Looking Back: 7/26

In 1954, the old sheriff’s residence was removed and a new and more modern sheriff’s residence was placed on the same location. The contract was awarded to the Messmer Lumber Company at a cost of $54,000. While demolishing the old building –– a day or two after this picture was taken — Sheriff Louis Kreilein died when a roof rafter thrown from the top of the building struck him as he stood on the ground below. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper,Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
July 25, 1949
Miss Betty Bockelman of Jasper was elected state secretary  of the Young Democrats of Indiana at the state convention held at Indianapolis over the weekend. Miss Bockelman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Othmar Bockelman, served as chairman of the registration and credentials committees at the convention. She has been active in the work of the Young Democrats organization since being graduated from Lockyear’s Business College at Evansville four years ago, and for the past two years she served as 8th district vice president of the organization.

The regular Monday evening concerts of the Jasper City Band  on the east portico of the courthouse will henceforth feature special entertainment by local musicians who are not members of the band , it was announced this morning. At tonight’s concert the Desk City Four, comprised of four members of the Jasper Chapter of the Barbershoppers, will sing several quartet numbers.

The Desk City Four is composed of Johnny Eckstein, Jerry Enlow, Victor Bohnert and Maury Gutgsell.

July 26
A meeting was held in Jasper yesterday evening, and another this morning, by the men and women who are furthering the plans for a county-wide immunization program for the Dubois County schools. At a meeting held yesterday evening at the home of Dr. C. H. Klamer, members of the Tri Kappa Society of Jasper met with members of the Auxiliary to the Dubois County Medical Society and Miss Martha Van Meter of the State Board of Health to discuss plans for the program. The meeting held this morning in the offices of Dr. C. H. Klamer, was attended by Mrs. Horace M. Kean, president of the Tri Kappa Sorority; John H. Teder, county superintendent of schools; Ray Goldman, superintendent of the Huntingburg schools; Bernard Gallagher, superintendent of the Jasper schools; Miss  Martha Van Meter of the State Board of Health; and the members of the immunization committee of the Dubois County Medical Society.

July 27
J. P. Salb, a pre-medical student at Indiana University, was in Jasper over the weekend for a visit with local relatives, but few persons here knew that Bloomington, Ind., considers him a hero.

But J. P. really crowded the hero bench last Saturday afternoon, as is witnessed by a story on page 1 of Monday’s Bloomington World Telegram. Under a headline across the top of the page appeared the story, some of which goes as follows: “A two-year-old Bloomington boy is alive today thanks to the quick-thinking action of an Indiana University student. Jackie Rush, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Rush, 403 North Dunn Street, was snatched from a watery grave by J. P. Salb, who rescued the little tot as he was being swept down a whirlpool of water in a sewer at Eighth and Dunn Streets during the flash flood Saturday afternoon. Mr. Salb, who lives in Jasper but rooms in the home of Mrs. Regina Harris, 318 North Dunn Street, was apparently unimpressed by his good deed and left immediately for his home in Jasper before the Rush couple could thank him properly for saving Jackie’s life.”

July 28
This morning’s Indianapolis Star carried a picture which showed John D. Van Nuys, dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, presenting medals yesterday to the eight outstanding student nurses on duty at the hospitals of Indianapolis. Among the eight was Miss Marilyn Dudine of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Marilyn is a daughter of Wm. F. Dudine and the late Margaret Dudine of Jasper.

July 29
The Jasper Jaycee Swim Club makes its debut in dual competition tonight when the 17-year and under divisions of the club travel to Vincennes to meet the Vincennes YMCA team. The meet will be held in the “Y” pool. Coach Ted Uland  and his assistants, Jome Schneider, Ed Rumbach and Jerry Kunkel, plan to take a squad of 21 youngsters, boys and girls, for the event.

July 30
Cyril Olinger of Route 1, Ferdinand, who lives in Spencer County, yesterday carried the banner of Spencer County into first place in the Indiana plow terrace contest held on the Albert Dougan farm two and a half miles southwest of Princeton. The contest was sponsored by the state soil conservation committee. The event attracted 18 entries and a crowd of about 2,500 from throughout the Hoosier state, as well as celebrities in the field of Indiana agriculture and high state officials. State soil conservation officials said the crowd was the largest ever to attend the Indiana competition. The Evansville Courier, co-sponsor of the event, presented Mr. Olinger with a $100 first prize. Mr. Olinger will represent Indiana at the national contest to be held at West Point, Nebraska, on September 20.

50 Years Ago
July 27, 1964
The Ferdinand Little League All-Stars became Division champions Saturday afternoon by defeating  the Fort Branch Stars in a hotly-contested extra-inning game at St. Joseph Field in Princeton, 4-2. Ferdinand earned the privilege of playing the favored  Fort Branch club in the final game by defeating Owensville, 1-0, last Wednesday and Haubstadt on Friday, 3-2. In the finals, Ferdinand clinched the crown with two runs in the top of the seventh., The team and fans who attended the tournament were met north of Ferdinand by the police and fire truck and escorted through town after the final game Saturday. Ferdinand now advances to the District tourney  and is scheduled to play New Albany’s All-Stars at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Washington.

July 28
The Huntingburg Jaycees have pledged $500 toward the construction of adequate facilities for the Huntingburg High School track and field team, it was announced today by Dave Buehler, president. Mr. Buehler stated that the Jaycees are making the contribution with the hope that it will encourage further donations to a fund for this project. The proposal that a cinder track be provided for the high school athletes was presented  at the last meeting of the Huntingburg City Council by representatives of the Booster Club. Dr. Bob Rehl and Max Olinger appeared before the council to ask if some agreement could be worked out whereby it would be possible to build the track. They cited that all high schools in southern Indiana but Huntingburg have facilities for this sport. It was estimated that the cost of a quarter-mile track of crushed cinders would be between $8,000 and $10,000, depending upon location, drainage and soil conditions. At that meeting, the Council went on record as stating that it could not build the track, but it may be possible to work out some arrangements to help.

July 29
At a meeting of the Jasper City Council with Mayor Jack Newton and the various department heads, the budget for 1965 was worked out, resulting in an overall municipal tax rate of $1.96. The current rate is $1.88. The budget  for the general fund, which occupied the greatest portion of the group’s time Tuesday night, resulted in the proposed expenditure of $283,156 for 1965, an increase of $25,517 over the 1964 budget figure. The assessed valuation upon which the 1965 tax rate will be based is $737,210 higher than last year, totalling $14,944,870. This brings the proposed rate for the general fund to $1.63 per $100 of assessed valuation, an increase of 13 cents over the 1964 figure of $1.50.

July 30
At a reorganization meeting of the Dubois County Young Republican Club held Tuesday evening in the American Legion Home in Jasper, John Bohnert of Jasper was elected president to succeed Al Reinsch, who had resigned. Other officers elected are Judy Olinger of Huntingburg, vice-president; Lee Hupp of Jasper, secretary; William Hoffman of Ireland, treasurer; Gilbert Verkamp of Huntingburg, membership chairman; Earl Metzger of Jasper, publicity chairman; and Don Borden  of Birdseye, activities chairman. John Bohnert, who has been serving as chairman of the county Young Republican Club, is a graduate of Jasper High School and Lockyear’s Business College. He was elected last week as a director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of St. Joseph Holy Name Society, the K. of C., and the Izaak Walton League. He is married to the former Ruth Wolf of Evansville. The couple have two sons, Tom and Mark, and a daughter, Christine.

July 31
Richard Eckerle of Jasper has been named Democratic campaign chairman in Dubois County for the coming election, it was announced by Gordon St. Angelo, Democratic county chairman. In his capacity as campaign chairman, Mr. Eckerle will co-ordinate all Democratic campaign efforts in the county during the next three months. He is currently serving his second term as county commissioner from the second district and holds the position of president of the board of commissioners. Mr. Eckerle is presently is serving as an officer in the Knights of Columbus. He is a parish counselor of St. Joseph Church. Married to the former Romilda Pfaff of Huntingburg, Mr. Eckerle is the father of two sons, Mark and Greg. He is a partner in the Eckerle Dairy Co. in Jasper.

 August 1
The Dodgers had to come from behind with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night to edge out the Cardinals , 4-3, in Jasper Little League action. Gary Corbin was the winning pitcher, allowing only three singles–two by Gary Buehler and one by Mike Birk. Corbin struck out 12 and walked two. Leon Boehm went the distance for the losers, allowing seven hits while fanning nine and issuing five free passes.   

25 Years Ago
July 24,1989
Steve Hoffman got the Jasper Reds out of a ninth-inning, bases loaded jam by striking out the only two  batters he faced, preserving Jasper’s 7-2 win over St. Wendel in the Southern Indiana Semipro League Tournament  championship game Sunday at Recreation Field. Now 22-8 on the year, the Reds will represent the league in the Stan Musial State Tourney this weekend at Marian College in Indianapolis.

July 25
Huntingburg City Councilman voted to give city employees a five percent raise , effective 1990, during a budget meeting Monday. Medical coverage for city employees will also increase by 30 percent next year, Mayor Connie Nass said. The city’s elected officials, who refused raises in 1989, would also get a five percent raise if the proposal is passed.

July 26
Some local county assessors can not guarantee homeowners will receive their property tax notices by the usual date because of computer problems and program changes. “Every county in the state is behind,” Dubois County Assessor Raymond Lueken says. He attributes most of the delays to computer problems resulting from the state’s changing the reassessment process from manual to computerized.

July 27
Consultants found that listening to formal public testimony took less time than handshakes and pleasantries exchanged before and after the second of three southern Indiana hearings Wednesday. Just five men spoke during a one-hour meeting at Jasper High School’s auditorium. “It can’t be this easy,” said Dennis Faulkenberg, chief of the division of planning and budgeting for the Indiana Department of Transportation, when no others walked to the microphone. Jasper mayor Jerome Alles spoke first Wednesday, summing up local feelings. “We are particularly pleased with the part of the study that suggests a 40-percent growth rate in the Dubois County area. We think that is where the state should concentrate its efforts first,” Alles said.

The numbers alone show that this is where the action is going to be. We’re going to try our best to promote that,” he said. The study concluded that a major north-south road should take a back seat to construction and improvements to road segments, including U. S. 231.

July 28
Trailing 12-2 after 3 1/2 innings Thursday night, the Jasper Ruxer Ford  team rallied for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to an 18-15 victory over Rockport in the opening game of the American Legion baseball sectional at Tell City. The three-hour, 45-minute marathon featured 31 hits, 29 walks, and four hit batters.

July 29
Darryl Huls has just completed course in residential real estate appraising from the National College of Appraising and also the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. Huls has been a licensed real estate agent since 1974. He is currently managing and is vice president of Dubois County Abstract and Title Insurance Company.

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