Looking Back: 4/27

Photo courtesy of Ireland Historical Society
John Deere Day, a day of customer appreciation and information, was celebrated at Armstrong’s Store in Jasper in the late 1940s. Kelly Armstong of Ireland owned the store. Behind the counter are Laverne (Burger) Rasche, Olevia (Brown) Morgan, Velma (Himsel) Armstrong, Opha Armstrong, Ed Vogler and James Schwenk.

65 Years Ago
April 26, 1948

Grocery specials at the A&P store include sugar-cured smoked picnic hams for 43 cents per pound; pork and beans, a 1-pound can for 10 cents; and sweet or kosher dill pickles, a quart jar for 25 cents.

April 27
Production and maintenance employees of the Jasper Office Furniture Co. walked off their jobs at 2:30 Monday afternoon in a strike called by officials of Local 331 Upholsterers Union, AFL. According to Donald Marks, business agent of Local 331, and Harold J. Jerger, union organizer and former business agent of the local, the strike was called because of the inability of company and union officials to agree on two major issues: wages and union security. About a dozen meetings have been held by company and union officials in recent weeks in an effort to come to an agreement on a new contract.

April 28
At an organizational meeting held in the courthouse last night, a county chapter of the Disabled American Veterans was formed. It will be known as Dubois County Chapter 77, DAV. Harold Fleck of Jasper, a World War II veteran who lost his right foot when he stepped on a land mine in Germany, was chosen commander.

April 29
More than 50 citizens of Huntingburg, including Mayor John Struckman and the members of the city council, attended a dinner meeting in the Ideal Hotel on Wednesday evening to hear Kenneth L. Schellie of Indianapolis, director of the Indiana Economic Council, discuss setting up a city planning commission for Huntingburg. The project is being pushed by the Huntingburg Junior Chamber of Commerce and has the backing of the Kiwanis Club, the senior chamber of commerce and other civic groups. Schellie pointed out the need for such a commission and told how it can help protect property values in an expanding city.

April 30
The 9th District Rural Youth Club held its quarterly meeting Wednesday at the Cotton Club in Chandler, with Warrick County as the host. Dubois County was awarded the “Cowbell” award for having the greatest number of members present who came the farthest. Thirty-five young people of the county made it possible for the club to receive the bell.

May 1
Delta Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa recently purchased a hospital bed and innerspring mattress along with rubber sheeting and a mattress cover. It is for the use of any Jasper resident requiring its services in the home. The bed is to be loaned to any individual, without charge, subject to the advice of the attending physician. Mrs. Charles Christian is to be contacted anytime the need may arise for the use of the bed, and proper arrangements will be made for its delivery. It will be stored at the Knights of Columbus Home when not in use.

The first of approximately 209 delegates who will attend the district convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary in Jasper over the weekend are expected to start arriving this afternoon. It is expected that every one of the 10 posts in the 8th District will be represented. William M. Cox of Jasper, 8th District commander, will preside at all sessions of the convention.
Mrs. John Murray, Paoli, province officer for Province I of Tri Kappa Sorority, will be in Jasper on Tuesday to inspect the local Delta Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa.

50 Years Ago
April 29, 1963

Mrs. Carl G. Torrey of Evansville, who was an information officer for Henry Cabot Lodge when he was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Women’s Guild of Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg on Wednesday evening. Mrs. Torrey, who has been active in some phase of the United Nations for 13 years, will speak about the international organization. The public is invited to hear her talk.

Norman Wright was elected president of the Huntingburg Optimist Club at the group’s regular meeting last week.

“Stars over Indiana” was the appropriate theme for the Indiana League High School Girls Athletic Association state plaque play day that was held at Indiana University at Bloomington on Saturday. Thirteen state plaque winners from Huntingburg High School attended, accompanied by their sponsors, Mrs. Edwin Katterhenry and Mrs. Wilford Miller. Following registration, the girls participated in a varied activity program that included basketball, volleyball, tennis, handball and some rugged relays. Another part of the program was a gymnastics demonstration, followed by the awarding of the plaques to the girls, with 18 being awarded to the Huntingburg group. The girls attending the play day were Martha Rae Birk, Sandra Blackgrove, Carla Blessinger, Sandra Haas, Marilyn Martin, Susan Menke, Rebecca Miller, Sandra Montgomery, Lana Morgan, Martha Oser, Jacqueline Schnellenberger, Brenda Stilwell and Naomi Wright. Five members were unable to attend.

April 30
Tom Schnaus, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schnaus, was the recipient Monday evening of the third annual Outstanding Music Student Award presented by the Jasper Philharmonic Club.

At the annual meeting of Huntingburg Furniture Co. Inc. last week in Dothan, Ala., R.H. McMurtrie of Huntingburg was named to the newly created position of chairman of the board. Joseph C. Wulfman of Huntingburg, manager of the Timely plant in Huntingburg and the Timely plant in Gettysburg, Pa., became CEO, assuming the duties of president.

William Reckelhoff, chairman of the Dubois Agricultural Stabilization Committee, reminds farmers who are signed up for the 1963 Wheat Stabilization or Feed Grain Program not to graze their diverted acres for the period of May 1 to Nov. 1. Pasturing on diverted acres is not allowed during these summer grazing months. Farmers also are reminded that their diverted acres must be devoted to a conservation use, such as permanent or rotation cover of grasses and legumes, or a temporary cover of grasses and legumes.

May 1
Carol Messmer Stedfeld is announcing the opening of a beauty shop in Sunset Terrace, located in the basement of the Sunset Tavern. Carol’s Beauty Shop will offer complete beauty care including permanents, sets, shampoos and tints.

At a meeting of the Huntingburg Candy Stripers on Saturday morning, officers were elected, and three girls were awarded their 250-hour pins. Newly elected officers are Gwendolyn Songer, president; Cathy Fischer, vice president; Anthea Songer, secretary; Cheryl Peach, treasurer; and Lucille Gehlhausen, historian. 250-hour pins went to Lucille Gehlhausen, Karen Alvis and Patty Barnett.

May 2
P.A. “Pete” Buechler, manager of the Ferdinand branch of Dubois County Bank, has retired, effective May 1, after 41 years of active service in banking.

Aurelia Jones of Jasper, executive secretary of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, has submitted her annual report, which shows that for the 18th consecutive year the county chapter received an A rating for conforming to all national and state qualifications based on sound business practices. The program of the association is based on the program set out by the national group and includes education, case finding, treatment, isolation and rehabilitation.

May 3
A field survey crew from the River Basin Planning Party of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in Dubois County gathering information that will be used in compiling a detailed report on total water resources development in the Patoka River Basin. The Patoka study has been selected for the first project in making up a coordinated plan for the Wabash River Basin, and Dubois County has been chosen for initial survey work by the USDA. The field crew is working on the Hall Creek tributary in the vicinity of the Robert Wilson, Maurice Beckman and Othmar Jahn farms. Cross-section surveys of the Patoka Valley are being made to determine the flood stage and the rate of runoff flow.
Tom Beckman was elected president of the Jasper Jaycees at an election Thursday evening at the American Legion.

May 4
Lt. Col. Robert M. Renneisen, a Jasper native, received the first oak leaf cluster to the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal during a recent ceremony at High Wycombe Air Station, England. Renneisen is director of information for Headquarters, 7th Air Division, at High Wycombe. He is a graduate of Jasper Academy and is a former sports editor of the Jasper Herald.

25 Years Ago
April 25, 1988

Hundreds of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Explorers, adult leaders and parents from Dubois, Spencer, Perry and Warrick Counties attended the Lincoln Trails District “camporall” over the weekend at Tipsaw Lake in Perry County. The highlight of the weekend was the landing, touring and departure of three U. S. Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., on Saturday.
Jasper High School’s math team placed second in Saturday’s Hoosier Academic Super Bowl at Indianapolis. The team was coached by Mike Hubers.

April 26
Jasper High School Principal Don Noblitt has proposed bringing retired teachers back into the classroom as low-cost tutors and consultants. Noblitt spoke about his “pet project” for the next school year at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Co. has reached a new tariff agreement with federal regulators and as a result, Huntingburg and Jasper can look forward to possibly paying less for gas next winter. Under the new agreement, Texas Eastern could once again open its pipelines to other, cheaper gas suppliers, when necessary.

April 27
The Dubois County Commissioners agreed last week to join Huntingburg in a joint road project to benefit them both. After three meetings this month of city and county officials, they agreed to split the cost 50-50 if a request for federal and state grants is approved. The project will fix and expand existing roads to create a county bypass road around downtown Huntingburg, and will create a better road system through the industrial section on the west side of Huntingburg. It will create a new section of County Road 400S to join U. S. 231 near the Dutchman Inn to County Road 400W, which runs by Farbest Foods on the city’s west side. Also part of the project would be the resurfacing of County Road 400W, West 12th Street, West 19th Street and Industrial Park Drive west of St. Joseph’s Hospital, and connecting Industrial Park Drive to Styline Drive by crossing the railroad tracks near the entrance to the industrial park. Huntingburg Mayor Connie Nass is optimistic about the grant being approved but cautions that the project is not for certain.

April 28
The Twentieth Century Literary Club of Jasper announced Monique Winkler as the 1988 winner of the Derexa Savage King Memorial Award for Literary Excellence. She received the winning trophy for her descriptive essay, “Grandfather’s Garden.”

April 29
Students from Holy Family School in Jasper raised money for the American Heart Association by jumping rope. Grades five through eight participated, after collected pledges from sponsors. The total collected thus far is $2,388; the highest amount collected by a student is $100, brought in by eight-grader Alicia Vonderheide.

The legs of Bill Williams and Phil Wendel are feeling better this week. Last week they were sore,weak and tired after the men ran in the Boston Marathon on April 18.

April 30
Jasper native John F. Sturm has been named to the post of vice president of government affairs of CBS Inc. Sturm will work with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies on issues of concern to CBS. He is a graduate of Jasper High School, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Omer Sturm of Jasper.

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