Looking Back: 4/6April 5, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
April 5, 1954
Worshippers entering St. Joseph Church yesterday morning for the first time since the interior was remodelled found it difficult to refrain from emitting audible oh’s and ah’s. But after emerging from the church following the mass they had attended, they tried to outdo each other in praising the beauty of the remodelled church. While much work still remains to be done, it is apparent at a glance that St. Joseph’s is certainly one of the most beautiful churches to be found anywhere. The whiteness of the plaster ceiling and the unbroken lines of the sandstone walls make the church appear even larger than it did before. The walls of the sanctuary are covered with marble. The work done so far has cost more than $100,000.
A wind of tornado proportions caused damage estimated at several thousand dollars in the Ferdinand community around 7 A.M. today. The storm took the same path as one that swept through this area about ten years ago. At the Lueken and Pund building supply firm in the northeast part of Ferdinand, the wind lifted a garage off of three trucks, but did no damage to the trucks. The garage, along with its concrete-pillar roof supports, was carried about 25 feet and demolished. Several lumber stacks were twisted. The wind took off about three feet of insulation boards from the top of a stack and blew them against the company’s office. Joe Lueken, one of the partners, estimated the damage at $2,000 or more.
Mrs. Louis Edward Lubbehusen, 25, of near Dale, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Herman Snyder, 41, of Chrisney, were killed instantly in the collision of their car and a truck near Evansville yesterday morning, and Mrs. Lubbehusen’s son, Louis Eddie, age 4, died of injuries at 3:30 yesterday afternoon in an Evansville hospital. Seven other persons were hospitalized in the wreck, which was called by law officers one of the worst in the history of Vanderburgh County. Three of the seven victims now in Deaconess Hospital are children of Mrs. Lubbehusen. They are Diana, 5, Dorothy, age 2, and Tommy, seven months. The others injured are Mrs. Snyder’s daughter, Rita, 15; Shelby Pierce, 15, of Chrisney; Robert Wilson, 38, of Evansville, the driver of the truck; and Frank Joseph Bayer, 58, who was a passenger in the truck.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Bud Stieler, Evansville grade school teacher who pitches for the Jasper Reds, is in training for the 1954 I-K League campaign. He has sent word to Manager Nigg Pfeffer that he’s running and throwing. The schoolmaster and teammate Jerry Clark, Jasper boy who pitches for Indiana University, were the league’s top two hurlers last summer when the Reds copped their first flag.
During the twenty years that Mrs. Teresa Wuchner served as president of the St. Ann’s Society of Jasper, she lead the rosary in German on hundreds of occasions after members of the organization or other residents of the community had passed away. In recognition of this service, the past officers of the St. Ann Society will recite a rosary in German for Mrs. Wuchner at 6:45 this evening at the Becher and Son Mortuary.
A reward of $5 was offered this morning by the owners of a blue parakeet that made its way out of a house in the southeast section of Jasper this morning. The return of Pokey, the parakeet, means a lot to its owners, Mr. and Mrs. George Bosley of Louisville. The Bosleys were visiting her mother, Mrs. Catherine Judy, 327 E. 5th St., and were planning to return to Louisville tomorrow but they’re determined to stay here until they find that bird.
Bob Fell’s Jasper Wildcats opened their 1954 baseball season yesterday afternoon at Recreation Field, with southpaw Jerry Schneider twirling a two-hitter at the expense of the previously unbeaten Jeeps. Ralph Seger’s boys had trounced the Ireland Spuds 20-1 and had beaten the West Baden Sprudels 5-3 in their first two games. Schneider struck out 11 and walked two. Alvin Brenner had two hits for Jasper. Bobby Thacker, the Jeeps shortstop, doubled for Dubois.
• 50 Years Ago
April 7, 1969
Dubois County Treasurer Herbert J. Heichelbech today said that due to a ruling by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, checks which amount to more than the tax payment can no longer be cashed at the treasurer’s office when paying taxes. Persons wishing to pay taxes by mail may do so by sending a personal check along with the tax statement and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Paid receipts will be returned.
It’s been several years since anybody around here talked about the Purple People Eaters but yesterday afternoon there turned up at a local bank a geniune paper eater. According to personnel at the German American Bank, a Carmi, Ill., man actually ate a check that he had just cashed when a bank official tried to make a second call to the Carmi bank to establish the fact that the man had no account there. During the noon hour Charles F. Hodge, 50, of 414 Seventh St., Carmi, came into the bank with a local man who is a customer of GAB and who knows Hodge casually. According to bank officials, Hodge wrote a check for $150 on a Carmi bank. The local man had the check cashed and gave the money to Hodge. Hodge eventually grabbed the check out of the hand of GAB employee, Max Burke, stuffed it into his mouth and, according to witnesses at the scene, ate it. Hodge was lodged in the jail and this morning appeared before Judge Pro Tem Ben Garland in Dubois Circuit Court.
It was announced by Superintendent of Schools Earl Buechler that applications are being accepted for the principalship at Ferdinand High School for next school year. Sister Mary Carmen,who has been the principal at Ferdinand for the past four years, will remain on the faculty. The school board has made it clear that it was well satisfied with the job done by Sister Mary Carmen, but because of the school going public, because of reorganization and because of some of the demanding jobs to be performed by a high school principal, a man should be employed for the principalship.
Jasper will play host to the annual Dubois County track and field meet Friday, starting at 4;30 p. m., at the Alumni Stadium track. All seven county schools will enter the meet, according to JHS Athletic Director Cabby O’Neill.. Officials for the meet were also announced by O’Neill. They are: Paul East (starter), Jim Brown, John Curtain, Keith Gettlefinger and Jack Parker (timers), Jack Leas, Frank Ebenkamp, Bernie Vogler and Cyril Birge (judges), Bob Beckman and John Curtain (inspectors), Ralph Mauder (pole vault), Del Steinhart (long jump), Ray Minton (high jump), Lee Kavanaugh (shot put) and Jack Brandt (scorer).
Huntingburg industrialist Robert Menke, an Indiana University trustee, has been named a Wilton Scholar and will represent this country at the 111th Wilton Park Conference opening Sunday and continuing through April 26 at Steyning, Sussex, England. The topic of the conference will be “Social and Economic Policy and Its Impact on the Educational System.” The conference is sponsored by the British government with the United States fellows selected and financially supported by the Ford Foundation. Menke will address a plenary session on the “Influence of Environmental Policy on Education.
A 30-year-old German citizen who was a chemistry professor at the University of Kentucky and an employee of an American chemical firm became Dubois County’s fourth traffic victim of the year Friday night. Killed in a two-car collision a mile west of St. Anthony at 9:45 p.m. on Ind. 64 was Wolfgang Eisenhuth of Kaitzingen, Germany. According to the investigating State Police troopers, Bob McGowen and Joe Rhodes, Norbert Goepferich, 45, of Rt. 2, Ferdinand, was driving west and tried to make a left turn in front of the approaching Volkswagen driven by Mr. Eisenhuth. The latter was killed instantly in the resulting collision. According to Dr. C. W. Ackerman of Jasper, the Dubois County coroner, he suffered a broken neck, crushed chest, a skull fracture and arm and leg fractures.
• 25 Years Ago
April 11, 1994
The Jasper Wildcats got a solo home run from junior second baseman Aaron Rees to lead the Cats to a home opening 7-2 victory over Greencastle. Senior lefty Jay Weisman got the win and sophomore Kevin Cartwright came on in the fifth to seal the contest for the Cats. The Wildcat pitching duo combined for a two-hitter. In the junior varsity game, Jasper freshman Matt Mauck retired 21 batters in seven innings to lead the Cats over the Tiger Cubs, 9-0. Mauck’s bid for a perfect game was ended in the seventh by the second hitter he faced.
North Spencer School Corporation teachers are getting 3 percent pay raises each year for the next two years according to a master contract ratified at Monday night’s school board meeting. The contract covers the 1993-94 and 1994-95 school years, said superintendent Ronald Etienne. It is retroactive to last August 1. Teachers ratified the contract at a meeting last Wednesday, he said. The agreement also includes provisions for a long-term disabilty program and eye care insurance, Etienne said.
The principal who made Dubois Elementary School “the epitome of excellence” is stepping down to pursue a different calling. Sister Mary Carol Kinghorn has served 26 years as a principal in the district. At one time she ran four schools: Celestine, Haysville, Cuzco and Dubois. She drove a 56-mile circle to cover the four schools from 1978 to 1983. After 34 years in public education she says she feels “called to do something a bit more church related.” Supt. Richard Kearby said that her “inspiration to staff and students has been a great asset to our school corporation.” The district’s loss will be somebody else’s gain,” Kerby said. “Her hours of dedication, understanding of children and her responsibility to our parents has made her the epitome of excellence,” according to Kearby.
The early 1850’s were prosperous years in Indiana. There just wasn’t enough money — literally. A bank in Jasper began issuing its own $5 and $10 bills 140 years ago this Sunday, on April 17, 1854. The State Legislature passed a law — The Free Banking Act of 1852 — allowing private banks to print their own notes to combat the shortage of coinage. Local history buff Bill Ackerman discovered about 20 years ago that the Wabash River Bank in Jasper printed its own money. The Jasper bank issued 20,000 $5 notes and 20,000 $10 notes, Ackerman said. The bank failed sometime in 1855, he said. However, its notes circulated for a number of years even after its failure.
Samantha Fenneman, a Southridge High School graduate, has been honored by the University of Indianapolis as a winner of the prestigious Nicoson Award. The award is presented to a senior female athlete and a male athlete at the U of I Alumni Varsity Club Senior Buffet. Criteria for the award are: athletic contribution, scholarship, citizenship, campus/community involvement and overall contribution to the team. Fenneman was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter for the Lady Greyhound basketball team. The two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team selection missed the entire 1993-94 season because of a ligament tear in her left knee during pre-season practice.
UPS driver Don Welp was recently recognized by the company for completing 20 years driving without an accident. Welp works out of the UPS facility located at 201 W. 12th St., Huntingburg, and delivers in Jasper. Center manager Jim Blemker presented the 20-year safe driving award at a ceremony to honor the achievement.
Krapf-Bartley Insurance has been honored by one of Michigan’s largest insurance companies. Citizens Insurance selected the Jasper firm for the Distinguished Service award. Krapf-Bartley is one of 600 insurance agencies from which nominees were taken. Founded in 1915, Citizens is Michigan’s largest writer of property and casualty insurance through independent agents.
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