Looking Back: 4/25April 24, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
April 25, 1955
When Rev. Aloysius Fischer, O.S.B., former pastor at St. Anthony Church at St. Anthony, sang a Solemn High Mass at his present station, St. Jane de Chantal Church at Abita Springs, La., Sunday morning in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, two men who were servers at the celebrant’s first mass again served in that capacity on the altar. They are Paul Ehrman and Joseph Berg, both of St. Anthony. Early this year Father Aloysius said it would afford him great pleasure if the servers at his first Mass would again serve as altar boys. The two men, accompanied by Norbert Berg, son of Joseph Berg, and Othmar Jahn, also of St. Anthony, left last Friday for Louisiana to fulfill the fond hope of Father Aloysius.
Some more squeeze was put on cities in southwestern Indiana that intended to remain on Central Standard Time when the Vincennes city council passed a resolution last night to adopt Daylight Saving Time for the Knox county metropolis during the summer months. At 11:45 last night Mayor Ed Lorey of Jasper had a phone call from Mayor Herschel Jones of Loogootee reporting passing of the resolution and asking the Jasper mayor what his city was going to do about it. Mayor Lorey responded that the issue would be discussed at tonight’s regular meeting of the city council.
The city of Jasper joined the ranks of the “fast-timers” last night when members of the city council unanimously voted to suggest that the community switch to Daylight Saving Time, effective at midnight Saturday night. Meanwhile, Mayor Orval Kemp of Huntingburg, told the Herald this morning that no decision on a time change will be made at Huntingburg before next Monday night’s meeting of the city council. Mayor Kemp said the decision will be entirely up to the council.
Today the first two of five teams left for Ft. Wayne to bowl in the ABC for “gold and glory” in the 52nd annual international bowling tourney. The teams leaving today are Kuebler’s Jewelers and the Jasper Desk Co. The national spotlight will be turned upon the Jasper Desk team, picked at random by the TV Camel Caravan of Today’s News Today to represent the average American bowling team from a small city to shoot for the lofty heights in the game’s star-studded tourney. Roster of the Jasper Desk team is made up of Capt. Butch Hochgesang, Bob Buehler, Don Kunz, Clarence Fleck and Bob Woskom. Allen Joseph, manager of the desk firm, sponsor of the team, and also president of the Jasper Bowling Association, will accompany the team on its trip.
Wes Settle’s JHS baseball team trounced the Princeton Tigers 12-1 at Recreation Field last night, thereby posting its fifth victory in as many games this season. But the Cats first four games are being forfeited because an ineligible boy played in them. The player was found to be ineligible due to his participation in an independent basketball game after the Wildcat cagers were eliminated from the sectional last February. Jasper principal Claude Miller said today the IHSAA was being notified and that letters were going also to the schools that Jasper played, forfeiting the games won from them. Also involved is a golf match in which this ineligible player played.
Through an exchange of stock the Jasper Corporation merged with the Evansvile Veneer and Lumber Company effective April 28 it has been announced by Arnold F. Habig, president of the Jasper Corporation. This is in line with with the expansion of the chip core activities of the local plant and will tie together into one unit the plants needed to complete the finished product. The Jasper Corporation has a subsidiary plant in Borden, Ind. That plant employs about 100 men. The other plants in the combine employ the following numbers of workers: Jasper Corporation 200, Evansville Veneer & Lumber 175, Jasper-American at Henderson, 50.
• 50 Years Ago
April 27, 1970
Tom Schum and Don Hayes are pictured on the sports page of this issue. Those two men will be operating the pro shop at the new Jasper Municipal Golf Course. They are shown in this photo giving a sample lesson to one of the many visitors to the new course during Sunday’s Open House. The trio is pictured on the number one tee of the course. The course will officially open for play on Saturday, May 2, at 9:30 a. m.
An affluent society’s increasing demands for products have created some of today’s pollution problems for industry, Harry Williams, director of the Indiana Air Pollution Control Board told Jasper manufacturers today. Speaking at a luncheon set up by Jasper Mayor Jack Newton for Jasper’s industrial leaders, Williams commented that 25 years ago pollution from industry didn’t do as much harm as it does today. Williams said that we must now give some consideration to air pollution control. Industry accounts for 16 per cent of Indiana’s air pollution, according to estimates compiled by the state board. Another by-product of the affluent society, the large increase in the number of automobiles, accounts for 60 per cent, Williams said, while utilities (power plants etc.) produce 14 per cent. The remaining 10 per cent comes from space heating and refuse disposal. At least 24 Jasper industries were represented at the luncheon meeting.
An open house will be held this afternoon and evening at a new supermarket in Ferdinand. James Verkamp, the owner and operator of “Verkamp’s Lucky Dollar Market,” announced that the open house will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Verkamp’s Lucky Dollar Market, which is located in the building that formerly housed Bartley’s on Main Street in Ferdinand, features Red & White products and is a division of E. Bierhaus and Sons of Vincennes. Following the open house this afternoon, the market will officially open for business Thursday at 7 a. m.
Junior righthander Gary Stratman hurled a three-hit shutout and Bob “Chick” Alles drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a booming triple as the Jasper Wildcats blanked the Huntingburg Happy Hunters, 10-0, Wednesday at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Jasper struck early with Ken Menner and Gary Corbin delivering singles in the first inning with one out. Corbin’s single drove in Menner. Alles drove home Corbin with a sacrifice fly. Jasper added two more in the second on single by Terry Fleck, three Huntingburg errors, a walk and a fielder’s choice. The Cats wrapped it up with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Alles had a 2-run triple in the seventh following a double by Tom Wilz. Wilz also singled, and Fleck singled twice. Mike Hildebrand had two of the three Huntingburg hits — both were singles.
The purchase of the Furniture Division of Dolly Madison Industries by the Boise Cascade Lumber Company was approved at a meeting Thursday of the Idaho-based firm’s board of directors. The decision is subject to the completion of operational matters, according to Riley Johnson, head of press relations for Boise Cascade. The next step in the transaction, according to Johnson, is approval by the shareholders of DMI. He said this is expected in early summer. The terms of purchase of the Furniture Division will be about 246,000 shares of Boise Cascade common stock and $2 million in cash. The $2 million has already been advanced to DMI. Boise will also assume substationally all the liabilities of the DMI Furniture Division. The $2 million would be repaid to Boise Cascade in the event the sale is not finalized.
The Jasper City Softball League will open its 1970 season Monday night with a pair of games at City League Field in Sunset Terrace. Teams competing in the league this season are J & K Sinclair, Beck’s Tavern, Heichelbech’s Tavern, Twinkle Inn, Schneider’s Furniture, Acme Metal Co., Sunset Tavern and the 14K’s + 1. The Industrial League season will open Tuesday night at City League Field. Teams in the Industrial League include United Cabinet, Fromme Construction, Jasper Novelty, Indiana Telephone and Stylemasters.
• 25 Years Ago
May 1, 1995
Retiring superintendent Don Noblitt was named a Sagamore of the Wabash at a Sunday night dinner held in his honor. The honorary award, issued by the governor’s office, rewards his hard work in the Greater Jasper schools over the past 30 years. “It was unexpected and greatly appreciated,” Noblitt said this morning. “I owe a great deal of thanks to Leon Fleck and Fred Hollinden for putting the award together.” With just eight weeks left in his tenure, Noblitt is hoping to make the transition smooth for incoming superintendent Larry Riggs. “As I found out when I walked in here, there are a lot of things you need to know,” he said. I’m starting to help Larry put a budget together and get things shifted over to him.”
Formal dedication of the new city office highlights Huntingburg’s observance of Municipal Government Week, May 7-13. Municipal government is the layer of government closest to the people, Mayor Connie Nass said during Monday’s city council meeting. It’s the city’s hope that planned events will enable taxpayers to better understand what they’re paying for so they can participate in the local government process. Everything kicks off with a dedication ceremony and open house at the new city office from 1 to 3 p. m., Sunday. There will be entertainment, tours and free refeshments. The public may also choose to tour the new city office from 1 to 3 p. m., Monday through Friday, May 8-12.
With friends and family surrounding them, clerk-treasurer candidates Juanita Boehm and Nancy Marks waited Tuesday evening for the polling results to come in. When the last vote from the last of nine precincts had been counted, Boehm was the winner, 752 to 679. Voters had a hard choice between the two candidates — both were confident in their abilities and spent long hours pounding the pavement to meet the residents of Jasper. “We worked hard, as I know Nancy’s people did. It seemed like we were out there doing a lot of the same things,” Boehm said this morning. “We would cross paths going door-to-door.” Marks won precincts 3S, 4E, 4W, and 6C. Boehm took the other five to end up with a 73-vote victory. About a quarter of the registered voters went to the polls.
Pictured in this issue is Sr. Joanna Brown of Precious Blood School in Jasper. She has been named the 1995 Teacher of the Year by the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. Sr. Joanna, a fourth grade teacher, has been employed by the diocese for more than 20 years. Four other teachers from Jasper schools were also nominated for the award. The other local nominees were: Diane Hildenbrand, kindergarten, Holy Family, Sr. Gloria Memering, music, Precious Blood, Denise Miller, computer-math, Holy Family and Sr. Ida Otto, pre-school, Precious Blood.
Rosemary Fuhs was at work several days after the April 26 Powerball drawing when she learned a winning $100,000 ticket that had been sold in Jasper was still out. The 48-year-old supervisor at Forest Products Manufacturing in Jasper checked her numbers and, well. . . “I started screaming,” she said. “It was so much of a shock to the family that my mother-in-law started buying tickets. She said if I could win, anybody could.” Rosemary’s husband, Bob, works for Kimball Electronics. They have two children. Some of the winnings will pay bills and some will go into the bank, she told lottery officials. The winning ticket was purchased from Buehler’s Buy-Low in Germantown.
Missy Krempp and Laurie Becher, co-owners of 1st Class Fitness, along with three members of their teaching staff, Sylvia Gill, Patty Kempf and Jill Hunter, recently attended the Fitness Awareness CEC Training Conference in Chicago. At the three-day conference, fitness professionals attend lectures, workshops and master classes by internationally acclaimed presenters. Participants receive speciality training, and continuing education in all areas of fitness.
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