Looking Back: 5/11

Photo courtesy of Ron Flick
A group of baseball players from various area teams posed for a group photo circa 1908 on the Kamman farm baseball field just east of the old brick church in Zoar. None of the players has been identified, but members of the group include two players from the Huntingburg Babies, three from the Huntingburg Athletics and two from an unidentified team with the letters WOW on their shirts. The catcher at the far left sports a Purdue jersey circa 1897.

65 Years Ago
May 10, 1948

Sylvester A. Berger, county clerk, was elected Dubois County Democratic chairman at a meeting of precinct committeemen and other party workers Saturday afternoon in the Rustic Tavern. Mr. Berger has served as secretary of the county Democratic organization since 1941.

May 11
Memorial poppies that the people of Jasper will wear in honor of the war dead on Poppy Day, Saturday, May 29, have been received by Dubois County Unit No. 147 of the American Legion Auxiliary. The shipment came from Marion Hospital, where the little red flowers were made by disabled veterans of both world wars working under supervision of the Indiana Department of the Auxiliary.

May 12
About 200 people attended a meeting held in the school hall at St. Anthony on Tuesday night for the purpose of making plans to handle this year’s strawberry crop. Short talks were given by county agent C.A. Nicholson and Leo Hoffman, Schnellville, vice president of the Dubois County Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Association, which handles the crop each season. Father A.E. Fischer, pastor of St. Anthony Church, who serves as manager, secretary and treasurer of the marketing association, gave instructions on how to grade the berries. There were 115 growers in the association last year and about 15 new ones are in the group this year, Fr. Fischer announced. Dubois County berries have begun to ripen, and several people who attended the meeting brought along some berries grown on their plots, but there won’t be enough locally to start shipping until sometime next week.

Daniel Lichlyter Jr., 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lichlyter, R. 2, Huntingburg, will represent the 8th District when he carries the colors of Huntingburg’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post into the VFW state marble championship tournament Saturday at Crawfordsville. Dan’s 9-year-old brother, John, will accompany him to the tourney as an alternate. John finished as runner-up to his brother in the Huntingburg marble tourney in April.

May 13
At a meeting of 8th District Democratic officials held Wednesday in the Sunlight Hotel in Cannelton, State Sen. Leo J. Stemle of Jasper was elected district chairman.

Dr. W.D. Bretz of Huntingburg, county health officer, on Wednesday issued a warning against a possible hydrophobia epidemic in the county. “The early appearance of this disease in parts of the county is sufficient to warn of a possible epidemic,” he said. Three people have been bitten in Haysville in recent days by a dog believed to have been rabid. Vaccination against rabies is now accepted as a preventative measure.

The opening of 40 Hours Devotion, Mother’s Day and May Day were all bound into one large tribute offered by the students of Academy Immaculate Conception on Sunday. The chapel, banquet hall and campus were scenes of the special tribute ceremonies.

May 14
The closing activities of Huntingburg High School will begin with the baccalaureate service in Salem Church on Sunday night and close with the commencement exercises Tuesday night. There are 63 in the graduating class.

The Jasper chapter of Tri Kappa, at a recent meeting, voted unanimously to purchase a resuscitator for the use of Jasper and the community. This will be done in the very near future, before the swimming season is underway, it was announced. The resuscitator will be placed at the Indiana State Police Post at Jasper, as the officers at the post are usually the first to be contacted in any emergency and the first to arrive at the scene of any accident. This instrument is used in attempting to revive anyone overcome by gas, smoke, drowning, shock, etc.

May 15
A building committee appointed by the Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to investigate the possibilities of a large shelterhouse for Huntingburg Municipal Park have reported the advisability of constructing a shelter building 50 by 84 feet. A finance committee of Joe Goodness, Bob Singer, Edgar DeBruler Jr., Roy Link and Wilfred Sermersheim has been appointed to raise money for the project, which is estimated to cost upward of $5,000.

50 Years Ago
May 13, 1963

The baccalaureate services for the seven girls and 13 boys in the 1963 graduating class of Holland High School were held Sunday night in St. James Lutheran Church. The commencement exercises for the high school graduates and also the 32 pupils in the eighth grades of the Cass Township schools (Holland and St. Henry) will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school gym. The high school seniors with the highest scholastic averages this year are Kathryn Schmett and Mary Ellen Schulte.

May 14
Mary Ann Meyer will be valedictorian at Friday’s commencement exercises at Ireland High School, and Helen Meyer will be the salutatorian.

Twenty-one people, including three couples, were included in the latest class of Red Cross first aid pupils instructed by three Jasper firemen, Chief Leo “Pete” Hopf, Ray Gunselman and Bill Kiefer. The three firemen have trained about 200 people in the standard Red Cross first aid course.

The Madaleva Literary Club had Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman of Evansville as its guest speaker for the annual guest tea Thursday afternoon at the American Legion Home.

May 15
Property tax payments for the first installment due May 6 were very good, it was reported by County Treasurer Ted Heeke. He said collections totalld $1,088,475.10. The county’s largest taxpayer is Southern Railway Co., which pays two installments of $26,037.48 each.

Hazel Dufendach was named president of the Huntingburg Business and Professional Women’s Club at the clubs May meeting, held Monday evening at the Country Kitchen.

May 16
About 700 people heard Oren Lee Staley of Rea, Mo., the national president of the National Farmers Organization, speak in the Ireland gym Wednesday night.

Harlan J. Altman has been named manager of the Ferdinand branch of Dubois County Bank.
Laura Wright will be the valedictorian and David Persohn the salutatorian when the commencement exercises for Jefferson Township High School at Birdseye are held Saturday night.

When Holger Schmidt-Hamman of Hamburg, Germany, was in Jasper in October 1961 as guest vocal soloist with the Purdue University girls chorus, the Purduettes, he received such a warm welcome that he returned to Jasper on Friday and has been here ever since. Holger came to Purdue in 1960 through the intercession of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. McMurtrie of Huntingburg, who met his parents while on a ship bound from South America to Europe. Holger attended Purdue for one year to study engineering, and then returned to Germany. At the beginning of May he came to the States again on a business trip. He revisited Purdue before coming to visit in Dubois County. He plans to someday become an American citizen.

May 17
Oscar Kalb, trustee of Harbison Township, today announced the hiring of two new coaches for Dubois High School effective with the start of the 1963-64 school year. Carl Rex May has been named head basketball and track coach, and Cecil Goff has been signed as assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach.

Harold M. Schmutzler of Huntingburg was elected president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association on Thursday in the closing business session of the group’s 83rd annual convention, held at the state fairgrounds.

The Jasper Jaycees have announced plans for the club’s volunteer vehicle safety check. The opportunity to take advantage of the free and voluntary 10-point safety check has been scheduled for Monday to Wednesday, May 20 to 22. Check lanes will be set up at Newton and 17th streets. Included in the safety check are brakes, front and rear lights (turn signals, brake lights), steering, tires, exhaust system, glass, windshield wipers, rearview mirror and horn.

May 18
Carla Blessinger will be the valedictorian, and Margaret Reynolds will deliver the salutatory address at the Huntingburg High School Class Night program Monday in the auditorium-gymnasium. Commencement exercises will be held the following night at the same location.

When 14 youngsters, loaded with books, trooped down the stairs of the Bender School in Hall Township earlier this week, it marked the end of an era for education in Dubois County. The last of Dubois County’s one-room schools is being shut down after 85 years of educating youngsters. The pupils will be transferred to the schools in Dubois and Celestine. The Bender School is about one and a half miles west of Ellsworth. The white, frame building is typical of one-room schools of early America. Located in a wooded area at the junction of two county roads, it is replete with the traditional bell mounted atop a pole in front of the school, the pot-bellied stove inside for winter warmth and the pump in the yard for recess refreshment.

25 Years Ago
May 9, 1988

Lt. Terry Tanner of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office has sent a letter to the county’s city and town officials asking if they would be willing to help pay for a firing range that would be available to their law enforcement officers. It was not a formal request for money, Tanner said. So far, the recipients of the letters have not been frantically phoning him with open checkbooks. Plans for the county’s new jail include a firing range, but only as a possible option.

Vincennes University Jasper Center on Saturday presented the Toussaint Dubois Award for Service to John T. “Jack” Rumbach. Rumbach is publisher of The Herald and was one of the founding members of the VUJC Foundation.

May 10
Dubois County Bank has completed demonstrations of its Moneymover Plus System of 24-hour teller machines.

Wood Capital Lodge 138, Fraternal Order of Police recently donated $500 to the Patoka Valley Center for Handicapped Children. Jackie Crouse of the center accepted the donation from the FOP’s Doug Tarvin and Richard Carnes.

John Becher, a 1986 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Valparaiso University. Becher spent his sophomore year at Wabash Valley Junior College after attending Oakland City College his freshman year.

Jeff Hein, the top 3-point shooter in southwestern Indiana and the ninth-most prolific in the state this season, has signed to play basketball at Southeastern Illinois Junior College in Harrisburg.

May 11
Raining golf balls are raking in more money for the city park and recreation department. Income from Jasper Municipal Golf Course doubled last month, the first full month of usage since the city unveiled the back nine holes in March. The golf course netted $44,400 in April, Jasper Park and Recreation Director Ken Buck said Tuesday.

May 12
The proposed connector road linking U.S. 231 and State Road 162 south of Jasper, in the discussion stage for more than eight years, may turn out to be financially impossible, Jasper and county officials agreed Wednesday. The problem is a new state rule that limits the amount of water a bridge is allowed to hold back under a worst-case condition. The state recently reduced the amount of water from the 1 foot federal standard to one-tenth of a foot. Part of the connector road project includes a bridge over the Patoka River. The new law would require the bridge to be longer than planned, to get it out of the flood plain. This would substantially increase the cost, according to the design consultant firm working on the project.

May 13
Among those who own land where the proposed Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge would be created, opponents appear to outnumber supporters by better than 2-to-1, according to a recent Herald survey.

Rev. Paul Jahn, 35, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Lamar and Trinity United Church of Christ in Fulda, recently spent a month in Sri Lanka, a large island-nation near the southern tip of India.
Gov. Robert D. Orr is scheduled to be the speaker at the Jasper High School academic awards banquet this month.

May 14
David J. Berger, executive vice president of Aristokraft, has been named to the board of directors of the National Kitchen Cabinet Association.

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