Looking Back: 3/30

Jeb Brown, 12, had his fielding skills tested at first base 25 years ago during his team's second day of practice. He alternated plays with teammates Adam Rees, left, and Michael Paar, who were also trying out for the position. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published March 29, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
March 29, 1954
Dubois County Sheriff Louis Kreilein died at 12:30 this afternoon in Memorial Hospital as the result of a head injury suffered shortly before 8 o’clock this morning. He suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by a heavy timber which as thrown from the roof of the old sheriff’s quarters which is being razed . He was removed to the hospital in an unconscious condition and placed in an oxygen tent. Lawrence Hochgesang, president of the Hochgesang Construction Co., Inc., which has the contract to tear down the old building, said he was standing on the sidewalk when he saw Sheriff Kreilien come around the corner. Hochgesang tried to warn the sheriff to stay clear, since wood was being thrown from the roof. He had just joined the sheriff when the joist was tossed over the edge of the roof of the three-story building by one of the workmen. It struck the sheriff on the head and grazed Mr. Hochgesang’s back.

March 30
Edward J. Beckmann, 70, the first and only secretary and general manager of the Indiana Chair Co. in Jasper, died Monday at 11:40 a.m. at his home, 1441 Park Street, Jasper. His death was the second among executives of the Indiana Chair Co. in three days. Last Saturday Albert M. Schaaf, 48-year-old superintendent and production manager of the plant since 1941, was taken by death. Services for him were held this morning.

March 31
Two young World War II veterans one an Army man, the other from the Navy — have formed a partnership and bought one of Jasper’s long-established business firms, the Eckerle dry goods store on the northeast corner of Seventh and Main streets. The partnership consists of Marvin Corbin and Robert Devine. The new owners bought the business from Cyril “Sam” Sermersheim and his brother, Allie Sermersheim, who had been operating the store for the past two years. The new owners will have the grand opening of their store on Friday and Saturday of this week.

April 1
The board of commissioners of Dubois County, at a meeting held this morning following the funeral of Louis Kreilein, named his widow, Mrs. Clara Kreilein, as sheriff to serve the unexpired term of her husband. Mr. Kreilein at the time of his accidental death on Monday of this week, was serving the fourth year of his first term. The term expires next December 31. The county coroner, Dr. G. A. Held, had served as sheriff since Mr. Kreilein’s death. The number of relatives and friends attending the funeral services this morning in St. Joseph’s Church was one of the largest ever to attend a funeral in Jasper.The court house is closed all day today in respect to the memory of the popular county official.

April 2
County Auditor Elmer L. Eckert, 42, died at his home today. Mr. Eckert was the second county official to be taken by death this week. He was to serve as a pallbearer yesterday morning at the funeral of sheriff Louis Kreilein, who was fatally injured by a falling timber last Monday, but suffered a heart attack early on the morning of the funeral. “Lefty” Eckert had not been in the best of health since he suffered his first heart attack a little more than two years ago, in January 1953. In May of that year, he suffered another heart attack. He recovered from both, and continued to carry on his work as county auditor.

April 3
The Indiana Future Farmers of America, meeting yesterday at Purdue University for the 25th convention of the organization, named Eldon Oswalt of Union City as the Star Hoosier Farmer of 1954. Eight boys won honors as District Star Farmers. One of the eight is Kenneth Himsel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Himsel of Boone Township. Kenneth is a student at Jasper High School. Yesterday morning two percent of all FFA members received the coveted Hoosier Farmer Degree based on scholarship, leadership, service and several other characteristics. J.H.S. students who rated this award were Kenneth Himsel, Kenneth Hopf, William Hoffman and Jack Hoffman, who have completed three years in vocational agriculture and FFA work.

50 Years Ago
March 31, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the five Otwell Millers who received trophies Saturday night at the annual Jefferson Township Ruritan Club All-Sports Banquet honoring the Washington sectional champions of Coach Andy Anderson. The championship was the first ever in basketball for the Millers. Those pictured include: Steve Barrett (Free Throw Trophy, Assists Trophy and WITZ MVP Award), Tim Garland (Most Improved Player), Steve Meadors (Ruritan Award and tied with Barrett for Assists Trophy), Ricky Weisman (Rebounding Trophy), and Mike Vaughn (Defensive Trophy). John Collier, basketball coach and athletic director at Hanover College, was the guest speaker.

April 1
Norman Wright, assistant administrator of Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg from 1959 until 1966, has returned to the community to accept the position of administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital. He succeeds Sister M. Johnita, who had served as adminstrator since 1964. Also leaving the staff of St. Joseph’s are assistant administrator John Bassemier and public relations director Charles Day. Wright, 38, comes to Huntingburg from Henderson, Ky., where he has served as assistant administrator of Henderson Community Methodist Hospital.

April 2
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is polling its membership by mail to determine the opinions of its members regarding the time issue. In a letter sent to Chamber members, Michael B. Martin, executive director, said that “in order to adequately represent the Chamber of Commerce’s opinion in regards to the time issue, we would appreciate your checking the appropriate blank according to your personal convictions so that we might gain a consensus of Chamber sentiment.” The three choices offered members in the poll are: 1. Accept Gov. Whitcomb’s veto. That would mean favoring the advancement of clocks by two hours. 2) Advance clocks one hour with the official clock in the Courthouse advanced two hours. 3) Remain on present time and advance official Courthouse clock two hours. Members have been asked to return their completed forms to the chamber office as soon as is possible.

April 3
The Jasper Wildcats racked up 12 first-place finishes Wednesday enroute to a 91-32 dual track meet victory over Petersburg at the Alumni Stadium track. Mike Eckerle and Bob Parker both posted triples for the day. Eckerle won the high (15.4) and low (21.4) hurdles and ran a leg on the winning mile relay team. Meanwhile, Parker picked up blue ribbons in the 100 yd. dash (10.5) and 220 (24.0) and ran on Jasper’s winning half-mile relay team. It was the Wildcats’ second victory in as many starts this season.

April 4
One of the worst industrial fires in Jasper’s history occurred last night in a warehouse building of the Jasper Office Furniture Company in the industrial sector on the city’s northeast side. Fireman battled the blaze for more than 3 hours. In addition to the actual fire damage, a tremendous number of cartons containing finished furniture were soaked with water on all three floors of the building. Water that came through the ceilings also caused extensive damage to most of the offices, which are located on the first floor in the front part of the building.The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it apparently broke out in the region of the west wall on the third floor of the building.

April 5
Herman Dale Ball, 20, who reportedly had escaped from the stockade at Fort Knox, was apprehended by the Indiana State Police near Bretzville Friday afternoon and returned to Crawford County to face charges stemming from a break-in at a private home near Marengo. Ball, who was being held at Fort Knox for being AWOL, is suspected of having broken into the home of Gordon Green near Marengo. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. Police said Ball was carrying $1,000 when apprehended.

25 Years Ago
April 4, 1994
The Jasper boys’ golf team opened its season with a bang Saturday by winning the Columbus North Harrison Lake Invitational. The Cats shot a 300 in the 17-hole tourney, which was called with one hole remaining due to darkness. Adam Dawkins’ 71 earned him medalist honors as Jasper won the nine-team tourney. The Cats’ 300 was 16 better than second place and No. 3 ranked Lafayette Jeff. No. 11 Greenfield Central finished sixth with a 336. Ben Krapf and Andy Seger finished behind Dawkins with rounds of 75. Josh Habig fired a 79 and Landon Recker turned in an 82.

April 5
Huntingburg councilmen put out the fires Monday when they introduced and passed on the same night an ordinance banning open burning. Residents who burn trash and whose idea of yard maintenance involves burning limbs must change their ways. The prohibition was unanimously ushered in. Mayor Connie Nass said most other communities prohibit burning. She said Dubois County will be considering burning regulations too.

April 6
The Southeast Dubois School Corporation’s building and renovation program is moving ahead a step at a time and the $8 million project appears to be on target. Architect Larry Phelps of Odle, McGuire & Shook, the firm chosen to design the project, said at Tuesday’s board meeting that estimates of the square footage requirements that were given in a public hearing last December appear to be adequate. An estimated 53,825 square feet of new construction will include 15 to 18 new classrooms and a new 3,000-seat gymnasium, Phelps said. Renovation of the existing building will be about 26,792 square feet. The new classrooms and gym could be complete by 1996 and renovation of the older buildings by summer of 1997, according to Phelps.

April 7
The Witte Milling Company’s main mill and office building on State Road 162 in Dale was destroyed by fire this morning in a fire that also knocked out telephone service in a wide area and disrupted morning rush-hour traffic. The grain and feed mill building was engulfed in flames when Huntingburg and Jasper firefighters arrived in response to a 1:10 a.m. call for help from the Dale Fire Department. The fire was fought by about 70 firefighters from Dale, Huntingburg, Jasper, Santa Claus, St. Meinrad and Jackson Township/Gentryville.

April 8
The Indiana High School Athletic Association is sending questionnaires to states with multi-class tournaments to see if Indiana should adopt the format for all high school sports, including basketball. Indiana and Delaware are the only states with a single-class tourney in basketball. Area basketball coaches differ on their opinions on the class system issue. “I would like to see it stay the way it is,” said Southridge head coach Ray Roesner. “I don’t think Indiana’s system is perfect,” said Forest Park head coach Denny Doutaz. “You might win a sectional and maybe a regional but your chances of going much further are pretty slim.”

April 9
History was in the making on Friday. The Southridge girls won their first ever softball game in school history. They destroyed New Harmony in the process, beating them 24-2. The Raiders, (1-1), exploded for 11 runs in the first inning and didn’t look back from there. Southridge had 11 hits in the contest, while the Rappites could only muster two runs on two hits and had nine errors in the game. Jenny Keusch becomes the first winning pitcher for the girls softball team. She was relieved by Ashley Uebelhor in the fourth inning. In other area spring sports action: in track the Northeast Dubois boys and girls teams both got big wins at the Paoli Triangular, while Evansville Memorial was defeated by the hosting Pike Central lady Chargers. In tennis, Northeast Dubois was whitewashed by Floyd Central, 5-0.

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