Looking Back: 6/22

Photo courtesy of Mary Young
John H. and Rosa Wibbels purchased the general store in St. Anthony from Michael Demuth in 1896 and erected a new building the following year. The building sat directly across the street from St. Anthony Catholic Church.  In 1901, John’s two sons, Ben and Henry, bought the store and operated the business as Wibbels Brothers General Store. The two brothers built a grain elevator in St. Marks in 1912 and had a warehouse at Kyana where they stored and shipped wheat, clover seed and other commodities. In 1920, the two brothers dissolved the partnership. Henry assumed ownership of the farm implement and clover seed business, while Ben continued operating the general store. The store continued in business until 1963. A year later, the empty building was demolished.

65 Years Ago
June 21, 1948

Jerome S. Daunhauer of Ferdinand and Mrs. Arlo Breidenbaugh of Jasper, both of Chapter 255, were elected senior vice commander of the Indiana Department, Military Order of the Purple Heart and junior vice president of the auxiliary, respectively, at the state convention held in Jasper on Saturday and Sunday.

June 22
The Women of the Moose Chapter 955 installed officers Monday night. Installed were senior regent, Evangeline McDaniel; junior regent, Hilda Kuntz; chaplain, Geneva Jones; recorder, Viola Singer; treasurer, Inez Seng; junior graduate regent, Florence Merry; guide, Alberta Skaggs; assistant guide, Virginia Bettag; sentinel, Opal Giesler; argus, Lorina Eckstein; and pianist, Dorothy Collins.

June 23
Plans for the organization of the entire county for a final drive for the funds needed for Memorial Hospital of Dubois County are well underway. Representatives of all participating civic organizations of Jasper met Thursday night and will meet again Friday night in the community room of German American Bank to make final arrangements for a house-to-house campaign. At the same time pre-drive meetings have been held with numerous organizations in Huntingburg and Ferdinand, representatives of which will be given instruction in the near future for a canvass of those communities and Patoka and Ferdinand townships. Plans are also underway for a drive in Holland and Cass townships. A mail campaign is being planned for the rural areas. The state board of health, which is delegated by the federal government to distribute federal funds granted for the erection of hospitals, has set Aug. 1 as the deadline for Dubois County to report the total amount of donations received, on which the amount of the federal grant will be based. If the amount contributed is $500,000, a federal grant of $250,000 will be allotted to the hospital.

June 24
Miss Mommy, trained by Pete Battle of Jasper and owned by Coldstream Stud of Lexington, won the $25,000 Princess Doreen Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago Wednesday. Among the horses she beat was Bewitch, the only horse to defeat Citation last year. Tuesday, Battle’s Fighting Frank equaled a 13-year track record of 1:092⁄5. Louise Donovan owns Fighting Frank.

June 25
The mixing, grinding and shelling plant of the Victoria Mill & Elevator Co., which was destroyed Jan. 18, 1946, by one of the most disastrous fires in Jasper’s history, has been rebuilt and is once more in operation. The assets of the firm were purchased in August 1947 by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Timmell of Newburgh from the owners, John J. Welp, Joseph A. Klueh and the heirs of the late Leopold Stemle. Work on rebuilding the three-story building was begun last November. The most modern equipment on the market has been installed in the new plant. To facilitate the unloading of corn, wheat and other grains from incoming trucks, two sets of overhead lifts have been installed on the driveway. The mill will handle soybeans, an innovation for this community. Edwin Stallman, an employee of the Victoria Mill & Elevator Co. for many years, is manager of the new plant.

The first Visitors’ Night program of the 1948 camping season at Camp Carnes near Jasper Lake was scheduled for eight o’clock tonight. Highlights of the campfire program, which tops off the week’s camping activities, will be a Boy Scouts of America District Court of Honor conducted by Council Advancement Chairman Raphael Blessinger.

June 26
The new Indiana Chair Co. granted wage increases to its employees this week. The following hourly rates will be guaranteed: employees of Group 4, 90 cents an hour; Group 3, 95 cents; Group 2, $1; and Group 1, $1.05 Since there is an incentive plan in force, the average hourly earnings will now be approximately $1.18 an hour for production employees.

50 Years Ago
June 24, 1963

Three Jasper men have been named to standing committees of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, it was announced by Ottis T. Fitzwater of Indianapolis, chamber president. Those who have accepted committee assignments are Claude Gramelspacher, president of Jasper Veneer Mills, education committee; his son, Robert E. Gramelspacher of Eckstein Lumber, transportation committee; and E.F. Uebelhor, vice president and cashier of Dubois County Bank, federal finances committee.

The two Jasper youths who competed in the soap box derby at Evansville on Sunday afternoon turned in a very creditable performance. John Patterson won his first two heats and lost the third, while Eric Egler won one and lost one.

The members of the Jasper Civitan Club held their first awards banquet Thursday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Bill Hedinger was chosen to receive the Civitan of the Year Award for his outstanding work in the local and Midwest District Civitan organizations. Cletus Brosmer received the President’s Cup Award from President Bob Hedinger for his efforts in making the new club’s first year successful.

June 25
Holland Dairy has placed on the market its new pancake and waffle batter. The need for this quick and easy-to-prepare product became evident to Holland Custard & Ice Cream five years ago, and Byron Caldemeyer, president of the Holland firm, approached Iglehart Bros., General Foods Corp., with this new product idea. The research and development of Holland Pancake and Waffle Batter has been a long, joint effort on the part of both of these companies. This product became a distinct challenge to the industry and incurred problems for which there was no ready answer. This stimulated the development of radically new ingredients and processing techniques for the preparation of this new batter mix. From 1958 to 1963, many tests and trial runs were made, until finally success was attained and a marketable product was produced. The new pre-mixed, ready-to-pour batter is packaged in plastic-coated cartons like those used for milk.

Jackie Schneider, treasurer of the Cancer Crusade conducted recently in Dubois County, released the final collection figure of the campaign as $4,388.42.

Les Brinegar of Indianapolis, supervisor of programs for the mentally handicapped with the Special Education Division of the State Department of Public Instruction, will be the guest speaker at a public meeting tonight in the Dubois County Bank Community Room starting at 8 o’clock. The topic will be “Special Education Needs and Opportunities for Dubois County.” The main portion of the discussion will center on the possibility of starting a special education class, or classes, in Dubois County for children with mental handicaps.

June 26
James A. Longest has relieved Harry Howell as the Dubois County Navy recruiter.
Among those who will attend the national convention of the Serra Club next month in San Francisco is Father Clarence A. Schlachter, pastor of Sacred Heart Church at Schnellville. Fr. Schlachter is diocesan director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

At a meeting Tuesday at the Jasper Desk Co., General Manager Allen Joseph submitted a letter to the board of directors announcing his retirement, effective July 1, upon the advice of his doctor. He became general manager of the firm in 1941.

Benet Hall is the name chosen for the new residence building to be erected on the campus of Convent Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand. “Benet” means, literally,”Little Benedict.” The proposed residence building will be similar to Kordes Hall, which was dedicated last year. It will accommodate about 100 student sisters. It is expected to be completed by next spring at a cost of approximately $800,000.

June 27
The sixth anniversary of the opening of Buehler’s IGA Foodliner in Jasper’s Northwood Park addition will be celebrated Friday and Saturday by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Buehler.

Mr. and Mrs. Ermin Friedman today announced the sale of their Starlite Drive In, an outdoor cafe along U.S. 231 just south of the Y on Jasper’s west side. They have sold the business to Bernie Weidenbenner, who is leasing the cafe to Ray Sandage of Tell City and James Lasher of Jasper.

June 28
Capt. Edgar R. Pettebone, 48, who has been in the Navy’s Bureau of Ordnance most of the time for the past 22 years, will become commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot at Crane on Sunday.

Sixteen local boys left Wednesday to attend the annual Tri-state Safety Patrol summer training session at Camp Carson, east of Princeton. The boys serve as safety patrol boys at Jasper’s Tenth Street and Fifth Street schools.

June 29
Bernard Verkamp and Gayle Uebelhor, both of Huntingburg, will attend the coronation of Pope Paul VI in Rome on Sunday. Bernie and Gayle have written that they will be among the group of 25 students attending the Canisianum Seminary in Innsbruck, Austria, who were to leave by bus Friday and return to the school Monday.

25 Years Ago
June 20, 1988

George Nord won the 19th Annual Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament. Nord shot a 3-over-par 73 Sunday at the Huntingburg Country Club to finish with a 54-hole total of 223, one stroke ahead of runner-up Skip Place and two shots in front of Tom Nord, George’s brother.

June 21
Sister Mary Emma Jochum, OSB, a native of Huntingburg, has been appointed associate director of Catholic religious education for the Diocese of Evansville.

A tax rate to pay for a cumulative building fund was renewed for five years Monday night by the Dubois County Airport Authority. During a public hearing at the authority’s meeting, no one spoke against the proposed tax levy of 1 cent per $100 of assessed valuation. The fund pays for capital improvements on the airport.

Blake Krueger, a baseball player who caught every inning for the past three years at Jasper High School, will join his predecessor and a former battery mate at the University of Southern Indiana this fall. Krueger will play baseball for the Eagles under second-year coach Gary Redman, former baseball coach at Northeast Dubois High School.

June 22
Paychecks in Dubois County will dip a bit next month as local income taxes nearly triple beginning July 1. The tax increase is due to the economic development income tax that goes into effect July 1 and the county option income tax that will increase slightly on the same day.

June 23
At a special meeting of the Ferdinand Town Board on Wednesday, town officials decided to find out how much grant money might be available to help the town build a proposed industrial route, connecting 23rd and Third streets west of town, to provide better truck access to factories in the area. A somewhat related project would be the possible reconstruction of a portion of Old Huntingburg Road between 23rd and 13th streets.

June 24
Dubois County officials are preparing to sell $4.5 million in bonds to pay construction costs for the planned county jail. The county council was scheduled to meet today to decide the type of bonds to be sold and whether to sell bonds locally or nationally. The county commissioners are scheduled to meet in special session Monday to approve the council’s decision. Construction could begin as soon as this fall on the 52-cell lockup across from Jasper Cinemas 1-2-3 near state roads 162 and 164.

June 25
Four local athletes have been named to the 1988 Blue Chip All-Conference baseball team as selected by league coaches. Jeff Ruhe and Nathan Hoffman of Forest Park and Steve Kluesner and Tony Ernst of Northeast Dubois were among 15 players named to the team.

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