Looking Back: 4/17

Thirteen-year-old Jill Habig of Jasper will perform in several dances in the ballet “Coppelia - The Girl With Enamel Eyes” in Evansville. She performed the lead role in the dance “Czardas,” and is part of the cast of “Mazurka.” Both are Hungarian folk dances performed as part of the main ballet. Habig was a student at the Evansville Dance Theatre School. The ballet was performed at the University of Evansville’s Shanklin Theater. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published April 12, 1996.


65 Years Ago

April 16, 1956

About 40 boating enthusiasts are expected to attend this evening the second meeting of a newly formed Jasper boat club. The meeting will be held at the VFW Home in Jasper starting at 7:30. It was announced by President John Nicholson that the members at tonight’s meeting will discuss a new name for the club, by-laws, group activities such as cruises, and the possibility of affiliating with the Outboard Boating Club of America.

April 17

The Dubois County commissioners today started advertising for bids on the construction of three reinforced concrete bridges in the Dubois County highway system. Sealed bids will be received up to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7, the date of the next regular meeting of the county commissioners. Bids will be asked on a 35-foot span in the Wibbels bottom, about 2 1/4 miles north of St. Anthony; on a 35-foot span on the Bauer Hill road about a mile southeast of Dubois; and on a 26-foot span on the Boone-Harbison township line road about a mile and a half south of the White River.

April 18

Adam P. Dudine, 69, a former city clerk-treasurer of Jasper and later an insurance man, died at his home at 811 Clay St. in Jasper at 3 p.m. Tuesday following a long illness. In his younger years, he taught in several rural schools in Dubois County and also in the school at Marion. For several years, he managed the general store his father had owned at Dubois. After serving 10 years as clerk-treasurer at Jasper, he was the manager of the local license branch for six years. Then he became an insurance agent and served as a notary public until his health failed. 

April 19

Jasper’s industries went on an emergency work schedule today following a meeting last night at which factory representatives were told by the Utility Service Board that a mechanical failure on the Number Three boiler at the power plant makes it impossible to handle the peak loads at this time. As a result, only half the industries were working today. These factories will be shut down while theremaining half work Friday. On Saturday, those plants which are permitted to operate today may — if they so desire — work any hours between 4 and 11 a.m. The factories which will work on Friday may work Saturday afternoon, if they want, from noon until 7 p.m. Twenty-three Jasper industries were represented at the emergency meeting in the city office at which 31 businesses whose transformer capacity is 7200 kva or more were invited.    

April 20

Ronnie Schneider, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schneider of Jasper, is a candidate for the presidency of next year’s senior class at Indiana University. Ronnie was acclaimed the candidate of the Organized Party of the approximately 4,000 students in his class at the convention of the Organized Party. His opponent in next Thursday’s election will be Terry Smart, who was chosen as the candidate of the Independent Party. Ronnie has been on the dean’s List and has a B average record during his college life. He is taking a general business course and in June of next year will enter the I. U. School of Law.   

April 21

Mike Gooch, Huntingburg’s freshman righthander, became the latest Dubois County prep pitcher to enter baseball’s no-hit “Hall of Fame” as he blanked the Boonville Pioneers yesterday at Boonville, 15-0. Earlier this week, two Dubois hurlers — Bill Skaggs and Jim Bair — had also turned in hitless performances. Huntingburg unloaded a 13-hit barrage on three Pioneer hurlers. Craig and Struckman each got a homer and single while Hemmerlein had a triple and a single for the Hunters. 

50 Years Ago

April 19, 1971

Dan Rumbach won three blue ribbons and one red ribbon in leading Jasper to victory Saturday in the Jasper Freshman Invitational Track and Field Meet at Alumni Stadium. The Jasper yearlings finished with 53 points to defeat Castle (with 45 points) and Boonville (with 41). Rumbach came home the winner in the 220 (25.3) and in the high jump (5’4”) and then anchored the winning 880 relay team. He also finished second in the 100-yard dash behind teammate Duane Hostetter.   

April 20

The 11th annual presentation of the Jasper Outstanding Music Student Award was made during the Jasper Philharmonic Club’s Guest Night program at the Jasper Legion club. In making the announcement of the 1971 award, Mrs. Ken Krempp pointed out that an impartial anonymous panel of judges selected the winner on the basis of the contestant’s accomplishments in music and an audition before the panel. Sara Stenftenagel, a 17-year-old senior at Jasper High School, received the award primarily through her accomplishments as a pianist. She participated in six Evansville District solo and ensemble contests, receiving five Superior ratings and one Excellent. At the state contest in Indianapolis, she earned one Superior and two Excellent ratings. 

April 21   

Tim Blessinger, one of the most sought after basketball players in the history of Dubois High School, has signed a basketball scholarship with St. Bernard’s College in Alabama. Blessinger, a four-year member of the Dubois varsity, completed his prep career this season with 985 career points, 423 points his senior year. He earned the respect of area coaches, players and fans as he led the Jeeps to a 14-6 season mark and then into the championship game of the Huntingburg Sectional. It was the first time in history a Dubois team reached the championship game of the sectional. The six-foot, 165-pound Blessinger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Blessinger, R. 3, Jasper. “He’s one of the most coachable boys I have ever had,” said Dubois coach Jim Mueller at mid-season. 

April 22

The problems that are plaguing many household budgets will be the subject of discussion Monday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in the German American Bank meeting room in Jasper. Offering enlightenment and answers will be a panel which includes Dennis Critchlow, manager of the Credit Bureau; Jerome Alles, Bainbridge township trustee; and Mrs. Hilary Rupprecht, Food Stamp Clerk of Dubois County. The program is open to the public at no cost. To enable all interested persons to attend, there will be a free baby-sitting service. Mrs. Gib Lindauer is to be contacted to take advantage of this service. Questions on loans, credit rating, food stamps and government assistance will be discussed.    

April 23

The Jasper Wildcats and the New Albany Bulldogs split an important SIAC baseball doubleheader at New Albany Thursday. The Wildcats won the first game behind the four-hit pitching of Jeff Hochgesang. New Albany came back to win the second game, 6-3, which was called after 5 1/2 innings because of darkness. Hochgesang struck out four and walked two. He is now 3-1 for the year. Jim Wenzel led a 10-hit attack for Jasper with three singles. Greg Berger had a triple, single and 2 RBI’s. Bob Alles had an RBI double. In game two, Ken Rasche led the Jasper hitting with 2 singles. Ken Menner had a double and Jim Wenzel had a single and a sacrifice fly. Jasper now stands at 5-5, 2-2 in the SIAC.   

April 24

The Santa Claus Municipal Airport became a reality Friday as the first plane sat down, marking the opening of the only airport located in Spencer County. Construction was completed Thursday afternoon on the initial 1,500-foot east-west runway so that planes could begin using the airport as a base.The Santa Claus Board of Aviation plans as its next phase of construction the lengtheningof the runway to 3,500 feet to serve most private planes, and then to 4,200 feet to accommodate business planes. First to land and take off from the new strip in a single engine private plane were Mason Foertsch, chairman of the Santa Claus Board of Aviation, and his wife. Foertsch, a contractor who lives in Christmas Lake Village in Santa Claus, said that he plans to base his plane at the Santa Claus airport.Five other residents will be flying their planes soon.   

25 Years Ago

April 22, 1996

Six weeks into Jane Dall’s kindergarten year, her teachers bumped her up to the first grade because they considered her ready for bigger challenges. They were correct. Dall, a Forest Park senior, set new standards for academic excellence. She learned the way to Indianapolis by heart, because that’s where the state finals of all academic competitions are held. She’s won the county spelling bee twice. And it’s hard to find a civic organization’s “youth of the month” honor she has not collected. Her two most recent accomplishments place her in pretty rare company. Dall is one of 40 high school seniors named Indiana Academic All-Stars for 1996. And in the Presidential Scholars Program, she has advanced through two elimination rounds which narrowed an original pool of 2.5 million seniors to 500 semifinalists. 

April 23

Enrollment is increasing again at Jasper High School and several programs started this year will be continued and expanded, Principal Bob Johnson said at Monday night’s Greater Jasper School Board meeting. “This year we are up 35 students over last year and right now, the numbers tell us that we’ll have 50 more next year,” Johnson said. “We’ll have 197 seniors leaving and 248 incoming freshman.” Families with school age children moving into the area should push the numbers even higher.   

April 24

Welding students from Pike Central won individual firsts and the overall team title at the Midwest Team Welding tournament at New Castle, besting an 18-team field representing Indiana and Kentucky schools April 18-19. A second team that included Jasper High School students taking welding at Pike Central through the Patoka Valley Cooperative placed fourth in the competition. Winning individual titles were Clint Early in gas tungsten arc welding; John Wick in oxy-acetyline arc welding and cutting; and Jason Meyerholtz in gas metal arc welding. All are Pike Central students and all were members of the overall first-place team. That team, comprised entirely of senior second-year welding students from Pike Central, was rounded out by Griffin Shoultz and Jason Russell. Members of the fourth-place team were Eric Rohrscheib, Tim Werner, Greg Evans Trent Whitehead and Bryce Onyett. Rohrscheib and Werner are Jasper High School students. Evans, Whitehead and Onyett attend Pike Central.

April 25

Mandating that all city employees participate in a direct-deposit pay program would be a stretch of the home rule law, City Attorney Roger Brown said at a special common council meeting Wednesday. However, the clerk-treasurer could probably implement the program on her own authority without the council taking action, Brown said. Clerk-treasurer Juanita Boehm proposed the plan at last week’s council meeting and asked the council for a resolution in favor of it. Employees’ wages would be deposited directly in any bank designated by the employee. It cost the city almost $700 to write 11,471 paychecks in 1995, she said. The cost of issuing that many pay stubs would be less than $400. Bookkeeping would be simpler and take less time.   

April 26

All the coaches could do was to shake their heads in bewilderment after the game. They had good reason. PAC foes Southridge and Pike Central combined for 25 runs, 20 hits, 15 walks and eight errors Thursday evening. Southridge (7-6, 3-1 in the PAC) dropped its fourth consecutive game — a 16-9 loss to Pike Central (8-2, 6-1 in the PAC). Trey Lytton led the Raiders at the plate, going 4 for 4 with an RBI double, three singles and a run scored. For the Chargers, Jeff Sharp went 3 for 4 with two doubles and 5 RBI’s and four runs scored and Eric Gladish went 2 for 5 with a home run and a double.

April 27

The Saturday feature in this issue was on Kimball pianos. Kimball has been making pianos for the last 139 years but the last one rolled off the line Friday at the French Lick plant. Seventeen piano makers at the French Lick plant looked to the future and new jobs. Kimball International will change the name ofits West Baden plant to Springs Valley Manufacturing, officially on July 1. In the late 70s, Kimball churned out 200 to 300 pianos a day. But over the years, as piano production slipped all the way down to 20 a day, the company moved employees into other jobs. Clarence Howell worked on the first grand piano made after Arnold Habig bought Kimball Piano in 1961. This week, he’s worked on the last grand piano made by Kimball, a piano destined for the showroom at Kimball International’s corporate headquarters. When the 61-year-old Howell walked into the just-built plant 35 years ago, he knew nothing about making pianos. He’ll leave a pro. 

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