Looking Back: 7/13

This photo of the Sermersheim Building on the northeast corner of the Jasper Square was taken in 1894. The Sermersheim residence was immediately east of the store building, to the right in the photo. The painted sign on the side of the building facing Main Street indicates tthe business was operated by M.A. Sermersheim and Company, and that it dealt in dry goods, notions, boots, shoes, caps, clothing and family groceries. The building was constructed by John Mann. About 1898, the store building was removed and that part of the lot was graded and lowered to street level, after which John A. Sermersheim constructed a building that eventually was used by the J.J. Newberry Co. (Photo from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

65 Years Ago
July 12, 1948

Jack Hauser, chairman of the Dubois County Triple A Committee, and Linus Berger, secretary-treasurer of the county group, were told at a meeting in Daviess County that while the government is buying a great amount of wheat in an effort to keep the price up to parity, the government will still continue to grant the farmer a loan on his wheat even if the price stabilizing effort fails. The main speaker of the meeting, Alvah Troyer of the Commodity Credit Corp., announced that the new loan rate for Dubois County is $2.12 a bushel for No. 1 wheat.

The Jasper Municipal Band, under the direction of Otto Durlauf, will present another of its summer concerts on the east portico of the courthouse this evening.

July 13
Homer Chase, of Huntingburg, agricultural chairman of the Dubois County Fair Board, has announced that the agricultural display at this year’s fair will be approximately twice as great as it has been in past years. Included in the display will be 50 head of 4-H Club calves, including 20 second-year yearling Guernseys and 12 first -year Holsteins. The remainder will be first-year Guernseys. The display will feature a big increase in the number of beef cattle, including Angus and Herefords. Two new features of the fair will be a dairy judging contest and a display of garden produce and small grains.

July 14
The wheat crop in Dubois County this year is reported to be under par. The grade of 1948 crop leaves much to be desired. Wheat should test 58 pounds to the bushel, but much of the present county crop tests in the low 40s. This is suitable only for fee wheat. The oats crop, on the other hand, has done very well in spite of the lack of rainfall. Joseph A. Brosmer, a farmer living near Schnellville, threshed 625 bushels of oats from a 6 1⁄2-acre tract.

July 15
Members of Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Jasper voted Wednesday night to start immediately on the construction of space that would provide recreational facilities and additional meeting rooms for the large membership of the post and auxiliary. The planned addition to the post will be a full basement, measuring 50 by 75 feet, and when completed will contain a reading room and library, a shower and locker room, space for billiard, card and pingpong tables and a bowling alley. Plans call for completion of construction and complete installation of the most modern equipment and fixtures ready for use by the end of October.

Regent Stella Kuebler presided at the business meeting of the Daughters of Isabella on Monday evening and announced the donation of $2,500 by the local circle in the second drive for funds for the Memorial Hospital of Dubois County. The circle’s first donation was $5,000.

July 16
Dubois County Fair box seats will go on sale Saturday at Utt Drug Store in Huntingburg. A box will entitle patron to six chair seats for three days of horse racing and five nights of entertainment.
The auxiliary of Huntingburg Legion Post 221 will have its Lawn Social tonight at Municipal Park. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30; music will be by the Huntingburg High School Band. The public is invited.

July 17
The presentation of two Life Scout awards highlighted the Boy Scouts Court of Honor held Friday night at Camp Carnes as part of the final Visitors’ Night campfire program. This week’s session winds up the summer camping season for Boy Scouts at Camp Carnes. The Life Scout badges, the second-highest rank in Scouting, went to William Deering of Jasper and Charles Link Jr. of Rockport.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission returned retail permit fees to the civil and school units of the various counties in the state. The sum of $8,446.01 was returned to Dubois County. All retail permit fees are returned to the county of origin. Two-thirds of the revenue derived from the retail permit fees goes to the civil government units and one-third goes to the school units.

50 Years Ago
July 15, 1963

R.E. Sturm, vice president and general manager of Jasper Office Furniture Co., was elected president of the Wood Office Furniture Institute at its 21st annual convention in Washington, D.C. Rudy Sturm has been associated with JOFCO almost continuously since 1924. Another Jasper man, John Eckert, superintendent and vice president of Jasper Seating Co., was re-elected to serve a third term as an institute director.

The highlight of the Dubois County Fair this evening will be the “Pee Wee King Show,” which starts at 8. The famous vocal artist wrote and recorded such numbers as “Tennessee Waltz” and “Slow Poke.”

Beginning with this issue, the popular daily column of Abigail Van Buren, known to millions as “Dear Abby,” will appear daily in The Daily Herald.

Alvin C. Ruxer plans to rebuild the dam that broke Friday night and drained his 45-acre lake east of Jasper into the Patoka River. Ruxer estimated it will cost $25,000 to $30,000 to rebuild the dam.

July 16
At a meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce board of directors, held this morning in the German-American Bank Community Room, Jack Thornbury, manager of Jasper Lacquer Co., was elected president.

July 17
The faculty members of Huntingburg High School and the public elementary school for the 1963-64 school year have been announced by Superintendent Ray Goldman. Elmer H. Loehr will again serve as high school principal and Raymond Pflug will continue as principal of the grade school. There will be two new teachers at the high school, and four in the public grade school. The new high school teachers are Jo Malcolm Gibbs and Wendolyn Harrison, while the four new elementary teachers are Judy Bretz, Cathy Cannon, Lana Lanman and Ceola Strolin.

July 18
Ground will be blessed and broken for Benet Hall on the Convent Immaculate Conception campus at Ferdinand in outdoor ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, bishop of Evansville, officiating. Benet Hall is intended to provide dormitory, recreation and study facilities for 100 students who will attend St. Benedict College as young members of the Sisters of St. Benedict.

The 15th consecutive year of field training for National Guard units at Jasper begins Saturday morning when the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry departs at 7:30 for Camp Grayling, Mich. They will attend two weeks of intensive field training, putting into practice in the field the training acquired at the armory throughout the year.

July 19
The 77th edition of the Dubois County Fair will close today after having enjoyed good crowds and rain-free weather since the fair opened Sunday. The grandstand attraction today will be the International Auto Daredevils, who arrived Thursday and have been tuning up the cars they use in their dangerous stunts. The auto thrill show has proved one of the most popular entertainment features of past fairs, and big crowds are expected to attend this afternoon’s performance at 3 o’clock and tonight’s show, which begins at 8:15.

The John R. Figg Co., a division of Wetteral Foods Inc. of Hazelwood, Mo., held a progress planning meeting at the Knights of Columbus Club in Jasper on Wednesday night with the owners and operators of 39 IGA food stores in southern Indiana. The purpose of the meeting was to outline the company’s plans for new IGA retail stores as well as to discuss extensive remodeling of the company’s existing retail IGA stores. The John R. Figg Co. has served this area as the IGA supply depot since 1949. The company recently completed construction of a new warehouse in Bloomington.

July 20
About 125 teenagers attended a splash party staged Wednesday night at the Jasper Pool by the Youth Center. The fence on the south side of the pool had been decorated with fish nets, straw hats and balloons, while palm trees and torches rimmed the pool.

Sister M. Frederica Dudine, OSB, and Sister M. Thomas Johanneman, OSB, both on the staff of St. Benedict College at Ferdinand, are among the nine sisters who will celebrate their golden jubilees at Convent Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on Sunday.

25 Years Ago
July 11, 1988

If you see a maroon 1988 Mustang, with caps in the back window, cruising around on the county’s highways, you best not be speeding. Odds are it could be a patrol car. The Jasper post of the Indiana State Police will utilize a sporty Ford Mustang, one of about 20 throughout the state, in an effort to crack down on speeders. The Mustang project began in Indiana on the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Indianapolis. Trooper Tom Campbell of the Jasper post will drive the Mustang.
The National Press Photographers Association on Saturday named Herald Managing Editor John Rumbach Editor of the Year.

Bill Williams of Jasper finished second in the 5-mile run at the White River Games in Indianapolis on Saturday. Williams completed the race in 28:44. He won the silver medal in the men’s 40-to-44 age category.

July 12
Nearly 1,000 people packed the chapel of the convent in Ferdinand to pray for rain and to hear a priest tell them the drought is a challenge to their faith. “I wonder if the drought is a way of reminding us who owns the land. God owns the land; we can only hold the deed,” said Rev. John Boeglin, director of rural life for the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. People from 12 counties of the diocese offered prayers Monday at Convent Immaculate Conception then marched a quarter-mile to St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, giving thanks by song to the patron saints of all the churches in the diocese.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was one of six finalists in a public-service awards contest judged by the American Hospital Association in Chicago. Memorial Hospital, with its 131 beds, was the smallest hospital reaching the finalist stage for the $75,000 Foster G. McGaw prize. The prize is named after the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corp., which merged with Baxter International in 1985.

July 13
Dubois County Farm Bureau Inc. and Farm Bureau Insurance recently moved to their new office at 1217 Wernsing Road in Jasper. They previously operated separate offices in Huntingburg and Jasper. Farm Bureau is a membership organization that promotes farm-related activities, and Farm Bureau Insurance offers varied lines of insurance. Local agency manager is Tom Steffe; Dubois County Farm Bureau president is Tom Hoffman.

July 14
The City of Jasper gave Jasper Rubber Products initial approval Wednesday for a $3 million tax-free loan to expand its plant.  If approved, the city will grant the loan from the sale of economic development bonds. The company’s proposed expansion should add 25 jobs and raise the yearly payroll by $500,000, said Jasper attorney John Chappell, who is representing the company for the bond request. The bonds will allow the company to expand its new thermoplastic rubber line and increase sales of the product from about $670,000 to $2.5 million a year, said Robert Boehman, the company’s controller.

July 15
Restructuring the state’s county court system will be the topic of a meeting in Jasper on Tuesday. Judges, attorneys, local officeholders and member of the Indiana General Assembly are expected to attend the regional meeting for southwestern Indiana. On the table will be a proposal to remove the distinctions between the county court systems and make the state responsible for funding local courts, said State Sen. Edward Pease, R-Brazil, chairman of the Commission on Trial Courts. Dubois County Councilman Eugene Hostetter is on the 13-member commission and will head the Jasper meeting.

July 16
B.C. Baggett of Picture Perfect Photography Studio was awarded the Master of Photography degree by Professional Photographers of America Inc. during the association’s annual international convention in Orlando, Fla., this month.

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