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DUBOIS COUNTY ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL


St Joseph School 1890
This is an early picture of St. Joseph's School. The date has been removed from the picture, but it must have been around the turn of the century. Fidelis Maute was the pastor of the church at that time and stands at the left in the rear. Andrew F. Gugutgsell who is the teacher in this picture, later became a doctor. This is a picture of one of the boys' classes.
The pupils are, left to right: Emil Schuler, Carl Merder, Edward Egg, Albept Spayd, Henry Gosman
"Second row: Charles Schuetter, Fred Krodel, Fred Rumbach, Henry Seger, Robert Melchior, Othmar Melchior and Leo Eckert.
Third row: August Flick, Theodore Schuler. Henry Fierst, Louis J. Eckstein, Carl Renner, Albert Schuler, Florian Gutzweiler, Dr. Jacob Schneider, George Gerber, and Andrew Bettag.
Fourth row: Only two boys, Charles McNerny, Joseph P. Kunkel.
Fifth row: John Steinhauser, Henry Friedman, Albert Renner, Wendolin Leighton. Frank Troxler, Bruce Greene, Carl Theile, Henry Seiler.
Sixth row: William Jahn, Frank Habig. William Daschle, Fr. Fidelis, the Rev. Philip Schneider, Dr. Fidelis Friedman, Dr. Andrew F. Gutgsell, Harry Melchior, George Krause, and Mike Kress.
Top row: Edward McNerny, Andrew W. Berger, Joseph Keusch, Frank Lampert, Oscar Seibert. Casper Hatter, William A. Giesler, Leo Hochgesang, Matt Rumhach and William Roelle.


This is a photograph of the boys grades in the elementary school at St Joseph's in Jasper.
The Rev. Fiddis Maute was the pastor of the church and Dr. Andrew F. Gutgseil was the principal and teacher of the upper grades.
The picture was taken beside the present St. Joseph's Church. To show that they were studious boys a number of them are holding larger books which were geographies and the smaller ones were readers.
We are informed that no one on the picture still lives. Those pictured are, first row, left to right: Emil Schuler, Carl Merder, Edward Egg. Albert Spayd, Henry Gossman.
Second row, left to right, are: Charles Schuetter, Fred Krodel, Fred Rumbach, Henry Seger, Robert Melchior, Othmar Melchior, and Leo Eckert.
Third row, left to right, are August Flick, Theodore Schuler, Henry Fierst, Louis J. Eckstein, Carl Renner, Albert Schuler, Florian Gutzweiler, Dr. Jacob J. Schneider, George Gerber and Andrew Bettag.
Fourth row, left to right, are: only two boys, Charles McNerny, and Joseph P. Kunkel.
Fifth row, left to rignt, are: John Stanhauser, Henry Friedman, Albert Renner, Wendolin Leighton, Frank Trader, Bruce Greene, Carl Theile, and Henry Seller.
Sixth row, left to right, are William Jahn, Frank Habig William Dashle, Fr. Fidelis, the Rev. Philip Schneider, Dr. Fidelis Friedman, Dr. and F. Gugwll, Harry Melchior. George Krause Mike Kress.
Top row, left to right, are: Edward McNerny, Andrew W. Berger, Joseph Keusch, Frank Lampert, Oscar Seibert, Casper Hatter, William A. Giesler, Leo Hochgesang, Mat Rumbach, and William Roelle.
St Joseph School 1893
It appears that we have published more pictures of the Jasper Schools than any other in the county. But the answer seems in be several fold. First of all there probably not  as many students in any county school, with the exception of Huntingburg.
I can recall seeing population figures of Dubois County about the first of this century. At that time Huntingburg, the largest town, was the railway center of the county.
The main line from Louisville to St Louis and the line from Evansville to Jasper had been built. It was not until 1907 that the Southern extended the line from Jasper to West Baden to connect with the Monon Railroad In the second place we evidently had more photographers in Jasper at the time and they were anxious to take pictures.
This photograph was taken on the north or south side of the old St. Joseph Rectory building. Both sides were the same. The photographer naturally would select the side with the best light. The north side in summer and the south side in the winter season.
The students and the Pastor of the Church are as follows: first row. left to right: Tillie Meyer Schwenk. Nora Kiefer Reck. Rose Sweeney. Kattie Kuebler. Fr Fidelis. Ella Habig Gerber. Josephine Kckert Eckstein. Dora Kuebler Casper. Nora Troxler Gutzweiler. Clara Mehringer Lorey.
Second row. left to right Lillian Brosmer Kordes. Rose Gutzweilei Egg, Tina Kunkel Willett, Minnie Judy Helen Gosman, Kate Renmer, Dora Krauso, Theresa Henke Schmidt. Theresa Birkle Leber
Third row. left to right: Stella Friedman Joseph, Olivia Eckstein Sermersheim,  Anna Daeschle, Lula Schuetter Schuler. Josephine Eckerfels. Theresa Berger Rausch. Carrie Krempp Kunkel.
Fourth row Rose Gosman  Anna Rumbach.  Minnie Burger Henrietta Sermersheim. Delia Sermersheim.     Nettie Sermersheim. Agatha Burger.

Published in The Daily Herald March 20 1971 Submitted by Kathryn J. Todd
Father Raymond Kunkel, S.V.D., a former member of St. Joseph's Church parish in Jasper, who has achieved a distinguished record of service as a missionary In the Philippines, will celebrate the occasion of the silver anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood next Sunday in Jasper.
The jubilee Mass will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph's Church. The pastor, the Rev. August B. Fichter, and other local priests will assist at the service.
The men's and boys' choirs will lead the parishioners' and relatives of the celebrants In a community sung Mass.
Father Stephen Szmutko,S.V.D., of Trenton, N.J., will preach the homily. He has been a coworker with Father Kunkel for several years in the Philippines and will be returning there in the near future.
A reception for relatives and friends of the jubilarian will be held in the community room of the German American Bank after the Mass.
Preparations for the occasion have been handled by a group of relatives headed by a cousin of Father Kunkel, Mrs. Gene Kunz of Jasper, and by his pastor, Father Fichter
Father Kunkel was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. William D. O'Brien, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, at the close of World War II on Aug. 15, 1945. The ordination ceremony took place in the chapel of St. Mary's Mission Seminary at Techny, Rev. Father Kunkel offered his first solemn Mass in St. Joseph's Church in Jasper four days later.
The jubilarian was born on Nov. 13, 1918. Following his graduation from St. Joseph's School he entered the Minor Seminary at St. Meinrad in the fall of 1932.
Three years later he decided to become a foreign missionary, where upon he entered the Minor Seminary for foreign mission training with the Society of the Divine Word at Techny, M. There he was graduated from the high school department in 1936. In the following September he entered Sacred Heart Seminary for his two-year college course.
In June of 1938 he entered the novitiate of the Society of the
Divine Word at Techny and made his profession of vows after two years of study. The following September he continued his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Mary's Mission Seminary in Techny and after completing the third year of the theological studies he was ordained. When Father Kunkel offered his first Mass in Jasper, his native city, the sermon was delivered by another missionary priest from Jasper, the Rev. Robert Greene, N.M., who had returned to the states a short time before from China.
For the past two years Father Kunkel has been studying for a doctorate degree in higher education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Next month he will return to the Philippines, where he has spent 9 years, to collect research data for his doctoral dissertation as the organizational goals of Philippine universities.
By June of 1971 he expects to continue his educational apostolate in  the Teachers College of the University of San Carlos at Ceba City in the southern Philippines.
He began his graduate studies in Washington in September of 1968. On Easter Sunday of that year he had arrived in Jasper for his first home leave in 11 years During his frequent visits to Jasper since he returned to the states Father Kunkel has been the house guest of Father Fichter and the parish.
During his many years In the Philippines his missionary efforts have been devoted almost entirely to the field of the educational apostolate except for weekend parish work and frequent retreat-preach-work and frequent retreat-preaching. He was at all times either a college administrator, a teacher or a student chaplain.
While in the islands Father Kumkel served as president of the Divine Word University of Tacloban City in Leyte and as president of the Divine Word Collect of Laoag City in the northern part of the Philippines and for the past six years he has been secretary of education for the society's tea universities, nine colleges and 11 seminaries.
During four of his seven years in Tacloban, Leyte, Mrs. lmelda Marcos, the First Lady of the Philippines, was a college student at the Divine Word University
For four years Father Kunkel was editor-in-chief of a national
Catholic magazine, "Mission World" published in Manila, the early 1960s he spent several months in Hong Kong establishing a secondary school In the Crown Colony.
The Society of the Divine Word has more than 300 priest and brother members in the Philippines including more than 100 Filipinos.
In June of this year the bowl of trustees of the Divine Word College-Seminary   in Epworth Iowa, elected Father Kunkel president of the college but he declined to accept the position, prefer rise to continue his work as a  missionary in Southeast Asia. He will return to Washington, D.C., after the jubilee observance to work for university approval of his research design before proceeding to the Philippines next month.
The missionary priest was over-seas when his father, Theodore Kunkel, a Jasper farm Implement dealer, died in 1948 and when his stepmother, Lena Baenman Kankel, died in 1965. His mother, Frances Bleemel -Kunkel, died when Father Kunkel was 1 year old.
His only sister, Mrs. George Dieterle, who has four children and six grandchildren, lives in Owensboro, Ky. His brother, Robert and his wife and two children.
The missionary priest seas when his father, Theodore Kunkel, a Jasper farm implement dealer, died in 1948 and when his stepmother, Lena Bach Kunkel, died in 1965. His mother Frances Bleemel Kunkel, died when Father Kunkel was 1 year old
His only sister, Mrs George Dieterle, who has four children and six grandchildren, lives in Owensboro, Ky. His brother, Robert and his wife and two children live in Springfield, Va. Robert who has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for many years, was recently appointed director of the Washington, D.C. office of the FBI by Hoover.

The Daily Herald August 13, 1970 Submitted by Kathryn J. Todd

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