Looking Back: 5/3


Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff
John Friedman organized the Jasper Machine Works shop and built a two-story frame building at the southwest corner of the intersection of Third and Main streets. The frame part of the building is shown in this picture. In December, 1937, the property was purchased by Alvin C. Ruxer for his Ford garage.


65 Years Ago
May 2, 1949
More than 1,300 students from 21 high schools throughout Indiana took part in the state music contests held Saturday in Indianapolis. In the morning the contests were conducted at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory and in the afternoon at the Indiana War Memorial. Huntingburg placed in the first division for marching, while Jasper won honors in the second division.

The Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet tonight at 6:30 at the Dubois County Country Club. New officers will be installed by Grace Schoenbaechler, immediate past president of the State Federation. Evaleen Lorey, Margaret V. Wilson, Margie Miller and Myrtle Jones will be in charge of the program.

The Jasper Reds and the Ireland Merchants emerged victorious in a pair of pitchers’ battles in Dubois County yesterday. The Reds dunked the Evansville All-Stars, 1-0, at Recreation Field while the Merchants slipped by the Jasper Rustic Tavern, 2-1, at Ireland.

May 3
At a meeting yesterday evening attended by members of Jasper’s volunteer fire department, County Agent C. A. Nicholson and Bainbridge township trustee Elmer “Lefty” Eckert, further plans were discussed for having the City of Jasper provide fire protection for the rural areas in the vicinity of Jasper. Within the past week Trustee Eckert signed a contract with the city  whereby the rural areas of his township will receive the services of Jasper’s fire department and equipment.

Jasper’s Chief of Police, Rex Critchlow, has completed an eight-day regional training course for law enforcement officers of Washington, Indiana, and nearby towns which was held in the city hall in Washington. Purdue and Indiana Universities, state police, and the FBI provided the instructors.

May 4
Earl Buechler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Buechler of R. 3, Huntingburg, was presented with the Phi Zeta Memorial Award at the annual spring formal of Evansville College last Saturday. This award is given to a member of the Phi Zeta social fraternity who contributed the most to the fraternity’s achievements during the year and is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on a member by the fraternity. Mr. Buechler, a graduate of Jasper High School, will graduate from Evansville College in June  with an A.B. degree.  He is majoring in secondary education.

Behind Earl Englert’s two-hit pitching the Jasper Wildcats won their second game in a row, defeating the Hatchets at Washington yesterday afternoon, 5-0.

May 5
James E. Alles of Jasper, who served as this year’s chairman of the annual Red Cross drive for funds in Dubois County, has completed his report on the drive. It shows that the county exceeded its quota by almost $1,000. The goal was $2,820, and the total contributed amounted to $3,813.59. Citizens from Jasper donated $1,664.13, while Huntingburg residents gave $1,145.41. People from the various other areas in the county contributed $1,115.41. Among the townships, Cass  collected the highest amount—$260.26.

Manager Chick Flick’s Rustic Tavern baseball nine makes its 1949 debut before the Jasper fans Sunday afternoon at 2:30 when it entertains the Winslow Eagles at Recreation Field. The Tavern team, successor to last season’s General Beverage squad, opened its season last Sunday at Ireland, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Ireland Merchants, despite Tom “Rags” Berger’s one-hit pitching performance.

May 6
B. L. Jacobsen, president of the Indiana Junior Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members of the Jasper Jaycees last night at the regular meeting of the club. He presided at an orientation ceremony at which eight new members were charged.

May 7
A Huntingburg girl, Miss Jean Leland, was selected yesterday as queen of the annual music festival held at Robinson, Illinois.  Miss Leland was crowned yesterday evening in a ceremony during which a mass band of 750 high school musicians from ten Illinois and Indiana cities played in concert. Queen candidates from the various schools held the spotlight in a parade through the business district of Robinson yesterday afternoon. The band queens from the various schools, including Laverne Hackman from Jasper High School, rode in convertibles in front of their respective bands.

50 Years Ago
May 4, 1964
It has been announced by Robert S. Bates, state civil defense director, that federal approval of applications by four southern Indiana counties, including Dubois County, for financial assistance to help offset March flood losses to publicly owned facilities have been given.

The latest counties whose applications have been approved, together with the amounts of federal assistance to be allocated, are: Dubois $11,363, Spencer $14,206, Washington $13,596, and Franklin $4,169.

Jasper and Huntingburg split a twin bill Saturday afternoon at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Jasper defeated Huntingburg, 5-3 in the opening game which was a SIAC game. The Hunters came back to trounce the Wildcats, 15-5 in the nightcap.

May 5
Irving Chase of Huntingburg was presented the National Award for Outstanding Service to the Photographic Profession at the annual awards banquet of the Professional Photographers of Indiana Association at Indianapolis. Mr. Chase was also awarded the highest honor given by the Indiana association, the Professional Photographers of Indiana Meritorius  Service Award.

He is the only person who has received both awards. Over 300 photographers from Indiana and several mid-western states attended the three-day Indiana convention which was held at the Severin Hotel.

Three Dubois County high school seniors have been awarded partial scholarships from Marian College it has been announced by Sister Marie Pierre, O.S.F., chairman of the Scholarship
Committee. Those receiving the scholarships are Charlene Eckerle and Judith Dekemper both of Ferdinand  and Linda Heichelbech of Jasper.

May 6
The newest addition in service for the financial field in Dubois County will be the opening this weekend of the Dubois County Bank’s Drive-In Bank facility. The pre-opening activities will be held on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The facility, the first drive-in bank in Jasper, will open for business on Monday, May 10.  It is located on the northwest corner of Sixth and Mill streets, just east of the post office. It was built on a lot purchased in May of last year from Mrs. Stella Joseph and her brother, Ivan Friedman.

May 7
The regular weekly meeting of the Huntingburg Kiwanis club was held Monday noon at the Country Kitchen  with Fred Heick, president, presiding; G. P. Shears leading the singing and Rev. Fred Fahrenkamp offering the prayer. Chet Mutchman of Huntingburg; Arnie Krempp of Jasper and Curtis Ambrose of Oakland City, were visitors. Joe Mundy won the attendance prize. John F. Struckman, program chairman, talked about Huntingburg. He stated that there are some problems facing the citizens of this city. However, he said there are many good things, such as the schools, recreational facilities, golf course, tax structure, excellent churches and unusual maintenance of residential properties.

Miss Jacqueline Schneider was installed as president of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club at the monthly dinner meeting held on May 4 in the West Room of the K  of C Club.

Other officers installed for the ensuing year were Mrs. Art Segal, first vice-president; Mrs. John M. Eckstein, second vice-president; Miss Nancy Burger, recording secretary; Miss Margaret
Dischinger, treasurer, and Miss Rosemarye Blessinger, assistant treasurer, Miss Margaret Hochgesang, who was absent, will be the corresponding secretary. Miss Margaret A. Wilson and Mrs. Emma J. Traylor remain permanent parliamentarian and historian, respectively.

May 8
Rex Wells, principal at Springs Valley High School for the past two years, has resigned to accept a position in the public schools at Fort Collins, Colorado. Mr. Wells began his teaching career
in 1956 at West Baden as basketball coach and math teacher. In 1957 he became the first basketball coach of the new Springs Valley High School. His success in the 1958 state tournament is legendary.His team advanced to the state finals undefeated and he was named “Coach of the Year.” He continued at Springs Valley in 1958-59 and then moved to Greensburg where he coached basketball for two years. In 1961 he returned to Springs Valley as administrative assistant and basketball coach. In 1962 he became principal of Springs Valley High School.

May 9
Jim Seger, who operates a poultry and grassland farm, was elected president of the Dubois Jaycees Thursday night, succeeding Jim Bair. Other officers elected were Linus Bauer and Glenn Collan, first and second vice-presidents; Melvin Leistner, secretary; Ralph Schepers, treasurer. Directors elected were Zane Wininger, Kenny Cave and Arthur Bonner. Jim Seger, the new president, is automatically  a member of the board of directors since the club is in its first year of existence.

25 Years Ago
May 1, 1989
Jasper teenagers partied smart this weekend. An after-the-prom chemical-free all-night party had more attendees than the Jasper junior/senior prom that spawned it. Jasper’s parent-teacher
organization said their “Post Prom ‘89” was a big success. “I heard a lot of kids  say it was the best party  they had ever been to,” said PTO president Kaye Drone. It was a trial effort to keep kids from drinking and driving by showing them a way to have fun without alcohol.

May 2
Jasper collected 12 hits off Jeffersonville ace Jerry Caldwell Monday as the unranked Wildcats upset the top-rated Red Devils 6-5 in high school baseball. Jasper’s Todd Hurst and Brad Dedrick
each got three hits, and Alex Simmers had a pair of doubles  in making a winner of Steve Hoffman, now 4-0.

Gary Cornwell of R. 3 Huntingburg fired a hole-in-one at the Jasper Municipal Golf Course. Cornwell got his ace on the 150-yard number 3 hole. He was using a Ping 7-iron and an Ultra ball. Cornwell was playing in a foursome with Tom Beach, Ralph Stemle, and Don Brosmer.

May 3
Indiana Alpha Delta Kappa convened April 22 at Pendleton Middle School for its 33rd annual convention.  Among the 219 in attendance were seven members of Dubois County’s Beta Gamma chapter, Estella Burger, Verla Flick, Marlene Huls, Brenda Hurm, Janet Kluemper, Barb Leinenbach, and Sandy Miller.

Forest Park catcher  Chris Zink hit a 2-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Rangers over Jasper 7-6 last night  at Recreation Field.

May 4
The Dubois County Art Guild awarded Aimee Blume of Huntingburg the 1989 Art Guild scholarship. Ms. Blume, a senior at Southridge High School, plans to study art at Ivy Tech or the University of Evansville. She is the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Blume of Huntingburg.

Thirty-six students in the School of Business at Indiana State University  have been inducted into the university’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business society. Local students include Kurt G. Wilmes of Ferdinand, a senior majoring in management, and Andrea L. Schwartz of Huntingburg, a senior majoring in accounting.

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