Looking Back: 4/10

On the stage of the Jasper Civic Auditorium, an Ohio Ballet dancer glides through a solo during a special morning performance for area school children. Later that evening, the dance group staged a performance for the general public as part of the Jasper Community Arts Commission 1996 Performers Series. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published April 1, 1996.


65 Years Ago

April 9, 1956

A 22-year-old motorist, Walter O. Seufert of Dale, who was doing 50 miles per hour in the 30 mile zone on West Sixth Street in Jasper, was fined $1 a mile for each mile in excess of the speed limit in Mayor Ed J. Lorey’s court. Instead of a fine of $1 and costs, which is standard for speeding in this area, Mayor Lorey fined him $20 and costs, for a total of $34.50. Mayor Lorey said that in the future, the “luxury tax” on speeding will be $1 for each mile that the vehicle is being operated over the speed limit. He said something definitely needs to be done to discourage speeding and reckless driving on our streets, and he intends to do it.   

April 10

One of the “hot potatoes” of the day for Jasper city officials — namely the battle between the boating enthusiasts and the fisherman over the use of Beaver Dam Lake — will get a cooling off period as the result of action taken last night by the utility service board. At their regular monthly meeting last night, members of the board passed a resolution closing Beaver Dam Lake to the public for recreational purposes — including boating, fishing and swimming — for a period of one year or until such a time as regulatory provisions can be adopted. Chief concern in the matter by the board, Mayor Ed Lorey and representatives of the park board present last night, was the fact that no regulations have been set up as yet governing the recreational use of the lake. It was felt that a ban on all activities must be established until the city council can pass an ordinance covering the situation or serious injury or death may be the result.   

April 11

The employees of the Ellsworth Ice Cream Company of Huntingburg have voted 17 to 0 in favor of accepting the new contract offered by the company. The election was held following negotiations between representatives of Local 331-H, A. F. of L., of Huntingburg, and company officials. The new contract provides for an improved vacation plan and a wage reopening clause that may be invoked once during the life of the contract. The new contract covers the period of April 10, 1956, to April 10, 1957. Before the company incorporated the improved vacation and wage-reopening clauses in the contract, the workers had voted 13 to 3 in favor of striking rather than accept the company’s proposal to renew the old contract without change.   

April 12

An overflow crowd, estimated at approximately 250 people were on hand last night at the Legion Home in Jasper for the reorganization meeting of the Jasper National Little League and witnessed the first presentation of the annual Rex Critchlow Sportsmanship Trophy. The award went to Danny Schitter, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Schitter. League President Ralph Heath made the presentation, pointing out that the selection was unanimous among the board of directors and managers. He lauded Danny’s mental attitude, adding that the boy was willing to play any position, including catching left-handed, just to help the team. The award winner was a member of the Ruxer Cardinals team. Arad McCutchan, head basketball coach at Evansville College and commissioner of Little League baseball in Evansville, was the principal speaker.   

April 13

At the annual meeting of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, it was reported that 347 new cases of tuberculosis have been reported in Indiana during the first 12 weeks of this year. During the past year, 28 new cases were found in Dubois County, according to county executive secretary Mrs. Homer Jones. Of this number, four were young wives and mothers, nine were fathers with families to support, eight were older men and women, six were teenagers and one was a war veteran. Four deaths were caused by the disease. 

April 14 

Mrs. Emma J. Traylor recently submitted a letter of resignation as a member of the Jasper Public Library Board. The letter was read at the regular meeting of the board and all members expressed the deepest regrets in the loss of her services to the board and to the Jasper Public Library. The members of the board voted her an honorary membership with the wish that her services may continue in an advisory capacity. Mrs. Traylor related that the condition of her health would not permit her attendance at board meetings. Mrs. Traylor served as the first president of the Jasper Public Library when it was organized on Nov. 16, 1934.    

50 Years Ago

April 12, 1971

Dr. Yahya Labban, a native of Lebanon in the Middle East, has joined the staff at the new Medical Arts Building in Huntingburg and will be associated with Drs. Amini and Govhari. He is a general surgeon. He and Mrs. Labban moved to Huntingburg last week. They have four children, but the children will remain in Lebanon and will move to Huntingburg in June after they have finished their school term. Dr. Labban came to the United States first in 1955, where he specialized in general surgery at the University of Texas until 1960. He is a graduate of the university. He returned to his native country in 1960 where he practiced surgery until March, 1971, when he moved to Indiana, coming to Huntingburg last week. 

April 13

Due to rising operating costs, the Jasper Utility Board is currently giving consideration to increasing the charge for water services for the first time since 1961. Omer Sturm, chairman of the board, said that the utility attorney will be asked to prepare an ordinance for consideration of the board and City Council that would increase the minimum water rate from $1.25 to $1.80 per month. A report completed by H. J. Umbaugh and Associates of Indianapolis indicates that Jasper has received less revenue than expenses in four of the last five years. The grand opening of the new Matheis True Value Hardware Center in the 500 block of Main Street in Jasper will begin Wednesday and extend through May 1. The owners and operators of Matheis True Value Hardware are Jim and Martha Seng Matheis, who formerly operated the Western Auto store on the same side of Main Street in the 400 block.   

April 14   

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Howard “Andy” Anderson, who on Tuesday was named the field manager of the Jasper Reds. He is shown trying on the new uniform the Reds will wear this summer. Anderson, a native of Dubois County, has a solid background in baseball. He played baseball and basketball at Cuzco and Dubois high schools. He also played baseball and basketball at Butler University and at Oakland City College. He started his coaching career at Francisco High School where he coached baseball and basketball for one year. He then spent two years at Dubois as baseball coach and assistant basketball coach before moving to Otwell as head basketball and baseball coach 10 years ago. Anderson lives in Otwell. He and his wife, Joanna, have two daughters, Kimberly and Angela. Also in the photo is Ted Young, who recently moved to Jasper. He will be a member of Anderson’s pitching staff this summer.   

April 15

Steve Sakel, classy senior distance runner for the Huntingburg High School track team, recorded a school record in the mile run Wednesday in a triangular track meet at Municipal Park. Sakel toured the mile course in 4:37.2, the best time recorded in the area this season and the best ever for a Huntingburg runner. Sakel’s record-breaking performance helped lead the Hunters to an easy victory. The Hunters finished with 83 points, Dubois was second with 67 1/2, followed by Otwell with 11 1/2. Huntingburg won nine of the 14 events of the meet. Dave Burgdorf won both hurdles and anchored the winning mile relay team. Sakel won the mile and also ran on the relay team, Tom Schulthise won the 440 and ran on the winning mile relay team.   

April 16

A two-out RBI single by Dave Krieg in the top of the 15th inning drove in the winning run for Huntingburg Thursday afternoon as the Hunters posted a 5-4 PAC baseball win over the Dale Aces at Dale. Southpaw Mark Hildebrand, who pitched the last five innings, was the winning pitcher. Bill Lovvron hurled the first 10 for the Hunters. In the top of the 15th, Mark Helmerich and Hildebrand reached on Dale errors to set up the situation for Krieg’s winning hit. The Hunters had six hits off two Dale pitchers. Doug Prior led the hitting with a triple and a single, Lovvron had a double and a single, and Helmerich and Krieg each had singles. The Hunters, now 2-0 for the season, will play host to the Tell City Marksmen today in a doubleheader at Municipal Park.

April 17

Plans for the first annual Recreational Vehicle show were announced by Wilfred Weinzapfel for Alvin C. Ruxer Ford in Jasper. The Recreational Vehicle show will be held in the showroom of the Ruxer dealership at 219 South Main St., Jasper, all of next week. The show will feature all types of motorized vehicles associated with leisure and recreation time.Included will be campers, mini-bikes, motorcycles and boats as well as Ford’s recreational vehicles. Weinzapfel said a 12-foot aluminum fishing boat will be given away at the close of the show, next Saturday.  

25 Years Ago

April 15, 1996

Dubois County produced four of the 13 state champions crowned Saturday at the Odyssey of the Mind state finals. Two Jasper Middle School teams, a Jasper High School squad and a team from Southridge won state championships and qualified for the 1996 OM World Finals at Iowa State University at Ames next month. A dozen other local teams placed in the top three in their events at Center Grove High School in Indianapolis. This year, a record 33 teams from Dubois, Spencer and Pike counties competed at the state championships, where 142 teams total clashed.   

April 16

As weighty financial documents detailing the history of a $4 million remodeling project circulated Monday between Northeast school board members and directors of a middle school building corporation, the importance of what was happening was not lost on attorney Art Nordhoff Jr. “We’re there,” Nordhoff said. After years of debate and revision, bonds for the project are just about to go on sale. Even patrons who had formed a watchdog group urging fiscal restraint decided the time was at hand to close up shop and allow a board meeting to proceed without them. They thanked the school board and principals for the time and consideration given to their questions, complaints and suggestions. “We did get to speak our piece,” spokesman Ron Sander said.   

April 17

Even though the Pike Central Chargers had won their first five games, Pike Central coach Steve Barrett was concerned that errors by his slumping defense would soon cost them a game. Four errorsTuesday aided the Chargers’ demise, but Heritage Hills pitcher Andy Fischer was the main cause of their downfall. Making just his second varsity start, the sophomore right-hander calmly dealt theconference rival Chargers their first setback with a superb two-hit shutout in the Patriots’ 8-0 victory at Patriot Field. The Patriots improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in the PAC, while the Chargers fell to 5-1 and 1-1 in the PAC. Fischer, who improved to 2-0, faced only 25 batters in seven innings and needed only 71 pitches to send the Chargers packing. 

April 18

Mental toughness was one of Southridge coach Larry Kieffner’s main concerns about his players entering this season. Wednesday, he caught a glimpse of what he considers crucial for success in the Raiders’ 4-1 conference win over host Pike Central. The Raiders’ No. 1 doubles team rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to win the match in a second-set tiebreaker. And Southridge freshman Kristi Nord won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets despite playing with a sprained right ankle. “I was pleased with the way our first doubles came back when they were down in the second set,” Kieffner said. “And of course Kristi Nord played really well.” Southridge improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC. Pike Central dropped to 2-4 and 1-1 in the conference.   

April 19

If Terry Gobert had any flashbacks to last year when Washington’s Derek Graber no-hit his Wildcats, they were easily erased by Vanis Bayer, Phil Buehler and Brayden Erny. Bayer tossed a three-hit shutout to lead No. 3 Jasper (6-1, 2-0) to a 6-0 win over Big Eight rival Washington on Thursday. Buehler and Erny added the offensive punch with solo home runs off junior lefty Dustin Barnard.

April 20

The Saturday feature in this issue is a story about the Cosmetology College. There are eight women attending the Jasper Beauty College — which is located on the bottom floor of a two-story building on Newton Street. It is owned by Geri Graham. After spending 1,500 hours with each student, she considers them to be like her children. She gets her hair done every Thursday by one of the students. Fridays and Saturdays are usually the college’s busiest days. The school takes both appointments and walk-ins. 

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