Looking Back: 5/10

Photograph from “Pictures from the Past, Jasper, Indiana, Arthur C. Nordhoff
This picture shows Main Street from Second Street south. The Southern Depot shown was constructed in 1907. The building to the right is the Donahue Saloon. The building to the far left, located at First and Main, was a hub factory which manufactured the hubs used in construction of wheels required by buggies, surreys and wagons.

65 Years Ago
May 9, 1949
Robert Sermersheim, 417 Washington Street, Huntingburg, was honored at the Recognition Day ceremonies of Rogers 1, a division of the Men’s Residence Centers Association at Indiana University. Mr. Sermersheim, a junior at IU, was one of sixty students awarded recognition keys for participation in student government, scholarship, athletics and social activities during the past school year.

Bob White, little sharp-shooting guard for the state champion Jasper Wildcats, has been named a member of the starting five of the Indiana All-Stars who’ll meet Kentucky’s prep stars in Indianapolis next month, it was announced yesterday by the Indianapolis Star, sponsor of the annual event.

May 10
In the closest meet ever staged at Recreation Field, the Jasper Wildcat track team squeezed by Mt. Vernon’s thinlies yesterday afternoon, 661⁄2 to 641⁄2. The two coaches agreed before the meet to count the relays ten points for the winner and six for the loser, instead of the usual five and zero. Had the conventional scoring been used the meet would have ended in a tie.

May 11
Huntingburg and Jasper have won awards in the 1948 Indiana Traffic Safety Contest, it has been announced by Governor Henry F. Schricker. Huntingburg took top honors among cities of 3,500 to 5,000 population. In the group for cities with a population of 5,000 to 10,000, Jasper placed second. The contest is conducted annually. It is scored on the accomplishments of cities holding down fatalities and injuries and in operating effective traffic safety engineering, law enforcement, school safety, and public education programs.

The Jasper city police call attention to the erection of two more Stop signs in Jasper. They have been put up at the intersections of Clay and west Tenth street, thus making Clay a through street at this point. The police said they  had received numerous complaints about motorists who speed past the recreation area on the northwest corner of Clay and Tenth, where many children play before and after school hours or congregate to wait for school busses. Erection of the Stop signs will also help to control traffic during funeral processions, which proceed north on Clay and turn west on Tenth.

May 12
Members of the state championship Jasper Wildcat basketball team were guests of Amos Leinenbach at a chicken dinner last night at Leinenbach’s restaurant in Ireland. Included in the group, which feasted on Ame’s “Irish chicken,” were the ten team members, Coaches O”Neill, Wuchner, and Rowekamp, Supt. Bernard Gallagher, and Manager John Bohnert. This weekend the team members will be guests of the school board on an overnight trip to Cincinnati.

Four runs in the opening frame and three clinchers in the sixth enabled the Jasper Wildcats to score a 9-5 victory over the Huntingburg Hunters under the lights at Recreation Field last night.

May 13
Plant No. 1 of the Huntingburg Furniture Company was closed down May 2 for an indefinite period and three of Jasper’s major furniture-producing factories are operating on a 32-hours-a-week
schedule as the result of a seasonal slump in orders. About 70 men were idled by the shut-down of the Huntingburg plant. The Jasper plants now on a 32-hour week are the Indiana Desk Company, New Indiana Chair Company, and the Jasper Office Furniture Company.

Already holders of the state K of C basketball championship, Jasper took another athletic laurel recently when Leo Ettensohn, a member of the council, took the state K of C singles bowling championship. Leo rolled a 617 series.

May 14
Friday, the 13th, proved to be a lucky day for the citizens of Dubois County. The Dubois County Memorial Hospital  Association was notified that the final plans and specifications for the hospital as prepared by the architect, Walter Scholer and associates of Lafayette, had definitely been approved by federal authorities and the Indiana State Board of Health. The nuns of the  Little Company of Mary, who will be in charge of the operation and administration of the hospital, have also put their seal of approval on the plans.

The biannual state convention of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc., was held May 5, 6, and 7 at the Claypool Hotel, in Indianapolis. Six members of Delta Chi Chapter attended, namely Mrs. Horace Kean as delegate, Miss Peg Fierst as alternate, and Miss Mary Jane Gosman, Madames Alfred Wagner, J. E. Ruxer and Arthur Nordhoff as guests.

The 1949 baseball season really gets into full swing for Dubois County as no less than fifteen semipro teams have contests scheduled.

50 Years Ago
May 11, 1964
George B. Perry, head basketball coach at Caldwell County High School at Princeton, Kentucky, the past five years, today was signed as basketball coach at Jasper High School. Coach Perry comes highly recommended by both Adolph Rupp and Harry Lancaster of the University of Kentucky. He will teach biology and physical education. Mr. Perry is 31 years old, married, and has five children.
An exclusive franchise for the operation of a new Jerry’s Restaurant in Jasper has been announced by company officials at Lexington, Kentucky. The new franchise was awarded to a corporation formed by Dave Buehler of Huntingburg, Robert Ruckriegel of Jasper and Fred O’Brien, a native of Huntingburg. The new restaurant will be located along U. S. 231 in Northwood Park.

May 12
Mrs. Dominic Schmitt, Jr., R. 1, Jasper, was the winner of the Mother’s Day promotion sponsored by the Retail Division of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. The prize Mrs. Schmitt won was the services of a maid for a day. Jasper shoppers were eligible for this prize by shopping at the Parket Market, Reising’s, Schneider’s, J. J. Newberry, Corbin’s, Ben Franklin, Lorey’s Fashions, Rochester Bargain House, and Beck’s Restaurant during the Mother’s Day promotion.

The Huntingburg Hunters split a doubleheader with Washington yesterday afternoon at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. The Hunters won the first game 1-0 as Pat Kendall pitched a no-hit,
no-run game. Kendall struck out seven and walked two. Huntingburg, now 4-4 in SIAC play and 14-9 overall, lost the nightcap 4-3.

May 13
The Jasper Park Board met last night and decided that no boats will be allowed on Beaver Lake without city and state license numbers. The boats of violators will be confiscated after Friday, May 15, and a fine will be assessed before crafts are returned to the owners.

The Purple Heart Auxiliary held its regular meeting at the Purple Heart Farm at St. Anthony. President Irma Bromm presided at the business meeting. The new officers for 1964-1965 installed by past president Bernice Bohnert were: president Irma Bromm, senior vice president, Ardella Daunhauer, secretary, Martha Pittman, treasurer, Ann Vogel, chaplain, Jo Briedenbaugh, welfare, Shirley Fromme.

May 14
The 32 seniors of Ireland High School will receive their diplomas at graduation exercises to be held tonight in school gym. The program will begin at 8:00. Ann Mehne and Betty Bellner finished one-two in the race for scholastic honors and will be valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at tonight’s commencement exercises.

Jim Lueken was elected President  of the Ferdinand Jaycees for the coming year, at last night’s meeting of the group. He succeeds Dan Roos. Other officers elected are: Internal vice president, Leon Wendholt; external vice president, Bob Maxey; Secretary, Jim Leinenbach; Treasurer, Art Sonderman.

May 15
Seven new members were officially pledged to Tri Kappa Sorority by President Mrs. Ray Burger at the K of C Home Wednesday night. Mrs. Mabel (Fred) Krietenstein, Mrs. Marlene (Jerry) Huls, Mrs. June (Urban) Giesler, Mrs. Mary (Tom) Leinenbach, Mrs. Eunice (Bill) Rohleder, Mrs. Betty (Wayne) Place, and Mrs. Janet (Max) Smith became the newest members of the group.

The Huntingburg  Board of Public Works and Safety went on record Thursday night to extend a 2-inch gas line from Highway 56 in Ireland 1200 feet south in order to supply the Merkley Packing Company of Ireland with natural gas. According to Charles Egbert, assistant manager of the gas department, the cost of the installation is approximately $1296. An unanimous vote of approval to make the extension was given on the motion made by William Prather and seconded by Albert Kaiser.

May 16
Marty Schroering, son of the late Martin and Frances Schroering of Jasper, has been elected president of the Student Council at Lockyear’s Business College, where he is enrolled in the accounting course. He is a 1962 graduate of Jasper High School.

For the second straight year Ed Yarbrough, Jasper High School’s pole vaulter deluxe, gained a berth in the state finals of the IHSAA track meet.

25 Years Ago
May 8, 1989
Alicia Mathies will give the valedictory address at Loogootee High School’s commencement exercises. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Ms. Matheis will attend Indiana University this fall to major in the business field. She is the daughter of Gary and Sue Mathies of Loogootee. She is the granddaughter of Dolores Leinenbach of Ireland and Robert and Betty Mathies of Loogootee.

May 9
Five new firefighters were approved this morning by the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety. Fire chief Ed Eckert told the board that Brian Cooper, Thomas G. Eckert, Phillip A. Schmidt, Edward Schmitt and Michael E. Shaw were selected from 13 applicants.

Yvonne Burke, a senior attending Purdue University, was selected as the recipient of the 1989 Excellence in Visual Communications Design Award. The award was chosen by the Art and  Design Faculty of Purdue University and was presented on Friday, April 21, at the Senior Presentation and Award Ceremony. Ms. Burke is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Burke of rural St. Anthony. She received a $400 grant.  

May 10
Ferdinand will spend up to $9,500 for a study to determine how it will cope in the future with increasing demands for water from a system that is nearing its capacity. Patoka Lake officials, in the process of expanding the lake’s water pumping plant, have asked the town to estimate its water demand over the next 20 years. Less than half of Ferdinand’s water is supplied from its two lakes; the rest is pumped in from Patoka. The town now uses 100,000 gallons of water a day from Patoka.

May 11
Letters and phone calls no longer are the answer to the daily complaints the city receives about tall weeds and grass. The Jasper Common Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that provides for a police officer to deliver a removal notice to any offending landowner who lives within the city. “This is going to put more teeth in the ordinance,” Mayor Jerome Alles said.

May 12
The Jasper Optimist Club presented its 1989 scholarships to David D. Starkey and Amy A. Beckman, seniors at Jasper High School. Starkey, son of Russell and Priscilla Starkey of 855 Eisenhower Avenue, Jasper, has been accepted at Ball State University and plans to pursue a career in architecture. Amy A. Beckman, daughter of Tom and Shirley Beckman of 713 Margaret Drive, plans to attend Indiana University to major in nursing.

Jason Ahlbrand went 3-for-4 to help his own cause in his first starting assignment as Jasper roughed up Big Eight Conference rival Vincennes 8-3 in baseball action Thursday night at Recreation Field.

May 13
Sue Buechler, a graduate of Forest Park High School, helped the Vincennes University women’s team win its first National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 Qualifying Meet last Saturday at Dowagiac, Michigan. Buechler, a sophomore from St. Anthony, won the javelin with a new VU school-record toss of 116 feet. She also placed third in the 200-meter dash.

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