Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

February 7, 2014

Looking back at the good old days

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — 50 years ago

Arthur Miller retired from the postal service after 45 years as a rural carrier.

At Harmeyer’s Supermarket, a 1-pound box of crackers was 19 cents, two cans of Campbell’s Soup were 35 cents, grapefruit was five for 49 cents, bananas were 10 cents a pound and a 20-pound bag of potatoes was 99 cents.

Batesville banks had an increase in interest rates for savings accounts and certificates of deposit. At the First National Bank and Batesville State Bank, interest rates were 4 percent on CDs and 3 percent for pass book savings accounts.

Two new members joined the Franklin County Commissioners, Irvin Brackney and Eugene Kuntz. They joined Omer Prickel, who was named president. Thomas O’Connor was appointed county attorney.

The Gibson Theatre began its 43rd year of operation.

The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles won the 40th annual Ripley County Tourney, defeating the Holton Warhorses in overtime 59-58.

75 years ago

Two Osgood members of the Napoleon 4-H Club Fighters were awarded four-year scholarships to Purdue University. Louis Huneke, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huneke, was awarded a $240 scholarship for his pig club work and all-around achievement record. James Rimstidt, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rimstidt, received a $240 scholarship for his potato club work and general achievement record.

At Kroger, a 2-pound jar of peanut butter was 22 cents, a 25-pound bag of sugar was $1.15, two dozen oranges were 29 cents, pork steaks were 20 cents a pound, smoked jowl bacon was 15 cents a pound and four large cans of milk were 23 cents.

Officers of the local Knights of St. John commandery were installed. They included the Rev. Fridolin Schuster, OFM, chaplain; Bernard Fischer, president; Joseph Wilhelm, first vice president; Lawrence Walke, second vice president; Joseph Becker, recording corresponding secretary; Joseph Erne, financial secretary; Albert Wenning, treasurer; Louis Obermeyer, messenger; William Weberding, guard; and F.H. Weigel, Elmer Hortemiller, Lambert Dirks, Al Weisenbach and Ray Ollier, trustees.

A Ford Industries representative brought a movie projector and films to Batesville High School and enlightened the student body on the production of Ford cars.

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.