Looking Back: 6/29

This photo is a view of North Main Street in Jasper taken from the Courthouse Square. The frame building to the west side of Main Street (left in photo) is the Kunkel Dance Hall and Saloon. The lower floor was used as a saloon and restaurant. Some of the first basketball games in Jasper were played on the second floor, which was originally a dance hall. To the west of the saloon was the Kunkel residence. The building on the Square to the east of Main Street (right in photo) was the “new” Sermersheim Store, constructed in 1896. The building to the north of Seventh Street was built by Isadore Schumacher, later acquired by Albert Sonderman and then by Othmar Eckerle and Alex Eckstein, who operated stores in the building for many years. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

65 Years Ago
June 28, 1948

The informal opening of the new, ultramodern Wilson Drug Co. store in the Central Building at the southwest corner of Sixth and Newton streets will take place Tuesday morning, it has been announced by Ivel Wilson. The new establishment will include a soda fountain, which has a seating capacity of 110. The fountain department will be open for breakfast, dinner and supper.

June 29
The first contract renewal to be signed between local management and labor this year was signed Tuesday by officials of the Jasper Cabinet Co. and Local 331, Upholsterers International Union. The contract becomes effective immediately and provides for minimum wages for production workers of $1.10 to $1.20 per hour, with $1.40 per hour for plant and maintenance engineers. This also becomes the first contract in Jasper to grant five paid holidays, which are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.

About 40 delegates, representing every assembly in the southern half of Indiana, which composes the Southern District, attended a meeting of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in the council chambers of Council 1584 in Jasper on Sunday afternoon.

June 30
A Daily Herald branch office has been opened in Huntingburg for the convenience of customers in that city. The office is on the second floor of the City Café building on Fourth Street and will be open every day from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 in the afternoon. Mabel Hoing has been employed to take news items, accept advertising and handle new subscriptions and circulation complaints. In addition, Kenneth Lewis, Herald circulation manager, will be in the office early in the morning and in the evening.

July 1
County agricultural agent C.A. Nicholson said this morning that Dubois County is still far short of its allotted quota of corn detasselers who are expected to help with the 1948 crop of hybrid corn in the Funk fields at Kentland. Mr. Nicholson said that up to the present time 34 boys have signed up, whereas the county quota is 84. A.J. Kreitzer of Dubois served as supervisor in the Kentland fields last season and will serve in the same capacity this year.

July 2
Radio station WITZ will go on the air Sunday. Constructed about midway between Jasper and Huntingburg just off of State Road 45, the station was built to serve the people of southern Indiana, eastern Illinois and northern Kentucky. The station has been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast with 1,000 watts on 990 kilocycles. The station will be on the air from 6 a.m. to sundown, broadcasting a program of music, news and feature programs. The seven-man staff is headed by manager Dale Phares, and all members of the staff are from southern Indiana or Kentucky. The 300-foot tower will send out its inaugural broadcast around noon Sunday. The history of the station will be presented, and salutes from other stations in this area will be broadcast. Managers of some 20 radio stations in Indiana and surrounding states will salute WITZ, either directly or by transcription.

July 3
Dan Guinnup, Depauw University athlete, will join the Huntingburg High School athletic staff in September, it was announced today. Guinnup, a native of Seymour, has been engaged as assistant to coach Jim Beers.

50 Years Ago
July 1, 1963

James P. Roos, principal of Ireland High School for the past two years, has been named principal of Rockport High School.

Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative today mailed 3,700 capital credit checks totaling $38,415.88 to members who were served by the cooperative during 1949 and 1950. These checks are a return of capital furnished by those members during the two years for which refunds are made.

Thirteen Jasperites were named Kentucky Colonels during the National Jaycee Convention in Louisville last week. Recipients of the honor were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alles, Rich Eckerle, Stan Englert, Leon Fleck, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Krodel, Ed Rees, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Seng, Bob Steffe and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Webber. At the awards luncheon Wednesday the Jasper club was recognized as a Blue Chip award winner for chapter and individual development during the past year.

July 2
The J.H. Rudolph Co. of Evansville was the successful bidder for furnishing bituminous material for resurfacing and repairing the streets in the city of Huntingburg at the regular meeting of the Huntingburg Common Council on Monday evening.

Arrangements are being completed for the annual Fourth of July picnic sponsored by the YMI of Huntingburg to be held at Municipal Park in Huntingburg on Thursday. One of the entertainment highlights of the day will be the baseball game between the Huntingburg Merchants and the Jasper Reds at 2:30 p.m. Attendance prizes are to be awarded at intervals during the afternoon and evening. The holiday event will be climaxed with a fitting display of colorful fireworks between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Approximately 80 members and guests were present at the tour conducted by the Dubois County Historical Society on Sunday afternoon. The tour began at Bender School in the northeast sector of the county. Three of the oldest alumni of the school were in attendance: Henry Recker, 88, John Teder, 85 and Bill Teder, 73. A basket dinner was served at Raven Rock, where the society conducted a special meeting of the membership for the purpose of discussing the newly acquired Enlow Mill. The mill was donated by the Jasper Novelty Furniture Co. It was voted to accept the project and work out the details with Jasper officials. During the afternoon the tour was continued to the Purdue Farm, Vowell Cave and Buck Shoals. At Buck Shoals many of the members, with shovels and picks, dug for silver deposits near the smelter. Leander Hacker, the owner of Buck Shoals, was present to relate the history of the silver mines and the smelter. The county historical society published a booklet of the historical spots visited on Sunday’s tour. Copies are available to anyone interested by contacting John Fierst, group secretary, or Arthur C. Nordhoff, president.

July 3
Huntingburg Chief of Police Samuel E. Blemker, 65, died Tuesday afternoon of a heart attack. Blemker had served as Huntingburg’s police chief for the past three and a half years.
U.S. Sen. Birch E. Bayh will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the American Legion Home. The announcement of Bayh’s acceptance of the invitation was made this morning by Edwin Rumbach, chamber president.

July 5
When the Miss Indiana Pageant opens Saturday in Michigan City, Indiana State College will be represented by freshman Martha Pflug, 18, of Huntingburg. Martha earned the right to represent the college by winning the Miss ISC Pageant last month.

The Jasper Reds, scoring single runs in the first and ninth innings, edged the Huntingburg Merchants, 2-0, in an exhibition game at Huntingburg’s Municipal Park Thursday afternoon. The victory gave Jasper a 3-1 edge in the season’s series with Huntingburg.

July 6
“Black Beauty” is the name given to the purebred Shetland pony that will be one of the highlights of the annual Kiwanis Kiddie Karnival to be held Wednesday and Thursday nights at Recreation Field in Jasper. The attractive pony was scheduled to be on display in front of Dubois County Bank this morning and in front of German American Bank this afternoon. It also will be displayed at the carnival, where it will be awarded, complete with bridle and saddle, at the close of the event Thursday night.

Delcas Neukam of Dubois was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the Indiana Rural Letter Carriers Association at the group’s state convention held Sunday through Tuesday at the Washington Hotel in Indianapolis. Neukam will represent the 7th, 8th and 9th congressional districts on the board.

Bob Steffe, assistant cashier of Dubois County Bank, is leaving today for Chicago for his first term at the School of Financial Public Relations at Northwestern University.

25 Years Ago
June 27, 1988

More than 125 firefighters and other volunteers spent Sunday fighting a fire that destroyed between 50 and 60 acres of forest by the end of the day. The fire was in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey woods, near Bristow. Although people smelled smoke already Saturday evening, the St. Meinrad Fire Department was not called to the fire until 7:10 a.m. Sunday. Between 125 and 150 firefighters from the St. Meinrad, Anderson Township, Bristow, Dale, Schnellville and Ferdinand fire departments, as well as other volunteers, joined the St. Meinrad crew in fighting the fire. Because the fire was burning in an area of dense forest, most of the contributing fire departments did not bring their trucks. Rather, they provided two bulldozers and some tractors with graders to clear paths, small tools such as rakes and paddles, and at least 15 four-wheeled and three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles to carry equipment and volunteers to and from the fire site. The fire was under control by noon, and firefighters were on the scene until 10:10 p.m.

June 28
Unless there is a vigorous cloudburst between now and Monday, according to Huntingburg Fire Chief Marvin Boeglin, Huntingburg’s Independence Day observance will be without its traditional fireworks display. Because of the current drought, the Town of Holland also has banned any type of fireworks, according to Holland Town Board President,Charlie McPherron. The City of Jasper had not planned any public display of fireworks, and Jasper Fire Chief Ed Eckert is strongly discouraging use of fireworks by private individuals.

June 29
June of 1988 will go into the books as the driest June on record — unless it rains more than .04 inch today or Thursday. The .48 inch of rain that fell three weeks ago — on Wednesday, June 8 — is the only rainfall recorded in Jasper this month. The dryness record for June was set in 1972, when .52 inch fell. This year already has a lock on the record for the driest spring.

Mike Rendel, a projects engineer for Aristokraft, talked to the Ferdinand Town Board on Tuesday about a proposed expansion on Aristokraft’s St. Henry Road property. The company is considering an addition of 77,000 square feet to the north side of its assembly plant. The present plant is 80,000 square feet.

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., will speak in Celestine on Friday at a Republican-sponsored fish fry. The dinner, sponsored by the Dubois County Republican Central Committee, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Celestine Community Club.

June 30
No rainfall was measured Wednesday or today at the Jasper wastewater treatment plant, leaving the monthly total at .48 inch, a record. The old record for June was set in 1972 at .52 inch.
June also was one of the hottest Junes on record. High temperature readings during the month set or tied records on 7 dates. Records were set this year on June 2, 94 degrees; June 3, 92; June 24, 99; June 25, 99; and June 26, 102. Two records set in 1986 were tied: June 21 and 22, both with high readings of 98.

July 1
Rhonda Garland, 41, of Birdseye, is getting set to travel to the Omni Center in Atlanta as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention on July 18. During this year’s state convention, Garland was one of five people elected from Indiana’s 9th District to go to Atlanta. Since becoming a national delegate, Garland has been receiving phone calls from several of the nation’s top newspapers, including USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, to participate in their pre-national convention polls. Garland is a pledged delegate to Michael Dukakis, whom she met last summer.

July 2
Alan B. Hoffman, an employee of Kimball International since 1974, has been named vice president, corporate risk manager, according to company President Douglas A. Habig. Hoffman, 41, has served as corporate risk manager since December 1986.

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