Looking Back: 7/5


This was a very early steam engine and threshing machine shown here rounding the public square in Jasper. (The old Courthouse was removed in 1908.) This is a picture of a Gar Scott engine manufactured at Richmond, Indiana. The engine was owned by Fidelis Jerger, an early thresher in an area east of Jasper. The machine being pulled was an early corn shredder. The large tank at the front of the smoke stack contained the water supply. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

• 65 Years Ago
July 4, 1949  
No Paper Independence Day

July 5
Dubois County Post 147, American Legion, is calling on contractors for bids for the construction of its new home on 13th and Newton  Streets in Jasper, according to plans and specifications on
file  in the office of post service officer, Harold Reker, 1220 Newton Street. The plans call for an addition, 8 by 100 feet, one story and full basement to be appended to the present Legion Home with a new front to make the completed building one uniform unit. The addition was necessary to accommodate the 1,056 members of the post. The bids must be in the possession of Mr. Reker on or before 10 A.M., Monday, July 18th. Post Commander-elect, C. U. Gramelspacher, declared that the work of construction will begin at the earliest possible moment after the bids have been received and studied. He hopes to complete the new building in time for Armistice Day. Mr. Gramelspacher will be installed, together with the other new officers, at the meeting Wednesday night.

The Ferdinand Cardinals’ 5-0 victory over previously- unbeaten Funkhouser of Evansville highlighted the holiday array of I-K League games Sunday and Monday. The Cards turned the trick, something I-K League teams failed to do eight times previously, on Sunday at Ferdinand with Othmar “Ots” Mehling providing a beautiful five-hit pitching performance to match his teammates’ nine-blow attack off Bud Stieler. The Cardinals lost to Rockport Monday to close out the holiday stint like Jasper and Huntingburg, with a win and a loss. The Reds got their win on Sunday, nicking Huntingburg at Municipal Park by an 11-7 count. Monday the Reds were the victims of a merciless 21-5 lacing at the hands of the Tell City Grays. Jasper made 13 errors in the game! Huntingburg, meanwhile, bounced back Monday with a 7-4 triumph over Boonville at Legion Park.

July 6
Declaring that the Indiana State Fair is the best in the country, Lieut. Gov. John A. Watkins in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Jasper yesterday urged all Indiana citizens to take an active interest in the annual event, especially all who are directly or indirectly connected with agriculture. This, he said, includes every businessman, because his success and that of the farmers of
his community are closely allied. He also called attention to the entertainment features of the fair which help to make State Fair Week, a most pleasant as well as profitable occasion. The
Lieutenant Governor lauded the progressive spirit of this community saying that in his estimation it ranked along with Berne as the most industrious, thrifty and co-operative community in the state. He referred to the achievement  of the Jasper High School basketball team in winning the state championship, as being characteristic of the “do or die” spirit of the community.

Judge Eldo Wood of the 57th Judiciary Circuit court today appointed Leo J. Stemle, Jasper attorney and state senator, as judge pro-tem of the court after his doctor ordered the judge confined to bed for six weeks. Judge Wood suffered a heart attack last night at his home in Huntingburg and will be unable to preside on the bench during the remainder of the vacation term. He named Mr. Stemle to serve until he has sufficiently recovered to resume his duties.

July 7
Mr. Ben Seng of Dubois has been appointed a county committeeman for Farmers Home Administration work in Dubois County, Herman R. Behr, County Supervisor, announced today. Mr. Seng replaces Bruno Ragle of Ireland whose term expired June 30. Mr. Seng will serve with John Betz of Schnellville, and Amos Bartelt of Huntingburg in assisting Mr. Behr in determining eligibility for applicants for loans and in determining values of farms on which loans may be made.

July 8
Robert Fell, coach at Oolitic High School for the past two years, was named head football and basketball coach of Huntingburg High School last night by the Huntingburg board of education.

He will succeed Jim Beers who resigned effective at the end of the current school term  after serving in Huntingburg two years. The new Hunter grid and cage mentor is a graduate of Muncie Central High School. In 1947, he received a A. B. degree from Franklin College. Coach Fell is 30 years old, is married and has three children.

The Rustic Tavern baseball team was blasted 19-7 last night by the home-standing Morganfield , Kentucky squad. Chick Alles was the strong-man at the plate for the Rustics, getting four hits, including a pair of doubles.

July 9
The Rev. William Homeister will be installed as pastor of the Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church on 8th Street during the regular hour of worship on Sunday. The speaker for the morning service and the pastor in charge of the installation ceremony will be Rev. Hilbert H. Peters, pastor of the First Evangelical and Reformed Church, in Tell City. Rev. Homeister was born and reared in Wyandotte, Michigan. He received his A. B. degree from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, and his B. D. degree from Eden Theological Seminary of Webster Groves, Missouri.

He comes to this community from Venedy, Illinois, where he completed his first pastorate last month. He and Mrs. Homeister are living at 805 Clay Street, Jasper.

• 50 Years Ago
July 6, 1964
A freak windstorm that had the aspects of a small twister struck in the northeast sector of Huntingburg during the noon hour last Friday. The damage was confined to a five-block radius. The
greatest damage was recorded at the Huntingburg Greenhouse, Inc., where a metal smokestack was blown down and crashed through one of the greenhouses. According to Manager Lee Henderson, damage will probably total several thousand dollars.

Three young Jasper boys and a Jasper priest left Sunday afternoon on an approximately 480-mile trip to Detroit, Michigan, using bicycles as their mode of transportation. The four, Mark Hedinger, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hedinger, Tim Schroering, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Schroering, Joe Resenbeck, 11, son of Mrs. Betty Resenbeck, and Father Albertus Lutterbach of St. Joseph Parish are planning averaging 80 miles a day and reaching Detroit by Friday. The trip is planned on secondary roads. Sunday night they reached Williams, Indiana, and were going to spend the night at Greenwood on Monday. They will be spending some nights with friends and others in their sleeping bags. They took along the bare minimum of supplies, including two sets of clothing. After they reach Detroit, they will stay with the Maryknoll Fathers and will get to take in a few baseball games. They are expected to return on Saturday, July 18.

July 7
At its regular meeting, the newly-elected officers of the Jasper Civitan Club were installed. Bernard Kalena, the new president, succeeds Arnold Eckerle to this office. Other officers installed are Lee Hupp, president-elect; Dennis Kunkler, vice-president; Dave Schmitt, secretary; and James Deaton, treasurer.

Huntingburg’s Junior American Legion baseball team romped to a 20-3 win over Ferdinand last night in a game played at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Dick Burns pitched two-hit ball for Huntingburg as he struck out six and walked two. John Wellemeyer slugged a two-run homer in the first inning that landed over in the basketball courts past right field. He also had a double and a single.

July 8
Harlen McGrew of Carlisle, Ind., has been employed as band director of the Huntingburg Schools to replace Richard Kemper who had resigned and accepted a position at Kansas State
College. Mr. McGrew has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State College. He graduated from the Flora, Illinois High School. He was band director at Mt. Auburn, Illinois, Community Schools before coming to Carlisle four years ago.

July 9
Three Dubois County girls rated honors at this year’s session of Girls State held at Bloomington. Sarah Eckstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Eckstein of Jasper, was one of the girls selected as the outstanding citizen of their respective mythical cities. Sarah was a resident of Grigsby.  Cheryl Bair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bair of Dubois, was elected a county surveyor, and Linda Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Armstrong of Ireland, was elected a county councilman.

Maurice Kuper, former vice-president and manager of the Cabinet division, has been promoted to the position of vice-president and chief executive officer of The Jasper Corporation. Kuper, 39, is married to the former Delores Reising of Jasper. The couple have six children. Herman DeKemper, 42, former assistant manager , has been promoted to the position of general manager of The Jasper Corporation Cabinet Division. Married to the former Mary Mehringer, he is the father of five children.

July 10
According to the Indiana Municipal League, Huntingburg and Jasper have the second- and third- lowest total city tax rates among Indiana cities. This is for taxes established in 1963 for payment in 1964. The lowest rate is that of Madison, $3.48. Huntingburg’s rate of $4.92 is next lowest, while Jasper, with a total rate of $5.04, is third lowest.

July 11
An appeal was recently made by the Jasper High School Music Department for contributions in order that  Bands of the Jasper School system could be enlarged. More instruments were needed in the grade schools. As a result of such appeal, members of the Jasper Manufacturer’s Association have contributed cash in excess of $1,300.00 to the fund for the purchase of new band instruments.

• 25 Years Ago
July 3, 1989
The Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools will rent Fifth Street School from the Greater Jasper Elementary School Building Corporation for an annual fee of $804,000, the school board learned this morning. Annual rent on the 20.5-year lease originally was estimated at more than $1 million. The building corporation sold $8.6 million in bonds last week to finance buying and renovating
the school. The school district will transfer the school to the building corporation July 10.

July 5
An open house to display a new, revolutionary kind of medical tool is set for Thursday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Huntingburg. A semi carries the Magnetic Resonance Imaging system from hospital to hospital. It visits St. Joseph’s every Wednesday and Memorial Hospital  in Jasper every Monday. The system will be on display tomorrow from 11 to 2 at the Huntingburg hospital’s northwest parking lot.

July 6
A Celestine man attending the University of Southern Indiana has been appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh to a two-year term on the university’s board of  trustees. Brad A. Schepers, a junior, began his term Saturday as the only student member of the board. Schepers, son of Herb and Shirley Schepers, is seeking a B. S. degree in mechanical engineering technology. He is a 1986 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School.

Kelly Kieffner of Huntingburg won the boys 16-and-under singles title in the Loogootee Junior Open Tennis Tournament over the Fourth of July weekend. Kieffner, who will be a junior at
Southridge High School this fall, defeated Brett Bloebaum of Vincennes, 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.

Unemployment in Dubois County was unchanged in May. The local jobless rate stayed at 2.8 percent, the same as it was in April, with that rate maintaining its berth as the 10th-best among Hoosier counties. In May, Dubois and LaGrange counties shared that rank. Though the workforce increased, so did the number of people employed, according to Richard Zerkle, Jasper office manager for the Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services.

July 7
Jasper’s Economic Development Commission recommended Friday that the city approve $2 million in tax-free bonds for the Indiana Cabinet Company. The low-interest loan would finance a 45,000 square-foot expansion of the company’s plant in Dubois, according to Gary Egler, general manager of Indiana Cabinet and its parent company, Indiana Desk.

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