Looking Back: 9/14

Jasper High School
The center portion of the Jasper High School building on West Sixth Street was constructed in 1872 and opened Jan. 27, 1873. Because of the growth of the community, the west wing was added in 1891 and the east wing was added in 1908. The greater portion of the building was used for the teaching of high school subjects, but several rooms were used for the teaching of grades one through eight. This school building was demolished in 1936, after a new building had been constructed immediately west of it. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Sept. 13, 1948
Thirteen members of the Jasper Unit, American Legion Auxiliary and three members of the Huntingburg unit chartered a Rainbow bus Sunday and attended the Legion Day program at the Knightstown Home. A program was given by the children in the home, including band selections, choir numbers and novelty dances. The Jasper members visited several cottages, including Division 17, which houses 22 boys between the ages of 10 and 12 who the Jasper unit sponsors. The Huntingburg members visited the girl whose presence at Knightstown they sponsor. Knightstown provides a home to 570 children of veterans who are supported by the Legion and auxiliary.

Sept. 14
A crowd of almost 500 attended the Football Fans’ Clinic held Monday night in the Huntingburg High School gymnasium. Huntingburg coach Jim Beers made the arrangements for the clinic. Coach Paul Beck, line coach of the Evansville College football team, was the guest speaker. With Beck was student Glenn Katterhenry of Huntingburg, who is a line candidate at the college. The different offensive and defensive positions were explained and different play formations were discussed. The various pieces of equipment that make up a uniform were displayed and their usage was explained.
Cabby O’Neill, athletic director at Jasper High School and an active football official, explained the new rules of the game and also interpreted some of the old ones. Football scoring, the touchdown, point after touchdown, safety and field goal were demonstrated, and the various signals used by officials were shown by O’Neill and Ray Richardson. The clinic was sponsored by The Daily Herald and the two Huntingburg newspapers, and afterward it was decided to make it an annual event.

Sept. 15
The Indiana stream pollution control board today announced approval of plans for a sewage treatment plant for the City of Jasper.

An interesting report of the highlights of the national convention of the Daughters of Isabella was given by Regent Stella Kuebler at the September business meeting of the local circle Monday night. Regent Kuebler served as the delegate for the local circle at the convention, which was held at Boston from Aug. 9 to 13.

Sept. 16
A staff of five or six local physicians and a dentist will give students at Jasper High School physical examinations today and Friday as part of the school’s planned health program.

Sept. 17
Another township has joined the Dubois County Soil Conservation District. Marion Township voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to participate in the program to “Keep Dubois County Green” as a member of the district. The election was held in Haas School; of the landowners of the township, a total of 193 eligible voters, 169 were present to voice their sentiment on the petition to join the program. The result of the election gives all landowners of Marion Township the right to request the service of the soil conservation office of the Dubois County district. The office is in the Modern Building in Jasper.

Sept. 18
Starting tonight, there will be an extra man on the Jasper police force on Saturday nights and special occasions. He is Bob Schmitt, who was appointed by Mayor Herbert Thyen after Chief of Police Rex Critchlow and his assistant, Bob Parker, appealed to the mayor and city council members Tuesday night for more help. The two officers pointed out that it sometimes takes a lot of police work to keep traffic straightened out on the public Square on Saturday nights. When they are called to investigate an accident or respond to a police call in another part of the city, it leaves the Square without police surveillance. So on Saturday nights, Schmitt, who has had three years of experience as a deputy sheriff, will take care of traffic on the Square.

The American Legion has broken ground for its new home in Huntingburg. The building site is on Main Street just off of Fourth. Seufert Brothers of Ferdinand are contractors for the construction of the building, which is expected to cost about $55,000. It will be built of buff brick, will be 30 feet wide by 70 feet long, and will consist of one story with a full basement. The building committee consists of Mrs. C.G. Crawford, Mrs. W.H. Utt, Arthur Renner Jr. and Legion Auxiliary President Emogene Blemker.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1963
More than 600 people registered to see the Fifth Annual Rose Show on Sunday afternoon at the Claude A. Gramelspacher West Fifth Street School. The show drew 621 entries and 33 arrangements from local and out-of-town exhibitors. Both the Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Eckstein Trophy and the Margaret A. Wilson Trophy went to Mrs. Ed J. Lorey. The Eckstein trophy was awarded for the best four floribundas. The Wilson trophy was awarded for the best four hybrid teas. Robert J. Kieffner received the Flick’s Drugs Trophy and a gold medal certificate for Queen of the Show, a Tropicana hybrid tea rose. Duchess of the Show was King’s Ransom belonging to Don Madison.
Vic Knies, brother of the late Jasper mayor Edwin B. Knies, was named by the Jasper Common Council this afternoon to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Francis “Benny” Sermersheim as councilman at-large. Mayor Sermersheim resigned his post as councilman Sept. 9 when he was named to fill the mayoral vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Knies.

It was announced today that effective Sept. 11, the D-X Sunray Oil Co. in Jasper is being operated by Raphael Ackerman, son-in-law of the late Edwin B. Knies, who died Aug. 26. He will also assume the distributorship of Firestone tires, batteries and accessories. The firm will retain the name of E.B. Knies D-X Oil Co.

Sept. 17
The Jasper Corporation will entertain about 2,400 employees and their families on the next two Sundays at the eighth annual company picnics, an affair that has become the largest of its type in this area. Last year, for the first time, it became necessary to have two picnics in order to fete the growing number of Jasper Corporation employees and their families. The two picnics will be held at Calumet Lake.

The Jasper Lions Club Radio Auction, conducted over the facilities of radio station WITZ five nights last week, was termed by the sponsoring club the most successful yet. Friday night’s broadcast concluded the series, with auctioneer Jack Brandt closing out almost every item in stock. Auction chairman was Delbert Meyer.

Sept. 18
A Hybrid Corn Field Day has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday on the Emil Burger farm, one and a half miles south of Jasper on State Road 45. Noel Calahan, assistant manager of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association, will discuss what’s new in corn hybrids, including the much-talked-about single cross. Seventeen hybrids, including three single crosses, can be seen. The field displays will be left in place for a week so that those unable to attend Wednesday’s field day can visit them when they have time.

Sept. 19
Mrs. Wally Frick was elected president of the Huntingburg Jayshees at their regular meeting Tuesday at the Jaycee cabin.

Seventeen Jasper business firms are participating in Sidewalk Days, a special selling event scheduled in Jasper for Friday and Saturday. The annual promotion is sponsored by the retail division of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. An old circus calliope will add its cheerful voice to the atmosphere Saturday. When not touring the business areas, the calliope will be parked on the public Square.

Sept. 20
Kenneth Krempp, a member of the Jasper School Board, is slated to appear on the program of the 14th annual convention of the Indiana School Boards Association being held Thursday through Saturday at the French Lick-Sheraton Hotel.

Sept. 21
The Jasper Wildcats maintained their supremacy over the Washington Hatchets on the gridiron Friday night as they rolled to their eighth straight triumph over Washington by a convincing 28-0 score at Hatchet Hollow.

Coach Bud George’s Huntingburg Happy Hunters squared their record at 2-2 for the season Friday night at Paoli by breezing past the Ramblers, 38-12, in a nonconference contest.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1988
The Southridge High School Marching Band put in a first-place performance Saturday at a competition hosted by Heritage Hills High School. The school took first place in Division A over Tecumseh and Northeast Dubois high schools. Southridge also won for best music. In Division 4A, Jasper High School won for best music and best auxiliary and came in third overall. Forest Park came in second in Division 3A.

Sept. 13
Crestview Elementary School’s fate hangs in the balance, as does whether taxpayers will pay $6 million or $3 million for more classrooms. That’s if the Southwest Dubois School Corp. goes with either of two plans shown to more than 100 parents and residents at Monday’s school board meeting in Holland. The plan shows two possible ways of dealing with the district’s need for more classroom space for a growing number of elementary school students. Option 1 is to build large additions to Holland and Maple Park elementary schools and close Crestview Elementary. The second option is to go with the same renovation to Holland Elementary but do a less extensive renovation of Maple Park as well as add temporary classrooms to Crestview.

Sept. 14
Northeast Dubois teachers and school officials reached a contract agreement Wednesday after a late-night bargaining session ran into early morning.

Conservation officer Tom Jahn returned home from a grueling two weeks of fighting forest fires in the Nes Perce National Forest wilderness area in Idaho. Jahn’s task, and that of the crew he was on, was to construct fire breaks in the forest to help slow the fire.

Sept. 15
A proposed bypass around Huntingburg to link State Road 64 with U. S. 231 west of the city is in jeopardy because the federal government wants local government to pay more of its cost. Huntingburg, county and state department of commerce officials were all set to together pay 40 percent of the $1.5 million bill. They hoped the U.S. Economic Development Association would pay 60 percent. But Tuesday, the EDA called Huntingburg Mayor Connie Nass and asked whether a 50-50 split could be arranged. Mayor Nass turned to Sens. Dan Quayle and Dick Lugar, who both supported the bypass grant application when it was originally submitted to the EDA. A compromise is being considered.

Sept. 16
Margaret Anderson, a New York City grandmother, actress and playwright who specializes in Christian theater, performed her one-woman play, “Mary’s Boy,” for the students of Holy Family and Precious Blood schools Thursday at Precious Blood. The play, which she has been performing for nine years, retells some of the events of Christ’s life as his mother might have viewed them. The performance was sponsored by local donations.

Justin Vaughn, 17, won’t get his driver’s license for another year. It was a trade-off. Justin traded summer drivers education for a year of classes at Staufen Gymnasium in the Black Forest. He left for West Germany on Aug. 12 of last year, which was before drivers education classes ended at Jasper High School. He arrived back home July 5, after this summer’s classes had started. He studied as a junior less than three miles from Pfaffenweiler, Jasper’s sister city, and is now a junior again at Jasper High School. He needs to pick up some classes that Jasper requires but Staufen doesn’t. Justin’s year in West Germany was part of the Sister Cities Exchange Program. Jasper’s Sister Cities Program and German Club donated money toward the trip.

Sept. 17
With Friday night’s 21-0 victory over Big Eight Conference foe Vincennes, the 242nd in his 30 years at Jasper, Jerry Brewer became the all-time winningest coach in the history of Indiana high school football.

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