Looking Back: 6/1

Photo courtesy of John Fierst
This home was built by George and Rosa (Roelle) Friedman on the western outskirts of Jasper, beyond the Y, on what was then called the Petersburg Road. After George’s death in 1891, Arnold Kremp, the local soft drink manufacturer, purchased the home and 40 acres for $2,500. This photo was taken circa 1885. (Photograph from “Images of America: Jasper and Huntingburg,” edited by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson.)

25 Years Ago
May 31, 1948

Memorial Day, no paper

June 1
Years ago, a young boy was harvesting grain on an Indiana farm when he received the inspiration to turn to working for a spiritual harvest. On June 12, this former 4-H Club member will end long years of preparation when he is ordained for the foreign mission priesthood. He is Rev. Cletus J. Schroering of rural Jasper. He will be ordained a priest of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society at Maryknoll, N.Y. Father Schroering will offer his first solemn High Mass at St. Joseph Church, Holy Family Parish, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 20,

At the Kiwanis-sponsored berry festival held on the Jasper Square on Saturday afternoon and evening, Emil Begle of Ferdinand was declared Dubois County Strawberry King for a second consecutive season.

June 2
Members of the Jasper Kiwanis Club undoubtedly have a greater knowledge of their community’s new radio station after a talk by Dale Phares, director of the station, at the club’s weekly noon luncheon meeting Tuesday at the Indiana Hotel. Mr. Phares explained the educational and public service features as well as the business and entertainment plans for station WITZ, which will serve equally Jasper and Huntingburg, according to the speaker. Mr. Phares informed the audience that WITZ is expected to go on the air in 30 days and that it will come in at 990 on the dial.

June 3
Melba Catherine Miller, then a senior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, crowned the Blessed Virgin in a May 1 coronation ceremony in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the campus. The honor, one of the highest at the college, was conferred on Miss Miller as prefect of the campus sodality. Miss Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics June 1 at the 107th commencement exercises at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Ralph Lemond of Huntingburg, breeder of Patoka redbone coon hounds, has been named a director of the Redbone Breeders Association of America. Patoka Bell from Mr. Lemond’s kennels won the first -place ribbon in the junior female class at the show held Saturday at Lees Creek, Ohio, by the National Coon Hound Association, under the auspices of the United Kennel Club. This dog was also awarded the best-of-breed trophy as the best female redbone in the show and another ribbon and a trophy on championship points.

June 4
Another turkey season has started in Dubois County, and a new carload of Master Mix Turkey Starter has been received by the Armstrong Implement Store in the Y.

June 5
When Dubois Countians visit Fontaine Ferry in Louisville on Sunday, June 13, for their annual picnic and outing, they will be entertained by the big free show on the bandstand. The park management has engaged the Powell Troupe, tightwire artists, who promise thrills galore. Sharing honors in this show will be Nancy and her Trained Dog Circus, 12 performing canines doing unbelievable acrobatics and stunts. The park managers also advised that they have increased their picnic area by adding 600 tables and chairs, so all are assured plenty of room for the popular basket picnic. A coupon will be in an ad in this paper Saturday and Tuesday. It is good for free admission to the park that day for an entire party and a ride on the Ferris wheel and admission to Marvelous Mystery.

50 Years Ago
June 3, 1963

A steady stream of people visited the facilities of The Daily Herald and Herald Printing Inc. on Saturday afternoon during the three-hour open house that formally dedicated the new quarters. The two businesses moved earlier this year from 112 W. Fifth St. in Jasper to the two buildings on Mill Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, formerly occupied by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The open house was officially opened at 2 p.m. when Mayor Edwin B. Knies cut a ribbon and the first touring group began making the rounds. Employees were stationed in various departments to offer explanations as the groups passed through the buildings. Periodically, the new Goss Suburban web offset press, upon which The Daily Herald is now produced, was operated. Two linotypes were also in operation and all the presses and the high-speed folding machine in Herald Printing were running.

The Ladies Bowling Association of Jasper will observe its 25th anniversary Wednesday night at the Moose Club when the group holds its postseason banquet.

June 4
Rev. Larryl Huntley has accepted the pastorate of First Southern Baptist Church at Huntingburg.
Paul Hoffman, 1943 Jasper High School graduate, was named Monday as general manager of the new professional basketball Baltimore Zephyrs. Hoffman was a big favorite with the fans when he played for the Baltimore Bullets in 1954.

June 5
The Jasper utility and park boards announced today that the Beaver Lake Reservoir will be closed to all activities for one week, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday and ending at daybreak Sunday, June 16, for the purpose of placing weed-killing chemical in the lake. It is necessary to close the lake to fishing and boating, and no water from the lake should be drunk during this time period.

The Jasper Civic Theatre’s production of “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” will be presented Mnday, Tuesday and next Wednesday. Cast members include Art Renner, Sue Brelage, Leo Schmitt, Maureen Gutgsell, Joan Fischer, Charlotte Elliott, Eleanor Gutgsell, Bert White, Mary Seger and Mary Lou Kelley.

June 6
The Daily Herald today announces its affiliation with The Associated Press, the world’s oldest, largest and foremost news-gathering organization, effective Monday. The Herald will have virtually instantaneous communication with AP’s staff of thousands of reporters, editors and correspondents around the world — wherever news is being made.

William L. Meyer of Holland was commissioned an Air Force second lieutenant and received his Bachelor of Science degree at graduation ceremonies Wednesday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. President John F. Kennedy delivered the graduation address.

June 7
Holland Dairy has introduced a new convenience food,a ready-to-use pancake and waffle batter that can be poured from a cardboard carton.

Fontaine Ferry Park, the amusement center in Louisville, has scheduled Sunday  as Dubois County Day. This is an annual affair for Dubois Countians at the big park.

A major expansion of the natural gas system of Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., which numbers Jasper and Huntingburg among its customers, has been announced in Houston. It calls for the utilization of gas to be supplied by the Gulf Oil Corp.

June 8
Traffic safety activities carried on during the 1962-63 school year again brought recognition to Ireland High School from the National Commission on Safety Education of the National Education Association at Washington, D.C. This marked the fourth consecutive year that the Ireland school had merited such recognition. The safety program during the first three years was conducted by Jerome “Dimp” Stenftenagel, and after he resigned to go to Lapel, the program was taken over last year by another member of the faculty, Roy Allen. The citation is in the form of a certificate for meritorious activities to improve school and community traffic safety.

Uland Oil Co. of Jasper this week brought in one of the best oil wells ever drilled in Gibson County. The well was shot (perforated) Thursday, and swabbing was begun Friday, at which time the well began producing naturally 400 barrels of oil per day. The well, a “wildcat,” was brought in on the Shelby Helm farm about two miles east of Princeton, on land leased by Uland. The Uland firm has numerous oil-producing properties in Dubois and Gibson counties.

25 Years Ago
May 31, 1988

Clothed in Revolutionary War uniforms, Phillip Clem and a troop of seven others from the White Oaks Spring chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution performed the Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Ireland’s Shiloh Cemetery. The Sons of the American Revolution chapter includes five members from Dubois County.

Mike Bell and Kenny Wigand led the Jasper Wildcats to the school’s second golf sectional championship, and the first since 1976, at the IHSAA golf sectional at Jasper Municipal Golf Course on Saturday.

June 1
Like his counterparts across Indiana, Terry Meyers, general manager of the 231 Plaza Truck Stop at the Dale exit of I-64, is alarmed by an estimated 40 percent drop in business. Since April, when the Indiana General Assembly approved a tax on diesel fuel of 16 cents per gallon, a higher quarterly fuel tax and a cut in speed limit from 65 to 55 mph for trucks, many truckers have refused to patronize Indiana truck stops.

The contract for union workers at Jasper Cabinet Co. expired at midnight Tuesday, but no job action is planned, a union representative said this morning. David Schwartz, vice president and general manager of Jasper Cabinet Co., said he would not comment on the contract talks as long as negotiations are in progress. The company and union agreed today not to discuss publicly the areas of the contract still being worked out, said Chris Bolte, business agent for the United Steel Workers of America Local 331 upholstery division in Jasper. The union represents 146 workers at Jasper Cabinet Co.

Little Company of Mary sisters, owners of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, have received a merit award from the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The award was earned for the videotape “Healing the Body, Touching the Soul.”

The 1988 Strassenfest Committee announced that a special commemorative stamp cancellation will again be available for this year’s celebration. A special post office dropbox will be on the Square from Aug. 4 to 7 during the Strassenfest. All letters placed in the dropbox will receive the Strassenfest cancellation. This year’s cancellation was designed by Ann (Beckman) McKinney, a St. Anthony native who teaches at Marian Heights Academy.

E&M Homes Inc. of Bloomington has opened a sales lot in Haysville at U.S. 231 and State Road 56. Available is an assortment of manufactured homes made by Carrollton, Skyline and Schult in a variety of sizes in sectional and single units. Margaret Kerkhoff is the manager of E&M Homes at the new location.

June 2
Springs Valley Bank & Trust Co. received permission Wednesday night to build a second drive-up teller station in the bank parking lot where an ATM is located. The 10-by-16-foot building will go in the parking lot east of the automated teller, on the northeast corner of Main and 15th streets.

June 3
With corrected ISTEP results in, no surprises turned up at area schools. Final figures show the number of students failing the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress and required to attend summer school has remained about the same as when first reported — before statewide errors were discovered. 28 students in Dubois and northern Spencer counties will take remediation classes this summer.

June 4
Drought-troubled farmers in Dubois County will be able to harvest hay and graze livestock on lands previously idled to combat erosion, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided Friday. The decision goes into effect immediately, but farmers are to notify the local Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office, which opens on Monday, if they intend to use the lands.

Five Northeast Dubois players were among 10 girls named to the 1988 Blue Chip All-Conference girls tennis team. Rachel Brosmer, Tina Eisenhut and Tara Bonifer were among six girls named to the all-conference singles team. Lisa Hohler and Dana Kalb were among four chosen to the all-conference doubles team. Forest Park’s Janelle Jamniczky and Ann Lueken rounded out the doubles team. Dubois won the league title with a perfect 5-0 record. Forest Park finished the league season at 3-2.

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