Looking Back: 4/24April 23, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
April 23, 1956
Holland’s teenagers will soon be getting a reputation for being the best drivers among the youth of the county. Yesterday afternoon at the Calumet Lake, two young drivers from Holland placed one-two in the third annual Teen-age Road-E-O sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees. Last year, Holland entries finished second and third. The top winner yesterday was Holland’s Glen Menke, who piled up 474 points out of a possible 500. Second place went to Joe Todrank, also of Holland, who scored 436 points. In third place after the contest was completed was Larry Loechte of Jasper. A total of 38 entries had been received by Chairman Bill Seng, Jr., and came from teenagers in five Dubois County communities.
Commencement exercises will be held this evening in two Dubois County communities. At Ireland, 24 students will graduate from high school and 32 from grade school. The commencement exercises will be held in the Ireland gym beginning at 8 o’clock. The valedictory address will be given by Miss Joan Schnarr, while Miss Marilyn Durcholz will deliver the salutatory address. Holland will also hold commencement exercises tonight beginning at 8 o’clock in the old gym. Tomorrow, the Holland seniors will leave on a trip to Washington and New York.
Jasper High School’s football team next fall will be under a new coach, according to a statement made this morning by Bernard Gallagher, superintendent of the city schools. Mr. Gallagher told The Herald this morning that the school “will hire another football coach for next season.” According to a dispatch received this morning from International News Service in Indianapolis, the school board will not renew the contract of Bob Fell, who has coached the Wildcat gridders for the past three seasons. The INS dispatch states that Coach Fell would have become a tenured teacher next fall. Prior to coming to Jasper, he was head football and basketball coach at Huntingburg High School.
Bob Fell, Jasper head football coach whose contract is not being renewed next year, told The Herald last night that he does not intend to issue a statement concerning the matter. Mr. Fell was notified Monday that his contract would not be renewed but the fact did not become known publicly until yesterday. Meanwhile, school officials reported this morning that classrooms were back to normal following a brief demonstration by a portion of the student body at noon yesterday after the announcement was made public. The gathering dwindled rapidly, especially after a steady downpour dampened their spirits.
At elections held yesterday at Indiana University, Ronnie Schneider of Jasper was chosen to be president of next year’s senior class. Ronnie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray F. Schneider, was elected last week as the candidate of the Organized Party. Ronnie is a graduate of Jasper High school, class of 1952. As the result of yesterday’s election, he will not only serve as president of approximately 4,000 seniors during their last year in college, but will remain is this category for life. The student who is president of the senior class is responsible for handling the affairs of this class, such as reunions, for the rest of his life.
Daylight saving time for the Jasper area was virtually assured yesterday when representatives of 20 industries unanimously decided to move up their clocks one hour, effective at midnight on Sunday, May 6. A spot check this morning of five other plants which did not have representation at the meeting indicated that all factories in Jasper will go along with the change. This in turn will undoubtedly bring about the switch of the retail stores to fast time.
50 Years Ago
April 26, 1971
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Jerome J. Seger, of 901 Dorbett St., Jasper. She is shown with one of her paintings of flower arrangements which won top prize in the art show sponsored by the Dubois County Art Guild over the weekend. Hundreds of persons saw the display of paintings and other art works Saturday and Sunday in the German American Bank basement. Receivinghonorable mention were a sketch by Mrs. Bert C. Doane of Jasper, and an oil painting by Prentice Maxey of Huntingburg and a fish fashioned of metal by Aaron Parks of Dubois.
The 50th Anniversary of the Jasper Circle, Daughters of Isabella, will be marked by a special celebration on Sunday, May 16, it was announced by Mrs. Lorena Graehler, Regent. The Jasper circle was organized in 1921. The first class of 221 candidates, initiated on April 24, 1921, was the largest charter class ever initiated by this international organization. At the present time, the local Circle is still the largest D. of I. Circle with 944 members. The May 16 celebration will open with a concelebrated Mass in St. Joseph’s Church at 4 p.m., followed by a banquet at the Knights of Columbus Home.Serving as Master of Ceremonies for the Mass will be Rev. Kenneth Graehler of St. James Parish, Haubstadt. He is the son of the present Jasper Circle Regent.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: High school coaches usually get their fill of clinics and schools during the course of a school year. There are numerous clinics in a sport to help them develop their programs. There is one type of school which has been missing from the agenda and Memorial Hospital in Jasper has filled this void. The hospital has completed plans for an “Athletic Injuries Seminar." This clinic is free and no registration is required. Brad Bomba, the team physician for the Indiana Hoosiers will headup a team of doctors, including Dr. J. P. Salb of Jasper, who will speak at the seminar,which will be held at Memorial Hospital on May 12.
Sophomore righthander Lee Lehmkuler hurled a no-hitter Wednesday afternoon as he pitched the Huntingburg Hunters to a 1-0 triumph over the Ferdinand Crusaders at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Lehmkuhler struck out seven and walked five. Doug Prior, singled in Steve Cook, who had singled earlier in the fourth inning, for the only run of the game. Meanwhile, the Jasper Wildcats dealt the Princeton Tigers their first conference loss of the year by an 8-6 score. Jeff Hochgesang, who went all the way on the mound despite allowing 10 hits, was the winning pitcher for the Cats. Bob Alles led the seven-hit attack for Jasper with a double and a single.
Clarence Persohn of 1339 Greene Street, Jasper, was elected Commander of the VFW Post 673 Wednesday night. Other officers elected to serve for 1971-72 are Edward Boehm, senior vice commander; Sgt. Warren Wolfe, junior vice commander; Virgil Fleck, quartermaster; Paul Zehr, three-year trustee; Paul Lueken, judge advocate and Linus Lindauer, surgeon. Clarence Persohn spent his youth on a farm until his marriage to Mary Catherine Welp when he moved to Jasper and took employment at Jasper Cabinet Co. The couple has five children, Cheryl, 17, Pamela, 15, Jane, 13, Bryan, 10 and Marilyn, 5. The family attends St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper.
James Birk, a native of Jasper who has been a full-time teacher of piano music in the Drake Universsity Preparatory School at Des Moines, Iowa, for the past two years, will appear as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra next season. At the request of the orchestra’s conductor, Willis Page, Birk will appear as a soloist in a regular series concert. Appearing on the same program will be Senator Harold Hughes (D-Iowa) who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Presidency in 1972. Hughes will narrate “The Lincoln Portrait” by composer Aaron Copland. Birk, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Birk of 808 Margaret Drive in Jasper, is married to the former Diana Hochgesang.
25 Years Ago
April 29, 1996
Steady rainshowers that began Sunday morning dumped a half foot of water on the county in less than 24 hours, flooding many roadways and threatening to close the sewer plant in Huntingburg. Jasper got 6.25 inches, bringing the April rainfall total to 11.71 inches, which shatters the previous record of 8.8 inches, set in 1972. This month is already the fourth wettest since 1955, and the record of 13.8 inches in March of 1964 is in danger because forecasts call for up to 2 more inches before the month ends. “We’re busy sandbagging the waste water plant before it drifts down the river,” said Sara Songer, Huntingburg’s city office manager. With help from 35 Southridge seniors, city employees began filling sand bags at 4:30 this morning at the street department garage, according to streetsuperintendent Lee Lehmkuhler.
Father Mark O’Keefe, OSB, was elected president-rector of St. Meinrad College and School of Theology by the schools’ board of trustees Saturday. Fr. Mark’s five-year term will begin May 19. He succeeds Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB, who served almost 10 years as president-rector before stepping down in February. Fr. Mark, a member of the board of trustees since 1992, was the associate academic dean of the School of Theology for five years before being named academic dean, his current position, in September. Although Fr. Mark assumes office in mid-May, his formal inauguration as president-rector is scheduled for October. Fr. Mark is the son of Tomiyo Domitsu Nakajima and the late William O’Keefe of Ferdinand. He was born Aug. 2, 1956, in Shirley, Mass.
Three local seniors have been named 1996 National Merit Scholars, a top academic honor earning them $2,000 scholarships. Of the five local finalists, three were chosen as recipients; Garren Heeke, Northeast Dubois High School, Benjamin Johanneman, Forest Park High School; and Joseph Boyd, Heritage Hills High School. Heeke is the son of Garret and Bonnie Heeke of Dubois. He plans to study computer science at a four-year college in the fall. Johanneman is the son of Jim and Sharon Johanneman of Ferdinand. He plans possibly to study dentistry or architecture at the University of Notre Dame or University of Kentucky. Boyd is the son of Stephen and Janet Boyd of Chrisney. He plans to major in computer programming at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, in the fall. The nationwide Merit competition is the largest of its kind. This year, 6,900 winners were chosen from 14,000 finalists, according to Executive Vice President Marianne Roderick.
Genuinely kind, a “living saint” who has a love for children above all else, is how co-workers described Stella Bennett, the 1996 Teacher of the Year in the Evansville Catholic Diocese. Every morning, Bennett faces 13 lively first-graders at Holy Family School. A wife, mother and grandmother, Bennett has been teaching for 30 years, 29 at Holy Family School. She lives in Santa Claus with her husband, John. Bennett was only the second teacher in Jasper to ever receive the award. She was chosen out of 32 schools, from a total of 14 nominees.
Evansville senior pitcher Andy Noblitt was named the U of E Athlete of the Week when he tied the Purple Aces’ record for saves in a season last Friday. The Jasper native tied the record with his ninth save and then broke it with his 10th Saturday. Noblitt’s earned run average is now a team-low 2.93.
After a grueling 50 days spent waiting for a liver transplant, a Jasper man finally received one and his employer, the post office, wants to help the family with expenses. After becoming unexpectedly ill, Randy Weisheit, 41, needed a new liver in order to live. On Friday, April 19, he received a transplant at University Hospital in Indianapolis. Doctors say he should be able to go home in a couple of weeks. Randy’s wife, Pam, has been by his side every day for the last few months, having to leave her job in retail. On Sunday, the Jasper Post Office will have a carwash and cookout benefit to raise money for the Weisheit family’s expenses that won’t be covered by insurance, postmaster John Verostko said.
Only the lightning and rain could stop fourth-ranked Jasper at Huntingburg’s League Stadium Friday night as they handed slumping Southridge its seventh straight loss by the score of 9-1 in a six-inning, weather-shortened baseball game. Jasper junior Brayden Erny led the Wildcats 10-hit attack by going 3-for-3 from the dish with a triple, two singles and a run scored. Junior Matt Mauck added two hits to the total, a double and a two-run single. In the sixth, Phil Kendall, a junior, blasted a two-run homer to close out the Jasper scoring binge. Kendall, who has seven dingers on the season, needs four more round-trippers to tie the Wildcats’ record held by Tim Fehribach. Mauck (4-0), picked up the win. He struck out four and walked only one in five innings of work.
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