Looking Back: 8/8

After a damp Saturday, skies cleared Sunday for the Strassenfest parade 25 years ago. The 1995 Strassenfest concluded Sunday evening with fireworks at Alumni Field. Herald file photo by Tom Roach. Published August 7, 1995.

65 Years Ago

August 8, 1955

Featuring a variety of entertainment against a backdrop of both 4-H and open class agricultural exhibits and the rides and other amusements of the midway, the 69th annual Dubois County Fair is underway at the fairgrounds situated in Huntingburg’s Municipal Park. There’ll be a gate charge at the fairgrounds only two days during fair week--tonight and Friday. The other days are free. Oral Lindeman is chairman pro tem of the fair, with K. R. Ruttkar secretary and H. C. Pickhardt treasurer. On the board of directors are Louis Schoppenhorst, Andy Wellemeyer, Claude Lindauer, Jim Vawter, Oliver Hemmerlein, Phillip Bretz, Ray Link, Orval Kemp, P. R. Moran, Walter Neuman and Adolph Fenneman. Huntingburg Post 221, American Legion, is the sponsoring agent for the fair.

August 9

Announcement has been made by representatives of six Jasper manufacturing plants to the effect that their employees have been given a 5 cents an hour wage increase, effective as of last week. The plants are Jasper Wood Products, Joseph Eckstein & Sons, Dubois County Lumber Co., the Jasper Corporation, Jasper Office Furniture Co. and the Jasper Seating Co. At a meeting held yesterday afternoon by officials of the Jasper Seating Company and representatives of The Jasper Union, an independent labor union which serves as the bargaining agent of the workers in this shop, a new contract embodying the 5 cents an hour increase was signed. The employees of the other five plants have no union representation.

August 10

Rev. Raymond Kunkel, S. V. D., is spending a month’s vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kunkel of Jasper, after having spent 8 years of missionary work in the Philippines. Upon his arrival in San Francisco late last month, he was met at the pier by his parents and his aunt, Miss Cecelia Bachman. The group returned to Jasper through the northwestern states and visited Yellowstone Park. It was in 1947 that Father Raymond sailed for the Philippines to take up his first missionary assignment. For the next eight years he was a teacher and served in an administrative capacity at St. Paul’s College of Tacloban, Leyte, in the southern Philippines. The college is under the administration of missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word.

August 11

The Rochester Bargain House, at Fifth and Main Streets in Jasper, is celebrating this month its 25th anniversary. It was on August 17, 1930, that Harry Newman of Evansville opened up the clothing store that is now owned and operated by his son, Dave, and family. Dave had come to Jasper a month before the opening to get the store ready for business. The elder Newman at the time operated other stores at Tell City, Mt. Vernon and New Harmony and two in Evansville. Dave Newman has been manager of the Jasper store in partnership with his father, since its opening 25 years ago. Following the death of his father in 1945, he became owner of the store and made his wife, Goldie, a partner. The couple’s son, Leonard, worked in the store with his parents while attending high school and became a partner two years ago.

August 12

When two Huntingburg women took in the 69th annual Dubois County Fair at Huntingburg yesterday afternoon the air was charged with nostalgic memories. For Mrs. Ella Lucas and Mrs. Nora Miessner were attending the fair for the 69th time, just as they did when they were small girls and next-door neighbors taking in the first county fair. Both watched the track in front of the grandstand being built a year before the fair opened. At that time the big news of the day was the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

August 13

Pictured on the front page of this issue are several Jasper city officials who inspected the new Jasper reservoir lake dam Friday afternoon in company of R. P. Olinger, the contractor, and H. A. Seaman of Cincinnati, a consulting engineer, preparatory to the city’s acceptance of the project. The photo shows Mayor Ed Lorey and councilman Urban Voegerl atop the tower that houses the drain valve. Others pictured include councilman Ernest Lannan and Bob Schnaus, a member of the Utility Service Board. Near the base of the tower, at the bottom of the dam is Julius Giesler, Jasper’s clerk-treasurer.

50 Years Ago

August 10, 1970

Randy Heeke, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Othmar Heeke of Rt. 4, Jasper, in the Holy Family parish, was among 101 persons killed when a Peruvian airliner plunged into a hill yesterday near Cuzco, Peru. The list of the dead, received over the UPI wire, also included Joe Sullivan of Pueblo, Colo., a doctoral student who was Randy’s roommate this summer on a project in Santiago, Chile. Randy’s parents received the following telegram shortly before noon today from the Director of Consular Services, Dept. of State, in Washington, D. C.: “The department regrets to inform you that according to a message from the American Embassy in Lima your son, Randall, was fatally injured in a plane crash at Cuzco on August 9.”

August 11

The members of the Jasper Utility Service Board devoted considerable time at Monday night’s meeting to a discussion of the advisability of being able to put more electric lines underground in the future rather than having them suspended on poles. The discussion followed a request by Bill Giesler that the lines be put underground when the new house he has under construction is ready to receive its current supply from the city. He had previously written a letter to the board requesting this arrangement. Don Ferguson, superintendent of the electric utility department, pointed out that the city plans to put a loop around the area in which Giesler’s home is being built at 14th and Worrell streets and told the board members that placing wiring underground is the coming thing, especially in new real estate developments.

August 12

The Southwest Dubois County School Corporation has announced plans for the construction of a new high school to be located on State Road 231 at the south edge of Huntingburg. The board has an option on a forty-acre tract of land from Walter Heim and has option on an additional 30 acres to the west, to allow for future school facilities. The new school building has been planned to serve all of the senior high students in the school corporation in grades nine through 12. The new building is the first phase of a long-range building program by the school corporation which, when completed over a long period of time, will include a new middle school for grades six through eight with kindergarten through fifth grades handled in separate facilities.

August 13

The Rev. Karl Kessler of Dubuque, Iowa, will be installed Sunday as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. Installation ceremonies are scheduled at 10 a.m. Pastor Kessler and his wife, Carol, are both graduates of Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio. He also graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque. The Rev. and Mrs. Karl Kessner are the parents of four children, Danny, David, Rebecca and Timothy. They moved to Holland earlier this week.

August 14

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the J & K Sinclair team of Jasper, who won the Amateur Softball Association Sectional Thursday night at Jasper’s City League Field with a 10-2 victory over Haysville Happy Hour Cafe. Members of the winning team are Don Rohlman, Linus Lampert, Charles Schroeder, Ken Menner, Charles Fischer, Dave Mehringer, Romie Lampert, Jack Kreilein (sponsor), Eric Otto, Howard Blessinger (assistant manager), Ed Werner, John Messmer, Larry Rees, Ken Blessinger (sponsor), Tom Fischer, Rich Kreilein (batboy), and Claude Rees (manager).

August 15

A Jasper native long associated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be the featured speaker at the 17th annual dinner-meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. He is

Robert J. Schwinghamer Jr., Chief of Materials Division in the Astronautics Laboratory at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The announcement was made today by Dave Eckerle, general chairman of the meeting which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the K of C Home. Bob has lectured widely, both on the space program and general nontechnical presentations for less specialized audiences. His technical papers have been prepared for national publications in electrical and aerospace engineering and for automotive and naval engineers.

25 Years Ago

August 14, 1995

Holiday World set an all-time single-day attendance record Saturday with 10,237 guests, shattering the previous record of 8,930 guests, set August 14, 1993. Sunday’s attendance of 7,167 beat the previous Sunday record by 400 guests. The weekend attendance of 17,854 guests broke the previous weekend record of 15,573, set June 26-27, 1993. Holiday World’s new roller coaster, The Raven, will appear on the CBS program “48 Hours” at 9 p.m. EST Thursday on Channel 25. Local footage was shot on May 19, when the American Coaster Enthusiasts came to the park for their spring conference.

August 15

Thanks to fortuitous timing, Northeast taxpayers may save up to $500,000 on a renovation project planned for the high school and middle school. That’s the difference between using the state prevailing wage and the county prevailing wage. Architects estimated total project costs at $5.15 million earlier this month, a figure based on their understanding of a law mandating use of the higher prevailing wage. Now it appears a bill passed in the General Assembly’s last day of work will allow schools to use the county prevailing wage.

August 16

Dubois County government faces its biggest upheaval in decades this week as the courthouse plans to shut its doors on the square at the end of business on Thursday. It’s not a courthouse coup that’s closing its doors but a courthouse renovation and remodeling project that should take at least a year. Courthouse offices and personnel will move lock, stock and barrel to the old St. Joseph’s School this weekend for the duration of the estimated $3.7 million building project. The courthouse will be closed Friday to allow workers to disconnect equipment and prepare for the weekend move, said county auditor Mark Brescher. The National Guard has volunteered manpower and equipment to move all the county furniture, equipment and other materials to the temporary courthouse on Saturday and Sunday. Offices will stay closed Monday so workers can re-connect computers and other equipment at the new location, Brescher said.

August 17

This month marks the 56th anniversary of the completion of a mural celebrating rural life painted on the lobby wall at the Jasper Post Office. The mural by Indianapolis artist Jessie Hull Mayer depicts an autumn day on an Indiana farm. “A lot of people have commented on the beauty of the mural but didn’t know its history or significance,” said Jasper postmaster John Verostko. “People notice it now but just take it for granted.” It was one of 37 murals commissioned and painted in Indiana post offices between 1936 and 1942 under thee auspices of the New Deal’s federal “section of painting and sculpture.” The Jasper Post Office mural is 11 feet 4 inches long by 4 feet high and is painted on the east wall above the postmaster’s door.

August 18

A small chemical spill today at Jasper plastics resulted in 31 employees being taken to area hospitals for treatment of respiratory complaints. The plant was evacuated today shortly after the spill and operation was halted for the day. The company will be in operation Saturday. Less than a gallon of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, a catalyst used in very small amounts in the production process at the plant, spilled in a production area, said Gene Recker, general manager. The spill was contained to the plant, he said.

August 19

Howard Renner, a 1970 graduate of Huntingburg High School, left Indianapolis Cathedral this week to become the head basketball coach at Connersville. Renner, who has a 188-107 career coaching record, had been the head coach of the Fighting Irish for the last eight years. This will be Renner’s 4th stint as a head coach. He previously coached at Cambridge City, Mitchell and was an assistant at Carmel before accepting the chief post at Cathedral.

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