Looking Back: 5/11

Paula Knies, the only female coach in the Jasper Pee Wee baseball league, cheers her team to victory. Her Royals beat the Tigers 9-3 Friday morning. This is her third year coaching her son Cade’s teams. She led her teams to championships the past two years in bantam division. This is her first year in the Pee Wees. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published June 11, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 10, 1954

Jasper’s Reds, with but nine players in uniform, scored two runs in the tenth inning yesterday at Ferdinand to defeat the Ferdinand Cardinals 3 to 1 and open the defense of the I-K League pennant they won last season. Another Dubois County league club, the Huntingburg Merchants, beat the Sunbeam Bakers 15-11 at Lamasco Field, Evansville, with a free-swinging attack that was featured by three home runs off the bat of First Baseman Rob Wagner. Wagner’s first circuit clout came in the second with two on; his next was a solo effort in the fourth, and in the big fifth he cleaned the sacks.

May 11

A total of 114 Indiana cities and towns would get new or expanded post office buildings if a measure now before Congress is passed. The bill, which would result in a $25 million expenditure in the state on post offices, was prepared by the General Services Administration. Many of the projects are viewed as being far in the future. The itemized list of Indiana postal projects include: Bicknell, $211,000; Bloomington, $1,305,000; Cannelton, $225,000; Evansville, $3,750,000; Huntingburg, $235,000; Loogootee, $230,000; Oakland City, $220,000; Petersburg, $216,000; Rockport, $220,000; and Shoals, $215,000.

May 12

Pictured on the front page of this issue are 11 Dubois County young men who left this morning for induction into military service. They are: Clyde G. Crowder, Hillham; Frank E. Schmitt, Ireland; Henry G. Fischer, Ferdinand; Thomas C. Steffe, Jasper; Donald T. Hentrup, R. 4, Jasper; Donald H. Jacob, R. 3, Huntingburg; David J. Backer, Norman V. Lange, John L. Boeglin (leader), Albert J. Wessel and Chester A. Altman, all of Ferdinand.   

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce became a reality last night with the election of officers at a meeting of prospective members. Alvin C. Ruxer was named to head the organization during its first year of existence. Other officers named include Vic Bohnert, first vice-president; Ebb Uebelhor, second vice-president; Joseph Hasenour, treasurer; and Cornelius Krapf, recording secretary. 

May 13

Huntingburg Kiwanians met Monday at noon with Rev. J. W. Keith giving the invocation. Russell Frehse of Cincinnati won the attendance prize. He returned the prize to the club, requesting that it be used for the underprivileged children in the community. The music committee had for its guests this National Music Week George Kuhnert, Mrs. Marjorie Kemper, Miss Phyllis Nass, Miss Barbara Nahler, clarinet, Miss Faye Ellen Egbert, piano, Paul Mehne, trombone, and Don Robertson, cornet, who rendered the selections on which they won first place in recent contests. Miss Nass played the piano during the luncheon hour. 

May 14

Huntingburg High shut out old rival Jasper 4 to 0 yesterday afternoon at Recreation Field on Buddy Blemker’s one-hit pitching performance. Kenny Richardson’s boys scored in the first inning when Blemker singled, stole second and came in on Charley Lasher’s single. As it turned out, that was all the Hunters needed to win. All the Wildcats could get off off Buddy’s delivery was a single by Kenny Kunkel in the sixth, and Kunkel barely beat the throw. Jerry Schneider, the other half of the afternoon’s southpaw pitching show, gave up five hits, two in the first, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Blemker fanned seven and walked two. Schneider struck out four and walked two. The Hunters are now 4-2-1 on the season, while Jasper dropped to 3-4.

May 15

It was announced yesterday that because of the death of Alois Pfeffer, the father of Jasper Reds Manager Urban “Nigg” Pfeffer, the Reds home opener Sunday with Richland would be postponed. This agreement was reached with Randy Fortune, the business manager for Richland. However, it developed later that Manager Eddie Stiek of Richland refused to postpone the game. Jim Alles, business manager of the Reds, contacted Manager Pfeffer, who said there would be no forfeit. The Reds will play Richland tomorrow afternoon at Recreation Field.  

One hundred two Jasper High School seniors will become alumni on the evening of Wednesday, May 19, at commencement exercises to be held at 8 o’clock in the gym. Dr. George Davis, director of adult education at Purdue University, will deliver the commencement address. Patricia Hopf will give the salutatory address, while Conrad Forsythe will give the valedictory address.

50 Years Ago
May 12, 1969

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Janet Prusz, the valedictorian of Holland High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Prusz. Other photos are of Gary Dugan, the salutatorian, and Dr. Ben Elrod, president of Oakland City College, who will give the graduation address. Dugan is the son of Mr. amd Mrs. Dane Dugan. Thirty- four seniors will receive diplomas at graduation exercises on Wednesday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

May 13

Pictured on the front page of this issue are Dennis Verkamp and Phyllis Buechler. Verkamp is the valedictorian of Ferdinand High School. Buechler is the salutatorian. Verkamp is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Verkamp while Miss Buechler is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Buechler. Guest speaker is Dr. James E. Morlock, the head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Evansville. Commencement exercises for the 70 graduating seniors will be held Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the high school gym.   

May 14

Bert Otto, a senior member of the Jasper High School basketball team this past season, today was named recipient of the $1,000 J-Men Letterman Club Scholarship Award. Martin X. Rohleder, Jr., president of the J-Men Club, made the presentation today during the athletic awards program at JHS. Otto is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Otto, R. 2, Jasper. Special J-Men awards in the various sports at JHS went to the following boys: Greg Krodel, football; Steve Seger, golf; Bob Blessinger, cross country; Gary Corbin, basketball; John Fuhs, tennis; Dave Dove, wrestling; and Mike Eckerle, track. The baseball award will be presented at a later date.   

May 15

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Thomas Neukam, the valedictorian of Dubois High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Linus Neukam, of Rt. 1, Dubois. There is also a photo of Delores Neukam, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Neukam, of Rt. 1, Dubois. She is the salutatorian. Also pictured is Dr. Ben M. Elrod, the president of Oakland City college, who will give the commencement address. Commencement exercies for Dubois High School will be held next Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m.   

May 16

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Dr. John M. Bretz, who received a special honor Thursday night at the Huntingburg Optimist Club’s All-sports banquet honoring Huntingburg High School athletes. A group of Huntingburg businessmen and boosters recognized the contributions to the Huntingburg sports programs made over the years by Dr. Bretz by naming a special award in his honor. The Dr. John M. Bretz Outstanding Senior Athlete Award will be presented each year to the top senior athlete at Huntingburg. Dr. Bretz, who has served many years as the team physician for the Hunters, is shown presenting the first award to Jim Harris, a standout for the Huntingburg football, basketball and track teams.The large plaque will hang in the halls of HHS. Each year the winner’s name will be engraved on the award.      

May 17

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Cynthia Rose Theising, the valedictorian at Birdseye High School. Cynthia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert J. Theising of Schnellville. Also pictured is Kenneta Sue Gilmore, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gilmore of Kyana. She is the salutatorian. The third photo is that of the Honorable Vance Hartke, Senior United States Senator of Indiana, who will be the principal speaker. Nineteen members of the graduating class will receive their diplomas at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, in the high school gym. 

25 Years Ago   
May 16, 1994

The 1994 class of Forest Park High School will be graduated at 4 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. Rachel Potter, Ferdinand, the daughter of Jane Potter and George “Bud” Potter, and Tricia Schipp, the daughter of Francis and Shirley Schipp of 671 E. Mariah Hill Road, Ferdinand, are the valedictorians. They had 4.0 grade point averages. Phil Barth, the son of Don and Brenda Barth of 2425 Birch Drive, Ferdinand, had a 3.96 grade point average and is the salutatorian. Principal Jim Hagdorn will present the class and superintendent William Rohl and Tom Niehaus, school board president, will present the diplomas.   

May 17

A meeting to discuss the future or lack thereof of the 102-year-old Lincoln City Post Office has been scheduled by the U. S. Postal Service. The post office, located inside the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, services 60 residents. The next closest postal offices are in Dale and Santa Claus. The Lincoln City Post Office actally got its start from the town of Kercheval on Feb. 23, 1882. The town changed its name to Lincoln City a month later, on March 25, 1882, according to Dusty Shultz, park superintendent at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Office functions moved from a separate building into the park visitor’s center on June 1, 1979. The post office is staffed by one person. The upcoming meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday May 24 at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. 

May 18

The 1994 class of Southridge High School will graduate at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Gymnasium. Jana Lynn Bertke, the daughter of Ken and Vicki Bertke of 4341 W. 750 S., Huntingburg, will be the valedictorian and Eric Meyerholtz, the son of Millard Jr. and Vicki Meyerholtz of 1105 N. Geiger St., Huntingburg, will be the salutatorian. Principal Gene Keusch will present the class, interim superintendent William J. Wilson will accept the class and school board president James A. Renner will present the diplomas. 

May 19

When a member of Calgary Baptist Church told Pastor James Elkins that he wanted to pay off the church’s debts, Rev. Elkins was dumbfounded. Two checks totaling $98,592 were given to Calvery Baptist Church, in Huntingburg, to pay off the mortgage and another loan. The only stipulation was that the donor remain anonymous. “They didn’t do it for a pat on the back,” Rev. Elkins said. They did it for the Lord. It was by far the largest donation the 100-member church has ever received. And by paying off the debts, it will allow the church the opportunity to spend its money on other things. There are two things the church would like to do first--hire a young couple to work with the youth group and start a Christian school at the church, he said. The mortgage was paid off Friday and will be burned at the church’s 40th celebration later this year. 

May 20 

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Jill Bertke of Huntingburg, Indiana’s Miss TEEN, who will compete in the national Miss TEEN competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 24. A veteran of pageants since age 6, the 16-year-old has already won one national pageant and been runner-up in two others. Pictured behind her in the photo is her pet goat, Bambi. She started entering contests when she was 6,winning the Little Miss Herbsfest pageant in Huntingburg her first time out. A few years after that, Jill won Huntingburg’s Junior Miss Sesquicentennial title. She became Miss Indiana Pre-Teen in 1989. Since then she has been named Miss America Clogger and finished second in two other national pageants.   

May 21

The Siebert Family, which has operated a clothing store on The Square in Jasper since 1924, will expand into infant apparel and baby gifts, having acquired the former Jack & Jill Shop. Siebert’s will offer many of the same brands stocked by Jack & Jill. Children’s department manager Judy Freyberger said the new department will be open by July 1. The department will remain in the Jack & Jill Shop, adjacent to Siebert’s. Meanwhile, infant clothing is already available in the main store. Plans are also being made to expand other sections of Siebert’s. Some departments will be moved within the store.   

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