Looking Back: 4/11April 10, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
April 11, 1955
The April 4 issue of TIME magazine devoted a column of space telling about a method to brighten a telescopic image as developed by a former Jasper resident and his partner at Johns Hopkins University. The native of Jasper who helped develop the technique is Ralph Sturm, son of the late Dr. Eugene A. Sturm and Maye Salb Sturm. When he was still in grade school, Ralph Sturm was intensely interested in science, and was one of the first persons in Dubois County to build his own crystal radio set. The promising new method, which uses an electronic screen intensifier to brighten a telescopic image, was developed by Dr. Russel H. Morgan and Ralph Sturm.
A Haysville girl who is a student at Dubois High School has been adjudged the winner of the 8th district essay contest conducted by the VFW Auxiliary. She is Miss Mary Ann Baer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Baer of Haysville. The results of the contest were announced by Lillian Prior of Jasper, who served as chairman of the district contest. Second place winner is Miss Fay Ellen Egbert, a student at Huntingburg High. She is the daughter of Paul Egbert of Huntingburg. Miss Baer will receive a $25 savings bond while Miss Egbert will receive a $10 savings bond.
Jasper’s city council unanimously agreed last night to go along with the board of park commissioners in financing the proposed new swimming pool for the city. Three members of the park board, together with Architect Lester Routt of Vincennes , appeared before the council at its regular meeting last night to seek financial support for the project. Drawings of the proposed pool were presented for the council’s inspection. Board President Earl Schiller told them that the new pool has been designed with the latest of facilities. A preliminary estimate by the architect sets the cost of the project at about $195,000. The pool is to be located in Armory Park, between the tennis court and the wooded picnic area.
No longer is it necessary to blow the whistle at the power plant when someone in Huntingburg wants to get in touch with the police. Installation of two-way radio has changed all that. When a daytime phone call comes in to the light plant office for the police, Mrs. Herbert Schenetke, secretary to Breman Ainsworth, superintendent of the gas utility, gets in touch with the police prowl car. When the calls come in at night, they are handled by the engineer at the plant. In addition to the police car, two city maintenance trucks are equipped with two-way radios and the car of Lee Grewe, superintendent of the electric and water plants, will also have the equipment when his new car comes in. It is planned later to add a frequency that will enable the Huntingburg police to communicate with the State Police post at Jasper.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Kenneth Schneider, 16. He is shown with the 23-inch, 7-pound-2-ounce bass he caught last Sunday in Workman’s Lake in Martin County. Kenny used a Deepster plug to get this beauty while fishing with his dad, Raymond Schneider of the Victory Villa addition. Within the previous month he caught one measuring 14” in length, and later landed one measuring 17”. His dad, who outranked Kenny last year in the fish catching department, hasn’t had much luck this year.
Wes Settle’s Jasper High School baseball team posted its second victory of the season and first in SIAC play yesterday afternoon when the Wildcats drubbed Bosse 11-1 with lefty Jerry Schneider twirling his second consecutive one-hitter. Twelve Bosse errors contributed to the Jasper cause as the Cats obtained a good measure of revenge for close-margin defeats by the Bulldogs in games played the past two years. This one was played at Enlow Field in Evansville. Schneider struck out a dozen and issued two passes, both in the first inning. Jody Giesler led the Wildcats at the plate with two for four. Other Cats hitting safely were Schneider, Gig Giesler, Don Kress, Dick Flick, Don Bates and Don Otto.
• 50 Years Ago
April 13, 1970
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: He has to share the honor with Bill Shepherd of Carmel, but Jack Butcher has received another high honor for his outstanding coaching job at Loogootee High School this past year. Butcher led the Lions into the state finals last month before they were eliminated by the Carmel Greyhounds in the afternoon action at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Carmel, who lost to state champ East Chicago Roosevelt that night, was coached by Bill Shepherd, father of two of the top Indiana prep cagers produced in the last few years. Over the weekend the Indiana Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association announced that that the vote taken on the eve of the finals from Association members showed that the “coach of the year” honors for 1969-70 were given to both Butcher and Shepherd. They will reign as “Co-Coaches-of-the-Year.”
Three state police troopers today are visiting the grade schools in the county to recognize winners in the “Letters to the Governor Contest.” Pictured on the front page of this issue is Trooper Joe Rhodes at the Ireland North Side School with the Principal, Sister Mary David, and the two winners from that school. Linda Renner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clemens Renner, was the winner in grades 1-3, and Wayne Schmitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schmitt, was the winner in the grades 4-6 category. Troopers besides Joe Rhodes who are visiting the schools today to present the winners with copies of Governor Whitcomb’s book, “Escape from Corregidor,” are Larry Eck and Norman Weber.
Two members of Jasper’s Cadette Girl Scout Troop No. 434 will be receiving the coveted First Class Award Saturday afternoon, April 18, at Mesker Memorial Amphitheater in Evansville at Raintree Council’s “Piper Song Fest.” Mary Sue Thyen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Thyen of 1742 Newton, and Sara Eckert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Eckert of Rt. 2, Jasper, will be presented with the council’s First Class Honor Certificates during the program which is also honoring all members of Piper troops. (These troops have fulfilled requirements for bettering their troops and for furthering Girl Scouting in their communities.) The First Class award is the highest award which can be earned in Girl Scouting, since the older Senior Scouts concentrate on service to others. Serving as leaders of Troop 434 this year are Miss Donna Rohleder and Miss Sarah Pfeffer.
City officials of Jasper and Huntingburg have been advised by Texas Eastern Transmission to curtail additional services on their local gas systems because of what Texas Eastern officials describe as a natural gas shortage. The announcement was made last week by I. D. Bufkins, vice-president of Texas Eastern, when he spoke at Evansville to representatives of all distributors served by the company in this area. The shortage, they were told, does not result from a lack of natural gas resources but in the inability of gas producers to supply transmission lines.
Bill Lovvron hurled a three-hitter and Steve Orange and Bruce Reinhart both drove in two runs to lead the Huntingburg Happy Hunters to a 6-2 PAC baseball victory over the Dale Aces Thursday afternoon at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Lovvron went he distance in pitching the three-hitter. He lost his shutout bid when Dale punched across two runs in the fourth inning. Orange and Reinhart, who both had two singles for the day to lead all hitters, both drove in runs in the third and fifth innings. The Hunters totaled eight hits for the game. In addition to the four by Orange and Reinhart, Doug Prior, Dave Brosmer, Danny Dunn and Lovvron all had singles.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the Huntingburg Babies, a popular semi-pro baseball team of an earlier era. The picture was taken in the early 1930’s. The picture was taken at the Huntingburg Fairgrounds, according to Roy Wagner, who submitted the photo. “Huntingburg and Jasper were great sports rivals even in those days,” says Mr. Wagner, “the Babies made it rough on the Jasper Reds.” Train excursions between the two communities were popular whenever Jasper and Huntingburg played. Wagner went on to say that the old Evansville, Louisville and St. Louis Air Line passenger train would run Sunday excursions having as many as five coach loads of fans going from Huntingburg to Jasper for the games. The round trip fare was 20 cents, according to Wagner.
• 25 Years Ago
April 17, 1995
Elizabeth Werner, a sophomore at Jasper High School, has won the state contest of the American Legion Test of Americanism and Government. Jasper American Legion Post 147 sponsors the test, which was given to 600 students at JHS. Ms. Werner and her parents, Ron and Brenda Werner, were honored at the Indiana American Legion Spring Conference, where scholarships were presented to the six state winners of the 1994-95 program. Each year the Indiana American Legion awards six $500 college scholarships to high school students. Ms. Werner is the first sophomore from Jasper to win the state contest. Shawn Nigg won the state contest last year when he was a senior at Jasper High School.
Dubois County will finally start recycling plastic again next month, but only one type, said solid waste district director Emily Nichols at Monday’s management board meeting. Plastic bottles and jugs with a ‘2’ stamped on them will be recyclable, Nichols said. But only the frosted or translucent ones can be taken. More than 60 products use that type of translucent plastic including milk jugs, refillable detergent bottles, some shampoo bottles and more, she said. “We hope to kick this off on May 22,” Nichols said.
Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Sooner came on Tuesday for Jasper as Princeton toppled the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Wildcats, 7-1 in a Big Eight Conference affair at Ruxer Field. However, it wasn’t the loss that upset Jasper coach Terry Gobert. But, it was how the Cats lost. The Wildcats, usually a defensively sound ballclub, committed a mortal sin in the form of seven errors. “You can’t beat anybody with seven errors,” said Gobert. “Every single run was unearned. It should have been a 1-0 or 2-0 ballgame and everyone should’ve been talking about how it was a heckuva game.” “It’s disappointing because so many of our errors were mental. We have a saying “Act, don’t react. Tonight I thought we reacted to everything Princeton did.”
When her coach asked if she wanted to play basketball in Holland this summer, Jill Fenneman didn’t think much of it at first. It wasn’t until he explained that he meant Holland the country and not the town that she got excited. “I was ready to pack my bags and leave right then,” she says. But instead of packing, the Southridge freshman has been working since last fall to save money for the ten-day trip, organized by the International Sports Exchange, which has helped 10,000 athletes compete overseas. About 14 other girls from southern Indiana were chosen to play four or five games against high school teams from Sittard, Holland.
“You have a wonderfully renovated facility here that you can all be so proud of. This building (10th St. School), is as attractive for students and teachers as it is practical for education,” said Suellen Reed, superintendent of public instruction for the State Department of Education. In 1969, school board members put together a 25-year plan that included renovating buildings or constructing new ones at all grade levels. The completion of Tenth Street School wraps up that plan, said President Phil Buecher, a board member for 33 years.
The Saturday feature was a story about the Powers Inn, a bed and breakfast in Jasper, owned by Joe and Alice Garland. They chose the name, evoking an image from the past. According to George R. Wilson’s “Historical Notes on Dubois County,” one of Jasper’s founders, Lewis Powers, lived on the site in the 1870’s. The house that the Garlands redid was built around 1880 by W. S. Hunter, a popular attorney who moved here from Cannelton. Joe and Alice worked on the house on nights and weekends, whenever they got some spare time. “I’d hate to know how many hours we put in here,” Joe says.