Looking Back: 6/8

Photo courtesy of Ron Flick
Beckman’s Bar occupied a frame building on the northeast side of the Square in Jasper in the early 1900s. The building was constructed in 1869 to house the U.S. Exchange tavern, owned and operated by A.J. McNerney. In 1879, McNerney sold the property to George Friedman, who sold it three years later to Tobias Herbig. At the time Herbig was operating the rival Courthouse Exchange saloon nextdoor. Herbig moved the Courthouse Exchange into the former U.S. Exchange building and transferred the name, as well. Subsequent operators of the tavern included a Troutman, a Gerber and Andrew Krempp. In 1900, Herbig’s son, Frank, sold the property to Joseph Gutzweiler, who continued to lease the building to Krempp. In 1907, Krempp sold the business to William Beckman, in the center of this photo. In 1915, Gutzweiler sold the property to Dubois County State Bank, which removed the building and constructed a limestone structure that now houses the Dubois County Courthouse Annex.

65 Years Ago
June 7, 1948

Employees of Huntingburg Furniture Co. plants 1, 2, 3 and , have voted to be represented by Local 331-H, Furniture Workers Union of America. In an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, the employees voted 257-10 for representation by the FWUA. The employees of these plants voted in March to disaffiliate with the United Furniture Workers of America and affiliated with the new union.

The remains of Pvt. Omer E. Polen, 21, of Birdseye, who died in North Africa on June 29, 1943, of injuries received in a wreck, will arrive in Huntingburg at noon Tuesday. The casket will be removed to Finke Funeral Home and from there to the home of Verne King in Birdseye.

June 8
County agricultural agent C. A. Nicholson called today for volunteers to detassel corn on the Funk Seed Corn farms in Kentland, beginning July 15. He said 96 boys from Dubois County and four bus drivers are needed. The boys must be 5-6 or taller.

Four weeks of summer camping at Camp Carnes, near Jasper Lake, have been scheduled, K.L. Tuttle, Boy Scout field executive who will serve as camp director, has announced. Scoutcraft will be featured this year, Tuttle said, and each boy will spend at least one day away from camp doing his own cooking and preparing his own campsite. Boys must register, through their scoutmasters, by the end of the week.

Ambrose Eckert was elected Grand Knight of Jasper Council 1584, Knights of Columbus at the annual election of officers Monday night.

June 9
Boy Scouts from six cities in southwestern Indiana will attend the Boy Scout Ranch Camp in Philmont, N.M., during the latter part of August and the first part of September, it was announced today. Those from Dubois County who will attend are Howard Battle, William Dudine, Ronnie Heim and Paul Rumbach, all of Jasper.

June 10
Mary Kean was elected president of the local Tri Kappa Sorority at the group’s meeting at the Dubois County Country Club on Monday evening.

Jasper Glove Co. gave a party at Calumet Lake on Tuesday evening for employees and guests. Following a dinner buffet, mistress of ceremonies Eleanor Gutgsell presided over a musical variety programme. Approximately 250 people attended.

June 11
An inspection of fields in Dubois County reveals that black stem wheat rust, which has struck southwestern Indiana, is quite prevalent here, county agricultural agent C.A. Nicholson said today. Farmers are advised to watch their fields carefully. If the heads start dropping off due to the infection, the wheat should be cut earlier than usual, Nicholson added.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673 of Jasper will sponsor a carnival on the VFW grounds Sunday through June 19. Every night there will be free acts featuring Helen Huntley and her 5-ton elephant, Babe. Thirty truckloads of thrilling rides and shows are boasted by the United Exposition Shows.

June 12
The National Labor Relations Board declared valid eight challenged ballots in a run-off collective bargaining election among the employees of Jasper Wood Products Co. and said that the ballots must be counted.

Plans for a new and modern Catholic high school at Ferdinand have been continued by St. Ferdinand Parish with the inauguration of a fundraising campaign that began June 6. According to the June 11 edition of The Ferdinand News, the high school will be built on 8 acres just across from the convent property, on land purchased from Catherine Sonderman and Erwin Knust. The school will be under the charge of the Benedictine sisters from Convent Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. An athletic director will be employed to assume charge of baseball, basketball, football and track.

A number of conferences have been held at Jasper Office Furniture Co. between the company officials and the union representatives, relative to negotiation for a contract to settle the strike at that plant. At a meeting Wednesday, the company officials made an offer to the union; that offer was rejected by the union agents. With the rejection of this offer, company officials said there seemed to be very little chance of making a settlement of the strike at this time.

50 Years Ago
June 10, 1963

The Indiana State Highway Commission has approved the installation of a traffic signal on State Road 45, also known as Main Street, in Huntingburg, which will cost $2,500. The signal is to be installed by the city. The project is included in the city traffic improvement program announced recently by Gov. Matthew Welsh.

The two entrants in Sunday afternoon’s soap box racer trials on Jasper’s west side both experienced mechanical trouble with their racers and will have to rework them before going to Evansville on June 23 to participate in the official Tri-State Soap Box Derby. Eric Egler and John Patterson both made two runs down the hill on West Ninth Street — and Patterson continued for quite some distance past the finish line because of faulty brakes. Egler’s suspension system went out when part of the plywood gave way. Each was scheduled to make three runs.

Opening night of Jasper Civic Theatre’s “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” will be tonight at 8:15 at the Rustic.

June 11
A scholarship program in which three qualified young men or women each year will be awarded four-year college scholarships is being established by the Jasper Corporation, it was announced today by the company’s chairman, Arnold F. Habig. Under the scholarship program, educational opportunities are available for qualified young men and women who are children of employees of the Jasper Corporation, all subsidiaries and divisions and the Springs Valley National Bank at French Lick. Employees younger than 21 are also eligible for a scholarship. Three scholarships will be awarded annually beginning with the upcoming fall term.

June 12
Plans and arrangements for the Dubois County Girl Scout Day Camp will be completed today at the final training session of the staff at Fawn Lake on the R.H. McMurtrie farm near Holland. The camp is sponsored by Raintree Council and is the first day camp held in District 9 since this area came into the council. The day camp will be held at the McMurtrie farm in two sessions, next week and the week after.

June 13
The Jasper Common Council, by a unanimous decision, last night named Phil Buecher as a member of the school board to succeed Jack Newton, who resigned to become the Republican candidate for mayor. Buecher, who is 35, is manager and part-owner of the Stewart Hotel.

Initial planning of buildings to be constructed for the new Christian Brothers College near Jasper will get underway this summer, it was announced this week. Brother Joel Damian, FSC, assistant provincial for the Christian Brothers’ St. Louis province, was in Jasper this week to meet with members of the Cohere Inc. executive committee. The school is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 1966. Topographical maps of the 125-acre site just south of Jasper on State Road 162 are being prepared and prospective architects for the structures will be interviewed within the next several weeks.

Individual winners at the Jasper Bowling Association awards dinner Wednesday night included Frank Vonderschmidt, Terry Friedman, Jerry Oser and Gene Kalb. The winning team was The Five Lefties, composed of Ronny Kunkel, Cotton Singer, Danny Schitter, Andy Merkel and Bill Seifert.

June 14
Suzanne Jane Kress, 24, Jasper, was killed at 5:45 this morning when the car in which she was riding as a passenger was struck head-on by another car on U.S. 50 near Bedford.
Joe Lents, 5-8 senior guard on Ireland’s sectional and regional championship team this past season, has accepted a four-year athletic scholarship to attend Austin Peay College. He will be joining his high school running mate at guard, Dave Small, who announced his intentions earlier to enroll at the Clarksville, Tenn., college.

June 15
Jerome F. Seger, president of Dubois Elevator Co., has been elected to membership in the Chicago Board of Trade, according to Warren W. Lebeck, exchange secretary. His membership gives him the privilege of actively buying and selling on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, the world’s largest marketing institution for agricultural food and fiber.

Dubois County’s delegation to the 32nd annual 4-H Junior Leader Conference at DePauw University consists of Kenneth Thimling of Holland, Norma Jean Oeding and Tony Woebkenberg of Ferdinand and Rhonda Garland and Linda Braun of Jasper.

25 Years Ago
June 6, 1988

Rhonda Garland, 41, Jasper, was chosen Sunday as a delegate for July’s Democratic National Convention, the first woman from Dubois County ever chosen for the distinction.

The Jasper Wildcats baseball team celebrated its fourth consecutive sectional championship, beating Pike Central 17-1 in five innings Saturday night at Recreation Field.
Dubois County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in April, down from 4.5 percent in March.

For the first time, a Dubois County 4-H-age open market/breeding lamb show will be held. The event will take place June 26 at the county fairgrounds. The objective of the show is to nurture a desire for exhibiting sheep as a 4-H project and to build skills necessary for successfully showing sheep.

June 7
Huntingburg city officials announced their stance on a proposed hospital ownership transfer at Monday’s common council meeting in the form of a petition to the Sisters of St. Benedict. The petition requests that if a merger is achieved, the Huntingburg hospital continue to be operated as an acute care hospital with in-patient services available. On May 24, the Sisters of St. Benedict announced plans to turn over ownership of Huntingburg’s St. Joseph’s Hospital to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, owners of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Equipment to set up an enhanced 911 telephone system in Dubois County could run about $250,000, Contel of Indiana representatives said Monday. Besides those one-time equipment costs, the phone lines would require a monthly charge of about $9,000, according to Barbara Decker, Contel marketing director. These preliminary figures were presented to officials of the county’s 911 task force during the Dubois County Commissioners meeting Monday afternoon.

June 8
John Schnell has attended every regular meeting the Southeast Dubois School Board has ever had, but he won’t be there next month. A member of the board since its inception in 1969, he retired after Tuesday night’s meeting. During nearly 20 years on the board, he was president for six years, vice president for one and secretary for two.

The Jasper Community Arts Commission got good news from the state Tuesday in the form of a $15,000 grant from the State and Local Partnership Program.

June 9
Jasper volunteer firefighters will receive a retirement pension under a proposal endorsed by the Jasper Common Council on Wednesday. If the plan is approved for next year’s budget, Jasper may be the first Indiana city to begin a retirement plan for a volunteer force, Mayor Jerome Alles said. Under the plan, retired firefighters with 20 or more years of service would receive $50 a month. For every year of additional service, the firefighter would receive an extra $10 a month, up to $150 a month for 30 years of service.

June 10
Practice Tees Golf Range, located on Kellerville Road north of Kimball Logistics, is holding its grand opening Saturday and Sunday. Grass, mat and artificial turf tees, as well as golf clubs, are available.

June 11
The Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament started today at the municipal course and will continue Sunday at the Jasper Country Club.

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