Looking Back: 5/1

Morgan Bretz learned a German “Children’s Polka” during P.E. class at Crestview Elementary School, with help from teacher Amy Bauernfiend. The school was in the midst of a Multicultural Week, with a special instruction on the countries of Germany, Mexico and Japan. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published April 24, 1996.


65 Years Ago

April 30, 1956

Charles M. “Rocky” Renneisen, of Walcottville, today was named athletic director and coach of St. Mary’s High School of Anderson. The 26-year-old former Jasper athlete will succeed Mike Sokol, who resigned. Renneisen assumed charge of sports at Wolcottville in 1954 and during the two years there, his basketball teams won 29 games and lost 13, and were county champs. His baseball and cross country teams also won LaGrange County championships for 1954 and 1955. The new coach graduated from Jasper High School in 1948 and after two years in the U. S. Navy he enrolled at I. U. and graduated in 1954.   

May 1

Jasper institutions, businesses and churches are rapidly falling in line with the switch to daylight saving time as announced last week by 20 Jasper industries, according to a telephone survey made this morning by the Daily Herald. At a special meeting Monday afternoon, the board of directors of the Jasper Retail Merchants Association discussed the announcement of industry that it will go to fast time next week and strongly recommended that the community’s retail stores follow suit to prevent any confusion to the citizens. City Clerk-Treasurer Julius Giesler said this morning that by law, the city office cannot move its clocks ahead, but that the office force will probably come to work an hour earlier to conform. In the courthouse meanwhile, the same situation exists. County officials have decided to come to work an hour earlier Monday and then let the commissioners, who meet that day, set the working hours for the remainder of the summer. 

May 2

Dubois County consumers yesterday started paying 24 cents per quart for milk, an increase of 2 cents per quart. The price increase was adopted by the four major suppliers in the area, which are Eckerle’s Dairy, Ellsworth’s, Holland and Meadow Gold. The price per half gallon was increased from 43 cents to 47 cents. The dairy officials raised the price after the suppliers in the Evansville milk shed area were granted an increase of 56 cents per hundred-weight by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

May 3

The mobile chest X-ray unit yesterday completed three days of work in Jasper, serving industrial plant workers and high school students. Today and tomorrow it will be in Huntingburg for industrial plant workers and high school students in that city. Mrs. Homer Jones of Jasper, the executive secretary of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, reports that up to yesterday evening a total of 2,735 Dubois County residents took advantage of the free chest X-ray service on the mobile unit’s present trip to the county.   

May 4

Dubois County citizens who will be out of town on election day were reminded today that Saturday is the last day on which they can vote an absentee ballot at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse in Jasper. County Clerk Adam Blessinger said this morning that he will keep his office open until 4:30 Saturday for the convenience of those who desire to cast an absentee vote. Fifty-seven absentee ballots have been cast thus far, Mr. Blessinger added. This includes those who voted in person and some ballots which have been returned by mail from servicemen and students. Election officials anticipate a vote turnout of between 60 and 66% at the polls next Tuesday. 

May 5

Jasperites will turn their clocks ahead one hour when they retire Sunday night in preparation for daylight saving time which begins at midnight on Sunday night for the community. Although there has been no official decree proclaiming the change in time, the entire community has fallen in line with an announcement April 27 by 20 manufacturing plants that they would begin working on a daylight saving time schedule on May 7. All public institutions — schools, hospitals, churches, post office, city library, auto license branch, city and county offices, etc., have announced plans to switch. In an ad in today’s paper, the two Jasper banks announced that they will change to daylight time on Tuesday morning instead of Monday. The day’s delay was made in order that all customers, including those in rural areas, should be notified before the change was made. 

50 Years Ago 

May 3, 1971

Don Ferguson, superintendent of the Jasper electric utility, announced this morning that the old power plant at Seventh and Anderson streets was placed into service last Friday due to the scheduled maintenance program that will keep the new generating plant on east 15th Street inoperative for two to three weeks. Ferguson said that the utility has received complaints in the past relative to the smoke and air pollution caused by the old plant. He pointed out that when the main substation expansion program, which is already in progress, is completed next year it will no longer be necessary to operate the old plant except under very unusual circumstances.   

May 4

From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Local sportscaster and announcer, Les Levine, has a special interest this season in the San Francisco Giants, especially in their pitching staff. Levine, a Buckeye from Cleveland, is an avid American League fan when it comes to baseball, but he is very rapidly switching over to the senior circuit. Not only because of the fact that the majority of the fans in this area are National League fans, but because of his personal connection with the Giants. A sandlot and little league buddy of Levine’s has made it to the big leagues with the Giants. Les ventured to Cincinnati this past weekend to visit with his childhood friend, Steve Stone. Dale Glenn, Huntingburg’s basketball coach, Levine and their wives had the pleasure of visiting with Stone at Riverfront Stadium, where the Giants played a three game series.    

May 5

Voting was light in the Jasper and Huntingburg city elections Tuesday with only three contested races on the ballots. In two contested races among Jasper Democrats, Robert E. Parker, a former chief of police, defeated Edward J. Reees, proprietor of the Calumet Lake, for the party’s nomination for mayor by a vote of 1,449 to 481. In the only other contest in Jasper voting, Victor J. Knies was nominated for councilman from the fourth ward when he defeated Thomas R. Schmidt, 1,002 to 886. In the only Huntingburg contest, Norman Hubster, an employee of the city street department for the past 11 years, won a three-way Democratic race for the nomination from the second ward. His total vote was 163 compared to 133 for William A. Kays, Jr. and 71 for Paul A. Schroeder. 

May 6

Pictured in this issue are Mrs. Maurice Kuper and Mrs. J. E. “Jiggs” Ruxer. These two women are charter members of Tri Kappa and were inducted exactly 25 years ago. Also in the photo are their daughters, Miss Julie Kuper and Miss Jill Ruxer, who were initiated last Sunday as college members of Tri Kappa. In a “Spanish Holiday” atmosphere, the initiates were treated to a brunch, and entertained by a group of Latin American students from the Acadeny of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. These girls are from Panama, Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico. They danced and sang numbers that are popular in their native countries. The president, Mrs. Jerry Brewer, presided at the business meeting. It was decided to donate to the Mrs. Jaycees Project Vietnam and to the Boy Scouts. As in previous years, the sorority will sponsor a girl to the I. U. Library Workshop.    

May 7

Pictured on the front page of this issue is a building, which housed the antique collection of Newby Lumpkin, who lives along U. S. 231 north of Haysville. It was one of the casualties of Thursday morning’s severe storm in the Haysville area. Lumpkin had recently put two truckloads of furniture in the building. He estimates his damage at around $10,000.

DMI Inc. and Local 331-H Upholsters International Union announced Thursday that employees of Fabricator Plan 32 on 11th and North Geiger streets in Huntingburg have ratified a three-year labor agreement. The parties reported that the new agreement contains improvements in holidays, medical insurance and wages.   

May 8

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Jasper’s 6-6 1/2 Wayne Bailey, who signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Friday night. Bailey, a basketball standout atJasper High School the last three seasons, was contacted by more than 200 colleges and universities. Looking on as Bailey signs are his sister, Frances, his mother, Mrs. Clara Bailey, of 221 W. 14th St., and JHS basketball coach Ed Schultheis. Bailey, who scored 1,152 points during his career with the Wildcats, stated, “I’m looking forward to playing basketball for UTA and for Coach Barry Dowd. I liked what I saw when I visited the school and I was impressed with their program.” Bailey plans to major in pre-law.   

25 Years Ago

May 6, 1996

Jill Braun is the recipient of the 1996 Derexa King Memorial Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Twentieth Century Literary Club of Jasper. Ms. Braun’s original essay, “The Smiling Stream,” is a reminder of nature’s ability to stop man’s rush through life. Jill is the daughter of Doug and Jane Braun. She is a senior at Jasper High School and plans to attend the University of Kentucky to major in interior design. Ross Giesler was awarded an honorable mention for his essay, “Dream Truck.” Giesler is the son of Richard and Lois Giesler of Jasper.He is also a senior at JHS and plans to attend Purdue University to major in the math/science program.    

May 7

Dubois County tax bills are being delayed more than a month this spring, but at least that means payment deadlines are being extended too. The payment deadline will probably be around June 21 this year. The normal deadline is May 10. Obviously, no late penalties are going to be charged in May, according to a news release from Dubois County treasurer Marge Gadlage. A lot of people have been asking about that, she said. Details about upcoming county tax rate certification, tax statement mailings and due dates will be announced in newspapers and over local radio stations as soon as details are received from the state, according to Gadlage. Balky computer software is to blame for the delays.    

May 8

For the first time in several years, Greater Jasper School Board incumbents Joyce Jackle and Bill Hedinger both faced challengers in Tuesday night’s election. Only one will serve another term. Challenger Gary Corbin won the seat Jackle has held uncontested for the past two terms. He won by a 58-42 margin with 1,728 votes. Jackle got 1,242. Incumbent Bill Hedinger defeated his two challengers to serve what he said will be his last term on the Jasper school board. The retired businessman has served on the board 20 years. Hedinger received 1,298 votes, 40%. Challenger Greg Leinenbach received 974 votes and George Kuper took 939, for a combined total of 59%.   

May 9 

A 40% cut in National Endowment for the Arts funding is now being felt in Indiana, according to Gale Jackson, executive director for the Jasper Community Arts Commission. Jackson, recently attended a meeting held by the Indiana Arts Commission, which has cut its staff in half. “They basically told us, ‘It’s hit the fan, folks, and the money isn’t there anymore,’” Jackson told the arts commission at its Tuesday meeting. Many of the employees cut were administrators, leaving the IAC with no way to review grant applications and distribute what money it does have, Jackson said.    

May 10

The trial of a teenager accused of killing a Jasper cab driver will begin next week. A 12-member jury, with a possible alternate, will be selected beginning at 9 a.m. Monday in Dubois Circuit Court. Officials hope to complete jury selection in one day so that opening arguments can begin Tuesday. Ray Allen Ogle, 18, formerly of Henderson, Kentucky, is being tried for the murder of Dennis “Red” Coble, 62, Jasper. Prosecutor William F. Weikert said he will seek life in prison without parole, instead of the death penalty, for Ogle. 

May 11

The Saturday feature was entitled Riding A Dream. It featured Julie Winkler, a 20-year-old from Santa Claus. Winkler traveled 40,000 miles through 25 states in 1995, moving from competition to competition. For Julie Winkler, the daughter of Russ and Linda Winkler, it was a dream come true. Julie’s parents couldn’t take a year off and travel with her. Janie Lucas, an experienced horse trainer and riding coach, was the answer. The Winklers hired Lewis and the two young women became best friends. Julie’s efforts landed her the National Youth All-America Rider title over thousands of other riders. For the Heritage Hills graduate, a $5,000 college scholarship came with the award. Julie will attend Midway College in Lexington this fall to study equestrian science.   

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