Looking Back: 6/7

This photograph shows the southwest corner of the intersection of Eighth and Main streets in Jasper in 1966. The three structures on the right were removed for the construction of the new facilities for German American Bank. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
June 6, 1949
Subscribers of the Huntingburg School Building Rental Corporation, a holding company formed to finance the construction of the new Huntingburg High School gym, met last night and elected officers. They are as follows: George St. Angelo, president; Louis Wagner, first vice president; Dick Smith, second vice-president; P. C. Giltner, secretary; and Albert  B. Knust, treasurer. These men also comprise the first board of directors. It was agreed to employ Ralph Legeman, Evansville architect, to prepare the plans and specifications for the gym, and Attorney John R.
Ax was instructed to prepare the articles of incorporation necessary to form the holding company.

Manager Ralph Olinger’s Ferdinand Cardinals racked up their first I-K League victory Sunday behind the steady four-hit pitching of veteran Norb Schreiner. Ferdinand won a 3-1, ten-inning
decision over Boonville. Meanwhile the Ferdinand Pirates, members of the Deer Trail League, snapped a two-game losing streak, defeating the St. Meinrad Saints, 7-6.

June 7
At a special session held in the County Auditor’s private office yesterday, the township trustees of Dubois County re-elected John H. Teder as County Superintendent of Schools. By a vote of 9-2, Teder was given his fifth consecutive term of four years. Claude Miller, principal of Jasper High School, was the only other candidate. The vote was by secret ballot.

The annual business meeting, banquet and dance of the Dubois High School Alumni Association will be held at the Rustic Tavern on Sunday evening, June 19. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. A local dance band will play for the dance  which will follow the banquet and business meeting. To date, 294 students have graduated from Dubois High School. The first graduating class received their diplomas in 1927. Present officers of the alumni group are Ralph Seger, president; Oscar Kalb, vice-president; Ted Bauer, treasurer; and Dorothy Mae Meyer, secretary.

More than 300 swimmers crowded the municipal pool in Jasper on its opening day yesterday. Swimmers were pleasantly surprised to find that the admission  prices had been reduced this year
by the Jasper Park Board. Prices are 5 cents for grade school children, 10 cents for high school students and 25 cents for adults. Swimmers must bring their own towels. Miss Dora Urich and Elmer Hunefeld are co-managers of the pool again this year.

June 8
Five Jasper boys have been selected to attend Hoosier Boys State in Indianapolis during the week of June 11 to 18. The Jasper boys who will attend, and the organizations sponsoring them, are Tom Schutz (Knights of Columbus), Paul Rumbach (Kiwanis Club), Charles Witcher (Daughters of Isabella), Bob Hedinger (Loyal Order of Moose), and Bill Hedinger (Forty and Eight).

Thirty-five pin spotters were guests of the Gerbo Bowling Lanes Monday afternoon at Jasper Lake at the first annual Pin Boys outing. The group spent the afternoon swimming and playing games before diving into a prepared lunch. Prizes were awarded for swimming and running races. The boys were given an extra surprise in the form of a cash bonus for their work as spotters this season. The bonus was presented by Bob Gerber and Maurice Fehribach of Gerbo.

June 9
Rev. Omer Francis Meyer and Rev. Raymond Anthony Schroering of Jasper will be ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church at Assumption Cathedral in Evansville Saturday morning. The ordination Mass will begin at 9 o’clock. Father Meyer will celebrate his first Mass in St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper next Sunday morning at 10:30, and Father Schroering will celebrate his first Mass in the local church  a week later, on Sunday, June 19. This Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m.

June 10
Bob White of Jasper left this morning for Indianapolis where he will join the Indiana All-Stars who begin their preparations for the annual match with the Kentucky All-Stars. Bob, who was a starting guard on the Jasper Wildcats who won the state championship this year, was voted Number Five man on the team. Consequently, he will be in the starting lineup.

June 11
Tom Schutz returned Friday from Madison where he spent the first five days of the week attending the annual Kiwanis baseball school. Tom was one of the two youthful players singled out for outstanding work during the training session.

50 Years Ago
June 8, 1964
Among those who received degrees from Indiana University today is Dr. Stanley L. Bartley, who received a degree in medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bartley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl J. Bartley of R. 1, Ferdinand, is married to the former Sondra L. Barron of Evansville. The couple have two daughters, Shay Lynn and Shannon Lori, and a son, Samuel Luke. Dr. Bartley is a 1956 graduate of St. Ferdinand High School. Dr. Bartley will begin his internship on July 1 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

June 9
Gary Dugan and Steve Henke of  Boy Scout Troop 187 were awarded their God and Country Awards by Rev. Wayland Siders at the Holland Methodist Church during the  Sunday morning
worship service. Gary and Steve presented miniature pins to their parents and Rev. Siders.
Wes Settle’s Jasper Junior American Legion baseball team dropped its third straight game of the season last night when they journeyed to Evansville and lost to Funkhouser by the score of 14-3.

June 10
Walter Peters, well known Huntingburg business man, who has owned and operated Peters’ Cash Grocery since October 28, 1930, is advertising his merchandise and fixtures for sale, and plans to retire July first, because of ill health.

Miss Mary Ann Katter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Katter of Holland, has been chosen by her chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority as their delegate to its National Convention at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on June 15-20. She will travel to the convention via Delta Air Lines. Miss Katter is a junior at Indiana State College, Terre Haute, where she is majoring in Vocational Home Economics.

June 11
Dr. Edward J. Ploetner was reappointed Wednesday night by the Jasper city council to another three-year term on the Jasper board of education. The council voted unanimously on the appointment following the motion by James Brendle. It was seconded by Francis Sermersheim. Dr. Ploetner is completing his second term on the school board, having been appointed originally in 1958. During the present year he has served as president of the board.

Tom Traylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Traylor of Dubois, has accepted a four-year athletic scholarship at Decatur Baptist College in Decatur, Texas. Traylor, six-foot, five-inch center, played basketball for Coach Rex May’s Jeeps last year and is also a letter winner in baseball. The Dubois athlete plans to take business at Decatur Baptist College.

The Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg is rolling out the red carpet for Sister M. Johnita Derr, O.S.B., its new administrator. Sister Johnita, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Derr of Boonville, will come to the Huntingburg hospital directly from St. Louis University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration on June 6. Sister Johnita will assume full charge of the hospital on June 15.

Mike Dippel pitched and batted  the Jasper Junior American Legion baseball team to their first victory of the season Thursday night at Recreation Field as Jasper defeated petersburg 9-1 in a Tri-County League game. Dippel pitched a strong three-hitter as he struck out 15 men and walked just two. For Jasper, Mike Hinkle  had a triple and a single, while Mike Dipple and Dan Beck had two singles each.

June 12
Twenty mayors from throughout southern Indiana, including Jack Newton of Jasper and Dale Helmerich of Huntingburg, attended an organizational meeting Thursday of a new Southern Indiana mayors organization. The meeting was held in the Greystone Hotel in Bedford.

25 Years Ago
June 5, 1989
Soon, after you pick up your telephone to make a long distance call, AT&T will not necessarily be the company that sends you a bill. Local residents will soon get the chance to choose their long distance company–as equal access arrives in Dubois County. The choice will be among AT&T, LDDS, MCI, One Call, Saverline, US Sprint and WATS ONE. Contel will mail out a ballot July 31, says Craig Galloway, community relations coordinator.

Jasper and Ferdinand swept doubleheaders Sunday in semipro baseball action to take a share of first place in the recently formed Southern Indiana Semipro Baseball League. The Reds beat long-time rival St. Wendel 2-1 and 2-0, while the Cardinals stopped Tell City 4-1 and 9-7.

June 6
A golf course in Pike County will be developed using funds from the National Park Service. A nine-hole course, nature trails, landscaping, utilities and signs will be developed at Pride Creek Golf Course located along U.S. 61 near Petersburg. The cost of the project is $200,000.
Weyer Electric of Ferdinand won the Men’s Class B State Qualifier softball tournament over the weekend advancing through the double elimination event undefeated. The tournament was played in Ferdinand.

June 7
The old Ireland High School, a source of countless memories for 74 years, today became a memory itself as it was torn down to make way for a new grade school. The building lost its high school students in 1970 when it was consolidated into the Jasper School System, the result of a statewide school consolidation program.

Pike Central players enjoyed a rare celebration Tuesday night at Recreation Field in Jasper. The Chargers stung Jasper pitching for three home runs and four doubles and played errorless defense to win the school’s first-ever baseball sectional title, 8-3 over the Wildcats. It was Pike Central’s first victory over Jasper in tournament play. The Chargers will meet Loogootee in the opening game of the Jasper regional at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

June 8
Audrey Gutgsell will represent the 18th District Fire Departments in the Miss Flame Contest at the state convention June 14-17. The convention will be held at the Executive Inn in Evansville. She competed against other representatives from area fire departments of the 18th District at the fire parade held last October in St. Anthony. To be eligible for the Miss Flame title, the contestant must be either a sister or a daughter of a fireman. Ms. Gutgsell, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Monica Gutgsell of Schnellville.

Imagine pitching a perfect game in spring training. It’s a great accomplishment, but it doesn’t count in the record book. Randy Stratman of Huntingburg had a similar experience March 7, when he rolled a 300 in Scotch Doubles play at Hunter’s Bowl. Scotch Doubles games are not sanctioned, and though it was the first 300 ever bowled at the alleys, it wasn’t official. Not to be
denied, Stratman made it official last week when he bowled another perfect game in the Thursday Men’s League at Hunter’s Bowl. This one was sanctioned. This one made the official record book. Stratman is a 1979 graduate of Jasper High School.

Jasper Reds pitcher Steve Hautsch won his 50th semipro game Wednesday night by pitching 5 innings as the Jasper Reds defeated the Ferdinand Cardinals 15-8. The Reds improved to 3-0 in the Southern Indiana Semipro League, and took over sole possession of first place. Hautsch, 2-1 this season, is 26-7 over the last six years.

June 9
Brian Wahl is Pike Central High School’s new boys basketball coach. Wahl, 26, was named Thursday night during the school corporation’s monthly meeting. He replaces Ken Leinenbach, who resigned earlier this spring after two years as head coach. The new coach, a graduate of Heritage Hills High School and Oakland City College, has taught in the Pike Central system for four years. He has been freshman coach the past three seasons.

June 10
Tim and Jo Ann Padgett have announced the name change of their restaurant, formerly known as the Drawbridge, to Padgett’s Pizza and Family Restaurant. The restaurant is located on U.S. Highway 231 south in Jasper.




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