Looking Back: 7/20

The Alles Brothers Furniture Store was run by Jacob, John F. and Joseph Alles from 1865 to 1906. The building was at the northwest corner of the Square in Jasper; the front of the building faced Sixth Street. This three-story frame building was constructed in 1860 and acquired by Jacob Alles from John Mehringer in 1865. The Alleses were among the first German cabinet makers to manufacture furniture in Jasper. The first floor of the building was used for general sales rooms where furniture was displayed. The upper floors were used for manufacturing and storage, as well as display rooms. Shown outside the building are rocking chairs, baby buggies with parasols and children’s wagons for sale. John Lorey acquired the property from John Alles on July 3, 1906. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
July 19, 1948
Arrangements have been completed to bring Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Choir to Jasper for a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14. Paul Wuchner, president of the Jasper Kiwanis Club, which is sponsoring the appearance, announced that he has received a telegram from Boys Town approving the arrangements. The 50-voice all-boys choir is making a concert tour of the Midwest in the fall.
Approximately 85 Dubois County youths will head north for another corn detasseling season Wednesday morning. Three buses will leave from the courthouse in Jasper at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, taking the boys to Kentland, where Dubois County boys annually help with  detasseling.
The Sermersheim brothers, Bennie and Junie, who operate the B.F. Goodrich Store in Jasper, are advertising a new product that has been introduced by the tire company. The first car to be equipped with the new “tubeless” tire by the Sermersheim brothers is Dr. Robert Gosman’s Frazer.

July 20
At a meeting of the Jasper Novelty Furniture Co. board of directors Monday night, the sum of $5,000 as a contribution to the Memorial Hospital Fund was pledged. This is in addition to a like amount given by this firm in the initial campaign for hospital funds.

July 21
Ninety Dubois County boys left from Jasper this morning for the Edw. Funk and Sons Hybrid Seed Corn fields at Kentland to help detassel the corn. The boys will work in the hybrid fields from 10 days to two weeks.

The Dubois County Memorial Hospital Fund skyrocketed suddenly today when it was announced that the board of directors of Jasper Wood Products Co. had voted at a meeting Tuesday night to contribute $15,000.

July 22
Dubois County Post 147 of the American Legion on Wednesday night duplicated its gift of $7,500 given in the initial Memorial Hospital Fund drive, to make a total of $15,000.

Betty Schneider of Jasper on Wednesday night won the Dubois County baton twirling contest held on the basketball courts at Tenth and Clay streets in Jasper. There were several hundred spectators to the competition, in which 29 contestants took part. Betty’s victory won for her a trip to the Chicagoland Music Festival to be held in Chicago on Aug. 13 to 15. She will be a junior at Jasper High School. She has been taking twirling instructions for the past four years from John Schnabel, supervisor of music in the Jasper schools, who introduced twirling as an extracurricular activity in the local schools.

July 23
A district meeting of the American Legion will be held at Petersburg on Sunday. This will be the last district meeting before the state convention takes place. The district is boosting John H. Wuchner of Jasper for the office of state chaplain. It was announced at the regular meeting of Post 147 on Wednesday night that the men who will serve as delegates to the state convention will hold a caucus at the Petersburg meeting.

July 24
The loan interest rate being advertised by Dubois County State Bank and by the Phoenix Savings and Loan Association in Jasper is 4 percent.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
July 22, 1963
Shorn wool payments for the 1962 marketing year will amount to 30 percent of the dollar returns each producer received from the sale of shorn wool during the year, Wm. Reckelhoff, chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service county committee reminded growers today. The rate of payment was determined by the Department of Agriculture as the percentage necessary to bring the year’s average wool price of 47.7 cents per pound up to the previously announced incentive level of 62 cents per pound under the National Wool Program. Reckelhoff said that payments on mohair will be made for the first time this year. The payment rate will be 3.6 percent of the dollar returns each producer receives from the sale of mohair during the ’63 marketing year.

July 23
Rev. Kenneth L. Graehler of Jasper, who was ordained to the priesthood in the Collegiate Church of the Most Holy Trinity at Innsbruck, Austria, on March 30, will celebrate his first solemn Mass at 10:30 Sunday morning in St. Joseph Church.

At a meeting Monday night at the home of Jasper policeman Bob Schmitt, preliminary plans were made for a horse show to be sponsored jointly by Dubois Lodge 1387, Fraternal Order of Police and the Jasper Jaycees.

July 24
The budget formally adopted by the Jasper Common Council on Tuesday evening would establish a civil city tax rate of $1.54 for next year. This is 26 cents less than the figure arrived at last week after all departmental requests were received at a preliminary meeting. The tax rate, computed Tuesday night by Auditor Lawrence Block, was based on the official assessed valuation for the City of Jasper, which has been established at $14,041,540. The present tax rate is $1.17, which is based on the old valuation of $12,438,000.

July 25
The new St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at Dubois, an imposing structure of Bedford limestone that occupies the same hilltop site as the frame church building that was razed last fall, will be dedicated Sunday. Services have been held in the new church since Dec. 9. The pastor is Rev. John Mimlitz.

Olinger Construction Co. of Huntingburg has been awarded the contract for Division I of French Lick’s airport construction, it has been announced by Mickle Marshall, president of the French Lick Aviation Board of Commissioners.

July 26
James Marshall, assistant basketball coach at Holland High School for the past three years, has been elevated to the head coaching position, it was announced today by Clarence Wade, trustee of Cass Township. Marshall replaces James “Pinky” Powell, who resigned the post at Holland this spring to take a similar position at Hartford City. Frank Lane, a teacher in the Holland school system, will serve as assistant coach.

A group of Sisters of Providence, who staff three schools in the Jasper community, will return to Jasper on Saturday of this week to serve as campaign workers in the drive to raise $2.5 million for new buildings at St. Mary of the Woods.

Wallace Frick of Huntingburg, Indiana Jaycee community development chairman, attended the National Jaycee Community Development Seminar at Oklahoma University’s Center of Continuing Education from Sunday through Tuesday. Frick won the expense-paid trip to the seminar as one of the three top state community development chairmen in the nation.

July 27
At their regular monthly meeting Friday night, members of the Jasper School Board adopted the budget for the operation of the city schools for the coming year. As recommended by the state, the budget was computed on the assumption that no additional assistance will be forthcoming from the state. The tax rate, if no additional state revenues are acquired, will be $3.98 as compared to the present rate of $2.72. It was pointed out that schools across the state had signed teachers’ contracts and made other commitments based on the anticipated additional revenues earmarked for schools from the new sales tax. When the sales tax law was declared unconstitutional, this additional revenue was cut off.

Ray Gramelspacher has been named principal of Ireland High School, it was announced today. He succeeds Jim Roos who resigned at Ireland recently to accept a similar position in Rockport.
Two show horses from the Arnold F. Habig Stables will be among seven Tennessee walking horses that will be “stars” of the WTVW Channel 7 show to be televised Sunday. Channel 7 will televise the Tennessee walking horse segment of the second annual Exhibition Horse Show being held in Evansville. Sun’s Golden Falcon and Fancy’s Reward, two of the outstanding horses from the Habig stables, will be shown. Sun’s Golden Falcon, a 4-year-old sorrel stallion, will be ridden by trainer Harold Hays of the Habig stables. Doug Habig, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Habig, will show Fancy’s Reward, a 4-year-old black gelding by Midnight Sun. The Habig stables, which are fast gaining recognition as one of the finest Tennessee walking horse stables in the area, are owned by Habig, chairman of The Jasper Corporation, whose leading subsidiary is the Kimball Piano and Organ Mfg. Co. Show horses from the Habig stables represent the Kimball company when shown. At present, 27 walking horses are stabled by Mr. Habig. Of these, Mr. and Mrs. Habig own 20 and the rest are being boarded and trained.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
July 18, 1988
The Greater Jasper Consolidated School District’s expansion plans are scheduled for public discussion at 7 o’clock tonight at Jasper High School. Plans for doubling the size of Ireland Elementary and Fifth Street School have been prepared by an architect and will be discussed by school district officials. Expansion plans for the larger Tenth Street School will be considered after the district purchases the leased property. Once the three schools are complete, grade levels at Fifth Street will change from K-5 to K-2 and Tenth Street will change from grades K-5 to 3-5. School boundary lines will be drawn to equalize the number of students at each school.

July 19
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was given Monday to Jasper native the Most Rev. Daniel M. Buechlein, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Tenn. The award is given to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their careers or in public life.

Property taxes for the Greater Jasper Consolidated School District could increase by 28 percent to pay for building expansions at two elementary schools. School district officials released the building project’s financial estimates Monday night at public hearing at Jasper High School. The school board unanimously adopted the rebuilding plan after no one in the 21-person audience objected.
St. Meinrad native Terry Brahm will compete this week for a slot on the U.S. Olympic team. If he is one of the top three finishers in the 5,000-meter run, he will represent the nation at the Summer Olympic Games set to start in September in Seoul.

July 20
Rhonda Garland, 41, Jasper, is one of 87 delegates from Indiana and 4,200 total delegates attending the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta.

Scott Seger won the 1988 Jasper City Golf Tournament championship with a 36-hole total of 146, beating runner-up and defending champion Ron Schitter by three strokes. Seger fired a 4-over-par 75 at Jasper Municipal Golf Course on Saturday and then won the championship flight title with a 1-under-par 71 at the Jasper Country Club on Sunday.

July 21
The West German ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Jurgen Ruhfus, has confirmed that he will be in Jasper on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, for the Strassenfest. The ambassador will be the grand marshal of the parade Aug. 7. According to fest Chairman Rick Stradtner, Mayor Jerome Alles and Congressman Lee Hamilton were responsible for telling Ruhfus about the Strassenfest and inviting him to attend it.

Gov. Robert D. Orr recently reappointed Larry J. Seger of Dubois to the Indiana Egg Board.

July 22
Old-fashioned wheat threshing has been a part of the Dubois County 4-H Fair before, but this is the first year that an antique threshing demonstration will be featured as a grandstand event. Joe Hoffman, R. 1, St. Anthony, and other members of the Early Days Antique Clu, will use a 1918 Kitten separator, manufactured in Ferdinand, and a 1922 McCormick-Deering hay press in the threshing demonstration at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

July 23
Four executives of Jasper Rubber Products have been promoted, according to Skip Place, president. Jim Braun has been promoted to vice president of production, Doug Mathias to vice president of marketing and sales, John Friedman to executive vice president of administration and Max McCune to executive vice president of operations.

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