Looking Back: 5/15

Southridge pinch runner Travis Smith safely slid headfirst across home plate as Tell City’s catcher chased the loose ball. The Raiders won 5-4, staving off a last-inning rally by Tell City. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published May 10, 1996.


65 Years Ago

May 14, 1956

Democratic and Republican forces in Dubois County will enter the forthcoming presidential and gubernatorial campaigns with the same leadership they had during the past four years as a result of the re-election of C. U. Gramelspacher and Kelly Armstrong Saturday as chairman of the Demo and GOP county central committees, respectively. Mrs. Stanley Foster of Huntingburg, county vice-chairman, was opposed for re-election by Mrs. Chris Aufderhar, also of Huntingburg, but won out by a slim 37-34 margin. Other officers — Adam R. Blessinger of Jasper as secretary and Norbert Johanneman of Ferdinand as treasurer — were re-elected by affirmation. Besides Mr. Armstrong, the Republicans re-elected the rest of their county officers. There was no opposition to any of them. These include: Mrs. Luthern Himsel of Boone Township, vice-chairman; John Struckman of Huntingburg, secretary, and Karl K. Himsel of Jasper, treasurer.    

May 15

Another motorist pleaded not guilty in Mayor Ed J. Lorey’s court yesterday afternoon to a charge of driving while drunk, leading the mayor to ask for public-spirited citizens to serve as jurors in the mayor’s court in cases where defendants enter pleas of not guilty. As of now, no money is appropriated with which to pay jurors for the mayor’s court trials. Consequently, the only thing the mayor can do if defendants plead not guilty is to try to have them re-filed in circuit court. Recently a man tried in the mayor’s court for a traffic violation remarked, when pleading not guilty, that he wanted it filed in circuit court “where it probably won’t come up anyway.”    

May 16

The baccalaureate services for the 60 members of the 1956 Huntingburg High School graduating class will be held next Sunday evening, May 20, in the high school gymnasium-auditorium. On Tuesday evening of next week, the commencement exercises will be held in the same place starting at 7:30. The class of 60 will be presented by Principal E. H. Loehr, and the diplomas will be presented by Walter Wendholt, president of the Huntingburg School Board. Rev. George Easley will give the benediction. There will be music by the high school Glee Club, and then three numbers by the high school band. 

May 17

The Jasper High School baseball team is host to Bloomington in a doubleheader at Recreation Field this evening, beginning at 5:30. It will mark the last home appearance of the season for the Wildcats, who end their schedule Friday at Tell City. Meanwhile, Track Coach Bob Fell takes the JHS half-mile relay team to the IHSAA regional at Bloomington Friday at 2 p.m. Either Fred Brames or Bill Seng will replace Mike Witte, who suffered an appendectomy earlier this week. Other team members are John Hoffman, Ron Jerger and Larry Dick.

May 18

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the still that federal and state excise officers say was being operated by Mary Francis “Raz” Shelton, a 62-year-old Henderson, Kentucky, man when the officers made a raid on an old barn on the Edward Pachner farm near the Dubois-Perry county line in Ferdinand township on Tuesday of this week. The still is of 75-gallon capacity. The coils shown were in a barrel of cold water, which condensed the steam from the still into moonshine. The officers confiscated 10 barrels of mash and 24 gallon jugs filled with the illegal whiskey, they said. Shelton was taken into federal court at Evansville, and was freed under $2,500 bond.   

May 19

Two Jasper boys — Donald “Duck” Menner and Jerry Schneider — are in professional baseball this spring. "Duck," after switching teams several times this spring, is with Syracuse, New York, in the Eastern League, a Class A circuit. Don, a right-handed pitcher, has been in pro ball for several years, interrupted by Army service. Jerry Schneider has been assigned to Dubuque, Iowa, in the Class D Mid-West League. A southpaw hurler, Jerry appeared in a relief role twice and his last outing was a 5 2/3 inning stint in which he gave up three hits, three walks and struck out eight while allowing two earned runs. 

50 Years Ago

May 17, 1971

Final commencement exercises at Birdseye High School are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym. Twenty-two seniors are scheduled to receive their diplomas. Ruth Ann Lueken, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Lueken of Rt. 2, Birdseye will serve as valedictorian. Mary Lee Welp, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Joe Welp of Rt. 2, Birdseye, will give the salutatory address. John J. Loughlin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the featured speaker. 

May 18

Three hundred and nineteen seniors are scheduled to receive their diplomas at the Jasper High School commencement exercises Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The ceremonies are scheduled for 8 p.m. Marilyn Rumbach, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rumbach, earned the honor of valedictorian by compiling a 3.993 average during her four years. Marilyn has received a scholarship from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame. Jerry Wehr, the salutatorian, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wehr. He achieved a 3.925 grade index and plans to attend the University of Evansville.

The most ambitious schedule ever undertaken by the Jasper Reds semipro baseball team will get underway Saturday night at Recreation Field as Andy Anderson’s Reds play host to the Cairo Redwings from Cairo, Illinois. The 35-game 1971 Jasper Reds schedule also includes home-and-home series with Island, Kentucky, Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky, Oldenburg, Princeton, Evansville and St. Phillips. On June 26, the Reds will host the Southwest Kiwanis Pros from St. Louis. On July 3 and Aug. 7, the Reds will play the U.S.P. Warriors at Terre Haute. The United States Penitentiary team will not visit Jasper as they play all their games at home. Both games will be played at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute.   

May 19

Pictured on the front page of this issue is David Blessinger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Blessinger of Rt. 1, Holland. He has accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. He is shown with HHS Principal Lowell E. McGlothlin, who made the announcement. The nomination was made by Congressman Roger Zion. Blessinger is the valedictorian of his graduating class, was active on the yearbook staff, participated in cross country, track and baseball, and was student manager and statistician for the basketball team the past two seasons. 

May 20

Art Ruhe of Ferdinand, a 25-year veteran of the furniture manufacturing business, today announced plans for the construction and operation of a new plant to produce medium-priced bedroom furniture. The plant, to be known as Mobel (German for furniture) Inc., will be located on a five-mile tract of land on the new Industrial Park north of Ferdinand now owned by the Ferdinand Development Corporation. The company also has an option to purchase an additional five acres of land as the need arises. Ruhe told the DAILY HERALD Wednesday night that the original plant will be a 40,000-square-foot facility which will employ 65 persons. He said the target date for production is early next fall.   

May 21

Seventy-three Ferdinand High School seniors will receive diplomas in commencement Sunday afternoon at two o’clock in the Ferdinand High School gym. Alvin Joe Vaal, will be the class valedictorian, with Beverly Begle the salutatorian. Phil Eskew, the Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, will be the principal speaker.

The Jasper Wildcats wrapped up their 1971 regular baseball schedule Thursday night with a 13-3 victory over the Castle Knights at Boonville. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Senior righthanders Gary Stratman and Jeff Hochgesang combined for a two-hitter. Stratman pitched the first three innings and was credited with the win. Tom Fischer led the Jasper hitting attack with a solo home run in the first, his second of the year, and a single. Mike Erny had two singles and three RBI’s. Bob Alles added two singles. The victory gives Jasper a 17-7 record for the season, the most wins for a Jasper team in a number of years.    

May 22

Sterling L. Shaw, associate director of admissions at Purdue University, will be the featured speaker next Tuesday evening at commencement exercises for the senior class at Huntingburg High School. The ceremonies will be held in the elementary school auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. (At press time today no decision had been made concerning the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class). Ninety-four seniors will receive diplomas. The Rev. Chester Mahan will deliver the invocation. Also participating will be Supt. William E. Schnute, Principal Vince Myer, school board president Max Olinger, the Rev. James Wannemaker and the Huntingburg High School band.   

25 Years Ago   

May 20, 1996

The 1996 class of Jasper High School will have commencement exercises at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the school gym. The school expects 196 to graduate with two valedictorians and one salutatorian. Valedictorians are: Allison Merder, the daughter of Jane Merder, and Audrey Vogler, the daughter of Donna and Bernard Vogler. The salutatorian is Nicholas Werne, the son of Sally and Stan Werne. Merder will study biology at the University of Evansville. Vogler will attend the University of Notre Dame. At this time, she is undecided on a career and a major. Werne will study biology at Hanover College in preparation for medical school.

The Jasper Reds (4-1) had a successful weekend venture, splitting a doubleheader with Plainfield on Saturday and capping it off with a twinbill sweep of the Huntingburg Merchants in Southern Indiana Semipro League play on Sunday. The Reds won the opener Saturday 8-6 but lost the nightcap 6-2. The Reds victories Sunday were by scores of2-0 and 11-4.

May 21

The 1996 class of Pike Central High School will have its commencement exercises Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. The class is made up of 107 graduates, including one valedictorian and one salutatorian. Deen Rogers, the son of James (Butch) and Rita Rogers, is the valedictorian. Ryan Young, the son of Roger and Pep Young, is the salutatorian. Rogers will attend Indiana University in the fall. Young is enrolled in the registered nursing program at Vincennes University in the fall.

Former Northeast Dubois High School baseball coach Roger Elliott has been named as an assistant coach of the Dubois County Dragons. Elliott is currently a teacher at NE Dubois and is a memberof the faculty of Vincennes University, Jasper campus. Roger played high school baseball at Orleans before moving on to play for Vincennes University and the University of Evansville.   

May 22

Guilty. A 12-member jury found Ray Allen Ogle, the 18-year-old Kentucky man accused of killing Jasper cab driver Dennis Coble, guilty of murder, felony murder and robbery after less than three hours of deliberation Tuesday evening. The jury, however, could not agree this morning whether to issue a non-binding recommendation that Ogle be sentenced to life in prison without parole. After an hour of deliberation, Circuit Court Judge Hugo Songer dismissed the jury at 11 a.m. and scheduled a sentencing hearing for 10 a.m. June 24. 

May 23

Northeast Dubois High School will have its graduation ceremonies Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school gym. The 1996 class has 73 members. The class valedictorian is Garron Heeke, the son of Garret and Bonnie Heeke. The salutatorian is Larren Danford, son of Warren and Carole Danford. Heeke will attend Purdue University in the fall to study computer science. Danford plans to major in math at Indiana State University in the fall. Although he is not certain what career he will choose, he is considering teaching math, his favorite subject, to high school students. 

May 24

Heritage Hills High School will have its commencement exercises Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Amphitheatre. The 1996 class is made up of 156 graduates, one valedictorian and one salutatorian. The valedictorian is Joseph Boyd, son of Stephen and Janet Boyd of Chrisney. The salutatorian is Heather Ferguson, daughter of Larry and Geneva Ferguson of Lamar. Boyd will study computer programming in the fall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Ferguson will attend Indiana University and major in business, most likely accounting, she says. 

May 25

Coming through in the clutch is the mark of champions. Forest Park proved that axiom correct Friday against Blue Chip Conference rival Shoals. Dan Luebbehusen’s two-run triple in the sixth inning gave the Rangers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish as they went on to defeat the Jug Rox 6-3 to win the conference crown with a spotless 8-0 mark. The victory improved Forest Park to 15-10 on the season. Luebbehusen not only gave the Rangers the lead, but he slammed the door shut by pitching two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory. Ranger starter Brandon Boehman and Luebbehusen combined on a five-hitter, and didn’t allow Shoals to score after the third inning. Andy Rohleder aided the Rangers offense with two singles and an RBI.   

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