Looking Back: 5/8

Janell Schmitt reached to catch a glue drip about to ooze from a brush held by classmate Jared Stetter during the sixth-grader’s work for the Create a Landmark competition. All of Marti Mauntel’s Dubois Middle School sixth grade social studies students are building a replica of an area landmark for the competition. Schmitt’s group is building a replica of the Dome in West Baden. Their work will travel to Indianapolis, and the students will take a field trip to the city for the judging. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published May 2, 1996.


65 Years Ago

May 7, 1956

The Indiana University baseball team will clash with the Huntingburg Merchants at Municipal Park in Huntingburg Tuesday night at eight o’clock (standard time) in a Jaycee benefit game. Proceedsfrom the contest will be used for the Jaycees civic project, which at this time is being concentrated on the projected trip of the Huntingburg High School band to the national Jaycee convention in Kansas City next month. Mayor P. C. Giltner will toss the first ball out. This will mark the first time in five years that Coach Ernie Anders’ I. U. baseball squad has crossed bats with a semi-pro team. Jerry Clark, I. U. senior from Jasper, is expected to start on the mound for the Hoosiers, opposed by Vernon “Boots” Matheis for Huntingburg.   

May 8

Don L. Davis, director of operations of the world famous Gadget-of-the-Month Club Inc., has advised a Dubois County man that his new and unusual and convenient Holy Water Font has been accepted and approved by the GMC Gadget Jury. The inventor is Hilbert J. (Hib) Merkley, 32, who lives with his wife, Elfrieda (“Fritzi”), and baby son and daughter, on Rural Route 3, Huntingburg.Merkley is employed as a furniture worker. The Gadget Jury is the official screening agency of the Gadget-Of-The-Month Club and is composed of experts in patenting, manufacturing and marketing of new inventions of every kind, nature and description. Jury approval releases the item to a number of manufacturers who will bid for its exclusive rights and arrange for its national and international marketing. 

May 9

The nominations in three hotly-contested races for major Dubois County offices in yesterday’s Democratic primary were won by Theodore (Ted) Heeke of R. 2, Dubois, for treasurer; Jerome Schneider of Jasper for surveyor; and Fred Hoffman of R. 2, Ferdinand, for commissioner from the third district. A total of 7,985 ballots were cast by the 14,502 registered voters, or 55%. This compares with 53.5% cast two years ago in the primary. In yesterday’s election, the Democrats cast 7,104 votes and the Republicans in the county cast 881. Martin Uebelhor was unopposed for reelection as commissioner from the second district. Bob Gramelspacher, who was unopposed for renomination as joint state representative, received 4,519 votes. Paul Wuchner, unopposed for coroner, tallied 4,231 votes. Estes Kefauver, seeking the Democratic nomination for president, received 3594 votes in Dubois County compared to 813 for Dwight Eisenhower.    

May 10

Pictured on the sports page in this issue is Mrs. Raymond Schuler, of 303 Washington St., Huntingburg. She is shown holding her prize catch — the fish that “almost” got away. Mrs. Schuler, though, proved to be equal to the occasion. She was fishing with her husband, Raymond Schuler, bookkeeper at the Huntingburg light plant.She hooked the big one in the soft part of the mouth and he bent the Lazy Ike artificial bait out like a safety pin. The fish was about to wrestle itself loose when Mrs. Schuler jumped into four inches of water and pitched it up on the bank. The catch, a 7 3/4 pound large mouth bass, was caught at the waterworks lake of Holland.   

May 11

So many citizens attended the May meeting of the county commissioners at which the proposed cumulative bridge fund was up for consideration, that the meeting was moved from the commissioners’ room to the court room on the second floor of the courthouse. After a lengthy discussion that brought no objections to a levy of 15 cents per $100 of taxable property, Commissioner Urban Mehringer made a motion that the 15 cent levy be applied. The motion was seconded by Martin Uebelhor and voted favorably by Nick Knust. The levy will provide funds for building and maintaining of bridges in the county highway system. The 15 cent rate for the cumulative fund will first be levied in 1956, payable in 1957.   

May 12

Funeral services for Wilbur G. Siebert, who died yesterday at the age of 54, will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph Church, followed by burial in Fairview cemetery. Friends may pay their respects at the Becher and Son Mortuary after 3 o’clock this afternoon. Mr. Siebert died in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis at 11:20 Friday morning. He had been in the hospital since the morning of March 27 when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the driveway of an Indianapolis garage where he had gone to park his car while on a business trip. Wilbur was born in Tell City, the son of Louis and Theresia Weiter Siebert. The family moved to Jasper in 1918. Wilbur’s father became associated with the Hoosier Desk Company. Wilbur opened the Modern clothing store on the east side of the public square in 1921. In recent years his son, Bob, was associated with him in the operation of the store.   

50 Years Ago

May 10, 1971

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce today called public attention to some magazine salesmen currently canvassing the area claiming to be cleared by the Chamber. “We wish to advise the public,” Chamber Executive Director Michael Martin said today, “that these salesmen have not been into the chamber office, nor have they received written or oral clearance from the chamber.” Two Dubois County men will be among 115 new lawyers who will be admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association in ceremonies at the state Supreme Court chambers on Wednesday, May 19. The new attorneys are: John M. Segal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Segal of Rt. 1, Jasper, and James F. Havill, son of Attorney and Mrs. C. W. Havill of 305 Geiger St., Huntingburg.       

May 11 

Mayor Richard G. Lugar of Indianapolis, president of the National League of Cities, has announced that Mayor Jack E. Newton of Jasper has been reappointed as a member of the Committee on Municipal Government and Administration of the National League of Cities. The appointment was made upon the recommendation of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. The term will expire next Dec.1, upon adjournment of the Congress of Cities in Honolulu.   

May 12

After June 30, State School Supt. John J. Loughlin apparently will no longer have former Supt. Richard D. Wells holding an equal-pay job within the State Department of Public Instruction. Wells, a Republican, was defeated by Loughlin, a Democrat, in the November, 1970 election but under state law the defeated nominee remained as superintendent until March 15 this year. On March 16, Wells signed a contract as director of the Southwest Regional Supplemental Service Center he had previously established at Huntingburg, at the same $18,000 a year salary the state superintendent gets. But that job apparently has ended with a little help from Loughlin. The North Spencer School Board, designated as the sponsor of the center by Wells, terminated its contract Monday night by a vote of 4-3. Immediately after that, Wells resigned as director, effective June 30.   

May 13

Dubois High School will be the first school in the county to hold graduation exercises. Sixty-four DHS seniors are scheduled to receive their diplomas on Tuesday, May 18. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Dubois High School gym. Barbara Rasche, the valedictorian, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rasche of Rt. 4, Jasper. Following graduation she plans to enroll in Indiana University. The salutatorian, Bryan Kalb, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kalb of Rt. 1, Dubois. He also plans to enroll at Indiana University next fall. 

May 14

The Holland Dutchmen remained undefeated Thursday afternoon with a 10-7 triumph over the Dubois Jeeps in a game played at Dubois. The Jeeps were playing without a number of senior regulars who are presently on the East coast on the school’s senior trip. Jack Werremeyer led the Holland hitting with two doubles and a single. Glen Kissling had two singles. Glenn Heeke had three singles for Dubois, Randy Meyer chipped in with two singles and Duane Kieffner had a double and a single. Holland improved to 7-0 while Dubois is 3-5.    

May 15 

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, who today announced his resignation as Jasper High School Athletic Director. O’Neill, pictured in his home with his wife, Leona, will remain on the Jasper faculty for one more year before retiring from teaching in 1972. O’Neill coached the JHS basketball team for 12 years. His 1949 team won the Indiana High School State Championship. He also coached baseball and golf for several years.   

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