Looking Back: 4/20

Photo courtesy of Ireland Historical Society
Hobard McDonald and Henry Rudolph are pictured with two teams of mules and a large log on a box wagon chassis in Portersville sometime in the early 1900s. The sycamore log was said to be 58 inches in diameter.

65 Years Ago
April 19, 1948

Raffensperger, Hughes & Co. of Indianapolis announces the sale of a bond issue of $550,000 for the City of Jasper. The bonds, dated April 1, 1948, are in $1,000 denomination and the interest on them is exempt from all federal income taxes and from state intangibles tax. Principal and interest, which begins Oct. 1, 1948, and semiannually thereafter, is payable at German-American Bank in Jasper. The proceeds from this issue will be used to finance a portion of the cost of certain additions and improvements to the electric utility system owned and operated by the city.

Winfield K. Denton, who is making his second race for the Democratic nomination for the office of Congressman from the 8th District, was in Jasper over the weekend.

High school sports interest will center on Recreation Field in Jasper this week when four events have been carded for the coming five days. All in all, three Dubois County high schools will engage in six events this week, including a pair of track meets and four baseball games.

April 20
Albert Popp and Frederic Seitz are advertising in today’s issue of the Daily Herald some of the products of the new woodworking plant that they have put into operation at Haysville. The plant will produce lawn furniture, novelty furniture and dimension stock.

Officials of the Jasper Wood Products plant estimate at about $2,500 the damage caused by fire and water at the plant Saturday afternoon. A fire broke out in a conditioning room on the roof of the shipping department at the north end of the plant. When the fire broke out, a sprinkler head let go, spraying the surrounding area with water, some of which seeped down into the shipping room and damaged raw materials.

April 21
The Jasper Desk Co. bowling team won the 1948 City Bowling League championship Tuesday night at Gerbo Lanes, defeating the Kuebler’s Jewelers two of three games.

April 22
Dubois County Memorial Hospital has been assured its share of federal money granted to the State of Indiana for the first year of the distribution of such funds for the erection of hospitals in this state. The State Board of Health notified the board of directors Wednesday that the local project has been approved and has been given the go-ahead for the full amount needed to construct a 75-bed hospital in Jasper.

High officials of the Little Company of Mary, the order of hospital sisters that has contracted to operate Memorial Hospital, came down from Chicago Wednesday to view the site and make a survey of the needs of the proposed institution here. Plans for the administration of the hospital were outlined in a meeting with the board of directors and a representative of the Dubois County Medical Association. Experienced and highly efficient administrators and supervisors from the order’s personnel were pledged, and assurance was given that local registered nurses will be employed in the conduct of the hospital.

April 23
Jo Ann Lubbers of St. Henry School and Mildred Breitwieser of Dubois Northside School tied for county honors in the eighth-grade examinations held Saturday.

James E. Campbell, candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of 8th District congressman, visited Jasper on Tuesday.

Many of Jasper High School’s basketball “stars of tomorrow” are getting their start on the three outdoor courts set up by the Jasper Park Board at 10th and Clay streets. Besides drawing heavy patronage during the day, the courts are equipped with lights and are also filled almost every night.

April 24
Members of the Jasper Park Board voted Friday night to construct a new bathhouse for the swimming pool at Recreation Field and also to build a concession stand at the field.

50 Years Ago
April 22, 1963

The Psi Iota Xi Sorority of Jasper will have an art show in connection with their social meeting at 8 o’clock Tuesday night on the main floor of the Knights of Columbus Hall. The art show will be staged by Mr. and Mrs. William Risley, owners of Gallery R., Evansville’s only privately owned and privately operated art gallery. They will display oil paintings, watercolors, prints and some pieces of sculpture.

April 23
At the annual election of the Jasper Civitan Club, Arnold Eckerle, a partner with his brother Richard in the operation of Eckerle Dairy Co., was elected president to succeed Bob Hedinger. Bill Ambs, who had been serving as a vice president, was elected to a newly created office, that of president-elect.

At the annual meeting of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jasper, Dr. A.G. Benages, the radiologist for the hospitals in Jasper and Huntingburg, stressed the importance of re-examination via X-rays for those whose film on the mobile chest X-ray unit discloses an abnormal condition. He said they should have an X-ray at one of the hospitals. Elmer Loehr of Huntingburg, association president, presided at the business meeting.

More than 150 people attended the Charter Night Banquet of the new Dubois Jaycees on Saturday night. The club was chartered with 39 active members and 25 associate members. The principal speaker of the evening was Ajax Arvin, state president of the Jaycees.

April 24
Henry Neukam and Harold Rothert of Holland announce the grand opening of Neukam & Rothert Hardware Store on Friday and Saturday. The hardware store is in a newly erected building directly across from the Holland Post Office. The store will handle Maytag, Skelgas and Gibson appliances as well as brand-name small appliances. The firm will also handle Hanna and Glidden paints.
Sixteen students from Dubois County high schools will compete for top scholastic honors in Latin, mathematics and Spanish in the finals of the 49th annual state high school contests Saturday at Indiana University.

April 25
At a continued session of the April meeting of the Dubois County Commissioners, held this morning in the courthouse, contracts were awarded for the construction of two bridges, the widening of one bridge and the cleaning and repainting of 14 bridges. Both new bridges will be constructed in Boone Township. One of the bridges, numbered 1-63 in the county highway system, is on St. John’s Church Road. The other bridge project is on the Portersville Road and is designated as No. 5-63. Knies Construction Co. of Jasper was awarded both bids.

The Jasper Common Council and Utility Service Board held a joint meeting Wednesday night for the purpose of reviewing the hospitalization and life insurance plans for city employees. The successful bidder on hospitalization insurance was Blue Cross-Blue Shield, while the life insurance was awarded to Bankers Life Insurance Co. of Indianapolis.

The basketball team of Indiana National Guard Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry of Jasper has earned a berth in the finals of the 38th Division basketball tournament. The local Guardsmen won the right to meet the winner of the Kokomo-Brazil game in the second afternoon game Sunday, May 19, in Indianapolis by winning the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry championship by defeating teams from Evansville, Jasper and Washington.

April 26
Jack Strange has announced the opening of his new business establishment on the main floor of the Tivoli building. “Jack’s” will be the name of the new café, which will feature a complete short-order menu, breakfasts, a soda fountain and sundries.

April 27
At an area Farm Bureau wheat referendum educational meeting held Friday night at the American Legion Home in Jasper, Farm Bureau spokesmen talked against passage of President Kennedy’s May 21 wheat referendum and urged instead a looser system of farm products. The principal speaker at the meeting of area farmers and farm leaders was Dr. Kenneth Hood, director of the commodity division of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Convent Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand will have completed the foundation of a new religious community, Queen of Peace Convent at Belcourt, N.D., when that convent is officially established Monday. Rev. Mother M. Julia Goebel of Ferdinand will attend the ceremonies establishing the new community. Accompanying her will be Sister M. Assunta Highbaugh, president of St. Benedict College.

25 Years Ago
April 18, 1988

Annual jobless figures released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the local unemployment rate climbed in 1987 after four years of steady decline. The local rate also increased during February of this year, from 4.8 percent in January to 5.2 percent. This year’s rate is expected to be higher than that of 1987.

Teams from Jasper, Northeast Dubois, Forest Park and Heritage Hills high schools will be among those from 103 Indiana high schools competing in Saturday’s Hoosier Academic Super Bowl at Indianapolis.

Dr. Alan Friz, DDS, of Huntingburg competed in the National Championship Tournament of the World Tae Kwon Do Association held in Madison, Wis., April 9. He earned the third-place trophy in sparring in the men’s brown belt division, which consisted of 58 competitors from across the United States. The next day, Friz successfully completed all the requirements for first degree black belt at the association’s black belt testing in Madison.

April 19
Southridge basketball coach Gary Duncan hasn’t spent a lot of time mulling over strategy for Wednesday night’s game. That’s because the game is an athletic fundraiser, which will pit a group of former high school and college players from the local area against the Big Ten All-Stars, a compilation of Big Ten Conference players, with a few nonconference stars thrown in to make things interesting. Tickets cost $6 and will be available at the door of Memorial Gym.

April 20
The Southeast Dubois School Board on Tuesday awarded more than $2 million in local contracts for renovation of Ferdinand Elementary School, just less than what architects had estimated the project would cost. The project is scheduled for completion by the start of the 1989-90 school year. Krempp Lumber Co. was awarded the $1.4 million general contract; Messmer Mechanical got the $480,000 mechanical contract; and Weyer Electric got the $157,000 electrical contract.

David Litkenhus, Heritage Hills’ leading scorer each of the past two seasons, has signed on to play basketball for Sullivan Junior College of Business in Louisville this winter.

April 21
The president of the Indiana Economic Development Council took an admittedly optimistic slant when he explained his notion of the Hoosier State’s economy in the 2010. Brian Bosworth on Wednesday tried to motivate area political and industrial officials at a seminar sponsored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn.

Kimball International reported that earnings per share of Class B common stock, aided by a lower federal tax rate, increased 24 percent in the fiscal third quarter, which ended March 31, compared with the same period last year. Pretax income rose 5 percent while sales advanced 13 percent.

April 22
Alvin C. and Hilda Ruxer recently donated an organ to St. Meinrad Catholic Church. The organ was dedicated and the Ruxers were honored Sunday, April 10.

Top winners in the Dubois County Art Guild exhibit at the Krempp Gallery are LaVonne Tisdale, Juanita Herbig, K.G. Miracle and Darren Wildman.

April 23
German American Bank was the recipient of the 1987 MAPS Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding effort made in promoting the Money Mover/Plus network. This is the 24-hour automatic teller machine network to which the bank subscribes. The achievement award was presented to GAB for the bank’s Money Mover/Plus application and the employee staff training manual.

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