Looking Back: 6/30

Before the turn of the century, Jasper had plants that manufactured farm wagons and buggies and horse collars and harnesses. Karl K. Weigel opened a harness shop in Jasper during the first year of this century. Weigel is pictured outside his harness, collar and saddle shop at Sixth and Newton streets. Some of the wares for sale are exhibited near the front door. On the walk to the left is a bone-meal sack of collars. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
June 27, 1949
Jasper was in the limelight at the state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary at Indianapolis over the weekend. Mrs. Josephine Breidenbaugh of Jasper was elected to the highest office in the Auxiliary, that of state president, while Wm. M. Cox advanced another step toward the highest office in the state in the VFW ranks when he was elected senior vice commander. This is the second highest of the state offices. Both have been active for years in the Jasper units of their respective organizations, and also have held offices in the district and state groups.

“Duck” Menner pitched a no-hitter Saturday afternoon against the Ferdinand Legion juniors as Jasper won 7-0. “Duck” struck out 13 and walked three but no runner reached second, and not one ball was hit out of the infield. Tom Schutz lead the attack with a triple and a single. “Laffy” Lehmkuhler, speedy second baseman, stole four bases and scored three runs.

June 28
The new American Legion Home in Huntingburg was broken into early this morning. The new home of the Huntingburg post of the Legion was opened to the public only two days when it was robbed. Entrance was gained by breaking a window in the men’s wash room. The burglar cut himself on the shattered glass when he broke the window, and it was easy to track him around the interior of the building by the spots of blood on the floor. Manager Bob Prior said all he was missing was about $5 from a petty cash drawer.

Miss Miriam “Pat” Giesler received her diploma in dental hygiene from Northwestern University at impressive ceremonies held on the Deering Library lawn of the university campus in Evanston, Illinois, June 13. After taking the Illinois state board exams, she will go to Florida to spend a month with a classmate, Betty Grady. While in Florida, Miss Giesler will take the Florida state board exams. Then she will return to Chicago, where she will work until next fall, when she will take the Indiana state board exams. Miss Giesler is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Giesler of Haysville.

June 29
Thomas L. Renneisen, 349 W. 5th St., Jasper, has been elected editor-in-chief of the Scrivener, the literary magazine of Purdue University. Renneisen, a senior in the School of Science, has been on the staff of the magazine for the past three years and was managing editor during the previous year. He was also president of the Scrivener’s Club, an honorary organization for Purdue writers and publisher of a magazine, and a member of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalistic fraternity. He is a son of Mrs. Rose Renneisen and the late Charles M. Renneisen of Jasper.

Nearly 100 Jasper Kiwanians and their guests assembled in the meeting room of the new St. John’s Church in Boone Township yesterday where the second in the new series of Jasper Kiwanis Booster Meetings was held. Jack Hauser, Chairman of the Tripe-A Committee in Dubois County, gave a very fine and informative talk in which he told of the necessity of a farm program to help establish crop production on an even yearly output. He explained to his audience how the Agriculture Adjustment Act program operates. Thirty-three guests, mostly from Boone Township, were present at the meeting.  

June 30
The Jasper Reds routed the invading City Police baseball team of Louisville 9-3 at Recreation Field last night behind the masterful pitching of Jim Vaughn. Vaughn scattered 5 singles, fanned 11 and walked but two men. Rival hurler Earl Goldman (a former Jasper Red), gave up 7 safe blows, struck out 6 Reds and walked four. Tommy Becher and Bumps Hoffman had two hits each for the Reds.

July 1
Mary Alice Gramelspacher scored Jasper’s lone point in the A.A.U. swimming meet at Washington yesterday when she took third place in the women’s three meter diving event.

July 2
Don Kunkel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Kunkel of Jasper, was elected president of next year’s student council at Indiana State Teachers College. Added to this honor, Mr. Kunkel will serve as chairman of the Forum committee on the Student Activities Bureau for the college.

50 Years Ago
June 29, 1964
John Patterson, son of Mrs. Bernard Patterson of Jasper, coasted to victory in the 1964 Soap Box Derby run at Kasson Hill in Evansville. The 15-year-old Jasper High School junior had entered the race the two previous years, but failed to place. For his efforts, John won a $500 savings bond and a trophy. Patterson will now represent this area in the national competition  in Akron, Ohio , in August.
Ralph Heath, who operates the Jasper Laundry & Dry Cleaners business, has announced July 6 as the opening date of his new drive-in dry cleaning plant in Huntingburg. The plant, located  in the building at 12th and Main in which Tom Garland had been operating his Main Way Cleaners business, will be the first drive-in dry cleaning installation in Dubois County. It will be known as the  “60 Minute Drive-In Cleaners”.

June 30
The Jasper High School summer school program, which is operated under the regulations of the State Department of Public Instruction, began June 1, and will continue for eight weeks, closing on July 24. This is the seventh year for the summer school program. Enrollment continues to rise each year with 549 students currently enrolled as compared with 515 a year ago.

Pvt. Robert C. Waddell left Thursday for Fort Bragg, N. C., for 14 weeks of advanced infantry training. He spent 14 days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Waddell and family of Jasper. He had previously completed eight weeks of basic training in Fort Jackson, S. C. The 19-year-old soldier is a 1962 graduate of Jasper High School and Lockyear’s Business College.

July 1
Jerome “Dimp” Stenftenagel, former JHS athlete and successful basketball coach at Ireland, will take on added duties at Lapel, Indiana, next season. Coach Stenftenagel, who earlier this spring signed a three-year coaching contract at Lapel, will serve in the capacity of assistant principal at Lapel. Stenftenagel’s teams compiled an outstanding record during his seven-year tenure at the Dubois County school. His teams won 112 games and lost 39.

July 2
At a special meeting Monday night  of the Huntingburg City council, Harold M. Schmutzler was appointed to a three-year term on the Huntingburg board of education. Mr. Schmutzler, a Huntingburg funeral director, succeeds Mrs. John Bretz who had served during the past year as president of the board. Mrs. Bretz’s term expired July 1.

Pat Kendall pitched a no-hit, no-run game last night at Municipal Park in Huntingburg  as the Huntingburg Junior American Legion team beat Petersburg, 4-0. It marked Kendall’s second no-hitter of the season. The Huntingburg pitcher had some difficulty in the sixth when he loaded the bases on walks. He wound up walking four for the game while striking out 13. Kendall helped his own cause as he doubled and singled.

William W. Bohnert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Bohnert, R. 1, Jasper, who is enrolled in the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, is one of five seniors elected recently to the senior council. Mr. Bohnert received his A. B. degree from I. U. in 1962 and is a candidate for his M. D. degree in 1965. Active in sports, he was the catcher on I. U.’s baseball team for three years. He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.

July 3
A toss of the coin decided the race for Senator at Hoosier Girls State today and a Jasper girl ended up on the losing side of the coin. Debbie Alles, daughter of Mrs. Mary Ann Alles, won the Federalist primary for Senator but failed to gain the post in the general election when a tie vote prompted the coin-tossing. Girls from Dubois County are participating in the Girls State, being held this week on the campus of Indiana University.

John J. Whitaker of Cloverdale, Indiana has been hired as the assistant band director of the Jasper High School band. Mr. Whitaker, 23, is a graduate of Cloverdale High School and received his B. S. in Music from Indiana State College in 1963 and his M. S. in 1964.

July 4   
No Paper Independence Day.

25 Years Ago
June 26, 1989
Sister Kathryn M. Huber became the new prioress of the Convent of Immaculate Conception Sunday. Sister Mary Walter Goebel, outgoing prioress, and other Benedictine sisters and clergy blessed Sister Kathryn during the final part of a call to mutual commitment. The installation ceremonies were held in the convent in Ferdinand. Bishop Gettlefinger presided over the ceremony in which Sister Kathryn received a copy of the Scriptures and the Constitutions of St. Benedict.

Jasper pounded Perry County pitchers Sunday for 33 hits as the Reds swept a doubleheader from the Pirates in Southern Indiana Semipro League action. The Reds won the first game 9-0 and took the second one 22-1. Jerry Alles tripled and singled to pace the Jasper offense. Todd Krapf, 4-1 on the season, was the winning pitcher for the Reds. In game 2, J. D. Scott and Blake Krueger each went 4-5 to lead the Reds offense. Jerry Alles had two doubles and a single also. Steve Hautsch, now 4-2, recorded the win on the mound for the Reds.

June 27
Executive Furniture has signed a government contract worth at least $4.9 million, it was announced Monday. The office furniture supplier will provide 49 items to Uncle Sam for shipment worldwide, including desks and bookcases. Company officials told a gathering of 30 suppliers and city leaders at the Dutchman Inn in Huntingburg Monday afternoon that the deal could end up being worth more. Thomas Spangler, vice president of operations, said the $4.9 million figure is the minimum estimated amount. “We feel confident that it can be double that amount.” The contract is for a one-year period, but Spangler said that term is ‘normally” extended in two-year increments. Executive Furniture employs 205 people now and expects to increase that work force by 15 to 20 per cent “almost immediately” because of the additional work, said founder and president Clete Brosmer.

Scott Kluemper, a 1985 Forest Park High School graduate, has been named the most valuable player on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team for the 1989 season. During his senior year, Kluemper led the team in home runs with four, doubles with eight, hits with 28, total bases with 48, and runs batted in with 26 while hitting .295 in 29 games. Scott, the son of Tom and Irma Kluemper, is now employed by GM in Indianapolis. He will attend Purdue University this fall to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.  

June 28
The screen at the Family Drive-In Theater came tumbling down Tuesday after standing nearly 40 years on the city’s south side. Like other drive-ins throughout the nation, the local outdoor theater enjoyed plenty of popularity until the best movies began to be siphoned away from drive-ins by cinema complexes. The last movie was shown at the local drive-in in 1986.

Brad Ahlbrand and Chris Henke of the Jasper Wildcats were named last week to the All-Big Eight Conference baseball team for 1989. Ahlbrand was picked as an outfielder, while Henke was named as the team’s third baseman.

June 29
Mike Rubino and Jason Ahlbrand were the first recipients of the Brad Hudson Memorial Football Scholarship awarded during Jasper High School’s Awards Day ceremonies on May 11. Marg Hudson presented each senior with a specially inscribed plaque and $450 scholarships in memory of her late son. Mike Rubino is the son of Bill and Jan Rubino of Jasper. Jason Ahlbrand is the son of Mike and Donna Ahlbrand of Jasper.

June 30
Seven-year-old Mark Bevier of jasper won three titles in the boys 8-and-under age group at the AAU track and field sectional held June 17 in Evansville. Bevier won the 50-, 100-, and 400-meter dashes to qualify for the AAU state finals in those events to be held in Evansville on Saturday.

July 1
Allen Brooner, son of Mark and Rosemary Brooner of Dale, has been appointed director and coordinator of the physical, occupational and speech therapy department of Marion General Hospital.  Prior to this appointment, he served as director of physical therapy in hospitals in Waynesboro and Staunton, Va.  

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