Looking Back: 6/14

The original building that housed Lorey Brothers, a furniture retailer, was located and the corner of Sixth and Newton streets in Jasper and constructed by John Lorey, right. John’s younger brother, Jacob C. Lorey, and John’s wife are also pictured. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff) 

65 Years Ago
June 13, 1949
Fifteen men were initiated into the Forty and Eight at a “wreck” held yesterday afternoon at the Rustic Tavern. About 200 war veterans from Voitures  at Huntingburg, Jasper, Petersburg, Loogootee, Tell City, New Albany and Evansville, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky, were present for the occasion.

June 14
A beautiful candlelight ceremony was held in the Starlight Room of Wehrle’s Restaurant last night in which Ann Sedgwick, international field staff executive of the international sorority of Beta Sigma Phi, read the ritual for 16 new pledges from Jasper. A formal dinner was enjoyed preceding the impressive service. Immediately following the ritual, Ann Sedgwick installed the following officers of the Jasper chapter, which will be given a Greek letter name by the international headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri: Mrs. Claude Beiter, president: Mrs. Georgine M. Hardwick, vice-president; Mrs. Omer Sturm, recording secretary; Miss Louise Sonderman, corresponding secretary; Mrs. James Brendle, treasurer; and Mrs. John L. Eckert, program director. In addition to the above list of officers, the membership of the Jasper chapter includes: Mrs. Sylvester H. Berger, Mrs. Gerald D. Enlow, Miss Georgia A. Hardwick, Mrs. Edward Jones, Mrs. Allen F. Joseph, Miss Geraldine E. Kunkel, Mrs. Edwin Krempp, Mrs. Maurice Schneider, Mrs. Rudolph Sturm and Mrs. James Wallace.

June 15
Miss Susan Buckler is the new president of the American Legion Auxiliary to Dubois County Post 147, Jasper, as a result of the election held recently. She succeeds Miss Mary Alice Schnaus.

Jasper radio station WITZ is among 12 Indiana radio stations awarded certificates in recognition of their public service in broadcasting the Indiana University “School of the Sky” during the 1948-1949 school year. The 15-minute daily programs were used by school teachers throughout the state as a supplement to classroom recitations.

June 16
Past State Commander C. U. Gramelspacher was elected to the office of post commander of Dubois County  Post 147, American Legion, at the annual election of the post last night. He and the other officers of the post were elected without opposition. They are: Paul Hoffman and Carl Hopf, first and second vice commander, John W. Gramelspacher, Chaplain; A. T. Rumbach, Historian; Newby Lumpkin, Sgt. at Arms; William Luegers, Treasurer; Albert Russell, William Kuper and Ray Horney, Executive committee.

June 17
The Adjutant General’s office in Indianapolis today further explained the receiving of bids for motor depots at several Indiana cities. They included a structure at Jasper to be built on a plot of land across from the Dubois County Country Club. This seven-acre plot was purchased recently by the City of Jasper and a deed for about four acres of it was turned over to the state. Major Allie Bontwell, public information officer  in the Adjutant General’s office, explained that the structure will be 52 feet by 116 feet. Cost of the front of the building will be borne by the state of Indiana while the rear or garage area will be paid by the federal government. The Mann Construction Company of New Albany was the low bidder on the Jasper motor depot, which will serve tentatively as a national guard armory. The Mann bid was $35,130 for the front portion and 24,500 for the rear.

June 18
The Indiana High School basketball All-Star team defeated their Kentucky counterparts last night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis by a final score of 66 to 61. Jasper’s Bob White turned in an outstanding floor game  until going out on fouls in the last minute of play. He netted five points, four of them in the crucial last three minutes, and set up a number of baskets with heady passes. More than 100 Jasper basketball fans attended the game.

50 Years Ago
June 15, 1964
A large turnout of rabid baseball fans were well rewarded for their efforts as they were treated to a close, hard-fought Teen League baseball  game between Jasper and Huntingburg Sunday
night at Recreation Field. The Huntingburg Teens pushed across three runs in the sixth inning which proved to be the only runs of  the night and enough for a victory.  The Hunters’ 3-0 win was highlighted by  a sparkling no-hit gem by John Wellemeyer. Wellemeyer fanned 11 men and issued only three walks in his pitching masterpiece. The attendance prize, an ice chest donated by Martin X. Rohleder, was won by Keith Menner.

June 16
A teaching career that spanned almost half a century has been terminated by Elmer C. Hunefeld of Jasper. Mr. Hunefeld taught his last classes at Jasper High School as this year’s school term came to a close. His teaching career totalled 45 years, the last 33 of which were spent on the faculty of Jasper High School. He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ  and the Indiana State Teachers Association. He and Mrs. Hunefeld, the former Edna Steinkamp, are the parents of two daughters, Mrs. David Miles of Holland and Mrs. Floyd Fasnacht of Massillon, Ohio.

The Farmers Home Administration recently approved a $180,000 loan to help the Haysville community develop a water system, and yesterday morning a check for the amount of the loan was turned over by John W. King, the agency’s state director, to Dennis Kieffner, president of the Haysville Water Utilities, Inc., in a ceremony at the Dubois County Bank in Haysville where the money has been put on deposit. The loan, together with around $15,000 contributed so far by members of the water company, will be used to pay for wells, storage tanks, distribution lines, meters, and engineering and attorney’s fees. The loan is amortized to be repaid over a 40-year period. Construction is set to begin shortly.

June 17
Alex Moody of Clay City, Indiana, has been engaged as principal of Huntingburg High School. He will succeed Elmer H. Loehr, who retired at the end of the 1963-64 school year after having served as principal for 23 years.  Mr. Moody is a graduate of Fontanet High School. He received his B. S. degree from Purdue University in 1953 and his M. S. degree from Purdue in 1960. Mr. Moody and his wife are the parents of two daughters, aged five and seven.

Fourteen Boy Scouts from Dubois County were among the 31 boys  of the Evansville Diocese who received the Ad Altare Dei award Sunday during ceremonies held in the St. Ferdinand Church. The awards, presented to Catholic Scouts for service to their church, were conferred by the Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, Bishop of Evansville. Dubois Countians receiving the medals include: Dennis Wagner, Eugene Olinger, Lawrence Rasche and Patrick Weyer of Troop 186, Ferdinand; John Rumbach and Paul Berger, Troop 182, Jasper; and Ronald J. Seger, Thomas Gehlhausen, Joseph Knies, Leonard Krapf, Paul Eversman, Kenneth Seng, Steven Bender and Charles Stenftenagel, Troop 185, Jasper.

June 18
John R. Hoffman graduated on June 8th from the Indiana University School of Law. In 1961, he received a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. He has accepted a position in
the offices of a patent-law firm, Hofgren, Wegner, Allen, Stellman & McCord of Chicago. He and Mrs. Hoffman, the former JoRean Berger, will be moving to Chicago this week. John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hoffman, of 520 West Fifth Street, Jasper.

June 19
Big John Wellemeyer, one of Huntingburg High School’s most promising athletes  in quite some time, pitched his second no-hit, no-run game of the week Thursday when Huntingburg whitewashed Dale, 2-0 in a Colt league game. Wellemeyer, who earned varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball as a freshman this past school year, turned in his second pitching gem in the past four days. Last Sunday he pitched his first no-hit, no-run game when he beat Jasper 3-0, in a Teen League Baseball game at Recreation Field.

June 20
Non-swimmers in the Jasper area have been taking advantage of the free learn-to-swim classes at the Armory Pool the past ten days. A total of 323 persons enrolled in the course and through yesterday 155 have passed the test. Final classes will be held Monday morning at the regular time.

25 Years Ago
June 12, 1989
The long wait is over. Junior right-hander Scott Snapp quieted Pike Central’s ringing bats Saturday night, firing a three-hitter to lead Vincennes Lincoln to a 6-1 victory  and the school’s first regional championship since 1972. The Chargers, who earlier in the day defeated Loogootee 8-4, finished with an 18-9 record. Vincennes (16-12) defeated Springs Valley 1-0 to advance to the final game.  The Alices will play Evansville Memorial in the Jasper semi-state next Saturday.

June 13
Two Jasper High School students finished third and tenth in the state in their respective tests at the 1989 Indiana State Mathematics Contest. Nearly 2,500 students from around the state competed in the contest, held at local schools in April. Zach Ziliak, son of John and Kathleen Ziliak, finished third in the comprehensive test contest. Ryan Scherle, son of Don and Eileen Scherle, placed tenth in the algebra 1 state contest.

Seniors K. R. Cave, Dana Kalb and Scott Merkel received the top awards at the Northeast Dubois Spring Sports Awards program held May 26 at the high school cafeteria. Cave received the Mike Bair All-Sports Trophy, given each year to the outstanding senior boy athlete. Kalb was named the Outstanding Senior Girl Athlete. Merkel won the Brian Lueken Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award.

June 14
Jane E. Berger, daughter of Richard and Martina Berger of 309 E. Eighth St., Jasper graduated with distinction from Purdue University on Saturday, May 13. She received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education.

Five area runners placed in the Colonel’s Chicken Chase  4-mile run at Clark State Park in Henryville on Saturday. Brad Traylor of Jasper placed third overall in the race, while his twin brother
Brian was first in his age group. Phil Wendel of Jasper also placed first in his age group. John Marks of Jasper finished third in his age group, and Bob Bell of Loogootee placed fifth in his age group. Some 250 runners competed in the race.

June 15
Wabash College of Crawfordsville announced that three Jasper area students are on the dean’s list for the spring 1989 semester. The students are Scott A. Hemmerlein, senior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos P. Hemmerlein of R. 3, Jasper; Mark B. Sutton, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sutton of 306 Reyling Drive, Jasper; and Michael J. Waddell, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Waddell of 1528 Vine St., Jasper.

June 16
Randy Niehaus of Jasper has completed the master of arts degree in executive development from Ball State University in Muncie. Niehaus is the director of human resources for the Indiana Desk Company. He is the first person to graduate through Vincennes University Jasper Center with a master’s degree.

The Jasper Reds improved to 11-4 on the season with an 11-1 thumping of visiting Vincennes in semipro baseball action Thursday night. The win was also a milestone for Reds manager Bob Alles, who now has 250 of them. Jasper’s Darren Lynam and J. D. Scott gave winning pitcher Brian Kirchoff all the runs he needed when each of them hit 2-run homers. Scott, who is hitting .455 after 15 games, already has 7 home runs.  

June 17
Ted Bartley, Paul Weinzapfel and Mark Schaefer of Ruxer Ford have been recognized for sales excellence in 1988 with Specialist level membership in Ford Division’s 300/500 Masters Program. The 300/500 Master’s Program, established by Ford Division , Ford Motor Co., annually recognizes dealers’ salespeople for outstanding  sales performance and dedication to customer satisfaction. This marks the 36th time that Bartley has been honored by membership in this sales organization. It is Weinzapfel’s third time and Schaefer’s second.

John Wilson has been appointed to the position of treasurer/business manager of the St. Meinrad Archabbey. The appointment was effective June 12. Wilson, 39, and his wife, Sandy, have three children. They reside at Santa Claus.





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