Looking Back: 4-20April 19, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
April 19, 1954
A meeting will be held in the Jasper city office at 7:30 tomorrow evening for the benefit of appliance dealers, plumbers and other workmen who plan to engage in the work of installing gas lines and appliances in Jasper homes and commercial buildings. Bob Anderson, the resident engineer for the Stanley Engineering Company, and Don Grewe, the superintendent of the gas utility, will explain the new city ordinance which establishes a code of safety regulations and will answer questions asked by those who attend this important meeting.
Ott Lorey, owner of the Jasper Ben Franklin Store, has announced that in a few days his store will be completely remodeled for self-service, featuring all the most modern fixtures and equipment designed for the ease, convenience and pleasure of everybody’s shopping. The store is closed while remodeling work is being done. “In keeping with a rapidly-growing trend, many home-owned Ben Franklin stores all over America are going Self-Service, because folks have proved that they prefer to shop this way.”
Ross Stewart of Ireland was judged the 1954 winner of the “One-Acre Farmwoods Improvement Contest” conducted in Dubois County, announced C. A. Nicholson, county agent. Second placing was awarded to Werner J. Weyer, Ferdinand; third place to Harold Weikert, Dubois. Each entry in the contest completed the improvement of One Acre of Farmwoods. Judging of the plots was based upon the amount of improvement done, quality of work, care used in protecting crop trees, utilization of products harvested and keeping records of the improvement work.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Leon Wendholt, the winner of the annual sportsmanship award presented by the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce. Wendholt, a senior, was a forward for St. Ferdinand High School. Also pictured are Coach Mark LaGrange, Assistant Coach Omer LeClure, Master of Ceremonies, P. A. Buechler, School Supt. Rev. David Duesing, O.S.B., and Bob Cummings, of the Cannelton News, the main speaker for the evening. The banquet was held Tuesday evening in the school cafeteria. For the first time since the beginning of the school, an honorable mention award was presented to the runner-up due to a close race in the selection of the trophy winner. This trophy was presented to Kenneth Peters, rangy senior center for the Crusaders.
Tom Bishop, the director of the Jasper High School band and orchestra, has announced that on Wednesday evening, May 5th, beginning at 6:30, the band will play for a cake walk to be held on the west side of the Public Square in Jasper. This is one of the fund-raising projects the band will put on to secure funds for the trip in September to Indianapolis to compete in the State Fair parade of bands. Last year the band placed third out of 68 bands, and will be striving to for an even better rating this year.
The Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission yesterday announced the approval of two projects designed to protect southern Indiana communities from a water shortage. One is a series of rock-fill dams on Lick Creek to provide more water for Paoli. The other is construction of a 400-foot dam near Ferdinand to create a 101⁄2 acre lake by impounding the waters of Hurricane Creek. A contract for the Ferdinand project has already been awarded to the low bidder, Hasenour & Sternberg of Jasper, whose bid was $19,367. The new lake will be contructed on ground bought from Joseph Hedinger. Water from this lake will be piped about a mile to the original lake, which until last summer, had been adequate to supply the needs of the town.
• 50 Years Ago
April 21, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue is new addition to the Jasper Public Library. Work is continuing and completion is expected to be some time this summer. The expansion will more than double the interior of the present library to a total of 12,000 square feet. Forty-five percent of the $206,220 cost will be borne by the federal government. There will be new lighting throughout the building. Book capacity will increase to 75,000 volumes.
Connie Merkley, an eighth grade student at Tenth St. School, won the Dubois County Spelling Bee held Saturday. The contest is sponsored jointly by the Evansville Press and the DAILY HERALD. Connie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Merkley, 405 Wagner St., Jasper. Her teacher is Robert Kavanaugh. Sherry Anderson, an eighth grade student at Cuzco, was the runner-up. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Anderson of Dubois. She is a student of Joe Niehaus.
Two school boards in Dubois County, the Huntingburg City Council and the post office in that community, today announced plans to abide by the federal time law and observe Eastern Daylight Time which becomes effective next Sunday, April 27. The Southwest Dubois Co. School Corporation and The Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools have both decided to go along with the majority of industrial and business establishments and operate on Eastern Daylight Time. The Southeast and Northeast School Corporations are expected to reach decisions tonight.
The Dubois-Pike County Bookmobile travels approximately 1,000 miles monthly and services 23 schools, four kindergartens and makes 37 adult stops each month. Between 8,000 to 10,000 books are circulated monthly. Doors were first opened on October 6, 1964 when 100 books were checked out. Each year circulation has increased. Last year 85,002 books were checked out making a grand total of 326,892 books circulated since the Bookmobile started. Registered patrons number 7,896 — 5,485 in Dubois County and 2,411 in Pike County. The Bookmobile personnel consists of the head librarian, Dorothy Hoffman, assistant librarian, Mary Lou Hohler and driver clerk, Kenneth Myers.
Ground has been broken for the new $100,000 club for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2366 in Huntingburg. The new building will be located on the same property as the present club at 320 Geiger Street. The property of the late Christian Schnarr next door has been purchased and will be utilized in part for parking facilities. The main floor of the new structure will contain 8,000 square feet of space, including a dance floor, large bar room, ladies and men’s lounges and a dining area equipped for all types of food. There also will be a half-basement under the main floor. Clarence Merkley is the club manager. The present membership of Post 2366 is 412.
Jasper dropped a pair of high school baseball games at New Albany Thursday as the season record fell to 0-3. The Cats outhit New Albany in the first game, 6-3, as Dave “Skinny” Luegers turned in a solid effort on the mound. He had relief help from Jeff Hochgesang in the sixth. The Wildcats managed only three hits in the second game off two Bulldog pitchers. Steve Seger had three hits for the day, a double and two singles plus a pair of runs batted in. Jim Wenzel collected a triple and a single. Gary Stratman and Hochgesang pitched the second game.
Ray Roesner, head basketball coach at Princeton High School for the past three years, has resigned his position to seek employment elsewhere. In announcing his resignation, Roesner, a native of Holland, said, “With the present school board’s policy of not putting head coaches of major sports on tenure, I find myself with a limited opportunity here. With only a handful of letterman returning, I feel it would be more opportune for me to seek another coaching job at this time” Roesner is a 1953 graduate of Holland High School, where he was one of the top scorers in the history of Dubois County. He then went on to star in college at Oakland City College. Roesner, 33, is married to the former Janice Meyer of Holland. The couple has three children.
• 25 Years Ago
April 25, 1994
In the first game of their own tourney, the Jasper Wildcats defeated Terre Haute South, 5-4, courtesy of the long ball. In the bottom of the sixth, the Cats’ Nick Blessinger blasted a three-run shot with two outs in the inning. Chad Hoffman followed with a single and was driven home by a Neil Hopf homer. Jasper’s Kevin Cartwright fanned four batters and got the win for the Cats. Jared Brosmer recorded a save. In the championship game, Jasper was crushed by Evansville Central, 14-0. The Bears cranked out 16 hits in their shut out victory of the Cats. The Wildcats’ record is now 8-3.
Jasper Middle School students took top honors Saturday at the Southern Indiana Junior High Athletic Conference Academic Bowl held at the George Rogers Clark Middle School in Vincennes. About 40 JMS students from all three grades took part in the competition, said Bonnie Uebelhor, the school’s academic coordinator. The annual event included academic competition in a quiz bowl in which a team of four students from each grade answered questions on current events, math and science. Jasper Middle School won the overall trophy in all three grades against schools from Boonville, Washington, Castle, Princeton, Tell City, Mt. Vernon and Vincennes.
Forest Park cruised to yet another win as it racked up 1202⁄3 points in its own track invitational Tuesday. Northeast Dubois came in second place with 731⁄3 points, Perry Central was third with 49 points, Southridge had 27 points and Pike Central rounded out the field with 22 points. Shonna Bebee and Rachel Dittmer both won two events for the Rangers. Dittmer won the 100-and 200-meter dashes, while Bebee took firsts in the shot put and the discus.The Rangers’ Angie Bumm set a school record with her 100-meter hurdles time of :15.59, and Kara Bieker also was a school record breaker with her time of 12:51 in the 3200-meter run.
The town of Chrisney is relying on outside sources of water today after the discovery of about 200 dead fish in Chrisnay Lake forced the town to shut down its water system Wednesday afternoon. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recommended the system be shut down after town officials notified the agency of the fish kill in the 10-acre lake, which provides drinking water for about 560 residents in and around Chrisney. IDEM and town officials don’t yet know the cause of the kill, which by this morning had reached more than 300, Chrisney utilities superintendent John Graham said. Water samples have been sent to a certified lab in Indianapolis, and fish specimens have been sent to a lab in Oregon for analysis.
Dubois County auditor Mark Brescher was elected president of the Association of Indiana Counties’ Southwest District. The association held its annual district meeting in Warrick County on April 19. As district president, Brescher will serve on the association’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the organization. He previously served as vice president of the Southwest District. The Southwest District is comprised of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. There are six districts in the state.
Stephen Reen and Sophie Willer, doctoral students from the Indiana University School of Music, will perform on piano and cello in St. Bede Theatre at St. Meinrad Seminary on Friday, May 5 at 8 p.m. They will be playing from Beethoven, Liszt, Bach and Faure. Duets and solos will be included in the concert, which is free and open to the public.
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