Looking Back: 5/22May 21, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
May 28, 1956
The Indiana Catholic Lay Award for outstanding service to church and community was awarded last night to Dr. Leo M. Gootee, a Loogootee veterinarian, at the annual banquet of the Knights of Columbus state convention being held at the French Lick-Sheraton Hotel. The winner of the award is the father of Dr. Thomas Gootee of Jasper. Another son, Dr. Francis Gootee, is a physician at Loogootee. Mr. Gootee has given all eight of his children a Catholic education. Two of his sons are priests in the society of the Divine Word, two daughters are nuns — one in the Providence Order, the other in the Medical Missionary Sisters — two sons are physicians and two daughters are graduate nurses.
Three boys from the Dubois community who were exploring the Patoka River bank a mile and a half northeast of Dubois around noon yesterday discovered the body of a man tentatively identified as that of William Case, 74, of French Lick, who had been missing since May 15. The body was badly decomposed, and the only means of identification were the clothes he was wearing and a flashlight found nearby. These were positively identified as those of the man who disappeared two weeks ago this afternoon when he reportedly was seen leaving a West Baden tavern in the company of two strange men. The body was discovered by three brothers, Maurice, Jeff and Jerry Meyer, aged 16, 12 and 9, respectively. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Meyer of R. 1, Dubois. The body was found on the Armin Zehr farm, about 150 feet south of the Southern Railway tracks.
May 30 - Memorial Day - No Paper
Jasper citizens were reminded again today that the members of the Lions Club will make a house-to-house canvass of the city Friday evening beginning at 6:30 to pick up articles for their annual action. Any useful, useable article of salable value will be accepted by the Lions who will be assisted in the door-to-door tour by a number of Boy Scouts. The benefit auction is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, on the Courthouse Square.
Otto Lindauer of Rt. 2, Ferdinand, was crowned Dubois County Strawberry King yesterday evening at the annual berry festival sponsored by the Huntingburg Kiwanis club in Municipal Park. He also won fourth prize in addition to the first place award. His eight quart exhibit of strawberries brought $100 at the auction held following the judging. The $12.50 per quart price for the exhibit was paid jointly by five firms and individuals who showed by their bids that they recognize Dubois County strawberries as the world’s best and appreciate the work the county growers are doing toward strawberry production. The prize winning berries were bought jointly by Holland Custard and Ice Cream Inc., the Huntingburg Frozen Food Locker, R. P. Olinger, John Stimson and and Otto Wulfman of Huntingburg. The winner of the second prize was Richard Lange of Ferdinand. The third and fourth prizes went to John Haug of St. Anthony.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Leo J. Ambs home, which is being moved from St. John Street in Jasper to Forrest Avenue in the northeast sector of the city. An area on St. John between Fourth and Fifth is being cleared of buildings in preparation for the construction of a new public grade school building. Also moved was the John Harker residence. Two other homes were razed. There will be a large recreation area to the south of the new school grounds.
Mrs. Hilbert Fritch of Jasper has been notified that her daughter, Mrs. Betty Haller, wife of Robert Haller of Burbank, California, will be on television next Monday morning. In a phone call from Jim Critchfield of Capricorn Television Enterprises in California, Mrs. Fritch was informed that Betty will appear on the new program, “It Could Be You,” which will be broadcast live from Hollywood. Local viewers can get this program at 11 a.m. next Monday on Channel 3 (WAVE, Louisville).
50 Years Ago
May 31, 1971 - Memorial Day - No Paper
Huntingburg, behind lefthander Mark Hildebrand, ended Jasper’s four year reign as sectional champions Saturday night at Recreation Field as Jim Bardwell’s Hunters beat the Wildcats 10-5. Huntingburg, capturing its first baseball sectional title after wining the PAC championship earlier in the year, will now meet Washington Catholic in the first game of the Jasper Regional at 11 o’clock Saturday morning. A nine-run third inning ruined the Wildcats chances for a fifth straight sectional crown sending Jasper to the sidelines for the first time after 14 straight sectional victories since the IHSAA tournament started in 1967. Thirteen batters paraded to the plate in the inning. The victory was the 16th for the Hunters against four losses. Jasper finished the season with 19 wins and eight defeats. Saturday’s championship game marked the fourth time the two schools had met in the final contest of the local sectional with Jasper taking the three previous title games.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice “Bumps” Hoffman of Jasper have announced that beginning Friday, June 4, they will be taking over the management of Lorey’s Fashions at 531 Main St. The name of the establishment will be changed to the Hoffman House, but the same personnel will be employed, along with the same quality, brand name items being carried. Hoffman also works at Dubois County Beverage, and his wife, Bev, in the past managed Lorey’s for two and a half years.
St. Mary’s School in Huntingburg will not re-open next September, it was revealed this morning following a meeting Tuesday night of the St. Mary’s Catholic parish education and finance commission. Father Marcellus Fisher O.S.B., pastor of St. Mary’s parish, returned from a retreat to attend Tuesday evening’s meeting and this morning notified William Schnute, superintendent of the Southwest School Corporation, of the decision. Schnute said this morning that a letter confirming the closure is expected shortly from Bishop Francis Shea of the Evansville Catholic Diocese.
S. Paul Bingaman of Hammond has been named head basketball and cross country coach at Forest Park High School in Ferdinand. Assuming the new duties as athletic director will be Larry Feldmeyer, who served this past year as guidance counselor for the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. The appointments were announced today by Superintendent Earl F. Buechler of the school corporation.
The Jasper Country Club recorded its first hole-in-one of the golf season on Sunday, May 30, as Maury Kuper aced the 155-yard 18th hole with a seven iron. Completing the threesome was A. C. Sermersheim and Tony Habig, both of whom birdied the same hole for the dramatic finish.
Dan Hoffman and Pat Mullen, both of Jasper, have formed a partnership real estate business in Jasper. Dan Hoffman has been selling real estate in this area for over five years and Pat Mullen for over two years. Both men are licensed brokers with the state of Indiana and are realtors subject to the strict code of ethics of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. Both men are graduates of Indiana State University. Their office is located in the Hoffman Building (formerly the Fritch Building), at 411 Main St. in Jasper.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Dubois High School Athletic Director and coach Jim Mueller. He is shown looking over two trophies which will be presented Thursday night at the fifth annual Dubois All-Sports Banquet to be held in the St. Raphael Church basement. The coveted trophies are the Mike Bair All-Sports Trophy and the Charlie Skaggs Mental Attitude Award. All DHS athletic teams will be honored at the banquet, sponsored by the Dubois Community Club and the Dubois Jaycees. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m.
25 Years Ago
June 3, 1996
It ended the way it began. The 30th Jasper Baseball Sectional, bookended by showers, concluded with a downpour of 11 runs and three homers as Jasper soaked Forest Park for its seventh straight sectional title Saturday night at Ruxer Field. The Wildcats collected their 22nd overall sectional crown, having won the title in 11 of the last 12 years. Jasper junior Phil Buehler, who had been mired in a slump, carried the Cats’ big bats, going 2 for 3 with 4 RBI’s and two runs scored. Jasper (25-5) will face Big Eight Conference foe Washington (15-9) in the second semifinal game of the Jasper Regional. Forest Park finished at 16-11.
When professional baseball debuts at League Stadium in Huntingburg next week, fans will be surprised how nice the stadium looks and by what a class team Dubois County has, according to Mayor Gail Kemp. Chair-back seats have gone in all around the stadium and hanging wires visible since “A League of Their Own” left are now tucked away. “We’re really upgrading the stadium,” Mayor Kemp said at Monday’s council meeting. The Dubois County Dragons play their first home game at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, June 12. The city and the club have already received a temporary beer sales permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Motorists who think they’re being subjected to more trains and longer waits for trains at Norfolk Southern railroad crossings are correct. “We’re busier,” said John Irwin, superintendent of Norfolk Southern’s Kentucky Division, which includes the main east-west line through Huntingburg. “Business was on the rise last year and it continues to increase.” Norfolk Southern runs a minimum of 18 trains through Huntingburg each day. Traffic will pick up more when more grain cars start moving. Motorists experience lengthy waits at Huntingburg’s rail crossings because long trains are often stopped at Huntingburg so they can be shortened.
Plans for a north-side warehouse, distribution and supply business moved forward Wednesday night after the Jasper planning commission approved rezoning 13.66 acres at County Road 400N and U. S. 231 from agricultural to industrial business. Only a single lot in the northern half of the site would be developed at this time, said Mike Braun, the property owner. Six lots in the southern half would be held for the future when city utilities could be extended. The planned warehouse would be used for a wholesale auto parts distribution and supply business, which is now run out of Braun’s Haysville business, Meyer Truck Equipment.
Some Jasper natives will learn how to be better doctors, half a world away. Through a joint program of the IU Medical Center and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, doctors and medical students, will see how social problems and medicine are linked. Jasper native Greg Gramelspacher leaves this month with his family for a one-year stint in Eldoret. He will be the faculty member leading a team of medical students coming for six-week rotations. Jasper native Damian Eversman, who is a resident at the IU Medical Center, will be going to Kenya with his wife, who is a third-year medical student.
If it is not broken, don’t fix it. Too many athletes try and improve too much when all they need to do is just go out and play their game. The latter is what Brad Bolling will try and do in Sunday’s final round of the Dubois County Men’s Amateur Golf Tourney. Bolling, the leader of the County Am with a 73 after the first two rounds, is in the last threesome to tee off at 11:10 a.m. at the Jasper Municipal Golf Course on Sunday. The tourney has been reduced to two rounds because the renovation at the Huntingburg Country Club eliminates the course as one of the three stops. Teeing off with Bolling will be John Parker and George Nord.
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