Looking Back: 5/18

Photo courtesy of Ireland Historical Society
A bridge on the George Neukam farm in the Ireland area collapsed as a Kitten steam engine owned by Ted Hulsman tried to cross it in the 1930s. The separator in the background was recovered. In harvesting wheat, farmers cut it with a binder, then the bundles from the binder were piled into wheat shocks for the grain to dry. The shocks were loaded onto wagons and taken to the separator, which was run by the steam engine. A separator separated the grain from the straw, and the grain was recovered in wagons or stacked for storage.

65 Years Ago
May 17, 1948

Huntingburg Furniture Co. will be back at 100 percent operation by Wednesday, it was announced today, as employees laid off nine weeks ago were being called back to work. Plants one and four were shut down completely and portions of other plants were also reduced nine weeks ago. The firm is back to 80 percent of its full operation.

Introduction of a new Marathon line of passenger automobile tires to this trading area is announced by Otto Hoffman, who operates Hoffman Bros. Inc. at Third and Jackson streets in jasper.
Jasper Transport Inc., local trucking concern, has bought out Hoosier Transit Co. of Paoli, and all authority to operate this line has been granted to Jasper Transport by the Interstate Commerce Commission. This gives Jasper Transport a through line serving all intermediate points between Louisville and Evansville. Jeff Lentz and C.M. “Fuzzy” Bohnert, who operate Jasper Transport, expect to be established in their new terminal building and storage warehouse at 312 E. 10th St. around the first of July. The present headquarters for Jasper Transport are in the Jasper Ice & Fuel Co. building on South Mill Street.

May 18
Some eighth-grade and high school music pupils of Jasper were heard in Kundek Hall on Monday night in the third of a series of recitals given over the weekend. Pupils who are enrolled in grades one to five gave their recital Sunday afternoon and on Sunday night the pupils of the sixth and seventh grades presented theirs. A feature of Monday night’s recital was the conferring of Junior Certificates of Music on Mary Margaret O’Neill, Paul Schutz and Mary White.

Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, head basketball and baseball coach at Jasper High School, confirmed today the story in this morning’s Evansville Courier that he has filed an application for the position of head basketball coach at Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute. O’Neill is completing his ninth year as coach in Jasper, during which time he has produced some of the state’s outstanding prep basketball quintets.

May 19
Himsel Stockyards of Ireland has announced that it cannot buy hogs as usual until the Iowa meat packer’s strike is settled. The firm will, upon request, place potential sellers’ names on a list and move the hogs as soon and as fast as possible.

May 20
In a countywide decision, spurred by a vote taken by the city council of Rockport, all of Spencer County has decided to forgo “fast time” and remain on standard time for the summer months. The popular vote taken in Rockport resulted in 840 votes against daylight saving time and 283 for the change to fast time.

The new set of lights on Recreation Field will get its first workout Friday night at 7:30 when the Jasper Wildcats initiate night baseball in Jasper with a game against the Washington Hatchets. Workmen turned the lights on briefly Wednesday afternoon to ensure that all bulbs were in place and today will finish putting in permanent installations so that the lights will be ready to go Friday night.

May 21
Eileen Schwinghamer has been honored as valedictorian at Jasper High School; salutatorian is Mildred Lechner.

May 22
From “Hark the Herald” column: “We doff our hats to the volunteer committee which raised the funds for the lights on Recreation Field: Elmer “Lefty” Eckert, Alvin Ruxer, William Fritch and Leo “Cabby” O’Neill. ... Everybody who saw last night’s baseball game between Jasper and Washington (was) pleased with the effect. The attendance was by far the largest at a local high school baseball game this year.”

50 Years Ago
May 20, 1963

Bill Weikert will be the valedictorian and Jeff Jones will be the salutatorian at the Jasper High School commencement exercises Wednesday night. The graduating class has 80 members.
This past Saturday, 25 members of the Jasper Rose Society chartered a bus for an all-day trip to visit the Kentucky State Fairgrounds Rose Gardens at Louisville.

May 21
Gary Lauderdale, 17, a member of this year’s Holland High School graduating class, has been awarded the $1,000 Holland Dairy Foundation college scholarship.

Through the efforts and guidance of the Progressive Investment Corp., a new investment corporation has been activated in Ferdinand. The purpose of the corporation is to build a bigger and better community through funds derived from the investment corporation. The name chosen for the new corporation is Civic Improvement Corp. The group is a closed corporation with 25 shareholders.

Larry Feldmeyer of Huntingburg, a 1963 graduate of Evansville College, is to be the new band and choral director at Silver Creek High School.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck will be shown at the Astra Theatre from Friday through May 30.

May 22
Melvin Fleck, an eighth-grade pupil at Jasper’s Holy Family School, was the runner-up in the Tri-State Spelling Bee last Saturday at Evansville College. He competed against spellers from 25 counties.

Bob Verkamp’s Room 114 of Tenth Street School repeated as champions of the Jasper junior high track and field meet, which was held at Recreation Field last week.

May 23
Friday and Saturday will be Poppy Days, it was announced today by Mrs. Robert Gunselman, chairman of the project for American Legion Auxiliary Unit 147 of Jasper. The weekend before Memorial Day traditionally is the time when millions of Americans walk to their homes and offices wearing the little red poppies.

The third annual Dubois Volunteer Firemen’s Ball will be held Saturday at the Jasper Veterans of Foreign Wars Home. Admission is $1 per person and all proceeds will go toward purchasing additional firefighting equipment for the Dubois firemen.

Ed Yarbrough, Jasper High School’s pole vaulter deluxe, has been accepting a few pointers from head track coach Ed Schultheis as he prepares to take part in Saturday’s state track meet at Indianapolis. Yarbrough holds both the school and Recreation Field records in the pole vault. The JHS junior bettered his own school record last week in the Linton regional by vaulting 12 feet. This will be the first appearance of a JSH trackster in the state meet since 1957.

An outing is being planned for the approximately 380 members of the Ireland Sportsman’s Club and their families in connection with the dedication of the new shelterhouse Sunday. The concrete-block shelterhouse was completed last fall. The Ireland Sportsman’s Club was founded in 1954 and in 1955 acquired the 25-acre site from Othmar Hurst and Alfred Weisman. The site includes a 6-acre lake. The club has been promoting the planting of feed plots for wildlife under the direction of the state conservation department. This spring the club released 70 pairs of quail bought from a private hatchery at Boonville and eight dozen rabbits bought in Missouri.

May 24
Patricia Lueken ranks first and Eileen Reckelhoff ranks second in the scholastic rating of the 1963 graduating class of St. Ferdinand High School. Graduation exercises for the 23 boys and 23 girls in this year’s senior class will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Little Pig’s Barbecue in Jasper has announced a new service. It now has a canopied area that will feature drive-up curb service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. An open house is set for Saturday and Sunday.

May 25
Martha K. Pflug, a 1962 Huntingburg High School graduate and now a college freshman, on Friday night was chosen as Miss Indiana State from 11 coeds at Indiana State College. She will represent the college in the Miss Indiana contest at Michigan City on July 6. In addition to a trophy and $200 scholarship grant, Martha also received a trophy presented to her as Miss Geniality by vote of the contestants.

25 Years Ago
May 16, 1988

The City of Huntingburg held an auction Saturday at Fifth and Main streets. Being auctioned were items of unclaimed property held by the city, including bicycles, furniture, guns, chain saws and a truck.

Former Jasper resident Mark Hanselman is now officially the best backyard cook in the tri-state area. Hanselman, now of Owensboro, became overall winner of the Best of the Backyard Cooks competition Saturday at the Owensboro International Barbecue Festival. Ferdinand’s sesquicentennial team also gained recognition at the festival. That team took first place for best team spirit.

May 17
Two busloads of students from Marian Heights Academy were being driven only seconds behind the church bus in which 27 people were killed on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Louisville on Saturday night. The church bus was involved in a head-on collision with a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver. Ed Weyer and Tom Reynolds, the drivers of the Marian Heights buses, stopped their vehicles, grabbed their fire extinguishers and ran to the church bus to offer assistance before rescue squads arrived. The students offered shirts, pillows and blankets to victims on the side of the road.

In girls tennis, Northeast Dubois, the state’s eighth-ranked team, dropped only five games Monday in blanking Marian Heights for its 16th consecutive victory.

May 18
Vincennes University Jasper Center announced that 55 students received degrees or certificates at commencement exercises at the Jasper Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 7. This year’s class of 55 swells the number of VUJC graduates to 686.

May 19
Seventy-year-old Luther Munch surveyed damage this morning left from Wednesday evening’s fire, the seventh blaze to rip through his southern Martin County property in 30 days. This blaze was the most severe yet, destroying an equipment shed full of antique farm implements and hardware. Munch and investigators remained baffled this morning as to the identity of the arsonist or arsonists. Munch’s property is near the Dubois County line and the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department has responded to each of the seven fires reported.

May 20
Graduation exercises at Marian Heights Academy in Ferdinand will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Convent Immaculate Conception chapel. Kerri Svanda, Sparta, Ill, is valedictorian and Alexandra Schurz, Bloomington, is salutatorian.

Professors Eberhard and Ruth Reichmann of the Indiana German Heritage Society and professor Antonius Holtmann of Oldenburg, Germany, will come to Jasper for a dinner meeting at Heichelbech’s on Tuesday. Professor Holtmann, the German partner in several joint projects, will attend a variety of functions and will speak on immigration and emigration research projects. One of his main interests is immigrant letters and, while in Jasper, he will explain how such letters can disclose a network of emigration and immigration. He is also interested in meeting with local speakers of Low German (Plattdeutsch). Holtmann is a professor of history and social studies at Oldenburg University. Mr. Reichmann is a professor of German studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Mrs. Reichmann is a professor of German-American studies at IU in Indianapolis and is mostly known in Jasper for her work with Indiana Sister Cities and cultural and educational exchanges.

Northeast Dubois Jeep Todd Allen made a shot put throw of 50 feet, 31⁄2 inches during the boys track sectional at Bloomington South on Thursday. Allen won the event and will advance to the regional with four of his teammates.

May 21
The Holiday Inn of Jasper has been selected as a “superior” Holiday Inn hotel for 1988. The hotel will receive a custom-designed, etched, crystal trophy, and a recognition pin will be presented to each employee.

David R. Williams has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing of Jasper Cabinet Co.

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