Looking Back: 5/4

April Dosch worked to get the hang of twirling a flag at Jasper High School during the first of four color guard workshops 25 years ago. Dosch, an eighth-grader at Jasper Middle School, was one of 29 girls who came to sharpen their skills in hopes of making the high school color guard next year. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published April 27, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 3, 1954

When the polls open throughout Dubois County tomorrow for the primary election, 14,400 Dubois County persons will be eligible to vote, it has been announced by Adam Blessinger, county clerk. Mr. Blessinger said that of the 167 persons who made application for absent voter ballots, only 16 had not voted up to this morning. A total of 51 persons cast absent voter ballots last Saturday afternoon. The Dubois County State Bank and the German-American Bank of Jasper will close at noon tomorrow, while the First National Bank of Huntingburg and the Holland National Bank will be closed all day.

May 4

Lester J. Jacob, 23, of Ferdinand, was fined $25 and costs in Justice of the Peace Dan Milton’s court in Huntingburg for speeding after the State Police investigated reports that Jacob last Sunday used the main street of Ferdinand and highway 162 north and south of Ferdinand as a testing ground for his souped-up stock car. Police learned that Jacob had installed a new engine in the car and was trying it out on the public thoroughfares. Police investigation showed numerous skid marks on the main street of Ferdinand (Highway 162) and north on this highway almost to Bretzville and south almost to Billy Neu’s place.    

May 5

The annual style show presented by the Jasper High School home economics classes will be held at 8 o’clock Thursday evening. The show, entitled, “Fashion Paradise”, will be under the direction of Miss Rita Gretencord and Miss Mary Ann Boyle. Girls participating will be both beginning and advanced students of sewing. Eighth grade girls of the Tenth Street and Sixth Street schools will also display their aprons. Background music will be played by Jane Schneider and Jeanne Metzger. A selection will be sung by Patti Bohnert. Parents and friends of the students are invited to attend.

May 6

Kenny Richardson’s Huntingburg Hunters chalked up their second SIAC win of the season as Ray (Buddy) Blemker pitched a four-hitter and drove in the game’s only run with a single in the bottom of the 10th against the toughVincennes Alices yesterday afternoon at Municipal Park. For nine and a half frames it was a row of goose eggs as the Hunters junior southpaw dueled with the Alices’ Bob Fortner, who gave up seven safeties including singles by Paul Tanner and Blemker in the 10th. Buddy struck out nine, walking six batters, and Fortner fanned eight and gave one pass.

May 7

At a special meeting last night, Jaspeer’s city council received the report and recommendations of the Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission concerning the selection of a site for an auxiliary water supply. Best all-around site, according to the report submitted by the commission, is on Beaver Creek, a tributary to the Patoka River. This lake, five miles northeast of Jasper, could be constructed at a cost of approximately $218,000 and would contain 905,000,000 gallons of water. It would cover 205 acres of land.

May 8

Jerry Clark, former Jasper high schooler, yesterday pitched the Indiana University’s baseball team to its first Big Ten victory since 1952 (the Hoosiers were without a win in their league last spring) when he went seven and a third innings in relief and gave up but one scratch hit. The victim was Illinois, met at Champaign.The Hoosiers got a 3-0 first inning lead and lost it when the Illini pushed over four runs in the second and sent pitcher Correll to the showers. Clark came in with two men out in the second and kept the Illini under control. He was credited with the win. 


50 Years Ago
May 5, 1969

Jerry Conley, 26, who has been held in the Dubois County jail since the afternoon of last March 14 when he almost shot a State Police trooper with the latter’s own pistol, this morning pleaded guilty in the Dubois Circuit Court as a jury trial to hear the case was about to begin. Conley, who at the time of his arrest gave two addresses — Columbus, Ind., and Jacksonville, Fla. — had pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault and battery with the intent to commit a felony, and asked for a jury trial. Twenty-two prospective jurors were brought into the court room this morning. Before selection of the jurors began, Conley, through his court-appointed attorney, Howard Lytton, Jr., changed his plea to guilty.   

May 6

Roy H. Ruebenstahl, vice president and general manager of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company’s Louisville Division, announced today plans for closing its store at 212 6th Street in Jasper Saturday night, May 10. In making the announcement, Ruebenstahl expressed the company’s thanks and appreciation to the hundreds of local residents for their patronage over the years; also expressed regrets on closing of the store. The nation’s oldest food chain opened its first retail outlet in Jasper back in 1924, and has been at the Sixth Street location since 1946. 

May 7

Richard T. Moore, group vice president of Dolly Madison Industries Furniture division, announced Tuesday that the Furniture Division general office in Louisville is being moved back to Huntingburg. Only the sales office will be retained in Louisville. The current office building in Huntingburg is being expanded to accommodate the people involved in the move. Pending building completion, the move is scheduled for Sept. 1, 1969. The new office complex at Huntingburg will employ approximately 90 persons. According to one D.M.I. official, Huntingburg will benefit by a four million dollar plus payroll after the transition is completed.

May 8

Thirty-five members of the senior class at Ireland High School will receive diplomas at commencement exercises at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, in the high school gym. Valedictorian will be Mary Heim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Heim. The salutatorian will be Barbara DeKemper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman DeKemper. Clyde Gentry, the principal of Crawfordsville High School, will be the principal speaker. Walter Stutz, superintendent of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools and Keith Gettlefinger, principal of Ireland High School, will present diplomas to the graduating seniors.

May 9

Twenty-two Jasper High School students have been accepted into the National Honor Society, it was announced this morning during Honors Day ceremonies held in the JHS gym. Seniors named to the Society include Terry Brown, Dianne Burger, John Fuhs, Sherry Gramelspacher, Sarah Habig, Ruth Lubbers, Lynne Meyer, Thomas E. Schroeder, Michael Schwenk, Mary Senninger, Sarah Steinkamp, Michael Uland, Diane Werne and Margaret Wessel. Juniors selected are Christine Berger, Karen Epple, Camille Fromme, Mark Howard, Robert Parker, James Siebert, Suzanne Williams and Michael Eckerle. Senior members of the National Honor Society who were nominated last year as juniors are Brenda Bartley, Margaret Gootee, Brenda Jones, Jan Gramelspacher, Sylvia Schmitt and Greg Krodel. Victor Nixon is the faculty sponsor. 

May 10

James C. Bunnell, principal of Dubois High School, has announced his resignation effective at the end of the current school year, his first in the position. Bunnell came to Dubois from Orleans where he had served as principal of the elementary school. Prior to that time, he had served as band and choral director at Fillmore, Ind., principal of Birdseye High School and director of student teaching at Oakland City College. Bunnell said he will accept a position in another school for the next school term.


25 Years Ago
May 9, 1994

Francis H. Lueken and son of Ferdinand have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having four registered Angus cows included in the American Angus Association’s 1994 Pathfinder Report. Only 1,391 of the more than 25,000 members of the association are represented in the report. The Pathfinder program identifies superior Angus cows. The Lueken Angus Farm has had several Pathfinder cows in each annual report issued the past six years. 

May 10

This years’s Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress results show 48 area students eligible for summer remediation classes. In March, students in grades 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9 took the ISTEP test, which determines whether students have mastered essential skills as outlined by the state board of education. Students are also ranked on a national percentile of their peers. Unless they get a waiver, those who test in the bottom 24 percent and do not meet the essential skills will take summer remediation classes and test again. Ninth graders are not required to attend remediation classes or re-test. The summer classes are usually different from those in the regular school year, targeting specific weaknesses and helping students on a one-on-one basis. Classes can have up to 10 students, so some kids will be included who need extra help but didn’t qualify for remediation through ISTEP.   

May 11

A man heading a Perry County elementary school was signed to a two-year contract as Dubois Elementary School’s new principal by the Northeast School Board. Jack Cartwright, 35, replaces Sister Mary Carol Kinghorn, who is resigning after serving 26 years as a principal in the district to do work that is more church-related. Cartwright completed his undergraduate work at the University of Evansville (1976-80); and his graduate work at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, (1985-88). He completed work toward an administrative certificate at Indiana University, Bloomington (1991-92). He has served the last two years as principal at Cannelton Elementary School. Cartwright and his wife, Gail, have three children, two of whom will attend Dubois Elementary School this fall. Two dozen people applied for the Northeast’s principal’s position. Cartwright’s educational background, experience and impeccable record drew him to the forefront, according to Superintendent Richard Kerby.    

May 12

When Emily Clark won first place in the state Business and Professionals of America prepared speech competition, she was excited. But it was nothing compared to the thrill of winning the competition at the national level. The Southridge High School junior won the contest at the National Leadership Conference this week. The conference was held May 6-10. She competed against more than 50 students from across the country after having already beaten 38 others at the district level and 33 more at the state level. Clark is the daughter of Mitch and Nyla Clark of Huntingburg. Her business teacher, Terri Souders, accompanied Clark on the trip.

May 13

Race fans: Mark Sunday, June 19, on your calendars. That’s the date the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled its second annual go-kart racing spectacular at Southridge High School. Last year, between 120 and 140 racing teams from Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Georgia participated. Some go-carts approached 70 miles an hour on the straightaways.  The races will again force the closure of west Sunset Drive starting at noon, Saturday, June 18, and continuing through Sunday, June 19. Spectators will again be admitted free. The departments’ womens’ auxiliary will sell concessions. The department is trying to raise $2,000 to finish a 3,500-gallon water tanker. And firefighters also need additional funds to outfit a new brush truck used to fight field fires. 

May 14

Dubois County Concrete was presented with the Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award for the exceptional use of ready mixed concrete for Jasper Flight Services. The award was presented on April 28th in Indianapolis. Representatives of both companies were on hand to receive the award. The Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association presents the Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award to recognize extensive application or imaginative use of concrete, and to honor the accomplishments of architects, engineers, contractors, owners and ready mixed concrete producers.




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