Looking Back: 4/13

Six boys charge from the starting line 25 years ago during the Huntingburg Jaycees Easter egg hunt at Huntingburg City Park. Nearly 100 children ages 10 and under participated in the hunt, which was blessed with warm weather and sunny skies. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published April 4, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
April 12, 1954

It took 387 words and almost an hour of competition Saturday afternoon to determine the Dubois County spelling champion but the results were exactly the same as last year. Miss Alice Uebelhor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Uebelhor, Rt. 2, Birdseye, became the first student to win the contest two years in a row when she spelled down twenty-one other contestants in the court room of the courthouse in Jasper. Alice will represent the county in the Tri-State contest in Evansville where she was fourth-last to go down last year. She was also recipient of the $10 cash award from the Daily Herald for winning the county contest. The winner is an eighth grade pupil of Sister Estelle Knapp, O.S.B. The runner-up was Alice Louise Weisman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Weisman, of R. 3, Huntingburg. She is a seventh grade pupil of Mrs. Henrietta Spink at the Bretzville school.   

April 13

Pictured on the front page of this issue are six Dubois county young men who left this morning for Indianapolis to be inducted into military service. Those pictured include: Louis U. Disinger of Huntingburg, leader; George E. Rudolph, Boone Township; Donald L. Collins Jasper; William L. Kahle of Holland; Robert A. Dall of Ferdinand and Jack L. Werne of Jasper. Collins, Rudolph and Werne are volunteers.   

April 14

Pictured in this issue are Roy Allen, chief tabulator, assisted by Jasper Jaycee president Dave Newton, as they were kept busy Sunday afternoon tabulating the results of the first annual county Teen-Age Road-E-O held at the Calumet Lake.  Also pictured is Stanley Huff, a student of Dubois High School. He was declared the winner of the driving skill contest. 

The proprietors of the Parket Market in Jasper, Carl Witte and Victor Dippel, have purchased the stock and fixtures of the Park ‘n Shop at Huntingburg in partnership with another man, P. J. Froelich of Owensboro. Mr. Froelich, who has been in the grocery business most of his life, will serve as manager of the Huntingburg store.   

April 15

Three members of the Cheermakers who starred on the recent talent show sponsored by Holland Custard & Ice Cream, Inc., will appear tonight over TV station WRAY-TV at Princeton. They are: Marlene Kunkel and Jerry Spindler, accordionists, and Janet Marie Klem, who does some acrobatic skating. Janet Marie’s mother, Mrs. Gus Klem, is the organizer and director of the Cheermakers. The youthful trio goes by the name Two Notes and a Skater. They will appear on the program that begins at 7:30 this evening. The program lasts for thirty minutes. 

April 16

On Palm Sunday afternoon the fifth annual Easter party, sponsored by VFW 673 and Auxiliary, took place. A large crowd of youngsters ages two to seven participated. In previous years an egg hunt was held but since some of the children fell short, it was decided to change plans, so all kids would be treated equally. “Easter Bunny” left an ample supply of eggs at the Post Home, and a group of ladies filled over 400 bags with eggs, candy and bubble gum. After the distribution, Easter treats were taken to the Sisters of Providence and to the patients and personnel at Memorial Hospital, Providence Home and Mary Lee’s Nursing Home.   

April 17

The town of Ferdinand these days is faced with two problems: a shortage of water and a shortage of electric current. The community is doing something about the water situation, but so far seems to have its hands pretty well tied so far as doing anything about the shortage of electricity. At a special meeting of the town board this week, sealed bids were opened on the construction of a dam to create a new lake for Ferdinand’s water supply system.The successful bidder was Hasenour & Sternberg of Jasper, with a bid of $19,367. The estimated cost of the dam, as determined by Engineer Carl J. Heim of Jasper, who drew up the specifications, was $25,000. Hasenour & Sternberg said they can build the dam in 25 days. 

50 Years Ago
April 14, 1969

Jasper’s undefeated golf team defeated Mater Dei, Washington Catholic and Boonville Saturday morning in high school action at the Jasper Country Club. Bill Rowekamp and Mike Schneider led the Jasper victory that included a six-ball win over Mater Dei and Washington and a four-ball triumph over Boonville. The Wildcats of Don Hayes outshot Mater Dei and Catholic with a 507 score. Catholic followed with a 550 and Mater Dei with a 636. The Cats downed Boonville, 324 to 402. Rowekamp led all individuals with a 78 on rounds of 39-39. Schneider was close behind with a 79. Other Jasper scores were Steve Seger with an 82, Mark Schneider 84, Brad Seger 85, and Mark Habig 99.   

April 15

Mayor Jack E. Newton and the Jasper City Council, meeting in a special session last Friday, agreed unanimously, but reluctantly, that the ruling of the Department of Transportation directing that certain counties in the state of Indiana should go on Eastern Daylight Time effective at 2 a.m. on April 27, should be obeyed. While the mayor and councilmen expressed the feeling that the change is inequitable and not in the best interest of the people of Jasper and Dubois County, as well as others in the state of Indiana, they, as the elected governing body of the city, felt it necessary and compelling that they follow the law as it is set down. 

April 16

Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchane and its northern Ohio warehouse distributor, Sterling Engine Supply Co., will conduct a “profit clinic’ starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday of this week at Brecksville,Ohio. Some 300 garage owners, service managers and mechanics in the Cleveland-Akron area area expected to hear Alvin C. Ruxer, president of the firm, discuss ways and means of improving customer service and customer relations and increasing profits and decreasing downtime.

Pictured in this issue are John Schulte and Allen Weisheit, ten-year employees of the Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Jasper. They received wrist watches in recognition of their services to the company as route salesmen. Also pictured is Earl M “Bud” Salb, the general manager of the company. The awards were given at the company’s annual recognition party. 

April 17

Coach Don Noblitt’s Jasper Wildcats, who have advanced to the state baseball finals in Indianapolis the last two years, will open their 1969 season this evening at Recreation Field against the Bosse Bulldogs. The game will get underway at 6 p.m. The game will be recorded on video tape by channel 9 and will be shown at 5:15 p. m. Friday. Jasper’s defending state finalists have only three regulars returning this season — Lee Boehm, Gary Corbin and Ron Snyder. Boehm and Snyder were both regular outfielders in the state finals while Corbin was used both at shortstop and pitching. Noblitt is expected to start 6-51⁄2 Dave “Skinny” Luegers on the mound against Bosse. The game will be the first one played on the new grass infield at Recreation Field.

April 18

The recent series of articles concerning the history of Portersville which appeared in the “Hark The Herald”column of the DAILY HERALD has won first prize in the state Daughters of the American Revolution feature story contest, it has been learned by the Dubois County D.A.R. Chapter. Written by Mrs. Jesse Schnarr of Portersville, who is a member of the D.A.R., the series of six articles was submitted for publication by the Dubois County Chapter during American History Week in February. The writer is a history buff and has an endless repertoire of historical knowledge and an innate talent of presenting it both as a speaker and as a writer.    

April 19

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Sp. 5 David Gramelspacher as he was being presented with his third Purple Heart Medal by Colonel Smith in Vietnam. Gramelspacher has returned to that war-torn country after a 30-day leave spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gramelspacher of 333 W. Tenth Street, Jasper. This will be his third tour of duty in Vietnam. David is a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School. In addition to the three Purple Heart awards, he has received the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

25 Years Ago
April 18, 1994

Andy Smith, a student at Jasper High School, won the state championship in radio broadcasting in the Indiana High School Forensics Association competition on April 9 in Indianapolis. Reitz and Jasper were the only two schools south of Indianapolis in the region that placed in the final rounds. Over 113 schools started at the sectional level. Sixty-eight schools competed in the state finals. There were 287 contestants and over 150 judges. Smith, the son of Phil and Martha Smith, is the first Jasper High School student to win a state forensics competition.   

April 19

Wanda Beck, bowling as a sub for the Bob Wehr Repair team at Eastown Lanes, collected from the Dubois County Bank’s “Pot of Gold.” Beck bowled a 218, 256, and a 162 for a 636 series during Wednesday Night’s Ladies League. Beck received $25 for the 256 game, and $50 for her 600 series. Beck carried a 158 average.

Jasper High School senior catcher Tamera Welp was a pre-season all-state selection in the softball magazine Hoosier Diamond. Welp will attend Marian College next year on a softball scholarship.

April 20

All five local high schools participating in the Hoosier Academic Super Bowl invitationals Tuesday had teams win or place in the competition’s six events. Jasper, Forest Park, Northeast Dubois and Southridge competed at Vincennes Lincoln High School. Heritage Hills competed at Bosse in Evansville. Announcements concerning which schools scored high enough to secure berths in the April 30 state finals will be made this week. 

April 21

If you haven’t picked up your free allotment of trash stickers at city hall, get a move on. After May 1, they won’t be free any longer. “We think all the people of Jasper have had ample time to pick up their stickers,” Mayor Bill Schmitt said at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting. “Now we are running into situations where people are moving and taking their stickers with them and things like that.” Some people have already come in to buy stickers, which are available in sheets of five for $3.75 a sheet.

April 22

Jasper coach Terry Gobert usually hands out game balls to his players who hit home runs after Wildcat victories. After Thursday’s 3-0 win over Big 8 foe Washington, the Cats’ Brad Schmitt received the game ball, but it wasn’t for blasting a monsterous, game-breaking home run. Brute strength at the plate isn’t everything. Schmitt tossed a complete game of shut out ball against the Hatchets, enabling Jasper to claim a 2-0 advantage in the Big 8 Conference, and up its overall record to 7-2. “I was pleased with what Brad did out there this evening,” said Gobert. “He mixed his pitches well, threw strikes, changed speeds, and got us a lot of ground ball outs.”  Schmidt’s marathon performance gives the Jasper rotation their third complete game in-a-row. 

April 23

A good-news consumer lifestyle magazine is scheduled to make its appearance in Dubois County next month. “Dubois County Monthly” will be dedicated to the Dubois County area, says Rich Rubin, one of its developers. Rubin, who has been in publishing 24 years, has joined with Paul Knies, president of Dubois County Broadcasting (WBDC and WBG-TV-Channel 27), to form PR Publishing, the company developing the magazine. The inaugural issue will showcase the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame as its monthly feature story. Rubin says the magazine’s emphasis will be on the good qualities  of the county and cities. It will strive to bring the community up to date on current events, he says. Three thousand copies of the magazine will be given away monthly at restaurants, discount outlets, gas stations, retail establishments, food markets and video stores. 

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