Looking Back: 5/25

Photo courtesy of John Fierst
By the 1920s the once stately Stephenson house in Jasper had been abandoned for some years and the residence was finally demolished by property owner Joseph Gutzweiler, who utilized some of the building’s bricks in the construction of the Gutzweiler Building/Tivoli Theater on the Public Square in 1924. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

65 Years Ago
May 24, 1948

The U.S. Patent Office announced that it has awarded a patent to Clarence U. Gramelspacher of Jasper for his invention of an apparatus for molding wood veneer. Application for the patent, pending since 1942, was approved as per three claims of originality and improvement. The Jasper man has retained commercial rights to the invention.

May 25
Eileen Schwinghamer has been named valedictorian and Mildred Lechner has been named salutatorian for the Jasper High School Class of 1948.

A train bearing 100 members of the Louisville Board of Trade, representatives of Louisville newspapers, the drum and bugle corps of the Jeffersonville American Legion and Kentucky’s top musical quartet, the Kentucky Troubadours, will include Huntingburg and Jasper on their tour through Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Indiana. The purpose of the trip is to inspect the region’s industrial and recreational development, its increased production of coal, petroleum and building stone and causes for the more than 300 percent gain in farm income that the three-state region has experienced since 1940. City officials and business and civic leaders of both Dubois County cities will be on hand to greet the group when it arrives at Huntingburg at 10: 45 a.m. Friday and in Jasper at 11:30. The train plans to be in each community for about 45 minutes.

May 26
Approximately 40 exhibitors are expected to vie for the title of Dubois County Strawberry King when the annual county strawberry festival is held on the Jasper Square under the auspices of the Jasper Kiwanis Club. The exhibits will be on display on the east side of the courthouse at 4:30 Saturday afternoon and judging will begin about five o’clock. Two experts from Purdue University will make the selections. Following the judging the three top exhibits will be auctioned to the highest bidders by Jack Hauser. The rest of the exhibits will be sold at market prices.

May 27
From “Hark the Herald”: The Daily Herald salutes and joins thousands of Dubois Countians in congratulating this year’s class of graduates from the various high schools in the county. This year’s classes included 90 young men and women from Jasper High; 63 from Huntingburg High; 20 from Holland High; 14 from Birdseye High; 21 from Dubois High; 22 from Ireland High; 7 from Cuzco High; and 23 from Ferdinand academy (10 of the Academy Immaculate Conception students are from Dubois County), a grand total of 247.

Plans have been completed for the observance of Memorial Day in Jasper, it has been announced by Edwin J. Seng, commander of American Legion Post 147. Cmdr. Seng is serving as general chairman of the memorial program. Members of veterans organizations and their auxiliaries, together with civic groups and the general public, will assemble on the Public Square at 10:15 Sunday morning. At 10:30, the flag will be lowered to half staff and the names of Dubois County men who died in the service of their country will be read. Following an invocation, a parade will form on the Square and proceed to St. Joseph Church, where memorial services will be held at the regular 11 o’clock solemn High Mass.

In Huntingburg a Memorial Day service will be held in Salem Church on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and their auxiliaries will meet at the VFW Home at 9:30 a.m. from where they will proceed to the church. Decoration Day services will be held at St. Mary’s and Fairmount cemeteries on Monday.

May 28
Edwin Knies of Jasper was re-elected chairman of the Dubois District, Boy Scouts of America at the annual meeting Thursday night at Camp Carnes.

The mayors of Huntingburg and Jasper and representatives of practically every business establishment in the two cities were on hand this morning to greet the arrival of the train carrying former governor Keen Johnson of Kentucky and about 100 businessmen from Louisville on their goodwill tour through southern Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In county semipro baseball action, the Ireland Merchants have a tough obstacle to hurdle Sunday when they entertain the Dale Athletic Club at Ireland in seeking their seventh straight victory of the season. The only remaining undefeated team in Dubois County, the Merchants have piled up six triumphs, including wins over such strong opposition as the Huntingburg Merchants and the Ferdinand Cardinals. As an added attraction this season, the Ireland team has a new public-address system for the convenience of their fans.

May 29
Jasper Mayor Herbert E. Thyen and park board President Othmar Eckerle will take part in the brief dedication ceremony between games of the gala opening doubleheader at Recreation Field on Wednesday evening. The doubleheader, the first semipro appearance under the new night baseball lights, has been designated as a benefit to aid in paying the balance due on the lighting system.

50 Years Ago
May 27, 1963

Fifty agricultural leaders in Indiana, including E.K. Binkley of Jasper, will depart June 26 for a three-week People-to-People tour of Eastern and Western European countries. Binkley, a partner in the operation of the Jasper Hatchery, is a member of the Indiana Poultry Association and the American Hatchery Association.

May 28
Donald “Butch” Rees, former basketball star at Jasper High School, has been named basketball and track coach and director of athletics at Washington Catholic High School.

Five members of the Indiana Chapter of the American Public Works Association, including Jasper Mayor Edwin B. Knies, met Friday to finalize plans for the state meeting of the association to be held at Indianapolis June 28 and 29.

The varsity cheerleaders of Dale High School won the Honor Team Award of the U S. Cheerleaders Association and as a result, a group picture of the four was featured on the cover of the Cheerleader, U.S.A. magazine. The squad includes Connie Brown, Cathy Grundhoefer, Nancy Kifer and Trudy Winkler. Their sponsor is Ina Ruth Moseley.

May 29
At a meeting Tuesday night of the Huntingburg Jaycees, Bob Patberg was elected president.
Announcement has been made by Willie Bartley of Ferdinand and the Ralston Purina Co., St. Louis, of plans to start a new Purina dealership in Huntingburg. The mill, already under construction, is being built at the north edge of Huntingburg along State Road 45.

May 30
Memorial Day, no paper published.

May 31
James “Pinky” Powell, head basketball coach at Holland High School the past four years, announced today that he has resigned his post to accept a similar position at Hartford City.

St. Benedict College at Ferdinand, which claims to be Indiana’s smallest college, will hold commencement ceremonies for the 11 young women receiving Bachelor of Science degrees on Saturday. Ten of the graduates are receiving their degree in elementary education, and the other is a music education major.

The public is invited to inspect the new facilities of The Daily Herald and its affiliated firm, Herald Printing Inc., during an open house Saturday afternoon. Web offset printing came to The Daily Herald in February with the installation of a new three-unit Goss Suburban press.

June 1
The Jasper Corp. has leased the former Jasper National Furniture Co. building, which will provide about 40,000 square feet of floor space for additional office and production facilities, Thomas L. Habig, corporation president, announced today. The newly acquired building is at 15th and Cherry streets, immediately adjacent to the present general offices of The Jasper Corp. and its Jasper Stylemasters plant.

25 Years Ago
May 23, 1988

The four valedictorians named for the 1988 Jasper High School graduating class are Chris Friedman, John Lehmkuhler, Michael Waddell and Monique Winkler.

WITZ News Director Denny Spinner was thrown in jail at Walmart Saturday when he couldn’t make bail. He had to phone the radio station, which carried his plea for the $10 bail on the air. It was the Dubois County Heart Association’s “jail bail” fundraising event. Arrests were made at Siebert’s and Walmart. The “crooks” were transported from Siebert’s to Walmart in an old police car by police officers who volunteered their time.

Medea R. Kluemper has been elected president of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club.

May 24
The Northeast Dubois Jeeps girls tennis team captured its fourth consecutive sectional championship by defeating Loogootee 5-0 at the Jasper High School tennis courts Monday night.
Graduation exercises for the 1988 graduating class of Forest Park High School will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. The valedictorian is Janet Keusch, and the salutatorian is Mark Schipp.
Jason Moats, a senior at Northeast Dubois High School, has signed a letter of intent to participate in the University of Kentucky’s student athletic trainers program.

May 25
Dubois County’s two hospitals will soon operate under one ownership. Because of a drop in both hospitals’ admissions and a prediction for a decline to continue, the Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, are turning over their ownership of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Evergreen Park, Ill., who already operate Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. No immediate change in operations is expected.

The 1988 senior class of Northeast Dubois High School will graduate during ceremonies at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. Todd Greener will be valedictorian and Jeff Kerby will be salutatorian.

May 26
The 16th graduating class of Southridge High School will have commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Huntingburg Memorial Gym. Sherry Begle is valedictorian and Kristina Small is salutatorian.

Because of a continued increase in the number of same-day surgeries, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg opened a new same-day surgery unit this week Same-day surgeries now account for 40 percent of all surgeries performed at the hospital. Surgeries and procedures that might fit the guidelines for same-day surgery include cataract removal, breast biopsy, hernia repair, knee arthroscopy, ear tube placement and tonsillectomy and endoscopy procedures.
Molly Niehaus has signed to continue her volleyball career at Vincennes University. She anchored the Wildcats’ front row the last two seasons.

Jasper Middle School students participated in a physical fitness test this spring, results of which will be compared with those of students in the Soviet Union. The local test, administered by JMS physical education teachers Pat True and Cheryl Bingemer, was part of a national testing program conducted by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

May 27
A money crunch will squeeze the sixth grade from Precious Blood School next year, requiring a dozen fifth-graders to transfer to other schools. The school’s budget will increase by about 20 percent next year, mostly because of a large jump in pay to the nuns teaching at the school, Principal John Seger said Wednesday. The school board also increased lay teachers’ salaries to be more in line with the salaries of teachers in public schools.

In  high school girls tennis, Floyd Central ended the Northeast Dubois Jeeps’ three-year reign as regional champs with a 3-2 win.

Jasper’s Brad Traylor set a school record in the 1,600-meter run Thursday at the boys track regional and qualified for the state finals in Indianapolis. Southridge’s Mark Buse and Heritage Hills’ Travis Hoffman also made the cut for the final meet of the season.

May 28
Commencement exercises for the 1988 graduating class of Heritage Hills High School will take place Sunday afternoon in the school gym. Carla Michel of Grandview is valedictorian and Todd Wilkerson of Dale is salutatorian.

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