Looking Back: 6/15

Photo courtesy of Ron Flick
This picture of Civil War veterans, their families and friends meeting at the Conrad Eckert home in Jasper was taken sometime in the late 1880s or early 1890s. The occasion of the photo may have been a Grand Army of the Republic encampment or a fundraiser for the Dubois County Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Eckert was an active Civil War veteran who had been a member of the famed Company K, and his home was constructed in 1881 on a bluff overlooking the Patoka River west of the Eckert Mill. Eckert, in uniform with mustache, stands on the porch next to the second wooden post from the left. His son, Nick, sits on the sill of the left window on the third floor.

65 Years Ago
June 14, 1948

A crew of six men from the Barberry Eradication Office of the Purdue Experiment Station were scheduled to begin a systematic survey for rust-spreading barberry bushes in Dubois County today. Four men will inspect yards in Jasper while the other two will start out in the county, it was announced this morning by county agent C. A. Nicholson. The survey is a combination state and federal project to eradicate the common barberry, which spreads stem rust to wheat, oats, barley and rye. It also is a source of new races of stem rust that may attack new and improved varieties of grain.

William M. Cox and Jo Breidenbaugh of Jasper were named to state offices at the convention of the State Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars in South Bend over the weekend. Cox, who is also 8th District Veterans of Foreign Wars commander, was elected state junior vice commander. Mrs. Breidenbaugh won the post of senior vice commander of the VFW auxiliary.

According to an announcement in today’s paper by Dow P. Apple, Apple’s Shell Service Station is moving today to its new location at Ninth and Newton Streets.

June 15
The outstanding civic program pursued by the Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars post during the past year was recognized at the state VFW convention in South Bend over the weekend. Retiring state commander Benning presented to Post Cmdr. Schmutzler a trophy in recognition of this honor. The award is based on activities contributing to community welfare that are conducted during the year. Huntingburg’s post was chosen from approximately 200 posts in the state.

June 16
Jewell Mueller, National Auxiliary president, will arrive in Jasper on Saturday morning for the state convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. She will be here for the banquet and dance that will be held for the Gold Star Mothers, Purple Heart members, auxiliary members and invited guests Saturday evening.

State and Huntingburg police were seeking clues today following a theft at Huntingburg Airport that was reported to them this morning. According to reports, an intruder or intruders broke into the office at the airport between when the field was closed at 7:30 Tuesday evening and when it was opened at 8 this morning. Admittance was gained by cutting the screen and prying open one of the side windows. Approximately $40 was taken from the desk drawer.

June 17
Another conference was held Wednesday between the management of Jasper Office Furniture Co. and representatives of the Upholsterers International Union, AFL, and the local of that union. The purpose of the conference was to attempt negotiation of a contract and to endeavor to settle the strike at Jasper Office Furniture Co. No agreement was reached.

Anna Schultz, executive secretary of the Dubois County Chapter, American Red Cross, announced the complete report of the Dubois County Chapter, American Red Cross Fund Campaign. The total collected from all townships and cities was $3,173. The original quota had been set at $3,040.
Stork Hospital today announced the addition of two doctors to its staff. They are Dr. Louis H. Blessinger and Dr. James M. Wagoner, both of Huntingburg.

June 18
Purple Heart recipients from across the state will congregate in Jasper Saturday for a two-day convention of the Indiana Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Convention Chairman Jerome Daunhauer and his committee members are putting the final touches to the arrangements for the meeting.

June 19
That “no union” will represent the employees of Jasper Wood Products Co. was the result of the opening of eight of the nine challenged ballots cast in a runoff election Feb. 19. The eight ballots, ordered opened by the National Labor Relations Board, brought the voting count to 96 for the union and 98 against it.

50 Years Ago
June 17, 1963

Florence Smith, 67, and her sister, Pearl Limp, 63, both of Huntingburg, were fatally injured around 10:30 Sunday morning when the car in which they were riding as passengers went out of control on a dangerous curve eight miles west of Mount Carmel, Ill., on State Road 15.

A 35-year-old Michigan woman was killed when the car she was driving left U.S. 231 north of Haysville on Sunday, and her husband and two sons were injured. The victim was Jean R. Bryan of Warren, Mich.

Swami Premananda of India, who is travelling the world on a mission of peace, will speak at the Ladies Night program of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club on Thursday. Because of the great interest expected to be shown in the Premananda appearance in Huntingburg, the general public is invited to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets will cost $1.50 each.

June 18
John Curtin, manager of the Jasper utilities, said this morning that no replacement will be signed up for Charles H. “Red” Nolan, who has resigned as superintendent of the Jasper gas and water departments. Mr. Curtin said that Lester Armstrong, the assistant chief engineer at the generating plant, will report directly to him, as will Maurice Fritz, who will be in charge of the water plant and Beaver Lake. Mr. Nolan’s resignation becomes effective June 28.

At the Huntingburg Common Council ”˜s regular meeting Monday night a contract for excavating Geiger Street from Fourth Street to south of Third Street was awarded to Hasenour and Sternberg of Jasper, who submitted the low bid of $1,345. The contract includes a stipulation that the work be completed within 10 days. The excavating work will cut down the crown of the street, after which the city street department employees will put down the rock that will form the base of the street. Resurfacing will be done later.

June 19
At the closing session Sunday afternoon of the 132nd annual Indiana Methodist Conference held at Bloomington, the Rev. Thomas R. Osbon was appointed to the pastorate of the Ireland and Otwell Methodist churches for the coming conference year.

June 20
Another summer tour will be held Sunday, June 30, by the Dubois County Historical Society. The tour will include visits to historical spots in the eastern and northern portions of the county, it was announced by Arthur C. Nordhoff of Jasper, the president of the historical society. The tour will begin at the Bender schoolhouse, about three and a half miles southeast of Dubois on the Dubois-Ellsworth Road, and then continue about a mile north on the Reker Road to Raven Rock, a huge cliff of sandstone 75 feet high and extending outward 35 feet from its base. At Raven Rock, the historical society will meet. After the meeting, the tour will continue past the Southern Indiana Purdue Forage Farm on the way to Vowell Cave, and then to Buck Shoals on the White River, about two miles east of Haysville. All of the sites visited form a link with the past and the early settlement of Dubois County.

ZIP codes, the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, will go into effect nationally July 1. The Daily Herald has listed the ZIP codes for the 11 post offices in Dubois County; readers are asked to clip out these numbers and save them for handy reference. All of the post offices in Dubois County will have a ZIP code that starts with 475.
June 21

Fire believed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion Thursday night destroyed a barn on the farm of Walter “Pete” Lottes in Boone Township. The loss was estimated by Mr. Lottes and Edgar Nigg, chief of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, at around $10,000. The farm is about a mile south of Portersville.

Staff Sgt. Donald L. Herring, the administrative supply technician for Company C., 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry, the National Guard unit based at Jasper, recently enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to Florida for being the top recruiter in the 38th Infantry Division during May. Staff Sgt. Herring and his family moved to Jasper in 1959.

June 22
The stately, two-and-a-half-story, eight-room Friedman house, which had stood just east of the Jasper Post Office, was torn down Wednesday. The historic house had been built in 1894 by Joseph F. Friedman, who for many years was one of Jasper’s leading industrialists. The property was bought some time ago by Dubois County Bank for the purpose of building a drive-in bank on the site.

Eric Egler and John Patterson will represent Jasper on Sunday afternoon in the Soap Box Derby at Evansville.

25 Years Ago
June 13, 1988

Evan Bayh, Democratic candidate for governor, will tour Dubois County on Tuesday, his first visit to the area during his campaign for governor. In Huntingburg, he’ll tour Executive Furniture; in Ferdinand, he’ll meet the sisters at Convent Immaculate Conception; and in Jasper he’ll tour the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, meet the staff at Southern Hills Counseling Center, tour the courthouse, greet workers leaving Jasper Wood Products and attend a reception at Jasper Country Club.

Fifty golfers made the cut for the final round of the 19th Annual Dubois County Amateur Golf tournament, which will be played Sunday. Second-round leader T. J. Nord and younger brother George, who is one shot behind him after 36 holes, will play in the final threesome along with three-time champion Skip Place when the 54-hole tourney concludes at Huntingburg Country Club.

June 14
Four local players, three from Heritage Hills and one from Southridge, have been named to the 1988 Pocket Athletic All-Conference baseball team. Steve Schaefer, Mike Lehr and Kenny Dilger were selected from Heritage Hills, which won the PAC title this season. Andy Stout was chosen from the Southridge team.

June 15
The proposed Patoka River wildlife refuge should not proceed unless it can be proven the project would not harm the poultry industry or cause landowners to be relocated, gubernatorial candidate Evan Bayh said Tuesday evening. “We should not do anything that would endanger the economic well-being or the integrity of the people living down there,” Bayh said to reporters after an evening reception at Jasper Country Club. Bayh was in Dubois County most of the day Tuesday, making campaign stops at county businesses and meeting with local supporters. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is currently secretary of state.

June 16
According to Harvey Zehr, office manager, customers of the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative will see a rate decrease of about $2.83 for the average household, starting with their August billings.
Workers for the U.S. Census Bureau will begin compiling house-by-house address lists within the next few days in Dubois County and 88 other Indiana counties.

June 17
The two-and-a-half-hour play “Young Abe Lincoln” began its second season Thursday evening. It opened to a packed house of invited guests in the amphitheater at Lincoln State Park.

Greg Matheis, the 1988 Indiana high school wrestling heavyweight champion, has been named an honorable mention All-American by Wrestling U.S.A. magazine. Matheis, a senior who became the first Jasper wrestler to win a state title, was one of only two Indiana wrestlers to receive the honor.
Several athletes from Dubois County will compete in the White River Park State Games regional in Evansville this weekend. Track and field entries include Emily Schnellenberger, Nathan Schnellenberger, Karri Meyer, Heath Meyer, Kim Fraze, Greg Fraze, Jason Lange, John Marks, Mark Buse, Scott Luebbehusen, Kelly Luebbehusen and James Stone. Five-mile run entrants include Rick Kleeman and Bernie Wright. Stu Townsend and William Webber are among the master’s swimmers entries, while Kristin Gutgsell is also entered in the swimming competition. Local bowlers entered are John Morton and Jason Whitsitt.

June 18
Cindi Jones of Jasper has been accepted as an educational consultant for Discovery Toys. She operates a licensed day care center and has 13 years of child-rearing experience.

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