Looking Back: 5/17

When a circus parade came to Jasper in about 1900, it moved south along Main Street to the Jasper Public Square. The Sonderman Store, right, and the two-story brick Troxler building on the west side of Main Street were constructed between 1896 and 1898. The large two-story frame building to the left is the Alles Store. The central building was Kunkel’s Saloon, which had a dance hall on the second floor. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

•65 Years Ago
May 16, 1949
Members of the Jasper Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus will hold a special meeting this evening after the regular meeting to discuss the part the Fourth Degree members will take in the ceremonies attending the First Mass of two Jasper men next June. Rev. Raymond Schroering and Rev. Omer Meyer will celebrate their first High Masses in St. Joseph Church on succeeding Sundays. The Fourth Degree members will have the same part in the ceremonies preceding the Mass which was formerly taken by the Catholic Knights of America.

Gilbert Neuhoff, a seventh grade student in St. Mary’s School, emerged as  the 1949 marble champion of Huntingburg, following the second annual VFW marble tournament held in a sweltering sun at Municipal Park Saturday afternoon. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Neuhoff, R. R. 3, Huntingburg.

May 17
A week-end holiday in Cincinnati, where they took in a major league ball game and visited one of the city’s smartest night spots, was the treat given the state champion Jasper High School basketball team by members of the school board. A contingent of thirty people, including board members, the coaches, players and their girl friends, left Jasper early Saturday morning. They transferred to a chartered bus in Covington and continued into Cincinnati where they saw the Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Crosley Field. In the evening they visited the Lookout House, a night club in suburban Covington. They lodged at the Hotel Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati and returned home Sunday afternoon.

May 18
At a special meeting held yesterday evening in the city hall, Mayor Herbert Thyen and the Jasper city council awarded contracts for necessary improvements totalling more than $350,000. The biggest of five contracts awarded last night is the one for the construction of Jasper’s sewage treatment plant. This contract was awarded to Peter Schumaker & Sons Company of Mishawaka. The firm’s base bid was $298,738.60. This does not mean that the plant will cost exactly that sum. It may cost a little more or a little less, depending on incidentals which may be added or omitted.

County Sheriff Victor Fehribach, who was commandant of the Dubois County Navy Club, Ship 90, when it was chartered in 1946, was presented with a 14-carat gold “Past Commandant’s Pin” at the ship’s meeting last night. The presentation was made by Commandant Harold Bettag in the club’s own clubroom adjoining the Rustic Tavern. Other past commandants who were not present but will receive their pins at a later date are Victor Nixon, 1947, and Arlo Breidenbaugh, Jr., 1948.  

May 19
Without a dissenting voice, over three hundred members of Dubois County Post 147 of the American Legion present at a regular meeting last night, voted that the post proceed at once with a building program which will considerably more than double the capacity of the present Legion home at 12th and Newton Streets. The plans call for an addition to the present home similar in size to the present building, with a full basement under the new wing. It is estimated that the new wing will cost approximately $75,000.

May 20
The Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce last night elected Jerome Schneider as president for the coming year. Mr. Schneider, a member of the Jasper High School faculty and surveyor for Dubois County, succeeds Bob Gramelspacher who has served since the organization was chartered last October. Other officers named last night include First Vice-President (internal affairs), Ed Rumbach; second Vice-President (external affairs), Bernard Hoffman; Secretary, Cornelius Krapf; Treasurer, Allie Sermersheim, and Directors, Jack Newton, Bill Haller and Wendolin Krodel.

May 21
The formation of an inter-city softball league, involving teams from Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand, loomed as a definite possibility today following a meeting last night at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Seven teams were actually represented at the meeting, while three others sent word that they were interested but were unable to attend the meeting. It is hoped  to draw two more teams, one each from Jasper and Huntingburg, to complete a 12-team circuit.

•50 Years Ago
May 18, 1964
The Huntingburg Park Board is initiating the family season ticket for the swimming pool this season. Admissions to the pool have increased for the first time since the construction of the pool in the early ‘40s. Single admission will be 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults. The family plan charge will be $10 plus 20 cents tax– a total of $10.20 which will admit the entire family for the  1964 season. A felt patch will be given to each member of the family upon payment of $10.20. This patch will be sewn on swim suit and everyone wearing such a patch will be admitted to the pool.

May 19
One hundred and fifty-three seniors, the largest graduating class in the history of Jasper High School, will receive their diplomas this evening. The commencement exercises will begin in the gym at 8’clock. Marilyn Beckman, daughter of Mrs. Clara Beckman, is the class valedictorian. Mike Burger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Linus Burger, is the salutatorian.

The 1964 Little League season got underway in exciting fashion last night with a couple of one-run decisions. After pre-game ceremonies in which Mayor Jack Newton tossed out the first pitch, the Reds took the field and play got underway. The Phillies withstood a last-inning rally to nip the Reds 5-4. In the nightcap, the Wrens outlasted the Navajos 12-11.

May 20
The board of directors of the Dubois County Bank recently voted to change the number of members of the board and named two additional directors  to give a broader representation of business and industry in the conduct of the bank’s business. New directors named are Norbert Alles and Glenn Gramelspacher. Mr. Alles, a registered pharmacist, is a partner in Wilson Drugs and has other business interests in the retail, poultry and agricultural fields.  Mr. Gramelspacher is an engineer for the Jasper Wood Products Co. and is also associated with numerous woodworking and manufacturing organizations.

Wes Settle, manager of Jasper’s Junior American Legion baseball team, has issued a call for initial tryouts to be held at Recreation Field tomorrow evening starting at 7 o’clock. “Bumps” Hoffman and Ralph Heath will help work with the team this summer. Plans call for the team to play a 38-game schedule, plus tournaments.

May 21
Bernard Gallagher, superintendent of Jasper Schools, today announced the hiring of Don Noblitt as head baseball coach, freshman basketball coach and freshman football coach at JHS  for next year. Mr. Noblitt, who  was the head basketball  and baseball coach at Middlebury High School, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Noblitt of Rockville. He played baseball for the Jasper.

Reds during the summer of 1958. He is married to the former Alice Hochgesang of Jasper and the couple have three children, Laura, 5, Bob, 3, and Donna Marie, 3 months.

The Reverend Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., will celebrate his First Solemn Mass at Holy Family Church next Sunday morning, May 24. The Solemn Mass is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.  A reception  will be held in Holy Family School from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

At Tuesday night’s Jasper High School commencement exercises, Jane Stenftenagel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Stenftenagel, received the P.T.O. Award for the outstanding girl in the senior class.  Mike Burger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Linus Burger, received the Kiwanis Award  given annually to the outstanding boy in the graduating class.

May 22
Commencement exercises for the 63 graduates of St. Ferdinand High School will be held at 4 p.m. this Sunday. The Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, Bishop of the Evansville Diocese, will present the diplomas. The commencement speaker will be Rev. Robert Kress, superintendent of Washington Catholic High School. The salutatorian is Janet Barth, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barth. The valedictorian is James Werne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Werne of St. Meinrad.

May 23
Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, athletic director at Jasper High School, is slated to become a member of the IHSAA Board of  Control at tonight’s meeting of the organization at the Hotel Sheraton-Lincoln in Indianapolis. O’Neill will be one of five men named to the Board of Control.
A check in the amount of $8,727 has been received by Dubois County for assistance in repair and replacement of flood-damaged public facilities, according to Jack Hauser, county auditor. The check represents an advance in funds amounting to 75 percent of the project amount in order to expedite the repair and replacement.

•25 Years Ago
May 15, 1989
Christine Ann Niehaus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Niehaus of R. 1, Ferdinand, was named the recipient of three scholarships recently. She is a senior at Forest Park High School, where she will be valedictorian. She received a $1,000 National Honor Society Scholarship sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the L. G. Balfour Foundation. Miss Niehaus was also named as the winner of the 1989 Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grant for prospective educators. A $1,000 grant was given jointly by Phi Delta Kappa Inc. and the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation. The third scholarship won by Miss Niehaus was the Todd Hochgesang Memorial Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is presented by The Herald to a carrier or a former carrier in memory of Todd Hochgesang, who was killed while he was delivering newspapers.

The Jasper Reds opened their 96th semipro season  Saturday by sweeping the Earle C. Clements Jobs Corps by scores of 17-3 and 11-1. In the opener, Gary Corbin doubled twice and singled, and player-manager Bob Alles singled three times to lead the Reds. Phil Mehringer struck out seven to earn his first win as a member of the Reds. In the second game, J. D. Scott and Rick Vollmer each had a pair of singles to pace the Reds’ seven-hit attack. Mike Oglivie was the winning pitcher for Jasper.

May 16
Jasper High School honored several alumni at its annual academic awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 15 in the high school cafeteria. The recognition of positive successes was presented by Walter Stutz. The five Jasper High School graduates honored for their successes in their chosen field of endeavor were Jerome J. Alles, Helena (Reckelhoff) Dettmer, John J. Fierst, Leonard J. Newman and Robert L. Ruckriegel.

May 17
A Jasper High School senior is one of 2,500 students awarded a National Merit Scholarship, scholastic officials announced today. David Starkey, 855 Eisenhower Avenue, was awarded the scholarship by Ball State University in Muncie, where he plans to study architecture. Starkey will receive an award between $250 and $2,000.

May 18
The Huntingburg Kiwanis Club honored long-time Kiwanian Elmer Loehr during Loehr Appreciation Day activites. Loehr has been a member of the club since July 1, 1941. Loehr, the 1944 Kiwanis president, had 43 years of perfect attendance, which lasted until late last year. The meeting was held at Burton’s Caper House.

May 19
A local man has been honored by the Indiana Federation of Older Hoosiers for his efforts at organizing a Sister Cities program between Jasper and Pfaffenweiler, West Germany. Jasper resident Claude Eckert, 72, is one of four persons in southern Indiana recognized this year with the Maurice Endwright Award “for his work in establishing and maintaining Jasper and Pfaffenweiler as sister cities,” the federation announced last week. Eckert received the award during a ceremony at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.

May 20
Gary Sicard tripled twice and had a bunt single in going 3-3 with 4 RBI’s, leading the Forest Park junior varsity baseball team to a 10-5 win over Perry Central at Leopold.  

Heritage Hills reversed a 3-2 loss to Forest Park earlier in the season, eliminating the Rangers from the 1989 girls tennis sectional by the same 3-2 margin in a quarterfinal match Friday at
French Lick.


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