Looking Back: 9/28

This undated drawing of the Eckert Mill property indicates that a wooden covered bridge was used to cross the Patoka River. The Eckert homestead was across the street, south of River Road. The mill was known as the City Mill of Jasper, and the bridge was known as Patoka Bridge. Grain was brought to the mill in buggies, on buckboards and across the backs of horses. A large burr millstone rests against the footing at the front of the mill. The name of the artist in the lower lefthand corner is F. Walters. (Taken from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

Ӣ65 Years Ago
Sept. 27, 1948

The Band Parents Club of Jasper City Schools was organized Friday night, with John Allen being named the first president of the organization.

Henry F. Schricker, the principal speaker at the 8th District Democratic Rally held Sunday afternoon at the Rustic Tavern in Jasper, said he will not consider it enough for the people to elect him to the office of governor; he wants the rest of the Democratic candidates to be elected also. He said that only if he has a Democratic legislature in the Statehouse will it be able to keep its promises and redeem its pledges. His talk and those of several other state candidates were broadcast over radio station WITZ. Sen. Leo J. Stemle, 8th District chairman, presided at the meeting and introduced the speakers.

Sept. 28
The membership of Dubois County Ship 90, Navy Clubs of the USA has more than doubled in membership since a membership drive began two weeks ago, an official of the club has announced. Members were divided into two groups, the Atlantic Fleet and the Pacific Fleet, and rivalry is keen between the two teams when it comes to getting new members.

Gov. Ralph F. Gates announced that the Indiana Economic Council will sponsor a series of seven regional conferences on community planning. The third meeting in the series will be held in Jasper on Nov. 18.

Sept. 29
Enrollment of students for the Dale Carnegie course in effective speech, self-improvement and public relations is in progress for a class to begin in Jasper on Oct. 12,and in Huntingburg on Oct. 14. These courses are open to all citizens of Dubois County. A number of businesses are paying the tuition of their employees in part or entirely, in order to improve their efficiency.

Arnold Eckerle, commander of Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday presented over radio station WITZ the first of a series of programs in which the VFW will explain the need of a soldiers’ bonus for Indiana veterans. Eckerle explained that the question of the bonus will be voted on by the public in the November general election.

Sept. 30
Construction of Ireland’s new gymnasium and auditorium building is well underway, but there is no possibility that any basketball games will be played there this fall. Work has been slowed considerably this summer by a shortage of bricks. Actual construction of the 92-by-130-foot building started in April. Under the law, Madison Township was not permitted to raise more than $40,000 through taxation for the project, so a nonprofit building company was formed to finance it. Under this plan, a company will lease the building to the school corporation for $500 per month, and the proceeds will be used to pay off the principal and interest. As soon as the building is paid off sufficiently for Madison Township to handle the balance, it will be turned over to the township.

Oct. 1
Jasper’s office furniture plants were well represented at the National Stationers convention held this week at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago. The local plants had exhibits at the convention, and these Jasper executives attended: Jasper Desk, Allen F. Joseph and Raphael Blessinger; Hoosier Desk, S.G. Norman, H E. Gildea, Vincent Gutzweiler and Hilbert Kunkel; New Indiana Chair, Edw. J. Beckman and Albert Schaaf; Jasper Seating, August Krieg and John L. Eckert; Indiana Desk, Albert Russell, Bob Krodel and directors Linus G. Bohnert, Edwin Krempp and Frank J. Seng; Jasper Chair, L.T. Koerner, Arthur Barth and George Litchfield; Jasper Office Furniture, James A. Wallace and Rudy Sturm.

The Dubois school system is to have a new building that will serve as an auditorium and gymnasium and also contain additional classrooms to help accommodate the increased enrollment. The land for the site of the new building was purchased recently from Elizabeth Nonte, and plans are in progress to begin building as soon as the blueprints are ready and are approved by the state. The site purchased contains slightly more than 14 acres and is part of the old Henry DeKemper property in the northeastern section of Dubois. This tract is not included in the official town of Dubois. The site borders Marion Township on the south, and only 1,200 feet prevents the eastern and southeastern boundaries of the site from touching the Columbia and Hall township lines.

Oct. 2
Kay Messmer, who has supervised the safety program carried out in Jasper during the past two weeks, is leaving Jasper today to conduct her work in another city. Before leaving, she made sure that “Operation Safety” would be continued in Jasper by making arrangements to have the National Safety Council send news releases, radio scripts and the council’s monthly pamphlet to Lt. A.R. Stiles, commanding officer of the state police post. He in turn will distribute it to the schools and publicize the safety program through the newspapers and over the radio.

Ӣ 50 Years Ago
Sept. 30, 1963

At the annual meeting of the Indiana Heart Association on Friday at Indianapolis, Georgine Hardwick of Jasper received a silver Distinguished Achievement Award. Mrs. Hardwick, who is the state secretary of the heart association and the permanent chairman for Dubois County, has served the organization for the past 15 years. She was re-elected state secretary at the annual meeting.
In recognition of her outstanding work locally and statewide on behalf of those with handicaps, Mrs. Otto Fierst of Jasper has been elected to the board of directors of the Indiana Society for Crippled Children and Adults.

Oct. 1
Beverly Caldemeyer of Holland showed her filly, which won fourth place, in the yearling fillies class at the recent Indiana State Fair horse show. Beverly is the wife of Byron Caldemeyer, president of Holland Custard & ice Cream.

Robert Haase of R. 1, Birdseye, a junior at Dubois High School, has been awarded $25 and a sterling silver tie holder by Lincoln Electric Welding Co. of Cleveland for his outstanding farm shop work. Under the supervision of Aaron Parks, vocational agriculture teacher at Dubois High, Robert designed and constructed two pieces of farm equipment. He constructed a three-point hitch posthole auger by using an old automobile ring gear and pinion. The auger was built by welding a piece of flighting to a section of 2-inch steel pipe. But the work that won the prize was his unique farrowing-crate creep-feeder type of farrowing stall. There is no farrowing instrument on the market that will measure up to this one, according to Robert’s instructor. The possibility of getting U.S. patents on the invention are being explored and no photos are being released for publication at this time.

Oct. 2
The second phase of Cohere’s campaign to raise money for the new Christian Brothers College has been announced by Raphael Blessinger, president of Cohere. Approximately $700,000 was raised in the first phase and the additional $300,000 will be sought in this effort.

The 5066th Prisoner of War Information Center, the Army Reserve unit based at Jasper, has received a Superior Unit rating. The certificate, signed by Cyrus Vance, secretary of the Army, was presented to the unit at a regular meeting in the armory in the Sunset Terrace subdivision. The certificate was accepted on behalf of the unit by the commanding officer, Maj. Robert Campbell.

Oct. 3
At the annual district National Farmers Organization meeting Wednesday night at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Jasper, these officers were elected: Joe Miller of Clark County, president; Bob Adams of Pike County, vice president; John Jerger of Dubois County (Ireland), secretary; and Roman Hopf of Pike County, treasurer.

Oct. 4
Jasper men interested in the organization of an Optimist Club in the community are invited to meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Home with representatives of the Tell City Optimist Club, it was announced today. Jerry Etienne and Charles Ramsey of the Tell City club were in Jasper this week making initial contacts to determine interest in organizing a Jasper club and to make arrangements for Tuesday’s meeting.

Oct. 5
The eight transit concrete mixers lined up in front of the offices of Breidenbaugh’s on Jasper’s north side over the past weekend were purchased by the local firm for use on the huge Alcoa Aluminum project in Warrick County. The eight mixers were driven from Kansas City, Mo., by local drivers who left Kansas City on Friday afternoon of last week and arrived in Jasper on Saturday afternoon. Here, decals were affixed and the mixers were lined up in front of the firm’s offices where they made an impressive display of industrial progress. On Monday the units were driven to the Alcoa operation at Yankeetown in Warrick County, where Breidenbaugh’s has set up another concrete plant and expects to make and pour concrete for the next two years on the building foundation, machine foundations and approximately 25 acres of concrete floor for the Alcoa addition.

Ӣ 25 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1988

It was 150 years ago this week that the Rev. Joseph Kundek nailed a sign to an oak tree to mark the location of what would become the town of Ferdinand. On Sunday afternoon, more than 600 people turned out to recognize Father Kundek’s selection of the town’s site. Ceremonies were held near the place where that oak tree is thought to have been — near the eastern end of Ninth Street. During the ceremonies, a marble marker was erected in Fr. Kundek’s honor and the one-block section of Ninth Street was rechristened Kundek Street. About 200 people later attended a symposium at Marian Heights Academy, where they learned that Fr. Kundek chose the site because a resting station was needed between Troy and Jasper. Sunday’s activities were organized by the Ferdinand Historical Society.

Sept. 27
Renovation plans for the Ireland Elementary and Fifth Street schools got tentative approval Monday, paving the way for $9 million in construction to begin at the end of this school year. Space at the two schools would about double under the renovations, scheduled to be completed in August 1990. Later, the district’s third elementary school, Tenth Street School, will undergo a major renovation.

Paintings by Alice Kemper of Ferdinand and photographs by Dr. Terry Brown of Jasper will be exhibited Oct. 2 to 26 in the Krempp Gallery at Jasper Civic Auditorium.

Sept. 28
A telephone answering machine at the home of St. Meinrad native Terry Brahm provided Terry’s relatives with the answer they wanted to hear this morning. Brahm has qualified for the semifinal round in the 5,000-meter run at the Seoul Olympics. His time of 13:45:28 in his heat was only 2.22 seconds behind heat winner Stefano Mei of Italy.

Sept. 29
Terry Brahm, a native of St. Meinrad, will not be a medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. On Wednesday, Brahm’s 14:04:12 time in the 5,000-meter run spoiled his chances for an Olympic upset. He was about 40 seconds behind the leader in his heat and did not advance to the medal round.

Sept. 30
Vincennes has joined Jasper and four other southwestern Indiana communities that will host public hearings on the proposed highway to Indianapolis. But local members of the Southwestern Indiana Growth for Highway Travel group pushing to have the road routed within 10 miles of Jasper don’t think their chances have been hurt by this new rival. SIGHT is busy organizing arguments and data for the Indiana transportation department’s first public hearing on the road, scheduled to be held Wednesday in Jasper.

Oct. 1
Dubois County Bank will install a 24-hour automatic teller machine soon in St. Anthony, according to Dave Eckerle, DCB president. It will be the bank’s sixth ATM. The vestibule at the St. Anthony branch bank will be modified slightly to accommodate the machine, which will be accessible to the public day and night.

Hoosier Oil Co., operated by Larry and Pat Haas, has been recognized for 50 years of petroleum service by Marathon Petroleum Co. The Haases’ sons, Kevin and Eric, also are active in the business.

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