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The Jasper Courier was first published on March 19, 1858, by Clement Doane, John Mehringer and Rudolphus Smith. One year later Doane purchased the interests of his two partners. The newspaper first had its offices and press in the Baccarach building at the northwest corner of the intersection of Sixth and Jackson streets. Later, Doane purchased property on the south side of West Sixth Street just west of Clay Street. He constructed the two buildings on the site and moved his newspaper enterprise. He also built a large three-story brick residence on the property. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
April 4, 1949
The trophy for the best marching band went to Huntingburg High School at the Washington district music contest Saturday. The Jasper High School chorus placed first in the second division for Class B chorus. Academy Immaculate Conception orchestra from Ferdinand won the award in the second division for Class C orchestras.

The program at the banquet honoring Jasper’s state champion Wildcats Tuesday night at Calumet Lake will be broadcast on WITZ radio.

April 5
More than 400 sports fans, writers and dignitaries in the sports world will be on hand at Calumet Lake tonight to pay tribute to the Indiana high school basketball champions, the Jasper Wildcats. The affair is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Jasper.

When The Armstrong Store  in the “Y” in Jasper recently conducted a contest to find the oldest Maytag washer still in use in Dubois County, the award went to Mrs. Ida J. Bolte, who had a 1923 model. Before being traded in on a new model, the Maytag had done the family washing for 26 years.

April 6
Next Saturday morning, April 9, registration will be held for all children who will be entering the first grade of either the Tenth Street School or the Sixth Street School in Jasper next September. This includes all children who will reach their sixth birthday on or before next December 31.

Adolph Rupp, coach of the national collegiate champion Kentucky Wildcats, addressed an audience of more than four hundred people at Calumet Lake, where Jasper High School’s state championship team was honored last night. Members of the team and their fathers were presented by Coach Cabby O’Neill. The Jasper Kiwanis club sponsored the banquet.

April 7
An ad in today’s issue of the Daily Herald announces the opening of Poe’s Drug Store in the Tivoli Building in Jasper next Saturday. The store will be operated by Ralph Poe and Mrs. Kathleen Waltz Poe of Marengo.

A twelve-game schedule, including seven games on the road and five at home, has been announced by Coach Cabby O’Neill of the Jasper High School baseball team.

April 8
Bids are being taken for excavation work on the site of the new high school building to be erected at Ferdinand. The estimated cost of the building is 200,000. It will be built on a seven and a half acre tract two blocks north of the St. Ferdinand Church and elementary school buildings.

The Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce pledged its assistance last night in the establishment of adequate park facilities for the community of Jasper. The Jaycee group met last night with a member of the Jasper Board of Park Commissioners, Bob Hoffman. Hoffman said the park board has been offered a portion of the land which was purchased by the city for the construction of an armory for the local National Guard unit.

April 9
The annual report of the Dubois County Department of public welfare has been published by the director, Cecil Foddrill. The report shows that during the year, $3,779 was paid out for medical services to persons receiving old age assistance. The total spent for old age assistance during 1948 was $48,386.99. As of the end of 1948 there were 173 persons receiving such assistance.

Ralph Legeman of Evansville, architect and designer of the Herrin, Ill.-type gymnasium, was given the go-ahead sign last night to draw up plans for a similar structure in Huntingburg. The Evansville architect, whose patent on this new-type design for gyms is pending, met with the Huntingburg Board of Education and the citizens’ gym committee last night in the Olinger building.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
April 6, 1964
This was the year for seventh graders in the annual Dubois County Spelling Bee. Mary Alice Heim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Heim of Ireland, is the 1964 spelling champion. She won out Saturday over Jane Sermersheim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Sermersheim of Dubois, in a Bee which almost forced officials to resort to an auxiliary supply of words to spell. Mary Alice is a seventh grade pupil at Ireland North Side; Jane is a student at Dubois South Side. The contest was held in the courtroom in the courthouse in Jasper.

Coach Wes Settle’s Jasper Wildcats opened the baseball season Saturday afternoon by dropping a doubleheader to Chrisney by scores of 11-0 and 9-2. The double win extended Chrisney’s winning streak to 41 straight games without a loss.

April 7
Leslie Pence, principal of Birdseye High School, last night was elected president of the Patoka Valley Conference at the group’s annual Spring dinner at Ame’s Cafe in Ireland. A.J. Kreitzer, Dubois High School principal, was named vice-president and Larry Meyer, Birdseye basketball coach, will be secretary-treasurer of the organization.

At Monday night’s regular meeting of the Huntingburg Common Council three bids were opened on the furnishing of a one-ton truck for use by the street department. Mayor Dale Helmerich requested that the street and alley committee meet with William Tanner, Street Commissioner, to determine which equipment would be meet the requirements of the street department.

April 8
At Monday night’s meeting of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club, the club president, Lenore Stemply, presented to the guest speaker, Charles O. Hendricks, Indiana’s Secretary of State, a large key as a symbol of honorary membership in the Jasper unit of the BPW.

At the April meeting of the Dubois County Commissioners a resolution was adopted regarding aid to be received from the Federal government for damage to county bridges and roads as a result of the recent flood. They authorized County Auditor Jack Hauser to apply for the aid.

Ray Katter, owner and operator of Katter’s Kleaners of Huntingburg, is the newly elected Commander of Huntingburg VFW Post 2366.

Wilfred Buschkoetter and Lawrence L. Persohn have taken over the operation of Jasper Radio and Television at 15th and Mill. The firm will now be known as Jasper Television.

April 9
State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. John S. Anderson announced at Indianapolis today that the Jasper unit of the National Guard will be going to Puerto Rico to train in August. About 260 men from the Jasper unit will make the trip.

A gathering of over 400 hundred persons — second only to the turnout that honored the 1949 State Championship Jasper Basketball Team — crowded into the K. of C. Home last night to pay tribute to the 1963-64 Jasper Wildcats and their retiring coach Paul East.

April 10
Bids for work on the planned improvements at the Huntingburg electric light plant were opened at the special meeting of the Board of Public Works Thursday night. A motion to take the bids under advisement was made by Bill Prather , seconded by Charles Mundy, and passed unanimously.

April 11
The annual meeting of the Indiana Hospital Auxiliaries of the Evansville area was held last Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. The group was invited to come to Jasper by Mother Eugene, Memorial Hospital administrator, and Mrs. Robert F. Schnaus, president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Francis Dick, president of the Jasper Little League, presented the annual Rex Critchlow Award to Douglas Webber of the Eckerle Dairy Braves. The trophy was given last night at the league’s annual reorganization meeting held in the high school gym.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
April 3, 1989
About 550 bowlers, adults and children, raised money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dubois County Saturday in an all-day bowlathon. Courtesy of Buehler Foods, the bowlers took over Eastown Lanes in Jasper and Hunters Bowl in Huntingburg.

Dubois County’s average unemployment rate for 1988 was 3.9 percent, a decrease from 4.7 percent in 1987 and the lowest local rate in at least 11 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

April 4
Insurance adjustors have long waiting lists today after egg-sized hail, lightning and, according to unconfirmed reports, tornadoes ripped into Dubois County Monday.

A proposed county recycling station may be tried come May or June. According to Dubois County Commissioner Mary Lou Schnell, the advantages of the manned station would be threefold: It would keep recyclable items out of the landfill. It would serve only county residents. It could not be misused for dumping illegal items. Monday, during the county commissioners’ regular meeting,a draft of the recycling station plan was unanimously approved by the commissioners.

April 5
For the second year in a row, Kimball International is included on the Fortune 500 list. This year Kimball, the only company headquartered in the Tri-State to make the list, climbed 11 positions, from 492 to 481.

Ferdinand’s Chamber of Commerce is getting state help toward enticing and welcoming tourists. Ferdinand’s official tourist brochure 8 years running, “Welcome to Ferdinand,” was due for its biennial printing, so the chamber submitted a draft copy to state tourism officials. They liked it enough to pay for half the printing costs, a $513.34 contribution. Ferdinand prints 20,000 copies every 2 years, handing out 10,000 per year.

April 6
The budget bill awaiting action from the governor fails to include state matching funds for airport projects. The state’s 5 per cent share, which amounts to $35,000 for Dubois County’s expansion project, is missing from the proposed budget, which for years has included similar appropriations, airport manager Raymie Eckerle said Wednesday.

The annual summer basketball camp for girls in the Greater Jasper school district will be held in June. The camp, which teaches fundamentals to girls entering grades 4 through 9 next fall, will be run by Sonny Lents and John Gleason. The cost is $25 per camper.  All sessions will be held at Jasper Middle School.

April 7
New maps of a bigger Birdseye were presented to the town board Thursday night, but officials still need to determine street names and addresses to complete the task. The new map, drawn up by the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, is needed for a 911 emergency dispatching system planned for the county. The town’s boundaries have been expanded to accommodate reference points for dispatchers, board president Mike Kellams said Thursday. The map, with detailed and specific locations of roads, residences and buildings, is intended to aid the county in giving directions to emergency crews.

A past president of the St. Joseph’s chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul will be honored posthumously Sunday. Elizabeth Miller, who died from cancer last May, will be given the Frederick Ozanam Top Hat Award for her lifetime dedication to the needy.

Bill Kiefer, Carl Knebel and Art Jarboe have retired from the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department after 30 years of service. Kiefer, 61, retired as a lieutenant on the department in February. Knebel, 60, retired from the department at the end of 1988 as an assistant fire chief. Jarboe, 63, retired from the department as a captain at the end of March.

April 8
At the exhibition basketball game at Jasper High School Friday night, the Jasper area stars defeated the Big Ten all-stars by a score of 113 to 106. The Jasper area stars included former Evansvile star Marty Simmons, USI standout Andre Jackson, JHS assistant coaches Phil Wendel and Dan Scherry, and former JHS players John Schultheis and Dwain Merder.

From the Saturday Feature — The musical drama “Quilters” recalls the challenges and rewards of the American frontier. For the Jasper Community Players, it pieces together the efforts of community quilters and community actors. The local production is being directed by A. David Johnson.
Santa Claus Land Inc. received the Indiana Restaurant Association’s President’s Club Award during the association’s 56th annual convention and trade show in Indianapolis recently.

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