Looking Back: 8/31

This photo is a view of Main Street in Jasper looking south from Ninth Street. The courthouse shown was Jasper’s second courthouse. The first building to the west (right in photo) was constructed by Louis Gasser in 1899 and was operated as The Modern Grocery. The frame and brick building south of Eighth Street was the jewelry store of Frank Kuebler, and farther south sits a frame building at the location of the present German American Bank. On the east side of the street, the old frame building used by Egg’s Tin Shop is behind the first utility pole. The Stewart Hotel, then a frame two-story building, was south of Eighth Street. The next building south was constructed by John P. Egg and was first used as an express office and a confectionery. Farther south are the Schumacker Store and the Sermersheim Store. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1948
Emil Prechtel, 22, of Schnellville died in Stork Hospital in Huntingburg at 10:20 p.m. Saturday as the result of injuries suffered when the light trainer plane in which he was a passenger crashed into a field near Kyana around 6 o’clock that evening. The pilot, William Mullen Jr. of Kyana, incurred injuries in the crash but is listed as “satisfactory” by Stork Hospital officials. The two youths left the Huntingburg airport around 5:15 p.m. in a two-seat Aeronca trainer owned by Otis Flying Service. According to witnesses, the plane had been flying at a low altitude when it suddenly dived into the ground. Mullen told investigating Indiana State Police officers that he was making a 180-degree turn when the ship stalled and crashed.

The 84th annual session of the Dubois County Teachers Institute opened in the courthouse in Jasper this morning. The principal speaker of the morning session was Ben H. Watt, state superintendent of public instruction.

Aug. 31
Ray Goldman, superintendent of city schools in Huntingburg, was elected state governor of the Indiana District, Kiwanis International this morning in Bloomington, where Kiwanians are holding their state convention. An active member of the Huntingburg club, Mr. Goldman served during 1947 as lieutenant governor of the 11th Division, which includes the Huntingburg and Jasper Kiwanis.

Sixty-one young men climbed the stairs to the second floor of the Dubois County Courthouse in Jasper Monday to register for the peacetime draft. The registration was for those men who were born in 1922 after the 30th day of August. Men born in 1923 must register either today or Wednesday, while those born in 1924 will register Thursday or Friday. Registration of men born in 1925 will be conducted Saturday and next Tuesday.

Sept. 1
The one-half-million-dollar hospital goal has been reached. Last-minute contributions brought the total to $470,898; at that point, the Jasper Manufacturers Association stepped up and guaranteed the balance, writing “finis” to the drive for $500,000. This association is composed of the various furniture manufacturing plants in Jasper.

The officers of Post 147 American Legion elected at the July 7 meeting will be installed tonight. They are Albert Russell, commander; Arnett Breidenbaugh, first vice commander; Tom Tucker, second vice commander; John Gramelspacher, chaplain; William Luegers, finance officer; Albert Rumbach, historian; Ray Gunselman, sergeant-at-arms; and John Eckstein, Edwin J. Seng and William Kuper, executive committeemen. This meeting marks adjutant Bill Kuper’s 100th consecutive meeting, which is somewhat of an attendance record.

Sept. 2
Formal dedication of the new shelterhouse in Huntingburg Municipal Park will highlight activities of the fourth annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Labor Day Picnic on Monday. The picnic sponsored by VFW Post 2366 and Auxiliary will have added civic importance this year as all proceeds will be for the benefit of the recently completed shelterhouse. At the dedication ceremonies VFW Cmdr. Harold Schmutzler will make the formal presentation of the new shelterhouse to Huntingburg Mayor John Struckman.

Sept. 3
Machinery was set in motion Thursday night for the organization of a Junior Chamber of Commerce in Jasper. At a meeting in the Community Room of Dubois County State Bank, 16 Jasper men set up a temporary organization after hearing the details and functions of the organization explained by several Indianapolis and Evansville men. Following the group’s decision to organize, Bob Gramelspacher was elected temporary chairman and Norbert Eckerle was named temporary secretary.

Sept. 4
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ruxer, owners of Ruxer Stables, have entered five of their horses in the Indiana State Fair horse show, which will start Sunday night and continue every afternoon and night through Friday. The Ruxers are inviting all of their friends who attend the state fair to stop in for a rest and refreshments at the tack room, which they have set up in the saddle horse barn on the fairgrounds.

Ӣ50 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1963
Labor Day — no paper

Sept. 3
At the Huntingburg Common Council meeting Monday, Charles Niehaus reported that the grading on 13th Street would be completed with four or five additional hours of work. He requested that the street and alley committee make its inspection of the grade as soon as possible so that the work of laying a gas line, sewer extension and water main could proceed. The extensions will be made on 13th Street up to the Charles Egbert property, which is approximately 325 feet from the Chestnut Street lines.

Sept. 4
This year’s Lincoln Land Air Show, sponsored Sunday by the Huntingburg Jaycees at the airport south of Huntingburg, drew thousands of spectators. Visitors were there from at least 50 counties, 20 states and two foreign countries. Most came by car, although 165 private planes checked in before the airport closed the field at 1 p.m. Russ Brinkley, a veteran barnstormer who is publisher of Quadrant, an aviation newspaper, and Bob Doan, a veteran air show announcer from Hollywood, shared the microphone and explained the technical aspects of each act.

Sept. 5
In conjunction with Business Education Day on Monday, the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club will sponsor Ben Miessner Day as its way of paying honor to a native of Huntingburg who has made his mark in the business and scientific world through inventions and discoveries in the field of electrical communication. Mr. Miessner, who now lives in Florida, will arrive in Huntingburg on Saturday. He will address the student body of Huntingburg High School at a convocation at 11 a.m. Monday, and following that, he will be guest of honor at a noon luncheon of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club at the Country Kitchen. At this meeting Mayor William E. Ellsworth will read a proclamation, dedicating the day to Ben Miessner, and will present to him a key to the city. On Monday afternoon Mr. Miessner will visit science and physics classes in the high school.

The Jasper Electronic Manufacturing Corp. observed an important milestone in its short but progressive history on Friday, Aug. 16, when the first electronic Kimball organ to be completely manufactured at the Jasper plant came off the assembly line. The organ is the popular new Electra-Sonic 501 Kimball transistorized model, of traditional styling in walnut. Jasper Electronic Manufacturing Corp., a division of The Jasper Corp., began operations in its modern new building on East 15th Street on Aug. 15, 1961, under the management of Mathew A. Slaats, an electronics engineer who is a native of the Netherlands.

Sept. 6
The name of Charles Seger, who is serving the first year of his second term as Dubois County recorder, has been sent by President John F. Kennedy to the Senate for confirmation as postmaster of Jasper.

Leo Schmitt has been named to head Jasper Civic Theatre.

The Dubois County Council met this week to review the county budget for 1964 and cut $6,851 from the proposed figures. This reduced the county general fund tax rate approximately 2 cents, leaving it at 47.7 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Sept. 7
A top-flight program has been prepared for the second annual Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky coaching school, it was announced today by the co-sponsors of the clinic. The second annual coaching school will be held at the Jasper High School gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will be sponsored by Paul East, head basketball coach of Jasper High School, and Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, athletic director of JHS. The speaking headliners on this year’s clinic roster include Marion Crawley of Lafayette-Jefferson; Julius “Bud” Ritter, former head coach of Madison; Woodie Crum of Daviess County, Ky.; Guy Glover of Bloomfield; and Pete Gill of Ireland.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Aug. 29, 1988
The man managing a continual gush of water from Patoka Lake to Jasper and other places downriver guarantees there’s no reason to worry about the area’s water supply, despite this year’s drought. This is despite that the lake’s water level never reached its normal summer level and was below even its normal 533-foot winter level today. The lake stood at 532.74 feet this morning.

Aug. 30
Traffic and growth have prompted Jasper officials to consider building a third fire station to help reduce the response time to residents and businesses on the north side. The city is seeking land near 36th and Newton streets to be the site for the station.

Aug. 31
Jasper Public Library may sport a different look inside if a proposed renovation project goes ahead next year. Planned for the 37-year-old library area separate genealogy research section and an entertainment pit for children’s programs, said Fred Hollinden, president of the library’s governing board and assistant superintendent of Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools. A recently completed architect’s study says no more space is needed in the library, but it recommends structuring the inside to allow better use of the space. Besides the genealogy section and children’s stair-step “auditorium,” the planned renovations include a new section for popular books, a reference section, a section with materials to help people with limited reading skills, wider doors for easier wheelchair access, and bathrooms more accessible to patrons with physical handicaps, librarian Martin Willitts said.

Sept. 1
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg has cut losses, turned the corner and is expected to make a profit this year, officials said in a Wednesday news release and subsequent interview. The news release is the first financial disclosure made by hospital officials since a proposed transfer of ownership was announced in May.

After bow hunting for only three years, Melanie Buse of Holland won the annual International Bowhunter Organization’s Triple Crown in shoots conducted this summer. The shooter who earns the most points at all three of the locations — this year they were in Bedford and towns in Illinois and Ohio — wins. Buse had a four-point edge heading into the final match and defeated the two-time defending champion by 42 points. She operates Hunter’s Hut, a taxidermy and hunter supply shop in Holland.

Sept. 2
The Huntingburg Utility Board awarded the contract for laying a waterline that will connect the city’s east-side water tower to an existing water transmission line from the Patoka Reservoir that enters Huntingburg near the city park to Peyronnin Construction of Evansville. Huntingburg’s engineer, Midwestern Engineers of Loogootee, was also in favor of approving Peyronnin’s low bid of $173,328.15, Mayor Connie Nass said.

Kimball International will be a corporate sponsor for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon at Las Vegas this weekend. Kimball will do several fundraising programs for Kimball’s Keys for Kids. Five pianos provided by Kimball will be used in the show. Guests, including Sammy Davis Jr., the Pointer Sisters, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Maureen McGovern, will make use of the Kimball Viennese Classic during their numbers.

Sept. 3
Six officers of Dubois County Bank have been appointed to serve on committees of the Indiana Bankers Association during 1988-89. DCB President Dave Eckerle will serve on the association’s economic development committee. Executive Vice President Don Routson is a member of the commercial lending school committee, Vice President and cashier Bill Hauser will serve on the bank operations committee, Assistant Vice President Leon Fleck is serving on the government relations committee, Assistant Vice President Ken Schnaus has been appointed to the lending committee, and Stevan C. Uhl, assistant vice president of personnel, has been named to the human resources committee.

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