Looking Back: 10/19October 18, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Oct. 18, 1954
Jasper’s worst fire in several years broke out last night in Wehrle’s Restaurant on north Main Street and almost completely gutted the interior. The operators of the restaurant, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wehrle, this morning declined to estimate the damage, but it will run into many thousands of dollars. It is not known how the fire started, but Mrs. Wehrle said this morning it may have been started in a restroom by a discarded cigar or cigarette butt dropped by a patron. John Wehrle, the oldest son of the couple, discovered the fire around two o’clock this morning. It took firemen almost two hours to bring the blaze under control. The restaurant was the first one in Jasper to be air-conditioned.
At a meeting of the heads of the agricultural and industrial organizations of southern Indiana, W. E. Struckman of Huntingburg was unanimously re-elected as a director of the Indiana State Fair Board. This marks the beginning of Mr. Struckman’s third consecutive term.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Francine Lewis, a Huntingburg High School senior. She was crowned as the 1954 Hunter football queen as the Red and Black gridders walloped Mitchell last Friday night. She was crowned at a special pre-game ceremony at Municipal Park.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Georgiana Blessinger, Jasper High School senior, who last night was crowned the JHS football queen at the game between the Wildcats and the Bicknell Bulldogs. She was crowned in a pre-game ceremony for which the band furnished the music and Co-Capts. Tom Fromme and Kenny Kunkel represented the team. The Wildcats won the game by a score of 21-20, giving them as 3-2-1 record for the season. Meanwhile, Huntingburg’s all-SIAC fullback Ray (Buddy) Blemker, sparked the Hunters last night at Washington to their first football victory in history over the Hatchets, 33 to 27. Blemker scored four of the five Hunter touchdowns.
Pictured in this issue is the largest gathering of Catholic church dignitaries ever assembled in Southern Indiana. It took place at the close of the centennial observance at the Archabbey of St. Meinrad on Oct. 14. Shown in the photo is the Apostolic Delegate to the U. S. Archbishop Amleto G. Cicognani; three other Archbishops, six Bishops, the Primate of the Benedictine Order from Rome, the Abbot of St. Meinrad’s motherhouse in Switzerland, 22 Benedictine Abbots and two Trappist Abbots.
Robert H. Coleman, who will speak at the Knights of Columbus program in Jasper next Monday night, is probably the most famous baseball name that ever originated in Dubois County. Coleman, who was born in Huntingburg 64 years ago, has devoted 45 of those years to baseball, 34 of them as a manager in a half dozen leagues, including the National League. It is said that only Connie Mack spent more years managing professional baseball teams than has Bob Coleman. Seventeen of his managerial years have been spent in the Three-I League, the country’s oldest Class B league, and 13 of those years have been at Evansville, where he first took over in 1928.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Dubois County Conservation Officer Charlie White. He is shown with the largest of several sheephead mushrooms he found one day this week in Harbison township. The mushroom Mr. White is shown holding weighed 10 pounds and two ounces. Mrs. White meringued part of the sheephead mushrooms and cold packed some of them. Mr. White also picked up some green Irish button mushrooms with which folks in this area are more familiar.
• 50 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue is President Frederick L. Hovde of Purdue University as he delivered the main address Sunday afternoon as the new Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on the southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center near Dubois was dedicated. Seated behind President Hovde as he spoke were, Dr. Wayne Kirkham, director of Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories, Purdue University; Dr. Merrill Ranck, head of the new laboratory; State Rep. Dennis H. Heeke; State Sen. Emil H. Schmutzler Jr.; and Thomas Graham, a member of the board of trustees of Purdue University.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Louann Nord of St. Anthony as she accepts one of nine medals presented to her this morning by Lt. Col. William Christopher. The medals were earned by her late husband, SSgt. David L. Nord, who was killed in Viet Nam last June. Also pictured is Mrs. Nord’s infant son, David Lee, II. The awards presented this morning included, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Ribbon, Viet Nam Service Medal, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar. Mrs. Nord also received a Gold Star lapel button. SSgt. Nord is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Nord of Ferdinand.
At the regular meeting of the Huntingburg Utility Board, Loma Hartke, superintendent of the light and water utilities, presented a review of the first eight months of 1969 on the operating statement of the electric utility. Hartke stated that a sizable profit increase over the first eight months of 1969 was noted and the increase was credited to the full purchase of electricity from Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company which has been supplying the city with current since the first of the year. Noting this increase in profit it was announced that the rate reductions for customers on certain schedules should be forthcoming within the next 11⁄2 to two months.
Governors of three states wll be arriving at the Huntingburg Municipal Airport next Wednesday morning enroute to Santa Claus where they will attend the Lincoln Governors Conference. A joint statement was issued today by the mayors of Huntingburg, Jasper and Rockport welcoming the three governors to the area and expressing appreciation for their visit. Scheduled to attend are Governors Edgar D. Whitcomb of Indiana, Louis B. Nunn of Kentucky and Richard Oglivie of Illinois. The immediate purpose of the meeting will be to get an early start on preparations for the 1970 tourism season for areas along the Lincoln Heritage Trail. In addition, long-range plans to work with the federal government in reference to the Parkway bill which recently passed through Congress, will be discussed. It is hoped to make an effort to have the Lincoln Heritage Trail Parkway the first such parkway approved under the new legislation.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the 1907 version of the Jasper football Wildcats. Records of this team are not available but the players have been identified. They are: Si Scheurich, Dr. Gerald Kempf, Orville Eckert, Othniel Chambers, S. Guy Norman, Charles Kuebler, Frank Kempf, Major General Milburn, Oscar Stevenson, Albert Sprauer, Carl Fisher, Victor Salb, Grover Salb, Prof.Wellman (coach) and Earl Cassidy. The 1907 team played its games on the field behind the depot on South Main Street. St. Joseph’s Church can be seen in the background of the photo.
The Jasper Wildcats presented Miss Connie Hohl, 1969 JHS Football Queen, with a 33-6 victory over Mt. Vernon Friday night in Jasper’s Homecoming at Alumni Stadium. Senior halfback-fullback Lee Boehm sparked the Jasper victory with a steady offensive and defensive effort. Boehm cracked the line 16 times for a net of 158 yards rushing, scored two touchdowns, passed for one TD (a 30-yard pass to Mike Eckerle) and intercepted two Mount Vernon passes. Jasper is now 5-2-1 for the season. The Cats will see action again next Friday at home against their rivals from Huntingburg.
• 25 Years Ago
Oct. 24, 1994
At Saturday’s state high school marching band finals, Forest Park improved on last year’s finish to wind up sixth best in ther state, and Jasper repeated its seventh-place showing. The competition featured 40 bands, the top 10 regional scorers in each class. Two of the classes had repeat winners, with the other two featuring new bands in the top spot. The Rangers came in sixth in Class D after a tie for eighth place in 1993. They were hoping to do better after after winning competitions throughout the marching season. “It wasn’t our best performance,” said Forest Park director David Michael. Jasper’s students should be proud of themselves for giving a great performance, director Glenn Weil said.
Over the past three months, the Crisis Connection has experienced a jump in calls and personal contacts that could be a result of the media’s increased coverage of domestic violence. “I’m sure it has something to do with that,” said Pat Volz, Crisis Connection coordinator. “There has been a lot more awareness of domestic violence recently, not just with the O. J. Simpson case but what is going on locally. There have been murders and other violence in the area.” Crisis Connection, which serves domestic violence victims in Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties, received 644 calls in 1993. That could go up this year if the number of callers continues to rise.
While Joe Torre gets to keep his job as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, a Loogootee, Ind., native has been named pitching coach. The contracts of Joe Coleman, whose staff had a 5.14 ERA, and third-base coach Bucky Dent were not renewed. The Cardinals in essence replaced Coleman with two pitching coaches, Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson and Loogootee native and former Jasper Red Mark Riggins. Gibson will be the bullpen coach and Torre’s assistant, and Riggins, the pitching coach at AAA Louisville the last five seasons, will be designated pitching coach. “Mark Riggins can definitely teach people how to pitch,” Torre said.
As has happened every final weekend in October since 1967, most of the nation will turn clocks back Saturday night or Sunday morning, leaving Dubois County residents and most other Hoosiers to make some more pronounced adjustments. Few places in America fail to observe Daylight Saving Time, but among them are 76 of Indiana’s 92 counties, including Dubois. Dubois, Spencer and all the other counties in the Tri-state have have been on the same time since April. That will end at 2 a. m. Sunday, when Dubois County and some of its neighbors part company. Spencer County is among a handful of Indiana counties that will turn clocks back this weekend. Joining Spencer will be Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey and Gibson counties.
In 1969, when he was 44 years old, Jim Stenftenagel decided to branch off from the successful retail lawn and garden store he had operated in Jasper for 12 years and take a chance at selling outdoor equipment parts wholesale. His gamble paid off: By the 1980’s, Stenftenagel was president of six corporations at one time. The small company he started 25 years ago is now an international business with $20 million in sales each year. On Thursday night, the founder of Stens Corporation was honored for his contributions to the Jasper community. The Chamber of Commerce surprised him with the President’s Community Excellence Award, an annual honor given to a person who has contributed time, talent or resources to make the city a better place.
Jasper head coach Jerry Brewer used everyone except his assistant coaches to lead blocks on their power plays and it led them to a 45-0 sizzling of the Princeton Tigers in the semifinals of Sectional 24. Jasper (10-0) will now play Heritage Hills (10-0) next Friday night at Alumni Stadium for the sectional title. The Patriots downed Sullivan Friday, 23-15, to advance to the final game. The big story for Jasper was Kevin Cartwright. The 6-foot, 182-pound junior rushed 34 times for a new Jasper single game reccord of 377 yards and three touchdowns. Cartwright, who is now No. 2 on Jasper’s career touchdown list, broke Mike Burger’s 1981 record of 308 yards.
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