Looking Back: 4-27

Standing atop a full trailer, Ferdinand volunteer firefighter Dan Lindauer distributes corn being emptied from a grain bin. The bin caught fire 25 years ago at the farm of Bernard Brinkman between Huntingburg and Ferdinand. Brinkman said he could not be sure, but suspected that an overheating fan was the source of the fire. Herald file photo by Mark. T. Osler. Published April 25, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
April 26, 1954

Police Chief Bob Parker of Jasper warned today against “initiation” practices he said were being carried out by youths of the community. He said that complaints have been made of mistreatment of eighth grade pupils by older youths on pretense of “initiating” them into high school. Chief Parker said that anyone caught “initiating” will be dealt with severely. Advised that some youths have threatened the younger ones “if they told.” Mr. Parker said that if police obtain enough evidence to present to a court the offenders “won’t be around for some time to carry out their threats.” He asked parents of youngsters who are mistreated to call police and report it. One complaint coming to police attention was concerned with forcing youngsters to get into cars to be taken away as a part of the “initiation.” This constitutes a very serious offense, Mr. Parker said.   

April 27

Coach Steve Craney complained that the way the Plainville boys defeated his Montgomery baseball team 3-2 may not have been cricket. Craney complained to the third base umpire that he thought Plainville pitcher Monte Denbo committed a balk. Umpire John Mayhugh agreed. But the pitcher’s father, Roger Denbo, who was the home plate umpire did not see it as a balk. Neither did the pitcher’s brother, Duane, who was umpiring at first base. It was decided that Roger Denbo did not commit a balk.   

April 28

Jerry Schneider, southpaw tosser of the Jasper Wildcats, pinned a no-hitter against the previously unblemished record of the Marksmen yesterday afternoon at Tell City, and Bob Fell’s boys brought home a 2-0 SIAC victory. Donnie Bates and Chub Ackerman had two hits each to pace the Wildcats. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters of Kenny Richardson defeated the Washington Hatchets 7-2, notching their first win of the season. Gene Morgan, who fanned six and walked two, was the winning pitcher for the Hunters. No player on either team had more than one hit. 

April 29

L. B. “Bert” White, manager of the Dubois County Rural Electric Corporation, and his wife, Louise, were notified yesterday evening that their oldest son, Lieut. Louis White, 24, was killed yesterday afternoon in the collision of two jet planes at Laughlin Air Force Base at Del Rio, Texas. The telegram bearing the tragic news was signed by Col. T. L. Mosley, commanding officer of the base.  It was sent to Lieut. Willard Walls, commanding officer of the State Police Post, who had Mother Dunstan and Sister Dolorosa of Memorial Hospital break the news to the family. Mrs. White is employed as bookkeeper and credit manager at the hospital. The accident happened around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.   

April 30

After a successful year of coaching at Rockport High School, where his basketball team won the first sectional championship in the history of the community, Bob Sakel has resigned to accept a position as a salesman in southern Indiana for the Josten’s Jewelry Company of Owatonna, Minn. Sakel, whose resignation is effective at the close of this school year, will continue to live in Rockport with his family. Married to the former Billie Bruner of Evansville, he has one son, Steven Robert, a year and a half old.   

May 1

From time to time, justices of the peace complain to the Herald that persons fined in their courts take the attitude that the justices are responsible for the fact that the news gets into the papers. Some of the persons who paid fines seem to be under the impression that the J. P.’s run to the phone as soon as they have imposed the fine, and call the newspapers. In order to take the heat off the justices of the peace, we would like to point out that responsible newspapers, of which we would like to feel the Daily Herald is one, make it a point to let the public know what’s going on, whether the news is good or bad. While any editor worthy of the name would rather chronicle the deeds of public service performed by the residents of his community than to report their misdemeanors, the public has a right to know who is brought into the courts. The Herald has tried to report the court news impartially. It has never been “bought off” by anyone seeking to keep his name out of the court news, and it won’t be.    

50 Years Ago
April 28, 1969

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Jasper High School 1969 Sports Queen, senior Florence Manley. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Manley. Also pictured are the members of her court. They include: Kathy Pfister, freshman, Janice Brames, sophomore, and Elaine Marks, junior. Queen Florence will reign for the remainder of the spring sports season and will be introduced as the guest of honor at one of the Jasper baseball games. 

April 29

The board of trustees of St. Benedict College unanimously approved breaking the contract between Cohere and the Sisters of St. Benedict, according to a statement made this morning by college officials. A resolution to break the contract was made Saturday morning April 26, at a special meeting called to review the contract between the Sisters of St. Benedict and Cohere. Cohere is a lay group, mainly from Jasper, who have been collecting money and pledges for a college at Jasper. The Sisters of St. Benedict had contracted with Cohere to move St. Benedict College from Ferdinand to Jasper, when arrangements for the college move became feasible. In early February of this year it became evident that neither Cohere nor St. Benedict College had the necessary funds to continue the work on the new college campus in Jasper, which had begun late last year. St. Benedict College officials said they are continuing with plans for 1969. 

April 30

An informational meeting regarding a proposed exchange of real estate between the City of Jasper, through its Park and Recreation Board and The Jasper Corporation, has been set for Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the courthouse in Jasper. Announcement of the meeting was made today by Jerome “Chick” Alles, president of the Jasper Park and Recreation Board to whom the proposal has been made. The Corporation has proposed that it exchange a tract of 6.5 acres for a tract of 1.6 acres which the city owns on 26th Street. The tract the Corporation proposes to trade is located 21⁄2 blocks east of Highway 231 at 32nd and 33rd Streets. Although a public hearing is not legally required for the proposed transaction, Alles said the board has set up the May 8 meeting in order to fully explain it and offer citizens an opportunity to ask questions and express their views. 

May 1

The United Cabinet Corporation has completed the expansion of its Ferdinand manufacturing plant. The Ferdinand facility has been enlarged by 20,000 square feet and the addition is expected to help meet the increasing demand for the “Futura” line of kitchen cabinets produced at the factory. “Futura” is the trade name of United Cabinet’s plastic laminate surfaced, walnut kitchen cabinet. The Ferdinand plant was opened in 1968 and currently employs 55 people. Plant Superintendent Alfred Hoffman states that with the new addition complete, he will be hiring an additional 10 to 15 employees at the plant. The United Cabinet Corporation, Ferdinand plant, is located on St. Henry Road.   

May 2

The Jasper Wildcats, after lossing their first four games of the season, are now 2-4 for the year following an 8-5 victory Thursday at Washington. Jeff Hochgesang hurled a three hitter and his teammates pounded out 13 hits in the victory. Hochgesang went the distance as he struck out five and walked two. Steve Seger and Dave Luegers led the Jasper hitting attack. Each collected a double and two singles. Also, according to a release today from the IHSAA office in Indianapolis, for the third year in a row, Jasper will host the IHSAA sectional, regional and semi-state baseball tourneys. Site of the tournaments will again be Recreation Field  which features a new grass infield this year. The infield was completed this spring after the IHSAA informed local officials that it was a necessity when it came to the selection of the semi-state tournament sites.   

May 3

Delcas Neukam of Rt. 1, Dubois, was elected commander of V.F.W. Post 673 at this week’s regular meeting. Other officers elected to serve with him for 1969 are Eugene Mehringer, senior vice-commander; Clarence Persohn, junior vice-commander; Virgil Fleck, quartermaster; C. A. Nicholson, chaplain; Linus Lindauer, post surgeon; Paul Nonte, advocate; and Robert Lueken, three-year trustee. Neukam is married to the former Luetta Kieffner. The couple has two daughters, Carol and Donna, and a son, Daniel. The family attends St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Haysville.

25 Years Ago
May 2, 1994

Indiana voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the 1994 primary election. Candidates for Congress, the State Legislature, county offices and school boards are on the state and local ballots. In Dubois County, there are races for a seat on the Southeast School Board, for a seat in the State House (House District 73), and five other state and federal legislative districts that contain at least part of Dubois County. Seventeen candidates are running in these seven races.

Frank U. Fromme Jr., 72, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, May 1, 1994, in the Tri-State Rehab Center in Evansville. Mr. Fromme was the owner and operator of the Fromme Construction Co. in Jasper. 

May 3

The Dubois County Commissioners must decide soon whether or not to re-establish a 10 cents per $100 property tax for a cumulative development fund. The commissioners discussed the tax at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting but delayed making a decision until the May 16 meeting after a businessman asked if the tax was justifiable. The tax was imposed six years ago and retained three years later. To stay in force, it must be re-established every three years following a public hearing, said county attorney Art Nordhoff. A decision must be made before the 1995 budget is written. Dubois County businessman and Republican Party chairman Brad Seger questioned the need for the tax as long as the county is receiving over $1 million annually in Economic Development Income Tax money. The county council recently tried to rescind EDIT saying it wasn’t needed, Seger said.

May 4 

It took a little drama and a lot of persistence, but the end result Tuesday night was a 6-5 Forest Park win over Jasper. After zipping through the first four innings in 39 minutes, Jasper broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth with a four-run explosion. Forest Park struck for two in the sixth but let the Cats extend their lead to 5-2 in the seventh with another run. With the bases loaded and two more runs already across in the bottom of the seventh, Forest Park plated the tying and winning runs when relief pitcher Kevin Cartwright fielded a dribbler but then overthrew catcher Phil Kendal on a play at the plate. A nail-biter, whether in the regular season or tourney, is always par for the course when these two rivals hit the field.   

May 5

Cha-chingg! The city has nearly 40 restaurants but it’s getting one more: Rally’s, a national chain specializing in fast service and inexpensive meals. Jasper natives Al and Sid Ruckriegel, who own Sidal, Inc./Best Burgers, Inc., are building at 368 U.S. 231 South, where Padgett’s Family Restaurant stood for years. The restaurant has a tentative opening date of June 13. The restaurant will have a twin drive-through, the only one of its kind in Jasper.    

May 6

Pictured on the front page of this issue are sisters Rosemarye Ruxer and Aurelia Pfeffer, who are closing their Fuhs Beauty Shop on Ninth Street in Jasper today after more than 50 years in business. Aurelia opened it in 1940 and Rosemarye joined her in 1942. “We were born in this house,” Aurelia says. Their father, the late Roman J. Fuhs, was Jasper’s fire chief for nearly 25 years. “In those days, very few women went to college,” Aurelia says. “There weren’t too many fields open to women except bookkeeping and secretarial work,” says Rosemarye.

May 7

Marcella L. Backer has joined J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc. as an investment broker. Backer is originally from Terre Haute and was graduated from St. Mary-of-the Woods College with a degree in accounting. She and her husband, Steve, live in Jasper.    

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