Looking Back: 7/27July 26, 2013
”¢65 Years Ago
July 26, 1948
Richard Huther of Jasper was elected state sergeant-at-arms of the War Dads at the state convention in Evansville over the weekend. The election took place Sunday afternoon. Frank Beumer of Holland was elected state chaplain. The Huntingburg chapter won the attendance prize, with approximately 30 percent of its members in attendance at the convention.
Rev. Mother Seraphine Kordes, mother general of the Benedictine Sisters of Ferdinand, celebrated her diamond jubilee Monday at the convent in Ferdinand.
Considerable damage was caused throughout the county by a severe wind and hail storm around 1 o’clock this morning. At Huntingburg tree limbs and other debris littered the streets this morning. In the vicinity of Kyana and St. Marks, which seemed to be the area hardest hit by the storm, considerable damage was done to corn crops by hail.
A local group of children called the Ki-Yo-Tee Kids sponsored a carnival Monday and Tuesday to raise money for the local hospital. The carnival was held on Dr. G.E. Held’s lawn. Local merchants and wholesale firms donated much of the food and drinks and many of the prizes. Entertainment included a game of ring toss, a fish pond and pony rides.
More than $5,000 was added to the hospital fund today. Donations received included those from four veteran and affiliated groups with $1,200; a businessman and a city official with $500 and $250, respectively; another gift of $635 from wholesalers; the balance from the treasury of a former musical organization; and a group of friends from all parts of the county with donations ranging from $5 to $100. Thursday’s total reduced the amount needed for the $500,000 quota to $112,965.88.
Four youths were fined in Justice of the Peace Philip Kunkel’s court this morning for shooting firecrackers and other explosives within the city limits. Chief of Police Rex Critchlow declared that while city police “weren’t too tough” on celebrators who shot a few fireworks over the Fourth, from now on, anyone caught in possession of fireworks within the city limits of Jasper will be prosecuted.
Further negotiations were conducted this week with officials of Jasper Office Furniture Co. and the bargaining committee of Local 331, Upholsterers International Union, but nothing developed at the meeting to hold out any hope for an early settlement of the strike that began April 26. The company claims that the union’s demands are still far in excess of what the company can meet and still stay in business. The company, in a letter sent to the striking employees, said the plant will be open for operation Monday morning at the usual starting time, and all employees are urged to return to work at that time.
”¢50 Years Ago
July 29, 1963
Jasper Mayor Edwin B. Knies was among the city and state officials who visited Friday and Saturday with Indiana’s National Guard division, which is in field training at Camp Grayling, Mich. According to Knies, the Jasper units were praised highly by Brig. Gen. Howard Wilcox, commanding general of the 38th Division, and Brig. Gen. Ivan Pogue, assistant division commander. The mayor spent Friday night with one of the local units and Saturday witnessed the traditional review of the division by Gov. Matthew Welsh.
At the regular meeting Monday night of Jasper Knights of Columbus Council 1584, the members discussed the plans for renovating the Knights of Columbus Home on North Main Street near Ninth Street and building an addition on the north side. The K. of C. Home has a 50-foot front on Main and extends west for 100 feet. The addition, which will have a 22-foot front on Main, will be erected in the space between the present home and the old Berger grocery store building on the southwest corner of Ninth and Main, which the K. of C. also owns. The new building will adjoin the original building.
The Jasper High School Band has been entered in competition in the Indiana State Fair High School Band Contest by its director, Raymond Cox. The Jasper band will march before the state fair grandstand at Indianapolis in a parade beginning at 8 a.m. on High School Band Day, Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Chuck Scales, president of Dubois County Aviation Inc. at Huntingburg, has announced that the Federal Aviation Agency has approved his request to conduct flight instructions under the Approved School methods. This means student pilots can obtain their pilot certificates in the minimum amount of time specified by the federal government. An applicant for a private pilot certificate, under the Approved School certification, can obtain his license with as little as 35 hours of flight time. An applicant for a commercial pilot certificate requires only 160 hours of flight time.
Ever since Jasper decided more than a dozen years ago to eliminate garbage cans and garbage collections by installing food waste disposers in kitchen sinks on a citywide basis, officials of other communities throughout the country have been asking Jasper for vital statistics. Inquiries include what percent of the homes have the gadgets, what effect they have on the sewage system and if the fly population is down appreciably. To put Jasper officials in a better position to answer the inquiries that continue to come in, a quick canvass was made in the spring by the meter readers to determine what percentage of Jasper homes have disposers. It was found, however, that the results of the first hasty canvass were not sufficiently complete to supply all the answers, so city officials have decided to have the meter readers canvass the residents again, recording the desired information on cards. The second canvass is to be completed during August.
The Indiana State Highway Commission has allocated $3,533,736 in matching federal aid to Indiana’s 92 counties for fiscal year 1965. Each county may use its allocation of federal money for 50 percent of the cost of construction on federal aid secondary routes, commonly designated as farm-to-market roads. The final appropriation of Federal Aid Secondary Funds for Dubois County for the fiscal year 1965 will be $40,500.
The Dubois County Courthouse is being given a face-lift. County commissioners awarded the contract for painting the clock tower, cornices and porch ceilings to Tony Striegel. Regular white metal paint was used on the tower, which will glow like a lighthouse when the floodlights start shining on it. The county commissioners have contracted with the City of Jasper to put up the floodlights.
Mike S. Schmidt, president of Farm Equipment Store Inc., the Oliver dealer at Jasper, was elected a charter member of Oliver Corp.’s 100-a-Month Club at the Midwest dealer business management conference at Danville, Ill., last week. The award recognizes the local dealer’s outstanding performance in averaging at least 100 outside sales calls per month.
”¢25 Years Ago
July 25, 1988
Terry Brahm, a St. Meinrad native and 1981 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, has made the 1988 U.S. Olympic track and field team. Brahm earned his bid to the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, by placing second in the men’s 5,000-meter race Saturday at the Indiana University Track and Field Stadium.
Kerry Klem, 19, of R. 2, Velpen, was chosen the 1988 Dubois County 4-H Fair queen.
The nearly tripled Dubois County income taxes that went info effect in July will mean an average 187 percent increase in the income-tax dollars flowing into the coffers of city, town, county and smaller governmental units. Already, beneficiaries such as the county are looking forward to the increased income tax to help improve its slow computer system and pay for its planned county jail. The economic development income tax, called EDIT, was adopted by the county, cities and towns in March and the county options income tax, called COIT, increased automatically this month. Together, the two taxes take 0.8 percent from the income of county workers.
The 4-H delegates to Citizenship-Washington Focus with U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton were Matt Brames, Jeff Eck, Ann Lueken, Cindy Mehringer and Tina Hopf. The trip was sponsored by the Dubois County 4-H Council. The delegates to Citizenship-Washington Focus were selected to attend the focus group meetings based on their 4-H achievements, leadership and desire to learn more.
An early morning blaze destroyed the Englert’s Home Comfort Center warehouse and showroom just south of State Road 64 two miles east of St. Anthony.
An exhibit of artwork by Curtis R. Uebelhor and Mark W. Timmis will be on display at the Krempp Gallery in Jasper Civic Auditorium from next Tuesday through Aug. 29. Uebelhor, a Ferdinand native, is assistant director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. Timmis is assistant professor of art at the University of Evansville.
Royal Crown Cola Co. wanted to find a small city that exudes “all America” and “apple pie.” That’s why it chose Jasper, says Mike Prindiville, RC’s corporate sales and merchandising manager. RC wants to photograph people in Jasper drinking RC Cola during the Strassenfest for a national advertisement campaign, he says.
Huntingburg’s Aristokraft Plant 5 has announced plans to make more room and jobs. The kitchen and bath cabinet business headquartered in Jasper will start work this summer to add 52,000 square feet to its 90,000-square-foot plant at 11th and Geiger streets. According to Gilbert D. Verkamp, company president, Aristokraft expects the expansion will lead to approximately 30 additional jobs at the plant, which employs 99 people now.
The Ferdinand Town Board agreed Tuesday to rezone as industrial the 50 acres of Aristokraft property now zoned agricultural. Aristokraft is considering an addition of 77,000 square feet to the north side of its Ferdinand assembly plant, which currently is 80,000 square feet.
Ed Ewing, represented at Tuesday’s Ferdinand Town Board meeting by his attorney, Dave Fritch, and by Randy Begle, a project engineer, is developing a hotel complex near the I-64 overpass. Begle said the hotel will be a 60-room Comfort Inn, with space for a 60-room expansion. Plans for the complex also include, separate from the hotel building, two fast-food restaurants, a family restaurant and bar and a self-service gasoline station.
Driving by the Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, you may notice and hear something quite unusual within the next 24 hours. It’s called a Glockenspiel. There are only about two dozen in the United States, but it is a common feature built into clock towers of restaurants in Germany. For Pete Bolton and Cecil Partin, from I.T. Virdon Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, this is the fifth Glockenspiel that they have created together. The Schnitzelbank Glockenspiel will function to the theme of “The Schnitzelbank Song.” As the chimes and bells play, a Schnickelfritz, or mischievous German lad, will come out, toasting with a mug of beer. Restaurant owner Larry Hanselman, who saw his first Glockenspiel on the square in Munich, Germany, has 160 different tapes that can be played as the Glockenspiel operates. He plans to operate it at lunchtime and dinnertime.
Rivals winter and spring for two years and more, three local athletes will become roommates as well as teammates in about three weeks. Brett Wininger of Jasper, Andy Stout of Southridge and Dennis Rasche of Northeast Dubois will continue their baseball careers at Olney (Ill.) Community Junior College beginning this fall. All three players were starters on their respective schools’ basketball and baseball teams for the last two years.
Wilmes Window Manufacturing Co. has come a long way since Ernie Wilmes started it as a one-man operation 40 years ago. The Ferdinand-based company has 63 employees and five locations. In early May of this year the Wilmes company manufactured its 50,000th all-vinyl replacement window. Ed Wilmes, Ernie’s son, is now president of the company.
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