Looking Back: 7/18July 17, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 18, 1955
There was quite a bit of excitement in Birdseye around 1:45 Sunday morning after an automobile careened into the front porch of a house. Nobody was hurt. An investigating State Police trooper said that Shirley Hensley, 23, of Eckerty, was zig-zagging down highway 145 in Birdseye when the car left the road on the right side and crashed into the front porch of the Rhoda Berg home. Hensley told the officer that when he started driving away from a tavern in Birdseye he discovered that the car’s clutch was stuck. He was charged with reckless driving. Damage to the car was estimated by the trooper at $200, and damage to the house at around $100.
The United States government has decided against playing Santa Claus to Santa Claus, Ind. The Postoffice Department in Washington yesterday notified Indiana’s Governor George N. Craig of its refusal to issue a special postage stamp commerating the small southern Indiana town that has become a tourist attraction of national prominence in recent years. Governor Craig had made the request for issuance of a special commerative stamp at the request of the citizens of Santa Claus and a committee of folks from other areas who thought such a stamp was warranted. Robert J. Robertson, assistant postmaster general, wrote Mr. Craig, “We have never looked with favor upon stamps which would commemorate only a part of the whole subject.”
The members of the Jasper Park Board, at a meeting held yesterday evening in city hall, rejected all bids submitted on the construction and equipping of the proposed new swimming pool in Armory Park. The members of the Park Board were of the opinion that not enough bids had been submitted, and that the bids that were submitted were too high in view of the engineer’s estimates. Four bids were submitted on the general contract, and three on the plumbing and heating. Present at the meeting were Park Board members Earl Schiller, president, and Robert J. Hoffman, Robert Siebert and Frank J. Loepker; City Attorney Louis J. Savage; and the architect, Lester Routt of Vincennes, and one of the latter’s aides.
A new refreshment stand, the Jasper Frostop root beer drive-in, will be opened today by the two men who constructed the building in partnership. The owners of the new refreshment stand are Al Schuler, agricultural teacher at Jasper High School, and John Lorey, who is employed at Lorey Bros. Furniture Co. They will serve root beer and orange drinks, sandwiches and ice cream. The new refreshment stand is located on highway 45, near the west city limits of Jasper.
Pictured in this issue is a new 1955 Piper Apache airplane which stopped at the Huntingburg Airport for a few days recently, enroute to the Anchorage Airport. It was purchased by Safeway Airways, the company operated by E. L. (Bus) Schwartz, in Anchorage. Bus formerly lived in Huntingburg. The Apache is manaufactured by the Piper Aircraft Corporation in Lock Haven, Pa. It is a four passenger business plane with a cruising speed of 150 MPH. It is being widely sold to corporations and business firms for transportation needs, due to the added safety of its twin engines. One Apache was recently delivered to Pretoria, South Africa, and made one leg of the flight 1800 miles over water.
Roy Schriefer’s Huntingburg Merchants racked up their 10th victory of the season last night, 7 to 3 over the Princeton Lions, in formally dedicating the new floodlights at Municipal Park. Huntingburg’s new General Electric park lighting system is a combination effective for baseball, softball and football games. It cost $14,000 and the amount is being paid by donations from business donations, the schools and the city. The system consists of batteries of 10 lights on 90-foot poles, using 120-150 watt bulbs. The lights got a “trial run” recently when the Merchants beat Rockport, and the club seems to thrive under the nocturnal beams because last night the boys licked Princeton’s Lions.
• 50 Years Ago
July 20, 1970
The acquisition and paving of additional parking facilities marks the latest improvements by The Shopping Mart in Jasper, it was announced today by Albert Weigel, who operates the business with his wife, Vicky. The store has been located since 1962 in the former Eckert buick building on U.S. 231 North. This year the Weigels purchased the property as well as the adjacent lot which has been used for customer parking. Recently even more adjacent ground was bought from John L. Eckert for parking and the area has been paved.
Buehler’s Midtown IGA Foodliner at 14th and Newton Streets in Jasper, the newest of the stores owned and operated by the Gabe Buehler family of Jasper, will observe its grand opening during the next four weeks, it has been announced. The store, the fourth IGA Store to be operated by the Buehlers, was acquired in June of last year when the Buehlers bought the stock and fixtures and leased the building from Harold Jerger and Ervin Schlegel, who had operated it under the name of the Rumbach Food Market. Pete Haase was retained as manager. In recent months the store was enlarged and completely remodeled. A 20x10 foot addition was added to the south side of the building, increasing the floor space by 2,000 square feet.
Grand opening of the four businesses occupying the new Gamble-Aldens building on Seventh and Newton Streets in Jasper will be observed from 9 a. m. until 9 p. m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Occupying the building in addition to the Gamble-Aldens store are the Dubois County Insurance Agency, the LaPetite Beauty Salon and the Mod Way Bridal Shop. Remodeling of the building, which had previously housed the Uebelhor & Son Motor Co., included a complete change of the front and the side of the building. A large portion of the building was carpeted and new flooring was installed in other areas. Central air-conditioning, a complete new heating and electrical system and new lighting are also featured.
Pictured in this issue are Mrs. Marcella Krempp, Mrs. Alvin Ruxer, Mrs. Georgine Hardwick, Mrs. Carl Witte and Mrs. Dow Apple. They are shown exhibiting some of the decorations to be used for a Hawaiian Luau, which is scheduled for Saturday night at the Jasper Country Club. The decorations include fishnet, Tiki masks, and artificial lobsters. The luau will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a dinner featuring Hawiian food at 8 p.m. Emmett Schaaf and his “Polynesian Pixies” will play for a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.. Chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Witte and cochairman is Mrs. Georgine Hardwick.
The St. Meinrad Abbey Press, publisher of Marriage magazine, plans to begin construction soon on a $100,000 building. It will connect the two separate units in which the publishing operation is presently housed. Father Paschal Boland, O.S.B., general manager of The Abbey Press, said construction will begin as soon as the steel strike ends. Besides the magazine, which has a monthly circulation of 65,000, the Press produces banners, scrolls, posters, greeting cards and paper-bound books on the subjects of marriage and family life. Founded in 1867 The Press has been in its present buildings since 1930. About 70 lay people from Fulda, Ferdinand, St. Meinrad and Tell City are employed at the plant in addition to five monks of the Benedictine order who work there full-time. The entire editorial staff is comprised of laymen. There are about 15 free lance artists on the staff.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Mayme Fritch, nursery aid at Memorial Hospital since the first baby was born on July 21, 1951. That first baby was Leonard Joseph Eckert, son of Eleanor and Adolph “Bill” Eckert of Jasper. Meanwhile, Mayme is shown yesterday on the fourth floor of Memorial Hospital where she expects to be on hand when the 10,000th baby is born within the next few days. Up to this morning 9,997 had been born there, according to Bettie Egler, public relations director of Memorial Hospital.
• 25 Years Ago
July 24, 1995
Rain showers and limited seating didn’t keep a sellout crowd from attending the 1995 Dubois County 4-H Fair Queen Pageant Sunday night. A muddy rain-soaked bleachers called for the event to be moved indoors from the Grandstand Arena to the Show Corral. To highlight the evening, Jill Michelle Klem, 18, the daughter of Butch and Kathy Klem of St. Anthony, was crowned the 1995 Miss Dubois County 4-H Queen among 20 contestants. “I was never so shocked in my life,” Klem said. “Winning the pageant came as a huge surprise for me because there were a lot of girls who could have won.”
The Southeast Dubois County School Board approved advertising a 1996 budget of $7.98 million at a special meeting Monday night. The budget would require a corporation tax levy of $3.19 million, said superintendent Bill Rohl. No tax rate will be advertised because the state changed the method school corporations must advertise budgets. However, the calculations used to estimate the budget and tax levy determined that it would require a tax rate of $5.43 per $100 of assessed valuation, Rohl said. Those numbers were based on the 1995 assessed valuation of $58.8 million.
Craig Shoobridge and Kevin Werner combined for a four-hit shutout on Tuesday as the Jasper Reds whitewashed Huntingburg 9-0. The win gave the Reds the regular season Southern Indiana Semipro League title. Jasper is 13-3 in the SISL and 20-6 overall. Scott Hagan led Jasper from the plate, blasting a three-run homer in the third. Hagan also added two singles and had four RBI’s on the night. Jason Kavanaugh also got into the act for the Reds, tagging two doubles in the winning effort, while Brett Wininger, P. J. Wessel, Chris Himsel and Jared Brosmer each had one hit.
Stanley G. Krempp, founder of Aristokraft Inc., is the grand marshall of the Jasper Strassenfest Parade. He is married to the former Mary Jane Gosman; and they have three children, Michael, Martha and Jeanne. Krempp Lumber Company, the family business, was his first employer. The United Cabinet Company was organized in 1954, and the production of Aristokraft kitchens was begun with three employees. Currently, the company employs about 2,300. Stan and Mary Jane Krempp were founding members of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper. He is president of the Precious Blood Endowment Fund and a member of the board of the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Indiana.
Jasper’s 11-12-year-old All-Star team advanced to the Section 12 tournament in New Albany by winning the District tourney in Ireland. Jasper won the District 13 East tourney by defeating Loogootee 8-6 and Haubstadt 4-3. Jasper will play the District 12 winner from Indianapolis at New Albany. The game will be played at 4:30 on Wednesday. Members of the Jasper All-Stars include: Neil Giesler, Mark Seger, Luke Huther, Brian Kugler, Brandon Jahn, Michael Alles, Justin Mehringer, Jeff Braun, Kyle Habig, Adam Schmidt, Jon Hilgeman, Brock Werne, Andy Klem, and Jay Fleck. Stan Giesler is the manager and Larry Seger is the coach.
Three Jasper baseball standouts were recently recognized by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association for their tremendous personal accomplishments achieved throughout the course of the Wildcats 1995 campaign. Aaron Rees was a first team all-state selection. Jared Brosmer a second team pick and Nathan Leinenbach received honorable mention considerations. Rees, a senior centerfielder, sported a gawdy .408 batting average while driving in 47 runs and hitting eight home runs. Brosmer, a senior pitcher, compiled a 10-1 record, despite missing part of the season due to an illness. Brosmer had a stunning 1.46 ERA and struck out 59 of his opponents. Leinenbach, a junior second baseman, batted .360 and had 26 RBI’s for Jasper. He hit 5 homers.
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