Looking Back: 9/21

This photo of the city school property north of Sixth Street in Jasper was taken from the center of Sixth and St. John streets looking east. The photo was taken prior to 1908, as the two-story brick courthouse can be seen on the Square. The west wing of the school building was completed in 1891. The east wing had not been constructed at this time. Between the east and west portions of the school’s property was platted Hendricks Street, 40 feet wide, which ran north-south between Sixth and Seventh streets. The building in the forefront of was owned by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The school system acquired the church’s property in 1920 to provide a space for athletic games prior to the building of a gymnasium. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ 65 Years Ago
Sept. 20, 1948

Jasper Chief of Police Rex Critchlow announced this morning that the local police officers are going to be more strict in recommending that speeders and reckless drivers be “grounded” by having their driver’s licenses revoked. It has always been the custom locally to suspend the license of drunk drivers, but up to now speeders and others convicted of reckless driving usually have escaped by paying a small fine. The police chief has come to the conclusion that this is not enough of a deterrent.

Al Graehler, son of Lorena Graehler, left late last week for Oxford, Miss., where he has entered the University of Mississippi. Al, who with Jasper High School teammate Cliff Mehrtens accepted an athletic scholarship at the Southern school, last year became the first student at JHS to participate in five sports. Besides lettering in the major sports — basketball, baseball and track — he also was No. 2 man on the cross country team in the fall and medalist on the school’s golf team last spring. Following his graduation he played third base for the Jasper Reds semipro baseball team and was their lead-off man in the batting order.

Sept. 21
Jasper will be the scene of the biggest Democratic district rally held in recent years on Sunday, it was announced by Leo J. Stemle, district chairman. The big event will take the form of a family outing at the Rustic Tavern, three miles north of Jasper, and its adjacent picnic area. The feature attraction will be addresses by the Honorable Henry F. Schricker, Democratic candidate for governor, and John Watkins, lieutenant governor candidate. The oratory will be broadcast over radio station WITZ between 5 and 6 p.m.

Hobart Creighton of Warsaw, Republican candidate for governor of Indiana and president of the Egg and Poultry National Club, will be a guest at two meetings in Huntingburg today. He will attend an entertainment program from 1 to 5 p.m. at Municipal Park sponsored by the Atz Mammoth Hatcheries for its more than 1,500 customers. Mrs. Gusta Atz, owner and manager of the hatcheries, will be hostess. After the poultry meeting, Mr. Creighton will be the speaker at a banquet this evening in Salem Parish Hall, sponsored by the Republican Central Committee of Dubois County.

L.V. Phillips, high commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, was a guest at the annual fall meeting of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Monday night in Jasper and included in his informal talk a defense of the Oct. 1 basketball practice rule and the rule eliminating spring football drills. The heat is on Indiana because of its apparent “overemphasis” of basketball, he said, and the IHSAA is striving to build up a good, all-around program of sports, in season, to take the heat off. Football in the fall and track and baseball in the spring are also desirable over nine months of basketball from a health standpoint, he said, adding that any health course will show that children shouldn’t be indoors for sports in those seasons of the year conducive to outdoor activity.

Sept. 22
About 340 people attending a banquet and Republican rally in Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg Tuesday night heard Hobart Creighton, the party’s candidate for governor, give his views on the liquor control problem and on the soldiers’ bonus.

At the regular meeting of the Jasper 4h Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus of Jasper it was decided to hold the next 4th Degree initiation of the southern Indiana jurisdiction at Jasper. The event will take place around Nov. 28.

Sept. 23
The body of Pfc. Charles Kuebler Jr., who was killed in action in Alsace, France, on Jan. 25, 1945, arrived at Huntingburg this morning at 11:05 and was escorted to Lorey Funeral Home by a guard of honor composed of local veterans groups.

An abbreviated schedule of six meets faces the Jasper High School cross country team as it prepares for its debut at Vincennes on Friday afternoon. Coach Nip Wuchner said that interest in cross country running is not nearly so widespread this season as last year, making it difficult to build up a formidable schedule.

Sept. 24
State Fire Marshal J.E. Jenkins was in Jasper one day this week conferring with Fire Chief Roman J. Fuhs on the observance of Fire Prevention Week in this city. Fire Prevention Week will begin Sunday, Oct. 3.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673, Jasper, are lending a hand in the construction of a basement beneath their post home north of the city. Work began on the basement Sept. 1. It will be used as a lounge and recreation room.

Sept. 25
The slogan entered by Billy Birge was judged Friday night as the best one entered in the safety slogan contest conducted in Jasper’s schools in connection with the present safety campaign. His slogan reads: “Protect our Children — The Future Belongs to Them.” The judges, meeting at the Indiana State Police post in Jasper, read more than 3,000 slogans submitted in the contest.

Ӣ50 Years ago
Sept. 23, 1963

The annual inspection of school buses in the Dubois County school system will be held Friday, Oct. 11, it has been announced by Earl F. Buechler, county superintendent of schools. Inspection stations will be at the fairgrounds in Huntingburg and at the Haysville school.
The runner-up in last week’s football contest, Russel Rauscher of Huntingburg, moved up a notch to capture first place in The Daily Herald’s football contest this week. Rauscher was one of seven contestants who picked the outcome of all 10 games correctly. He won the contest by guessing total points scored by a team was 40; that was exactly the number that Bedford scored in romping over Salem.

Sept. 24
The architect firm of Drake-O’Meara Associates of St. Louis has submitted a schematic drawing of the proposed layout for the new Christian Brothers College near Jasper. A large copy of the drawing is being displayed in the window of the City Office in downtown Jasper.

The state police and the county sheriff’s department are investigating a break-in that occurred Monday night at Harker Feed Mill, about a mile west of Ireland.

Huntingburg Airport is sporting a new aviatrix, and she’s just 16 years old. Following her maiden solo flight this morning, Phyllis Kaiser was presented her student pilot permit by instructor Bill Hines. Phyllis is a junior at Holland High School.

Sept. 25
Tickets for the professional basketball game between the Baltimore Bullets and the Cincinnati Royals, to be played at the Huntingburg High School gymnasium Thursday, Oct. 10, will be placed on sale in Dubois County this weekend.

At the Dubois County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation convention, William Reckelhoff of R. 3, Huntingburg, was re-elected chairman of the county ASC committee. Roman Begle, R. 2, Ferdinand, was re-elected vice chairman, and Edwin Small of R. 1, Huntingburg, was re-elected the third member. Grant Hubster and Ambrose Beckman were re-elected alternate members. The committee members are all farmers who are familiar with conservation and production problems in the county The county ASC office is located in the post office building in Jasper.

Father Raymond Schroering, who has served as pastor of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church at Dubois since 1957, has been appointed pastor of St. Boniface Church at Evansville. Taking his place at St. Raphael’s will be Father Paul Stone, current pastor of St. Bernard’s Church near Fort Branch.

Sept. 26
At the annual dinner meeting of the Dubois County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, held Tuesday night at the American Legion Club, Bob Steffe was elected president of the county group. He had served for 10 years as treasurer before being elected to the top office.

At the regular membership meeting of Jasper Council 1584, Knights of Columbus on Monday night, the members present gave the directors of the Columbian Home Association the go-ahead for renovation of the current K. of C. Home and the construction of an addition. The present home has a 50 foot-front on Main Street and is 100 feet deep The addition, which will have a 22-foot front on Main, will be erected on the north side of the present building, in the space between the present home and the old Berger grocery store building, which the Knights of Columbus also owns.

Sept. 27
Jerome Beyke, who had served as manager of the A&P Store on West Sixth Street in Jasper for the past 10 years, has been transferred to Mount Carmel, Ill., to manage the firm’s store in that city. The Jasper store is now under the management of John “Jack” Langley, who had been head of the meat department in the local store for the past 15 years.

At the regular meeting of the members of the Jasper School Board and Superintendent Bernard J. Gallagher on Thursday night, the board reviewed with architect Lester Routt of Vincennes the plans for the addition to be built to the high school. At this time, the board approved the plans, and the board intends to advertise for bids during the latter part of October. The plan calls for construction of a two-story building approximately the size of the present high school building. It will be constructed between the present building and the gym, and on the lot north of the present high school building.

Sept. 28
Jasper’s first swimming pool site has been filled in, and the two bathhouses and the concession stand that had stood adjacent to Pleasure Pool have been razed. The work of dismantling the structures in the Recreation Park area was carried out in recent weeks. The public started using the new Armory Park Pool, located several blocks to the north, this summer.

Ӣ25 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1988

Constituents of the North Spencer School Corp. are being advised of the possible closure of St. Meinrad and Clay-Huff elementary schools as a part of the corporation’s building project. A state department of education official has said he thinks the district’s classroom shortage could best be solved by building a new K-6 school near Santa Claus. Under his proposal, all students at St. Meinrad and Clay-Huff would be sent there, as would some of the students at the David Turnham School in Dale.

Sept. 20
The Huntingburg Common Council has upped the amount it plans to contribute toward the bypass around Huntingburg. The council upped the amount to $33,000 by signing a resolution at a special meeting Monday. If county officials follow suit Wednesday, then local governments can cover the increased percentage forced on the county by the federal government. The proposed bypass would be to the west and north of the city, linking State Road 64 to U.S. 231.

Sept. 21
Rural route addresses in Dubois County could become as quaint as horse-drawn carriages if the county installs a modern 911 emergency dispatching system. The county’s 911 consultant, Dallas-based Blythe-Nelson, asked the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission last month to come up with a plan and estimated cost of assigning a street address to every home and business lacking one.

Sept. 22
Jasper Mayor Jerome Alles received a statewide award Wednesday night for distinguished service in local government. The Russell G. Lloyd Distinguished Service Award was presented to Alles by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns in Fort Wayne during its annual convention.
The town of Ferdinand will honor its founder, Rev. Joseph Kundek, on Sunday by renaming Ninth Street to Kundek Street.

The Dubois County Commissioners on Wednesday approved adding an extra $30,000 to the $100,000 already committed for the proposed Huntingburg industrial-access and bypass road. The project is intended to make Huntingburg more attractive to business expansion and relocation by providing better access to its industrial sector. The road also would create a bypass for the congested U.S. 231 in downtown Huntingburg by linking U.S. 231 north of the city with State Road 64 west of the city.

Sept. 23
Shelly Hooper, 19, was named the 1988 Huntingburg Herbstfest Queen on Thursday evening at the Southridge High School auditorium.

Sept. 24
Theresa A. Wehr, 30, of Jasper, died Friday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, after she was injured on her father-in-law’s farm in Ireland.

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