Looking Back: 8/10

Leo F. Spayd acquired the property on the southwest corner of the Square and Main Street in Jasper in November 1892, and the following year he constructed the two-story brick building shown here. Andrew Hochgesang was the general contractor and brick mason who had charge of the construction. The masons and carpenters are on the roof, with Hochgesang at the front corner holding the long level. The mud mixer, the hod carrier and the two brick carriers with their carrying yokes are on the ground. The building was first used by Spayd as a shoe store and later as a rental property. Tenants through the years have included the Jasper Post Office and Flick’s Drug Store. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1948
The management of the new Indiana Chair Co. announced this morning that it is granting another voluntary wage increase to its employees, effective today. The increase will put about 20,000 extra dollars a year into the pockets of the employees, it was announced. This is the second time the company has raised wages voluntarily in less than two months. The company has been operating without a union contract since March 3, when its contract with Local 331, United Furniture Workers of America, CIO, expired.

Four more Jasper girls have volunteered to help relieve the serious shortage of nurses that exists throughout America. They entered the School of Nursing at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis, Sunday. The four girls are Flora Beckman, who joins two of her sisters at the school, Dorothy and Judith Ann; Marilyn Dudine, who joins her sister, Agnes; Betty Fierst; and Sue Ann Weber. An eighth Jasper girl in training at St. Vincent’s is Pat Sturm.

Aug. 10
Jasper Office Furniture Co. is being cleaned up today in preparation for a resumption of operations Wednesday. At a Monday night meeting of Local 331, Upholsterers International Union, AFL, the members approved the contract negotiated by the union committee and company officials Sunday afternoon. The workers will return to their jobs at 7 o’clock Wednesday morning after having been on strike since April 26.

The underwriting of 50 percent of the balance needed for the Memorial Hospital fund by three local organizations was announced Monday and this morning. The guaranteeing organizations are St. Joseph’s congregation, $20,000; Knights of Columbus Jasper Council, $10,000; and Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle, $2,500.

The 34th summer session of St. Benedict’s Normal College at Ferdinand has just come to a close. St. Benedict’s was opened in 1914 as a two-year normal college for the training of teachers for the elementary schools. Later, a third-year accreditment was obtained. Recently, the Indiana State Department of Public Instruction granted a charter for the four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education.

Aug. 11
There were six days in June when the Jasper water plant pumped an average of more than 1 million gallons, according to A.L. Bishop, superintendent of the city-owned light and water plants. During the first seven months of 1948, the city pumped 155,317,600 gallons, compared with 163,459,100 for all of 1944. The record shows that water consumption has gone steadily upward in recent years.

At a meeting of the planning committee of the Dubois County Soil Conservation District held in Jasper on Tuesday afternoon, plans were discussed for the annual field day that is to be staged this year on the Albert Rudolph farm near Petersburg. The date set is Tuesday of next week.

Marion Hasenour of St. Anthony has been named Dubois County Farm Bureau Queen for 1948 in the annual queen contest sponsored by the social and educational department of the Indiana Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Farm Bureau Insurance companies. Miss Hasenour won the honor by receiving the greatest number of votes solicited from Farm Bureau members in the county.

Aug. 12
The annual county picnic for farmers and their city cousins will be held at Huntingburg Municipal Park next Thursday. Gus A. Ahrens, president of Dubois County Farm Bureau, will be master of ceremonies. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Realizing the ever-increasing need for a community chest in the community, members of Dubois County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673 voted at their regular meeting Wednesday night to sponsor a drive for the establishment of a community chest fund in Jasper. In recent years the number of drives and solicitations has increased. The purpose of a community chest fund is to relieve the individual citizen, retail merchant, businessman and manufacturer of their numerous contributions throughout the year by allowing them to make only one contribution per year to a community chest fund. All contributions and donations will then be handled by the management of the fund. The post commander will name a community chest committee, and details of the organization will be announced in the near future.

Aug. 13
What promises to be the greatest motorcade in the history of southern Indiana will start Saturday in Orange County, pass through Dubois County and end at Saint Meinrad Abbey in Spencer County. The motorcade will bring from West Baden to St. Meinrad a replica of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is enshrined at Fatima, Portugal. The statue will be enthroned on a special altar at the abbey and an estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend services in honor of Our Lady of Fatima at Saint Meinrad Abbey during the coming week. The motorcade will reach Jasper at approximately 2:20 Saturday afternoon and Huntingburg at around 2:35.

Aug. 14
It has been arranged that Father Edward J. Flanagan’s famed Boys Town Choir will appear in concert at the high school gymnasium in Jasper on Sunday, Nov. 14, under the auspices of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper. The choir will perform the concert as part of a nine-week concert tour through eight Midwestern states.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Aug. 12, 1963
Word has been received here that Rev. Cletus Schroering, M.M., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schroering of R. 4, Jasper, has been named first secretary to the Vatican Embassy in Tokyo. Father Schroering, a Maryknoll missionary, returned to Japan early in March after spending six months at home. Since his ordination in 1948, he has spent all of his time in the missions in Japan with the exception of the recent six-month leave and a previous year’s leave. Fr. Schroering will begin his duties as first secretary at the embassy in early September.

Aug. 13
The Ohio River cruise being sponsored Thursday evening by the Dubois County Democratic Central Committee is a complete sellout, it was announced today by Edwin Pieper, general chairman. The capacity of The Chaperon, the popular riverboat that has been chartered for the event, is 600 passengers. The cruise will depart at 7 p.m. from the Tell City dock, following a barbecue chicken dinner at the 4-H Building in Tell City.

Dubois County farmers were reminded today that a grassland tour and a study of pasture management will be held Wednesday, beginning at 1 p.m., on the farm of Jim Greenwell near Ferdinand. The tour is being sponsored by the Dubois County Soil Conservation supervisors.

Aug. 14
The Jefferson Township School at Birdseye will begin classes a week later than the other schools in the county school system, it has been announced by Jefferson Township Trustee Ralph Atkins of Birdseye. Atkins explained that this is necessary because of the large number of Crawford County pupils who attend the Birdseye schools under the transfer system. He said that since the Crawford County schools open a week later than those in Dubois County, Crawford would have to engage the services of four extra school buses and drivers for one week if the Birdseye schools opened a week earlier. Classes will start Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Jefferson Township.

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are all but over for the football candidates of Jasper and Huntingburg high schools. Grid prospects at the two Dubois County high schools will report to their coaches for their first official practice Thursday to begin two weeks of strenuous practice to prepare for their football opener. Huntingburg coach Bud George and Jasper coach Jerry Brewer will square off at Alumni Stadium in Jasper on Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m.

Aug. 15
At the annual stockholders’ meeting of Jasper Rubber Products Inc. held Wednesday night in the offices of the firm, all directors were re-elected. At a directors meeting that followed, the following directors also were re-elected as officers: Albert M. Place, chairman of the board; Wayne Place, president; Henry Luedtke, vice president; Oscar Lampert, treasurer; and William Giesler, secretary. The directors also re-elected Mrs. Dennis Kunkler as assistant secretary and Mrs. Wes Settle as assistant treasurer.

Aug. 16
The Jasper Jaycees will sponsor a circus Saturday, Aug. 31, in Jasper. The circus will present matinee and evening performances and feature a parade in the Jasper central business district on Saturday before the matinee. Bill Angerer, project chairman, announced that 3,500 seats will be available for each performance.

Aug. 17
Shortly before noon today the 54 Girl Scouts from St. Joseph Parish returned to Jasper after a week of camping at Lincoln National Park.

Jerome Moeller, project chairman, today announced preliminary plans for the children’s Labor Day Box Parade, to be sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees. The parade will be held Sunday, Sept. 1.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Aug. 8, 1988
Summer unemployment remained at a low 3.3 percent in Dubois County, maintaining the low rate brought by warm weather in May. The June rate of 3.3 percent, which matched the May rate, was released by the state Friday. A 4 percent rate is considered full employment.

Citizen support for a buyout of St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to grow. Bill Lett, a Huntingburg attorney acting as a spokesman for the group trying to purchase the hospital, said this morning that, ideally, meetings with both religious orders involved can take place later this month. The group, which  has 107 members, objects to a proposed transfer of the hospital from the Sisters of St. Benedict to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, owners of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Aug. 9
The Huntingburg Common Council will hear recommendations soon regarding changes in rules governing land use around the city lake. On Monday, the Huntingburg Planning Commission decided what those changes likely would be. An association of farmers, landowners and prospective developers living in the affected conservation district will have time to express their opinions at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

Aug. 10
Dubois County has hired Dallas-based Blythe-Nelson, a consulting firm, to help organize and select equipment for a 911 system. The City of Jasper remains uncertain whether it wants its 911 emergency calls answered at a countywide dispatching center.

The Northeast Dubois School Board voted Tuesday to use $14,520 worth of state “at-risk” money to hire another part-time guidance counselor. The three guidance counselors who will bring the program to students are Marti Mauntel at the elementary school, Charlotte Seger at the middle school and Bob Meredith at the high school. Middle school Principal Keith Wortinger is heading the program, which is engaged in the war to stop kids from dropping out of school.

Aug. 11
There will be a grand opening at the Dubois County School of Gymnastics from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The school is at 19 S. Clay St. in Jasper and is operated by Audry Bruner and Yvette Ravellette.

Aug. 12
Matthew Reinhart, a 10-year-old from Jasper, placed 14th in the nation in the shotput competition at the National Junior Olympic Games held on the campus of Wichita (Kan.) State University this past weekend. Reinhart threw a personal best of 21 feet, 8 1/2 inches. He also participated in the opening ceremonies, which were addressed by former Olympic silver medalist Jim Ryun.

Aug. 13
Phil Ahrens of Ahrens Nursery and Strawberry Farm in Huntingburg has presented the Dubois County unit of the American Cancer Society with a check for $529, which represented 10 percent of his farm’s strawberry sales during the week of May 31 to June 6. Ahrens also sponsored Strawberry Days in Evansville and Greenwood.

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