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Official Publication of the Jasper DeutscherVerein

May 2005

May Deutscher Verein Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2005
Place: Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St., Ferdinand, IN
Time: 5:30 PM
For Heaven's Sake Gift Shop (near Kordes Retreat Center)
  6:15 PM
Gather in Foyer near Monastery Church
  6:30 PM
Tour of Monastery Church & Grounds
  7:30 PM
Club Meeting in basement of Kordes Retreat Center
  7:45 PM Brats, Kraut & Desserts

The club is honored to accept an invitation to spend its May meeting on the grounds of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.  Several
different activities are planned.

The evening will begin with Sr. Charlene Ann Wheeless, Mgr. of For Heaven's Sake Gift Shop, opening the shop from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM to allow anyone to purchase gift items during our visit.  For Heaven's Sake is normally open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM .

We will then gather in the foyer area outside the main entrance to the Church to meet Sr. Christine Kempf, Director of Tourism at the "Castle on the Hill".  She will begin the tour of the Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and other parts of the Monastery at 6:30 PM .   As you know, the renovation of the Church is nearing completion and we look forward to viewing its architectural magnificence!

Following completion of the tour, we will proceed to the basement area of the Kordes Retreat Center to meet its Director, Sr. Barbara Catherine Schmitz.  We will have a brief Club meeting followed by brats (prepared by
Gene Kempf and his crew), snacks, and desserts.  We ask all members to bring either a snack or dessert to share with our hosts and the membership.  The
club will provide the brats and canned drinks.

Come prepared for an interesting and fun evening!  For anyone wishing to see information online, you can access their website at < http://www.thedome.org/ >.

Upcoming Event - Mark Your Calendars!


Annual Fall Picnic

Date:  Saturday, September 17th

Place:   Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club

Matt Hilger and his group are busy making plans for another great picnic!

Mark your calendars now for the date and location!

If anyone has any beer bottles from last year's picnic, please return them to Bob Sunderman as soon as possible.   He will need them to make refreshments for this year's picnic!!!

20 th Anniversary of Jasper-Pfaffenweiler Sister City Partnership

Please note that there will be more updates in the coming weeks.


7/29/05 Friday
Pfaffenweiler Group to land in Chicago approx. 5pm

7/31/05 Sunday
Jasper Partnership Commission w/ German Club @ Jasper Outdoor Recreation Set up for Partnership Evening; Time to be announced;

8/2/05 Tuesday
Arrival of Pfaffenweiler delegation (late afternoon) at Jasper Train Depot
Afternoon and Evening: German Club area set up for Strassenfest

8/3/05 Wednesday
8am Official Partnership Meeting at City Hall Pfaffenweiler Room w/ Representatives from Pfaffenweiler, the Jasper City Councils and Jasper Partnership Commission
Family Day for our guests
5pm 20 th Partnership Anniversary Celebration at Jasper Outdoor Recreation; Program details to be announced in next newsletter

8/4/05 Thursday
Family Day for our guests
Morning and afternoon:   German Club area set up for Strassenfest
6pm Opening Ceremony of Strassenfest w/ Buergermeister Fritz and Brigitte Gutgsell, Grand Marshall Baerbel and Franz Hilger and Pfaffenweiler Alpine Horn Blowers

8/5/05 Friday
WITZ Gary's Place ( 7:05am )   w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Buergermeister Fritz Gutgsell about 20 th anniversary
Local Bus Tour: Start Time 8:30am - 4:45pm
Pfaffenweiler Alpine Horn Blowers to perform in evening around Dubois County Courthouse

8/6/05 Saturday
10am   ROJAC Eckert Mill Ground Breaking possibly with Pfaffenweiler Alpine Horn Blowers
Family Day
German Mass Holy Family Church   -   Strassenfest 

8/7/05 Sunday
9am         German Mass St. Joseph Church
1pm         Strassenfest Parade w/ Pfaffenweiler Alpine Horn Blowers on German Club Float
Dismantle German Club area downtown
8:30pm     Fireworks

8/8/05 Monday
Bus Tour for Pfaffenweiler Guests
Museum Visit

8/9/05 Tuesday 
Late Morning Departure of Pfaffenweiler Group

Host Family Meeting Scheduled

On June 6 th , at 6:30pm , the Jasper Partnership Commission is inviting all host families for a casual get together at the City Hall Meeting Room to discuss details of the upcoming visit from the Pfaffenweiler delegation for our 20 th anniversary celebration.  It is scheduled to present the full time line of all events taking place, communication with all the host families, emergency details, and many more details. Some families have expressed interest to host someone, and we ask you to please plan to attend the meeting. We will have a guest(s) assigned to you by that time. We might be needing one more host family.  

Radio Schedule
Programs begin at 7:05am

Tuesday 5/10/05     WITZ Gary's Place w/ Lowell Glendening and John Fierst referencing the German migration to Dubois County and Southern Indiana.

Thursday 6/9/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Lowell Glendening and Marie Hendry referencing the meaning of local German family names.

Thursday 6/30/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Joyce Knies and Paula Alles from the St. Joseph Church Choir about their trip to Germany, Switzerland and Austria the week prior.

Wednesday 7/13/05   WITZ Gary's Place w/ Jasper High School German Teacher Julia Newton and JHS German Students referencing their recent return from the exchange visit in Germany .

Tuesday 7/26/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Matthias Hilger referencing the upcoming plans for the 20 th anniversary celebration.

Friday 8/5/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Buergermeister Fritz Gutgsell about 20 th anniversary.

Monday 8/22/05     WITZ Gary's Place w/ Danny Wehr and Matthias Hilger about the future plans of the Partnership and the German Club.

Outdoor German Home Decorating and Lighting Contest

A feature of the 2005 Strassenfest will be an outdoor German home decorating and lighting contest sponsored by the Jasper Deutscher Verein and Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc.

The contest is open to all residents of Jasper and those living within two miles of the city limits.

The categories for the contest are most traditional German theme, best use of lights displaying a German theme, and most original German theme.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners in each category.   A category placing sign will be placed in each winner's yard.   This is a wonderful way to promote our German Heritage and a great way to decorate our community for the Strassenfest and Partnership Anniversary Celebration.

The entry blank for the contest will be published twice in The Herald.   It will appear on Saturday, July 16, and Monday, July 18 th .   Additional forms will be available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 W. Sixth Street , or by calling 482-6866, faxing to 482-1883 or e-mailing the chamber at chamber@jasperin.org .

Entries must be received in the chamber office no later than Monday, July 25 th .   Entries may be mailed to P. O. Box 307 , Jasper , IN   47547-0307 .

Judging will take place Friday evening, July 29 th .   Lights should be turned on by 7:30pm .

Teachers from Possneck
Anke Weniger (Left) and Karolla Festag

Students and teachers from Possneck visited Jasper as part of the JHS Student Exchange Program in April.

Deutscher Verein Food and Pastry Booths Sign Ups

It is that time of year again!   We are already gearing up for our annual Strassenfest.   Remember that this is our only fundraiser during the year, so we need the support of our large membership.

To sign up for a work shift, please contact Ed or Sarah Zoglman at 482-2886.   Sign up for working in the booths and also shift chairpersons   will take place at the   May German Club meeting .   Please sign up for the shift of your preference.

Notes from Julie Newton, JHS German Teacher

On May 29 th , 12 JHS students and 2 chaperones will leave   for Germany .  We will first travel to the area near Freiburg (including Pfaffenweiler) to visit the Staufen Gymnasium.  While in this region, the group will of course visit Pfaffenweiler, meet Mayor Gutgsell, and view the museum.  We will also take an excursion to Heidelberg and Bodensee ( Lake Constance ). 

On June 15th, the group will travel by bus to Munich , stopping along the way to view the castle of Neuschwanstein .  We will stay in Munich two nights and visit many sights there.

From Munich , we will travel to Pößneck.  While staying in this region, the group will visit the town of Mödlareuth , which was divided during the years of the division of East and West Germany .  We will also make excursions to Weimar and Dresden . 

Finally, the group will spend two nights in Berlin before departing for home.  In Berlin , we will visit such sights as the Reichstag, the Checkpoint Charlie museum, and the castle at Sanssouci.  We will depart for the US on July 1.


On behalf of the JHS German classes, I would like to thank the Deutscher Verein for providing the funding for the publication Wochenpost.  It's great having this available to students and to me as a teacher.  I use the copies regularly in class.  For example, I ask students to find an article that interests them based on the headline.  Then, I ask them to read it and explain it to a partner.  I will also have students pick out words they don't know and discuss them in class.  The students comment regularly on how much political content they see and how often our politics is reported on.  Thank you for providing this authentic material for our classes.

Julie Newton

German Club Strassenfest Float

Anyone interested in "sprucing up" the Strassenfest float is invited to help on Sunday, July 10 th , beginning at noon .   We will meet at the corner of 9 th and Vine Streets.

Please call Patti Goepfrich at 482-4821 if you have any questions.

Deutscher Verein and Sister City Golf Shirts 

Deutscher Verein and Sister City Golf Shirts may be ordered and purchased at Jasper Embroidery, 310 Main Street , Jasper.   They can also embroider the American Flag and the German Flag on shirts.   What a great way to display your German heritage.   These could also make great gifts.


Visitors from Germany to help celebrate our Partnership
(that are known)


Edmund Weeger

Walter Bosch

Karin Horst

Romano Venturini

Alexander Horst

Philip Venturini

Carolin Horst

Doris Kraus

Heinz Huppe

Hans-Peter Kaltschmidt

Gisela Huppe

Andrea Hug

Theo Gutgsell

Alex Sautermeister

Erika Hamberger

Wilma Sautermeister

Peter Vetter

Klaus Ober

Heide Vetter

Christel Ober

Albert Keller

Dietmar Pfefferle

Sonja Keller

Helga Pfefferle

Heimo Porsche

Mathias Pfefferle

Richard Kunzelmann

Marlene Pfefferle

Roseliese Kunzelmann

Fritz Gutgsell

Mathilde Albert

Brigitte Gutgsell

August Schmieder

Franz Hilger

Richard Eckerle

Baerbel Hilger

Cornelia Muller-Haus

Christine Klemm

Gebhard Ehrat

Alisia Klemm

Hilda Karle

Lorena Klemm

Janez Sori

Bernhard Vogel

Doris Sori

Anneliese Vogel

Josef Waibel

Maria Vogel

Irmgard Waibel

Bjoern Denda

German Festivals Around the State

Fort Wayne Germanfest - 1 st and 2 nd weekends of June

Haubstadt Sommerfest - Celebrating 150 Years 2 nd and 3 rd week of June

St. Henry Heinrich's Dorf Fest - 2 nd weekend of June

Oldenburg Freudenfest - 2 nd week of July

Berne Swiss Days - last 3 days of July

Evansville Germania Maennerchor Folksfest - 1 st week of August

Tell City Schweizerfest - 1 st week of August

Vincennes Germanfest - 2 nd week of August

Anderson Octoberfest - last Thursday of September

Huntingburg Herbstfest - 4 th week of September

Indianapolis Octoberfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of September

Indianapolis Germanfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of September

Kokomo Octoberfest - 4 th weekend of September

LaPort Octoberfest - 1 st week of September

New Harmony Kunstfest - 3 rd weekend of September

Seymour Octoberfest - last week of September, 1 st week of October

Marion Octoberfest - 1 st weekend of October

Terre Haute Octoberfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of October

Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt - 3 rd weekend of November

Fort Wayne Christkindel Market - 4 th week of November

Jasper Tannenbaum Days - 1 st weekend of December

Thanks to Ralph Ruppel of Vincennes for gathering this information.   For more information on German Heritage in Indiana , contact the Indiana German Heritage Society at 317-464-9004 or www.ighs.org.

Indiana Sister Cities with Chosen Sister Cities

Anderson - Bernburg
Columbus - Lohne
Evansville - Osnabruck
Ft. Wayne - Gera
Goshen - Bexbach
Huntingburg - Bissendorf
Indianapolis - Cologne
South Bend - Arzberg
Vincennes - Wasserburg
New Harmony - Wiernsheim
Celestine - Wagshurst

Deutscher Verein to be Represented in German Life Magazine

Thanks to Kristen Seitz of the Dubois County Tourism Commission for including images of Deutscher Verein members in an ad which will be run in the June/July Issue of German Life Magazine.   Check it out!!!!

Erinnerst Du Dich?

Photo history of Jasper to be shown during fest
By Martha Rasche
Herald Staff Writer

Ninety people from Jasper are looking forward to a firsthand view of Pfaffenweiler, Jasper's sister city, next month.   They think residents of Pfaffenweiler might want to know what Jasper looks like, too.  

That's why they have decided to take with them to the West Germany community about 60 pictures that tell the history of Jasper, according to Dave Buehler, who is coordinating the project.

Various businesses and industries donated money to help pay for the pictorial display and other gifts that "will be presented to the people of Pfaffenweiler from the people of Jasper," Buehler said.

Each of the pictures, some as large as 16 inches by 20 inches, is accompanied by a description and short history written on both German and English.   They include scenes of Jasper in the late 1800s, the floods of 1913 and 1964, the Jasper mill, St. Joseph 's Church, and the 1894 Jasper Reds baseball team.

More current pictures are of neighborhoods, factories and the Jasper Wildcats playing in the Hoosier Dome during the 1987 state football finals.   Many of the pictures are of Strassenfest activities.

Also part of the exhibits is a list of the original 12 families that belonged to St. Joseph 's Church in 1836 and another list, taken from the Pew Rent Book, of the families that were members of St. Joseph 's from 1858 to 1880.  

The display will be in the window of Boeckman's Furniture, 512 Main Street , during the Strassenfest, August 4 through 7.

"We wanted everybody in Jasper to have a chance to see this before we take it to Germany .   That's the gist of the whole thing," Buehler said.

The photos will be displayed in Pfaffenweiler during the city's annual Schneckenfest, and then they will be put in the community's museum.

(printed in The Herald - July 22, 1988 )



125 g  

butter 250 g sugar


eggs 125 g   hazelnuts or walnuts

500 g

plain flour 4 level teaspoons baking powder

¼ l

dark beer 125 g sultanas

100 g

lemon peel 100 g orange peel

1 teaspoon

cinnamon 1 pinch ground cloves
  bread crumbs    


Whisk the butter and sugar to a froth, then add the eggs, one by one.   Mix the baking powder with the flour, sieve and add to the egg and sugar mixture.   Add the nuts and spices and mix.   Blend in the beer and add the candied fruit.

Grease two small or one large tin and line with bread.   Bake for 1 ½ hours at 160 C.

(taken from Cooking and Healing with Beer - Secrets from Germany's Famous Andechs Monastery )

Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment

A gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation is a wonderful way to remember that special someone.   A gift in honor of someone or in memory of someone may be given.   The Dubois County Community Foundation will send a letter of acknowledgment to the individual being honored or to the family of someone being remembered.   Send your gift along with the information below to the Dubois County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 269 , Jasper , IN   47547-0269 .   Appropriate envelopes are also available at the greeting table at each club meeting.  


Enclosed is my gift of $___________.   Please direct my gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment.  

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________

City/State/Zip: _________________________________

I want my gift to be in memory of/in honor of:


Please acknowledge gift:

Name: _______________________________________



Sister Cities of Jasper Jasper Partnership Commission
Jasper DeutscherVerein

"Honoring those who promote our German Heritage"

Nomination Form

Membership Dues

It's that time of year again! Please submit your dues for 2005 as soon as possible by completing and sending in the following form. Thanks!

SEND TO: Jasper Deutscher Verein, ATTN: Rita Egler, P.O. Box 15, Jasper, IN 47546


Name(s): ___________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

City, State, ZIP: ______________________________________________________

Home Phone ( ) ______ - ___________ E-mail: ___________________

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Single Membership ($5.00) or Couple Membership ($10.00)

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New Membership or Membership Renewal

Please indicate the year which dues are to be applied: ________________________

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact Matthias Hilger or Patti Goepfrich.

Deutscher Verein

Officers :

Directors :

Bob Dilger - President
Virgil Gress- Vice President
Rita Egler - Treasurer
Ruth Wibbels - Secretary

Die Zeitung
Editor:  Patti Goepfrich
Phone: 482-4821
e-mail:  pmgoep@fullnet.com

Fr. John Boeglin
Dave Buehler
Raymie Eckerle
Dan Gutgsell
Jim Gutgsell
Matthias Hilger
Janet Kluemper
Linus Lechner
Danny Wehr