Looking Back: 5/16

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Ready to go in spite of a drizzle, Taryn Houchin, 5, and her brother Ryan waited for the word to set their balloons free 25 years ago during the Providence Home Health Fair. The fair attracted not only area health care services in booths, but also local day care centers and nursery schools. Taryn and her family came from Stendal for the event. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published May 15, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 16, 1955

The commencement exercises for the 102 seniors who comprise the 1955 graduating class of Jasper High School will be held on Wednesday evening of this week in the high school gym, beginning at 8 o’clock. Dr. W. Norwood Brigance, head of the department of speech at Wabash College, will be the commmencement speaker. Kenneth Himsel will deliver the salutatory address, while the valedictorian will be James Uebelhor. The introduction will be made by Bernard J. Gallagher, city superintendent of schools. Principal Claude Miller will present the class and Claude A. Gramelspacher, president of the school board, will present the diplomas. The class advisors are Robert Fell, Jack Leas, Ruth Schiller, Ennis W. Settle and Louis O. Wuchner. 

May 17

The baccalaureate services for the 50 seniors who comprise the 69th graduating class of Huntingburg High School will be held next Sunday evening, May 22, in Salem Church. The services will begin at 7:30. The commencement exercises will be held in the auditorium-gymnasium at 8 o’clock on Tuesday evening of next week. The commencement speaker will be Dr. James R. Mitchell, director of teacher placement and associate professor of education at Purdue University. Superintendent Ray Goldman will introduce the speaker. Principal E. H. Loehr will present the class. Presentation of the diplomas will be made by Mildred Walter. 

May 18

Wes Settle’s Jasper High School baseball club closed its 1955 season with a 13-0 walloping of the Washington Hatchets in an SIAC game yesterday afternoon at Recreation Field. Jerry Schneider, senior southpaw, allowed the visitors only four safeties. Kenny Kunkel, another JHS senior, blasted a one-on homer and Kenny Ackerman, another senior, lofted a triple that brought in two team mates. The victory gave Jasper an official record of 4-5 for the season. Actually, the Cats won all but one of their nine games, but they had to forfeit the first four, because of an ineligible player.

Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the C-Y Hi Bowling champions. The winning No. 3 girls team is made up of Judy Lasher, captain, Valeria Kruger, Paula Wuchner, Pat Flick and Nancy Heck. The boys team, called the Dodgers, is comprised of Gerry Winkler, Charles Miller, John Thyen, Larry Klein and John Morton.

May 19

Francis “Benny” Sermersheim of Sermersheim Auto & Home Supply, Jasper, is one of 300 Motorola dealers who will embark Sunday on an expense-paid, five-day jaunt to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Benny will leave Sunday morning for Evansville where he will board a plane for St. Louis. From St. Louis he will fly TWA to Las Vegas. The trip is part of the “Motorola Gold Rush,” a special contest resulting in vacations for outstanding dealers. The group will stay at the El Rancho Vegas Hotel during their holiday in Las Vegas. 

May 20

A 15-year-old Jasper High School freshman was crowned Dubois County Strawberry King yesterday evening at the annual strawberry festival held in Huntingburg’s Municipal Park under the sponsorship of the Huntingburg Kiwanis club. He is Linus Jahn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jahn of the Sunset Terrace addition south of Jasper. He won the first prize of $50. Holland Custard & Ice Cream, Inc., and Irving Chase, Huntingburg photographer and long-time advocate of improved agriculture, had each mailed in a sealed bid of $25 for the prize-winning berries. The auctioneers, Blesch Brothers of Holland, took it upon themselves to accept both bids and split the prize-winning tray of berries between the two bidders. There were eight quarts of berries in the prize-winning exhibit. Second prize of $25 went to Odilo Fromme of Celestine. Betty Gutgsell of St. Anthony won third prize of $10, while the $5 fourth prize went to Emil Laake of Ferdinand. 

May 21

A nine-year-old Huntingburg boy drowned this morning in a small lake near that city. The victim was Randall Arnold, son of Mrs. Esther Arnold and the late Eugene Arnold. The family home is on Washington Street in Huntingburg. Randall and two companions, George Kirwer and Hubert Mundy, were fishing from a boat in a small lake on the Leo Kirwer farm about a mile and a half northwest of Huntingburg. The boat overturned around 9:25. The Arnold boy’s two companions managed to make it to shore.   

50 Years Ago
May 18, 1970

Graduation exercises for the 22 seniors of Birdseye High School will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym. Debra Austin will serve as the valedictorian, while Rosalee Stetter will be the salutatorian. After the salutatory address, Principal Robert Maxey will introduce the featured speaker, Dr. Ben M. Elrod, who is resigning as president of Oakland City College. Following the valedictory address, Principal Maxey will present the senior class, the members of which will be introduced by Supt. Earl Buechler of the Southeast Dubois Co. School Corp. Diplomas will be presented by Emil Olinger, president of the board of trustees of that school district.   

May 19

Commencement exercises of the final graduating class of Ireland High School will be held Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m. in the high school gym. The salutatorian is Mary Jane Weidenbenner. The valedictorian is Margie Auffart. The guest speaker is Cletus Melchior, an Ireland High School alumnus. Melchoir, who now serves as co-ordinator of social studies for the Rock Island Public Schools in Rock Island, Ill., was born in Jasper and attended school in Ireland, graduating in 1945. Diplomas will be presented by Supt. Walter Stutz of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools and Ireland High School Principal Keith Gettlefinger.   

May 20

The Huntingburg High School commencement was held Tuesday night. Germaine Gogel was the valedictorian. Germaine had a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Germaine plans to attend Purdue University. Karen Schwartz was the salutatorian. Karen had a 3.972 GPA. Karen plans to attend Depauw University and major in language.

This year’s recipient of the “outstanding educator” award presented by the Huntingburg Jaycees went to Mrs. Allen Bauernfiend. The presentation was made by Bob Tanner, Jaycee president-elect, at the Huntingburg award night program.   

May 21

Prior to the adjournment of Wednesday night’s Jasper City Council meeting, Mayor Jack Newton told the council members that when and if the proposed new highway, expected to run south of Jasper, becomes a reality, he will request that the street be named as a memorial to Frank J. “Prof” Loepker. The council unanimously agreed. Prof. Loepker, who died on the morning of Sept. 23, 1968, taught the eighth grade classes at Tenth St. for 23 years and served as organist for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper for 48 years. 

May 22

Junior outfielder Bob “Chick” Alles blasted a grand slam home run high over the left field fence in the bottom of the ninth to give the Jasper Wildcats a 10-6 extra-inning win over the Castle Knights at Recreation Field. With the scored tied at 6, Gary Corbin opened the Jasper half of the ninth with a single. Steve Seger followed with a pop fly single to left and Terry Fleck with an infield single to load the bases. Alles then ended the game quickly with his long home run, his second four-bagger of the year. Alles led the Jasper hitting with his home run and two singles, Seger added three singles and Fleck and Corbin each had two singles. Jeff Hochgesang worked the first eight innings for Jasper. Corbin pitched the ninth and was credited with the win. 

May 23

Pictured in this issue is Camille Fromme, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fromme of Rt. 5, Jasper. She is shown accepting the JHS PTO Award for the Outstanding Senior Girl. Lenny Newman, president of the PTO, presented the award. Also pictured is Michael Eckerle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Linus Eckerle of 540 W. 13th St., Jasper.  He is shown accepting the PTO Award for the Outstanding Senior Boy. Gene Buechlein, president of the Jasper Kiwanis Club, presented the award. 

25 Years Ago   
May 22, 1995

Graduation ceremonies for Forest Park High School will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in the high school gym. Ken Fischer, the son of Joseph and Vivian Fischer, is the valedictorian and Nathan Brames, the son of Clarence and Susan Brames, is the salutatorian. Fischer had a 4.0 grade point average. He plans to study engineering at Purdue University. Brames had a 3.978 grade point average and plans to major in international business at at Georgetown University. Principal James Hagedorn will present the class and diplomas will be distributed by Superintendent William Rohl and Thomas Niehaus, school  board president.   

May 23

The 1995 graduating class of Northeast Dubois High School will have commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school gym. Angie Hemmerlein, the daughter of David and Susan Hemmerlein, is the valedictorian and Mark Schroering, the son of Maurice and Judy Schroering, is the salutatorian. Hemmerlein plans to attend Indiana University. Schroering will study computer science at the University of Evansville. Principal Dan Balka will present the class, Larry Lorey, the school board president, will present the diplomas and superintendent Richard Kerby will give the confirmation of graduation. 

May 24

Commencement exercises for the 1995 graduating class of Pike Central High School will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the high school gym. The valedictorian is Suzan K. Ewer, the daughter of Thomas R. and Linda M. Ewer of Petersburg. The salutatorian is Cassandra Sue Blake, the daughter of Danny and Suzanne Blake of Petersburg. Ewer had a 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend Roberts Wesleyan College to obtain a degree in nursing. Blake had a 3.981 grade point average. Accounting and finance are her planned majors at the Indiana University school of business. Principal Rick Fears and superintendent Mark Ransford will present the diplomas. Ransford will give the pronouncement of graduation and senior class president, Nathan Stewart, will be the leader.

May 25

Commencement exercises for the Jasper High School class of 1995 will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the high school gym. Josh Habig, the son of Doug and Nancy Habig, and Dana Scherle, the daughter of Don and Eileen Scherle, will be the valedictorians. Both had 4.0 grade point averages. Tracy Mundy, the daughter of Kenneth C. and Marilyn Mundy, and Michael Eugene Pilcher, the son of Mike and Carol Pilcher, will be the salutatorians. They had grade point averages of 3.99. Principal Robert K. Johnson will present the class and superintendent Don Noblitt will accept the class. Elmer Brames, a teacher, will narrate as Johnson and Philip Buecher, school board president, present diplomas.   

May 26

Heritage Hills High School seniors will graduate during ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln amphitheater. Valedictorians will be Seth E. Cissna, the son of Bruce and Cindy Cissna; Robert Lee Linne, the son of Donald and Bernadette Linne; Michael Schneider, the son of Charles and Stephanie Schneider; and Kevin Tretter, the son of Leo and Valerie Tretter. All had 4.0 grade point averages. Christine Meunier, the daughter of Alan and Lucy Meunier, will be the salutatorian. She had a 3.987 GPA. Principal Al Logsdon will present the class, Ron Etienne, superintendent, will accept the class and Pamela Thompson, school board president, will present the diplomas.   

May 27

An agreement has been reached by the directors of the Pike County Bank in Petersburg and The Spurgeon State Bank in Spurgeon and Arthur to merge the two banks. The approval of the merger focused on two key issues — serving area residents better by offering additional banking centers throughout the county while eliminating the duplication of some work. The name of the resulting bank charter will be the Pike County Bank. The merger, which must be approved by regulatory authorities, will bring total assets of the bank to $48 million. 

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