Looking Back: 8/17

The first Dubois County Courthouse was built in Portersville in 1818. The county seat moved to Jasper in 1831. Pictured is the second courthouse in Jasper, which was built after the first one, made of logs, burned in 1839. In the foreground is the Soldiers Monument and a Civil War cannon with wood-spoke wheels. In the back on the left is the first brick school building in town, on West Sixth Street. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)


65 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1948
It’s easy to see, as you drive along any country road or highway in Indiana that the Hoosier corn crop this year will be a humdinger. Just how wonderful the corn crop really is was contained in some figures announced this morning by county agricultural agent C.A. Nicholson. He said that the estimate for the 7th District, comprising Dubois and 11 other southern Indiana counties, is 26,351,100 bushels. The estimate for Dubois County has jumped considerably since Aug. 1, when it was estimated that the county corn crop would amount to 1,345,000 bushels. The revised Aug. 15 estimate is for 1,678,000 bushels, Mr. Nicholson said.

Equipped for two weeks of rugged outdoor life in the mountains and canyons of New Mexico, a busload of 20 senior Scouts of the Southern Indiana Council will leave Camp Pohoka on Wednesday morning for Philmont Scout Ranch in Camarron, N.M. The four local boys who are going are Bill Dudine, Ronnie Heim, Stanley Keller and Buzz Rumbach.

Aug. 17
The Victor Specialty Co. and Wilson Drug Co. stores in the new Central Building on the southwest corner of Sixth and Newton streets in Jasper resemble greenhouses today. These newest Jasper business places are beautified with many baskets of flowers sent by friends on the occasion of the grand opening of the two stores.

Aug. 18
The goal of $500,000 for the Memorial Hospital of Dubois County fund was brought within view today when the $10,000 contribution of the Jasper Office Furniture Co. was reported to the hospital campaign headquarters. The gift represents the 1947 and 1948 contributions of the corporation and its pledge for 1949. Several representatives of the Little Company of Mary, the organization that has contracted to administer and operate Memorial Hospital, arrived in Jasper Tuesday to assist in the campaign and to complete plans for the earliest possible adoption of the architect’s plans and specifications, in order that construction may get underway without delay.

Work on the Huntingburg Municipal Park shelterhouse has resumed this week after a week’s delay for the Dubois County Fair and is expected to be completed and ready for dedication Labor Day, at which time Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2366 will present it to the City of Huntingburg for public use.

Alvin C. Ruxer became one of the first Ford dealers in the United States to be named a four-letter dealer when he was awarded a plaque by J.E. Miller, district representative for the Ford Motor Co. Four-letter dealers are those who have received a superior rating in facilities, management, competitive spirit and finances. Mr. Ruxer has been a Ford dealer in Jasper for 13 years.

Aug. 19
Hundreds of people visited the Victor Specialty Co. and Wilson Drug Co. stores Tuesday, the official opening day, to congratulate the proprietors. Owners of the Victor Specialty Co. are Edwin Kress and Ruby Kuebler. Proprietors of the Wilson Drug Co. are Ivel C. and Marie Wilson. The new Central Building, on the southwest corner of Sixth and Newton streets, houses Wilson Drug Co. in the east half of the main floor, and the Victor Specialty Co. occupies the west half of the main floor. On the second floor of the building are 27 offices, of which 11 are leased. Present occupants are the state excise department, Charm Beauty Salon, insurance agent Felix G. Kunkel, the Columbia Club and the Manufacturers Bureau. Dr. A.D. Mercker, a local dentist, will occupy a suite of offices next week.

Aug. 20
Twenty members of the junior life-saving class successfully completed the course Friday night. This is the largest number ever to receive junior certificates in Jasper. Earning their certification at Jasper Municipal Pool were John Barkley, Larry Bates, Sue Bohnert, Lee Ann Buehler, Janice Dischinger, Marilyn Dittmer, Shirley Dittmer, Ronnie Eckerle, Jackie Gerber, Lloyd Heif, Marilyn Hoffman, Tom Hoffman, Jim Knebel, Janet Krodel, Jim Lorey, Tom Meyer, Doris Singer, Gene Stewart, Gene Thieman and Mary Jo Walker. Their instructor was Margaret Mary Rumbach.

Aug. 21
The Dubois County Medical Association held an informal meeting Friday to meet the sisters of the Little Company of Mary who will be in charge of the operation of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital. Dr. G.A. Held, president of the association, led the meeting, which was attended by 10 doctors from Jasper and Huntingburg.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Aug. 19, 1963
Ireland High School will be recognized during the Fifth Annual National Student Traffic Safety Conference in Stillwater, Okla., from Sunday through Aug. 28. The school is among those being honored for having conducted one of the most outstanding student traffic safety programs in the nation this year.

Aug. 20
An electrical fire started around 3:20 p.m. Monday afternoon at The Jasper Corporation on Jasper’s north side when a switch on a big machine burned out. A fuse failed to blow and a short circuit developed in the buss line. Someone at the plant had the presence of mind to pull the main switch, and workers emptied six fire extinguishers on the blaze, with the result that they had the fire under control when firemen arrived. Part of the plant was shut down for the remainder of the afternoon.

The Hagemeyer Welding Shop of Huntingburg, submitting the lowest and best bid, was awarded a contract for a new 6-cylinder Minneapolis Moline gasoline engine at a cost of $2,055 at a regular meeting of the Huntingburg Common Council on Monday. The engine in question will be used as an auxiliary power supply at the filtration plant, replacing an engine that was installed in 1934.

The first Dubois County Courthouse was built in Portersville in 1818. The county seat moved to Jasper in 1831. Pictured is the second courthouse in Jasper, which was built after the first one, made of logs, burned in 1839. In the foreground is the Soldiers Monument and a Civil War cannon with wood-spoke wheels. In the back on the left is the first brick school building in town, on West Sixth Street. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Aug. 21
Price-support loans for the 1963 corn crop will average $1.10 per bushel in Dubois County, William Reckelhoff, chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service county committee, has announced. This loan rate, plus an 18-cents-per-bushel special price-support payment, gives a total price-support rate of $1.28 per bushel for the 1963 crop corn in the county.

The Dubois County Beverage Co. slow-pitch softball team traveled to Evansville’s West Side Park on Saturday in conjunction with Sterling Brewery’s 100th anniversary. The Dubois County team took a nine-inning game from their hosts by the score of 13-11.

Aug. 22
When Marilyn Uebelhor, the sixth and youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Uebelhor of Jasper, graduated Sunday afternoon from the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, she joined the profession of her five sisters. The sisters are Dorothy, a public health nurse with the Prince George County (Md.) Health Department; Joan Langenberg of Cumberland, office nurse for Dr. Ted Kirby at Greenfield; Bernice Fehribach of Indianapolis, who no longer practices nursing except when someone in the family needs her services; Lillian McKenna of Madison, Wis., who is on the general staff of University Hospital in that city; Margaret “Mick,” who is on the staff of Memorial Clinic at Indianapolis as staff nurse; and Marilyn, who will be on the nursing staff at St. Vincent’s.

Jasper Mayor Edwin B. Knies has issued a proclamation in which he urges local citizens and their organizations “to assist in every way possible” to make the viola sale to be conducted Saturday in Jasper by the Military Order of the Purple Heart “a complete success.” These violas are artificial flowers made by the veterans in veterans’ hospitals.

The Jasper Outboard Boating Club will meet this evening at the American Legion Home to make final plans for the Labor Day Weekend cruise. The group plans to go down the Ohio River from Evansville to the Mississippi River at Cairo, Ill., and return.

Aug. 23
Two newly ordained priests who recently celebrated their first solemn Masses in Jasper have been given their assignments. Both will be assistant pastors at Evansville parishes. Rev. Kenneth Graehler will go to Christ the King Church on Bayard Park Drive, and Rev. Earl Rohleder has been assigned to St. Anthony Church on First Avenue.

Jasper and state police are investigating a break-in at Witte’s Parket-Market on Jasper’s west side Thursday night that resulted in the theft of $2,700 in checks, between $600 and $700 in cash and an undetermined amount of merchandise.

Aug. 24
The condition of Edwin B. Knies, mayor of Jasper, continues to improve in Memorial Hospital where he underwent a four-hour emergency operation this week. In an operation that began around midnight Wednesday, surgeons corrected a congenital condition of the diaphragm, caused by an injury in childhood, that caused it to produce pressure on one of his lungs after it ruptured.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Aug. 15, 1988
Mark Buse finished his 1988 pole vaulting season Friday the same way he started it in March — with another personal best. The one Friday, however, earned the 15-year-old Southridge sophomore national recognition. Buse won the pole vault at the National Junior Olympics in the 15- and 16-year-old age group.

For the second consecutive year, the Dubois County 4-H Fair queen has been named Miss Congeniality at the state fair queen pageant. Kerry Klem, 19, of Velpen, gave credit to her coach, Ann Bromm, last year’s county queen and state Miss Congeniality.

Aug. 16
The Dubois County Commissioners approved final design plans Monday for a $4.5 million jail to replace the 19th-century lockup on Main and Eighth streets in Jasper. Construction of the 52-cell jail across from Jasper Cinemas 1-2-3 near state roads 162 and 164 could begin before the end of the year. Construction is expected to be completed by May 1990.

Jason Whitsitt and David Bartley, both 18 and 1988 graduates of Jasper High School, and Patti Higginbotham, 17, a senior at Heritage Hills High School, were selected by the Southwest Indiana District of the Church of the Nazarene to spend the last week of July teaching Bible school in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Aug. 17
Bill Koch of Santa Claus, 73, celebrated Tuesday with other Indiana delegates to the Republican National Convention when they learned that presidential hopeful George Bush had selected Hoosier Dan Quayle to be his vice presidential running mate. The Indiana delegation learned the news while in a ballroom at a Rodeway Inn in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans.

Aug. 18
Superintendent Ron Etienne asked the Southeast Dubois School Board to make an additional appropriation of $24,900 from the cumulative building fund when the board met Wednesday night. The money would be used to reroof parts of Forest Park High School, beginning with the home economics and art classrooms. James Hagedorn, Forest Park principal, said that more than an inch of water leaked into part of the home economics area the last time it rained. A public hearing on the appropriation will be held at the board’s regular meeting Sept. 6.

Aug. 19
A proposed east-west road linking U.S. 231 and State Road 162 on the south side of Jasper could be built by 1994 at a cost of $3 million to $6 million. However, the city first needs to decide where it wants the road built and even if it wants it built, an engineering consultant said Thursday night at a public meeting to discuss the proposed connector road. The meeting was held in Jasper to let the public look at the four proposed routes and discuss objections before the project moves ahead. About 30 people attended, including many city and county officials. The connector road is being proposed to ease downtown traffic and open undeveloped land on the south of the city for industrial and residential growth.

Aug. 20
Norbert Alles, 64, a member of the Dubois County Bank’s board of directors for the past 25 years, has been elected chairman of the board to complete the unexpired term of Earl M. Salb, who died July 25.

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