Looking Back: 5/1

Vincennes University Jasper Center graduates adjusted their robes prior to a group picture 25 years ago. The 115 graduates made up the largest class ever at the university, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published May 8, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 2, 1955

Donnie Bates, all-time greatest scorer in Jasper basketball history, will become the fourth J.H.S. cager to play with the Indiana All-Star team which will meet Kentucky’s finest high school players in two charity games next month. It was announced yesterday that Don was the fourth Hoosier player to be selected for the 1955 squad. Coincidentally, he became the fourth Jasper athlete to be picked on the All-Star team. Tom Hoffman was accorded the honor in 1945, followed by Mickey Sermersheim in 1947 and Bob White in 1949. The Indiana and Kentucky prep stars will tangle first in Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, June 18, in the Indianapolis Star’s 15th annual game for the benefit of the blind in Indiana. Two nights later the same teams will clash in Louisville in a game sponsored by the Louisville Lions Club for the Kentucky blind.    

May 3

Mrs. Clarence Dean, president of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, will speak at the ninth annual Evansville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s convention in Jasper tomorrow. Registration for the convention begins at 8 A. M. in St. Joseph School, followed by a 9 A. M. Pontifical High Mass in St. Joseph Church, celebrated by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman. The Very Reverend August Fichter will give the sermon. The general public is invited to attend the Mass, at which the St. Joseph’s Men’s Choir, under the direction of Frank J. Loepker, will sing. All Catholic women are eligible to attend the convention meetings. 

May 4

The present mayors of Jasper and Huntingburg were defeated for re-election yesterday, one of them by a very narrow margin, as heavy balloting took place at the polls. Mayor Edward J. Lorey of Jasper was defeated in his bid for the Democratic nomination by James E. Alles by the narrow margin of 16 votes. Orval Kemp, Democratic mayor of Huntingburg, was defeated for renomination by Philip C. “Pop” Giltner by 238 votes.   

May 5

Pictured in this issue is Milton W. Harvey, Assistant Supply Officer at NAD, Crane. Also in the photo is Commanding Officer Capt. H. S. Harnly, who is congratulating Mr. Harvey on his recent promotion. A brief ceremony was held recently at Crane. Lieutenant Harvey, a native of Stendal, is a veteran of 19 years of military and naval service. He enlisted in the Navy in 1938 after a four-year hitch in the Army and worked his way through the enlistment ranks to his present commission. LCDR Harvey and Mrs. Harvey live on the Depot with their two children, Martha Jane and Max Jay. Mrs. Harvey, also a Hoosier native, was born and reared at Zoar, west of Holland. The Harvey family went to Crane in September, 1954.   

May 6

Players who will comprise the opening roster of the Jasper Reds baseball team were requested today to pick up their uniforms at the home of Jim Alles, 9th and Bartley Streets, before Sunday. The club will be sporting their new uniforms for the opener at Recreation Field Sunday. Players who are to pick up a new uniform include: Eddie Hoffman, Paul Tretter, Bud Stieler, Guido Seaton, Bips Reckelhoff, Kenny Moenkhaus, Rocky Renneisen, Ferdy Kleiser, Chick Alles, Nigg Pfeffer, Art Jarboe, Donnie Bates, Bob Brosmer, Jerry Clark, Jim Fritch and Jerry Kemp. 

May 7

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huebner, Sr., of the Haysville community, will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary tomorrow at their farm home between Jasper and Haysville. All of their seven children will attend the family reunion that will mark the anniversary celebration. Henry Huebner and Anna Neukam were married in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville on May 3, 1895, and have lived ever since on the farm which they now occupy. They are the parents of three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Hoffman of Haysville, Mrs. Edna Weigel and Mrs. Edwin “Butch” Hochgesang of Jasper, and four sons, Walter, of Jasper, Henry, Jr., of Haysville, Hilbert of Winter Park, Fla., and Carl of Dubois.   

50 Years Ago   
May 4, 1970

When Dubois Countians go to the polls Tuesday for the Primary Election — and 15,508 of them are eligible registered voters — they’ll be casting their ballots on automatic voting machines in 31 precinct polling places, four less than previously. With the introduction of machine voting, precincts have been merged in four Dubois County townships. In addition, there has been a change in the location of voting places in five other precincts. For example, in Bainbridge Township, all residents outside the corporate limits of the City of Jasper have been combined into voting Precinct No. 2. Precinct No. 1, which previously voted at the Family-Drive-In Theatre, has been eliminated. A map showing the voting places in the county appeared on Page 6 of this issue. 

May 5

From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: After a delay of one week because of a sudden heavy rain, the opening of the Jasper Municipal Golf Course will be held this Saturday morning. The course will officially open for play at 9:30 a. m. Saturday when the first foursome will tour the new 3,000-yard nine hole layout. That first foursome is made up of Jack E. Newton, mayor of Jasper, Jerome “Chick” Alles, representing the Jasper Park Board, Max Burke, representing the Jasper City Council and Jim Brown, Jasper Park and Recreation Director.   

May 6

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce announced today the possibility exists that commercial air flights can be brought into the county at the Huntingburg Municipal Airport if the county can prove that enough people in the vicinity will utilize the flights. Before any commercial airline will consider an airstop, they request that at least five passengers be available daily and this figure is likely to increase as commercial lines are contemplating cutbacks in the number of municipal airports they presently serve. The chamber believes that Dubois County may qualify for commercial airflights and therefore has compiled a questionaire for county residents which should prove or disprove their theory.   

May 7

The Dubois County Daughters of the American Revolution have received the National Award for the best feature story of the year written and published in the DAILY HERALD in February. The award was made for a series of pictures made from old glass negatives belonging to Mrs. Walter Mason, DAR Regent, who wrote accompanying stories about Huntingburg business places at the turn of the century. Mrs. Mason is a HERALD staff writer.The award was made at the DAR spring District meeting at Newburgh Wednesday by DAR State Regent, Mrs. Floyd Grigsby. Mrs. Mason has served as DAR Regent the past two years and was previously regent in 1957-58. She has held offices of vice president and secretary and served on various committees.

May 8

Mrs. Mary Lou Casper, 49, wife of Joseph Casper, died at her home at 736 West Eighth Street at 7:15 Thursday of a rare type of sclerosis with which she was afflicted for the past four years. Death came peacefully for Mrs. Casper, the mother of six children, and while she had been unable to talk for some time because of the paralyzing affects of her illness she was conscious and comprehending until about fifteen minutes before she passed away. It was about four years ago that Mrs. Casper started to lose control of her hands due to amatrophic lateral sclerosis and as the ravages of the disease spread she lost ability to walk about two years ago.    

May 9

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Holland Community Windmill. It will be dedicated in ceremonies beginning at 3 p. m. Sunday in the Holland High School gym. The windmill became a reality last November after three years of planning and work. Pictured in the foreground are Arthur Stillwell, Holland High School band director, who designed and helped build the windmill and Nolan Lauderdale, president of the Holland Kiwanis Club. Also pictured, standing on the balcony of the windmill, is Ray Roesner, Holland High School coach. Alan Wibbeler, Alvin Seufert and Gary Gentry also helped build the windmill. The masonry work was done by the Holland Planing Mill. The entire structure was built at the cost of $4,500. 

25 Years Ago
May 8, 1995

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Huntingburg mayor Connie Nass. She is shown speaking after Sunday afternoon’s dedication of the new Huntingburg City Hall. Also pictured are Dick and Ruby Smith, who originally built the building for their business, Smith’s Furniture Exchange. They sold the building to the city and still live in their second floor apartment. The building was built in 1955. A holding corporation purchased the building for $105,000 and set about a $1-million-plus project in 1994 to redo and add to the steel, I-beam framework. The building is 10,753-square feet.

May 9

Paulyne Brendle, 87, died at 11;45 p. m. Monday, May 8, 1995, at the Jasper Nursing Center. Ms. Brendle was a director and secretary-treasurer of the former First United Savings and Loan Association in Jasper. She served as secretary-treasurer of the Phenix Savings and Loan Association until it was consolidated with the Jasper Building and Loan Association in 1965 to form the First United Savings and Loan Association. She was a charter member and past president of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club, charter member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, past secretary of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Jasper City Women’s Bowling Association. She had also served as treasurer of the March of Dimes campaigns in Dubois County. 

May 10

Local sprint car race driver Lee Blesch, Holland, is recovering at an Evansville hospital from severe injuries suffered Sunday night during the featured race at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. Blesch, 33, was driving in the 21st lap of the season’s opening race and was “racing tremendously” about 9:30 p. m. when another driver hit his car and pushed it into a wall, said Blesch’s wife, Becky. Blesch underwent surgery on his arms and fingers Sunday night at St. Mary’s Medical Center and doctors had to reattach ligaments in his wrist. Both bones in his forearm had compound fractures and doctors inserted pins and plates, Mrs. Blesch said.     

May 11

From Robert Denbo’s Between the Lines article: There will soon be a book authored by a basketball man named Knight. If you thought it was General Bob, you thought wrong. He will, however, be mentioned in the book about one of his least-favorite subjects, referees. “Somebody Stole the Pea Out of My Whistle”, by former sports writer Max Knight, is set for an October release and is about the golden age of Indiana referees. The book will feature some local flavor. Cy Birge, a 1934 JHS grad, will be a prominent part in the fact-based book. It will include some of his toils as a high school state finals referee in 1951, ‘52 and ‘54 with the focus on the ‘54 game when Milan upset Muncie Central. Birge also doned the whistle in the Big Ten from 1959-69 and did four NCAA tournaments. His overall officiating career spanned from 1939-71 which earned hin a spot in the Indiana Basketball Hall-of-Fame.   

May 12

The Vincennes Lincoln baseball team will not be taking a couple of Bayers for its headache. That is because one was too much. Jasper’s Vanis Bayer (3-0) threw a shutout-none of three runs he allowed were earned — and guided the Wildcats (16-3) to a 9-3 Big Eight win at Ruxer Field on Thursday. The win moved Jasper to 3-2 in the conference and dropped Lincoln to 11-8 overall. Nick Blessinger and Neil Hopf were particularly hot at the plate for Jasper. Blessinger went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single. Hopf’s triple plated two runs in the fifth and he also got an RBI in the first with a ground out. In other area games, Forest Park defeated Evansville Memorial 6-1 at Ferdinand and Southridge downed Tell City 3-1 at Tell City.

May 13

The Saturday feature in this issue is about the Raven, Holiday World’s newest attraction, which opened with the rest of the amusement park last weekend. The $2 million ride was a 40-year dream of founder William Koch. It is the largest wooden roller coaster in Indiana and Kentucky and one of the fastest in the country. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the media before the official opening day. The coaster is projected to increase attendance at the park by up to 25 percent.   

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