Looking Back: 7/6

One of the oldest known photos of the City of Jasper, this was taken at Civil War time from the roof of the second courthouse. The view is to the southwest. In the foreground is the Jasper Marble Works monument shop, operated by John R. Chrisman; to the west of it is a brewery and malt house operated by the Eckert family. Proceeding south from the southwest corner of Fifth and Main streets is the Xavior “Ned” Eckert residence with its barns and sheds to the rear; the Hilbert Fritch building; the Krause barn and livery stable; and farther south, a bone mill and fertilizer warehouse. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

65 Years Ago
July 5, 1948

Fourth of July observed; no newspaper

July 6
During radio station WITZ’s inaugural broadcast Sunday morning, station manager Dale Phares introduced the listening audience to the staff. Phares has had 12 years of experience before the microphone; his most recent role was to manage WTTS radio station in Bloomington. Robert Brust sells radio time and is the station’s commercial manager. He has more than 12 years in the radio business. The chief announcer/DJ is a lad from Terre Haute, Carl Holler. You’ll hear him on his record show in the afternoon. Appropriately, it’s called “Whoopin’ Holler with Holler.” Holler has been announcing for WTHI in Terre Haute. Jim Moseby of Tell City and Bill Richardson of Louisville are the engineers. Both are graduates of radio schools and have their first class radio licenses. Ruth Rohleder, a 1948 Huntingburg High School graduate, is the secretary/traffic manager/announcer. Carl and Ruth will be the “Mr. and Mrs.” team on the WITZ show “For Ladies Only.” The station’s program director and continuity writer is Russ Bufkins. He has written scripts for the Indiana University Radio Workshop and the Indiana School of the Sky and has written newscasts for WSUA and WTOM in Bloomington as a part of his work in radio journalism.

July 7
Residents of Huntingburg will stage a good-will parade at English, in Crawford County, Friday evening. Among the organizations from Huntingburg that will take part in the parade are the Huntingburg High School Band, the color guard of American Legion Post 221 and the Legion chorus. It is also likely that several floats will be sent to English by Huntingburg merchants and civic organizations. The program is being sponsored by the Hartford Club of English, whose president is Garnett Prior, formerly of Huntingburg and manager of the Huntingburg Furniture Co.’s plant at English.

Herbert A. Lueken, operator of a general merchandise store at Schnellville for the past 28 years, has sold the store to Robert Elmer of Adyeville. When the Rural Electric Association came to Dubois County, Mr. Lueken started doing electrical wiring and plumbing and included a large stock of electrical supplies, appliances and plumbing fixtures in his store. Mr. Lueken sold the plumbing supplies to Claude Gehlhausen of Siberia, who is opening a plumbing shop in Huntingburg. The electrical supplies and fixtures of the Schnellville store, together with dry goods and hardware, will be offered to the public at a closing-out sale that begins Saturday and ends July 24.

July 8
A committee composed of officials of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association went to Indianapolis on Wednesday at the request of the state board of health to make final arrangements for the allocation of federal funds for the local hospital.

Three representatives of the Little Company of Mary who have contracted with the officials of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association to operate the hospital in Jasper arrived in town Tuesday to make a survey of the territory and to visit other hospitals of similar capacity in southern Indiana.

July 9
The following members of Dubois County Post 147, American Legion have been named delegates to represent the local post at the state Legion convention in Indianapolis from Aug. 14 to 17:  Othmar Bockelman, Linus Bohnert, Arlo Breidenbaugh Jr., James Brendle, Karl Himsel, Harold Reker, Albert Rumbach, Albert Russell, Edwin J. Seng and John Wuchner.

July 10
More than 100 volunteer workers representing all civic organizations in the city of Jasper met in the courtroom Friday night to receive final instructions and supplies for the final drive for funds for the Dubois County Memorial Hospital. The drive will be by house-to-house solicitation in Jasper beginning today. Subscription blanks are being mailed to citizens living on the rural routes and in the other towns and villages of the county.

50 Years Ago
July 8, 1963

A feed mill operated at Cuzco by Stanley Voelkel of Dubois was totally destroyed, along with the machinery, grain and other contents, early Saturday. The fire broke out shortly after midnight. Insurance appraisers today began to inspect the ruins, which are still smouldering. Mr. Voelkel bought the mill several months ago from Noble Flick of Cuzco.

District 18 of the Indiana State Nurses Association met in the Polynesian Room at Gerbo’s in Jasper on June 27. Among those presenting a panel discussion on The Report of the Study Committee on the Functions of the American Nurses Association were Marie Bateman, Eleanor Lawyer, Joan Quante, Mary Jane Thyen and Viola Weaver.

In addition to the 42 international stars who appear in “The Longest Day,” on the movie’s opening night at the Family Drive-In Theatre on Wednesday, a number of local veterans of the Normandy Invasion will appear as guests of honor, according to the management of the outdoor theater. Local veterans and their families will be introduced to the theater audience at 8:15 Wednesday evening prior to showtime, when they will be given an opportunity to comment on their participation in the invasion that changed the course of history during the World War II.

July 9
U. S. Sen. Birch E. Bayh, who will be in Indiana this weekend for a brief whirlwind speaking tour, will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday at the 10th annual meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at the American Legion Home.

Chuck Scales, president of Dubois County Aviation at Huntingburg Airport, has announced the addition of William F. Hines as a member of the staff. Hines is the new director of flight operations.
Joe Kendall, a 1963 graduate of Huntingburg High School, on Monday was awarded the Huntingburg Jaycees initial $150 scholarship. The civic club instituted the scholarship this year and the award will be given annually to an outstanding senior boy of HHS.

July 10
Charles M. Renneisen, a native of Jasper, has been named dean of men at Saint Louis University. Announcement of the appointment was made by the Very Rev. Paul C. Reinert, S.J., president of the university.

“The Pee Wee King Show,” featuring the Collins Sisters, will be one of the features of the 77th annual Dubois County Fair at Municipal Park in Huntingburg next week.

Santa Claus Land is adding 200 campsites this year along with a modern building that houses a laundry, showers, flush toilets, hot and cold running water and other comforts, along with a children’s playground and ice. Eighty campsites are available now, with the balance to be completed in the next few weeks. The new camp facilities are among the most modern in the tri-state area.

July 11
When “The Longest Day,” a graphically realistic moving picture based on the events of the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy, started its week long engagement at the Family Drive-In Theatre along the highway south of Jasper on Wednesday night, 11 men from the Dubois County area who took part in the invasion were included in the audience. They were special guests of the management, as were their wives and children. Before the screening of the film began, Ray Schmitt, manager of the outdoor theater, interviewed them individually and the interviews were carried over the theater’s public-address system. The veterans who participated were Carl Abell, Robert Bufkin, Hilbert Blackgrave, Sylvester Gries, Charles E. Jones, Louis Kuczynski, John Lasher, Ernest Loveall, Howard A Martin, Ralph J. Merkley and Russell Schriever.

For the first time the Dubois County Fair is sponsoring a photograph contest, open to all amateur photographers, regardless of age. Awards will be given for the three best photographs. All photos must be taken at the fairgrounds during the fair. The fair board wishes to use these photographs in future promotions.

July 12
At the meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce held Thursday night at the American Legion, President Ed Rumbach encouraged continued efforts to promote tourism in this area and said that a proposed 8,000-acre lake in the Patoka Valley watershed would prove economically profitable for Jasper. Guest speaker U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh promised to do everything he can to promote the Patoka Valley watershed project. The chamber presented Bayh with the gift of a desk chair.

July 13
The Patoka River above the dam at Jasper recorded its fastest rise in history Friday evening as a result of a break in the lake dam on the nearby Alvin C. Ruxer farm. The water in the Patoka rose 6 feet in a short time. The break in the dam is about 40 feet deep, and 25 to 30 feet across at the bottom, while the break at the top of the dam is almost 200 feet wide. The force of the released water was so great as it rushed toward the nearby Patoka that it uprooted two trees measuring about a foot in diameter and dumped them into the river. While the river rose rapidly, the water passed over the dam during the night and by this morning the level was only about 6 inches above normal.

25 Years Ago
July 5

The Jasper Community Arts Commission is introducing its 1988-89 season of the Performers Series. The events are Marvin Hamlisch: An Evening of Music & Laughter, Saturday, Oct. 22; The Louisville Bach Society’s production of Handel’s “Messiah,” Wednesday, Dec. 14; “A Night in Vienna,” performed by the Mantovani Orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 18; Ed Metzger as “Albert Einstein: the Practical Bohemian,” Saturday, March 18; and The Louisville Ballet, Saturday April 22. All performances will start at 8 p.m. EST.

July 6
Because of existing drought conditions in the area, strict water conservation measures were put in place Tuesday by the Huntingburg Common Council. The ordinance passed Tuesday evening takes effect immediately after a mailing is sent to city utility customers. Restrictions include limits that are being put on the allowed amount of water that can be used in watering vegetation and lawns; washing vehicles; cleaning outdoor surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, etc.; and filling or adding water to swimming pools.

For about $160,000, Dubois County can buy the Jasper landfill and take over its operation, according to a proposal made Tuesday. The preliminary proposal was made so county officials have a cost estimate to help them decide whether they want to take over the landfill, Jasper Councilman Vic Knies said this morning. That cost is close to the value of the land-moving and compacting equipment at the landfill, Knies said. The city would not profit from the sale.

July 7
An organizational meeting Wednesday in the county civil defense office in downtown Jasper went a long way in shaping plans for structuring the new 911 plan. An almost complete administrative board decided that it will set policy guidelines governing the dispatching center that will be housed in the new county jail. This nine-member administrative board comprises one representative each from the county commissioners, the county council, the sheriff’s department, the cities and towns taking part in 911 — Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand, Holland and Birdseye — and, for a tie-breaking vote, a member at-large nominated by rural fire chiefs along with county civil defense and emergency medical technicians. Final selection will be made by the county commissioners at their Aug. 1 meeting.

July 8
Dubois County Bank will present drought and other information to farmers in the area, via live satellite, each Friday starting today through Aug. 19. The one-hour programs will be seen live at 1:30 p.m. at Vincennes University Jasper Center. The weekly televised briefings, presented by Purdue agricultural specialists, will include information on drought conditions, crop utilization, market changes, government assistance and livestock feed alternatives.

July 9
The Jasper Reds thumped the visiting Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center 16-3 Friday night in semipro baseball action. Darren Lynam and P.J. Wessel each slapped seventh-inning home runs in helping make a winner of Steve Hautsch, 5-2.

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