Looking Back: 5/18

Irvin Otto, a resident of the Providence Home in Jasper, throws a softball at the Special Olympics at St. Meinrad College. Fourteen residents of the home joined about 300 other southern Indiana participants Wednesday for the annual Olympics. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published April 28, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 17, 1954

The Jasper Reds pelted the Richland All-Stars with a 16-hit barrage for an 11-5 I-K League victory yesterday afternoon in the first game of the season at Recreation Field. Big Chick Alles had three hits including a triple, a double and a single. Reds’ pitcher Bud Stieler had a double and 2 singles, while Rocky Renneisen contributed three singles. Eddie Hoffman had a home run and a double. Alfred Kleiser and Bumps Hoffman also had two hits apiece for the Reds. Stieler pitched a complete-game 6 hitter, striking out nine and walking three. 

May 18

There is a possibility that Huntingburg’s dandy swimming pool won’t have any water in it this summer. At the regular meeting of the city council last night it was decided that if a well to be drilled near the pool in search of water does not pan out, the pool will not be used this summer. City officials contend that in view of the low stage of the Huntingburg city lakes, they can’t afford to use the large amount of water that would be required to operate the pool. Also at last night’s meeting, the Huntingburg officials rejected the bids submitted on an asphalt mixer. The notice for bids will be re-advertised. 

May 19

While Donnie Bates was hurling steady two-hit ball, Jasper’s Wildcats took advantage of the Washington Hatchets’ first-inning fumbleitis yesterday at Recreation Field to hang up a 12-2 triumph. The game rang down the curtain on Dubois County’s baseball season for prep teams in 1954 and saw Coach Bob Fell’s boys put together seven hits with seven Hatchet errors for the victory.

The second annual Jasper grade school track and field day was held yesterday afternoon at Recreation Field. Participating in the events were seventh and eighth grade students from the Sixth Street and St. Joseph schools. Jim Lehmkuhler turned in the outstanding individual performance winning the 50-yard, 100-yard and 220-yard dashes.   

May 20

Pictured on the first page of this issue are Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Ruhe of Ferdinand, who will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary this weekend. On Saturday morning they will attend a 5:30 o’clock High Mass with their children and grandchildren. On Sunday there will be a family dinner at their home, and from 2 to 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon an open house will be observed at their residence. The couple were married in St. Ferdinand Church on May 22, 1894. Mr. Ruhe is 87 years old and his wife, the former  Clara Bickwermert, is 77. They have seven living sons and daughters. They are Harry, Herbert and Edward Ruhe and Mrs. Harmina Johanneman and Mrs. Laura Johanneman of Ferdinand; Mrs. Bertha Schafer of St. Marks; and Mrs. Frances Young of Louisville. The couple have 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.   

May 21

Othmar Eckerle told the Herald this morning that he had a complaint about an ad he ran yesterday in the classified section of the paper. Mr. Eckerle advertised four rooms for rent on north Main, with instructions to phone 233 after 5 P. M. At 5 o’clock he sat himself down in a rocking chair and began to light a cigar. Just then the phone rang, and, he says, he didn’t get a chance to light the cigar until 5:30. He was that busy answering the inquiries of prospective renters. Oh, yes, he rented the rooms. 

May 22

Entries are coming in at such a rate for the third annual blind bogey tournament that those in charge of the event said today they expect a record number of golfers to compete when the big meet is staged June 2-5 at the Dubois County Country Club. Last year, despite the handicap of foul weather toward the close of the tournament, there were approximately 140 entrants altogether.  It was announced today that the Dubois County State Bank will furnish the trophies for the low gross score in both the men’s and women’s divisions of competition. More than 180 different prizes are  awaiting the winners in the blind bogey. 

50 Years Ago
May 19, 1969   

Jasper baseball coach Don Noblitt, who in one week lost the services of Ron Snyder, Greg Salb and Tom Wilz due to injuries, has started to juggle his lineup in preparation for next week’s IHSAA  sectional at Jasper. Snyder, regular third baseman-outfielder, broke his right hand fielding a ball in practice. Salb, a reserve outfielder, suffered a broken jaw when hit by a pitch thrown by an automatic pitching machine and Wilz, regular catcher, was injured Saturday morning in a car-truck accident. Since Snyder was considered the number two catcher behind Wilz, Noblitt has had to move centerfielder Jim Wenzel behind the plate, shift shortstop Terry Field to centerfield, move Gary Corbin to shortstop and insert Greg Berger at third base. Berger had been playing third for the JV team. Corbin, a junior, had only returned to the Jasper lineup last week after missing most of the season with mononucleosis. 

May 20

Commencement exercises for 198 Jasper High School seniors will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the JHS gym. Diane K. Werne, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Werne, R. 4, will be the valedictorian. The salutatory address will delivered by Margaret E. Gootee, 1328 Dorbett St. The featured speaker will be Dr. John W, Snyder, vice-president and dean for undergraduate development at Indiana University. Donna Sunderman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sunderman, has been chosen the valedictorian at Huntingburg High School. Anna Atkins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Atkins, was chosen as salutatorian. Miss Sunderman compiled a grade index of 3.944, while Miss Atkins’ index was 3.923 of a possible 4.0. 

May 21

The Indiana High School Athletic Association released the 1969 Sectional baseball pairings last night. The Jasper sectional, originally scheduled to be a seven-team affair, has been changed to a six-team tourney as Birdseye decided to pass up tournament play in baseball. The Jasper tourney will open Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. with the Wildcats playing host to English. At 8 p.m. Holland tangles with Ireland. Huntingburg and Dubois both drew byes and will not see action until Saturday morning. The Hunters and Jeeps meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Monday night winners will clash at 1 p.m. Saturday and the championship game will be played at 7:30 Saturday night. Jasper is the defending sectional champion.   

May 22

The board of school trustees of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation has announced the appointment of Dennis Tyring as principal of Ferdinand High School effective at the beginning of the next school year. He was the principal of the Birdseye schools for the last two years. He is married to the former Beulah Abell of Winslow. They have two children.

An effort to acquire a toll road from Evansville to Indianapolis with access from Highway 56 nine miles west of Jasper, is being pushed by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce with the cooperation of city officials and community leaders along the proposed route, according to Michael Martin, executive secretary of the Jasper C of C. The proposal is being offered as an alternative to the proposed dual-laning of U. S. 41 between Evansville and Terre Haute, where it would connect with Interstate 70, a dual-lane roadway to Indianapolis. 

May 23

The Reverend Jerome Neufelder, associate pastor of St. Joseph’s parish in Jasper, has been appointed director of the In-Service Ministry Program at the St. Meinrad School of Theology. The appointment was announced by the Very Reverend Adrian Fuerst, O.S.B., acting president-rector of the School of Theology. The Most Reverend Paul F. Leibold, Bishop of Evansville, in releasing Father Neufelder for work at St. Meinrad, has described him as “a proven and tried priest of mature judgment with wide experience in most all areas of priestly ministry on the diocesan level.”

May 24

Dan Hoffman of Jasper, has announced that he has formed the Hoffman Realty Company for the purpose of dealing in real estate on a county-wide basis. Hoffman, who has three years experience in the real estate business, has established an office in the Nonte Building at 112 West Fifth St. He is a member of the Dubois High School faculty. He is a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School, and in 1961 earned a B. S. degree at Indiana State University. Hoffman, the son of Mrs. Marie Hoffman and the late Alfred Hoffman of Boone Township, lives with his wife, the former Sharon Turner of Charlestown, and their nine-month-old daughter, Susan, along the old Jasper-Huntingburg Road on Jasper’s southwest side. 

25 Years Ago
May 23, 1994

At Ruxer Field, in P. J. Wessel’s managerial debut, the Jasper Reds took both games of a doubleheader with Plainfield on Saturday. Scott Kunkel and Brett Wininger homered for Jasper. Steve Hautsch worked the first five innings, allowing only one run on three hits — good enough to earn the win. The Reds continued their winning ways on Sunday as they swept a doubleheader from the Ferdinand Cardinals at Ferdinand by scores of 10-2 amd 15-4. Phil Mehringer tossed a three-hitter for the Reds as he allowed only two runs. Jerry Alles and Darren Lynam had two hits apiece to pace Jasper. Travis Hayes smashed a solo homer. In the second game, the Reds exploded for 15 runs on 15 hits. Scott Kunkel was 4-for-5 and Travis Hayes had two hits, including a three-run homer. Mike Swartzentruber got the win for Jasper.   

May 24

Forgive the owner’s of Paul’s Furniture Accessories if today, despite the loss of one of their factory’s two buildings to a fire, they feel fortunate. For one thing, no one was injured. For another, all eight employees will be able to keep working. And the heavily damaged building at 604 W. Main will probably be rebuilt so the company can return to full production. Firefighters suspect the fire started in or near a lacquer spray booth but no one knew today the exact extent of the damage. The owners expect to know soon, but only after an investigation by a state fire marshall  begins either today or Wednesday.   

May 25

Commencement exercises for the 1994 graduating class of Jasper High School will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the school gym. Valedictorians will be: Lisa Renae Schwenk, the daughter of Louis and Joan A. Schwenk of 575 N. Truman Road, Jasper, Tamera Lyn Welp, the daughter of Leroy and Vicki Welp of 2543 Birk Dr., Jasper and Zeke Robert Ziliak, the son of John and Kathleen Ziliak of 931 E. 300N, Jasper. Each had a 4.0 grade point average. The salutatorian will be Courtney Kuczynski, the daughter of Louis and Margaret Kuczynski of 4514 N. Portersville Road, Jasper. She had a 3.9 grade point average.   

May 26

The Northeast Dubois High School class of 1994 will have graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. Ryan W. Lampert, the son of Linus and Judy Lampert of 1748 N. 175E, will be the valedictorian and Elaine A. Schepers, the daughter of Gerald and Virginia Schepers of 5419 E. State Road 164, will be the salutatorian. Principal James Wahl and Dan Balka, administrative intern, will present the class and Larry Lorey, school board president, will present diplomas. Superintendent Richard Kearby will give the confirmation of graduation.   

May 27

Pictured in this issue is Elizabeth Van Kersen,12, of Huntingburg. She has been crowned Miss Indiana Pre-teen and will go to Orlando, Fla. in November to compete against finalists aged 9-12. Van Kersen, a sixth grader at Southridge Middle School, won the title at a pageant in Columbus held May 13-15. Elizabeth is the daughter of Phil and Irene Van Kersen.

May 28

The Southwest School Board accepted Ron LaGrange’s resignation as head football coach at Southridge Thursday. Board members thanked him for his years of service to the program both as an assistant and as head coach. LaGrange, head coach as well as high school administrative assistant the last two years, was recently promoted to assistant high school principal. The board also agreed to pay Dr. Robert Yost, the district’s new superintendent, on a per diem basis while he works with interim superintendent Bill Wilson prior to assuming the head administrator’s post July 1. They also approved girls golf as a sport at Southridge High School.     

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