Jochim had the two Raider hits--both singles. Darin Hoppenjans had a triple for the Rangers. Meanwhile, Washington’s Derek Graber pitched and hit his way past No. 4 Jasper, 2-0, as the Cats fell to 10-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Eight Conference. Washington went to 7-4 overall. Graber kept his ERA at a perfect 0.00. He fanned nine and walked only two.
A Powerball ticket sold at Buehler’s Buy-Low in the Germantown Shopping Center on Jasper’s north side was a $100,000 winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, Hoosier Lottery officials said this morning. There will be no jackpot winners, however, so the top prize rolls over to an estimated $12 million for Saturday’s drawing in the multi-state game. Two other $100,000 second-place tickets were sold in Louisiana and Oregon. The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 15, 28, 30, 35 and 43. The Powerball was 19.
One part of the Northeast school district’s three-school renovation project could change shape as a result of board action Thursday. School board members authorized superintendent Dick Kerby to negotiate for the purchase of the Esther Seng property north of Dubois elementary school. If terms are reached, an addition at the school could be built on its north side instead of off to the west on its northwest corner, as had been suggested by architects. Property lines are close to the building, so the district is being required to seek additional property. Because of the lay of the land, the change would save corporation dollars.
After 87 years in business the Odon Clothing Company is closing. The Odon Clothing Company was started in 1908 by a traveling rag peddler named Levi when he borrowed money from Martha Jane Myers. In 1918, her son, Roy Myers, purchased the store and operated the business through 1941 when he passed the store down to his son, Raymond Myers, who operated the store until his passing in 1988. At that time the business was split between Raymond’s family members and operated by Duncan Myers. “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” says Duncan. However, it is necessary since we can no longer maintain the volume necessary to efficiently operate in today’s business climate.
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