Looking Back: 6/26

Steven Chestnut loads mail into a DBSC, Delivery Bar Code Sorter, at the Washington Post Office 25 years ago. Dubois County and other 475-area mail is routed through Terre Haute. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published June 28, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
June 27, 1955

Donald R. Kunkel, 1857 Wilbur Street, South Bend. has been selected the winner of the United States Law Week Award for 1955 by the faculty of the University of Notre Dame, school of law, according to Dean Joseph O’Meara. The Law Week Award is given annually by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., to the seniors of selected law schools who, for the past year, have shown the greatest advancement in their scholastic achievements.  Don is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Kunkel of Jasper. 

June 28

Jasper’s latest outdoor dancing spot, the Star-Lite Gardens, will hold its opening dance tomorrow night, according to an announcement elsewhere in today’s issue of the Herald. The Gardens, located about one-quarter of a mile south of Jasper, on State Road 45, is owned by Ermin and Kathryn Friedman, who have been operating the Schnitzelbank in Little Kentucky since March of 1950. They plan to continue operating both establishments. A concrete dance floor measuring 55 feet by 80 feet is surrounded by 60 tables, enough to seat approximately 500 people. Parking space adequate to handle a capacity crowd has been provided. No admission charge will be made for Wednesday night’s dance. Regular dances will be held every Saturday night, the proprietors announced.   

June 29

Eight Dubois County 4-H members left this morning for Greencastle to attend the Indiana 4-H leadership training school on the campus of Depauw University. Those going are Joe Ellis of Cuzco, Richard Klem of St. Anthony, Janice Songer, Linda Jenkins, Jane Miller and Phyllis Taylor of Huntingburg and Helen Lechner and Lou Ella Burger of Jasper. The Dubois County contingent, which will return Saturday evening, is making the trip under the sponsorship of of the Kiwanis clubs of Holland, Huntingburg and Jasper.   

June 30

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Business picked up for the Jasper Reds last night. The largest crowd of the season turned out for the game with the Huntingburg Merchants. Nigg Pfeffer’s club posted a 10-4 I-K League victory. Jerry Schneider’s seven-hitter was his second I-K League win of ‘55 for Jasper. Schneider is also undefeated in four outings against non-loop clubs. The Reds gave him 11-hit support, including home runs against each of the Merchant aces, Marv and Bud Blemker. Buddy did a good pitching job, fanning 10 men in the 4 2/3 innings he was on the mound. Chick Alles got three of the four hits off Bud. Chick had quite a night going five-for-five topped off with a tremendous two-run homer.   

July 1

Of the $47,961 in monthly social security benefits being paid in Dubois County at the end of 1954, $8,736, or about 18 percent, went to mothers and children, according to Jerome P. Reed, Social Security Administration district manager in Evansville. Mr. Reed pointed out that payments to mothers and children have special significance to the community as a whole because they help families to stay together after the death of the breadwinner. In all, 1072 people in Dubois County were receiving $47,961 each month in benefits under the old-age and survivors insurance program at the end of the year. This was an increase of nearly 30 percent over 1953. 

July 2

Balloting last night was completed by officials for the Little League All-Star team. The following boys will represent the Jasper National Little League in the national tourney which will begin in the latter part of this month. Those chosen: Donald Schneider, John Spindler, Jim Klein, Dan Schitter, Bob Merder, Chuck Berger, Ed Wuchner, Norb Krapf, Mike Stenftenagel, John Hubbuch, Dwight Ludwig, Jerry Rees, Jim Betz. Bob Luegers and Urban Bartley (utility).   

50 Years Ago
June 29, 1970

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Bill Dittmer Jr., of Huntingburg, who won the 1st Annual Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament. Dittmer won as the result of a sudden-death playoff over Bob Sakel. Dittmer and Sakel finished with identical 226 totals after 54 holes, forcing the playoff. Also pictured are Jack Rumbach, managing editor of the DUBOIS COUNTY DAILY HERALD, who presented the trophies, and Dick Martin, the starter-referee and coordinator for the tourney. 

June 30 

Three Jasper Jaycees and their wives attended the United States Jaycees’ 50th Annual Meeting in St. Louis last week, June 22 through June 26. Rich Slayton, Jim Blessinger and Gib Lindauer served as delegates within the Indiana Jaycee delegation of more than 600 Jaycees and wives.  Total attendance at the Golden Anniversary annual meeting was about 15,000 Jaycees and wives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Thursday offered the week’s highlight with President Richard M. Nixon and his wife and daughter visiting the meeting. President Nixon’s address urged a look at what is right with America, and he urged all young men to become involved in their communities. President Nixon is a past California Jaycee.   

July 1

Vietnam veterans from the Dubois County area were reminded that today is the deadline for making reservations to see the largest display of fireworks in the nation which will be presented in Evansville on Saturday, July 4. A special honor section is planned at Dress Plaza for Vietnam veterans and their families. To obtain special passes to this veterans are asked to contact American Legion Post 147 or Cable TV Channel 9, both in Jasper. The tickets will then be mailed to the veterans by Sterling Brewery which is sponsoring the fireworks display.   

Pictured in this issue are the Scribes, who won the Knights of Columbus Bowling League Championship. Members of the winning team include Cletus Brosmer, Clarence Buechler, Andy Klingel, Norb Spellmeyer, Larry Haas and John Humbert. These men were also presented checks that amounted to $259 for placing seventh in the National K of C Bowling Tourney.

July 2

Dale Glenn, who compiled a record of 72 victories and 29 defeats during six seasons as an assistant coach at Speedway High School, has accepted the positions of vice-principal and head basketball coach at Huntingburg High School. Glenn, 31, replaces Vince Myer who resigned these positions recently to become principal at HHS. Dale Glenn received both his bachelor and master degrees at Indiana University. He has been on the Speedway faculty for eight years, serving in the English department.

July 3

Munro Corbin, trustee for the Dolly Madison Industries, Inc., announced today the reopening of the company’s furniture manufacturing operations effective on Monday, July 6. Corbin said arrangements have been concluded with the company’s banking group which would permit payments for payroll and purchase of materials sufficient to return DMI’s 22 furniture manufacturing plants throughout the country to production. DMI employs 750 persons in 10 plants in Dubois County. The seven DMI plants in Huntingburg include Timely No. 2, Table Plant No. 3, Desk Plant No. 5, Chair Plant No. 9, Fabricators Plant No. 32, Research and Development Plant No. 39, and Trucks and Traffic, No. 41. Plants in Ferdinand are Stylemaker No. 4, Dimension Plant No. 31 and Sawmill No. 34. The company also owns a railroad stationed in Ferdinand, but this was not affected by the shutdown. DMI employees represent an estimated 10 to 12 per cent of the Dubois County work force. 

July 4   

Independence Day, no paper.

25 Years Ago
July 3, 1995

Excitement is drumming in the town of Fulda as it prepares to celebrate 150 years of growth. Multi-colored banners adorn windows and awnings in preparation for the town’s sesqui-centennial celebration, which will be held Wednesday through Sunday. A variety of activities will run through the five-day-long event, including everything from helicopter rides to magic shows. The opening ceremonies will begin Wednesday with the selection of the Little Princess, Princess and Queen. Historically, Fulda was meant to be just a resting point for immigrants traveling from Troy to Jasper. The town grew as the German immigrants settled on the rich farmland.   

July 4   

Independence Day, no paper.   

July 5

Huntingburg may purchase 15 acres west of its sewage treatment plant for future expansion of the city’s electric waste water and gas departments. Finding a large tract for sale means there’s one less obstacle to the possible sale of a smaller, city-owned lot in the center of town. The large East Second Street site under investigation could be immediately pressed into service for above-ground storage needs if Huntingburg sells a separate tract it owns on the northwest corner of State Road 64 and Chestnut Street. Electric poles and supplies are currently stored near a county dumpster/recycling station on the four-acre tract, which may be sold because it has been described by the mayor as a prime location for businesses seeking land. Last week, councilmen held a public hearing on the possible sale of the lot at Sixth and Chestnut. Monday, they discussed the purchase of the tract next to the sewage plant. Huntingburg could eventually pull its utility department headquarters from residential areas and consolidate them at the East Second Street site under consideration, Mayor Connie Nass said. 

July 6

Ryan Seidl went 3-for-5, including a solo homer in the fifth to pace the Jasper Reds past Huntingburg on Wednesday night at Ruxer Field, 10-2. The win improves the Reds to 13-4 overall. Jasper scored in every inning save the sixth and seventh, but the big blow was delievered to Huntingburg early as the Reds scored five in the second. Jasper’s Brett Wininger went 3-for-4, while Craig Shoobridge went 2-for-4 with a home run. Kevin Werner picked up the pitching victory.   

Megan Ann Kelly, a Hoosier Girls State delegate from Jasper High School, was chosen by the Girls State counselors as one of 24 Good Citizens from among the 800 Girls State delegates. The 24 Good Citizens were presented to the delegation and the audience at the closing awards ceremony held on June 24. Hoosier Girls State was held June 18-24 on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute. It has been sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary since 1941. Ms. Kelly is the daughter of Marilyn and Don Weisheit of Jasper.

July 7

The Birdseye town council raised sewer rates 10 percent Thursday to plug up sewer department losses that have ranged from $300 and $2,000 a month recently. The increase, the first since 1988, will raise the average sewer bill for 5,000 gallons from $23.95 to $26.40 per month. The normal sewer tap-in fee will go from $300 to $500. “Each month we’ve been falling behind at least $300,” said council president Emmett Wiseman. “The increase should allow us to recoup our losses and keep things running smoothly.” The sewer system was installed about 20 years ago, and the town still owes $130,000 of a $236,000 sewer bond. Wiseman said the sewer department has struggled in comparison to the water department because it has only a third as many customers. Sewer lines don’t extend beyond town limits, and more than half the waste water plant’s capacity is not used.   

July 8

Dubois County’s jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.0 percent in the period for which the latest complete figures are available, meaning the county was considered to have full employment in April and May. The just-released May rate was ninth best among Indiana’s 92 counties. This May’s rate was exactly the same as the 3.0 percent figure posted for the same period one year ago. Statewide, for the first time in history, the estimated number of Hoosiers employed exceeded $3 million (3,005,700).    

Circus Video Playland will soon open on Newton Street in Jasper. Circus video offers over 15,000 movies and games, Godfather’s Pizza, a $3.99 lunch buffet, an indoor playground, skill games and private party birthdays. The store will also deliver pizza and videos.   

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